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whatever neffs

Posted by Jesse on March 14, 2009

if business owners expected “customers” to steal and murder, who would ever open a business?

if i pay for a service i expect what i paid for. if i don’t receive good service, why would i want to continue paying for it?

are you looking forward to your social security check in how ever many decades? i know i’m not. where’s the measure of success? i want to see some competition!

if the government is going to give my money to failed banks, “defense” contractors, jail people who smoke pot and try to prop up economic policies that don’t work, or even “invest” in some broad long-term Obama-vision that no one can seem to explain or agree on, why would i want to pay or invest in such an idea? the problem is, unlike in a free market, what choice do i have? they just take the money. and that’s supposed to be a good example of good government?

and then on top of that we have an organization that tries to rule the market too!

Unnatural Disaster by Thomas Woods

“As with all goods, the supply and demand for lending capital determines the price. If more families are saving or more banks are lending, borrowers don’t have to pay as much to borrow, and interest rates go down. If there’s a rush to borrow or a dearth of lending capital, interest rates go up.”

“Thus the interest rate coordinates production across time. It ensures a compatible mix of market forces: if people want to consume now, businesses respond accordingly; if people want to consume in the future, businesses allocate resources to satisfy that desire. The interest rate can perform this coordinating function only if it is allowed to move freely in response to changes in supply and demand. If the Fed manipulates the interest rate, we should not be surprised by discoordination on a massive scale.”

“The more the Fed inflates, the worse the reckoning will be. Every new wave of artificial credit deforms the capital structure further, making the inevitable bust more severe because so much more capital will have been squandered and so many more resources misallocated.”

Also see:

What is the Free Market by Murray Rothbard

The House Poor by Karen de Coster

And it’s this type of analysis I equate with law and rulers. If a dictator ignores the people’s cries [consumer demand] and continues to press on and oppress, eventually there will be all out war. Dictatorial rule is known for ignoring what people need and want. It destroys prosperity and trust. the ruler is acting in self-interest and is only concerned with the general welfare in so far as it affects self-interest. and the general welfare is defined by whatever the laws are, not what you or I think it may be.

i don’t expect you to agree with me, i don’t expect to change your mind, but if you claim to be able to empathize with “poor” people, or “minorities”, then i expect that one should be able to understand a very simple principle as letting people keep what is rightfully theirs, and not simply say “we’re taking from you for your own good”. you have to be able to convince those people and not just oppress them with your political programs. that’s not a very good long-term strategy to say the least.

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Neo-conservatives don’t exist

Posted by Jesse on March 10, 2009

Or so says Richard Perle. He “declined to identify what was a neo-conservative philosophy, or worldview”. Here’s the WaPo article Lobe refers to “Prince of Darkness Denies Own Existence”.

This interview with Jim Lobe starts out giving some nice examples and insights on various political movements concerning US policy. Specifically, liberal internationalism, neo-conservatism, realism, intervention, and unilateralism and how these lines are divided, (especially concerning the middle east and Israel).

Scott Horton asks about Dennis Ross,  his background and significance, etc.

From antiwar.com:

Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service, discusses the balance of power between different foreign policy factions, the work record of Dennis Ross from Oslo Accord negotiator to WINEP associate, the centrality of uranium refining in U.S./Iran relations, the resurgence of the Arab League and the National Intelligence Council appointment saga of Chas Freeman.

MP3 here. (62:41)

Jim Lobe is best known for his coverage of U.S. foreign policy, particularly the neo-conservative influence in the Bush administration. The Washington Bureau Chief of the international news agency Inter Press Service (IPS), Lobe has also written for Foreign Policy In Focus, Alternet, Tompaine.com, and was featured in BBC and ABC television documentaries about motivations for the US invasion of Iraq. His articles appear regularly on Antiwar.com.

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Public Opinion polls – %80 say gov’t acts without consent.

Posted by Jesse on February 17, 2009

Found this piece at Little Alex in Wonderland

– Rest of the video found here and here.

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Ron Paul: POW/MIA

Posted by Jesse on January 18, 2008

RonPaul2008.com/veterans
Why has Ron Paul received more donations from active-duty soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines than any other Republican presidential candidate?

