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Austerity – What is it, Really?

Thousands of anti-austerity protesters are expected to march in London today - Reuters
Anti-austerity protesters in London (June 2015)
image courtesy (© 2015) Reuters, via EveningStandard, (story: June 20, 2015).
A word often heard in the media, particularly in regards to foreign countries and usually associated with massive and sometimes violent protests is “Austerity”.  The dictionary defines it as a “Severe and rigid economy” and most people associate it with lean times and tight fiscal policies by governments. Austerity is actually a politically-loaded term and keyword.  Whenever you hear the word associated with a nation (government) or other governmental entity, it should indicate to you that said government is a “socialist” (redistributionist) government (one that is in the business of stealing from it’s productive citizens and enterprises, and “redistributing” it to those less productive).  Such a government has legalized plunder!  You will almost never hear the term or see it protested in a free society, hence the reason you have not traditionally heard it in reference to the United States.  The (often violent) protests are by those on the receiving end of the legalized plunder and “redistribution”.  It begins with the emotional appeal by “progressives” for the government to create “entitlements” for certain “groups” of people (to achieve “social justice”), then either robs (taxes) people (directly) not in these groups, borrows fiat money from a (private) “central bank” (The “Federal Reserve” is NEITHER!) that is more than happy to create “money” out of thin air and “lend” it to said government (AT INTEREST), thus robbing the industrious “non-entitled” and “entitled” alike (indirectly) through currency “inflation”!  When taxes and / or inflation rise too rapidly, the “non-entitled” start to complain too much as “the economy” starts to stall under the (too rapidly) rising weight of debt, taxes and plunder.  The government will sometimes implement “austerity” measures in attempt to countermand these symptoms (but does nothing to fix the real disease).  What this often involves is a (usually temporary) reduction in the GROWTH of “entitlements” or restrictions on the eligibility to join the “entitled” groups.  This, of course leads naturally to the “entitled” groups and the wannabees now blocked screaming in protest like stuck pigs!  They do have a legitimate reason for their protests – their real physical LIVELIHOOD is truly threatened just as much as a farmer who’s lost his crop or a working class person who’s a sole breadwinner for his family and has suddenly lost his job!  They have indeed become DEPENDENT on the largesse from the plunder of their fellow citizens.  Usually, after a period of time, however, the government is once again able to come to some type of “compromize” with all it’s “stakeholders” (the “entitled”, the “taxpayers”, and the “central bankers” / IMF who are counting on the free interest on the ever-increasing “debt”) that appears to partially ease some of the “pain” for each group, the “austerity” is ended or reduced, and the economy “recovers”, rinse, spit, repeat.
I must emphasize that “Austerity” is only applicable to and enacted by SOCIALIST governments.  Again, this is why you hear of it in places like Europe, Latin America, and (despite state-control of media) Communist countries but NOT the U.S., though with ever-growing entitlement programs like Social(ist) (in)Security, and Obamacare (now wedged into and very entrenched), you may likely start hearing it more here too.  They haven’t used the word itself yet, but the howls by the Democrats AND “moderate” (liberal, RINO) “Republicans”, indicate the advancing spread of the disease of socialism here.  You can see the most vocal opponents in the states that foolishly expanded their “medicare” entitlements under Obamacare, whereas states that didn’t have nothing to fear as fewer of their citizens have become “dependent” on it.  The feds GIVE and (then) the feds TAKE AWAY!  It is much easier for a (once) free society’s government to create entitlements than it is to later have to remove them!  This is why a well-educated (morally, economically and politically) citizenry is absolutely NECESSARY to avoid these pitfalls and maintain a free society! Temptation resisted is evil and suffering avoided.
In a free society, the government maintains a stable and constant level of “austerity” (as viewed by socialists) as indeed it should.  A free society eschews the creation of “entitlements” based on envy and plunder and sticks to the actual duties of government:  the common defense, punishment of crimes, enforcement of contracts and the rule of law, a uniform system of weights, measures, and currency (backed by substance, ie. gold and silver), and equal protection of everyone under the laws from violence and plunder.  It is up to families, churches, charitable organizations, benevolent and prosperous citizens, and local governments to tend to the needs of their fellowmen who are unable to provide for themselves.  By not creating “entitlements” by “protected” groups of citizens by granting them a claim on the property and labor of others, dependency and societal volatility are avoided.  This, along with maintaining a stable currency based on real substance and value (ie. gold and silver) and the subsequent avoidance of debt allow for economic stability to be maintained with the highest level of prosperity for the highest percentage of people.  Simply put, if you don’t create “entitled” groups and dependence, you don’t ever have to “take anything away” (austerity) resulting in massive howls and violent protests!  Government can’t take away anything it doesn’t first steal and then give away!  This also reduces the need for government expansion, debt, constant lobbying of government, government interference in the economy, and the dividing of citizens into opposing groups promoting peace and harmony.

