Posted by: Greg Huff | January 30, 2014

Government is Coercion not Compassion

This essay was written just before the 2008 election.  It was posted on an earlier Politically Empowered site and so was lost.  I am re-posting it now so these thoughts and data are available.

 Recently candidate Obama wondered why McCain and the Republicans want to make “selfishness a virtue”.  This is an amazing statement especially since Arthur Brooks of Syracuse University in researching his book, “Who Really Cares”, says: “When you look at the data, it turns out the conservatives give about 30 percent more [money to charity]. And incidentally, conservative-headed families make slightly less money.”

Brooks found that the conservative/liberal difference goes beyond money:

“The people who give one thing tend to be the people who give everything in America. You find that people who believe it’s the government’s job to make incomes more equal, are far less likely to give their money away.”

This is only one of the reasons Socialism is bad. When the government gets involved in the charity business it muscles out the competition.  It not only ceases to be charity, it becomes something much worse.  It doesn’t just become “redistribution of wealth” it becomes extortion of the productive by the non-productive, of the able by the unable.

In her book “Atlas Shrugged” Ayn Rand via her character Francisco D’Anconia instructs the “liberal elite”, in the fallacy of money being “the root of all evil” or made on the back of the poor.

“But you say that money is made by the strong at the expense of the weak?  What strength do you mean? It is not the strength of guns or muscles.  Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think.  Then is money made by the man who invents a motor at the expense of those who did not invent it? … Money is made – before it can be looted or mooched – made by the effort of every honest man, each to the extent of his ability.”

 In a brilliant essay Government is Not Compassion by Glen Allport he correctly identifies the true nature of Government and the dangers of projecting on to it a compassionate nature.

“Government is nothing more than structured, widespread coercion, and the idea that it can implement compassion for us by force is simply a vile and cunning lie.  It is cunning because people are primed and willing, even desperate, to believe it.  It is vile because government allows, facilitates, and encourages mass murder, widespread torture, needless famine, and every form of tyranny. ”

“As a result, the creation of an emotionally healthy, free, and genuinely compassionate world is most strongly opposed today by a tyranny that is being sold as Paradise.”

 You can read his article here: http://www.strike-the-root.com/columns/allport/allport1.html

To Obama you are selfish if you do not want your income redistributed by government.  To Biden you are not patriotic.

Forget for a moment the immorality of robbing the productive to give to the unproductive (of course it is sold as redistribution from the greedy rich to give to needy poor).  Think of it in practical terms of getting the most bang for your buck. You will find that the government is not only a bad steward of your income (much of that dollar being eaten up by the bureaucracy itself) but as with government programs of any kind, the fraud that takes place is rife.  It will cost upwards of forty cents on the dollar to administer and ferret out fraudulent claims.

Charity is a good thing.  Giving to charity makes the giver feel that he is helping another person in need.  The receiver gets a helping hand and knows that it is charity and in most cases tries hard to not be a burden on the giver.

This is turned on its head when the government gets involved.  Now, instead of being freely given it is extorted from the individual.  The receiver no longer has to feel he is being a burden to some one else because it is no longer “Charity” it is an “Entitlement”.  There is no reason to get off the program because you “are entitled” to have it.

At the same time it degrades the person receiving the benefits.  It puts him or her in an “out exchange” condition.  Being non-productive yet still receiving benefit is probably the most degrading thing you can do to a person.

So, Obama says it is “selfishness” to those that are the most unselfish.  He advocates extortion and redistribution over voluntary action and actual compassion.  He advocates inefficient and corrupt government entities over the more efficient and honest charities that will actually do some good.  He wants to enshrine that which will never work and disembowel those entities that do work.

It is a disgusting ideology.  If he is elected I pray we won’t have to bury too many people before his term is up and I hope it won’t be too late to recover from the damage done.


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Posted by: Greg Huff | January 26, 2014

The Marxist Religion

This essay was originally published just after the The Republican Convention in September 2008.   It was published on the original Politically Empowered site which is no longer available and is being republished now so it is available for your information.

The Republican Convention is over and now the real fight begins. Mercifully we will only have to endure two months of the campaign ads and accusations of “going negative”.

I was glad to see Sarah Palin knocking down (effectively I might add) the opposition presidential candidate, and the media. She did it with humor and aplomb. She seemed well at ease and skewered the Obama balloon with as they say: “a rapier wit.”

In the end this won’t matter if she and McCain do not win. The democratic spin machine (usually you just hear about the republican spin machine) will go into full extractor mode now that Sarah has refused to be cowed and humbled by the MSNBC’s of the world.

Just like any jungle one is in, you have to recognize the true danger to you and the true source of attacks. It has been said that what you can confront you can handle. Conservatives need to confront the ideology of the left.

