Guest Post: Dysfunctional, Dishonest, Insane, And Intolerable

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Submitted by Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform blog,

“I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such: because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well-administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.” Ben Franklin

In my last article – Decline, Decay, Denial, Delusion & Despair I tied my observations about the obesity epidemic after a weekend in Wildwood NJ to the overall decay and degradation of the American culture. I had further reflections, but the article was already too long. These musings centered upon the complete dysfunction of government and delusion of politicians who think they can create value by seizing money from taxpayers, creating programs and controlling our lives. The incompetence, arrogance, ineptitude and insanity of government officials at the Federal, State, and Local level are stunning to behold. A story from the local Wildwood newspaper crystallized why Wildwood and thousands of municipalities across the country continue to spiral downward as government assumes more hegemony over our economy and day to day lives. We need to ask ourselves whether we the people are getting better government service and efficiency today; with government spending at 35% to 40% of GDP, than we did in the 1950’s and early 1960’s when government spending was 20% to 25% of GDP.

 

I doubt that most people are getting 60% more value from our benevolent government today than they did in the 1950’s. The GDP of the United States was $300 billion in 1950. Today it is $15.6 trillion, a 5,200% increase in 62 years. Sounds pretty impressive until you realize that 4,500% was due to Federal Reserve scientifically created inflation. But don’t worry. Ben Bernanke’s assures us inflation is well contained. The 5,200% increase in GDP was blown away by the 9,100% increase in total government spending since 1950. When most people talk about government spending, they refer to the $3.8 trillion per year spent by the corrupt politicians and obtuse government bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. But, witless state and local politicians spend another $2.6 trillion of your tax dollars per year. The charts below detail the descent into a nanny state over the last six decades, where government has stepped in to the breach as the provider of healthcare, retirement savings, welfare, food stamps, housing, phones, cable, and SSDI if you get depressed by that non-existent inflation.

 

 

In the 1950’s defense accounted for a significant portion of government spending due to the Cold War and Korean conflict. Government did provide a safety net for the less fortunate during the 1950s, but people were also supported by their extended families, neighbors, churches, local communities, and charitable organizations. Medicare, Medicaid, and Food Stamps did not exist in the 1950s, and somehow, without government intervention, people were not dying in the streets or starving to death. The economy boomed as America was the manufacturer for the world. The middle class grew as blue collar jobs were plentiful and Americans took advantage of educational opportunity to move into white collar professions. Government did useful things like creating the Interstate highway system and beginning space exploration. What government did not do was create a class of dependent people who relied upon the government for their day to day existence. The transformation to a nanny state has not only created millions of non-productive members of society, but it can only be sustained by borrowing and passing the bill on to future unborn generations. This un-payable liability is the ultimate consequence of government spending outpacing GDP by 75% over the last six decades.

Johnny Can’t Add – Send Him to College

“The average American college fails… to achieve its ostensible ends. One failure… of the colleges lies in their apparent incompetence to select and train a sufficient body of intelligent teachers. Their choice is commonly limited to second-raters, for a man who really knows a subject is seldom content to spend his lifetime teaching it: he wants to function in a more active and satisfying way, as all other living organisms want to function. There are, of course, occasional exceptions to this rule, but they are very rare, and none of them are to be found in the average college. The pedagogues there incarcerated are all inferior men who really know very little about the things they pretend to teach, and are too stupid or too indolent to acquire more…. Being taught by them is roughly like being dosed in illness by third-year medical students.” H.L. Mencken

I watched the two candidates, chosen for us by our overlords, debate this past week and blather on endlessly about education being the key to our future success. As you can see from the charts above, government spending on education has remained constant at 14% of total government spending. In 1950, education spending totaled 3.3% of GDP. Today it totals 5.6% of GDP. We are spending $900 billion per year on education and making our kids dumber by the day. There are 50 million government controlled public school students and $600 billion is spent to educate them. One wonders where the $12,000 per student per year is being allocated, considering the lack of critical thinking skills, ability to write a comprehensible sentence or even the most basic math skills of the dullards that are being matriculated into society. The majority of that funding couldn’t possibly be wasted on administration, bureaucracy, union pension and healthcare benefits, and supporting the 5,000 control freaks at the Department of Education and their $100 billion budget.