Donald J. Trump: The Beginning of a New and Exciting Era

Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States#biblicalsatire:  “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly:  and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.  And from the time that the Obamanation that maketh desolate be set up, there shall be two thousand nine hundred and twenty-two days.  Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the two thousand nine hundred and ninety six days!” – taken from Daniel 12:10-12.  We have waited and have now come to the 2996th day!!!!!

It’s a great and blessed day indeed today!  It’s “Morning in America” again!  I’m psyched!  It’s been eight looooong years watching my great country silenced (through “political correctness”), mocked, sanctimoniously lectured, apologized for, weakened (economically, socially, and militarily), debased and ruled by people who seem opposed to nearly everything it was founded upon.  I never thought this election would turn out the way it has.  This goes back further than just the last eight years, but all the way back to President Bush I.  Not since President Ronald Reagan, have I and so many had such hope for the future!  I admit that I didn’t have much faith in Donald Trump as the GOP nominee based on his past stated positions and his bravado combined with his lack of experience in dealing with politics and the media, but everything I’m hearing out of him right now I’m loving.  I’m also sort of liking his bravado and the fact that we finally have someone in leadership with a backbone willing to call it as he sees it and call pigs with lipstick “pigs with lipstick!”  The only thing so far that I see differently from what he has proposed is the threat to impose high tariffs and cutting deals / favors with individual companies (crony capitolism).  I’m convinced that if he is simply able to rid the law books of most of the massive taxes, regulations, and paperwork that has been imposed on American businesses in the last thirty years, he’ll be ninety percent of the way toward making America prosperous again.  Tariffs should be imposed as a last resort against individual countries that subsidize their exports as loss-leaders undercutting market values.  They should NOT be used to “protect (union) workers” and bloated, inefficient local companies, thus driving up the cost of goods and services to all Americans!  Some accuse me of being a blind Trump supporter, but that is not true.  I’m simply hopefully and cautiously optimistic!  There are some things that concern me about this election.  The main thing is a fear that the globalists have simply ALLOWED this to happen, allowing “conservatives” to finally have a brief day in the sun in order to pull off a final economic collapse and then being able to pin the blame on the conservative, patriot and liberty movements.  The article “Trump is exactly where the elites want him” by “Personal Liberty” explains the plausibility of this possibility in detail, and is an excellent read.  One thing I noticed shortly before the election was how the media seemed to sort of indirectly turn on Hillary and discussing her “emails” and thinking “WHY are they suddenly running with this?  Do they want to damage her at the last minute?!”  But for the moment, I’m going to suppress the jaded realist in me and just enjoy the moment and walk with a bit of a spring in my step for it appears we have the best opportunity for real “hope and change” since 1981!  God bless, stay strong and, by all means, stay vigilant!

Time for some more Stuff from the ol’ Stack:

“Daft Punk”, by (© 2011-2013) B-Ess.
Top generals: Obama is purging the military
by F. Michael Maloof, WND, Oct. 31, 2013.

Here’s the man who knows what Reagan would do
by Ron Arnold, Washington Examiner, Nov. 7, 2013.

Man forced to wear bugged device strapped to his face every night or he loses trucking license – by Police State USA, Oct. 6, 2013.
me:Land of the (Once) Freeeeeeeeeeee.

US Army Defines Christian Ministry as “Domestic Hate Group”
by Kyle Becker, IJReview, Oct. 15, is how persecutors, such as soldiers of Ancient Rome who butchered Christians and German SS who slaughtered Jews and Gypsies are MADE! I fear for our future.

Mistake Or Malfeasance? Doesn’t Matter; This Textbook Gets The 2nd Amendment Dead Wrong
by Ben Bullard, Personal Liberty, Sep. 18, 2013.
me:In my hometown, already!

Students Told They Can’t Pass Out Constitution on Constitution Day – by Mary Lou Byrd, Free Beacon, Sep. 20, 2013.

Domestic Barbarians Destroy America
by J. D. Longstreet, Constitution Club, Aug. 27, 2013.

Kudlow: Liberal entitlement-state dream is crumbling
by Larry Kudlow, CNBC, Nov. 1, 2013.

Ginger Root Kills Ovarian & Prostate Cancer Cells Better than Chemo – by Natural Society via World Truth TV, Oct. 31, 2013.

Sea cucumber extract kills 95 percent of breast cancer cells and shrinks lung tumors
by Ethan Evers, Natural News, Oct. 15, 2013.

Health Basics – The top 10 causes of breast cancer
by S. D. Wells, Natural News, Oct. 14, 2013.

Ronald Reagan Tribute, The Christian Left, and an Overflowing Stack of Stuff

Ronald Reagan Tribute — Bel Air Presbyterian Church “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” – Proverbs 29:2.  me:When Ronald Reagan was president, they said it was “Morning in America”.  Today there’s a lot of morning in America¡

All Over America Evangelical Christians Are Being Labeled As “Extremists” And “Hate Groups”
by Michael Snyder, (©) Infowars, April 8, 2013.

