On Creation

It makes sense to me that we came from somewhere, not nowhere. Whether evolution happened or not, there is no way that we came from nothing. There would at least have to be some preexisting energy imbued with properties we already see in nature. You can tell me the energy was here, and I say “How did it get here?” You can tell me it was always here, and I say “It is logically absurd to have an infinite amount of anything contingent.” You can say it just happened somehow. I can say nothing comes from nothing. You can say nothing is not nothing, and I will that statement is absurd and wrong according to the law of non-contradiction.

What we have here is a logical boundary, beyond which you may have me believe illogicality is not a problem. However, there is no experience in human existence which may tell us that the laws of logic are not applicable in some proverbial or imaginary universe or state of preexistence. The law of non-contradiction, for example, must still apply in another state of being or universe as a precursor to their existence. Otherwise, one may say that this universe, for example,  may exist and not exist at the same time. Since that kind of scenario is only sustainable in one’s personal thought life and has no substance in any state of contingent existence, we must accept the dictates of logic when questioning existence. Otherwise, we have no basis for rational thought.

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Why socialism’s “fairness” just doesn’t work.

An economics professor tests his class’ belief in socialism.

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On Greed

Greed – inappropriate expectation

If you think about it, the 99% or Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t really just about informing anyone that “we are here”. To really understand the purpose of this marching in the streets and “occupying” we have to trace the movement’s origin. The whole effort is based on a radical prediction made by Karl Marx, author of “The Communist Manifesto”. He suggested that classes of people existed in which some were richer, some poorer. The rich class, the “bourgeoisie”, ruled over the poor class, the “proletariat”. Marx believed that capitalism itself was to blame for poverty and mistreatment of workers and that the poor would one day obtain “class awareness”, as he called it, and unite across the world to overthrow the bourgeoisie in a “bloody revolution”.

This is the origin of the 99% movement. The problem with this view, as some philosophers have asserted, is that Marx could not have predicted the spread of wealth across classes and the subsequent expansion of the middle class that free market capitalism has caused. Also, Marx may have hijacked his own prediction of world-wide revolution simply by writing about it. Ideologues across the globe have tried to force a Marxist revolution time and again without success. These attempts have led to much killing and destruction at the hands of political leaders and left a bad taste in the mouths of the people.

Marxism appears to still hold some sway in America mostly among youths without much knowledge of history. This movement appears to hold a strong mentality of entitlement to the same rewards of the previous generation, or better rewards than the previous generation, without the same sacrifice. Is it really the noble revolution the “Occupiers” would have us believe? Or, is it just rootless youths who aren’t getting rich fast enough to satisfy their own greed?

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The Tax System Explained in Beer

http://www.mrconservative.com/2012/01/tax-system-explained-beer/The Tax System Explained in Beer

 

A really practical article on progressive taxes.

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On Economics

One thing you quickly learn if you’ve ever played much chess–a win usually follows a sacrifice. That’s easy enough if you’re playing chess. But the same is true when running a country.

Believe it or not there is a particular way to run a country well, and it is definitely not done by draining your resources. Anyone who has ever had to pay a monthly bill can tell you that. And that is the key. You pay your bills, you keep up a living space, you do your best to do this well and on time. Is it unreasonable to ask one’s government to do the same thing?

There is one more thing you do to take care of business. No one likes to admit it, but let’s face it. Sometimes you can’t pay a bill. After all the financial maneuvering, sometimes you just can’t pay. So, what is the smartest thing to do in this situation? You know, because you’ve been told by your parents and every financial expert, that the answer is not to get yet another credit card.

When it comes to the national debt, we don’t seem to mind if our leaders go out and get another credit card when they can’t pay a bill. And they sure try to make us think that if they don’t do just that, the world will come to an end. Sounds sort of like a teenager rationalizing to his/her parents, doesn’t it? Well, it is up to the parents (in this case us) to assure them that the world will not come to an end if they can’t borrow more money.

So, what is the government supposed to do? What do you do? You know better than to borrow more to pay for what you’ve already borrowed. That’s how people get trapped into these cash now for titles schemes. It’s the worst kind of financial strategy. It’s the last resort of someone who knows nothing about money. So, again, what do you do when you can’t pay a bill. Simply put, you just don’t pay. Then you grind through the slow process of waiting until you finally have the money to pay again. You make sacrifices until you win. Just like in chess.

