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Democracy Ends In A Flood of Bankruptcies

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Utilitarianism is the idea that you do what is best for the largest number of people, but you find out what this by asking them. Since most people have limited awareness of the future and consequences of actions, and since everyone else goes with the flow because of instinct toward pack animal behavior, this means we vote for free stuff now and leave it up to the future to pay for it.

That worked, or seemed to work, when the economy was booming thanks to the second world war. But then, over time, something went wrong. It turned out that we could not tax, borrow and spend without in turn savaging our economy, which responded to our easy money policies by making that money worth less in terms of buying power.

Between those two factors, the entitlements system — including its welfare state designed to appease a minority underclass — has collapsed in a series of bankruptcies. Several states, including Illinois and California, are broke and way in debt, just like our federal government. And other institutions are facing impossible commitments as well:

The Postal Service has already defaulted on $33.9 billion in health benefit pre-payments. Left unresolved, the rapidly growing debt means that American taxpayers eventually could be forced to cover the massive costs when future postal retirees seek to cash in on the benefits to which they are legally entitled.

…The Postal Service on Thursday reported a quarterly loss of $2.1 billion, compared to a $1.6 billion loss in the same period ending June 30 last year. That came after double-digit growth in package delivery was unable to offset drop-offs in letter mail, which makes up more than 70 percent of total postal revenue.

…The Postal Service is also urging Congress to provide relief from the mandate to pre-fund retiree health benefits. Legislation in 2006 required the Postal Service to fund 75 years’ worth of retiree health benefits, something that neither the government nor private companies are required to do.

When you are buying votes, it is easy to promise that you will give people money. Since the 1950s, the largest growth in government spending has been entitlements, or payments directly to citizens. But over time, these commitments become more than the economy can bear, which leaves us with promises to pay with money that is not there.

Europe is in the same condition, as are American consumers who have racked up over $1 trillion in debt. When you build your economy on free money, soon the money is worthless, but you still have to pay for what you promised in the past, which makes the entire situation so ludicrous that people might as well borrow themselves into oblivion, since money has become more about government and herd approval than actual economics.

When you base policy on what people think they should think, instead of actual thinking, you end up with this type of disaster. They spent all the money and borrowed more, and now the only way out is a crash. This will coincide nicely with the immigration crisis, environmental crises, political disasters and collapsing demographics to end Western democracy.

Equality Means That Society Owns You

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

The endless quest to drain the wealth of the nation and spend it on socialist-style social benefits expands in California:

Republicans says budget cuts should be made to fund road maintenance. A failed GOP plan proposed last year would have tapped into cap-and-trade money used to lower greenhouse gas emissions, cut Caltrans positions and eliminated other positions that have been vacant. It identifies other funding sources, but doesn’t specify what programs would be cut if that money was diverted to roads.

Brown said the plan is unrealistic.

“The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them,” Brown said, adding that the approved tax and fee hikes bring those charges to the level they were 30 years ago if adjusted for inflation.

Human minds are like computers. If you tell them something is true, they will act on that and adjust all data to fit. So when we say that all people are “equal,” and results turn out far from equal, the mob of equal people — each acting individualistically, or with short-term self interest above all else — demands to be made equal.

After all, if they are equal, the only way inequality could come about would be through cheating, theft, or criminality.

In the meantime, the real criminals take office by promising more of the unrealistic goal of equality, at which point they make social programs which then hire more bureaucrats like them. Since the goal is illogical, the results are bad, but people will not let go — they just can’t stop themselves! — of that shining image of equality, so they double down.

Rinse, repeat. Eternally.

Now your money — the result of your work, and your irreplaceable time you sacrificed doing that work — belongs to the herd. They feel that you have stolen money from them, you freeloader, if you demand to keep more of your money and to cut some of the massive socialist welfare, benefits and entitlements programs instead.

California could have cut diversity programs, immigrant aid, free healthcare, welfare, free cell phones, civil rights or any of a few thousand other programs that take from all and give to some. But that is not a winning mental image for the equal voters.

Ever notice that the roads are terrible in most third world countries? The same will be true of the USA: a rotted infrastructure, corrupt politicians and a compliant media presiding over a vast mass of zombies.

Californication Bursts With The Oroville Dam

Monday, February 13th, 2017

California seemed like the star of the USA. People could move out there and get a new start. That mentality enabled one of the last-settled of the American territories to adopt a generally laissez faire view of social mores and values. In California, anything goes.

The rest of the nation seemed to be rebuked by this. Why live under those starchy old rules, a hybrid of Western European cultural knowledge like The Odyssey and the Ten Commandments, when in this brave new anarchy zone, anyone could do anything and be anyone they wanted to be? The individual was most powerful in California.

A street vendor from New York could move to California and become a millionaire in entertainment. Rock stars and actors took drugs, had affairs and partied the nights away. Their ability to do this, and become wealthy, made those old stodgy rules seem totally irrelevant. California was the leading light of the Left and played a key role in cultural upsets in the 1930s and 1960s.

But the power of the individual comes at a high cost. When there are no standards, anything goes, and the result is that really bad notions become accepted behavior, then get written into law in order to support all those individuals. This is why California had a reputation first for being the most free-wheeling state, like Texas on steroids, and then became the most liberal, then the most Leftist.

In this way, we see the path of individualism. At first it is rugged and anarchic, but then, as all those individualists gather together, it takes on the role of defending the individual against consequences of social rules. Those rules are based on time-proven methods for avoiding disaster, so the last stage is to protect the individual from the consequences of his actions.

