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: ideology

Mass. Superior Court: State’s AG May Demand “Safety” Info From Glock, Remington

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 9, 2016:  

Back in July Massachusetts’ anti-gun Attorney General Maura Healey unilaterally rewrote the law on what constitutes an “assault” weapon and then banned them under her new definition.

At the same time, she issued imperious demands from Remington and Glock to provide her office with all manner of private company information relating to the “safety” of the companies’ ammunition and firearms.

Her anti-gun ideology was clear when she banned the newly defined assault weapons, saying,

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Frederic Bastiat Wouldn’t Approve of Social Security

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 12, 2016:  

Frédéric Bastiat

Frédéric Bastiat

Frederic Bastiat was a “classical liberal” who lived briefly in the first half of the 19th century in France. But his legacy, including his development of the fallacy of the broken window through his Parable of the Broken Window continues to resonate today. He is perhaps best known for his definition of “legal plunder”:

But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.

When it was enforced at the point of a pistol by a government bureaucrat, Bastiat opposed it:

I do not dispute [politicians’] right to invent social combinations, to advertise them, to advocate them, and to try them upon themselves, at their own expense and risk. But I do dispute their right to impose these plans upon us by law – by force – and to compel us to pay for them with our taxes.

There’s little doubt, then, that Bastiat would support the philosophy of The Bastiat Society, founded a dozen years ago:

Capitalism is the only economic system to produce widespread peace and prosperity. But if those in the private sector do not understand the intellectual and cultural institutions that make entrepreneurship and peaceful trade possible, what chance do they have to withstand a steady series of attacks from those who desire to bring capitalism and personal freedom to an end?

One of the battles that freedom lost was Social Security. Enacted as part of FDR’s Great Society, it remains a fixture that appears to be immovable. Today the only conversation heard is how to keep it from going bankrupt.

All manner of “fixes” are proposed. Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform came up with ten fixes while The Motley Fool proposed 15:

  1. Cut benefits across the board right now;
  2. Change the COLA;
  3. Raise the earnings cap;
  4. Allow beneficiaries to invest in the stock market;
  5. Do nothing and cut benefits when the [trust fund] is depleted;
  6. Do nothing and enact payroll tax hikes when the [trust fund] is depleted;
  7. Offer a buyout [to the wealthy, removing them from the program];
  8. Link life expectancies to benefit levels;
  9. Means-test [to qualify] for benefits;
  10. Raise the full retirement age;
  11. Use the Estate Tax to cover Social Security [shortfalls];
  12. Freeze the purchasing power of benefits [i.e., eliminate COLA altogether];
  13. Freeze the … benefits on a sliding scale;
  14. Transfer [some] costs to [the] government [now]; and/or
  15. Increase the payroll tax on everyone right now.

Social Security has the peculiar characteristics similar to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme: eventually it is exposed and it ends in bankruptcy. The difference is that Social Security is enforced by people with guns and badges: everyone must be covered and forced to support everyone else, or else.

No one questions the math: the program’s “trust fund” is slowly being liquidated to cover the annual shortfalls between revenues and benefits. Thanks to the Baby Boomers, the liquidation is increasing more rapidly: those Boomers have developed the nasty habit of living longer, far beyond the original mortality tables predicted back in the mid-1930s. There’s also the declining birth rate, which is reducing the number of new entrants into the system whose taxes are needed to support it.

It’s the ideology: freedom versus force. So-called conservatives want to fix it, as do liberals. Conservatives, when pressed, question the intergenerational conflict that requires young people to contribute to a plan paying benefits to seniors. They question the use of resources: tax and spend now, or save and invest for later. Conservatives even argue over who should control the money. They never question its morality.

Liberals think it’s a proper function of government, going along with the Supreme Court’s decision in Helvering v. Davis that the program is constitutional, the Tenth Amendment notwithstanding.

As economist Herb Stein noted: “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” With Social Security it will continue as long as it can be patched up with temporary fixes. Eventually the mathematics and the bond market will end it.

Social Security to Announce Tiny Increase in Benefits for Next Year

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, October 11, 2016:  

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Next Tuesday the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will announce Social Security’s COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) for 2017. It is widely anticipated to be between nothing and $3 a month for the average beneficiary.

But Medicare premiums (retirees are often expected to pay a monthly fee for coverage) for seniors receiving Social Security retirement benefits are expected to jump nearly $30 a month. That premium increase would reduce the average retirement benefit by about $25 a month, except that Congress had inserted a “hold harmless” provision into Medicare law. Instead, the premium increase will be funded by Medicare, thereby hastening the day when that part of Social Security runs out of money.

The statistics reflective of the current gradual liquidation of Social Security’s so-called Trust Fund are familiar to most recipients:

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If Hillary Falters, Kaine Will Move Her Anti-gun Agenda Forward

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 12, 2016: 

Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia.

