Better is not good enough. Not now.

Our Man Mitch has done some things right.  I don’t agree with his list of Good Deeds, but we could have done much worse than elect Mitch in 2004.  We did, in fact, for decades. 

I grind my teeth over his expensive new programs, corporate subsidies and taxes.   And I got mad enough about the Kernan-Shepard nonsense to throw my hat into the gubernatorial ring.  But things could be worse.  A little, anyway.

Maybe it’s partly because he didn’t get all the tax increases he asked for, and partly because his predecessors were so bad, but our job loss rates aren’t as high as in our Midwest neighbor states. 

But we are losing jobs.  And worse; we’re headed for disaster.  Fast.

In case you hadn’t noticed, good and service prices are up, debt/value ratios are going sour, debts in general are crazy high and climbing, and part of the problem is that our out-of-control lawmakers have illegally banned reason in the matter of labor.

Let me explain.

“Illegal labor” works because “legal” labor cannot (since our lawmakers are lawbreakers who make illegal laws I have to qualify “legal”).  Between mandatory unemployment / workman’s compensation insurance and payroll tax, is an over 16% charge on “legal” labor.  Add in things like OSHA, HIPPA, the cost of other taxation, regulation, unfunded mandates and litigation that comes with every “legal” job,  add the removeable VAT/GST of other countries, and you’re looking at what I estimate (I can’t find hard numbers) at an over 25% cost-of-labor handicap in most key industries (healthcare, manufacturing, union shops, construction). 

That’s huge.

So you could pay an across-the-border worker at least 20% more as a base wage, and still save a lot of money.  You could pay to ship things all over the globe instead of produce them locally and still save a lot of money.  And you could wrestle with foreign governments, bribery, language barriers and wars and still avoid a lot of hassle.

Then there’s minimum wage, just recently raised, which inherently eliminates jobs – at least in the “legal” labor market.

All of this is unconstitutional (which means it is of course literally illegal, with no quotation marks) as well as destructive.

So, here’s what should happen before we lose more jobs and more people lose their homes:

Do the constitutions, state and federal.  Put a leash on our politicians and rescue what we can of our lives before it’s too late.

Yes, constitutional Rule of Law is what my campaign is all about.  But I’m not putting all my eggs in my own campaign basket, and neither should you.

We can’t start too soon in demanding what’s ours by law.  So don’t wait for Election Day to make your wishes known, and don’t pin it all on one candidate.  Tell Mitch that you think it’s time he does his job as constitutionally required.  Tell him to govern government.  Right now.  I did this last year and you should do the same.

I honestly think he’d listen if we spoke.  I think he means to do what’s right.  I think he’s an honorable man.  But he doesn’t know what’s right until you tell him.  He is a lawyer after all.  And lawyers are to law what firemen are to fire.

So help him out.  Tell him to obey the constitution.  Tell him to enforce the constitution.  Tell him to do it now.

…Stimulated ENOUGH?

Politicians have told us that giving tax money to multimillionaire athletes stimulates the economy and our otherwise lacking sense of pride.  Giving tax money to enormous multinational corporations stimulates the economy and promotes innovation.  Giving tax money to third-world dictators, erotic artists and apologetic criminals stimulates the economy, peace, art and justice.  Of course, giving tax money back to taxpayers stimulates the economy too, just as taking it in the first place did.  It’s all good, right?

With all this stimulation going on, you’d expect that our economy, technology and pride would have been stimulated past Pluto by now. 

Actually, the USA has never equaled the vigor and innovation we’d experienced before the invention of Income Tax and the so-called “Federal Programs;” and now we’re in a downward spiral of litigation, complexity, corruption, lost liberties and economic meltdown. 

Why?  Because freedom works, politics doesn’t; politicians lie, it is their nature to gobble up power; and it is our nature to think that we have to just grin and bear it all. 

Why in the world do we think that political campaigns are about candidates and their promises?  We act (and vote and pay taxes) as if Election Day is for politicians.  Do we really want this? 

I ask because political candidates often refuse unscripted public debates and direct questions, and instead control “the message” through tightly-scripted marketing and staged events. 

I ask because “winning” campaigns cost lots of money, and you know very well where some of that money comes from. 

I ask because negative campaigning usually works. 

I ask because those stupid yard signs work (think about that!). 

I ask because the good candidates would love to have ten seconds of your time, and almost surely won’t get it.

I am one of three candidates for the important job of Indiana Governor.  You are the boss.  I respectfully suggest that this time around you interview us at least to the degree that you’d interview a burger-flipper in a fast-food restaurant.  Ask real questions and expect real answers.  Don’t take no for an answer, and watch for lies and bunk.  Watch, attend, or even host a candidates’ debate.  And when you’ve gathered your facts (yes, facts really do exist) and made your decision, tell others what you’ve found.

This is a pivotal time.  In light of what’s happening to us now, in the most fearful and rapidly collapsing culture on earth, it’s time we wake up and take our roles seriously.

And no role is more important on Election Day than that of the voter. 

…That’s you.

Not a minute too soon…

This notion of “global economy” as a new phenomenon is hogwash.  Humanity has always traded over as far a distance as possible; and for some time now, that distance has encompassed the globe.  In boats made of bulrushes, via caravans over ice floes and by who-knows-what we haven’t heard of yet, people have traded globally for thousands of years. 

The East India Companies, who started wars, founded colonies and worked slaves from all over the world, were at least the equivalent of any military-industrial titan or “Big Oil” company we fear today.

Global economy is nothing new at all.  It has been going on for a really long time like this:

Products are mobile.  Capital is mobile.  People are, mostly, less mobile.  And while markets stay put, they do change a lot.  So, business searches for cheap labor, cheap resources, and cheap ways to put the two together, and it doesn’t matter where the market for the product ends up…the world is the production floor, and the world is the potential market.

