Sunday, March 18, 2012

1929 Was Nothing....

"George, I've guaranteed the bank sufficient funds to meet their needs.  They'll close up for a week and then reopen."

"He just took over the bank." 

That scene from It's A Wonderful Life signaled the start of the Great Depression.  In 1946, when the film was made, the start of the Great Depression was a fresh memory in everyone's mind.  Coming out of World War II people were starting to connect the dots from the start of the Great Depression to the start of World War II.  World events often have a ripple effect across the globe.

Right now everyone is watching Greece and it's shattered economy rippling through Europe.  Well, while everyone watches Greece very few people are paying attention to the 12th largest economy in the world, Spain, who's eminent collapse will make Greece look like someone being $10 at their local bank.  Spain has 25% unemployment, 50% among young adults.  All this since Spain decided to be the leader in Green Energy in Europe.  Unlike George Bailey there is no Clarence waiting in the wings (pun intended) to save us.

All indicators are there showing that America is heading for a Depression that will rival 1929 and the Depression of 1873 which was a worse initial collapse than 1929 but President Buchanan smartly stayed out of it and let business cycle through it.  Economic cycles usually work themselves out when left to free markets to continue.  Even when unemployment hit 14% and 89 railroads failed the cycle swung upward by 1879.  The Government meddling with the 1929 Crash extended it 12 years when if left unaided many economists feel it would have been over in six years. 

Now, in 2012 and worse yet in an election year, if further economic collapse happens in the United States directly attributable to Spain and Greece and the Euro and the Middle East and myriad other factors watch the current administration dive in the deep end without checking the depth of the water.  Remember 2008 and the "Stimulus"? 

A policy of non-interventionism by the United States would help shield us from these ripple effects to some degree.  In this world of global economy we could not be naive enough to think we could close our doors and borders completely but there are things we can do.  Dramatically shrinking Government is the first step.  Stop loaning money to countries that we ourselves are either borrowing from China or printing phantom money by the Fed.  We need to instill a pride in America that has been missing for a while and urge people to get off the Government payroll.  Private industry and business can absorb all of these cut backs and make for a stronger economy.  We have to phase out social security.

Now please notice that I said phase out social security.  Not immediate stop, not strand people who depend on it now or are planning to use it who are near retirement age, but a phase out.  How would this happen?  Here is a plan I hatched a few years ago:
Lets say we started this phase out on January 1, 2013, here is how it would work.  Every person who has a social security number who has not yet reached the age of 22 (average age of college graduates) will be exempt from paying into social security and therefore will not have social security upon reaching their retirement age, be it 63, 65, 68, 70 or 100.  The Government can then call on private investment firms, banks, mutual fund operators or what have you to start an education program for this trailblazing sect of American's who will be responsible for their own futures.  We can impress upon them the fact that they are working without a net and that they must take steps to assure their own futures.  Just like our great grandparents did and their grandparents and so on.  These people would also not have social security deducted from their paychecks.  No passing on our mistakes to our children.

People at or above the age of 22 can have the option of stopping social security deductions from their pay and taking on the burden of their own retirement.  Social security paid already can be disbursed in smaller amounts at retirement or a rollover program could easily be instituted (directly from Government to Plan Administrators) because what they have paid in to phase out date is rightfully theirs.  But how will be pay the people that are now taking social security or approaching retirement age?  Easy.  The cutback in Government will release billions of dollars that can be funneled into the social security coffers so that Government can fulfill the obligation it has to these people.  Also, people who have means who would not normally have a need for social security could be left to option their payments to date as a charitable contribution to the system which would trigger a charitable tax deduction that could be taken over a span of three to seven years that would not be refundable but would be used to reduce their tax.  Again, the reduction of Government would cover the income tax loss for the short term.  Over time as the tax burden ebbs for fulfilling social security obligations taxes can be reduced for the running of a leaner America experiences unprecedented growth.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

It's Election Time, You Knew I Couldn't Stay Away

It has been a long time my Liberty loving friends but I have decided, for election season at the very least, to bring back Liberty's Bread Box from the ashes, much like a Phoenix..

I had decided to dive head-long in local politics for a while, even ran for office a few years ago (and lost horribly).  However I learned a lot running for office and I chronicled it in an article on a Libertarian website.  You can find it HERE!!!  I hope someone looking to run for office can use my experience and avoid some pitfalls.

I've been looking for the people to watch in this years Presidential election and I see that the Republicans are tenaciously holding on to the plan of repeating 2008 by nominating a wishy-washy candidate who can neither bind the party nor appeal to the independents.  Talk about not learning from the past and doomed to repeat it.

The Democrats are going another round with the most impressive money making machine ever to bundle a Super PAC, President Barack Hussein Obama and his Socialist traveling road show.  It is the smart thing to do for them, while Obama does not unite the party as well as they hoped he appeals to the Democratic voting base.  I have to wonder though how his Jewish base will be.  No doubt that Obama has thrown Israel under the bus several times and you have to wonder about the intelligence of any American Jew that votes for him again.

And now a few words about Rush Limbaugh.  In America we have the First Amendment and it guarantees we can say what we want without fear.  There is also common decency which states that we should all be nice to one another, do until others and above all....

However, with that freedom to shoot your mouth off like a fully automatic Howitzer comes the responsibility to take the consequences of your actions.  It's about living by the Golden Rule, which in my world comes from the world of Wil Wheaton (@wilw on Twitter), it goes like this, "Don't be a DICK!"  Mr. Limbaugh, don't be a dick.  You know he'll do it again so just don't listen if it offends you. 

And now some words about the Libertarian Party.

I am a proud card carrying member of the Libertarian Party, I believe in the ideals that the party was founded on, I think that this party would run candidates closer to the ideals of Thomas Jefferson rather than the R's and D's who run candidates who are wholly owned and indebted.  However for a long time the Libertarian Party has been more of a debate club than a think tank of Liberty and Freedom.  It looks like some people have moved up in the party who have the idea that we need to get more Libertarians elected to office.  Any office.  I applaud this move.  I would like to see some moving and shaking in my party, and now finally it is.

Yes, Mr. Romney, I have a question.  Mr. Romney, do you think you can do for this country what you did to the once great state of Massachusetts?  What's that, you think you can?  That's frightening Mr. Romney.

I beg of you, my readers, to look into Gary Johnson.  Gary Johnson's Web Site