Political Recycling

big-government2by Anniel5/1/15
I have been indulging in a bit of nostalgia and rereading many of the articles from the beginning of StubbornThings. Not for the first time it strikes me that most of the postings are as pertinent today as they were the day they were published, and the same names, or counterparts who act the same, always pop up.

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808-1890) wrote, “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” sometimes translated “. . . The more it changes, the more it’s the same thing.” Or, as Yogi Berra put it more succinctly, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” It would seem the world and politics really do little changing in fundamentals.

The battle from the beginning has been truth, light, goodness and freedom against lies, darkness, evil and slavery. Every person born on earth, no matter where or when, must make the same choices in their lives. Not all choices should be political, but as the power of government grows, along with the corruption and lies, we are all faced with the need to preserve what we can by our actions at the local level, especially when it comes to voting. And we need to preserve our culture and heritage as much as we can, and remember that God is still in charge.

I wrote the following article a long time ago, so now that déjà vu is knocking at the door, I offer my Recycled and updated political thoughts to you.

LET PAUL PAY HIS OWN WAY

Do you remember the times in your life when you suddenly understood clearly what was going on? When your eyes opened and your ears heard and you could articulate enough to think everyone else would understand if they would just listen, then no one did?[pullquote]There have been people warning us for years about where we are headed, but it’s still so much more comfortable to remain ignorant and sleepy.[/pullquote]

It was a long time ago for me when one of the national TV stations was doing a report on how taxpayer funds are spent. The show was narrated by the late Peter Jennings, who was famous for saying that United States voters had thrown a giant temper tantrum when they elected Republicans after Newt Gingrich’s Contract for America caused a political earthquake. No bias on Jennings part of course.

The television report detailed how much money was collected by the Government, how much was taken to run various Federal programs, and how much went back to the states in revenue sharing. Jennings reported that, as I recall, 40 cents of every tax dollar stayed in Washington D.C. to fund the Federal government and the military. I’m not sure what that figure is today but under the Obama Regime, and the ineffectiveness of the RINOs, it’s undoubtably higher.

Seattle was then shown in the Report as a “typical” U.S. City participating in revenue sharing. Jennings nattered on about the great things Federal money had funded for the area, showing pictures of roads, airports, bridges and buildings. Finally, in his conclusion, Jennings threw out some monetary amounts, which I have to guess at here since it’s been so long ago, and said something like this: “How much money did the people of the Seattle area pay in taxes? $45 million dollars. And how much did they receive in revenue sharing to pay for these projects? $55 million! So I would say the good people of Seattle got their money’s worth.”

If 40 percent of the assumed $45 million paid in taxes stayed in D. C., that means the greater Seattle area lost $18 million to begin with. That amount, plus the extra $10 million Seattle received over and above their own taxes, makes $28 million that had to come out of a lot of somebody else’s pockets in order to pay for Seattle’s goodies. Whatever the true amount, Peter Jennings appeared not just to approve, but seemed blissfully unaware that some little taxpayers in Pioche, Nevada or Bangor, Maine might not find that money going to Seattle such a good deal when some of it could have been better used for their own local needs.

That was simply a report on revenue sharing. It had nothing to do with how much money is spent every year stroking the fur of the purring fat cats of Washington, D.C. We have been asleep for so long that most people don’t even see what is right before their eyes. The burgeoning bureaucracy and crony capitalism that now engulf us seems like over-hyped myth to so many. There have been people warning us for years about where we are headed, but it’s still so much more comfortable to remain ignorant and sleepy. Now that we are over 18 trillion dollars in debt, isn’t it time for us to be fully awake and aware if we are to survive further theft and depredations by what P. J. O’Rourke termed the “Parliament of Whores?”[pullquote]The fact that any programs, and the funding for them, pass through the giant money laundering machine known as Washington, D. C., is so disgusting we should all be outraged.[/pullquote]

Is it possible that a lot of money could be saved if the “middle men” were removed from the picture? If all of those funds did not get siphoned off in D.C.? If national taxes and programs were cut, and each city and state paid for their own programs and projects from local and state taxes? Let the arguments over paying for “Bridges to Nowhere” be conducted by the people who decide they do or don’t need that service. Let the people who know them hold their local and state authorities accountable for their ideas and honesty. Wasn’t that one of the original intents of the rights retained by the states? That’s a good reason for overturning the 17th Amendment and letting the States appoint senators again.

Let’s have that battle over States Rights. Sign up now supporting the Convention of States. Encourage your Governor to grow a spine that is straight. Then take time to thank a politician when they do something right.

