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Libertarian-ism Is

Posted by Joanne On September - 16 - 2011

US Citizens, Libertarianism is, in essence, personal freedom and minimization of the state. Many would say that Obama‘s current administration conflicts with this view. The idea is that the state is a burden to the economy – a source of bureaucracy. Obama’s administration seems to contradict these views. One big example of this, certainly, is his health care reform plan. But many questions remain: is “reducing” the state simply abolishing it? Should the state be a thin layer, or completely eliminated? A state without any intervention is no state. So why not, instead of destroying the state completely, let it administrate the basics?

A state shouldn’t care only about its economy. The first thing a “true”, “free” state should think of is, certainly, its citizens. Some people would cry foul here: “why should we be burdened by people that don’t want to work? Let them pay their own bills!” But this is not what libertarianism is about. True libertarianism, and therefore freedom, is not violating the US constitution and invading people’s privacies needlessly. It’s about not enslaving other countries, and spending useless amounts of money with an imaginary war. So, if the state isn’t bad, is it good in every way? Should we let it take care of our lives?

No.

Our State is made by US, Citizens. Obama’s government is certainly not perfect. One example is his making of bold claims. He said he would end the war, for example. He didn’t. He said he would cut the government’s wasteful spending. Did he? Politicians have too many ties, and they should always be taken with a grain of salt. There is a chance that Obama’s government will turn tyrannical. If that happens, it is up to us to claim back our freedom. So, as a consequence, I do not think Obama’s government is evil. It is here to bring many taboos to the spotlight. As we discussed, health is one of them, but economic and education inequality are also taboos in the American society. My point of view about all this? I believe freedom is knowing you can count on your State, and that it actually supports you into times of trouble – not some sort of façade that hides a political agenda made to benefit only a rich minority. I expect our politicians to spend our resources wisely, and I truly think the US hasn’t been doing this for a long time – it’s just that we’re only starting to see this now.

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Drug Testing Welfare Recipients

Posted by Billy On September - 7 - 2011

For some time now, the idea of having welfare recipients drug tested for them to receive benefits has been appealing to many, but for those on the left as well as those who are on welfare, it’s a different story. No matter which side of the issue you are on, this topic brings a lot of discussion and emotion to the conversation.

The state of Florida has recently passed a law that states that any new welfare claim that is submitted, the person must have a drug test done before receiving any benefits. the claimant is responsible for paying for the test, but if the test is negative, the person will be reimbursed for the cost of the test. If they fail, they will not be paid back for the test as well as they will not be eligible for welfare for one year. This issue has become an ever growing concern for people on both sides of it.

The left (Democrats) feel that it’s an unconstitutional decision to invade someone’s privacy. They use the 4th Amendment as they reason to not allowing these test to be legal. The right (Republicans) think that if you’re going to get assistance from the government, you should be expected to abide by the same standards as those who have to take a test to get a job. They say that since employees who work to pay taxes to help fund entitlement program have to take the same test to work, the people on welfare should do the same. The reason behind their thinking is that there is so much corruption within the welfare system (along with multi-generation families) that this is one way to weed out the wrong-doers.

Those people who say that the drug testing is wrong is because if infringes on their Constitutional right as laid out in the 4th amendment The fourth amendment protects the American citizen from unwarranted and illegal search and seizures. In 2003, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Michigan’s drug testing of welfare applicants as a Fourth Amendment violation.
As for the other side of the issue, the 4th amendment pertains to privacy and they feel that if these people are looking for public assistance, then the issue of privacy doesn’t play a role in the debate.

While I agree to the drug testing, some say that I’m wrong. All I can say to that is that I must trust the judicial system to make the right decision on the matter. Unfortunately I don’t trust those who are serving on the circuit courts as well as the Supreme Court. Again this issue is for each state to make their own decisions as to if they want to legalize medical marijuana.

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Hurricane Irene Moves Through Calmer Than Expected

Posted by Billy On August - 29 - 2011

Hurricane Irene came and went without as much damage as the main stream media and the government hyped it up to be. The storm which has been on the radar for well over a week while it made it’s way across the Atlantic ocean hit into the eastern seaboard of the United States over the weekend.

During the entire week we heard the news reports stated that this is going to hit Florida, then it said it was going to hit the Carolinas. It was estimated that it would be a CAT3 when it made land fall. Irene was over thousand miles from hit land, moving at 15 miles per hour, but the media along with the Obama Administration were issuing statement to batten down the hatches and prepare for the worse storm to hit the area in over fifty years. The estimates being reported in regards to the damages Irene will cause was over $8 billion and as high as $20 billion.

