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In these troubled times 31 March, 2009

Posted by David Anderson in Uncategorized.
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UPDATE:  April Fools; these are the 10 planks of Marx’s Communist Manifesto.  Have we gone that road or what?

In these troubled time, we need to put aside our partisan differences and unite behind some simple principles which will better us as a people.  These principles will give us hope and a blueprint for a better tomorrow.  I call upon all thinking Americans to join with me.

1. Free education for all children in public schools. Combination of education with industrial production.

The most important priority is the future of our children. I support efforts to track our children and assign them to areas of career development based upon our judgment and testing.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
Every one must pay his fair share. The tax structure has been giving too much of a break to the top 10%.

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
Reinstate the  Federal & State estate Tax to reduce the gap between rich and poor.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
Foreigners are ruining this country.  I call for the expansion of  the  Patriot Act, Public “law” 99-570 (1986); Executive order 11490, sections 1205, 2002 which gives private land to the Department of Urban Development; the imprisonment of “terrorists” and those who speak out or write against the “government” (1997 Crime/Terrorist Bill); or the IRS confiscation of property without due process. Asset forfeiture laws are used by DEA, IRS, ATF etc…).

5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
I support expanding Tarp and giving Treasury expanded powers in conjunction with the  Federal Reserve which is a privately-owned credit/debt system.   We need to show the bankers how to loan and ensure that the money goes to those who need it most.

6. Centralization of the means of communications and transportation in the hands of the State.
I support muzzling these useless news papers by making them tax exempt non profits unable to bias the political process.  Empower the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to give ownership to the people we deem will uphold local, diverse, and public interests.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state, the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
Private industry has failed our workers in producing a stable manufacturing base.  Let’s have an industrial strategy starting with automobiles and then energy and health care.  We need better guidance of the private sector.  We need better land conservation and land use planning so greedy developers won’t ruin us.

8. Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies.

I support card check and other ways to establish the unity of the working man.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries, gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of population over the country.

I  support the United Nations strategy of sustainable development and the livable Delaware strategy.

10. Subjugation  of private property and the application of all rents of land to public purposes.
I  support the use of eminent domain for what the public decides is good not some greedy developers.

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We don’t Need More Regulation 27 March, 2009

Posted by David Anderson in Economic Policy.
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Have you heard the the tall tale told by the left that we have economic issues because of tax cuts and deregulation? People in the know say that this recession was as much caused by wrong headed regulation as anything else. The mark to market rules are exacerbated a normal healthy correction and caused a financial panic. The government pushed banks into interesting mortgage deals which had to be sold to allow for the new risk. They were packaged into new instruments that no one understood, but they were sold by government sponsored enterprises like Freddie Mac which encouraged an uncritical eye. The government has a role in the recovery, but it starts by correcting itself before it corrects everyone else. It certainly doesn’t include making more government run enterprises. We are still paying for the mess made by the last ones. We should review and correct our regulatory regime not reflexively increase regulation. Scott Powell wrote a great column in spite of the fact it was in the “evil, right-wing” Washington Times. Here is my favorite quote; the rest is linked.

There is blame on both sides of the political aisle for our current economic mess. But the siren call of socializing failing sectors of the economy – whether in banking, housing, health care or in Detroit – leads to a wrong and dangerous course that undermines the renewing and self-correcting nature of market forces. Good intentions from Washington have too often resulted in harmful unintended consequences. Worse, there often is no corrective to harmful government-engineered outcomes because accountability is obfuscated and vested interests become entrenched, thus perpetuating a new dysfunctional status quo. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a reaction to Enron-style accounting scandals enacted in 2002 on a Senate vote of 99-0, has been one of the most costly and counterproductive regulations imposed on our economy, hindering innovation, slamming the door shut on initial public offerings (IPOs) in the stock market and driving many companies out of U.S. markets and off U.S. tax rolls.

Support the Marriage Protection Amendment 23 March, 2009

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I supported the current law in Delaware which clarified that marriages recognized in our state are exclusively between a man and a woman. Now I support SB 27 which will make that age old principle  constitutional law. Court decisions in few states have shown that the social engineers do not respect the laws of every state and the federal government. The only way to protect the collective wisdom of the ages is constitutional law. 30 states have done this regarding marriage. It is time for Delaware to begin the process of a Constitutional amendment. The Delaware process is slow and cumbersome. This means we can’t wait until a crisis is on our door step.

