Archive for ‘liberty’

August 26, 2011

Soviet style Police State right here in the US

The New York Police department has been using CIA style techniques on it’s own citizenry for over a decade.  The department has used tactics like this back in the 1960’s against anti war protest groups. (BOSS) Bureau of Special Services infiltrated such groups and gathered information on their members.  This information was not just used and held by the police department but was also give to various licensing groups such as the bar admissions committee.  This resulted in many people due their political affiliations from gaining employment or licensing for their desired careers.

In addition to the surveillance on these groups and implementing the use of agent provocateurs according to the late Frank Donner who studied and investigated Red Squads and COINTELPRO programs and other agencies to infiltrate organizations suspected of political dissent.  The provocateurs would infiltrate the groups and induce citizens to commit crimes or plan to commit crimes which would lead to their arrests.  Today with a modification of the Handschu Decree in 2003 these very practices are being used again against American citizen all in the name of security.  But has history taught us nothing.  Ben Franklin put it best ,”They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Today we have police running similar operations in New York, Cleveland, Boston, Minneapolis, Detroit, Portland (Oregon) and Washington D.C.  Pretty much any city that has a Muslim population of any size.  The reasons for these measures are often less than altruistic and more about a power grab and the ability of the powers that be (PTB) being able control a population when they decide enough is enough and take action against the corporatism and political shenanigans that are going on at the Federal, State and even local level.

Anti-Gun, enemy of liberty New York Mayor Micheal Bloomberg had this to say when defending this evil program.  “In the end the New York City Police Department’s first job is prevention, and I think they’ve done a very good job of that.” We I hate to put a wrench in the works but hey dummy the police are supposed to respond to crimes and then investigate.  Not create them and then arrest the same people who they talked into taking part in these crimes.

Presidential hopeful and Republican front runner 11 term Congressman Ron Paul put it best this week when he stated;

“Freedom is not defined by safety. Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference unless they use force or fraud against others. Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons”. 

We as citizens must push the Justice Department, Congress, city councils across the nation to investigate this actions and put a stop to them.  Otherwise you could be their next target!

August 25, 2011

August 25th, 2011

The Budget Deal May Not Last Until Christmas

Capital Gains and Games | Stan Collender

OK…I’ll admit that saying the agreement will be gone by this Christmas is likely (but not necessarily) an overstatement.

But saying that the “Budget Control Act” — the debt ceiling increase/deficit reduction deal signed into law on August 2 — isn’t likely to be in place on January 1, 2013, or to have it’s projected impact over the full 10 years it supposed to be in effect is anything but an exaggeration.

The reason? Federal budget agreements have seldom, if ever, gone the distance. Instead, they have always been changed, waived, ignored or abandoned long before they were scheduled to expire.

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Judge rules warrant required to obtain cell phone location data

The Raw Story | Eric W. Dolan

A federal judge in Brooklyn ruled Monday that the federal government must establish probable cause and secure a warrant before obtaining records about a cell phone user’s location, saying it violated the Fourth Amendment’s protections against unreasonable searches, according to the New York Law Journal.

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American Workers Deserve Better Than This

Mises Daily | Christopher Westley

Why can’t everyone who wants a job, or a better job, just find one? In a perfect world, this would be the case. Sadly, the recently released employment figures for June indicate that the world in which we live is still far from perfect.

Nationally, unemployment still lingers in the low nines, with job growth clocking in at a meager 18,000 — a figure that will surely be revised downward.

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Obama 39%, Paul 38%

Rasmussen |

The president and the maverick are running almost dead even in a hypothetical 2012 election matchup.

Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul earns 38% of the vote to President Obama’s 39% in the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters. Fourteen percent (14%) like some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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Social Security disability on verge of insolvency


Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security’s disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency.

Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs and can’t find new ones in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs.

The stampede for benefits is adding to a growing backlog of applicants — many wait two years or more before their cases are resolved — and worsening the financial problems of a program that’s been running in the red for years.

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US government asset seizures on the rise

Sovereign Man | Simon Black

he Wall Street Journal published a disturbing article earlier this week entitled “Federal Asset Seizures Rise, Netting Innocent With Guilty.”

You can already imagine the crux of the article.

