You’re On Your Own …

January 16, 2010

Americans today must feel somewhat like the young man whose future father-in-law asked, “Young man, can you support a family?” At times it seems like our government wants us to support the whole family of man.

We could learn something from this surprised groom-to-be when he replied, “Of course I can’t; but I do plan on taking care your daughter … I figure the rest of you are on your own.”

 

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BAILOUTS: They lie! They lie!

June 25, 2009

“there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.”

Luke 12:2

The word on the street is that the Fed’s will not bailout the states. The state most often mentioned in these discussions is California.

I lived in California for five decades (1957-2007); twenty of those years were in or around the Silicon Valley, twenty more were in pastoral ministry all over the state. I earned an undergraduate degree and two graduate level degrees in the tarnished Golden State. It’s tarnished due to an entrenched corrosion called liberalism.

At this date the Obama White house is approaching its first six months anniversary; one thing is clear – Rush is right: “It’s not what they say but what they do that matters to Citizen Taxpayer.” [my paraphrase]

Obama says they will not bailout the states, but watch what he does. His administration will do what has been done in other unpopular areas (TARP, auto bailouts, Wall Street vs Main Street, …); he will simply dress bailouts in drag.

They won’t be called bailouts, they won’t be channeled through normal channels, there’ll be no legislative oversight, and God forbid if  there is a judicial review. It will smell like a bailout, look like a bailout, feel like a bailout, and each state’s shortfall will disappear just as they would under a bailout … but no one will be allowed to call it a bailout.

The White House budget office will simply shift numbers from credit to debit on the state’s books; a similar but opposite shifting of entries on the federal ledger will simultaneously take place with a “eureka” net flow of cash credits to each state equal to its deficiencies. Voilà!

Your state officials, both elected and appointed, won’t care about the long-term effect of this quasi-borrowing because the actual borrowing will be against the federal accounts.

However, the entanglement with the Feds will result in the same web of controls as the auto makers, insurance industry, and banking industry experienced under TARP funding.

Suddenly you state’s 10th Amendment sovereignty has been taken down a notch; those illegitimate children you elected to represent you won’t notice or care, because it was their collective butt that was saved. What’s a little sovereignty anyway? We’re all Americans in the end, right?

Mark my words: when the dust settles, it won’t be liberal entitlements providing the funds for this slight of hand, it’ll be conservative or family values programs that will cough up.


WEALTH: Since January 20, 2009

June 25, 2009

Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.

1 Corinthians 10:24

Until January 20, 2009, wealth (discretionary property in the private sector) in the United States was always viewed as under the legal control of its possessor (i.e., earner/inheritor).

Since January 20, 2009, it has become increasingly clear our federal government sees this as an anachronistic view; the former is now morphing into the view that wealth belongs to the state, regardless of source or title (e.g., AIG, GM, Chrysler, health care industry & taxpayers).

Perhaps the illegal enactment of the income tax was the true genesis of this morphing and what we now see taking place … a slow usurping of states rights and therefore individual rights.

Since its formation, Americans have understood the dangers of an untethered central government, yet, in spite of the dangers, they have persistently cooperated with it and its programs.

This predilection has set the American people up, painting them into a no-win corner by the current administration (specifically regarding their 14th Amendment rights).

Rampant ignorance of the US Constitution and the Founder’s intentions, compounded by voter apathy, has endangered us all, as well as our possessions.

This government is patently and egregiously dangerous to its people; if SCOTUS does not find a way to intervene on behalf of the American people, those people are doomed.