We have said in the past that we have defeated Communism. We haven’t. It has just cloaked itself in other mantles: environmentalism, feminism, liberalism, progressivism etc., ad nausea in order to gain power and win converts in the various causes. (Defending the Earth is a popular and seemingly noble cause to win over recruits to the ideology.)

Marxist have claimed dominion and the high ground over many if not all wedge type issues. They have taken over the universities and control the Teachers Union. Primary and secondary education (our kids) is in their hands.

They agitate and rebel rouse those who are here illegally to claim they have “rights” and they are being treated “unfairly” because most Americans would like immigrants to come here legally and actually have something to offer the country besides gardeners and anchor babies. Then they label you “racist”.

The women’s movement has been commandeered as well. The “NAG” (National Association of Gals) as Rush Limbaugh calls them, ousts those who are not on board with their leftist agenda. NOW (National Organization for Women, their actual name) was chartered to promote the interests of women. They actually only promote the interests of women who promote the Marxist agenda. They fight like cornered animals when their sacred cows are challenged but poo-poo the concerns of traditional Americans. This is why it is so hard to get common sense legislation like educational vouchers passed.  This ideology, (dare I say religion) has made many of its gains after we purportedly “defeated” Communism. Marxism in this country has all the hallmarks of a religion and a militant one at that. Converts accept the tenants without question. Those that do question aspects of it are excommunicated or at the very least ostracized.

All of these various “movements” need to be recognized for what they are, tentacles of the same squid.  ”

Marxist in their political guise (usually Democrats but not limited to such) decries being labeled as “Anti-American”. “We are just speaking up for what is wrong” “we are looking out for they down trodden” is the self-righteous mantra they assume. We need to recognize that the Marxist philosophy and ideology, in any of its aspects, are inherently Anti-American.

We’d better confront it and terminatedly handle it if our country is to survive. It is true there is freedom of thought and freedom of speech in this country and that means traditional Americans have the right and duty to call this ideology its true name and label it for what it is, anti-American.

See Alinsky’s Bridge to Socilism

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Posted by: Greg Huff | January 26, 2014

Stealth Blondes

This was originally published on the former Politically Empowered site December 26 2009.  Since that site is no longer there, I am republishing it now just so it is “out there”.  Enjoy.

Leigh Gallagher recently came from CNBC to become a regular on Cavuto on Business.  I watched the show this week and ended yelling at my TV (again)…

You know, just because Leigh came from another financial channel where she read a business news prompter does not mean she knows anything about economics.  She obviously does not.  Obviously since Dagan Mc Dowell (another Fox business commentator that used to make idiotic statements on this show) got educated and stopped being a stealth blonde, she had to find a replacement to take on that role.  Leigh must now be the designated stealth blonde.

She just stated (among other bone headed statements):

“When government spends it does put money in consumers pockets”.  This is not only wrong it is idiotically so.  Government does not not not have any money except for the money that it TAKES from those that actually produce it.  Government spending takes away money from the productive private sector and puts it in places that are either less productive or downright NON-productive or destructive.

Adam is just as brain dead saying that the Government creates A LOT of jobs.  Again wrong.  Some…some jobs in government are necessary and proper to have; to fulfill the proper function of government.  The vast bulk of “jobs” in government are ones that are not at all productive but take money from the productive private sector to spend on useless government jobs.  These are jobs that either could be done much more effectively by the private sector or serve no purpose at all thereby destroying jobs on average.

Government’s only legitimate purpose is to provide a secure environment for individuals to engage in legitimate forms of trade, free from force and fraud and free from threats beyond our borders.

These people need to be educated.  I suggest they start with the Constitution and Federalist papers.  Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and Milton Freedman’s Free To Chose would also be basic primers into free market economics.

Leftist economics does not and has never worked to lift the bulk of people up but only to crush them under the boot of bureaucrats and dictators.  As O’Reilly might say…”Wise Up”.

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Posted by: Greg Huff | October 16, 2013

The Hive Mind of the Left


I pretty much hate the whole left-right meme that has been prevalent over the past century because it is misleading.  The left has been considered to be inclusive of communism, socialism, liberalism, progressivism and so forth.  The right (especially if you ask the left) is inclusive, supposedly, of fascism, and that’s about it.  This would be OK if it were true.  However, it is not true.  It is the left that is inclusive of Fascism as it is National Socialism.

Fascism and Nazism went out of favor on the left because of the atrocious PR that Hitler correctly had. So the left just disowned them and called them “right”. This was not because of disagreement with their ideology but because of their image.

