I offended some conservatives on facebook. (bad Illusion, no biscuit!) I threw out there some thoughts I was having on not voting. Most of us at SUFA are honest. We may not agree but no one is afraid to lay it out there and take the comments that may come. It’s different on facebook. There are some thinkers there and some show me things I have missed. But most of them seem to post a lot, a lot of the same stuff….noise.
The one comment that got me thinking was the supreme court nominations. I think it is possible we could go thru another GREAT DEPRESSION. It might be the first one wasn’t that great after all. Or compare WW1 to WW2? The taller you are, the harder you fall! With all major governments devaluing their currencies at record levels and trading in derivatives on top of that. There is 20X more derivatives held or being traded than ALL the worlds money supply! We could fall hard and long. The question I ponder is if it’s better to take the fall now, or let it be built even higher? This is where Black Flag and several others have made a strong case. It doesn’t matter if a Dem or Repug win’s since they both do the same thing, spend more than we have. Create fiat money and then allow international banks to create their own fiat currency they can buy and sell for US, UK, Euro or any other fiat currency. The only noticeable difference in the last presidents is if they would screw an intern in the Oval office, both were equal when it came to screwing us, Joe Public.
Is it better for America to take the big fall now, in the next few year?
Or is it better to delay the fall in the hope that it will hurt less, that it can be “softened”?
I don’t see how anybody can honestly think Obama will do a better job with the economy. He has promised spending cuts and deficit reduction. His cuts seem to be based on a budget year that includes Bushes TARP plus his and Pelosi’s Spendulous. So he can truthfully proclaim he’s cut spending from what, 1.6 trillion to 1.4 ? All deficit reduction is planned for the next POTUS to inherit. Romney on the other hand has a proven track record of understanding what red and black means on a balance sheet even without the Repug’s budget superstar, Paul Ryan. Hands down, they have a plan that will reduce spending and is likely to improve the economy. Important point, they do not plan on creating jobs. They plan to provide the a low tax government that has historically resulted in more job creation. More jobs =more revenue and reduced government burdens. Working people don’t need food stamps! So lets assume Romney/Ryan win and deliver another Regan economic boom.
What if, in the long run, it’s a bad thing for America? You hear all the liberals and MSM talking heads react to Ryan’s budget proposals as if they are death sentences for millions of poor people. First lets remember Romney will get to write the budget. I would bet on a watered down version of Ryan’s proposals. And to be clear, I found Ryan’s proposals to be too mild. They are just a movement back to the Bush-era budgets and spending. Yes we can live and even prosper under that type of taxation and spending. The problem I see is we are too prosperous. The TeaParty and most of America will return to being TV zombies, more interested in American Idol than in America. And our freedoms will continue to be taken, just slower than under liberal progressives.
A friend told me a story about one time their chickens stopped producing the normal number of eggs. They all seemed healthy, eating well, doing normal chicken things. So my friend investigated and found a hole behind the nests. Shining a light in revealed two eyes staring back at him, a chicken snake! The snake would crawl out each night , moving so slowly, the chickens paid it no mind. It didn’t seem to be a threat to them, so they ignored it while it ate its fill of their eggs each night. The Democrats have been acting like a pack of coyotes’ lately. Make no mistake, they are despicable. But don’t for a minute think the Republicans are anything less than chicken snakes.
Some say voting for Gary Johnson or any third-party candidate is throwing your vote away. The best you could hope to achieve is spoil someone’s win. The Dem’s want as many conservatives as possible to vote Libertarian. The Repug’s would love the Green Party to steal a few liberals away. As is, I don’t see any third-party having much impact, the popular support is just not there. I think Ron Paul could have had the impact, or Donald Trump. All the others have been marginalized by the media, leaving them unknown to the masses. The Green Party got themselves arrested outside one debate. Who noticed? The media decides when a story is to be reported, be it Joe the Plumber or Trevon Martin.
Going back to those depressing thoughts, lets consider some things. A depression is very likely. So what happens if Romney is in office or if it’s Obama? FDR made major changes to the SCOTUS to stack the court with justices that would say his illegal acts were legal. With all the illegal actions Obama has taken, imagine if he acted with full support of the court? In a full depression, who would question the need for the government to take over some businesses? He’s already done so with GM & Chrysler, so it’s now established and acceptable. And during the take-over, he kept the unions & their pension structure, even thought that is a primary cause of their inability to compete with other auto makers. I would expect the banks & financial institutions would be first to be nationalized. Won’t that be great? Your bank will operate just like the DMV!
Another thought, stop thinking only about yourself! There is a world outside America. The events there impact us no matter what out intentions or wishes. More important for my point, we impact them. Call Obama’s presidency a prolonged recession, it has caused/contributed to hardship worldwide. Greece & Spain might be much better off if the US economy was not depressed. The “Arab Spring” might not have occurred were it not for the spikes in food prices, the ethanol mandate being a significant factor.
To be clear, I think when the largest world economy is stagnant or in decline, it contributes, not causes other economies to suffer. Most of that I see as the choices they make. Greece, Spain and much of Europe display a true “Old World” outlook, as if the whole country is retired & expecting to live off their pension. Others such as China & Russia see this as an opportunity and are actively trying to take advantage of America’s decline. And like the first great depression, all this creates situations that make war more likely. When a government is looking to fall and see’s no other options, does anyone expect to see a peaceful exchange of power? Iran especially is on the brink due to the long practiced economic war being waged against them called sanctions. The Middle East is a powder keg. We appear to be meddling in Syria, opposing Russia. Israel could be facing Egypt and/or Iran. China is confronting US protectorates for desired resources. All this has escalated under Obama. Is there any reason to expect a reversal in his second term? And to be fair, it’s possible Romney could do worse. I don’t see how, but it’s possible. I think a strong President would be compared to Regan and would be more likely to keep China content to attack by economical means, not militarily. The ME also is more likely to be less active against US interest under Romney. Was the Great Depression a factor in WW2? Would the continued economic policies of Obama make world conflict more likely? Like the weather, it’s impossible for anyone to make such predictions.
So to vote or not to vote? Not voting or voting for the progressives is to court another FDR. We might as well burn the constitution and call ourselves Amerika! What happens if you don’t vote? Obama, Pelosi & Reid continue wielding power. Maybe soon after this we have our Great Depression(maybe not). But even after the depression cycle, even if it includes war, does that change the basic structure of our nation? We will still be America and still have some sort of democratic republic. If you want to change that, you will have to change it from inside the system, acting within the law. It’s taken progressivism nearly one hundred years to make us an entitlement nation, with the information age, how long will it take for their agenda to be undone? They want you to stand aside, to stand down, to think your vote doesn’t count while they seek to energize their base. Did anyone ever win by surrendering?