 

The rest of the $300 billion of government spending on education is being funneled towards luring young people into debt so they can attain a college degree that will land them a part time job at Ruby Tuesdays. The hundreds of billions in Federal student loans being syphoned from the taxpayers and handed out to unsuspecting dupes has resulted in $1 trillion of student loan debt outstanding, up from $600 billion in 2008 and $200 billion in 2000. This mountain of debt makes subprime mortgages look like a good risk. Since 2008, the Federal government has intentionally accelerated the disbursement of student loans in an effort to obfuscate the true level of unemployment in this country, as people enrolled in college are not considered unemployed. The looming bailout of this grand taxpayer theft will be colossal, as the delinquency rate of student loans not in their grace period already exceeds 18%. This should not come as a surprise, as even though 10 million more people have entered the working age population since 2008, there are 3 million less people employed than in 2008. Subsidizing kids who aren’t intelligent enough to graduate community college and shelling out billions to middle aged laid off blue collar dudes so they can get an on-line degree from the University of Phoenix or the myriad of other worthless blood sucking diploma mills, is a despicable waste of taxpayer money.

Politicians continuously churn out talking points about how they are going to fix education, when it has been government control and intervention in the education market that has devastated the youth of our country. The government controlled education system has produced a vast swath of non-critical thinking, non-questioning, vacuous, materialistic, iGadget addicted nimrods. By subsidizing students who don’t have the aptitude, intelligence or preparedness to achieve a college degree, the government has artificially created the large increases in tuition. False government subsidized demand combined with limited supply leads to higher prices. It happened with housing and it is happening in college education. Government bureaucrats are so proud of their achievement in driving college enrollment to a record high of 21.6 million, up from 15.4 million in 2000. The percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in college has soared from 35.5% in 2000 to over 42.0% today. The trend of young people enrolling in college has been relentlessly higher. Based on this data, you would think the youth of our fine country are the best and brightest in history. You’d be wrong.

 

There is one slight problem with that storyline – FACTS. SAT scores for the high-school graduating class of 2012 fell in two of the test’s three sections, with Reading dropping to the lowest level in four decades on the college-entrance test. Only 43% of the 1.66 million private and public school students who took the college-entrance exam posted scores showing they are prepared to do well in college, according to data released by the College Board, the nonprofit group that administers the SAT. The SAT data mirror scores from the ACT college-entrance exam which showed about 75% of students failed to meet college-readiness standards. The graduating class of 2012 posted an average score of 496 (491 for public school seniors) in Reading, a one-point drop from 2011 and a 34-point decline since 1972. Writing dropped to 488 (481 for public school seniors) this year from 489 in 2011, the lowest score since that section was introduced in 2006. The average Math score was 514 (505 for public school seniors), virtually unchanged since 2007, but down by four points since 2006 and essentially flat over the last forty years. The decline from 1960 is even more dramatic.

SAT

 

To put it bluntly, the dumbest graduating high school class in forty years has the highest college enrollment percentage in history. To put the dreadful results detailed above in further perspective, there will be 3.4 million graduating seniors in the country. The 1.7 million seniors who took the SAT exam were the cream of the crop. Imagine how dumb the 50% who didn’t even attempt to take the exam must be. These results show that only 700,000 of all the graduating high school seniors (21%) are capable of getting a B minus or above in college. A critical thinking individual might ask why 42% of all 18 to 24 year olds are enrolled in college. And the answer is The Government. There are 13 million 18 to 24 year olds enrolled in college and at least 6 million of them should not be in college, based upon their actual intellectual abilities. Do you think tuition rates would be skyrocketing if these 6 million kids were not being subsidized with Federal government loans to occupy space at second rate colleges and for profit diploma mills across the land?

Where’s My Daddy

“Every third American devotes himself to improving and lifting up his fellow citizens, usually by force; the messianic delusion is our national disease.” H.L. Mencken

While the government continues to promote, encourage and subsidize insane solutions to our educational dysfunction, they declare we must “invest” more in education. We need more teachers, more money, more programs, more standardized government created tests, and more government control. This drivel is peddled to the dumbed down masses by politicians and the mainstream media and who could possibly disagree? We must invest in our children. They are our future. Again, facts keep getting in the way of a good yarn. The United States spends $3,000 more per student than the average OECD country. We spend 75% more than South Korea per student.