The fact that any programs, and the funding for them, pass through the giant money laundering machine known as Washington, D. C., is so disgusting we should all be outraged. Just look at the Clintons, including Hillary’s Secretary of State and Clinton Foundation dealings, Dianne Feinstein’s husband getting a $1 billion kickback on the sale and rental of Post Office facilities around the nation, the scandals at the IRS and the VA, to name just a few recent evils. We mustn’t forget all the other millionaires and billionaires who make their fortunes using our taxes.

If government robs Peter to pay Paul, only Paul and his political friends are happy. Paul certainly has innumerable happy friends today. • (1185 views)

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24 Responses to Political Recycling

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Annie, reading that, it really does stick in my mind something that Mark Steyn said, and that I’ve mentioned before: Big Government changes the relationship between the citizen and the state to that of the addict and the pusher.

    • Anniel says:

      Brad, It would be so easy to become a political “junkie,” and some sites allow that. I’m happy with political articles, because, as Master Kung Fu says, “politics is interested in us.” But I am also grateful we don’t have to play that game all the time. It may be that things ARE changing as we pay more attention to the culture.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Annie, I have no fear that you’ll ever become a political junkie. I’ve known such types all my life. Wonder where the more productive sociopaths go? Into government. They wield glib smiles and oily handshakes. But that’s better than an axe. I guess.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    Spending abuses we shall always have with us, as Jesus might have said if he were interested in politics rather than personal salvation. But it does seem to be getting worse and worse, as the political aristocracy is increasingly willing to revel in their power and perks at the expense of everyone else.

    As for plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose (it’s a pity I don’t know how to do all those accents and cedillas and such here), note that I did an article on immigration a few months back that was simply a reprint of a piece I wrote for FOSFAX a decade ago. And nothing had changed on that, either.

    • Anniel says:

      Timothy, I loved the quote you posted from Priscilla Buckley that voting for LBJ would be a sin for her because she knew better. Not voting would be a sin because we know better. Thank you. Funny about your immigration article, but not surprising.

    • NAHALKIDES NAHALKIDES says:

      The accents and other diacritical marks are a pain, Tim, and since I don’t speak French I’m always worried about the accent pointing in the wrong direction. They are invoked by using the HTML “&[special code];” where the “&” and “;” tell HTML they are the beginning and ending, respectively, of a special character string.

      For example, é produces é. You can find all the available characters by searching on “HTML special codes”.

  3. Jerry Richardson says:

    Anniel,

    That’s a good reason for overturning the 17th Amendment and letting the States appoint senators again.

    Let’s have that battle over States Rights. Sign up now supporting the Convention of States. Encourage your Governor to grow a spine that is straight. Then take time to thank a politician when they do something right.
    —Anniel

    Amen! Amen!!

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Is it possible that a lot of money could be saved if the “middle men” were removed from the picture? If all of those funds did not get siphoned off in D.C.? If national taxes and programs were cut, and each city and state paid for their own programs and projects from local and state taxes?

    Heresy!!!! Throughout history, one of the most important functions of government was its ability to take money from some and give it to others. How dare you suggest we jettison this fine old tradition.

    Jokes aside, government has always had its fair share of corruption, cronyism and vote buying. But the size of today’s government is such that it distorts almost all areas of life.

    Government in general has become a huge job creator for special groups and these groups know it.

    For example, small government types often bemoan the fact that 90-95% of blacks vote Democrat, year-in-year-out. Political pundits muse why this is so. And while there are, no doubt, many reasons for this we should look at some numbers which might help explain things.

    According to a Dept of Labor report, as of 2011:

    % working for government % of overall population

    blacks almost 20% 11.6%
    whites 14.2% about 64%

    The percentage of blacks in the federal government is particularly high

    % of black employees department or agency

    25 treasury and vet affairs
    31 state
    37 education
    38 housing and urban dev
    42 equal employment opp commission
    55 government printing office
    82 court services and offender supervision
    44 fannie mae
    50 freddie mac

    Now let’s look at the % breakdown of welfare recipients:

    % of total recipients race
    38.8 white
    39.9 black

    What do the numbers say?

    The percentage of blacks employed in government is almost twice the percentage of blacks in the overall population.

    The percentage of blacks receiving welfare in almost 3.5 times the percentage of blacks in the overall population.

    Given the very clear numbers which show the black population is inordinately dependent on government in one form or another, is there any wonder that blacks vote overwhelmingly for the party which openly supports big government?

    If we want this to change, we have to figure out how to get more blacks to participate in the free market. Ignoring the situation is not going to change it.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Republicans can do better among blacks than they do now (I figure they could hope for the nearly 30% Romney got among Hispanics as a top figure in a competitive race, which would be devastating for Democrats who need and rely on 90% of the black vote). Actively campaigning for minority votes would help (many have no knowledge whatsoever of anything other than liberalism). But it’s also true that they have to accept that most blacks are bought and paid for by the Democrats.

