- Product highlight
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tip
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlight
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2. Brainpower tip
Look at common practices to come up with solutions. Here are some common
solutions to getting paid for services provided:|
- If you phone an attorney, you will be billed.
- If you eat at a restaurant, you are presented with a bill.
- When your car stops at a toll booth, you must pay.
- When you use a non-prepay parking lot or garage, you pay to get out.
- Each month, your electric company sends you a bill for electricity
- Water, sewer, gas, garbage disposal, and any other utilities--you get
billed for what you've used.
- If your employer pays weekly, you get paid for the work you did in the
prior week (or a similar arrangement).
- When an engineering firm engages to do $5 million of design work on a
power plant, that firm collects partial payments at several milestone points
during the life of the project.
Have you noticed something about these solutions to the problem of
getting paid for services provided? Not one involves building a fence to
keep people out. The common practice here is people pay for a service that
has been rendered.
The illegal alien "problem"
The Department of Homeland Stupidity (made that way
due to Executive Branch mismanagement, not due to those working the front
lines and offices of DHS) is responding to the illegal
immigrant "problem" by building a costly fence.
And it's being done with our money. Well,
actually with the money of the grandchildren of people not even born yet because all of our money
is already going to other useless or counterproductive projects that have yet to be paid for.
That particular "solution" got shoved down DHS throats by CONgress, despite
some actually decent recommendations made by DHS staffers.
Mexican kids are crossing the border to attend American public schools.
Why is this is a problem? Because instead of placing the issue in the hands
of, say, mere idiots, we (the American voters) have placed it in the hands of absolute morons
(every other November, Americans inexplicably "elect" the Demopublicans back
To the US CONgress, the illegal alien situation is yet another
opportunity for political gamesmanship, increased regulations, and ever more
irrational and irresponsible ways to burn our tax dollars.
Questions to ponder:
- Why do members of the US CONgress
believe the Treasury has a painfully huge money surplus?
- Why do these absolute morons believe the alleged surplus
is a national problem of such import that CONgress must pull out all the
stops to waste money wherever the
opportunity for waste presents itself?
- What part of "a $9 trillion debt is not a surplus" do they not
- What part of "at this point, even the next five
generations won't be able to support the $63 trillion in unfunded and
growing obligations CONgress has accumulated" do they not understand?
- How can people of such egregious ignorance and incompetence
be rehired every two years?
- Why do we pay these absolute morons 6 times as
much as the average voter?
Next time you walk into a Walgreen's count how many
employees are in that store. Your CONgressman makes more than twice as much
as all of them put together. And what do you get for all that money? Less
than nothing, actually. Paying members of CONgress to keep doing what
they're doing like paying the mechanic who sabotaged your brakes to work on
your car yet again.
Yet every other November, we line up and do just that.
You are better off paying them to just stay home and do nothing. You do have
the option of not paying them and they stay home--by voting for anyone other
than a Demopublican. Of course, getting the desired outcome depends on
whether enough other voters would rehire a sabotaging mechanic or not.
A real solution
For anyone applying even a smidgen of brainpower, the illegal alien
"problem" is a great opportunity for the United States. Making money by
charging people for something they will use anyhow is never a bad idea.
Especially when you consider how much more beneficial that is than going
through a rapid money burn in vain efforts to stop them.
Again, refer to that list that this article started
out with. Therein lies the very simple and cost-effective
solution to the so-called "illegal alien problem."
Note to the State Department of Mexico: Please send us as many kids as
you can. We will invoice you $40,000 per annum per kid, but give you a 2%
discount if you pay within 20 days. If they don't speak English, no
problem--we offer tutoring for an additional $20,000 per annum per kid.
Sorry, no 20-day discount.
Let's play with a ridiculous notion for a moment.
Assume, for argument's sake, that the US CONgress would apply some brainpower
to a problem. And assume they apply it to the illegal alien "problem."
With brainpower applied, this wouldn't be a problem
for us. But it would be one for Mexico. We just use the common practice of invoicing for
services rendered--see how easy this is? Very little brainpower used, but
The response from the Mexican government would be
significant and immediate. They would have to build their own fence and
take other measures to keep Mexicans from crossing the border. They couldn't
afford for their citizens to come here.
Why are we not doing this? Well, we (in the aggregate)
keep voting Demopublican instead of voting in our own best interests.