In the United States, there are hundreds of regulations which authorize dozens federal agencies to confiscate private property– homes, cars, bank accounts, gold, company shares, and even personal effects.

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The upside for gold and silver will knock your socks off – Embry | Geoff Candy

For many commentators, gold is considered not only a constant store of value but, also, a barometer for the health of the global economic system and the currencies that pump through its veins.

For, John Embry, chief investment strategist at Sprott Asset Management, the current parabolic rise in prices, which have beat even his optimistic performance expectations this summer, is indicative of the unsustainable debt situation in which the world now finds itself.

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Silver Prices To Reach Record Levels, Experts Says

Personal Liberty Digest |

While many investors have focused on the record levels that gold has reached in the past several weeks, the price of silver has gone up at a significant rate and has kept pace with the yellow metal, Barrons reported.

Industry experts have predicted that silver prices could top $50 an ounce over the next several months, as the rise of the value of gold may lead traders to favor a different commodity due to the amount of money that has been moved from the currency markets, according to the news outlet.

“Silver will benefit from the same factors as that of gold from rising investment drivers. Until the global macro situation gets clearer, prices will go higher,” Paul Walker, global head of precious metals at GFMS, said in a market review.

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The Truth About the Situation in Libya: Cutting through Government Propaganda and Media Lies

Global Research | Brian Becker

Libya is a small country of just over 6 million people but it possesses the largest oil reserves in all of Africa. The oil produced there is especially coveted because of its particularly high quality.

The Air Force of the United States along with Britain and France has carried out 7,459 bombing attacks since March 19. Britain, France and the United States sent special operation ground forces and commando units to direct the military operations of the so-called rebel fighters – it is a NATO- led army in the field.

The troops may be disaffected Libyans but the operation is under the control and direction of NATO commanders and western commando units who serve as “advisors.” Their new weapons and billions in funds come from the U.S. and other NATO powers that froze and seized Libya’s assets in Western banks. Their only military successes outside of Benghazi, in the far east of the country, have been exclusively based on the coordinated air and ground operations of the imperialist NATO military forces.

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Motion Papers and Oral Argument Transcript from Meshal v. Higgenbotham

Lawfare | Robert Chesney

In November 2009, the ACLU brought a suit on behalf of an American citizen–Amir Meshal–against two FBI agents and two unnamed officials, alleging the following: that he went to Somalia in 2006, that he fled the fighting there but was arrested and detained in Kenya, that he was later sent back to Somalia and then to Ethiopia, that these detentions and transfers were at the behest of the U.S. government, and that the defendants violated Meshal’s constitutional rights by threatening him with torture, enforced disappearance, and execution in order to induce a false confession

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A Look Back: Nixon Ends Bretton Woods International Monetary System

The Daily Bell | Richard Nixon

On August 15, 1971, President Nixon announced on TV 3 dramatic changes in economic policy. He imposed a wage-price freeze. He ended the Bretton Woods international monetary system. And he imposed a temporary surcharge (tariff) on all imports. The Bretton Woods system was created towards the end of World War II and involved fixed exchange rates with the U.S. dollar as the key currency – but also a role for gold linked to the dollar at $35/ounce.

Almost immediately after President Richard Nixon took the US off the gold standard, the price of gold began to rise and the dollar lost value and has been increasing in value, cyclically, ever since.

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Legal Obedience | Walter E. Williams

What laws are we morally obligated to obey? Help with the answer can be found in “Economic Liberty and the Constitution,” a 66-page pamphlet by Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation.

Hornberger offers a hypothetical whereby Congress enacts a compulsory church attendance law that requires children to attend church service each Sunday. Parents are penalized if their children fail to comply. Would there be any moral or constitutional legitimacy to such a congressional mandate?

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Cop Rapes Woman at Gunpoint, 11-Year-Old Rape Victim Smeared, Accuser Sued for $2 Million: Is US Society Failing Victims?

AlterNet | Sarah Seltzer

If events of the last few months have sent any sort of message to women in America it’s this: if you’re raped or sexually assaulted, justice won’t be on your side.

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What Are They Afraid Of? | Tom Mullen

In this interview, Ron Paul inadvertently coined what should be the new slogan of his campaign.“What are they afraid of?”