      As for the nature of government, it has always existed to rob the public on behalf of its constituents. The argument for democracy is that this increases the constituency to include the public as a whole. Of course, no one will ever describe it that way because that requires admitting that government of any sort is basically a kleptocracy.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        As for the nature of government, it has always existed to rob the public on behalf of its constituents.

        What makes this worse is that given today’s technology, governments are in the position to steal from and control populations to a degree never before known in history.

      • NAHALKIDES NAHALKIDES says:

        The obvious answer then is to have a government which is forbidden to redistribute incomes and which is small enough that government workers can’t influence the election (or to disfranchise government workers, which would be extremely difficult). Such a government is the one created by our Constitution; restoring it should be Conservatives’ goal. The political landscape will change considerably when the Democrats cannot offer to their voters piles of money stolen from the rest of us.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          It would be interesting to figure out how to amend the Constitution to bring that about. Of course, it’s hard to imagine that such amendments would be feasible, at least before the country collapses under the weight of welfare state-regulation behemoth.

    • Anniel says:

      Master Kung Fu: I appreciate those figures, but they really hurt at the same time. I have black friends who work hard and try their best, but they see the bottom line and want what the pushers are pushing. Your explanation clears up a lot of confusion in my mind. Even Rush needs more clarity in this matter.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        Even Rush needs more clarity in this matter.

        Anniel,

        These numbers, and plenty of others, show the black community in the USA is in a deep crisis. In my opinion, a principal cause of this crisis is the absolutely appalling lack of sexual morals within much of the black community. No group can sustain an illegitimacy rate of 73% and prosper. As I recall, it is estimated that something like half of all abortions in the USA are performed on black girls and women. (It would be nice if the dumbass libertarians would take note of this and come to the realization that morals do matter.)

        As is well known, single females with children from multiple fathers are generally pretty poor mothers. Children raised in such an environment cannot be expected to perform on the same level as a child raised in a two parent family in which all children are related to both parents.

        Sadly, our leaders are not willing to come forward and state the obvious. If they did, they would be vilified by the media, academia, the race hucksters and other fools and scoundrels.

        I am not sure the black community will be able to pull itself out of the abyss into which it has fallen. And as long as the community is in such a horrendous state, those peopling it will resent others who are not sharing their misery. But they will particularly resent “whity” as he is a very easy and visible target which the race-baiters will never let loose of.

        And if the black community cannot pull itself out of the abyss, the prospects for the USA are not good.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          I have read that in NYC, the majority of abortions come from black pregnancies, even though blacks are nowhere near a majority of the population. One article suggested applying the Rand Paul counterattack approach to this: When asked about abortion, challenge the newsliar to ask Hillary if the number of black abortions was too high, too small, or just right.

        • Anniel says:

          I had always been so glad to live in a time when girls were as welcome as boys among the people I know, and that I could have friends of any race and love them all. Now that seems to be going up in flames, not just here, but everywhere.

          Too sad for us all.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Another reason why liberalism pollutes everything. It’s convenient for liberals to incite inter-group hostilities in order to gain votes from identity-groups that see themselves as victims.

        • NAHALKIDES NAHALKIDES says:

          I think it is beyond question that black culture is a complete failure (not just illegitimacy, but also the disparagement of education and work). The black (and Hispanic) inner-cities are a disaster-area already; were it not for the law-enforcement and welfare payments that are funded from outside, they would collapse completely into third-world status (indeed, many are almost there now). This is a culture that produces hip-hop “music” and maintains cooperation with the police is bad (in some places, onlookers have picked up shell casings at murder scenes to deliberately destroy valuable evidence). And you are right to chide Libertarians for not recognizing that bad morals (i.e. bad values) are ultimately responsible.

          Such is the product of Leftist culture and politics – and it is the future Barry Obama and Hillary Clinton intend for all of us.

          Can the black communities be saved? The only thing that could save them is the adoption of Conservative cultural norms (marriage, education, work) along with the removal of welfare benefits that encourage bad behavior and a robustly-growing economy with plenty of jobs for those freed from welfare dependency (massive cuts in immigration would also obviously have to occur so that blacks could get entry-level jobs). In other words, it will never happen as long as either Democrats or Establishment Republicans are in control of things.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            All these problems, and then you have the riots to get rid of whatever hope there might be. How many people will decide not to visit Baltimore, not to go to an Orioles (or Ravens) game, or not to start a business (such as a store) there lest some random incident 5 years later wipe them out? It’s so darkly amusing to see liberals complain about opportunities in the inner city while justifying the rioters who make the situation far worse than it was already.

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