In Ayn Rand’s book “Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal Rand says: “…It is too obvious, too easily demonstrable that fascism and communism are not two opposites, but two rival gangs fighting over the same territory—that both are variants of statism, based on the collectivist principle that man is the rightless slave of the state—that both are socialistic, in theory, in practice, and in the explicit statements of their leaders—that under both systems, the poor are enslaved and the rich are expropriated in favor of a ruling clique—that fascism is not the product of the political “right,” but of the “left”—that the basic issue is not “rich versus poor,” but man versus the state, or: individual rights versus totalitarian government—which means: capitalism versus socialism.

A primary tool of the “left” is redefinition of terms and calling fascist as “right” is one of the most successful examples of this.

Stalin on the other hand, though he killed many more people than Hitler, does not have nearly the bad press that Hitler does.  In fact, Stalin is well known for being ruthless and killing individuals but is not known for the mass murder he perpetrated.  The left has been wildly successful in covering up Stalin’s most heinous crimes.

The so called right is more individualistic and just wants to tend to their business.  They do not engage in agitating for government to right some real or imagined ill in society.

The left has, as an entity, a hive mind.

Look at bees.  If you are somehow perceived as being a danger to their commune, you are immediately attacked.  Africanized bees will chase you up to a ¼ mile if you disturb them, even inadvertently.

The leftist hive will immediately attack any person they make out to be on the right for any transgression that may disturbed the left.  They will immediately turn on any of their own that speaks up to say something that is against the approved propaganda line.  If the member does not “smell” right they are an enemy.

There is NO analysis of what is said.  If someone says ANYTHING even mildly critical of approve leftist doctrine, the hive will swarm until the offender runs away, or better, is dead.

The hive will swarm over any Republican’s revealed dalliances into unethical sexual behavior, immediately calling for their resignation. The call for resignation is generally joined by the Republicans as well, in a sort of “Stockholm Syndrome” fueled frenzy.

On the other side if a Democrat engages in such behavior the left is silent unless the public outrage reaches a certain decibel level at which time the hive gets agitated enough to attack their own

Despite giving lip service to “diversity”, they cannot tolerate any diversity of thought within their community or outside of it.  This is the reason they are dangerous and why free thinking people must never acquiesce to their monolithic thought.

The point is, there is no consideration, no thought, other than protecting their ideology.  THAT ideology is supreme.  The leftist faithful should realize, the moment they start thinking thoughts that do not align with “Big Brother” they will be purged.  This is the nature of leftist thinking and this thinking has killed millions in the 20th Century including many of the leftist faithful.

I’ve often called Socialism “the ideology of death”.  It kills everything it touches.  For countries it is a long slow torturous death.  For many individuals it is much quicker, though perhaps not less torturous.


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Posted by: Greg Huff | September 25, 2013

Open Letter to Dianne Feinstein

I recently wrote to my state representatives to let them know they need to get on board in repealing Obamacare.  I got no reply from one of them but to her credit Dianne Feinstein did reply.  Below is my open letter to her. 

 Dear Senator Feinstein:

I have read your reply to my request that you get on board with repealing Obamacare.  I appreciate that you replied which is more consideration than I received from the other California Senator, Barbara Boxer.

Your assertion that Obamacare will “help drive down health care costs for families, reduce the federal deficit” etc. is demonstrability false.  Premiums have increase even before the full implementation of this debacle.  THERE WILL BE INCREASED INSURANCE COSTS.

This law is already reducing employment and throwing many American workers out of the job market entirely or reducing their hours to under 30 per week so employers do not have the burden of supplying workers with this mandated insurance benefit.  IT IS A JOB KILLER.

Along with that there is an increase of federal and state outlays to support those that are out of work and a lowering of federal and state revenues because they are not paying in or paying less payroll taxes. TAXES WILL HAVE TO BE INCREASED

The Supreme Court through contorted logic and actual altering of the legislation stated the penalty was not a fee as sold to the public and passed by the legislature but with a flick of the pen John Roberts decrees it is instead a “tax” and therefore “Constitutional”.

This is not only a travesty of justice which the Supremes are supposed to uphold, it condemns all of America to a medical system that will be unresponsive, expensive and rationed.  Innovation and competition, which is the only thing that allows any marketplace to offer more service or product at a lower price, will be dead.  Medical advances will come to a standstill.  Many people will die because of the innovation that wasn’t  Many more will die waiting for doctors that will not be there.  PEOPLE WILL DIE.

Doctors will not work in a system where they are not free. Many will decide to not take insurance at all but will be on a cash basis.  Once it is realized that doctors are quitting, they will probably be drafted and told they cannot quit.  This will ensure the re-implementation of something outlawed by the 13th Amendment.  DOCTORS WILL BE MADE TO KEEP PRACTICING

There are many other reasons why this law is not just a bad idea but a “fundamental transformation” of what has made the United States a harbor in a sea of tyranny, poverty and terror.  IT WILL FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE THE GOVERNMENTS RELATION SHIP WITH THE PEOPLE. THEY WILL NO LONGER BE PUBLIC SERVANTS BUT MASTERS.