Cops Beat “Possibly Intoxicated” Man to Death in Bakersfield; Citizen Camera Evidence Seized
by Brian Doherty, (©) Reason, May. 10, 2013.
me:I pray that had I been there and armed that I would’ve had the tremendous courage needed to find some way to have stopped this evil!

Image courtesy (©) Walt Disney Studios.

Img. (©) IJReview
Why did British bystanders watch a soldier get hacked to death?
by Mike Piccione, (©) The Daily Caller, May 24, 2013.
me:Unarmed sheeple are easy prey. This is what it’s like folks, when only the police and criminals are armed! In Britain, pepper spray is classified as a “firearm”.  Someone at least tried, though!:

The Woman Who Stood Up to the Woolwich Butchers
by Christopher Dickey, (©) The Daily Beast, May 23, 2013.
me:A woman with the true spirit of Kim Possible!

Software company to recruit people with autism as programmers
by (© 2013) Routers, via Fox News, May 22, 2013.  me:Cool beans!

The “Real” Story of the Maroon Bluebonnet, by Jeff Abt, (©) Texas Superstar.
Image courtesy (©) Aggie Horticulture.

Image courtesy (©)
Real Color Wheel.
Scientists find woman who sees 99 million more colors than others
by JohnThomas Didymus, (©) DigitalJournal, June 19, 2012.
me:This is fascinating!

Google-Berg: Global Elite Transforms Itself For Technocratic Revolution
by Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones, (©), May 13, 2013.
Google’s Eric Schmidt: “I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions […] They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.”
me:”I don’t need nor want Google to tell me what to do next – I only want them to answer my questions!”  I can think for myself!

Mastering The Linux Shell – Finding Anything
Numerous find & grep examples!
by Marcel Gagne, (©) Marcelgagne, Apr 8, 2013.

The Answer to the ‘Christian Right’ [according to the Christian Left]

Blog by Timothy Kurek, (©) The Huffington Post, May 20, 2013.

“In a country that is increasingly polarized politically and religiously, it’s always a breath of fresh air to encounter a group or a movement that strays from the social norm. Enter the Facebook page/movement ‘The Christian Left.’…”

me:I stumbled across this page posted by a facebook friend who is a progressive.  Seeing the title, my instinct immediately said “oxymoron”, but, being attracted as I am to oxymorons and never wanting to comment in detail on something without having actually read it, I decided to give it a read.  I encourage you to check it out for yourself before reading on for my opinion.  I expected to see a general bashing of the so-called “Christian Right” (conservatives), but I was somewhat surprised to find most of it more of a positive presentation of their own views, though I did see the “Christian Right” being somewhat stereotyped and broad-brushed a bit as “judgmental”, “hypocrites”, and not “following Jesus’ teachings”.  I will have to say that I do share many of their views relating to “separation of church and state”, legislation representing common “values”, striving to follow Jesus’s teachings on how to conduct ones life, and helping those in need.  Therefore, I respect them and believe they are truly trying to live as they believe without hypocrisy, unlike many other progressives these days.  I believe they err in three areas that separate them from many of us conservative Christians.

First:  they erroneously apply Jesus’s commands to individuals and the Church to secular governments.  Jesus commands INDIVIDUALS and the Church to help the poor.  This is likely due to the general progressive view of people being represented by and having “rights” based on groups rather than as individuals. Jesus never chided the Roman government for failing to “provide a social safety net” or even for condoning slavery.  God’s commands to Gentile (other than Israel) Government’s is to “bear the sword (not in vain), to reward those who do good and punish those who do evil” (Rom. 13:4) and execute murderers (Gen. 9:6).  Our constitution lays out specific, enumerated powers to our national government. As Thomas Jefferson pointed out:  “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”

Second:  they, at least partially, have (like all those on the left) a misconception of government and it’s role due to a wrong (unbiblical) world-view.  This “progressive” world-view both sees man as “basically good” and, from the “Enlightenment” movement, sees human society / government as evolving and becoming better and more civilized with time.  This is diametrically opposed to the world-view of both the Bible, conservatives, and the nation’s founders – that both sees man as depraved and human society / government as in a downward spiral toward an all-powerful one-world government headed by an “Antichrist” dictator into perdition followed by a final Judgment Day by God Himself.  They therefore believe that human government is “basically good” and can and should be “compassionate”, etc.  The truth is that government is all about force and coercion.  It has (and must have) a (rightful) monopoly on the use of force.  It is also controlled by depraved human beings.  Therefore we believe government is at best a “necessary evil” and at worst, a violent and tyrannical nightmare.  Therefore, we believe government should be limited to those areas where the ability to threaten and deploy force and violence are necessary, ie. in “securing our liberties and individual freedoms”, “providing for the common defense”, “PROMOTING the GENERAL welfare”, and protecting us from violence and oppression by others.  We do not believe that government, at least on the national level, is constitutionally authorized nor should be involved in “providing social safety nets” or “compassion”, (stealing property and labor from (enslaving) some individuals and giving it to others, regardless of their perceived “need”).  Helping others must be a VOLUNTARY effort undertaken by individuals and churches, as Christ (not government) commands them to do.