Tim Kaine

Even as concerns over Hillary’s health continue to grow, alternative media websites are putting disclaimers on articles suggesting that she is hiding Parkinson’s Disease. For example, Inquisitr.com warns its readers that Reno Berkeley’s report “is entirely the opinion of Reno Berkeley and does not reflect the views of the Inquisitr.” Concluded Berkeley:

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British Leader Farage Points Out Parallels Between Brexit and Trump’s Campaign

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, August 25, 2016:  

English: Nigel Farage.

Nigel Farage.

Nigel Farage, former head of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), addressed some 15,000 Trump supporters in Jackson, Mississippi, on Tuesday night to encourage them in their fight against the Washington political establishment. He drew parallels between the fight for Brexit, which he and his party strongly supported but which polls showed likely to lose right up until the day of the vote, and Trump’s fight:

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Big Taxi Wins Big in Massachusetts

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 23, 2016:  

Sign Taxi Zagreb, Croatia

Massachusetts is now the 35th state to regulate ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, but with a vengeance not seen elsewhere: A portion of a new 20-cent tax per ride will be used to fund improvements for the old taxi cartel.

First, the new tax is not called a “tax” but a “fee.” Second, the tax won’t be charged either to the driver or to his customer, but to the ride-sharing company itself. Third,

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Election Pollsters Have One More Thing to Worry About: New Gun Owners

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 10, 2016: 

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The difference between pollsters like Rasmussen and prognosticators like Nate Silver of Five Thirty Eight is like the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. Polling is tricky enough. Prognosticating is a whole other matter.

Rasmussen (and its peers) must develop the questions, determine whom to ask, decide when to call (weekdays, weekends, dinner time, etc.), and then confirm that they’re talking to the right person. They have to take into account that sometimes people will give wrong answers, or hide behind their answers because they have opinions that aren’t mainstream. Once the poll is taken, they must determine just how variable – how reliable – the results really are. That explains part of the plus or minus calculation included in them.

Silver (and his peers) build models based on past experience. It’s vastly more complicated

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Saul, Hillary, and Gun Confiscation

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 27, 2016:  

Saul Alinsky

Saul Alinsky

Wikipedia softly proclaims Saul Alinsky as the “founder of modern community organizing,” who used his “organizing skills” to “improve the living conditions of poor communities.” Alinsky, however, was more than that. Much more. A closer look (see sources below) reveals a Marxist whose goal was to enable fellow travelers in their attempts to destroy capitalism in the United States and replace it with communism. From his Rules for Radicals, Alinsky states:

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Sheriff David Clarke: Blunt, Courageous, Unflappable

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 20, 2016:  

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Sheriff David Clarke has been in law enforcement in Milwaukee for 38 years but only gained national attention in 2013 when he told his constituents that they couldn’t rely on law enforcement for protection and that they should arm themselves.

His circle of influence expanded as his “law and order” message began to resonate in light of the increasing attacks on police. He singled out Black Lives Matter as the primary mover, calling them Black Lies Matter, and calling them out for their revolutionary rhetoric and actions that were endangering police and costing more and more of them their lives.

In the last ten days Clarke has seen his influence and message expand further,

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Sheriff David Clarke Crushes BLM, Delights at RNC

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 19, 2016:  

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Quicken Loans Arena

As Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke took the stage Monday night at the opening ceremonies of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the audience expected him to be blunt, precise, and declarative, and he was: “Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to make something very clear. Blue lives matter in America!”

Partisans in the Quicken Loans Arena (left) erupted with sustained applause. They then waited for what came next, and weren’t disappointed:

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Black Lives Matter Ideology Rebuffed by Black Scholar

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 13, 2016: 

FRSO logo from freedomroad.org .

FRSO logo from freedomroad.org .

Founded by Marxists and serving as one of many front groups for the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), the Black Lives Matter movement’s primary purpose is to overthrow the government of the United States and to replace it with a totalitarian dictatorship. One of the stumbling blocks to BLM and FRSO, happily, is the fact that local police are outside of federal control.

If local police can be replaced with federal or national police forces, the rest is easy:

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Study by Black Harvard Economist Refutes Black Lives Matter’s Claim

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 12, 2016:  

Cop doing his job.

When the conclusions were made public — that there is no proof that police officers are more likely to shoot blacks than whites in lethal-force confrontations — neither the author, black Harvard economics professor Roland Fryer, nor the New York Times could believe them.

Fryer, the youngest African-American to receive tenure at Harvard and the first one to receive a prize given to the most promising American economist under 40, said his report’s conclusions were “the most surprising result of my career.”

The New York Times was less generous, writing that

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Endorsements of Trump by Billionaires May Open Other GOP Wallets

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 16, 2016:  

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Sheldon Adelson, chairman of Las Vegas Sands and Hong Kong-listed subsidiary Sands China.