I so love it when politicians brag about “preexisting” conditions and an insurance company not being able to get out of covering these.  To educate you…a preexisting condition cannot be insured.  It is then NOT insurance.  If I get into an accident and do not have insurance I cannot go to an insurer and say “You have to cover me … it is just a preexisting condition.”  That you can decree it is not just stupid, it is the way to bankruptcy…first for the insurers and then to the United States as there will be no responsibility taken to pay premiums prior to buying the insurance.  Why take out any insurance and pay premiums until you have a preexisting condition?  THERE WILL BE NO NEED TO BUY INSURANCE PRIOR TO THE PREEXISTING CONDITION.

If you or other politicians that have signed on to this idiotic train of thought, wanted to actually handle this as a problem then you’d make insurance portable, you would pass something that says an insurance company cannot cancel a policy as long as the insured is paying the premiums.  You would also reinforce medical savings accounts, giving tax credits for health insurance premiums for individual and ensure individuals can buy insurance across state lines.

I noted other points you made that are sales points for this law.  I will not address them all here.  All I can say is that if you believe this law will save the federal government ANY money over the next ten years the kindest thing I can tell you is that you are ignorant of the history of government programs.

One thing one knows about them is they never stay on or under budget.  We also know that there are TRILLIONS of dollars of unfunded liabilities for Medicare and other benefit programs.  There is no way the federal government will survive this sort of debt and promised benefits to the American people.

When the federal government finally fails to meet it’s obligations as it surely will, I fear that the population will come for the politicians with torches and pitchforks. You may not have to answer for this personally however, as you will surely be retired from office.

Finally, you are subjecting your constituents to either buying something they do not want or getting fined, yet you who have passed and foisted this monstrosity on us have exempted yourself  and your staff from living under it.

If this is so good for us, you should set an example and sign up for this plan without benefit of subsidies from the government which most of the population at your salary levels will not be legible for.


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Posted by: Greg Huff | August 4, 2013

More Liberal Questions

This was originally posted at the old Politically Empowered website in April 2010.  I am reposting it now as the questions (as did the the “Liberal Questions” post) shed light on the liberal mind and the thinking of the left.

If some of the questions do not make sense remember these originate from liberal logic.

The Questions are in Black.  My answers in red.

Why do you feel excluded?
This presupposes that I feel excluded. There is no answer to this question.

Can you hold 2 seemingly opposite concepts in your head at the same time?

Certainly, you must be able to do this in order to evaluate data. In order to properly do this, you also have to be able to extrapolate and project those concepts into the future and decide which of the two contribute to the long-term survival of those affected by it.

Do the houses in your neighborhood all look alike?

No … some are actually painted.

Does everyone have a manicured lawn?

Most in my neighborhood have sand for a lawn. There may be a tumbleweed or two also.

How do you express yourself creatively?

Mostly I write. Though I do have an IMDB credit.

Do you/ did you color outside the lines?

I tried to color inside…but inevitably I had very little control over the crayon.

When did you stop coloring?

About the time I learned to write my name.

Do you have any gay friends?

I have had friends that were gay though they probably wouldn’t have admitted to it. I remember as a young man being invited over to a co-workers place for some beers. He told me at the end of the night that the security gate locked at 11 PM and so I would not be able get out until morning. Being naive in the ways of Los Angeles, I believed him. I told him I’d sleep on the couch. He poo-pooed that idea and invited me to sleep in his bed. I agreed and everything was fine until about ten or fifteen minutes later when he draped his arm around me. I immediately got up and slept on the couch and left about the time it got light. I had no animosity toward this guy. I did not mention the incident and we still worked together for some time after that…but I did not return to his place to hang out after that.

Currently, if I do have gay friends, they have not originated to me about it.

Do you make over $500,000 a year?

I wish. If you do, I want to be your friend. It matters not a whit if you are gay or straight.

What do you fear will be taken away from you?

More of my freedom.

Every time there is a rise in taxes, it takes a little bit more of that freedom. My time is being taxed and I am working more days of the year to pay those taxes.

The bulk of that money I earn is not going to those things that will protect me from force or fraud, they are not going to protect the borders from those that may want to do harm to the country. It is not going to gather intelligence and to handle external threats to the country.

It is going nominally to provide assistance to those that are “less fortunate”. My industry is supporting those that are not or are less industrious. Those that I deem worthy would get my charity in any case. Entitlement means government theft and redistribution to those a bureaucrat deems worthy. It is used to buy votes for politicians. It is used to reward bad behavior and it penalizes good behavior. As we lose that freedom the entire country loses to that extent its exceptionalism…the things that made this country the richest, most dynamic and most powerful force of good in the world. And that is what I fear losing…mostly for my children.