Consequently, things are done absent the application of brainpower. As long
as we keep going to the polls and saying, "I approve of this stupidity" by
voting the same way all the time, we will get the same stupid results. Which
is why, instead of making billions of dollars from Mexicans flowing across
our borders, we are spending millions of dollars to kinda sorta stop them.
This is like spending a lot of money to cover up that
irritating seam of gold that makes it hard to grow grass in your backyard,
or spending money to stop up that oil that's seeping through a crack in your
backyard instead of placing a well there....
"Wait. There's a fly in this ointment. We don't have a
way to make them pay." Yeah, right. There is a totally useless federal
agency with 115,000 employees who spend half their office time surfing p*rn
and gambling sites [source: GAO], with the other half divided between
extorting and terrorizing innocent American citizens. Give them the job of
collecting from the Mexican government. Problem solved.
Ah, we are leaving so much money on the table.
Let's take a look at what applied brainpower could do....
Apply common solutions to even more problems
Let's apply this "If you use it, you buy it" to some other problems
coming from Mexico:
- Mexican laborers? Send the State Department of Mexico an invoice for
each one, charging them some kind of work permit fee.
- Mexicans using our hospital emergency rooms? Invoice Mexican
hospitals selected at random.
- Mexicans having babies here, making them citizens? Invoice the
Immigration Department of Mexico for the fees legal immigrants pay,
including language classes. Add in interest and penalties, plus a
special handling fee.
- Mexican pollution wafting across the Rio Grande? Invoice the State
Department of Mexico based on particulate density, carbon content, and
other measurements made automatically by instrumentation.
- Mexican exports? Send the Commerce Department of Mexico an invoice
for each item crossing our borders. What what about NAFTA? Sure, just as
soon as Mexico conforms with EPA regulations, OSHA regulations, and
other burdens under which American companies must operate.
The visible hand
I see no problems with Mexico that the market can't fix. Lest statists
criticize the "invisible hand" of the market as being too "19th century" to
fix these problems, let me point out that I'm advocating the simple billing and
collections process of the market. It's actually a very visible hand. They
hold the bill in their hands, and they see what they owe--you can't get much
more visible than that.
The idea of billing for services isn't
radical or new. And we expect it when it comes to the services we
use. Why then, do we not expect it for services that Mexicans use? Is this a
Ask that brainpower be applied
Instead of an intelligent approach that puts the monkey on the back of
the people who cause the illegal alien "problem," we are saddled with
expensive, counterproductive non-solutions. Your tax dollars at work against
you, yet again.
Ask your CONgressman if, perhaps in this one instance, it would be
possible to actually do something for America instead of using every
waking moment devising ways to do things against America. Who knows?
They might make an exception to their standard practices and follow a
standard practice that the rest of us apply all the time. Maybe. If you ask nicely
and say pretty please.
Apply it yourself
While your CONgressman struggles with the notion of doing something
that actually makes sense, go ahead and apply this principle to other problems you see.
Look at what other people are doing to solve problems and see if the concept
behind those solutions can apply to your situation.
3. Time Tip
4. Finance tip
You spend more in one year to support the "coke habit" spending
mentality of CONgress than you spend in ten years for your food,
clothing, and gasoline combined. In fact, your current bill for that
spending is about what a college graduate can expect to earn in 33
years. Do you have 33 years of wages to just hand over to someone?|
can clip coupons until your hands bleed and still not come even close to
making a dent in your real financial burden. If you don't think it's
important to insist on cutting government programs and repealing
regulations, consider the following (along with a brief commentary
Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he's fed.
Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.
Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.
Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries, then
Tax his tears.
Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his a..
Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers,
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.
Then tax his coffin ,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid.
Put these words
upon his tomb,
" Taxes drove me to my doom..."
When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Personal Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
These taxes seem to be quite extensive, but they
compose only a minor part of your total tax burden. Government spending
is so voracious that the government uses the "hidden" taxes of inflation
(done by the Federal Reserve, when it creates more money) and
"borrowing" (government bonds and other *in*securities) that drives up
the cost of capital.
You can thank Alan Greenspan for stealing half the
property Americans owned while he mismanaged the Federal Reserve. He
pumped so much money into the system as a hidden tax that the dollar
lost half its value while he was grossly overpaid for a job he simply
refused to do. He was supposed to control inflation. Instead, he created
inflation, and in so doing stole half of what every American had worked
hard to accumulate.
