Income – It’s Unequal!

Posted in Politics on January 29th, 2014

creepy-screamerThe current cause célèbre or, at least, shouted slogan of America’s domestic enemies is “income inequality.” Right now they’re appearing as if they are really incensed that the poor in America, who are now a permanent portion of the population, haven’t had their average incomes increase as much as the wealthier have.

That’s right; they’re complaining that the poor aren’t improving their lot as much as the wealthier are, not that the poor are poorer.

And so, of course, they’re yammering for the government to force those who’ve made more money to pay that money out to the poorer people through taxes and various and sundry laws and regulations designed to to give the poor a bigger slice of the mythical pie.

Do not bother to lie to others or yourself; these plans and proposals are all governmental confiscation of private property in order for redistribution. Yet what crimes have the successful committed to deserve having their property confiscated? Have they stolen this wealth from the poor? Have they committed some heinous act beyond being more successful than some of the other residents of the nations?

The simple answer is no, the wealthy have done nothing wrong nor have they stolen their wealth from the less successful fractions of the American population. They have simply adapted to- and succeeded in navigating the shifts in wealth generation in these modern, global times.

Related Reading:

A Is for America
Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life (Norton Paperback)
The Wealth of Nations
Believer: My Forty Years in Politics
The Practices of Happiness: Political Economy, Religion and Wellbeing (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy)

2014 Economic Blamecast

Posted in Politics on January 28th, 2014

We can all expect Obama to talk rather extensively about the economy and the “success” of the recovery that he, of course, brought about. We can also expect him to wax pontifical about just who is to blame for any perceived weakness in that recovery.

Shuckin, Jiving, and blaming Old White Men
Obama’s 2014 Economic Blamecast

In other words, Obama could just crib his SOTU speech from any of the many other times he’s made excuses for his utter and abject failure as a POTUS. We’re not going here anything tonight that we haven’t heard time and time again.

And really! Why shouldn’t Obama reiterate his mantra? It’s worked well for him professionally so far. Remember folks, if you think or worse say that it’s even partially Obama’s fault, you’re RACIST!

Related Reading:

The Practices of Happiness: Political Economy, Religion and Wellbeing (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy)
America
Blame! Vol. 1
The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House

The Christmas Symptom

Posted in Politics, Religion, Society on December 16th, 2013

Christmas, Yule, or Chanukah – no matter your holiday – are not the problem in America but how most “celebrate” these holidays is certainly a major symptom of the pathology that is plaguing American society and, resultantly, politics.

Buy All The Things
Buy All The Things!

The disease or syndrome in question is, of course, rampant materialism and consumerism. It’s the root cause of almost every ill that torments America and it is a progressive illness.

Simply and sadly put, American society has not only forgotten what is important but has seemingly deprecated the importance and value of that which is immaterial. Worse, this disease’s symptoms become even more pronounced during the ever-expanding holiday season, which is now better- and more often described as the holiday shopping season, which accounts annually for 20% – 40% of the average American retailers’ total annual sales.

To put this is horrific perspective, The National Retail Federation (NRF) expects retail sales during the 2013 holiday shopping season to marginally increase 3.9% to $602.1 billion which is greater than the total GDP of 167 of the 188 nations tracked my the International Monetary Fund (IMF). So, in 33 days, Americans spend more on purchases than 166 countries make in a year. Only 20, other than the US, make more en toto per year than we spend during this time.

If this isn’t a symptom of a chronic and eventually lethal societal pathology I don’t know what is.

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A Disease Called Childhood: Why ADHD Became an American Epidemic
Warren Buffett, Class Warfare, and the Exploitation Theory
Shopping Survival Guide for Men: How a Guy Can Survive a Shopping Experience Without Having to Gnaw His Own Arm Off (Survival Guides for Men Book 1)
Disease: Disease Treatment, Arthritis (Body love, Arthritis diet, Holistic treatment, Joint pain)
Debt, the IMF, and the World Bank: Sixty Questions, Sixty Answers