 

Based on spending alone, our children should have the highest test scores on earth. We missed by that much. Sadly, the average American high school graduate doesn’t have the math skills to understand the chart below, so I’ll interpret it for them. We suck at math. Math is hard and hurts our brains, so we would rather twitter and text. Korea seems to be getting a nice bang for their buck. I wonder if it has anything to do with two parent families that care about education, good teachers, a rigorous curriculum, and hardworking students. I wonder if Korean schools concentrate on social justice, multi-culturalism, the joys of diversity, promoting ego enhancement and rewarding mediocrity. Despite being 2nd in the world in spending per student, our students ranked 25th out of 34 countries in math and science scores. We’ve kept this information from our children because we don’t want to hurt their self-esteem. Everyone gets a trophy in America just for showing up. The job of teachers and educators is to inspire children and create a desire to learn, question and think. Filling their minds with rote government sanctioned pabulum and drugged up on Adderall is not the way to create critical thinking young adults.

 

The government bureaucrats and teachers unions declare that if we just had more teachers all would be well. Our top notch, dedicated, overburdened union teachers are just being crushed by their unbearable 9 month workload, one month of holidays, snow days, and in-service days, the grind of an 8 hour day and an average class size of 16 students. The facts are that in 1965, when SAT Reading scores were 542, the average class size for a public school teacher was 25 students. The number of students per teacher has dropped by 36% since 1965 and the public school SAT Reading scores reached a new low of 491 in 2012. Imagine how low the scores could go if we just hire another million teachers. Let’s be truthful. The majority of public school teachers in this country are mediocre at best. They are glorified babysitters. Students are unmotivated and distracted by their social media techno-gadgets. Parents, if there are two parents, are consumed by working, commuting, and their own techno-obsessions. The slow descent into national imbecility is almost complete.

 

Let’s not beat around the bush. As students learn less and less, taxpayers pay more and more. The Department of Education was created in 1979. This year they will spend over $80 Billion of your tax dollars on programs that will fail again. Teachers’ unions demand higher wages, pension payouts, and healthcare benefits, while thwarting efforts to fire poor performers. The Department of Education has not improved education. Its mandates, programs, and subsidies have destroyed any incentive to improve the system. The Department of Education should be eliminated, but neither party would ever do it. As States and municipalities across the land are forced to acknowledge the $2 trillion of unfunded pension liabilities owed to government union employees cannot be honored, the end of collective bargaining with the teacher’s unions will arrive. Taxpayers will revolt and refuse to pay for the gold plated benefits of second-rate teachers that produce students who can’t read, write or add.

In the politically correct society we inhabit today, you are not allowed to state the other obvious reason for the non-stop slide in test scores and the educational underachievement of our precious cherubs. In 1960, only 8% of families with a child under 18 were single parent households. Today, that number is 30%. The percentage of children born out of wedlock in this country is 41%, with 72% of black children born out of wedlock. Again, you can thank the government. You get more of what you encourage and subsidize. Government control over our educational system has created a nation of useful idiots who are compliant and malleable to whatever storyline their overlords announce through their media mouthpieces.

 

It’s no accident that in 1960, according to the Pew Research Center, five years before President Lyndon Johnson signed into law his War on Poverty, 61% of black adults were married. By 2008, this was down to 32%. In 1960, 2% of black children had a parent that had never been married. By 2008, this was up to 41%. The results speak for themselves:

  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes
  • 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
  • 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes
  • 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes
  • 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes
  • 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes.

By encouraging dependency and reliance upon the all-powerful government, the motivation to educate yourself, get married before having children, work hard, and pull yourself out of poverty is diminished. Self-reliance and responsibility for your own life is lessened because the government is there to provide the basic needs of all. It sounds wonderful until you consider the $100 trillion bill being passed to future generations so we can sustain our nanny state today. After decades of ever increasing government control over our lives and the accumulation of a Himalayan mountain of debt, why anyone would conclude that more government is the solution is beyond my comprehension.

May I Have Another Voucher Please?

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable…” H.L. Mencken

This brings me to the story in the Cape May County Herald that captures the insanity of government and how government solutions create unintended consequences that require more government solutions, ultimately creating such havoc and disarray that intelligent people just give up and move somewhere else. The story detailed all of the undercover operations of the Middle Township police department and the 77 arrests they made in Rio Grande for narcotics distribution, robberies, and assaults over the last year and a half. Rio Grande is a backwater town of 2,670 people living in a 3 square mile area, a few miles from Wildwood. One might wonder how a sleepy tiny seashore town could have such a crime epidemic. Well this one sentence from the article provides a clue:

With the majority of the twelve motels in the township that accept social services vouchers lining the highway, Route 47 seems to be a hotbed for crime in the township.    