Some are making the wild argument that we shouldn’t pass a constitutional amendment keeping the status quo (which has existed our entire American history) because it would “using the constitution to deprive people of rights”. That would be like saying passing a law against bank robbery is depriving me of my money. If it was never mine in the first place, I can not be deprived of it. Same sex marriage never existed so keeping the status quo does not take anyone’s rights away. We are protecting the right of the people to make decisions and not a social engineer in a black robe in another state.

Some wonder why we need an amendment since we have a very well written defense of marriage law. I might have agreed that we didn’t a few years ago, but events have overtaken that point of view. Judges in this state may have to deal with divorces from Massachusetts or Connecticut. Without constitutional guidance, our judges could bring legal complexity and confusion to this state. The clear will of the people could be compromised. It happened in California and Maryland is grappling with this issue right now. Leadership is not about ducking your head down and hoping a problem doesn’t come to you. It is about being proactive.

Some wonderful people have bought into the argument that marriage as currently constituted is discriminatory because it is only between the sexes and does not include people of the same sex. That is like saying it is discriminatory to require an insurance agent to know about insurance and a lawyer to know about law.  Why can’t the lawyer just pass the insurance exam instead of the bar and be an attorney?  Isn’t there some law involved in it?  That’s silly, you say.  They are serving different functions and they don’t do the same thing. Neither do same sex couples and mixed sex couples serve the same functions in society. Marriage serves a unique role because it fulfills a unique responsibility. It was developed to provide a stable, recognized structure to build a family. It has worked throughout human history. It’s success deserves preservation.

  Nature says a man and a woman fit together in a unique way.  They complete each other.  Sexually their organs are made to compliment each other.  Emotionally, they are made to balance each other.  Spiritually, they are made to complete each other.  Biologically, only a man and a woman can perpetuate the species.  Our species is one in which the offspring are best raised in a mixed sex environment.  Unsurprisingly, thousands or millions of years of experience (I am not arguing origin theory here) has led to the evolution of an institution to best channel that reality.  It exists in the most advanced of cultures and the most primitive of cultures in one form or another.  We called it marriage.  It consists of a mixed sex relationship or relationships for the purpose of raising families and bonding between the sexes.

Around the world, it is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman.  It is not a confusing proposition. It is the bed rock of human civilization.
We the people of Delaware need to ensure our voices aren’t drowned out by the judicial social engineers This is why I will be at marriage rally at legislative hall, 1 pm Thursday. This is why I urge you call or email your legislators to support SB 27 (The marriage protection amendment).

Drowning America in Debt 21 March, 2009

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Trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see is an unsustainable proposition. The CBO said the really bad news that the administration plans to run 7 trillion dollar deficits is worse. The projected deficit is 9.3 trillion dollars over the next 10 years with the highest non-war deficit to GDP (national production) ever. They had numbers which were even worse but the administration convinced them to take its growth projections of over 4.1% for 2010 and 2011 based upon the stimulus package heating up the economy.

Senator Jud Gregg, R-NH called the numbers unsustainable. He was not alone. The President’s own OMB director said the same thing. The President’s reaction was it will work out. We have 4 priorities. They are health care, education, energy efficiency, and deficit reduction. My question is which of these 4 does not belong. I love the idea of deficit reduction, but it appears the administration loves to be associated with it only by rhetoric. Saying one thing and doing the opposite will only work so long.

Friends, in 2010 don’t let friends vote Democrat or else you will pay for ever.

President Obama’s budget director, Peter R. Orszag, conceded in a news briefing on Friday that annual deficits of 4 to 5 percent of gross domestic product, as envisioned in the office’s report, are “ultimately not sustainable.”

Will Obama be the President who loses the Dollar? 20 March, 2009

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Critics who do nothing but whine and complain bash the President for going on the Leno show. If they want to complain, it should be that the President does not get tougher questions than Leno’s from the regular media. What about the potential dumping of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency? It is rumored that the administration may even be sending signals of support for the move because “it (being the world’s reserve currency) makes policy difficult”. The implications for American businesses and farms could be significant. It could be very significant for our future debt funding. Is the Administration considering an inflation option?

This is the most disturbing economic and foreign policy development to date in the Administration. Why not just support Russia’s global currency? Is that next on the agenda? Will someone even ask this in next week’s press conference?