He was talking about the blatant suppression by the media of any positive news about his campaign. For the few somewhat principled journalists that have admitted that it is intentional, the excuse offered has been that the media ignore him because he can’t win. However, this is counterintuitive. Is it not largely media coverage that propels candidates to the “top tier” in political races? Does anyone seriously believe that even Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton would have won their respective primaries, much less the presidency, if the media had not covered their campaigns?

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Getting to Know Scholar Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

Harvard Political Review | Naji Filali

Thomas E. Woods, Jr. ‘94 is a Harvard alumnus who contributes to modern libertarian thought: a rare combination. He received his bachelor’s degree in history, and then moved on to Columbia, where he earned his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. Today, Dr. Woods is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and continues to add to his credentials, both as a traveling scholar-orator and as a New York Times bestselling author of eleven books, dissecting a broad range of topics spanning states’ rights, Church history, and the causes of the economic meltdown. Dr. Woods keeps company with liberty-minded luminaries such as Ron Paul (who wrote the foreword to Woods’s book Meltdown) and Judge Andrew Napolitano, and the Harvard Political Review is delighted that he has taken time out of his busy schedule to sit down with us.

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April 26, 2011

An immigration solution that will reduce the cost of government !

Thomas G. Brown

Immigration law in Arizona first and foremost violates the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution which states “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” This being said the “solution” that the Arizona Legislature enacted does not really fix the real problem that draws folks over the board to the United States.

The reason for much of illegal immigration has to do with the law of supply and demand. The market is looking for the cheapest and most efficient workforce and the labors/worker is looking for a job that pays better wages than offered in his own country. The employers in the US that hire illegal immigrants do so in order to keep their costs down so that they be competitive with other firms who have outsources to other countries that offer cheaper labor.

Right now US employers are forced by federal and state minimum wage laws and unions to provide benefits and wages that make it impossible to compete with the world labor market. In addition the cost of taxes on the legal employee in terms of Social Security, Medicare, and now the new Health Care system are a huge burden which is lifted if they hire an illegal who does not pay these taxes.

If we attack immigration with the same methods as we did with the “war on alcohol” or the “war on drugs” then we are just increasing the size of an already bloated government and placing even more burden on the citizenry of the US. We must look for a better solution to solve this problem.

What we must do is remove the minimum wages laws and disband the welfare state. This will do two things. First when we get rid of food stamps, Social Security, Medicare, and disability insurance, subsidized housing and other welfare programs. This will insure first and foremost that those folks coming to this country are coming to work and not live off the system.

Doing the above as well as abolishing the minimum wage will also stop the mentality of some Americans who deem jobs beneath them due to the wage they pay. Right now those on welfare programs and unemployment hold out for a better paying job since they are making more money sitting around collecting a check from the government then current jobs available.

Many will say that if we abolish the minimum wage will increase the amount of folks in the working poor category. While this is true if we keep the same fiat currency system that allows inflation to steal the value of your money as it sits in your wallet. We must move to a system that is recognized by the Constitution. A monetary system backed by gold and/or silver. Currency that is backed by a valued commodity such as silver or gold will hold it’s value. An example is as follows:

For example on this subject and how these precious metals hold and maintain their purchasing power over time, let’s go back about 3,000 years during the rein of Cesar in the Roman Empire.

If you walked into a robe maker (tailor) back then with a one a ounce gold coin you could of purchase a robe, tunic, sash, sandals, a walking stick, buy yourself a fine meal, a nights stay at an inn (their term for hotel) and in the morning on your way out of town have enough money to purchase a few goats and sheep. Now let’s fast forward 3,000 years to today’s date. With a one ounce gold coin providing you are a male, you could purchase a nice suit, dress shirt, tie, belt, underwear, socks, shoes, attaché case, have enough money for a nice meal at a pricey restaurant, stay in a beautiful hotel plus have enough money leftover to grab a cab ride home. How can that be you ask? Since gold fluctuates daily on the market, right now it’s running on an average of $670 (June 2007) per ounce, and certain Numismatic Coins are delivering a much higher gains based on their mint, numismatic date and condition. So tell me… based on $670 an ounce for spot gold, can you or can you not receive everything I mentioned above for $670? Of course you can!