It seems the community of Rio Grande supports the 43 Middle Township police officers with a tremendous level of job security. The police were confused as to why so much crime was centered at the year-round motels in Rio Grande. It seems their fellow government associates like to play hot potato with convicted criminals. The State Department of Corrections paroles the lowlife felons and puts them on a bus back to the county in which they were sentenced. The Cape May County Social Services then uses taxpayer money to provide a free housing voucher to the criminals whose families refuse to take them back. The dilapidated motels that have to accept these social services vouchers in order to survive in this terrible economy then end up filled with drug dealing troublemaking delinquents. In case you were considering a nice vacation stay at a Rio Grande motel, you should know there are currently 24 parolees living in Rio Grande motels as well as 20 Megan’s Law offenders. I bet they have some wild parties on Friday nights. I’m sure this news will do wonders for property values in Rio Grande. I was thrilled to find out that my home away from home – Wildwood – is the only place with more motels accepting these social services housing vouchers, with 15. That may help illuminate the reasons for the ten blocks of squalor that make up the heart of downtown Wildwood.

The story actually gets better. Governmental dysfunction and insanity has been taken to a new level, as described by the chief of police:

“What we found out with this funding, and this is particularly disturbing, is that the only way someone’s funding can be revoked is if they are involved activities that result in their own homelessness,” said Leusner. He gave an example of a resident at a motel that might commit a theft, break into someone’s car or shoplift and be arrested. If let go on their own recognizance, that person still receives a voucher. “They can’t revoke their funding,” said the chief. “I think that’s wrong. If you commit a crime and you victimize someone in that general area, your funding should be revoked.”

So the taxpayer has already footed the bill for a criminal’s stay in prison, pays for their free housing while still making their own mortgage payment, pays for the added police personnel to arrest them for their new crimes, and still pays for their housing after they are arrested again for committing crimes in their community. I’m sure Paul Krugman would see this as a wonderful example of Keynesian economics propelling the nation’s GDP. Government spending on housing vouchers results in more employment of police officers, revenue for motel owners, revenue for the construction industry to repair the motels after the drug crazed parties, revenue for the drug dealers, revenue for security firms and gun dealers as citizens scramble to protect themselves, and ultimately more employment of prison guards when the derelicts are eventually sent back to prison. It’s a government created dysfunctional cycle of insanity.

The cherry on top of this atrocious example of a bloodsucking government destroying its host is what happened when motel owners met with police and agreed to police the situation themselves. The motel owners immediately contacted Social Services whenever one of their parasite guests were seen doing or dealing drugs and would tell them they didn’t want them in their motel. Due to governmental confidentiality rules Social Services could not inform the police of this information. These government drones would then place the drug addict at another motel two blocks away without informing them about the prior complaints. This is the ultimate result of government run amuck. By putting complete faith in the wisdom of politicians and bureaucrats, we are left with a system that is consuming itself and what little remains of our national wealth.

Liberty & Critical Thinking

“All government, of course, is against liberty.” H.L. Mencken

Nothing in this world gets better as it gets bigger. The bigger an organization becomes, the less efficient, less responsive, less fair, less compassionate and less functional it becomes. Government attracts mediocre, low IQ, power hungry, narrow minded, paper pushing, rules oriented, dimwits who think they can run your life better than yourself. This applies across the board from the highest levels in Washington D.C. to your local school board. There is no problem that another law, statute, program, or initiative, funded by your tax dollars or future generations, that a politician or government pencil pusher doesn’t think they can’t solve. They are just too dense to anticipate the unintended consequences of their arrogant belief in their own wisdom.

Government programs created in the 1960s created a culture of dependency, government control, relentlessly higher debt, materialism, and willful ignorance. As government has grown in power, the people have sunk to the level of feudal serfs living in indentured servitude to their overlords. The government overlords and their banking and corporate co-conspirators created the educational system that produces the flaccid, oblivious, pliable dolts that make up the majority of the populace. As we’ve seen, government subsidization of dysfunctional lifestyles and dreadful government education provided to children from these households creates a corrupt, criminal culture that engenders calls for more government programs to fix the problems created by previous government programs. This is why government spending has far outpaced GDP growth over the last six decades. It’s a cycle of dysfunction and ultimately destruction, as the crony capitalists and government parasites suck the remaining life from our decaying economic system.

