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Oppose All States

We should support NO STATES. Not that one, and not this one. Let us engage one another directly as human beings, equal creations, unique, gifted of inherent rights, and entitled to human dignity. Let us speak no more of states, for they are invariably, as Murray Rothbard so wisely called them,’a gang of thieves writ large’.


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Yet A Couple More Reasons To Love New Jersey

New Jersey Has The Lowest Gas Tax Around, Who'da Thunk It?


I love New Jersey. Full-serve regular gas at a name brand station for 30 cents less per gallon than the national average. Almost makes all the refinery pollution worthwhile…

And another bonus – the Republicans in the state legislature are forcing Governor John Corzine’s hand on the economy by proposing to cut the sales tax in half through New Years. Not that it will ever pass, but it is forcing Corzine (D. Goldman Sachs) to do something to relieve the burden of the current financial meltdown on consumers and businesses.

How about this guys – let’s make the rate ZERO. Permanently.

(PHOTO: What I paid for gas today at a brand-name station)


The Bailout Is Pure Economic Socialism

Hank Paulson Is A Pu$$y

Hank Paulson Is A Pu$$y

Look – I took a BRUUUUTAL beating recently on some mining stocks. If you believe the powers that be, this bailout is the answer to my prayers, a ‘hail mary pass’ that will rescue the markets, refill our home equity and 401-Ks and IRAs, and everyone will live happily ever after.

Even if ANY of it were true, I STILL say DUMP IT. I am standing on principle, on what I know is right, and I’ll be goddamned if I’ll support something so pernicious and evil, even if it would benefit me in the short run.

Because I know what it means. Bailout means socializing losses and privatizing profits. It means massive new inflation, which means more poverty for millions of people around the world, while Wall Street fatcats and the Merchants of Death, who get to spend it first, reap tremendous profits. And, because the government has to spend the money into circulation, it means unprecedented amounts of military spending, and monstrous wars, wars without end.

And it’s empire that creates such horrible things as nuclear weapons and engineered plagues. The anthrax that was used in the only biological weapons attack ever recorded (except for the settlers giving the Indians Smallpox and Syphilis of course) came from the US government lab at Ft. Detrick, MD. The CDC actually sanctioned an Army scientist to reconstitute the 1918 pandemic flu, which killed more people in the aftermath of WWI than the frickin’ WAR did.

This is the kind of madness that is gripping our government. Will you trust your children’s futures to these people?

Even if my balance goes to zero, I defiantly stand and say to the economic fascists “NO BAILOUT – NO WAY!”


No Bailout, No Way

As many as 80% of Americans are against the Paulson bailout of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs (his former employer.)

The emails and calls to congresscritters’ offices is running at better than 90% against.

The heedless McCain is positioning himself as a ‘maverick’ again allegedly pushing to ‘get things done’,  even though by all accounts he’s just sitting in the meetings, saying nothing.

At least Obama had the sense to put a millimeter or two from Hank Paulson’s plea, on bended knee, to please save him and the rest of the oligarchs from the consequences of their own greed.

A contingent of Republicans in the House, however, is heeding Ron Paul’s sound advice, and is opposing the giveaway. Good for them.

I have no illusions – this monstrous theft is going to pass in some form.  But we should all remember who was with us, and who was against us.


Add Big Government to the List of the World’s Greatest Inventors

News travels fast since Al Gore invented the Internet so I’m not shocked to hear jokes already sprouting from the inference that John McCain helped invent the Blackberry.

“He didn’t have jurisdiction over financial markets, first and foremost,” Mr. Holtz-Eakin said, before wandering into more politically perilous ground.

“But he did this,” he said, holding up what looked like a BlackBerry. “The telecommunications of the United States, the premier innovation of the past 15 years, comes right through the commerce committee. So you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create. And that’s what he did.”

Better living through Big Government. Maybe a Ron Paul presidency would have killed innovation altogether, huh?


America Still Needs A Doctor

Another Successful Cure

Another Successful Cure

I think it is a shame that everyone seems to be fixated on the dust-up between the Barr camp and Ron Paul. It threatens to overshadow the significance of the meeting Ron held (and Barr bagged out on) where he introduced, again, the case for the principles of Liberty over the politics of expediency.

The list of points of agreement that Ron, Ms. McKinney, Mr. Baldwin, and Mr. Nader endorsed is a call to effect a cure rather than treating (or, not treating) the symptoms.  (a side note, it is roughly analogous to my SSS plan for energy and environment)

John Walsh had a great post on LRC today where he sums up the four points;

  1. Foreign Policy: The Iraq War must end as quickly as possible with removal of all our soldiers from the region. We must initiate the return of our soldiers from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Europe and the entire Middle East. We must cease the war propaganda, threats of a blockade and plans for attacks on Iran, nor should we re-ignite the cold war with Russia over Georgia. We must be willing to talk to all countries and offer friendship and trade and travel to all who are willing. We must take off the table the threat of a nuclear first strike against all nations.
  2. Privacy: We must protect the privacy and civil liberties of all persons under US jurisdiction. We must repeal or radically change the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the FISA legislation. We must reject the notion and practice of torture, eliminations of habeas corpus, secret tribunals, and secret prisons. We must deny immunity for corporations that spy willingly on the people for the benefit of the government. We must reject the unitary presidency, the illegal use of signing statements and excessive use of executive orders.
  3. The National Debt: We believe that there should be no increase in the national debt. The burden of debt placed on the next generation is unjust and already threatening our economy and the value of our dollar. We must pay our bills as we go along and not unfairly place this burden on a future generation.
  4. The Federal Reserve: We seek a thorough investigation, evaluation and audit of the Federal Reserve System and its cozy relationships with the banking, corporate, and other financial institutions. The arbitrary power to create money and credit out of thin air behind closed doors for the benefit of commercial interests must be ended. There should be no taxpayer bailouts of corporations and no corporate subsidies. Corporations should be aggressively prosecuted for their crimes and frauds.

Often the most effective cures are negative, epitomized by the old joke where the patient describes a pain that occurs when he does a certain action, to which the physician makes a commonsense reply. Let’s apply this to the four points;

Patient – “Doctor, when I garrison the globe with 800 bases in 150 countries, and meddle in the internal affairs of other countries, terrorists keep trying to blow me up! What do I do?”

Doctor – “Stop doing that.”

Patient – “I keep trading liberty for security, yet while I am less free, I am no more secure, what do I do?”

Doctor – “Stop doing that.”

Patient – “I am so in debt I have to borrow money from my business adversaries just to stay afloat. In addition, I am saddling my estate with debt so that my children will be sent to the workhouse to work off my debts for the rest of their lives, and their children, and their children. What do I do?”

Doctor – “Stop doing that.”

Patient – “I have been passing bad checks and counterfeiting bills to paper over my debt and fund my extravagant lifestyle. So far I haven’t been caught yet, but I have noticed that my counterfeits don’t buy nearly as much as they used to, and my neighbors are all dressed in rags and their home is being foreclosed, what do I do?”

Dr. Paul – “Are you dense? Haven’t you been listening to my advice for the past 30 years? STOP DOING THAT!”

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