Exposed: The New American Way Of Life

Tyler Durden's picture

It's enough to make you cry... or scream.

 

 

Source: The Lonely Libertarian

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HonkyShogun's picture
HonkyShogun (not verified) Aug 31, 2015 5:03 PM

Way to much effort. Just be Mexican instead.

Zirpedge's picture

Thanks HS, this thread missed the racist angle you deftly added.

 

The writer of this OP ED is a neophyte to real welfare whoredom. Look into Prima Don Trump's fathers past hustlin HUD money for organized cirme. It's always the street level game being trashed, as with this OP ED. Real investigators never look in the penthouse.   

 

BandGap's picture

WalMart and JPMorgan are making fortunes off of welfare recipients.

KCMLO's picture

Don't forget Citi. They actually have the government load an unemployment benefit card in some states, which you then have to transfer into your own bank account after the fact.  Nothing like having a major bank sit on millions of daily government outflows for a day or longer just taking their cut.

Zirpedge's picture

Bingo, thats a good racket. BofA was doing that to grandma milly in California, taxing their pensions.

How about all the farmland that is left fallow while the owners benefit from gov't farm subsudies, FOR DOING NOTHING, like some deadbeats. It's not illegal, it's just not in the "spirit of the law"

greenskeeper carl's picture

Dude you seem kinda confused. You act like because we get spun up about this article, that means we are OK with bullshit farm subsidies. And yes, I am 100% aware that warren Buffett and Goldman Sachs have stolen far more than any welfare mom or anchor baby. Trust me, the overwhelming majority of us know that. Ask nearly anyone on here, they will tell you that they want to rid the world of the single biggest driver of income inequality- the federal reserve. Most will also tell you they are unequivocally against any farm/oil/ solar subsidies of any kind, against all corporate welfare, and against bail outs. Our anger is not solely directed at the type of people mentioned in this post, it's against ALL of it. So no, we are not just picking on this one thing.

falconflight's picture

Every facet of the American society has bought into the fascist model.  From 503 (c) 1 tax exempt status to tax subsidies (Not to equated w/ a deduction), to tax credits.  A flat tax will likely never receive a board consensus because so many want special dispensation from the State.  

Urban Redneck's picture

It's a start, but a flat tax doesn't address the gray economy, whereas a consumption based tax gets better penetration.  Moreover, incenting production over consumption (and equity over debt) are more desirable from a social engineering standpoint if you want to build a strong society.

BKbroiler's picture

so fucking what?? We're worried about the people taking advantage of the system? What about the system taking advantage of the people?  Who the fuck shipped our jobs to China?, who turned pensions into 401K that get muppet raped? Who made rates 0% so saving, which used to be a fucking virtue, is now punished and you're bidding against goddamn BlackRock for a 200K house?  

Being married with a kid now costs 2K for family health insurance if you're self employed. Just. Health Insurance.  Add 2K to live in a house not in the ghetto. Add another 2K for EVERYTHING else if you're lucky, which means taking home 6K net, 8K gross, which is 96K/year, or twice the median income...   Yeah the people are really sticking it to the system alright.

weburke's picture

there is no plan b
when the food stamp system goes down, 50 million will go full on riot,

TeamDepends's picture

Coming to a nightmare near you this fall.

balanced's picture

Just rip the fuckin band-aid off already.

Keyser's picture

The 7th and final stage of Empire is well under way in the USSA... It was nice while it lasted, but the fall is going to be fucking ugly... It will truly be Cowboys vs Zombies when the SHTF... Prepare accordingly... 

 

detached.amusement's picture

I stocked myself up, what else is there to do besides grab a pitchfork when the time comes

kralizec's picture

In the meantime, perhaps ending futile productive pursuits that feed the system and participating in its quicker demise is a strategy ripe for a big uptick in velocity, eh?

 

Richard Chesler's picture

Welcome to Obozoland!

It'z all hopey changey from here folkz.

 

BlindMonkey's picture

And hope and change will really fill the belly when either fried or grilled.  

centerline's picture

Overshoot is a motherfucker.

The sad truth is that there is no way out this.  It is just the end of the greatest expansionary era in human history.  Is time for a die off. 

The trick is to not get tricked into forgetting those who really preyed on society the most.  The real parasites wear suits.  The poor are just zombies.