It always comes back to who benefits from such a dysfunctional, dishonest, insane, intolerable system. If the population had not been dumbed down through our educational system and was capable of critical thinking they would realize the corporate media propaganda used to turn them into materialistic, narcissistic consumers, along with easy access to consumer debt has lured them into debt servitude and impoverishment, while their overlords are enriched and empowered. Our education system sucks because our overlords need it to suck.

“There’s a reason that education sucks, and it’s the same reason it will never ever ever be fixed. It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it. Be happy with what you’ve got. Because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners now, the big, wealthy, business interests that control all things and make the big decisions.

I’ll tell you what they don’t want—they don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interest.” George Carlin

The question remains. Can a small minority of critical thinking citizens lead a revolution that topples the existing social order and restores the Republic to its founding principles of liberty, self-responsibility, civic duty, and mutual obligation to future generations? The original Ron Paul led Tea Party movement was hijacked and defused by the overlords. The original OWS movement, with its focus on the criminal Wall Street banks, was crushed through brute force and corporate media propaganda. The few remaining citizens capable of critical thought need to decide whether they will fight for the country we should be or bow down to the overlords and accept that we have become so corrupted as to need a despotic government, being incapable of any other. The choice is ours.

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10mm's picture

Thanks for the Rio Grande tip Jim.Stripe Bass season and cheap rates are great,but the clients are neck deep all around that area i patronize.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Key issues in the upcoming Presidential election:

  1. The Economy: This is the primary issue in the upcoming election. Candidates will have to work hard to convince Americans that they can create jobs and economic growth. Which candidate supports the middle class? Which candidate supports the poor and the sick? These are all fundamental questions that need to be asked in order to pick the right politician to fix our economy.
  2. Foreign Policy: Iran is another major issue for average Americans. Many Americans are concerned that Iran may threaten Israel with their new nuclear facility. Americans are absolutely right to be concerned about this threat. Military experts agree that protecting Israel is a top priority, as they are a key strategic ally in both the war on terror and the quest to spread values of decency, honesty and democracy throughout the Middle East.
  3. Gay Marriage: Should people of the same sex be able to get married under Federal law? This was fiercely debated issue in the previous election, and promises to be the subject of heated debate in the upcoming election.
  4. Online Piracy: Should online pirates be allowed to continue to undermine the integrity of the internet? Internet 'freedom' activists have caused a stir regarding this controversial issue, but both Presidential candidates agree that tracking internet activity is essential for the continued integrity of the internet.
  5. Should there be a second surge in Iraq? Following the success of the previous “surge” in Iraq, many Americans believe that a second surge may be a strategic use of our resources in war effort. The idea is strongly supported by top military experts, but some Americans believe that Afghanistan is a top priority. 
jmcadg's picture

Why is Iran a major issue?

Are many Americans concerned that Iran may attack Israel?

If they do I hope they're accurate, because that arse Netenyahu can go fuck himself, warmongering twat.

Unprepared's picture

Calm down. The movie "ARGO" is out so naturally Iran is a major topic.

fnord88's picture

"I think it's interesting the two drugs that are legal - alcohol and cigarettes, two drugs that do absolutely nothing for you at all - are legal, and the drugs that might open your mind up to realise how you're being fucked every day of your life? Those drugs are against the law. Coincidence? See, I'm glad mushrooms are against the law, cos I took 'em one time, you know what happened to me? I laid in a field of green grass for four hours, going, 'My God, I love everything.' Yeah, now if that isn't a hazard to our countries...How are we gonna justify arms dealing if we know we're all one? ITs gonna fuck up the economy.......the economy that's FAKE anyway"

 

Bill Hicks

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Don't you watch the news?? Iran is a major threat to our way of life in America. President Ahmadinejad has openly declared that he would like to wipe Israel off the map, and has repeatedly threatened to nuke America. You need to follow the news a bit more closely. You are completely uninformed and your naivety is worrying when our country faces major threats from all over the world. It is the responsibility of every American to pay attention to the issues facing our country. Given that every American now has access to reputable news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC, I have little sympathy for those who still fail to stay informed.

markovchainey's picture

Bless you MDB...you summarize all the MSM nonsense into it's essence and so I never have to watch CNBS/FOX/BBC/Etc. 

