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The Nanny State From Hell | Keeping It Unreal

Posted by M. C. on October 2, 2020

During the 1980s, the Grace Commission investigated how our taxpayer dollars are allocated by the myriad of federal agencies. They found that fully one third of all government spending went to abuse, fraud, or simple waste. Ronald Reagan, tax-cutter extraordinaire that he was, ignored the recommendations of the Grace Commission.

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have spent the last few months navigating through the endless layers of unproductive fat in our gargantuan government bureaucracy. I advocate for more than one close family member, and until you’ve dealt with it first hand, you have no idea of just how awful our system is.

You are invariably routed from one overpaid, often shockingly uneducated government employee to another. Few are civil, most are rude, and none are helpful. If you complain too much, they simply hang up on you. Good luck waiting an excruciatingly long time again, just to call back and take your place at the end of the line. To talk to an identically disinterested and incompetent worker. Whose salaries and benefits almost certainly compare favorably to the private working class that is forced to fund them.

I can state from personal experience that Legal Aid for the poor is a joke. They won’t take your case. EEOC? I don’t know- maybe it works for Black people. It certainly is useless for White people who’ve been discriminated against. The biggest farce of all is the Americans with Disabilities Act. That was the definition of an empty piece of legislation. There is no agency that oversees ADA. Seriously. You must simply wade through the countless agencies that supposedly deal with this issue. The fact is; all of them will tell you that “it’s not my job,” to quote the late comedian Freddie Prinze.

I almost had a loved one thrown out on the street from a nursing home, until I made enough noise to get her funneled into a decent place. But most people aren’t as loud as I am. Too many lonely adults have no one who cares about them, let alone will advocate for them. The social “safety net” which has supposedly been cemented in place since the days of the New Deal, is full of holes. In fact, it rarely catches anyone.

Employed in a “Right to Work” state? That means they have a right to fire you for no reason at all. And you will have no recourse to fight it (I certainly can attest to that personally). You’d think that, out of all those unconstitutional alphabet agencies taxpayers fund, that there should be one to investigate every alleged case of unjust termination. There isn’t. Same with workplace bullying; as I noted in Bullyocracy, employers are nearly as unlikely to punish harassment as our pathetic public schools are.

Speaking of those public schools, my book exposes their horrific track record on the issue of bullying. Even if they were wonderful in all other aspects (which, of course, they are decidedly not), the fact they continue to foster a climate that causes even elementary school students to kill themselves, is reason alone to overhaul that system. But it doesn’t seem like ‘Murricans are “mad as hell” about any of this. They might grumble quietly in the corner, but they’re still paying for Transgender Story Hour.

The Department of Energy? Exactly what do they do? What alternative forms of energy are being promoted, or affordable to the general public? Inventors of potentially life-changing devices are either killed (Stanley Meyer), or denied a patent for their product (Joseph Newman). Who knows how many lesser known revolutionary minds have had their inventions suppressed? Nikola Tesla devised a way to provide free energy for all almost a century ago. His records have never surfaced (confiscated by none other than Donald Trump’s uncle), and no one has continued his research.

In the wake of the 9/11 lie, the monstrosity known as the Homeland Security Department was established. Exactly how did our society function before then? What does Homeland Security staff do on a daily basis? Look out of their windows and verify that the “homeland” is safe? A few years back, the number 3 man in the entire agency fell for a police online sting involving a fake 13 year old girl. So we’re paying for the best and brightest.

I have never been able to determine just what the function of the department of Health and Human Services is. They don’t seem to provide any help in terms of anyone’s health, and “human services” is a broad term that could mean almost anything. I haven’t found any meaningful “service” they provide to the public. This used to be Health, Education, and Welfare. Welfare is an antiquated term, although conservatives still rant against it. Bill Clinton abolished it, and turned it into a scheme where fewer people get less help for a shorter period of time. But no taxes were saved by doing this.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was created by Jimmy Carter. It was the most damaging thing he did in office. What do employees at this “emergency” agency do during….non-emergencies? Which should logically be the vast majority of the time. Their presence did nothing to facilitate assistance during Katrina and other crises, and they have been invisible during the entire “pandemic” thing. Doesn’t this allegedly deadly virus quality as an emergency? What are they doing?

Our military industrial complex has only grown stronger and more impenetrable to public scrutiny, despite President Eisenhower’s farewell warning against them sixty years ago. Our slew of intelligence agencies still have top secret budgets. So we don’t even have the right to complain about how much of our money is being wasted there. Other than assassinations and subverting foreign elections, is there a legitimate purpose for any of these intelligence agencies?

During the 1980s, the Grace Commission investigated how our taxpayer dollars are allocated by the myriad of federal agencies. They found that fully one third of all government spending went to abuse, fraud, or simple waste. Ronald Reagan, tax-cutter extraordinaire that he was, ignored the recommendations of the Grace Commission. Think about that; a 33% tax cut and spending cut without slashing a single program. Given the drift of this crumbling country since then, there is no question that the percentage of waste, fraud, and abuse is much greater now.

