For Your Own Good, Citizen!

In addition to me, Istapundit also sees the truth.  In case anyone decides to act in a few years as if this could not possibly have been foreseen, I present the following quote for future reference:

First force the savings, then confiscate!“-Glenn Reynolds, Jan 24, 2015

The Democrats, having thoroughly lost the ability to make it happen when they lost control of Congress, have proposed a bill.  This bill is going to be described in the national press as being “for” the workers who just can’t seem to get it done on their own.  Expect Republican opposition to fold like a house of cards once the wind of “for the people” starts blowing in the press (unless the new Congress is really “different, this time!”).

The bill, if they think they can’t get it passed, is probably an attempt to make the Republicans look like jerks that hate workers of the country.  Truly, it is a display of their hand.  Not that they’ve been playing very close to the chest recently, but they’re really tipping the cards down here.

Senators Whitehouse and Neal introduce retirement savings bill.  The workers aren’t saving for retirement because their mean-ol’ baddy CAPITALIST bosses don’t offer them an expensive plan for tax-preferred savings.  That’s it.  No, it’s not that the national monetary policy prevents the dollars people earn from being enough to live on.  No, it’s not that 20-somethings can’t be bothered to think about retirement savings (due to bad national education policy).  It’s because it’s not automatic.  Not because people chose to invest somewhere else with their own money.  No, we’re going to shrink your pay checks because we know better than you what should be done with your money.  You WILL be enrolled in an Individual Retirement Account.  IRAs for everyone!  (not 529 plans though, those are only for evil people now).

For the time being, enrollment is voluntary.  They don’t think the courts are friendly-enough to mandatory wealth confiscation for retirement savings in addition to the mandatory wealth confiscation for retirement savings already provided by the Social Security system.  Those who are smart will opt-out of these plans as soon as they are offered.  IF you have enough free money every pay check (after bills and debt service) to invest, buy gold or guns/ammo.  Durable Things.  Not legal constructs.  As one wise man has pointed out:

“If you depend on the legal constructs of wicked men to help you save money, don’t be surprised when they take it from you, legally.”

The proposal was already fielded to cause you to convert your 401(k) into investments in USA’s national debt notes instead of whatever you wanted to invest in with your money.  The proposal has been fielded to limit how much of your money you will be able to save.  Now we have a proposal to take MORE than the 12% of your pay going to social security already, and invest that for your retirement as well.

VFD, IRAs for everyone is a GOOD idea!

No.   Voluntary IRAs at everyone’s discretion, invested as they see fit, would be a good idea.  Involuntary (or automatic) IRAs for everyone invested in places the government chooses, is a bad idea.

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Let me be clear:
The end game is: after your money has been taken for your “individual” IRA, the money will be found to be inequitably distributed.  There will still be people who “need help” out there.  It’s just not fair that you set money aside, and these people have none.  In the interest of the greater good, and for fairness, we will take your individual account and socialize it.  Mark me well: unless something drastic happens, your 401(k), IRA, and yes eventually even your Social Security “savings” are all going to be confiscated and spread around to those who are less-fortunate.  You may have some of it back when the government says so.  If you obey.

Single Payer: No. Not, “No, Thank You”

As the expression goes, “Not just no…”

“Single-payer” is very innocuous-sounding.  But the other day I saw an article about how people are being told not to go to the doctor in England because they’re full.  This reminded me about few recent posts of Mish’s discussing why socialized healthcare (perforce) sucks.  I’d say it’s coincidental timing, but one does not have to try hard to find articles about systemic problems in health care in nations where it has been nationalized.

Is This Even Legal? Who Cares, It’s US Doing It!

If I went to your state government and got your personally identifiable information, filled out an application for health insurance for you and sent it to the insurance people, and told you that you should go to their website and finish the application, it would be creepy. It may even be an illegal, fraudulent creepy thing to do.

But if your federal government did it for you*, it’s . . . helpful? Legal? Who knows? Well, they did. So if you didn’t want to put all of your personal information on the obamacare website because it is totally lacking in data security, you may have cause to worry if you got one of these letters.

Then again, you may have cause to worry anyway because the credit reporting agency Experian may have been leaking your ID online too!

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Anonymous sources in the White House provided the news item that 7 million people had signed up on the obamacare website by the deadline.  The press had a Victory Lap party for the Obama administration, which was very happy to point out that they had met their goal by their deadline.  *This is somehow supposed to be a huge win for the Obama.  300 million were supposed to have signed up.  YOU were supposed to have signed up.  Nobody signed up.  And they’re spiking the football at the White House?

The 7 million is an unverifiable number.  There are no statistics available, and you know why?  Because the website you are supposed to have given all your personal information to already is not finished.  The website you are supposed to use to buy insurance doesn’t have the software for actually BUYING insurance written yet.  It isn’t keeping track of anything.  So the 7 Million Signups!!1! number is pulled straight out of someone’s ass.  OR they created the extra few million they needed to reach 7 million by starting the application process for you and asking you to ‘verify and complete’ it on the website.

Way to go, Obama administration.  You stay competent.

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links found at Instapundit

 

 

Consider:

When the federal government is the supplier of your health care payment insurance

and your health care being provided depends on the federal government being open for business with enough money to pay the bills

and you will die if you don’t get dialysis by next Wednesday (at the latest)

and there is partisan bickering in Washington D.C. about the budget priorities, and there is a repeat of this month’s government “shutdown”/debt ceiling crisis

and your news readers tell you it’s the Republicans’ fault you are going to be DEAD next Thursday and your news reader does NOT tell you the Democrats are equally as intransigent as the Republicans (“why would we do that?”), and it’s both sides’ fault there is no Obamacare money for your dialysis, and you start calling your Elected Heroes and all the talk shows and demand the Republicans cave to Democrat demands,  . . .