So in closing, ending welfare and entitlement programs, abolishing the minimum wage as well as returning to a gold/silver standard will not only reduce the illegal immigration problem but will strengthen the economy and reduce unemployment. Not to mention the reduction in government which will in turn reduce the cost and thus lower our tax burden!!!

May 4, 2010

Zoning away Property Rughts

Zoning laws must go the way of the dinosaur if we are to regain control of our rights as property owners. To allow the government to tell you what you can or can’t do with what is yours just doesn’t belong in a free society.

An agrument against zoning laws is that they drive up home costs and make affordable housing for working class families unattainable. Just take a look at the comments from an article I found in the MetroWest495 Biz by By Brandon Butler

“The downside is some people believe it will bring in much lower-cost housing, and there’s a concern by some neighbors about what that would do for the community,” he said.

A number of other communities have already embraced the “cluster” zoning model. Patrick Reffett, Natick’s community development director, said within the last few years zoning bylaws have been changed in Natick to preserve open space and allow for housing developments on smaller lots.

“It’s the idea of allowing increased density, with the offset that you get much greater levels of contiguous open space,” Reffett said. “It’s a good trade off in my estimation.”

The argument against smaller lots is that smaller, less valuable homes will not collect as much tax revenue. But, Reffett said, that argument can work the other way, too.

The developer wanted to build smaller homes and is being told by the zoning board that this would not generate enough taxes for the city! When is it the right of the government to tell you, “sorry you can’t build that way on your own property it won’t make enough money through taxes to satisfy us, please try again.”

Below is another example of the poor use of zoning laws. This time the article is from Lancaster, PA and deals with a proposed Solar farm. When energy cost are rising and the need to move away from foreign energy dependency the Planning Commission of East Drumore reject the building of this solar farm as it is to be build in a non-commercially zoned area.

On April 26, the Lancaster County Planning Commission unanimously recommended that East Drumore officials reject zoning changes requested by Community Energy to allow the company to build a solar farm at Route 272 and Deaver Road.

Now, I’m not sure if your familiar with solar panels but they have to build in areas where they can be exposed to the most sun light. The site being considered to build on is referred to in the article as prime farmland. Well, I’m guessing what makes the area great for farming is it’s sun exposure. To stop this project from commencing do to a zoning issue is only a bad idea economically. But also is an infringement on property rights as a person has the right (or should) have the right to do as he or she wishes with property they own as long as it does not harm others or infringe on their rights.

In addition to these two examples zoning laws gear commercial property purchases toward big business over mom and pop stores. When a specific area is designated a commercial zone the cost of property in that area usually rises which makes it near impossible for a small locally owned shop to enter the market without going into substantial debt. Just look around your own town or city. How many locally owned restaurants have come and gone in contrast to the big chains like McDonald’s, TGI Friday’s, and others like them.

The argument that zoning is needed to keep nuances out of neighborhoods such as having an oil refinery in your backyard or a strip club across from a school. In both cases this would be impractical for both of these businesses. The refinery would have a hard time finding enough land at a reasonable price to set up shop right in a neighborhood. As for the strip club next to a school it just wouldn’t be economically feasible for another reason. Number one I would assume dads wouldn’t want to be seen going in and out of this establishment by little Johnny and Janey. Also, other folks in a neighborhood would not want to be scene by their neighbors frequenting this business.

Stop the land police today and abolish zoning laws.

Zoning is bad for the economy and bad for property rights.