Are you capable of pluralism?

Pluralism means: a state of society in which members of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, or social groups maintain an autonomous participation in and development of their traditional culture or special interest within the confines of a common civilization.

With this definition, NO.

In this country there is a myriad of ethnic groups that have enclaves in various cities. I think each ethnic group that comes here adds their own unique flavor to the soup that is the American culture. But they MUST become part of that soup and not a side dish. They MUST become American. They cannot individuate from this culture. To be allowed to do this is suicide for the country. They must speak English. They must know American history, the good and the bad. Again, they must become…American.

Maintain your traditions, maintain your language and give us the best of your culture. Leave behind the worst parts of your culture; which is probably the reason you moved to America in the first place. Bring the best of you and leave the aberrations and non-survival aspects of that culture behind.

Are you ethnocentric?

This means: characterized by or based on the attitude that one’s own group is superior.

As above American culture is made of many ethnic groups. American people may eat three or four different ethnic meals in a week. Where else can you get Chinese take out, tacos, sushi, fish & chips and a hamburger etc. ad infinitum (or perhaps more appropriately — ad nauseam) within 50 feet of each other?

There is a reason the American experiment lead, in less than 200 years, to the most powerful, most industrious, most innovative, most benevolent (despite it’s atrocities and other failings) and richest country in history. It did not have to do with race or gender but with a system put in place that promoted and grew a distinctively American ethnic of “can do”, self-reliance, independence and entrepreneurship.

So, ethnocentric no, but Americanocentric…Yes.

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I ran across this article in the “Small Business Exchange” newspaper, a small publication for California small businesses.   The President of  the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California wrote the article touting the great things that were being done in California.  How laws were going to ensure the prosperity and security of the California worker.  I rebutted point by point.  His article is in blue.  My rebuttal is in red.

In the 2013 legislative session, the State Building Trades is moving forward with a wide-ranging package of legislation, much of which expands and protects construction workers’ rights to earn the prevailing wage on public works projects.

California’s working people have fought together with a tenacious resolve and unity in recent election cycles to elect forward-looking individuals to our Legislature and statewide offices, and we are now working hard as ever to enact good new laws that will secure them a better standard of living. It is gratifying to know that the future is looking brighter for hard-working Californians.

Platitudes.  California has the highest income and sales taxes of practically any state.  Businesses are moving out of California at an alarming rate.  An all Democrat legislature is now unfettered in limiting legislation that interferes with business and makes California one of the most business UN-friendly states in the union.  The prevailing wage laws protect union workers from competition and costs the California tax payer in the form of public works that could have been done for much less.  This does not bode well for the future looking brighter for hard-working Californians.

But when I read news from elsewhere, I am saddened to see that in many other states, the ultra-rich big business interests are pushing workers backwards, removing hard-won worker protections and slashing their wages, lowering their quality of life and prospects for the future.

Lowering the quality of life for whom?  Certainly not for the people that can be employed at a lower wage and not for the hard working tax payers who have the state digging deeper into their pockets to pay for artificially inflated wages.  What people like you, who have a vested interest in the state, fail to realize is that you cannot repeal or legislate around the law of supply and demand.  Soon, other people’s money runs out. At some point the tax payer will fail to be intimidated into tax increases. Propaganda will only go so far when painting a rosy picture on the rotting corpse of a city or state.

Politicians appease the union workers with these sorts of laws to secure their support for reelection campaigns. It is incest and is now rampant since the rise of government unions.  See my essay “Statist Theory: Vice is nice but (Political) Incest is Best.

Consider the latest stinging defeat for working people in Tennessee, where the state has not only banned prevailing wage on state projects, but has now enacted a law that prohibits any local government from requiring prevailing wages on projects or requiring private employers to provide more generous health benefits, leave policies, or wages that exceed state standards. Any existing local ordinances that allow for better wages are now unenforceable.

I am trying to understand how this is a bad thing…the companies that get the projects now are able to pay employees what they are worth not the inflated wages of union workers who are often working at wages that would not be supported by a free market.

Not content with ending prevailing wage on state projects, they have now banned cities, counties, or local districts from even considering choosing to pay workers decently!

This is just a libelous statement.  Define decently. By who’s standard?

A similar law was signed recently by the Governor of Kansas. The state had already repealed its longstanding state prevailing wage law, but its newest law now “prohibits cities, counties, and local government units from using ordinances, resolutions, or law to require private employers to provide leave, benefits and higher compensation.”

Interesting that Kansas’ economy is now on the rise with businesses coming into a now more business friendly state.