Last week T. Boone Pickens, chairman of hedge fund BP Capital Management and with a personal net worth estimated at about a billion dollars, endorsed Donald Trump and offered to host some fundraisers for him.

The big news came on Friday when Sheldon Adelson (shown), chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and with a personal net worth estimated at more than $25 billion, published his endorsement of Donald Trump in the Washington Post. That was followed up by revelations from insiders to the New York Times that he will put his money where his mouth is, to the tune of $100 million. That’s an amount equal to the total Adelson contributed to 34 Republican campaigns in 2012, only this year he will be focusing his largesse almost exclusively on getting Trump elected in November.

Adelson explained his reasoning and urged other Republicans to get on board as well:

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A Hundred Million Dollars Just Isn’t What It Used To Be

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, May 16, 2016:  

Blame the Federal Reserve. Or better yet blame the political elections, which H.L. Mencken considered as “advance auctions of stolen goods.”

It now takes a billion dollars just to lose an election. That’s why Hillary Clinton has such an advantage, at least at the moment. A month ago the New York Times reported that, so far, Clinton has raised $262 million for her campaign compared to Trump’s $51 million. In 2012 the presidential campaign (not counting primaries) cost Obama’s and Romney’s campaigns $2.6 billion and, according to Investopedia, 2016 is likely to shatter that record, perhaps touching $3 billion, or even more.

So the announcement last week that T. Boone Pickens (a modest billionaire, if there is such an animal) endorsed Donald Trump for president and even offered to host some fund raisers for him, was Page Three news.

What hit the headlines on Friday, however, was

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Bad to the Bone: Brazilian President Promises to Appeal Her Impeachment

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 11, 2016:  

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, 35th President of t...

Lula, the one who started Brazil’s present decline

Even before the upper branch of the Brazilian government – the Federal Senate – votes to impeach the country’s President, Dilma Rousseff, she has promised she will appeal her conviction to the country’s Supreme Court, which is populated with her own hand-picked cronies.

The corruption is so vast and runs so deep that the average Brazilian,

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Brazil in Turmoil: President’s Impeachment Vote Imminent

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 10, 2016:  

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Partners in crime

In a sudden unexpected move, early Tuesday morning Waldir Maranhão, the interim speaker of Brazil’s lower house (the Chamber of Deputies) reversed his previous decision from Monday to annul a Chamber of Deputies April vote that allowed impeachment proceedings to move forward. The upper house — the Federal Senate — was already moving toward a vote to impeach Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff when word came that the Chamber was going to have another vote on the matter.

With Brazilian politicians doing everything they can to stay out of jail, they are working hard to keep the public’s attention focused on Rousseff’s problems and away from their own. In March, Mihir Kapadia, the head of Sun Global Investments, a London investment firm that specializes in emerging-market opportunities, certainly sees one in Brazil:

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Trump: I’m Now Running Against “Crooked Hillary”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, April 27, 2016:  

As a basketball player plants his pivot foot to the floor, allowing him to move away from danger and toward opportunity, Donald Trump has pivoted his campaign away from further dialogue with and attacks on Ted Cruz and John Kasich and toward his increasingly obvious opponent in the general election, Hillary Clinton.

Some are calling it a master stroke, basing his pivot on the assumption that

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Opposition Gearing Up to Colo. Single-payer Healthcare Proposal

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, April 15, 2016: 

Mark Twain is alleged to have said that “a lie can travel halfway around the world before truth can get its boots on.” In Colorado Initiative 20 is already on the ballot in November and opposition to it is just getting its boots on.

If passed, it would be the 69th amendment to Colorado’s state constitution and would collect all the state’s healthcare programs — Medicaid, children’s healthcare, and all the other state and federal healthcare programs — under one roof. It would replace ObamaCare with what supporters are calling ColoradoCare. And it would double the state’s budget in its first year.

The language of the ballot initiative question may be enough to kill it:

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Where are Brazil’s Founding Fathers?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 15, 2016:  

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Dilma Rousseff)

As the political implosion in Brazil continues, one is forced to ask: what’s next? Who will step to the plate once Rousseff is gone? Are there true statesmen waiting in the wings to right the foundering Brazilian ship of state and steer it away for the shoals of socialism?

This could be Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s last week in office.

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Schumer’s Anti-gun Rant Reveals Much More About the Next Senate Minority Leader

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 8, 2016:  

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In the grand scheme of things, New York Democrat Senator Charles Schumer’s excessive anti-gun rant at his news conference on Monday means nothing at all. But as a peek into his ideology, background, and networks, it reveals a great deal about the man next in line to replace Harry Reid as the Senate Minority Leader in next year’s Congress.

Schumer qualifies for four pages at DiscoverTheNetworks.com (DTN),

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