So when our politicians impose labor regulations, or allow labor abuses that don’t exist anywhere else on earth, yet don’t impose any restrictions upon goods made without such nonsense, our politicians are essentially saying to our businesses, “find illegal labor, close down or move overseas.”

When our lawyers and courts wage lawsuits against businesses that’d never happen anywhere else, yet don’t impose any restrictions upon goods made without such lawsuits, these politicians are essentially saying to our factories, “find illegal labor, close down or move overseas.”

When our politicians regulate USA factory emissions, but place no sanctions on foreign goods produced without any such regulation, our politicians are essentially saying to our factories, “close down or move overseas.”

I could go on about taxes, unemployment compensation insurance, OSHA, FTC, subsidized health insurance, etc., etc., et cetera…but the bottom line is easy to see.  Our businesses listened to our politicians and did what they were told to do.  China makes our stuff now.  No other nation on earth has such a problem of trade imbalance with China.  It’s just us.  And what little is done here relies on “illegal” labor (the Constitution is Law, and unconstitutional laws are illegal), back-door exceptions and, of course, that raison d’être of politics, special deals for special people.

This is a huge problem that, combined with a deflating fiat dollar would, as I’d publicly declared back in 1999, smack us upside the head by 2010. 

I now think we’ll not make it to 2010.  Collapse has begun and it may become irreversible soon.

Remember, failure is an option when it comes to nations.  It’s not just that politicians can screw up; it is a certainty that, as is historically proven, they will screw up and we will all suffer.

I believe that the demographic problem of 78 million baby boomers going off tax rolls and onto our Ponzi Scheme doles (Social Security, Medicare, etc.), combined with a dollar that’s worth 4 cents, central banks that want to print more monopoly money, combined with a nation that doesn’t build stuff anymore (and we’re losing innovation and engineering very fast as well) is building a perfect storm with political and corporate corruption such as the world has never seen.

The once Greatest Nation on Earth is on the precipice and the edge is crumbling away.

We could still turn back.  But how?

A politician would tell you that more taxation, litigation and regulation will fix the problems caused by their taxation, litigation and regulation.

But I insist that the only solution is to put our politicians on a leash.

It just so happens that all of the taxation, litigation and regulation that have brought us to this brink…are illegal.  The authority to screw us up so badly was never constitutionally granted to any level of state power (local, state or federal).  There is no constitution that allows any of this.

So, if we’d return to constitutional Rule of Law, return to constitutional money, rights and governed government, all of our impediments to success in a global market would disappear, and we’d be able to recover from a nasty spill, instead of collapsing to our death.

Happily, this is what the candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul is all about. 

He is the only candidate who has any intention of instituting Rule of Law here.  He is the first in a hundred years. 

Better late than never, eh?

…Hello?

Every day, in every airport in this country, everybody gets searched without a warrant.  Property is often seized without any warrant.  It’s pretty easy to see that the Constitution was never amended to make this legal. 

It is very specifically and clearly illegal, in fact, for government to do this to us.

Every day, people are denied their freedom of speech in pulpits, in areas not designated as “free speech zones,” in political campaigns, in private activities related to political campaigns, in business, and, of course, in airports. 

The Constitution was never amended to make this legal, either.  This is also very specifically and clearly illegal by the well-understood words of the Constitution for the United States.

Every day, flak-jacketed cops arrest, and even kill people for “crimes” that don’t exist in any constitution anywhere in this nation.  Most of the authority our “authorities” wield to kill, imprison, fine and seize was never authorized by any constitution; and it’s therefore, by definition, unauthorized, unconstitutional and illegal.

So, in clear violation of law, but by obvious practice by armed agents of our politicians, you have have been denied freedom of speech, religion, assembly, petition, due process, property, and self defense.  You have no freedoms at all, really.  You have only illusions that last for only as long as our politicians feel charitable, and for as long as whatever liberties they allow just don’t matter to them.

We already have the world’s highest percentage of citizens in prison, and most “felons” got there by coerced plea.  No nation has ever been so monitored, wiretapped and regulated in every area from the things you consume (or, mostly can’t consume), what you can learn and from whom, health options, what you can do, say, and with whom you can associate…or refuse to associate.

…You think this is about giving up liberty for security? 

Ha.

We had far more liberty when Russia had spies and agents everywhere in our country, and had a thousand warheads pointed right at our heads.  We still call Wahhabi Saudis our allies; and we don’t worry about all the nations who’ve threatened us with nuclear missiles proven capable of reaching us.  Our borders are still wide open, and our crime rates are a hundred times higher now than in 1900, when citizens could own machine guns without a license.

And, of course, the famous freedoms we’re now giving away were earned by uppity, self-reliant colonists in an unconquered land; with the world’s superpower breathing down their neck and about to burn down Washington, D.C.

Those people knew the price and value of liberty.

Freedom is security.  It always has been.  Giving it away is self-destruction.

So …when are we going to wake up? 

If you’re reading this, I’m betting that you’re not the problem. 

But when are your neighbors going to change the way they vote?

What will it take?  What can we still afford to lose?

There is hope in the unassuming form of Ron Paul.  Of all major party presidential candidates currently running, he’s the only one who’d honor the Oath of Office.  He’s the only one, in fact, running for the constitutional office of President of the United States of America.  He’s the only one who’d be the “cop of the constitution” that is not only badly needed now, but is, after all, what the job is supposed to be all about.

He’s the only one.

But you’d better get off your duff and support him right now. 

Because all those who oppose your rights oppose his candidacy.

You have easy choices now. 

What comes next may be a whole lot harder.

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