Pensions for retired government workers, which are often amazingly lucrative, are the responsibility of a dumbed down, lower paid private work force which has seen their own pensions largely disappear. There’s a deep irony there somewhere. The double and even triple dippers, retired police and fire chiefs- the list is very long of retirees who are, and will be living very nicely on the public dole.

Social Security has become the only “pension” most workers will ever get. That’s if they get it. Our illustrious leaders’ normal response to the impossible math of Social Security is simply to keep raising the retirement age. How about offer a lump sum payout option? How about paying the loved ones of all those hapless souls who paid into the system for decades, but never married or had children, and died too quickly to collect much of any of their money back? And why not implement means testing? Or tax all income for Social Security? Right now, only the first $122,000 (the last figure I saw) are taxed for Social Security. Could there be a more regressive form of taxation? Do you hear any “liberals” talking about that?

So we essentially pay for a cradle to grave nanny state, but get almost nothing in return for our money. No months long paid maternity and paternity leave, like most of Europe and Canada. France sends people to help new parents with laundry and housework. I think they even deliver diapers. Former Rep. Cynthia McKinney noted last year, as she drove across France, that she never encountered a single pothole. Our infrastructure is absolutely Third World standard. I live in one of the richest counties in the country, and our roads, bridges, airports, and power grids would be considered disgraceful even if we paid nothing for them. But we pay a lot for them, just as we pay a lot for all the other “services” we never get.

Our Medical Industrial Complex, while not nominally government run, fits perfectly into the disastrously run bureaucracy. I don’t believe any of the universal healthcare systems in Europe, Canada, or elsewhere, could possibly be worse than ours. I worked for it, and have seen far too many people I loved suffer from their interaction with it. Our system consists largely of waiting. And waiting. Filling out far too many forms for a “private” enterprise. Then dealing with a typically brusque and uncaring doctor who allots as much time for your “care” as the average public defender does to a poor defendant. Alternative treatments are discouraged, too expensive for the average person, or outright banned. And, incredibly, Americans pay more in taxes for our bloated and ineffective healthcare system than citizens do in socialist countries with single payer systems.

Can things be this complicated in “socialist” countries? Can their bureaucracies be less responsive, or more incompetent? Do they have career government workers, taking three hour lunch breaks, and “liberal leave” whenever a strong wind blows? Who don’t appear to have any discernable function? If you’ve visited the Smithsonian museums, or the National Zoo, in recent years, you will see exactly how your tax dollars are being spent there. Fewer and fewer exhibits, which have increasingly dubious historical value and revolve around political correctness. There is a dearth of animals at the National Zoo. But you will walk a lot. And there are no hippos. No hippos. That’s a national travesty.

So exactly what are we paying for? Our local police forces? The ones who serve primarily to harass law-abiding citizens who’ve committed a nonsensical traffic violation? The ones who operate under a corrupt policing for profit system, which includes draconian asset forfeiture laws? The ones who are never there when you need them, or stop a crime before it’s been committed? But are hiding behind the bushes when you don’t come to a complete stop at 3 in the morning?

Firefighters? Well, okay, but how often will any of us need their services? How often do you see fires being fought? During the nationwide protests over the past few months, firefighters frequently refused to address burning buildings due to concerns about their “safety.” This was the same rationale used by police officials to explain why those tasked to enforce the law weren’t anywhere to be seen amidst the looting and destruction of property. But they all still got paid. By us.

The public library system? Even with reduced hours and services, and a stubborn reluctance to stock controversial titles, at least our library system does offer something of substance to those who pay for it. But that really isn’t much in return for what we pay. The bureaucracy is so confusing and inaccessible to the public that Matthew Lesko has built a successful career selling books that reveal the secrets of how to get grants and more otherwise secretive perks our government offers. Shouldn’t the benefits bestowed by government be clearly and easily known to the public?

Finally, there are elected representatives. I don’t think we have to belabor the point that they are a sorry lot. We fought a war for independence built around the whole “no taxation without representation” theme. Does any American citizen really feel that their interests are being represented by these career politicians, whom we cluelessly re-elect at a 90+ percent clip? We are paying them to look after the interests of their powerful donors, corporate America, the fraudulent banking system, and the elite who push constant wars upon the world. So while we are undeniably taxed, we don’t have any kind of authentic political representation.

So how can we define this rigged system of ours? Socialism without services? Capitalism without competition? Conservatives who rant against “socialism” ignore corporate socialism, corporate welfare, and the endless entitlement of the super wealthy. The Founders devised a system of checks and balances, with states’ rights in the forefront and a purposefully decentralized federal government. Needless to say, the present system would be unrecognizable to the Founding Fathers.

I have said many times that we could have a much improved and decent society with a small central government, as envisioned by Thomas Jefferson and other enlightened early American leaders. Think Ron Paul. But we could also do pretty well with a system that provided services to the people commensurate with the exorbitant taxes paid. Think Norway or Switzerland, countries that have been rated best in terms of quality of life. The United States is not making the top of any of those lists.

Bottom line- Americans pay more for less than any other country in the world. We basically have the “socialist” government conservatives decry. But it’s a kind of trickle down socialism, where little of anything trickles down to the common people whose taxes pay for it.

