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Monday, November 21, 2011

The Big Engine And the Bad Conductor

Obama And the Democrats

Our nation has never faced this much difficulty.

Worse the difficulty is of our own making.

I am very sad tonight.  I have been watching the National Debt clock since November the 9th, 2011.

When I started my National Debt Clock watch our National Debt stood at $14,972,448,000,000 + ( the clock moves so fast you cannot possibly capture all of the numbers). And the Gross National Debt Ratio to GDP was 99.7331351% on 9/9/2011 at 2:44 p.m.

As I sit here heartbroken by the failure of our nation's leadership for their abominable track record of spend spend spend and failure to perform their sworn fiduciary duties I am beyond outraged.  I am heartbroken.

I feel every bit as powerless to stop this financial cancer that is consuming our nation and threatening it's every existence as I felt when I watched my mom, my best friend who forever championed me when she wasted away from a rare form of liver cancer but it was congestive heart failure that caused her demise.

I feel every bit as powerless as when I watched my brothers life leave him, but it was his wild life style and heavy drinking combined with diabetes and lung cancer that took his breath.

I feel every bit as powerless as when I watched my first and forever hero my father slip into a ninety day coma, before his frail and shrunken body finally surrendered from the ravages of old age.

And thus I am in mourning, filled with great sorrow as I watch the great economic engine of the United States waiting for the ambulance to arrive.  Waiting for nation saving coal to be placed in the engine, waiting for the engineer to slow down the train, waiting for the train to shed empty cars and waiting to for the whole crew to agree that our engine needs help. And I wondering who is going to stop the insanity before the big engine completely derails.

Sometime tonight when I am fast asleep, or tomorrow our National Debt like a tsunami will wash a red tide over the fiscal house of the United States.  Our National Debt is now 15 trillion 30 billion dollars and change.

Our National GDP is 15 trillion 31 billion dollars and change.  Huge numbers. Galactic numbers. Numbers so large you could not count that high in a lifetime.  Our Gross National Debt to GDP Ratio as I type is 99.9942721%.

Our National Debt is five times our annual revenues. We are the biggest debtors on the planet, we are the biggest debtors in the universe. The debt per individual, each and every citizen of the United States is $174,269.00.  The debt for each family is a staggering $660,578.00.

While the bureau of labor statistics says our unemployment is at 9.1% our National Debt Clock claims the 'official' number of unemployed is 13,895,654. And right below that statistic our National Debt Clock says the real number of unemployed Americans is 25,011,796.

Our entitlement debt load is equally frightening.  Medicare and Medicaid cost at the present is $825,056,380,185*.  The Social Security cost is $723,261,387,850*.  Income security (which consist of Supplemental Income Security, Earned Income Credits, Unemployment Compensation, Nutrition Assistance, Family Support, Child Nutrition, Foster Care and Making Work Pay) is $407,614,871,500*.
Federal Pensions are $212,918,734,685*.  Our interest on the Federal Debt is $218,261,493,650*
 (* These numbers are approximate as they are hard to capture as they rise faster than I can read and type.)

President Obama is racing around the world calling Americans lazy, saying we have gone soft.  And when he is not slamming the citizens of the United States on foreign soil, he is endorsing jobs in Indonesia by Boeing, while his National Labor Relations Board blocks Boeing jobs in South Carolina.  While he tours the country pushing for union jobs and shovel ready nonsense he kills an earth moving real shovel ready job the Keystone Pipeline that would boost our economy by at least 20,000 jobs and help serve our energy needs.

Unbelievably President Obama wants another stimulus package.  This Friday the Congress and Senate passed yet another Continuing Resolution, good only through December the 6th, 2011.  Our nation has not had an official budget in 935 days.

In August our nation suffered the first ever credit downgrade in our history. 

Instead of our leadership responding with a Code Red and placing this nation in intensive care they are bickering like small children.

And today is 11/21/2011 Our National Debt is 100% of our GDP.

The Supercommittee is not so super after all.  The Supercommittee has done exactly what they were designed to do.  They have failed.  This should come as so surprise.  This Committee is really outside of the Constitution.

Like a thief in the night, the proud legacy handed down for generations is placed in peril by cowards who we have elected. Our fiscal crisis is a result of years of reckless spending by both parties, has brought this Republic and every family to this point of financial hardship.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Price Of Moral Relativism ~ The Loss Of Our Moral Compass

Political Altruism And
The 'Lemmingnization' of America

Moral relativism usually includes three claims: First, the concept that morality is changeable; second that morality is subjective; and third, individual.

Moral Relativists claim that it is relative first to changing times; and that you cannot turn back the clock. Secondly, Moral relativist equivocate that what we subjectively think or feel is neither good or bad, but thinking makes it so. And in a celebration of Nihilism for individuals; different strokes for different folks.  Anything goes. No harm no foul. 