Third:  they claim to be the ones “following the words of Christ”, which I’m not questioning, but they seem to group all Christians on the “Right” as being guilty of “hypocrisy and judgmentalism” – not following Christ?  I’m not calling them hypocrites or judging them, or questioning their faith, motives or sincerity in following Christ, but rather simply pointing out the errors I see in their world-view and their application of Christian doctrine.

Tough Week

An army of “Storm troopers” descend upon and “lock down” the Boston area
Friday in search of a lone nineteen year old bombing suspect.
image courtesy (© 2013) Associated Press.
Man, what a week, so much going on, disasters both far and near.  My heart and prayers go out to the people of the Boston / Watertown area and the friendly people of nearby West, Texas.  The fact that they attacked the Boston Marathon finish line particularly touched both my wife and me because so many innocent people were so horribly maimed and that she had run that race nine years ago this month.  Marathon runners are some of the nicest people I know.  While I’m glad to see the bombers brought to justice, there are a few things that do concern me and should concern all patriotic Americans and lovers of Liberty.  First, we’ve had bombings and dangerous fugitives on the run before, but the concept of “locking down” an entire metropolitan area is brand new and scares me as much or more than the armed desperadoes themselves (This was not done in LA when that rogue cop went off shooting and fleeing).  I used to associate “lock downs” with prisons, now I associated them with government schools, which do it these days at the drop of a hat.  Now it appears to be spreading to communities.  This looked very much to me like a some sort of “trial run” for martial law.  The thought of thousands of police armed to the teeth like our soldiers fighting an urban gorilla war going door-to-door searching houses (without warrants?) to capture a single nineteen year old kid just strikes me as possibly slightly overblown.  If I had been in my house all day with the doors locked, as “requested” by the law martial, I would NOT have wanted these “troops” searching through the inside of my house (outside’s a different matter since he could be hiding there and I most likely would have given them full permission) since I could assure them that the suspect is NOT inside my home (and would, hopefully, have had the courage to tell a bunch of men armed with automatic weapons to (please) show me a warrant!)

Statue of a brave patriot minuteman looks over the desolate city amid
sheepish signs from it’s defenceless residents now “sheltering in place”.
image courtesy UK Daily Mail Online, copyright “EPA” (unknown).
I, like the nations’ founders, simply have a reasonable concern and suspicion of government power.  We grant government a monopoly on the use of force out of necessity in order to secure our liberties, but as a free people, we must always keep vigilant to elect leaders who will wield that power carefully, properly, and responsibly, always remembering that power in human hands corrupts.  I’m not saying that the police and government officials did not do an outstanding job under the extremely difficult and dangerous circumstances, just that I would not want any bunch of armed men storming through my house without a warrant if I was already sure that the suspect was not there.

A second thing that puzzles me was that somehow a home-owner walked up to his bloody boat cover (while this dangerous situation was in progress) and actually peered inside to see the suspect without getting his head blown off or worse, but the police ended up in a pitched gun-battle when they tried same and it took them hours to smoke him out.  I for one (in that situation) would have just immediately called the police to investigate as soon as I saw blood on my boat, without daring to go outside!  A third point of interest is that, at the moment, I understand the FBI is not allowing the hospital staff to report on the captured suspect’s wounds – seems strange!  Anyway, when I saw this photo (especially when shown with the other one above), the irony really struck me and made me sad in many ways as an American and a patriot.

Obama slams Republicans for gun reform ‘stunts’
by, Apr. 9, 2013.
me:More “government by sob-story”: The Obamanation w[h]ines and dines his useful idiots (while they’re still useful) on Air Force One in political stunt whilst accusing Republicans and Patriots of doing same.

Police Confiscate Man’s Guns Over Son’s Water Pistol Threat
by Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars, April 9, 2013.
me:Meanwhile, Communist officials in the People’s Police State of New York illegally threaten and intimidate another armed and law-abiding American.  Yet another “See, I told you so” – This is why the government wants to know when you purchase a gun and why you should avoid the government schools.  Don’t listen to me though, it’s easier to just write me off as a paranoid right-wing nut-job, no?  Don’t worry either, it’s all “for the children” and “Public Safety”!

President Obama leads his useful idiots onto Airforce One to beg
Congress for another gun law.  Image courtesy (© 2013) NYDailyNews
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