What happen to restoring U. S. leadership in the world? We seem to taking an attitude of tell us what to do. Help us out because it is to hard to make the sacrifices of leadership. We ask would you please take prisoners from Gitmo? We may release terrorists in our country if you do the same. We say could you please send a few troops to Afghanistan because we aren’t sure we want to make the investments. Now we are saying that we aren’t sure that we can keep our dollar strong. The world likes to test a new President. Here is one American hoping he will pass the retest.

Just Print Money and Worry Later 19 March, 2009

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The federal reserve is printing money and monetarizing the debt. It is a smart way to get money circulating into the economy and keep the recent huge government deficits from eating up all of the private capital or forcing up interest rates. The problem is that it devalues the dollar and if not pulled back at the right time, will doom us to a serious spat of inflation.

The U. S. suffered the worst of both worlds in the 1970’s. Frequent recessions, stangnat growth, and annoying inflation eating away any wealth people did save or earn. Out of control inflation is the ruin of nations. Let’s hope that they know what they are doing.

Some are doing more than hope. Gold was up 26 dollars an ounce yesterday.

Tax Cuts and Christianity Can Save the World. 18 March, 2009

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Yes, there are pants of panic from a new UN study which says that the global population will soar to 9 billion by 2050. I say great. That’s more people we can teach the Gospel to. (I had to toss that in so a couple of liberal heads would explode.) I welcome the change. We have become more prosperous globally with fewer incidents of starvation and famine since our population has increased. Why, we have developed new technology especially in medicine and food production. Population is not a problem, it is just a challenge.

Still there is way too much poverty in the world. A billion people live on less than 2 dollars a day and may never take a shower in their life times. There is too much suffering in the world which is needless. Why is it needless? We have the ability to end run most of it.

The Korean peninsula was a place that was torn by decades of war, starvation, and poverty. Half of it had godless socailism imposed upon it. The other half was allowed to experience free markets, religious freedom, Christianity, and sensible tax policy. Which half is starving and which half is one of the wealthiest nations in the world?

I believe the great enemy of the poor is secular progressive socialism. Bangladesh is one of the poorest nations on earth. Why? It has long had some of the highest marginal tax rates on earth. When you look at all of the world’s poorest economies, you see that they impose some the highest tax rates at very low incomes. One African nation has the 35% rate kick in around $430 a year. Bangladesh had the 60% rate around $7000. When ever someone tries to get ahead and save so they can start a business or birth an invention, they are slammed by the government. That is why so many of the people come to America and become successful.

I believe one of the keys to solving the third world issues is a flat tax or progressive national sales tax like the Fair Tax. People would become free to save, invest, and trade without excessive restrictions. That is the only way new technology will transform their lives. It has worked for us. Then again maybe we will abandon what made us successful while they transform themselves. That would be a sad irony.
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Mayor blasts Delaware Liberal 16 March, 2009

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Actually, it is the Salisbury, MD mayor blasting their negative, out of control bloggers. The same thing could be said on bad days about some of the left wing blogs in Delaware.

In her final State of the City address, Salisbury Mayor Barrie Parsons Tilghman warned residents of what she sees as a great danger to the city: malicious bloggers.

Tilghman said in her address Thursday that over the last five years, the presence of a small group of suspicious, mean-spirited people focused on the negative has grown, endangering the city’s vitality

Palin: She who lasts laugh; laughs best 16 March, 2009

Posted by David Anderson in Budget, Sarah Palin.
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Alaska is not only benefiting from the huge surpluses stocked away by the tenacious vetos and stringent budgets of its Governor Sarah Palin, but its economy seems to be doing reasonably well. It is affected by lack of tourism and falling commodity prices, yet the state is not doing too badly. I thought people where stupid in Alaska. They elected some small town hick mayor who is full of ambition and clueless. Maybe not, apparently the people of Alaska are smarter than the entire Washington press corps.

What is really interesting about Alaska is that the state saved enough revenue to run itself for two years without a dime of taxes. They saved the oil surpluses because they used common sense fiscal management. Governor Palin was criticized for being too austere. I wonder how those critics are spending their relative security?

Fact of the Day 9 March, 2009

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If $10,000 of $100 bills banded together makes a stack about an half an inch high.  One trillion dollars makes a thousand pallets.