December 9, 2009

Misdiagnosing the healthcare problem in America

Thomas G. Brown |

Health Care Reform is a great idea. But government control of our health care is not a good idea. Many say that health care is a right not a privilege. That everyone should have adequate health care. This is can not be achieved through the transfer of control to the government. First an foremost the central planning of health care will on increase healthcare inefficiencies. If we do not have a free market system to determine the price of limited resources such as doctors, surgical equipment, hospital beds, and medication than there must be a rationing system designed to distribute them. In addition without a market price there is no incentive to create new medications, treatments, medical equipment, to build new hospitals, or to go to medical school or become a nurse.
The current system is flawed and does need to be fixed but taking money by force from one group to pay for services is not only morally wrong but greatly inefficient. The stat being bounced around by politicians and media that 35 million folks don’t have health insurance seems like a great amount of people being denied health care access when you first look at it. You may automatically picture the most down on their luck folks out of work or critically ill that can’t get insurance. But within the 35 million there are those folks for whatever reason who make enough money to purchase health insurance but choice not to for what ever reason. A real solution to reducing prices is to remove the protections that insurance companies have when it comes to competition. Allow the insurances companies to compete nationwide. If you could get a policy from any state and be covered in any state you would be able to find the best policy for yourself at with the choices you decide. Currently state governments dictate what is contained with in your insurance policy. In addition to purchasing al a carte policies for yourself their would be other avenues that you could follow such as healthcare savings accounts, medical club memberships where you could pay a monthly fee to belong to doctor’s or medical practice group and see your physician anytime. The possibilities would be endless if a true free market was allowed to take place in the medical system.
The third party payer system we have now takes the incentive away from the consumer to (patient) to concern themselves with health care cost. Look at it this way. If you go into a restaurant and purchase each product al a carte vs. a flat all you can eat buffet you’re going to select just what you know you will eat. If you’re at the all you can eat buffet for $5.99 you most likely load a bunch of different foods on your plate and also likely waste a substantial amount of food.
As you can see I don’t think healthcare in the US is perfect and doesn’t need to be fixed. That being said the current solution by Congress is just another drug to mask the symptoms instead of curing the ailment.

April 29, 2009

Where we are going Finanically

Thomas G. Brown |

Let’s talk about the role for the Federal Reserve and it’s ability to create money out of nothing. Let’s not view them a entity which works to create monetary policy to protect the economy but more of counterfeiter who can pump out large sums of fake money. This fake money is then distributed to the folks at the top of the food chain. These folks can then take this new money which has increased the amount of purchasing power they have and spend it on capital goods they would otherwise no be able. As this group purchases goods and services the prices of said good and services increase. This has nothing to do with the owner of firms being greedy or shady but the fact is the product and service is becoming less available and more money is required to purchase these sane products. As the money makes it further and further into the monetary system the value of the dollar decreases as the price of goods and services increases. This is exactly the road we are heading down with the Government pumping out billions of dollars with the purpose if spending our way out of bad fiscal policies that started this slide form recession to full blow depression. Commodity, manufacturing, anything with true intrinsic value will have there prices skyrocket making there purchase hard if not impossible by most in the middle class.
This Will be worst than the great depression of the 1920’s and may last twice as long if the government decides to continue to manipulate accounting tricks (mark to market) in an effort to hide or do away all together the toxic assets they had so recklessly got involved in. My recommendation is get into tangible goods,(silver, gold, being the simplest ) sit on the side lines of the stock market while it goes through this bear of a time. I don’t see any value (5%) dividend and P/e ratios of 10-15 without this stocks seem over bought even at present rates.

Hope my rambling was more than me ranting on the failings of the market and brought some answers to those folks wondering what to do. As for getting started with gold and silver coins I recommend heading down to the State College Coin Shop off Atherton on the way to the Nitnnay Mall. His shop is up on the hill past Tubbies in the back of the Antique shop. The owner’s name is Dave Kreamer, he is open 10 am – 6 pm on Monday’s with appt made through calling 814.234.0849

December 5, 2008

Prescription for America

Thomas G. Brown |

What if there was a way to root out the disease of corruption in politics and the anemic state of our national debt with a quick shot. Let’s not forget about the gangrenous approach to our WAR ON TERROR. Well, there is in a matter of speaking. On April 22nd 2008 you as Pennsylvanians can help the start our path to recovery by voting for America’s doctor. Who is this man? Well, he’s the only person running for President on the Republican or Democratic ticket that wants to pull our men and women completely out of Iraq. He is not proposing just pulling out “combat” troops and a wait and see on the rest he is talking about pulling all troops out of Iraq, which is the only way Iraq will start to rebuild. We shouldn’t have gone in there and we shouldn’t continue this error in judgment.
As the corruption, one just has to look at the questionable actions of the many candidates now running for office. One is reported to have used city money to pay for security while visiting his mistress. Others flip flop on issues and play the blame game, instead of really tackling the issues they attack each other. Don’t you want someone who follows the laws as prescribed in the Constitution and not another fool who believes he or she is above the law?
As for the National debt, I’d take a look at how much these folks are wasting in campaign money. I mean this is money they had to at least do a little foot work for and they still throw it away. Now image how easy it would be for these candidates to do the same with taxpayer funds they had to do zero work to obtain. I submit this task to you the American people. Please help this pandemic before it cripple and possibly kill our Republic. Help us to restore the Constitution.
At the beginning I said their is a doctor that can correct the ailments of the U.S. currently faces. The man I speak of is Congressman Dr. Ron Paul R -TX. Take a look at his record and stance on issues such as the war, economy, and limited government. A grassroots campaign effort not seen in decades and join the Ron Paul Revolution.

