OK, What Now?

tenorSo, just today, and the day’s not over yet, two people asked me in one way or another, “Why don’t YOU do something?”

It was on Facebook and private messaging, so there was no way to actually physically assault anyone.  But I was pretty annoyed, after all I’ve been doing for the past twenty some-odd years, at great, ridiculous cost to my family, my personal life, my finances, and my career…

Yet I do my best to remain hopeful.  I do not like being an “I-told-you-so” curmudgeon, and I desperately hope I’m wrong about what’s in our pretty-near future.  I’ve been told, many times, (twice yesterday) that I’m far too gloom&doom, armageddon and destruction, and that I’d be much more effective if I’d somehow adopt the buoyant and bubbly pom-pom persona of a Glee Club Captainette.

Yeah, I suppose so.Testing football helmets, 1912

But…

The Social Security/ Medicare/ FICA cookie jar is getting both robbed of money and stuffed with IOUs, while the GOP-run government keeps spending exactly as if there were no tomorrow.

But there is a tomorrow.
Isn’t there?

At least, I…hope there will be.

We do seem to be at war with a third of the world, spying/haranguing/pointing guns at another third, and getting the rest of the planet hopping mad at us.

PoliticsMonsterAnd yet, with increasing loss of liberties and militarization domestically, increasing instability globally, and wild uncertainty and lawlessness from our politicians, we’re still divided against each other, exactly when we should be uniting against our common foes.

I’m struggling to see any truth in the “4D Chess” covfefe rationalizations.  And it sure does seem like our youth are dead-set on a proven course to destruction.

So, here’s my expression of hope, in the form of a question…
What’s a patriot to do now?

I’m no longer hoping that I, personally, will fly onto the scene with a whistling jetpack and six-guns blazing.Hero

But I’d like to at least help move the OppressoMeter needle back toward Peace, Prosperity, Liberty and Justice for All.
Anybody have any ideas?
I’m all ears.

When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed.” ― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Not Listening

 

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Quit mortgaging our future, dang it!

Freedom, IN – Of course we need to cut taxes.  I’d vote to end income tax entirely.

But we already know this game. Politicians say that “government is too big,” but then make it bigger. They trumpet the need to cut spending, but then spend more.

And, of course, they cut taxes (just a little) without fixing the first two things; meaning that they’ll later raise taxes, and cut promised benefits.

Nobody likes to pay taxes.  But taxes are a symptom, not the disease itself.  The disease is ungoverned, unregulated, out-of-control politics and all the cost and violence that entails.

Every single one of the other 2018 primary election candidates for Indiana’s US Senate seat are promising more government. Every one of the others promise more fear-aggression-syndrome foreign policy, more domestic militarization, more intrusions into our privacy, trade and personal interactions.

I’m the only candidate promising less.

A lot less

I have a plan for Peace, prosperity, Security, Liberty and Justice for ALL, in eight steps.

But the summary is that I mean to cut the corruption, cost, intrusiveness, abusiveness and ineffectiveness of our central government by actually cutting powers, programs, agencies…and people, from that government. I propose establishing a truly federal (instead of our increasingly unitary) government as defined by the authorizing compact.

That is how this is supposed to work. That is still the law, as written and amended.

And I’m the only candidate who’s all about that.

Liberty or Bust!
Andy Horning
Freedom, Indiana

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.