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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Kent State Shootings

Our government has officially decided to acknowledge the historical significance of the shootings which took place in 1970. They placed 17 acres on the national register of historic places.

Those kids shouldn't be blamed for protesting the gruesomely un-necessary Vietnam War. It's a shame that today's wars don't get the same opposition. Yes there was some protest back when Iraq started. But it wasn't nearly the same intensity. Our perpetually militaristic leaders have become very successful in cultivating a pro-war "support the troops" attitude among the populace.

War is still the single most important issue facing our country. The middle eastern occupation is being sold to the public as "defending America". This is just as much of a load of bullocks now as it was back then.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Democracy in Ohio: the best government money can buy

Do you think your vote matters? Do you think you have representation in this state? This Plain Dealer article seems to answer that question squarely in the "no" column. It starts right off with the following:
If you want Ohio politicians to give you the time of day, the annual fee -- as totaled by one of the wisest of Capitol Square's magi -- is now more than $130,000.
Sure, you can vote on elections across the state. But when it comes to actual decision making, you have no say on what happens. Unless you are wealthy and willing to pay good money for a lawmaker's ear. This means that it doesn't matter who you vote into office.

With so many people unemployed in this bad economy, it is painful to see money being spent this way. Yet, it is necessary, because if you are a business and you choose not to, your competitor will. And they will often be successful in getting politicians to pass laws or hand out contracts in their favor.

You can wish all you want that strong campaign finance laws will some day change things. But then the special interest money will just be spent in other ways. It is practically impossible to stop the big money from buying your favorite politician. That is just how democracy works.

The only feasible solution is to take away our leaders' power to micromanage our life. People need to learn that they are better off ignoring these politicians. Stay home on election night. Don't donate. Don't participate in the political process.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Libertarian Party in Ohio

Is there a party that still actually believes in small government? No, it's not the Republicans. The GOP is nothing but empty rhetoric as far as that goes. From what I've heard of some tea party folks, it doesn't sound like them either. The Libertarian Party seems to be the only political party that actually meets that description.

They are running in a lot of races in my state this year and are hoping to at least make some kind of impact. If there was any political party that at least somewhat has principles, it would probably be this one. However, there is still no hope at all for trying to work within government. To be honest, I have absolutely no desire to participate in democracy. Even with libertarians in charge, it would still be an immoral system, in my opinion.

Having said that, from time to time I still might contribute a small amount of cash to a politician who upsets our wretched political establishment. For example, a couple years ago I gave $50 to Ron Paul's campaign for president. That is about the most I will ever do. It was only because the powers that be really do fear someone like him gaining more influence.

Ultimately, I consider myself to be some kind of an anarchist. I've read about anarcho-capitalism and the anti-property anti-capitalist variety. There have been some big arguments between the two, but they would both be better than what we have now. As long as people are allowed to live voluntarily, I don't see a problem with either one.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Stimulating Ohio

The Columbus Dispatch asks whether the stimulus was good for Ohio. It seems that some jobs probably were saved. But they weren't the kind of jobs that are most beneficial to the economy. The single two largest dollar amounts awarded in the state went to Medicaid and government agencies, of course. These alone make up half of the total pie.

So there were indeed lots of government jobs that were saved. In other words, the most inefficient ones in our economy. These are not the kind of jobs that would exist in a voluntary society. People who normally provide services would be required to do so at a cost that is acceptable to consumers. Otherwise, they would go out of business. New providers, who are better able to meet these needs, would then take their place.

Government is not accountable in this way. State agencies (and state protected "private" monopolies) will get money regardless of how they perform. This makes it impossible to tell if they are really meeting consumer demands. On top of that, when they are widely perceived to give bad service, this will be used as an excuse to throw even more taxpayer money down the rat-hole.

Some regime apologists would claim that government must step in where industries are a "natural monopoly". Ultimately, this is just a myth that providers take advantage of. This allows them take the most possible taxpayer money from their unwilling customers, while providing the worst service they can get away with.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hudson foundation awards grants

Here is news of another non-profit giving out money to the community. However, I would take a close look to where it is going in this case. Their list of recipients is a cause of concern for me. This is why I always try to find out where they get their money and where it goes before I donate.

In this case, it looks like local governments are getting quite a bit of the money. I would personally never want to deal with a charity that gives or gets money to the government. The whole reason I give money to people is to help those who otherwise wouldn't be able to get it.