As of Sunday morning we can see that the damages from the storm was minimal, mostly due to flooding. Yes New York City did get hit with a lot of rain, but being a kid from Brooklyn, it wasn’t the first time nor the last.

It’s gotten to the point where people who listen to the newscast, watch the weather reports and pay attention to possible disasters are starting to think that the “power-that-be” have no idea what they are doing when it comes to notifying the public of important information. The truth of the matter is that they do know what they’re doing and it all surrounds ratings.

Even as the storm was downgraded to a CAT1 Friday night, the news channels didn’t push the point too much. Instead they sent reporters out to areas that the town or city are just a few feet above sea level and made it seem that this is what the entire city was dealing with.

Yes there were many areas in the tri-state area that flooded, but if you look at the landscape of the region, you’ll see that most of the area is only feet above the sea level. Have any decent storm move in on the city and the same thing will happen.

So why didn’t the government do the right thing and properly warn citizens about the truth instead of causing the entire east coast to shut down operations? Because after the mishap of this past winter when New York, New Jersey and Washington were buried under feet of snow, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Christie and President Obama din’t want to show how incompetent they are when it comes to handling issues that need immediate action. So over the past week, the beaches were closed, subway systems shut down and government agencies had a few extra days off.

How are the American people going to take these warnings serious if every single issue is going to be handled like it’s the next Armageddon. News broadcast, newspapers, and the government (all levels) must be honest and precise with the information they release to the public if they expect the public to take them serious. If not, one day there will be a major warning and many people will just shake it off and go about their business. Then what are we to do when there are hundreds of people injured, trapped or even dead because the media and the government cried wolf once too many times.

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Government Distorts The Free Market

Posted by Billy On August - 29 - 2011

Over the past hundred years, the federal government has been more involved with the free market and it’s hard to even know where the line is drawn between the two. The general philosophy behind the free market is the old rule of supply and demand. As long as there is a demand for a product or service, someone will find a way to supply either of the two.

The issue that has been going on is that the federal government has been getting involved to “help” a particular industry and/or company for so long that we no longer know what is an artificial or organic supply and demand product or service.

During W.W.II, the wool industry was busy supplying the material to make our military’s uniforms. To make sure the industry would always be there to keep our troops clothe, the federal government gave subsidies to them to the tune of millions of dollars. Years later as synthetic materials were being used for the military, Washington continued to pay the wool farmers.

The agricultural subsidies assist farmers and agribusinesses to supplement their revenue, manage the supply of the different commodities and to influence the cost and supply of such commodities (ie corn, wheat, rice, milk, sugar). So the government is dictating the price as well as the supply of these commodities. In this situation, the laws were passed during the Great Depression and have remain in place to this day. We have farmers being paid not to grow corn on their land. Many farmers receive some sort of government (tax payer) financial assitance.

A Canadian report claimed that for every dollar U.S. farmers earn, 62 cents comes from some form of government, with total aid in 2009 from all levels of government adding up to $180.8 billion.

These are just two incidents where government has manipulated the free market for decades. The free market hasn’t been free for just as long. As long as the federal government is involved, no industry or company will go bankrupt. The whole idea of competition is that the strongest one wins. Well in this case, whoever pays more money to the politician campaign funds, wins.

Let’s take a look at the recent bailout of General Motors. They received billions of dollars from Washington to keep them from filing bankruptcy. If GM was left to file bankruptcy, the union contracts would have been history at that point. The company would have restructured to survive or close their doors forever. Is that a bad thing. On the surface, yes. When you go ahead and let the free market work it out, it would become a good thing.

How? Simple, it’s obvious that GM wasn’t making the product(s) that the customers wanted. If they continued doing the same thing, they would have had to close their business forever. An entrepreneur, with the financial backing, would step in and buy the assets of GM to build his own vehicle. They would hire the former GM workers and a new car manufacturer would be born to make it or break it. He either builds want the customers want or he goes out of business too.

The unions are a powerful force with plenty of money to persuade politicians to help the their industry/company. The government makes it impossible for new car companies to start in the industry since there are so many regulations that only the “big” dogs can work within them.

The federal government has made it so hard for the free market to run like it should that it’s questionable to say that we can ever separate the two. The first step is having Congress cut programs that support industries that wouldn’t survive without it.

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