 

acetinker's picture

Wonder if the maggots who reddied you have an actual retort?

Your first sentence pretty much sums up the whole clusterfuck, imho.

centerline's picture

Truth hurts.  Fuck em. 

giovanni_f's picture

"It is just the end of the greatest expansionary era in human history." No. For the overwhelming majority on this planet it is the long-awaited flushing of the most parasitic, evil, dispensable nation ever.

centerline's picture

Sorry, but the parasites did what they did via "growth."  I agree that the flushing of parasites is long overdue.  But, the sad reality is that the world they have created is not sustainable as is.  Not just from a resource depletion standpoint... but, more immediately because the systems that hold it all together have been either created on fraud or in some way are dependent on fraud.  Dominoes.  The best possible outcome would result in less damage and destruction than the worst.  But, the real point is that there is no outcome without damage.  And, to make matters more concerning, to accomplish the best possible outcome would require cooperation and understanding (chance of this happening as a result?  yeah.... <crickets chirping>).

centerline's picture

Sorry, but the parasites did what they did via "growth."  I agree that the flushing of parasites is long overdue.  But, the sad reality is that the world they have created is not sustainable as is.  Not just from a resource depletion standpoint... but, more immediately because the systems that hold it all together have been either created on fraud or in some way are dependent on fraud.  Dominoes.  The best possible outcome would result in less damage and destruction than the worst.  But, the real point is that there is no outcome without damage.  And, to make matters more concerning, to accomplish the best possible outcome would require cooperation and understanding (chance of this happening as a result?  yeah.... <crickets chirping>).

Urban Redneck's picture

We got where we are by complexity for the benefit of preferred interests masquerading as compassion.  Unless the complexity is removed, the corruption cannot be removed, must less prevented, because there will always be preferred interests seeking favor from politicians.

willwork4food's picture

It will be removed by necessity or by a rope.

centerline's picture

system failures = riots = more system failures = more riots.  Then rope.  And then ?

Neccessity was an exit on this road that we past long ago.  Not just as a nation.  But as a species relative to our technology.

BlindMonkey's picture

If this guy is accurate, in 10 years it will solve itself.  A 78% population reduction in the US will really get people off the dole.

 

http://www.deagel.com/country/United-States-of-America_c0001.aspx

New_Meat's picture

UR and will work 4 food:

The complexity won't be "removed".

Schumpeter will look down on the situation and say "well, that wasn't very creative, but destruction will continue"

- Ned

Triple A's picture

hence the reason no one is getting married or having kids these days. Thats one of the reasons i probably don't have either. That and i like the freedom.

logicalman's picture

I'm not what you'd call a big fan of taxation.

The only reasonable(ish) taxes are excise taxes - at least you have a choice of whether you pay it or not, PLUS it's hard to get around. A lot of lawyers and tax accountants would be up shit creek as their loophole finding would no longer work.

No tax on food, clothing, housing or domestic energy - sliding scale from there - want a yacht? 3000% tax!

 

Farqued Up's picture

They already tried the elevated luxury tax the rich scheme. A shitload of people were tossed onto the streets. But you know best, I suppose.

ZH is getting tough, even people that wear suits are no good. I've seen companies that had dummies in suits that were weeded out, but one day maybe we will evolve to the point of tossing the ties. However, things will never devolve to the point of equality in the workplace, we'll all become Venezuelan paupers. Communism is really grand, a perfect system for a bunch of tenured professors.

falconflight's picture

Consumption tax would be the most eqalitarian, haha, but without a Constitution repeal of the relevant Amendment, the pols could never be trusted.

Harry Balzak's picture

Fuck taxes.  Set up a national lottery.  What does it pay for?  

1.  Salary for fed level elected representatives.  The salary is capped at the average american income.  

2.  One additional staffer for each rep, either a 'secretary' type or a security guard, but not both.  If a rep wants security, they can carry their own piece.  If they fear for their lives, well GOOD.  They're probably a sociopathic asshole anyway; just elect another.  

3.  Economy class flights to and from DC.  

4.  Dorm accommodations while in DC for the rep and his staffer.  Fuck their families; they can stay home.  

5.  Limit reps terms.  Once term is up, they get their salary til death, but NOTHING ELSE.  And, they can never hold a job again in the US for as long as they live. That's right, they, and their families, are NEVER permitted to work again in any capacity.  No influence peddling, no favors, no books, nothing.  