As part of its descent into Leftism, California has embarked on a strong pro-diversity platform. They spend about $25 billion per year on illegal immigrants, and much more on other social issues, which means that California is perpetually broke and could not fund updates to the 50-year-old Oroville Dam even though they would cost only a fraction of what it spends on immigration and social issues.

The crisis has eased for now as the rains have abated, but the point has been made: California has bankrupted itself spending on entitlements, or payments that go directly to voters, instead of updating its infrastructure. Its government is unsustainable as a result.

Ironically this all happened in Yolo County, echoing the internet slang for “You Only Live Once,” which is usually followed by the corollary that it is better to party today and not worry about tomorrow than engage in those fuddy-duddy calcified midwestern morals that say you should not eat the seed corn. Not updating a 50-year-old dam while spending lavishly on social issues is the embodiment of “YOLO” thinking.

In Californication, we see the problem of democracy. People live in small bubble worlds. The size of the bubble depends on their intelligence, moral fortitude and experience. A high intelligence person who is driven to understand his world and has run his own business is aware of much, much more than the average voter.

But under democracy, the numbers have it… and the vast majority of people know only what is in their bubble. This means how many rights they have at their jobs, what payments they get from the state, and other benefits that sound good for them or allow them to play “keeping up with the Joneses” through virtue signaling. Free money gifts from government are a symbol that make people feel good about themselves.

This means that democracy creates a chain reaction where whoever adopts the most insane idea affects others who, in order to compete, adopt it as well. The government then spends all of its time on what wins votes, even though this is diametrically opposed to the actual issues facing the state, like infrastructure. To say “we are out of money” is to lose votes, so it is rarely if ever said.

California seemed like the future. Then it spent itself into oblivion, and now as a bankrupt state, can no longer live off the benefits it enjoyed from the work of people in the past, like the Oroville Dam. Instead, it is headed toward default and collapse, much like the notion of Leftism itself, which by making all people equal has made common sense taboo and even dangerous to utter.

California Exit Alles

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

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I once lived in Los Angeles. I need to be fair and temperate here because I lived there for two years as a Graduate Student and rented an apartment that would violate UN humanitarian ideals.

My experience of California is not a fair or accurate barometer to what the place has to offer the world. Because I like the idea of being just and because all people should determine their own destiny, I believe that if California is outraged that Donald J. Trump is America’s 45th President and must seceed to feel moral, they should.

Certain Californians greatly believe this and have launched the Yes California PAC to bring their dreams to fruition.

Yes California states that “[being] a U.S. state is no longer serving California’s best interests. On issues ranging from peace and security to natural resources and the environment, it has become increasingly true that California would be better off as an independent country.”

I hope that these people plan carefully, work hard and are in this for the long haul. As Business Insider diligently explains, secession is a long, hard road even if the US Army never chooses to occupy strategic cities the way they did back in 1861 under similar provocation. Maybe The Hartford Convention of 1814 wasn’t such a bad thing. I’m sure The Miami Dolphins could get through customs once a year when they trek up north to lose to the Patriots up in Foxboro.

Here’s option 1, as described in a statement from Yes California:

“A member of the California federal delegation to Washington would propose an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing the State of California to withdraw from the Union. The Amendment would have to be approved by 2/3 of the House of Representatives and 2/3 of the Senate. If the Amendment passed it would be sent to the fifty state legislatures to be considered (to satisfy the “consent of the states” requirement in Texas v. White). It would need to be accepted by at least 38 of the 50 state legislatures to be adopted.

Alternatively:

“California could call for a convention of the states (which is currently being organized to tackle other constitutional amendments as we speak) and the Amendment granting California its independence would have to be approved by 2/3 of the delegates to this convention. If it passed, the Amendment would be sent to the fifty state legislatures to be considered and 38 of the 50 states would have to approve the measure in order for it to be adopted.”

Sounds good. Please work hard and get it done. I’ll support you all the way. I just ask you one thing in return….Don’t be such a hypocrite when other parts of the country want to go their own way to get the heck away from you. One example of this hypocrisy is the base Cuckoldry of the Texas GOP when concerned citizens attempt to get a Texit Resolution on the GOP Primary ballot.

Texas Republican leaders would much rather ignore this pesky secession movement. But in recent years they’ve been forced to deal with it. This fall, the group tried to get 75,000 signatures to get a secession-related resolution on March’s GOP primary ballot. It read: “If the federal government continues to disregard the constitution and the sovereignty of the State of Texas, the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation.” In December, the state party took matters into its own hands and voted down the idea. The movement doesn’t even have “Republican” in its name, one state party official said. Another said he was “sorry we are even having the conversation.”

Consider this when somebody like Hunter Wallace suggests that maybe, just maybe the rest of Amerika would appreciate not having to carry Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi et al any more as these communities went their own way to determine their own future. We are a seperate people with a seperate destiny.

In conclusion, Amerika is a difficult place to live in peace and prosperity. It may be impossible to carry out the Trump mandate of making America great again. Diversity plus proximity equals conflict. If that scares and abuses the decent people of California, let The Bear Flag fly. If we really preach liberty and freedom; I say to you all what Moses famously said to The Pharoah. “Let my people go.” And furthermore, let’s treat all the people with identical justice and fairness. Even the ones that suave and sophisticated Californians would ridicule as rednecks and barntards.

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