It’s a worst of both worlds situation for the vast majority of Americans. It’s shameful, and inexcusable, and we all ought to be demanding something much, much better.

About donaldjeffries

Author of the critically acclaimed best sellers “Hidden History: An Expose of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover Ups in American Politics,””Survival of the Richest: How the Corruption of the Marketplace and the Disparity of Wealth Created the Greatest Conspiracy of All,” and the newly released “Crimes and Cover Ups in American Politics: 1776-1963.” Author of the 2007 sci-fi/fantasy novel “The Unreals,” which has been described as a cross between The Wizard of Oz and The Twilight Zone, and compared to A Confederacy of Dunces and classic Russian literature. A second edition of “The Unreals” was published in February 2015 by Pocol Press. Long time JFK assassination researcher. Seeker of truth, proponent of justice and fairness. Enemy of corruption. Sender of as many “tiny ripples of hope” as possible.

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Right To Work and the Betrayal by Lockdowns – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on May 20, 2020

It’s madness to think that putting millions out of work can stop an epidemic, especially one that’s already well underway. Its madness and ignorance to think this can be done without causing a great many more deaths by other follow-on effects of the lockdowns.

In sum, all people, including Americans, have a right to work, a natural right. It follows from the basic rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And following from the right to work are rights of travel over means paid for by taxpayers, who largely work and also use those means for other ends.

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The right to work in this blog is not the phrase as used for union issues. It’s the natural right. For us human beings, work means “Such effort or activity by which one makes a living; employment.” Your right to work means that at your voluntary option you may make employment exchanges or bargains with other people with similar liberty; and at the same time people external to the bargaining parties, i.e., other than you and the people you are exchanging with, may not coerce either of you to prevent, change or modify the work arrangement.

Right to work doesn’t mean that anyone owes you any stuff like this: “…technical and vocational guidance and training programmes, policies and techniques to achieve steady economic, social and cultural development and full and productive employment under conditions safeguarding fundamental political and economic freedoms to the individual.” Nor do you owe anyone an affirmative action or non-discrimination aspect of your bargain.

Obviously, labor laws in the U.S. prevent you from exercising your right to work fully and freely. “The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws. These mandates and the regulations that implement them cover many workplace activities for about 150 million workers and 10 million workplaces.”

We do not live in a free country.

The lockdowns are even more totalitarian than the labor laws and regulations on the books. They prevent you from working even if you are obeying all the existing labor laws!

Did your legislatures pass lockdown laws? No. One available list shows that state governors in the U.S. mainly did this. Health authorities, counties and cities seem also to have instigated lockdowns.

In the name of a health measure, state governors infringed the natural right to work. It’s a natural right because that’s how you sustain yourself and live. That’s how you pursue happiness. If you are denied the means to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”, you cannot have or secure those natural rights. The right to work follows as a natural right because it’s necessary to achieve the major ends of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and the making of voluntary work arrangements involves only the presumed justly-held property of the participants making the exchange.

By ordering lockdowns, these governors betrayed the Declaration of Independence “…That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted…” They betrayed us. They betrayed their states. They betrayed their country. They may have done so in panic or mistakenly or to look good or to save lives or for any number of reasons, but there is no doubt. Their lockdowns orders were and are betrayals.

The governors betrayed our principles. There is no point in having principles, such as individual rights to work, to life, to liberty and to the pursuit of happiness, if they are violated hastily and unlawfully and then replaced by their very opposites. It’s worthy of the term “betrayal”

Supposing that our governments are actually designed to possess “…just Powers from the Consent of the Governed…” as the Declaration says, can lockdowns that abrogate natural rights possibly be exercises of “just Powers”? How can government actions that do the very opposite of securing rights, which is the main purpose and end of our governments, be seen as anything other than exercises of UNJUST powers?

To implement one’s right to work generally involves travel on public roads. Does the government’s presence in the system of roads render right to work an empty idea, stymied because of a property rights barrier? Not one whit. Highway departments maintain roads, governments get them built, but the funding comes from taxes at all levels. Taxpayers own the roads, not your City Manager or County Supervisor. They are your agents. The right to work includes rights to travel on the roads, over bridges, through tunnels, etc. Having paid for them, they are your property, jointly owned to be sure, but meant to be available so that you exercise your rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They too are essential parts of the larger right to work. They are necessary means, and the use of them cannot coercively be prevented by governments without violating your right to work.

If courts understand and defend the police power as an essential if unstated part of government constitutions, then why should they not also understand and defend the right to work as an essential right of We the People? Why should we all not recognize it and strongly resist its abrogation?

These lockdown orders were extreme. It’s madness to think that putting millions out of work can stop an epidemic, especially one that’s already well underway. Its madness and ignorance to think this can be done without causing a great many more deaths by other follow-on effects of the lockdowns.

In sum, all people, including Americans, have a right to work, a natural right. It follows from the basic rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And following from the right to work are rights of travel over means paid for by taxpayers, who largely work and also use those means for other ends.

For whatever motivations, governors issued lockdown orders denying the exercise of the right to work, without which life cannot long be sustained. This is reason enough alone to condemn the lockdown measures strongly.

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