October 3, 2008

Vote no this Election

Thomas G. Brown

I first ask that you vote no for Senator McCain and no for Senator Barack Obama this November. Neither of these folks even cared enough to vote no when it came to the bloated Financial Rescue plan that came up on Wednesday afternoon. Then see how your Congressman and Senators voted and vote no for them if they voted yes for this building. Write your friends let them know that these folks screwed you, your children, and grandchildren out of a future. Websites to check out who voted for this scam are located below.

Let’s vote these folks out. October 3, 2008 September 29, 2008

September 10, 2008

Thomas G. Brown |

As I suspected Bill O’Reilly interrupted Congressman Paul similar to the way he does to other guests on his show. Dr. Paul tried several times to explain his position on Iraq and Afghanistan and cut off an told to answer a the question directly. The problem is that the questions asked could not be answered in a one or two sentence synopsis. I hate to break it to Bill but before we invaded Iraq there wasn’t a terrorist presence. Also, Iran didn’t feel threatened before this but with our great plan to take it to our “enemies” overseas so we don’t have to fight them at home. How would we like it if China invaded Canada and then called our military a terrorist organization. In addition their navy has amassed a battle fleet of the coast of San Diego. I’m sure we would ramp up our military, increase weapons production, and create more nuclear warheads. So, why are we angered when Iran does the same thing.

As for the Iranian threat to Israel. They have over 300 nuclear weapons to defend against an attack from Iran. I understand the fear of Israel but they have one of the best military s in the world so I’m sure they could fend off any force that attacks. My guess is if they are attacked (which I highly doubt) they will be able to end the conflict on their own and quickly.

Lastly, the argument that a terror group would get it’s hands on the nuclear wepon that Iran is buliding seems a bit naive. Why after years of working to create a weapon to insure protection from attack would they give or sell it to a third party. This makes no sense and is one of the strangest reasons for attacking Iran and staying in Iraq.

March 4, 2008

Canidates and their “change ” to improve the Economy

Thomas G. Brown |

What happen to teaching Civics and Economics in the United States at the secondary level? I asked myself this question as I watched a new program last night. The program asked random people what their number one concern was this election cycle. Many said the economy and how one candidate or another would correct the current loss of jobs and the recession George Bush says we are not going through. Many said their candidate had a great plan for creating new jobs. Now last time I checked the creation of jobs was supposed to be done by industry and business through the free market and not by central planning by the government.
Every candidate has promised to bring “change” that will promote a better economic outlook for the future. I am not sure if they really think they can do this or not. My personal feeling is they know they can’t but will make changes no matter what they might do to drag the economy down just so they look like they made an effort. One wants to increase taxes on the so called “rich” but repealing the Bush tax cuts (the only think he did right.
There are three key areas government officials could do to make a positive effect on the economy. First move back to a gold standard. Take the power out of the hands of Congress and the Federal reserve who are responsible for inflation thanks to the great ocean of dollars they pump out each and every day. If the gold standard was implemented the amount of gold would dictate the amount of dollars out on the market. Number two go to a flat tax so that every one pays the same percentage making us all responsible for funding the government. If all citizens paid the same amount (% of salary) more folks would think twice before they support new entitlement programs. The third and the toughest to implement cut the budget of the Federal government. A large amount of taxpayer dollars are wasted every day. I see to places we can cut spending quickly without affecting any entitlements. One the “war on drugs” and the “war on terror”. Both are huge waste of money and the drug war is the top reason for prison overcrowding. Take that money we waste on these “wars” that have no definable enemy and will never end and use them to fix problems with in the US. I could go on and on but I’ll stop so I don’t bore you any further.