Across America, even minimum wage is under threat. Eighteen states do not currently have prevailing wage laws, most repealed in the past few decades by Republican legislators and governors. In other states, including Michigan and Pennsylvania, more anti-prevailing wage measures are progressing.

Again, a GOOD thing.  After years of Detroit being under the yoke of not just automobile unions (that bankrupted GM) but also government unions, it has gone bankrupt.  Now, perhaps, Detroit has a chance to get back on an even keel.  Years and years of Democrat administrations and favorable union laws have driven states into the ground by more and more anti-business legislation such as prevailing wage AND minimum wage laws. 

Fortunately, the brighter people are waking up to the fraud that is minimum wage, which only harms the entry level worker because businesses will not pay a worker more than that work is worth to the business.  This is one of the reasons (along with prevailing wage laws) why unemployment is so much higher in the black communities.  The only reason they are not rioting and coming for politicians with pitchforks is because  these facts are being hidden from them by the liberal ideology that is force fed to them by a simpatico and compliant press.

These attacks on working people around the country illustrate the importance of our work here in California, where we want to protect and expand prevailing wages for workers. Here is some of what the Building Trades are doing. The hallmark bill for 2013 is Senate Bill 7, to make charter cities eligible for state funding for public works projects only if they pay prevailing wage. Charter cities may choose to exempt themselves from prevailing wage, and some do. This measure would provide a strong financial incentive for those cities to stop shortchanging working men and women with substandard wages.

 In other words the cities must tax their base for the extra wages that must be paid, not to mention the increased bureaucracy that must be maintained to enforce these laws.  Any way you look at it, it is not good for workers or tax payers.  It is only good for politicians, bureaucrats and unions.

 Speaking of charter cities, Senate Bill 311 requires that charter city conversion elections be held in a statewide general election, where voter participation is highest, in order to protect workers from the tactic of passing conversion measures in lower turnout municipal elections. For example, in the City of Bell’s charter election, fewer than 400 people voted out of a population of 40,000 and corrupt politicians padded their paychecks to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, while driving construction workers’ wages into the ground by removing prevailing wage.

This may or may not be good.  Certainly Bell’s politicians enriched themselves at the expense of the tax payers.  I would also say that this is peanuts compared to the enrichment of politicians and union officials statewide that continually have to raise taxes in order to pay for prevailing wages and the huge salaries of the union officials.  One also has to wonder what the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California is costing taxpayers to promote these anti-business measures. I suspect that Mr. Hunter’s salary is not under six figures for a job I consider is supernumerary.

We are also protecting prevailing wage with Senate Bill 776, to prevent anti-union contractors from defining sham labor compliance committees as a fringe benefit, which can then be deducted from workers’ wages as a portion

of the prevailing wage. The Associated Builders and Contractors, the anti-union group, have been using these deductions to fund themselves for their relentless drive to destroy construction unions.

The only reason these so called “anti-union” groups are there is to counter the relentless drive of politicians who are in the pocket of private and public unions, who extort or bribe politicians into giving wages and benefits by legislation and when the bill comes due threatening taxpayers with cuts in police or schools in order to exact another tax increase.

We are also seeking to ramp up prevailing wage enforcement with Assembly Bill 1336, to extend the statute of limitations for recovering lost wages due to prevailing wage violations from six months to 18 months. These companies cheat workers on prevailing wage in order to provide the lowest bid, undermining honest contractors who pay workers fairly and base their bids on efficiency.

Assembly Bill 1140 would ensure that construction workers earn the prevailing wage in effect at the time they perform their work, rather than when a contract went to bid, which may be many years earlier, when the prevailing wage was significantly lower.

We have found on projects that workers have gone years without a pay raise because of a loophole in state law that will be rectified by AB 1140. Senate Bill 615 ensures prevailing wage on the construction of health care facilities financed by certain types of public bond mechanisms, while Assembly Bill 26 requires that contractors that do work in refineries carry a workforce that has been trained and graduated in state-approved construction apprenticeship programs, and requires those workers be paid the prevailing wage for construction workers in the area.

Thus ensuring quality of work and the safety of the surrounding communities adjacent to these industrial facilities. With this broad, determined package of legislation, we hope to make a real and positive difference for California construction workers. We, all of the Building Trades, and each individual local union, fought hard to defeat

Proposition 32, which tried to silence our voice. We worked tirelessly to elect public officials that would listen to the concerns of everyday blue collar workers. When we compare these worthy actions with the sad developments in many other states, we see the clear benefits of our unity and activism, and the price Californians could pay if we ever fail to be vigilant, vigorous and united in our fight for a decent quality of  life.