Political pundits and other commentators will warn of losing our good credit rating. Well, here is the ugly truth about that. If we, as a country, can’t pay our bills without getting yet another loan, we don’t deserve a good credit rating. We deserve what we get when we make bad decisions, just like everybody else. Just like every hard worker and homemaker who makes the sacrifice to secure the win.

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On Capitalism

Let me be as clear as I can be as a conservative, about capitalism. I don’t think that capitalism is the best economic system, just like I don’t think that democracy is the best government system. Capitalism works pretty well but it’s not perfect. It works better than any other idea mankind has had so far, which means it is the best we flawed beings can do. No one true economic or political thinker could say otherwise, honestly.

The trouble lies in the fact that people keep thinking we can do better, not by making free market capitalism work, but by changing the system altogether, usually to something more akin to socialism or even communism (which in our world is just a nice inspirational substitute for the word socialism). This approach has been notoriously disastrous in the past and every time government grows we get just that much closer to it.

The answer is to try something different within the boundaries of our own system. Why not audit the Fed and change the taxation system to something that actually meets constitutional requirements, like a Fairtax? Why is it that this approach has been labeled cooky or conspiratorial? There is a lot of pure fact behind the fiat for this approach. I don’t necessarily think that we should radically change our system, just incrementally to something that aligns with our principles and our constitution.

Now I understand there are all sorts of different approaches to interpreting the constitution. I say lets get face value from it where we can. I don’t think it’s necessary nor helpful for us to quibble about every part of it. Some parts are contradictory, I understand, but not all of it.

When I say “Give capitalism a chance” I’m sure I’ll hear from people who claim that it hasn’t worked so far. The problem with statements like these is, we haven’t really tried capitalism as a pure form, here to date. The only way to really try it is by getting out of it’s way with respect to laws that protect our declared rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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On Division

Division is one of those things people have mysteriously come to think of as a bad thing. Now, if they were talking about high school math a younger me might have agreed, but usually people are talking about division in a broader sense like religion, finances, family, etc. I have to disagree with them, however, on one point – politics. I believe this country was built on ideas and ideas come from people and people come from pods transported here by our space faring ancestors. Wait. That’s not true. I must have been day dreaming again. No, the truth is we all come from a different place on  planet earth. Some of us may come from the same country or family but no one person comes from exactly the same place in life. We are all different and we all have different backgrounds. So why does anyone expect us all to agree or get on board with their plans and then demonize us if we don’t? I thought this country was built on ideas from different people, not from robots who have to be plugged in every night (Could you imagine the light bill?).

The truth is, it’s okay to be divided on some issues. Being divided means you have your own opinion. Why should that be forbidden or traded away for a fallacious and temporary pipe dream, like this idea of “Why can’t we all just get along”? I’ll tell you why. We aren’t all the same. It’s a good thing to have your own opinion. It means you care about something. It means you have the ability to think for yourself on important issues.

These people who talk about harmonious government working together are campaigning. Don’t let them scare you by spewing negative rhetoric about divided partisan government. They want harmonious government only as long as it means everyone agreeing with them, not you.

There are almost seven billion people on this planet. That means there are about seven billion different ideas about how things should be done. People don’t think alike about everything and that’s okay. If anyone comes and tells you that we should all think like them, watch out. This is a pretty good sign that he or she is power-hungry and maybe even a little narcissistic. Now, barring God himself coming down from heaven and giving you instructions (Wait…), you have a responsibility to think for yourself and guess what, if you think for yourself the world as we know it will have some division.

These politicians talking bad about partisanship are just as responsible as their opponents for divided government. One side can always blame the other side for slowing things down or not giving in but at then end of the day, they do the same thing. Good! That’s what we elected them for – to stand their ground as much as possible.

The Constitution was written and agreed upon by a divided government. Not all the founding fathers thought exactly alike. The Bill of Rights was created the same way. You can bet that not one significant thing done by our government was done without some objection.

I’m writing this so anyone who reads it who will remember it when the campaigning gets into full swing. These people are no different than you but a lot of them talk a good game. An honest campaign is run on ideas, not rhetoric. So free yourself up from thinking that any politician knows whats best for you. Only you know what best for you and for this country. Political games are not the fuel of this country. You are.

The important thing is that we all want America to work, even if we have different ideas of what that means.

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