Moral absolutism claims that there are moral principles that are unchangeable, objective, and universal.

"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." ~ John Adams, The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States, Charles Francis Adams, editor (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co. 1854), Vol. IX, p. 229, October 11, 1798.)

This nation was not founded on the premises of Moral Relativism. It was founded by just men who sincerely believed in unchangeable moral principles and that those principles were universal and absolute.

Our nation has lost its Moral Compass. The left is doing their very best to convince you and I that morals are not important. The Progressives and socialist and envirofacist on the left are busy nudging you and I out of our freedoms.  They decry rugged individualism and a society glued together by the moral absolutes in our founding documents.  Democrats and the left insist on the psychologically mind numbing one size fits all answers for everything.  The left is busy insisting that there are no winners or losers, when life teaches us the opposite. These social distortionists are engaged in disseminating lies and half truths and the result is taking a very heavy toll on our national consciousness. 
Moral relativism can be found in utilitarianism, evolutionism, existentialism, emotivism and in situationism. Everyone of these forms of moral relativity share the common unifying ideal, that absolute morals do not exist, and that what is right or wrong is a product of happenstance and cultural human preference.

The left celebrates a life based on justification alibis and excuses for toxic behavior.  Morals and ethics can be altered from one situation, person, or circumstance to the next. Essentially, moral relativist say that anything goes, because life is ultimately without meaning or what ever you perceive the meaning to be. Words like "ought" and "should" are rendered meaningless. In this way, moral relativism makes the claim that it is morally neutral.
The main argument relativists appeal to is that of tolerance. They claim that telling someone they are morality is wrong is intolerant, and relativism tolerates all views. But this is misleading. Evil should never be tolerated.
Worst of all moral relativism makes society unstable. It blurs the concepts of right and wrong. Moral relativity allows temporary swings in popular opinion.  Practitioners of moral relativity use all the tools of the left in arguments, and frequently will choose to both see and shape history through a lens that frames facts to suit their agenda.  Each step away from moral absolutism devalues diminishes and damages the building blocks of what makes a society strong.
A result of this valueless thinking and of accepting this vague blurry line between right and wrong is what has allowed in many instances evil persons to rise to power.  And it is this type social dysfunction that allows narcissist and nihilist seeking radical change by abusing temporary swings in popular altruistic opinion to seize power.
A vast number of Americans have embraced Moral Relativism as a defense of socially toxic behaviors and attitudes.  Moral relativity is practiced by an amalgamation of leftist groups from various politically active numerically challenged political and social ideologies.  Those group ideologies are not large enough on their own to electorally win an election but aligned together and elected President Obama.
The left manipulated moral relativism and political altruism to elect Obama, who shares their moral relativity.  He is the first Post Modern American President who sees no authority superior to his own, and believes his views are superior and that our Constitution is fundamentally flawed.  Obama believes it is his moral duty to fit the Constitution to his morally relative view point. And it is this thinking that drives Obama to rule by fiat when his agenda is met with principled moral absolutism.
From the Ayn Rand Lexicon, "There are two moral questions which altruism lumps together into one “package-deal”: (1) What are values? (2) Who should be the beneficiary of values? Altruism substitutes the second for the first; it evades the task of defining a code of moral values, thus leaving man, in fact, without moral guidance.
Altruism declares that any action taken for the benefit of others is good, and any action taken for one’s own benefit is evil. Thus the beneficiary of an action is the only criterion of moral value—and so long as that beneficiary is anybody other than oneself, anything goes."

Our Nation is in grave peril. 

We are Fiscally Bankrupt. 

Since taking control of the house and Senate in 2006 Democrats have been on a spending spree. Foolish modifications were altruistically made to loosen credit requirements to buy homes, cars, and lines of credit.  President Bush kept the expenditures for the Wars in both Afghanistan and Iran off of the general budget.

In 2007, "Too Big to Fail" was coined and used as a vehicle for massive government intervention in US Banking and Investments, and billions of US Taxpayer dollars were used to interfere in the private sector.  Shortly after Obama was inaugurated a second stimulus was passed.  However it was not immediately pumped into the economy but passed out to various Agencies who sought out agenda driven projects wasting vast sums of tax payer dollars on ill advised green energy projects. 

The last Budget for the  Federal Government was passed on April 29, 2009. It has been 930 days as of today, November 15, 2011 since President Obama and the Democrats have performed their fiduciary duty.  The Republican house passed  a budget on April 15, 2011  as I write this blog our National Debt is only 3 billion dollars away from the benchmark of 15 trillion dollars and will soon surpass our GDP.

We are at the brink of Moral Bankruptcy.

In recent years we have had a President, Clinton be charged with Articles of Impeachment due his Lothario like behavior with an intern, Senators and Congressmen, Governors, and Candidates seeking the highest offices in our government forced to resign for inappropriate sexual conduct.