Ordinarily, someone stealing half of another
person's entire worldly assets would be arrested. But Dr. G. did it to
300 million people so he gets a free pass on that one.
Credit card spending junkies get into debt so far,
they can't even make minimum payments. That's where we are right now
with the federal debt. So all the money that is collected in taxes can't
bail us out fast enough. It's like being in a ship that is taking on
more water than you can pump out. Only one thing can happen--it will
sink. The Titanic was a maritime disaster. We, as a nation, have hit the
iceberg of rampant spending and are in the middle of a financial
disaster. As with the Titanic, there aren't enough lifeboats.
It may be possible to plug the leaks. It certainly
is not possible to bail any faster.
5. Security tip
In our last issue, we looked at the reduction of
personal security for airline passengers since September 11. That
situation will change, as smart people begin to get their ideas and
programs to replace those of the idiots who initially got their way. For
now, it's something we have to deal with the best that we can.|
We reviewed some highlights
regarding how the government answer to any problem is nearly
always colossally counterproductive. And, we looked at some ways we can
be more secure despite the government's best attempts to truly screw
The Dept of Homeland Stupidity plays Chicken
Little games in an effort to justify wasting ever more tax dollars on
ever more agency bloat. If these people were just allowed to do their
jobs, they could actually make us more secure. A lot of the people hired
on have impeccable credentials and impressive backgrounds. But the
micromismanagement they are subjected to means nothing is actually done about our security.
At least, it's not done for us. Take a look at the evidence, by
answering half a dozen questions:
- How "secure" were those folks on the bridge in MN this
- How "secure" are we in our Constitutional rights,
which increasingly appear to be a checklist of things unelected federal
agency bureaucrats deny us?
- How "secure" are we from being illegally assaulted by federal
A. Would someone care to ask Randy Weaver's dead wife and baby?
B. Can you guess why David Koresh
isn't available for comment?
- How "secure" are we from being conscripted to labor 40 hours per
year just to fill out the forms so we can file our individual federal
A. What about the 180 hours needed (on average) for a small
B. If time is money, why does the government forcibly extract from
each of us an entire week's pay each year for no valid purpose?
- How "secure" are we from being robbed to pay for the mind-numbing
array of federal regulations that result in huge costs that show up in
every product or service we buy?
A. Can you pay your $660,000 share of the federal debt?
B. Did you get $660,000 worth of goods and services from the federal
C. Have you ever read the 10,000 page index to the Federal Code of
D. Who pays the compliance costs of all those regulations?
- How "secure" are we from rogue employees of the IRS and their lawless approach to
acting out sick fantasies on defenseless citizens?
A. Why are our misrepresentatives in CONgress not doing something
about the rampant level of crime in that particular agency, as reported
by the OMB, GSA, and other sources?
B. What about scaremongering from the DHS--duct tape on the windows, and people actually fell for that?
C. Why do we need a Department of Homeland Stupidity
anyhow--don't the newspaper and television execs already provide
C. Who said there was a stupidity shortage?
D. What about putting steel chains and padlocks on the doors of the FBI, IRS, and
the other useless but harmful agencies?
E. How about fixing our bridges and
roadways--how can that be a lower priority than protecting us from an
alleged stupidity shortage?
By now, you should have surmised that government--at least when it's
run by unelected, unaccountable, incompetent but powerful people--is
mutually exclusive to personal security. That is, the more government we
have, the less secure we are. In our case (Americans), it's because of
the politics and lobbyist-driven interference in every nook and cranny
of the government machinery. Instead of setting clear goals aligned with
the country's interests, the politicians do the bidding of those who buy
You don't have a representative in CONgress. You have a
The idea that regular Americans have any meaningful representation in
a government that saddles them with a personal debt of $660,000 each
defies logic. Would any sane person really ask another person to have
someone rob him/her of this much money? Maybe I'm blind or something,
but I haven't seen a single home that has a "Please rob us" sign in the
front yard. Have you?
The idea that American have any representation
in a government that praises Alan Greenspan for cutting the value
of the dollar in half (thereby stealing half of everything you own and
ever will own) is without merit. I have just listed two items from a
vast list of items that show very few people have
any representation at all when it comes to what regulations are made or
what money gets spent.