 

 

pods's picture

You must be careful, for one whiff of the essence of MDB can be fatal.  Many brave souls have died while accidentally inhaling pure stupidity.

pods

ZerOhead's picture

Ahmadinejad would have to be a lunatic to threaten to nuke America before he has even contemplated making the bomb he has been threatening to nuke Israel with as our intelligence agencies have informed us.

Clearly we must bomb these lunatics in Iran after we finish bombing the lunatics in Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Denmark.

 

Henry Hub's picture

Maybe it would be easer for you to only list the countries you don't want to bomb.

Ex Cathedra's picture

MBD, here's some reality to annoy you:

Ahmadinejad did not threaten to wipe Israel off the map.  He said Israel would "vanish from the pages of time."  Prof. Juan Cole of U. Michigan, who is fluent in farsi, explained this.  See http://www.juancole.com/2009/10/top-things-you-think-you-know-about.html.

Iran has threatened to nuke us?  Cite your authority, please.  And no wacko sites like redstate.com.  Give us a legit source.

As Martin van Creveld, one of Israel's leading national security experts (who has taught at the US Naval War College) said--

"Wherever U.S forces go, nuclear weapons go with them or can be made to follow in short order. The world has witnessed how the United States attacked Iraq for, as it turned out, no reason at all. Had the Iranians not tried to build nuclear weapons, they would be crazy."

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/21/opinion/21iht-edcreveld_ed3_.html.

In 2003, we fell victim to uniformed and naive people who swore Saddam had WMD, was behind 9/11, and was bin Laden's gay over.  And now the same uninformed and naive people expect us to fall for their line of BS again?

I think not.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

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Iran has threatened to nuke us?  Cite your authority, please.

The Netanyahoo/Roadrunner Comedy Hour.

 And no wacko sites like redstate.com.  Give us a legit source.

It was on C-SPAN, dammet! How's that for authoritative?

 

The Alarmist's picture

"Given that every American now has access to reputable news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC, I have little sympathy for those who still fail to stay informed."

Hey, Boojie Boy, you forgot the New York Slimes.

BigDuke6's picture

"President Ahmadinejad has openly declared that he would like to wipe Israel off the map, and has repeatedly threatened to nuke America."

Thanks for bringing that up MDB.

That 'declaration' is constantly quoted by zionists everywhere including on ZH and its a crock of shit.  He didn't say that.

They'll have to find another excuse to spread their sort of civility around the ME.

JohnFrodo's picture

I miss real threats, the Nazi real threat, the Soviet Union not so much, Iran a job for the NYC swat team. Al Queda, does it even exist?

Real Estate Geek's picture

AQ will outlive all of us.  For without it the state of emergency must end.  And we can't have that now, can we.

fuu's picture

I think you should set yourself on fire in front of Congress to validate your points.

ZerOhead's picture

Flag burning!

I just knew he forgot something.

JohnFrodo's picture

Shirley you cant be serious.

Iran is not a threat, no need for further discussion.

A second surge in Iraq, how many trillion you got up your sleve. The surge was PR what changed is the Sunni became allies instead of enemies.

We saw how well Romneyomics worked for the last MBA in charge.

We see how well Romney can execute a bust up, maybe Utah will secede.

crusty curmudgeon's picture

MDB,

While the five items you listed ARE extremely important, you forgot the single most important item the American people are glued to their seats awaiting discussion:  whether either candidate will appear on Dancing with the Stars.  Oh, and don't forget about whether they support Big Bird.

Fixed.

marathonman's picture

MDB - you are freaking brilliant.  Well played.  Well played.

dugorama's picture

Uh, did the GI bill that educated my daddy in the 50s not count as Ed spending? is all K-12 spending rolled into other?

TimmyB's picture

This is soooo funny.  An article complaining about the lack of critical thinking skills in this country puts up a graph claiming that K-12 education costs for the U.S. are $90,000 per student per year.  Sorry pal, but $90,000 per year is impossible.  The author highlights this country's lack of critical thinking skills all right.  But not in the way he wished.           