Just this last week a long secret scandal at Penn State exposed a former Defensive Coach, Jerry Sandusky as an alleged pedophile and charged him with multiple charges of sexual assault.  Not only is Sandusky's behavior monstrous, but most of of his associates were aware of his pedophilia and did not alert the Police allowing his disgusting behavior to continue for years.  Not only were those in the infamous Nittany Lions coaching staff and Athletic Department aware of his behavior but also the Chancellor of the College.

Our national leadership and Corporate leadership are Ethically challenged. 

Apparent pay for play with Solyndra, GunRunner where guns were illegally sold and taken to Mexico, resulting in the death of a border agent. Former Senator and Governor Corzine and his now bankrupt hedge fund, the list is endless.  We undermine our allies.  Members of Congress basically commit insider trading, but it is not against the law for them.  Government officials who have been tax cheats. Authorities on every level refuse to enforce our immigration laws, and sue states who model state law on Federally coded immigration law. Bernie Madoff, Enron.  I could link all of these issues, but they are common knowledge.

We support abortion and deny that fragile being in a mother's womb is a child.  The left would have us believe that this infanticide is just a mass of cells. Once ObamaCare is in force we will have death panels who will choose who gets life saving care and who does not based on some faceless nameless hidden bureaucrat's cost analysis determining the value of a life.

The basic family unit is under attack, divorce once a social disgrace is now widespread.  The child abuse rate is high.  We are caught up in celebrity.  Our government is interfering in free enterprise with miles of regulation that hamper the pursuit of happiness.  This nation has a drug addiction problem, an alcoholism problem.  We have a gang problem.

The 4th Estate, the press, Mainstream Media and Broadcast Organizations distort the truth in the name of Political Altruism to move a political agenda.

We are cognitively challenged.  We engage in affirmative action which awards and moves poor performers over those who have better scores and skills.  The result of this National acceptance of lowest common denominators has resulted in large segments of our society unable to identify facts from fiction.  This segment has traded self fulfilling individual achievement and chosen the slide from the quest for excellence to the social engineering of aspiring to failure.  A nation breaking culture that awards the least marginally able, by promoting the lowest common denominator with favoritism and punishing excellence.

Each of these declines can be directly attributed to the practice and pursuit of moral relativism.

“The American elite is almost beyond redemption. . . . Moral relativism has set in so deeply that the gilded classes have become incapable of discerning right from wrong. Everything can be explained away, especially by journalists. Life is one great moral mush--sophistry washed down with Chardonnay. The ordinary citizens, thank goodness, still adhere to absolutes. . . . It is they who have saved the republic from creeping degradation while their "betters" were derelict.”  ~ Charles Dickinson

Sunday, November 13, 2011

DEMOCRACY DENIED ~ A Must Read, Must Have, Must Share Book By Phil Kerpen

DEMOCRACY DENIED by Phil Kerpen is a book that every freedom loving American should read and have on their bookshelf.

It is more than a must read.  It is a must have.  DEMOCRACY DENIED is packed with must know facts.

If you are concerned about what is happening in this nation you must read this book. 

If you feel that your freedoms are slowly being eaten away by unelected bureaucrats you must read this book. 

If your business is buried in never ending red tape, a result of over regulation you must read this book. 

If you are concerned about why this nation is in dire fiscal trouble and debt you must read this book. 

If you are concerned about why there are no jobs, if you are concerned about where all the jobs have gone,  you must read this book. 

If you are concerned about how the attacks by the Obama Administration has taken your rights Phil Kerpen lays it out in easy to understand terms.

We must stand up in opposition and reverse the trend of greater regulatory power. Phil Kerpen details the loss of our Freedom and the endless assault on the Constitution by the Obama Administration.

Phil Kerpen has outlined how Obama and his Administration have undermined the founding principles of this Republic. This book documents every infringement and has solutions and a road map to recovery, and once again, you must read "DEMOCRACY DENIED".

And after you read it, keep it.  Encourage your family friends and neighbors to buy this book.

Phil Kerpen's book is the best accumulation of facts of why President Obama and his Administration do not deserve a second term.

If you love America, and the Constitution please read this excellent piece of research.
"DEMOCRACY DENIED", In his own words, Phil Kerpen will inform you with facts, "How Obama is ignoring you and bypassing Congress to radically transform America- and how to stop him." 

Phil Kerpen says, "The message from Obama and his administration was clear:  we will accomplish our policy objectives at any cost and by any means.  Indeed that's how they would push two major pieces of legislation they wanted, ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank in the health and financial realms, respectively."

DEMOCRACY DENIED is not only a well written expose of how Obama has turned this nation nearly inside out, but offers strong solutions, and has forty pages of notes and a lengthy index.  Mr. Kerpen has done his homework and has performed a great favor to each and everyone of us.

He is one of my heroes for this bold clearly stated book  and I am honored to have been requested to review his book.