See what I mean about an unfettered Democrat legislature?  California taxes will be going up substantially and businesses who can no longer stand the intrusion will find other states that are more business friendly (such as Kansas and Texas). 

Do you think these laws will ensure job security and make a positive difference for union workers and Californians in general?   Better take a look at the trajectory of California.  California is practically bankrupt now due to these sorts of practices.  It is a dwindling spiral where the tax payers are going to be squeezed more and more and where businesses will find more friendly places to move to.  The only ones who will not have to worry are the welfare recipients, politicians, and union workers with seniority, that is … until the California collapse.

For other reading on this subject see The Left Running Scared? and Statist Theory “Vice is Nice but (Political) Incest is Best”
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Posted by: Jerrad | January 27, 2013

How retiring boomers can still change the world

Having spent a majority of my 29 years in education and having seen what is being taught, I would have to say that education is currently controlled by the extreme left. They teach group mentalities, white guilt and why capitalism doesn’t benefit all. My belief in why this is the case can almost directly be tied to the capitalist mentality that “those who can’t do teach”. This was a phrase I know I heard numerous times growing up. But while all the capitalists were out making money and advancing their careers, a slow cancer crept into learning institutions.

The ones who couldn’t “do” taught your children. They never taught them how to think, but what to think and they taught them to be good little socialists who don’t question government. In the need for expedience, you looked for the easy solution and thought it would never change from the days of your youth… but the free spirit, peace and love hippies woke up one day and decided they needed to earn some kind of money and education and media were their solutions.

So how does all this pertain to you now you might ask? Boomers who worked in the business world are reaching the age of retirement and with that, they will have free time in great quantity. What I would ask of them is not to waste their golden years, but to teach at a local college or become part of the administration apparatus (as I believe this is just as much to blame as the teachers themselves). Give back in this way and help the pendulum swing the other way. We need to take back the educational institutions from those who would poison the minds of the young against the capitalist ways and trust me, they are out there in droves.

Besides that, real world experience is more valuable in learning than a bunch of people debating over theories they have concocted with no real world backing. We don’t need more technology or crazy theories on how to teach, we need to teach our children how to think. The most effective for actual learning and toughest classes I’ve ever had have all been lecture classes that allowed for debate. The ancient Greeks understood this, why can’t we?

So boomers, come join the cause! Become a teacher and save freedom, save the republic and give something back that will make you feel like you changed the world!

Posted by: Jerrad | December 22, 2012

Leonardo Da Vinci said “I awoke only to find that the rest of the world is still asleep.” NDAA allows American citizens to be detained indefinitely without due process at the whim of the government. It passed today to little fanfare. Couple this with a little reported fact that the Department of Homeland Security ordered 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition recently. The war in Iraq used 70 million rounds a year. At that rate it would take 20 years to run through that stockpile. That is more than 4 rounds of ammunition for every man, woman and child in America today. What exactly does a department meant to protect the homeland need with that 28,000 tons of ammunition? The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, and we have fallen asleep at our post. It is time to wake up or go quietly into the night.

Posted by: Greg Huff | September 22, 2012

Comments on “Why I Left the Libertarian Party”

I recently penned the article “Why I left the Libertarian Party”.
I sent some of my friends and people I grew up with a link to the piece.  Below are comments from one of them in black and my rebuttal comments in blue.

I have to say I was disappointed and surprised by the comments.  I had no idea of the gap between my philosophy and that persons.  I also have to say that I cannot wrap my mind around some of these arguments as to me it is black and white that government who only provides protection from force and fraud as its only hat works.

Read the referenced piece above if you have not.  For more question and answer…see Liberal Questions

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This was a revealing article; deeply personal and a reflection of what
I feel is dangerous thinking.

Really? Wow.

The ideas expressed in your article
reflect the radical elements of today’s ordinary, law-abiding
Americans who yearn for stability in their lives. You yearn for a
return to an illusion of the past, that never existed in the first
place, where the Founding Fathers are all heroes, and Americans were
self-sufficient. You remain subject to and victim of the horrors of
WWI and WWII when Socialism and Marxism were branded as evil
ideologies.

I am surprised and amazed that:

1. There are radical elements of today’s ordinary, law-abiding Americans. I didn’t know such existed.

2. You don’t consider Socialism and Marxism evil. Can you tell me the reasoning behind you thinking it is not?

 Americans are subject to and victims of fear; fear of their culture being diluted and perhaps replaced by something alien.

I assume this is in response to my comment about open borders and unchecked immigration diluting our culture.  Americans have a unique culture, despite the sins of our past regarding our native population.  Certainly it is a shame on our ancestors over the last century.  That being said, you assume I “yearn for a return to an illusion of the past that never existed…”  This is evaluation of the worst kind…assuming you know what I yearn for.  In reality I yearn for something that has a potential of existing but never has and that is government doing only its proper functions of protecting individual right and the citizens from force and fraud.   I have stated elsewhere that if the government is “helping people” it not only is NOT protecting individual rights it is actively violating them.