It’s simple. Throughout his career, Ron has proven his patriotism by supporting a strong national defense and fighting for the rights of veterans.

Most importantly, all veterans – and all other citizens – would have confidence that with Paul as commander-in-chief, soldiers would never be put into harm’s way unless America’s national security were at stake. Paul has always stood for military readiness, secure borders, and the fair treatment of our troops – never “nation-building,” crusades for democracy, and “peace keeping” at the behest of the U.N.

More Empty Rhetoric for Veterans
by Rep. Ron Paul
Many military veterans were shocked to see that the federal budget for 2006 makes several cuts in veterans benefits and services. Under the proposed budget, the Veterans Administration will increase once again the co-pay cost of prescription drugs, while adding a new annual fee for medical benefits. The budget also calls for the reduction of veterans home funding and limits the number of VA nursing home beds. Some members of Congress have even suggested rewriting the definition of “veteran” in a way that could deny VA health benefits for millions of retired servicemen.

Unfortunately, the trust that members of our armed forces put in their government has been breached time and time again, and the recent budget vote represents another blow to veterans. Even as we send hundreds of thousands of soldiers into Iraq, Congress can’t get its priorities straight.

Our invasion of Iraq will swell the ranks of our combat veterans, many of whom will need medical care as they grow older. Sadly, health issues arising from the first war with Iraq still have not been addressed. Congress should immediately end the silence and formally address Gulf War Syndrome, which has had a devastating impact on veterans who served in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. As a medical doctor, I believe the syndrome is very real, and likely represents several different maladies caused by exposure to conditions specific to the Gulf region at the time. Congress and the VA should stop insulting Gulf War veterans and recognize that the syndrome is a serious illness that needs treatment. We can only hope and pray that our soldiers in Iraq today do not suffer from similar illnesses in the future.

It’s easy to talk about honoring veterans and their sacrifices, even while the federal government treats veterans badly. Congress wastes billions of dollars funding countless unconstitutional programs, but fails to provide adequately for the men and women who carry out the most important constitutional function: national defense.

We can best honor both our veterans and our current armed forces by pursuing a coherent foreign policy. No veteran should ever have to look back and ask himself, “Why were we over there in the first place?” Too often history demonstrates that wars are fought for political and economic reasons, rather than legitimate national security reasons. Supporting the troops means never putting them in harm’s way unless America is truly threatened.

Today’s American soldiers are the veterans of the future, and they should never be sent to war without clear objectives that serve definite American national security interests. They should never fight at the behest of the United Nations or any other international agency. They should never serve under a UN flag, nor answer to a UN commander. They deserve to know that they fight for the American people and the Constitution, and that the decision to send them into battle was made by their own Congress via an express declaration of war – NOT by UN bureaucrats who don’t care about them.

Only by using American troops judiciously and in service of the Constitution can we avoid the kind of endless military entanglements we witnessed in Korea and Vietnam. We honor our veterans by ensuring that their service to the nation is never in vain.

http://veteransforpaul.org/
About Veterans for Paul
This site was started by Mark Anderson to support Congressman Ron Paul. We believe that there is no greater way to support everybody, including veterans, than by supporting liberty and free markets. It is through government intervention in the marketplace that the consumer gets pummeled, since the government doesn’t sustain itself by satisfying consumer demands.

Problems inhere in all government programs, corporate entities that the government subsidizes, and in industries enjoying government protections through things such as occupational licensing laws. Until nobody is allowed to legally plunder other people through government manipulation of the market, and must earn their income by satisfying consumer demands, these problems will continue on unabated.

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Michael Scheuer: Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station.mp3

Posted by Jesse on January 17, 2008

Have a listen to Scott Horton interviewing Michael Scheuer here.

Here is the Wikipedia link on Scheuer and also for his book, Imperial Hubris. This is one of the 5 books Ron Paul suggested Giuliani read.

One of the books is Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson

You can listen to the Horton/Johnson interview here.

Take a gander at Chalmers’: Republic or Empire: A National Intelligence Estimate on the US

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