Most governments already get plenty in taxes as far as I'm concerned. They don't deserve to get even more of my money than what they get now. From what I can tell, most community foundations like this deal with the government both ways quite a bit. Therefore, I will avoid them like the plague.

Monday, February 15, 2010

$16 million gift goes to the Marion foundation

Here is another large charity gift in the state of Ohio on the books. Apparently it's not even just part of their fortune, but everything they had. It is notable that this gift will double the size of the Marion foundation to give out grants and scholarships.

Various leftists continue to downplay or even denigrate the value of charity in our society. But it is clear in this news and elsewhere that people continue to give, even in this down economy. This is seemingly in direct contradiction to their bleak world view, where only the government is willing to help the poor. As we can see that is far from the truth.

As I have said here before, I believe government's social programs are not charity, but theft. Only a small portion of our taxes ever reach the poor. Most of the stolen booty is lost in bureaucracy and corruption. And if it wasn't for the politicians severe mismanagement of the economy, there would be a lot less poverty to begin with.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Cuyahoga County wants to keep stealing your money

This time it's to keep what they call a human services tax. They're even launching a fancy campaign, complete with catchy tunes. Some people with rough lives who relied on this tax in the past are pleading to keep it.

No thanks. I am interested in helping people, but not through taxes. What they don't tell you is how many lives the government has ruined. I don't care if they also claim to help people. There are countless more efficient and humane ways to help people besides putting a gun to everyone's head.

It would cost homeowners $87 per hundred thousand. Yet they still want to stress it's not a tax increase. So what? It is STILL A TAX. Do you seriously think we're not intelligent enough to know that? If this line of reasoning ever convinced anyone to vote for the tax, then I would question their intelligence.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Northeast Ohio - hotbed of census resistance

That's according to the Plain Dealer, which says Cleveland has been labeled as HTC or hard to count. The article notes that many of the city's immigrant communities may be reluctant to answer the government's intrusive questions.

Some commenters on this article can't believe why some people wouldn't trust the government. One even went so far as to label this distrust as "extreme stupidity" and being "mean to the less fortunate". That is simply hilarious.

If this person knew anything about history, they would remember that time when the US government used the race questions from census forms to round up and imprison Japanese citizens during World War 2. That is hardly a ringing endorsement of compliance.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Toledo officials given raises up to 26.9%

In a big middle finger to the taxpayers of Toledo, the new mayor has decided to hand out even more big raises to his employees. This comes moments after he is seeking 10% pay cuts for union workers and a tax increase for the hapless residents. I don't know how anyone can possibly take this guy seriously after pulling this stunt.

He tried to justify it by saying it is "important that employees like Ms. Wallace are properly compesated for their work". Bullocks. How many people receive raises in this kind of economic climate when their company is in the hole almost $50 million per year?

This lady and the others ought to be ashamed of receiving this extra money that has been fleeced from the people. Increased costs and reduced city services are typical government responses when regular poor citizens supposedly need help the most. Unemployment is still rising and there is no "recovery" in sight, despite what the government's media lapdogs are reporting.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Toledo cop gets cushy desk job for hitting suspect

The same Toledo copper who murdered a mentally ill woman has now hit a theft suspect with her police cruiser. Just imagine if one of us mundanes hit a cop with their car. They would surely have been charged with a crime. Probably vehicular manslaughter or something similar.

Yet, the police felt it necessary to re-iterate that this officer was not being punished for her actions. Once again, as long as you are a cop, regular laws don't apply to you. People routinely get charged to the fullest extent possible if they even attempt to defend themselves from this exalted, blue-costumed aggression.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Acquittal for Cleveland DEA agent Lee Lucas

The drug warrior had 18 criminal charges against him come from a major scandal where he was accused of lying in court and false written reports.
The charges against Lucas stemmed from a 2005 drug investigation in Mansfield that resulted in about two dozen indictments. Nearly all the charges were later dropped after Bray tearfully admitted that he framed people by staging phone calls and purposely identifying the wrong people as drug sellers.
Prosecutors accused Lucas of lying in written reports and in court to corroborate Bray's testimony.
I guess this just goes to show that government agents can lie all they want and get away with it. Even if charges ever come against them, the gullible people who make it through jury selection will just let them go. Our justice system is a bad joke, as is the war on drugs.