All of this confusion results in unhappiness, thereby, making
Americans feel that their Constitutional rights to pursue happiness
has been violated. Americans are lost. They do not know that Jefferson
was a Humanist who called himself “an Epicurean”. The “Pursuit of
Happiness” was the foundation of Epicurean ideology. Jefferson was
wise enough to accept this philosophy and incorporate it into our
Constitution. But Americans do not know the larger context of those
words. They do not know that Epicurus avoided politics and thought it
was a waste of time.

The first thought I have is…So?

Jefferson was experimenting and the philosophy almost worked.

Almost worked? What did not work about it?

Just as Socialism and Marxism were experiments that failed, doesn’t mean that everything about those philosophies is wrong or evil.

What isn’t wrong or evil about It?

It’s the application that counts and who enforces (interprets) the application.

Please tell me how stealing the product of some to give to others is applied so it is not wrong or evil?

There is no one, clear, absolute application of any philosophy. They
are all subject to debate and rejection of parts. If Marxism and
Socialism have infiltrated the Democratic Party, it is because the
American public desires it and elects persons who support those
desires. You cannot say that Marxism and Socialism does not exist in
some of the platforms of the Republican Party, or even in your own
thinking.

You are absolutely correct.  I cannot say that and I did not. There are ALWAYS people who desire and covet the labor and product of others.  The Constitution was put there as a protection against this sort of thing.  Both Republicans and Dems have been actively violating the Constitution in this regard.  The Republicans are just not as far gone as the Dems.  Please tell me though, where in my thinking that Marxism and Socialism does exist?  You cannot make such a blanket statement.  If nothing else it undermines your argument.  It may be a reason some people have such a visceral reaction to your arguments.

As for fear, I believe Americans are gripped with fear, which
debilitates their thinking and decisions. Our Great Culture Clash with
Muslims is an excellent example where they and their Founding Father
are demonized.

Did you ever consider that their founders should be demonized?  There is no other religion (which is actually God centered political movement.) whose policy it is to put to the sword those that will not convert to their religion.

Another good example, right in our back yard, is our culture clash with Mexicans. Americans forget that half of America was under Spanish rule for a very long time. Is there something wrong with America becoming different? Perhaps a change is order…or perhaps that change will come by the virtue of mass immigration as it has with
other cultures on other continents.

 I think it is your thinking that is dangerous.  I have no animosity for Mexican who want to come over here and work.  If I lived in that 3rd world country I would do the same.  The country was built on immigrants that wanted to come here to be part of OUR culture.  What you have over the past 30 years or so many immigrate to the US not just to work and go home, or play by the rules and become integrated into our way of life.  The Mexicans are leaving a failed system and importing that failed system here.  There is something wrong with this.  Though the US is not perfect, getting back to founding principles goes a long way toward bettering the lives of not just the people of the US but of the world. 

Yes, our way of life will change and will be different and there is no
way of stopping it. Certainly, no political party can stop it. Nor
should it be stopped.

Perhaps you are right that this cannot be stopped.  The dangerous thinking is that it shouldn’t be stopped; that the America I grew up in will no longer exist but will fall into some sort of dictatorship or will be broken up into various political factions and with that the death and misery it will bring to millions if not billions.  The bright light of freedom and prosperity that was made possible by the United States will cease to be.  When the United States falls there will be a dark age that will be worse than the original.  And those that advocate or fail to do nothing to stop it will, just before being killed or starved to death, scream…”I didn’t know…”  And I will say: “Why didn’t you?”

 The moral relativism you espouse is part of the problem. Communist/ Socialist governments killed 100 million people in the 20th century.  I am sure all of these idealists had the same vision of utopia.  It is intentions that count not all of the bodies by the wayside is not just flawed thinking it is the most dangerous sort of thinking.

 How many people have died for the good intentions of others?  I have no doubt all of the Muslims are well intentioned in killing for their god.  I have no doubt Stalin was well intentioned in killing millions by starvation and worse.  And I have no doubt that the people that were violating the Constitution by taking lands that the native people had negotiated by treaty with the US government were well intentioned. 

I don’t want to live in the kind of world you seem to advocate, where the principals of individual rights and freedom to your own productive effort is dangerous thought and on the same moral plane as Socialism, Communism and Islamism all of which are philosophies of death and oppression.  That you think the freedom to act in your own best interest and expect that others do the same so long as they do not violate others rights is wrong and dangerous, is pretty abhorrent to me.

 In my experience freedom should be the default and is worth fighting for even if it is a losing battle.


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