 

 

Quinvarius's picture

In an alternate universe, John McCain is still safely locked away in a jungle tiger cage, and the US government is 25% less corrupt.

bigdumbnugly's picture

DDII, eh?

is there a civil service exam for this one too?

jmcadg's picture

Is this the Cloward-Piven strategy in full effect?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloward–Piven_strategy

marathonman's picture

Why is there a need for the Cloward-Piven strategy?  The top already have total control and 'we the people' have all the unsustainable gubmint benefits that keeps them in control.  Why would they need to take down the current system?  We already have the American Fascisti in charge.  The American Communists would make a real hash of the economy. 

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Incompetence? Ineptitude? What if everything was proceeding exactly according to plan? Because everything that is happening now is all playing out according to Cultural Marxist doctrine that was laid down 80 years ago.

Or, I suppose it could be just another "coincidence".

Radical Marijuana's picture

Yes, Buckaroo, and that trajectory is a rocket ride! The only thing I would disagree with is that it was not just a program you could label Cultural Marxist doctrine from 80 years ago.

It is more like 8,000 plus years ago, due to the fundamental structure of Neolithic civilization, as a social pyramid system, which REQUIRES the majority to be kept ignorant and afraid, in order to function.

I believe social engineering works, to do what it was designed to do. Warfare is the oldest and best developed social science. The truisms are success in war depends on deceits, while truth is the first thing killed, since propaganda prevails.

The pyramidion people depended on keeping everyone else incompetent political idiots. The pyramidion people have done a remarkably good job, so far, of deliberately doing that! BUT, ... one has to accept the idea that eventually the vast majority of people, who were turned into Zombie Sheeple, will be slaughtered, in order to fully appreciate what is being planned for and implemented. ... which is not so easy to do, especially when you think about the poor young people that are the primary victims of that.

As you sacastically asked, it is ridiculous to think that the rich getting fantastically richer was a coincidence! They need enough people to be political idiots, tricked into voting for puppet politicians, who will keep on buidling the debt slavery, backed by wars based on deceits, systems for the benefit of the pyramidion people. They have controlled the systems to make sure their goals were achieved, and those systems continue to set up the sheeple to be slaughtered off.

The longer term prospects look omnicidally insane to me! ... However, the opposition to the pyramidion people running the social pyramid system tends to be almost totally controlled, and just as full of bullshit as the elites are. Indeed, I often think that the controlled opposition is worse than the elites, as far as indulgence in bullshit goes!

In my view, the author of this article, as I also commented upon his previous article, is another reactionary revolutionary, offering good analysis, up to a point, then goes back to bullshit solutions, based on impossible ideals, and recommending that society somehow go backwards. Meanwhile, we rush forwards faster and faster, so that our social blender is about to be accelerated to an ever higher speed!

My view with respect to the destruction of the family is that we have to go through the process. Society is being atomized down to the smallest units, that could still survive within the social blender's accelerating blades. I like to day dream that we have been preparing for a more revolutionary change. Rather than somehow slowing that down, and then reconstituting families after the social blender blades stop whipping them to pieces, we need to rebuild a radically different family structure.

My day dream fantasies for the future are not based on miraculously stopping the runaway fascist plutocracy. I do not believe that the pyramidion people can be prevented from carrying through their plans in the foreseeable future, by them consolidating their social pyramid system. Rather, my only hope is that we could push that through where it would otherwise have stopped.

I like to think of the social pyramid systems as the centering scaffolding for building spheres around, after which those pyramids will be dismantled and their components recycled into the spheres.  I am for driving the social pyramid system on through completion, and surpassing it.

Many people have this mistaken idea that government is incompetent and does not work. We tend to falsely believe that social engineering does not work. Actually, both work very well, to do what they are really designed to do!

The problem is that their design specificiations are to grow the social pyramids. We need better political design science, to grow spheres around those pyramids. I AM a new world order out of chaos kind of guy, just NOT one that works for the current elites, to implement their plans. I would like to see us push their plans through, past where they would have wanted to otherwise stop. There is no point in talking about stopping them, and going in reverse! There is only the remote possibility of surfing the tsunamis of changes that they are forcing to happen, and maybe riding on through ???

El's picture

Isn't this typical Americana? Have a problem? Throw money at it. That seems to be the solution to everything...except it isn't.