. . . will you think back to 2008 and remember that some of us were warning you the Democrats were more interested in controlling your political activity than making sure you got your medical treatment on time?

I’m guessing, maybe not.

No Worries, A Democrat is In Office!

While the NSA is collecting your buddy lists, you have no standing to sue, and apparently you can’t confront your accusations in court.

Those of you who were paying attention a few years ago may well imagine how this would have been covered (24/7) if Bush were still in Office, but you never heard of it.

Not to worry, though.  They can find you behind walls now, in real life, and a robot with a rocket launcher can be sent to take you out.  Given a little-bit smarter robots, it could well have been a 3D-printed robot,  right down to a 3D-printed rocket motor on your missile!

The icing on the cake, of course, is that you, personally, can do absolutely nothing about any of these developments.  So . . .

. . . sleep tight!

Sleep Tight

Headline news to have no concern over:

The FBI stole access to a pile of servers that were running the most secure kind of communications software between private parties, and they gave the users web pages that attempted to identify the users.  And they’re trying to arrest the guy that owns the servers.

New York City has EZ-Pass automatic toll payment like every other big city.  And unlike any other city, they are tracking people through their toll tags.  Without telling anyonewhat they are doing, and not telling them they are doing it.  For your benefit, citizen!

Researchers have figured out they can put malware in your computer.  No, not the software.  They can put malicious program access in the circuits in the processor.  And it passes all the standard checks to see if there is any malware access.  It looks like a standard chip until a hacker decides he wants to work with your computer and they let themselves in.

So, nothing to worry about.  Sleep tight.

Too Outrageous, Even for Me!

  • Homeowner has a mortgage for $400k
  • State considers fair value to be $200k
  • State condemns mortgage and pays bondholders of mortgage backed security “fair” value of $160k
  • State charges it off as bad debt at a value of $190k
  • Homeowner is offered a “refinance” of $190k
  • State profits $30k
  • Bondholders who took the risk on the original note are out on their ass
  • Homeowner gets “$10k equity” in their home

Update:

  • Homeowner gets $65,000 federal and state income tax bill

Oh, and P.S. in addition to being morally repugnant, it is also clearly against the law in California.  Not that illegality is enough to stop a bureaucrat in California, apparently.  Now I have to go take a shower after reading about this plan.  Here’s hoping the City of Richmond, California ends up in bankruptcy after thoroughly bungling this horrible idea.

“Happy forth”

Well, I don’t know about forever . . .

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The celebration is of Independence Day.  The date itself is almost arbitrary, really.  It is a coincidence that the Declaration was signed on the fourth of July.  It could have been the fifth or the third, and we would likely not have broken free of Mother England any sooner.  This past Thursday, everybody was saying “Happy Fourth” at each other – and for once it suited me just fine.

When your every action is spied-upon by your servants “for your safety” and there is no riot; When over half your money is taken from you before it hits your accounts and we re-elect them all who rubber stamp the tax law; When you catch flak for even contemplating going out with an UNloaded arm in public; When a teenager sits in jail for quoting a published song during a social media conversation; When your little girls’ privates are fondled by a bull dyke in the name of security; When you can’t shoot off even Black Cats or Lady’s Fingers for fear of being arrested;

I think it is safe to say that Independence Day is well and truly a sham.  It used to bother me that people say the name of the holiday on other days but not on Independence Day (merry Christmas, happy Thanksgiving, etc).  Anymore, it bothers me if on the Fourth of July someone does say “happy independence day” because it used to be a free country.  Now look at you.

The man said, “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.” but now it has become the New American Standard.  Way to go.

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I think next year I’ll just tell people “happy forth” and mean it.  That is to say, ‘I hope you can go on from this moment, and manage to be happy as a slave to a system you don’t know exists, let alone understand’.  I shall henceforth intend “happy forth” to be a paraprhase, but in my heart I will be sad while I smile and say it, because it is a paraphrase of only part of a phrase.

The Source of Corruption In American Government

the sources of which you are thinking all are symptoms.

  • Government school turning us into a nation of ignoramuses with no morals
  • Government employees engaging in ________(fill in the blank) scandalous behavior
  • Black culture broken
  • Dependency culture
  • 1/2 them kids is bastards anymore
  • The President is a Democrat*
  • etc.

All these are symptoms, and if you were in my church this Sunday you may have caught a passing reference to the root of the degredation of our nation:

the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people … have removed their heart far from me…: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid -Isaiah 29:13-14

So there you go.  If a nation starts off with God in the right place in their individual hearts and society as a whole, then abandon Him – this is what you can expect.  This is largely what we have done . . . so what do you expect?  It is only as good as it still is because God is slow to wrath.

Yes, there are people out there, Republicans mostly and some Independents and Libertarians, who have good ideas.  Ideas which, if implemented would turn the country around and set us back on the track to prosperity and full employment with transparency and goodness in our government from top to bottom.  The prudent men are there.  The solutions are there.  But they are, as the Bible told us they would be, hidden.  Not from those who are paying attention, but from the Low-Information crowd that elects people who set up governments like the one we have now.

It gets worse.  It does not get fixed.  The nation falls.  Currently, we are only waiting for the fizzle.

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*it’s a reference to an old Simpsons cartoon – which is another symptom in itself!