Since the vast majority of American
citizens have zero representation in the federal government and zero
recourse for its abuses, what can we do?
In regard to
voting, there is one thing you can do. Vote against the
Demopublicans by voting for anybody else. Write in Charles Manson, if
you want--at least he's being made to answer for killing someone. Ted
Kennedy is still a free man. Just don't write in O.J. Simpson, please.
By voting for anybody else, even Mickey Mouse, you are actually using
your vote as opposed to simply throwing it away by rubberstamping the
election fraud via a selection of either Demopublican "choice."
You are using it because you are showing that you don't approve of the
same old hacks and the same old "good cop bad cop" game these people
play while pretending to be on different sides. They are on the same
side, and they do the same things--spend more money and generate more
Outside of that, what can you do? Write your CONgressman a short letter
or e-mail (you can usually do that via your CONgressman's Website)
stating you approve any and all federal spending cuts, but oppose any
and all federal spending increases. If even a handful of such letters
get to a staffer (the one who actually reads mail to the CONgressman),
the idea of financially responsible behavior will eventually come up in
conversation in that office and your CONgressman just might reduce the
rate at which you are being robbed blind.
Then, repeat this process
for both of your senators.
Follow up a month later with the topic not
of spending but of regulations. Write that you are opposed to any new
regulations for any reason, and you approve of any and all elimination
of any federal regulation for any reason. This also plants the idea that
perhaps Americans are not 100% freedom-averse. This might actually get a
CONgressman or senator to propose the radical idea that simply coming up
with new ways to limit people's freedom isn't the fundamental purpose of
What about other threats to your personal security? If you
have an RTC permit, you don't have to worry about street criminals.
What about foreign terrorists? Statistically, we know that your odds of
being killed by a foreign terrorist are something like 1/1000th as great
as the odds of your dying in a car crash. Of course, acknowledging that
doesn't sell federal pork programs or spawn huge, security-diminishing
agencies, so the
state-serving media keep hyping up the lesser danger as though it's the
one thing we have to worry about more than anything else.
white collar crime? Well, yes, that is a threat. But start by not giving
out your government-issued Social inSecurity Number. Don't give out
personal information unless you absolutely have to. If you have kids who
are using MySpace or some other community site to give white collar
criminals all kinds of info on you, make them stop. Basically, if you
make people really work to rip you off, they will be inclined to
look for an easier target.
So now we can see that the only significant
threat to your personal security is the federal government. And that's
not because a bunch of evil people are out to get you. It's because
large, politically-driven organizations frustrate the best efforts of
those who are trying to do the right things while simultaneously driving
and rewarding incompetence.
And there is the problem of zero oversight
and zero accountability, which is why psychopaths like Janet Reno can
order the murders of dozens of innocent children, make a public
spectacle of it, and not go to prison. Of course, we are referring to
the incineration of children at Waco (done for their own protection, she
said), not the other abuses that happened on her watch. She
has some Freudian issues I suppose, but that doesn't excuse her
from being held accountable for these atrocities. Apparently, being a
government official does.
That problem is also why a handful of IRS employees were able to skim
over $100 million from a scam they ran with Jay Hoyt. The resulting
illegal cover-up operation has cost the government at least another quarter
billion dollars and costs are still mounting. The central strategy of that cover-up was to destroy
4300 innocent American citizens--more than were killed in the WTC
attack--via a long list of illegal activities. For which nobody has even
been arraigned. Some believe the cover-up occurred because the crimes
showed how incompetent the IRS upper mismanagers are, while others
believe those mismanagers were in on it. Who knows? Does it matter? The
issue is the rampant crime gets a blind eye from law enforcement, making
the DOJ a defacto accomplice to it. DOJ salaries are paid for out of
your tax dollars.
While your tax dollars are hard at work against you,
what can you do?
I'm not advocating anarchy. It always
results in replacing a broken system with one that is broken even worse.
What I'm advocating is that you speak up. Let your misrepresentatives
know exactly how you feel about the absolutely moronic and callous way they treat
your property, your freedoms, and your rights. Do that, and you best
enhance your personal security. It may not be much, but it's really all
you have. Make the most of it.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
- Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty (50) years of
age or older. Members of CONgress never produce
anything useful, no matter how old they get.
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8. Thought for the Day
The best solution to a problem is seldom the most
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