GernB's picture

I can't see anything inherently wrong with the paradigm of: I have a problem I throw my money at it. What were talking about here is different, it's the paradigm: I think we have a problem, I vote to throw your money at it,

Nothing To See Here's picture

You cannot choose your future when your mind is controlled in a way that you do not see the choices... The Matrix is powerful and few have the ability to escape it. That is the sad truth.

OneTinSoldier66's picture

The sad truth is, everyone has the ability to escape it.

tuttisaluti's picture

The american spirit is gone.

HobbyFarmer's picture

My 10 year old son last night was showing me how he can recharge spent batteries with a few wires and a potato.  He learned it in some book he picked for himself from the library.  Talk about a statement against our society: a library (free source of learning/knowledge) is nearly empty any night we take the boys there.  We love it: the place to ourselves. 

The American Spirit isn't yet gone.  It's just be selectively bred out of the "useless eaters."

Don't need them for what is coming.

JohnFrodo's picture

My kids plug in the recharger, and I thought they were clever

The Alarmist's picture

"He learned it in some book he picked for himself from the library. "

Holy Crap!  Homeland Security was supposed to remove all those books to prevent people like your son from self-radicalizing.  Can't have people going off the grid now, can we?

Ar-Pharazôn's picture

now you joined us terrorists

GoinFawr's picture

Sure you're not some sort of a commie too Ar-Ph? From what I understand a lot of libraries open to the general public are publicly funded, generally.

As a true Patriot of the faith, I just can't wait 'til the day comes that every last Public Library is completely privatized.

That way I won't be forced/coerced/frogmarched into suffering yet another insufferable indignity like unwillingly spending a few pennies of my hard earned pretty polly on copyright dodging that was not of my choice, or subsidizing those millions of idiot whelps not right in the head enough to have chosen parents who can afford to buy them books. Just imagine how much smarter I'll seem standing like a pillar of wisdom next to their poverty induced ignorance because I can afford my own extensive private library. Their nescience could be my strength (h/t Eric Blair).

 Not to mention how much easier it will be for all of us to be able to easily source in an instant every last title that Oprah has ever endorsed.

@ hobby farmer. +1 i dunno where yer to, but where I am at every public library I visit is always busy, so take heart. Congratz on your son.

are we there yet's picture

'The American spirit is gone'   no... we are just waiting for an American governemnt by the people and for the people.   Not bankers, lawyers, or lobbiests. Term limits for congressmen with a requirement that they get a real world job every so often is needed as well.

davidsmith's picture

"restores the Republic to its founding principles of liberty, self-responsibility, civic duty, and mutual obligation to future generations?"

 

I love this nonsense.  One of the Republic's founding principles was slavery, which even Abraham Lincoln tried to paint as a contract between slave and slaveholder.  Should we "restore" that "founding principle" as well.  This article is the caffeine talking.  The author should have his head (not to mention his founding principles) examined.  Why does ZH run garbage like this which undermines its credibility.  Because ZH is staffed by people whose political understanding is on the level of a junior high school student.

bobnoxy's picture

Reaction to this post should prove very interesting. Popcorn? Check. Big soda? Check. Comfy chair? Yup.

Okay, light it up!

Radical Marijuana's picture

One of the best manifestations of the contradiction pointed out, that we should "light up" was the Dredd Scott decision.

The Supreme Court was required to bridge the gap between slavery and the plain wording of the constitutional docuements. That forced them to conclude that blacks were not human beings. Of course, that was pretty well the attitude towards all the heathens before that as well ...

I do not believe that the Zero Hedge staff does not understand those contradictions. Rather, it appears to me that those people understand these things far better than most others!

GernB's picture

I can't really find the right to own other people in the constitution. That would make me suspect the framers did not want to make slavery overtly a part of our founding documents. The fact slavery could be overturned without re-writing the consistution or an amendment specificaly addressing owning other people, is evidence slavery is not one of our founding principals. I can only conclude that it is your understanding of the consitution that is remedial.

machinegear's picture

I bet you won't find the "right" to own a digital camera in the US Constitution either because our beloved document was never meant to restrict the liberty of citizens (not people) but to restrict government.

 

Also, if you feel we don't have slavery today or to put it another way, if you think you are free today then try not paying one of the many indirect taxes you are *asked* to contribute or smoke some weed in front of the police station and see if retain your freedom. This is a centrally controlled country my friend and therefore you are necessarily a slave to the state like it or not, US Constitution be damned. Today's slaves come in ALL COLORS.