6.  Once these costs are covered by the lottery, the lottery STOPS and generates NOTHING MORE. 

The system has gone way beyond "governing by principle" and has become "managing by sentiment".  Sociopathic sophists can legitimize anything, and they've legitimized doing anything they want.  

Governing at the fed level should be about as interesting as watching a back-office clerk at the DMV.  Amend the constitution with these limitions  and make violation a treasonous offense.  

Fed reps should be dealing with nothing but adjustments to constitutional issues, maybe a couple a year, few of which should ever pass.  

 Some other changes:

Limit federal laws to a single 8.5x11 page, 10 pt font, single spaced, 1 inch margins, one side only.  If a principle can't be encapsulated in a page, it's not a principle.  

Impose a 5 year expiration on any federal law.  At the end of five years, it's got to be voted on again, only it must pass with a super-majority, and extends for no longer than another 5 years.  After the second 5 years, the process repeats, but renewal only occurs 3 times.  After the third time, the law is either expired for good, or the constitution is updated to accommodate the principle.  

In order for the constitution to be updated, the principle must be summarized in HALF of a page, and must meet an even greater super-majority (like 7/9th).  Make constitutional changes exceptionally difficult so they are thoroughly vetted and taken seriously.  

Lastly, once the funding for this system is covered by the lottery, the lottery SHUTS DOWN.  No more money for them.  It can be re-started for the next election. 

This system will result in representatives that are either stupid (because they think it's a good gig) or dedicated (because they'll give up everything for an almost powerless, shitty, short-term gig).  I don't think the stupid would stick with it because it would SUCK.  

 

 

 

 

cnmcdee's picture

Is there <anything> or <anyone> that is a honest business besides the slinky?

oooBooo's picture

We are indeed in fascist model. The welfare programs, obamacare, and so forth are patches on the distortions fascism causes and to extract more wealth for those with political power and influence. A flat tax will do nothing to fix this. It will make it worse because no piece of legislation can get passed unless in increases the flow of wealth to the powers that be.

 

 

jaxville's picture

I have one and it came with it's own life support system.

New_Meat's picture

Yo! Jax, so how'z dat workin' out for ya ;-)

centerline's picture

Very expensive and difficult to maintain.

Harry Balzak's picture

Hope it's low mileage and dependable...

Ness.'s picture

Dude loses 50% (probably more) as soon as he drives it off the lot ;)

Harry Balzak's picture

LOL!  That's cool, so long as it can be traded in after it's worn out.  

McMolotov's picture

The old ZH crowd hates all of the stealing, both by rich people and by poor people, because the old crowd is comprised mainly of libertarians and anarchists.

But the new ZH crowd, the people who've come here via Drudge links over the past year or so (and who cheer the loudest for Trump), think the welfare state is the only reason we're broke. The new crowd is comprised mainly of disaffected conservatives, and they ignore things like corporate welfare or Donald Rumsfeld saying the Pentagon misplaced trillions of dollars. In time, they'll see the bigger picture.

It's worth it to continue to point out to those folks that we got into this mess because of too much government and all that entails: not just social welfare, but also corporate welfare and misguided militarism around the world.

greenskeeper carl's picture

McM, that's the truth right there, and what I was trying to convey. Don't even get me started on the trump nonsense

logicalman's picture

I've been around ZH for quite a while now.

I try to be constructive and informative in my comments and rarely up or down vote.

Every now and again, someond posts something that just forces me to be unpleasant and derrogatory, but I hope I succeed in keeping that to an absolute minimum.

I may not agree with you today, but that doesn't mean I won't agree with you tomorrow.

As for the dickheads, bset to just ignore.

 

saints51's picture

Dickheads are some of the best lunchtime entertainment I ever had. Don't stop posting, instead enjoy their lack of knowledge.

willwork4food's picture

Ya gotta wonder: How can the head of the DOD say he "lost"  $2.1 TRILLION and not have some people go to jail?

UN.FUCKING.BELIEVABLE.

insanelysane's picture

Dickens has a couple paragraphs in one of his novels where the people that "ARE THE SYSTEM" comment that there is nothing they can do because "THAT'S THE SYSTEM'.  He wrote that 150 years ago, 150 years, and it wasn't new then.

willwork4food's picture

Kinda like..."but it has "electrolyes!" got it.