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I look at what Man mostly talks about in media, social circles, news and faux-news, and the lives of those around me living life. Man seems to be really busy being Man and busy. It seems to me that people (Man) are just filling those moments between naps. What are we doing?

I know people who are theists, non-theists, atheists, and theists of a different sort – if that makes sense. Some even label themselves ‘Christian’. They have one thing in common, mostly. They do not understand Christianity, or Judeo-Christianity to be more precise. They like to use the term ‘God’ or ‘god’ as if by using the term they are experts on the subject; or as to deride those who believe in the ‘God’ of the Judeo-Christian Bible. My spirit is concerned for them and hurts for them. They do not know what they are doing. Not that I do, but I have a pretty good idea based on what Jesus said and John saw while on Patmos. Bottom line, we as a specie are in trouble.

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Part 2 in the series “Why You Should Not Elect Me President”
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Have Congress and POTUS lost their senses? I keep seeing texts and articles on the subject of debt ceiling increases and proposed tax increases. I have to question the sanity of our elected officials. How sane is it to look into an empty sack and say there is more in there? Yet that is exactly what Congress has been doing since the surplus of the early 00’s.
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by Dave “Doc” Rogers

It is interesting how in the United States no one thinks about what they have until someone tries to take it away. I may be speaking from my bias of 48 years of living, bouncing around the USA for a bit, several trips to Europe courtesy of the US Navy, and having friends from around the globe giving me their perspectives. Okay, I am speaking from that bias. But, it is still interesting how people here in the US will do nothing until threatened with losing it all. 

I have observed that a majority of the people in the United States are content with 40+ hours of work every week, 2 or 3 weeks of vacation every year, and trying to keep up with their neighbors’ consumer goods spending. It is the “American Dream” after all, owning a 3/2/2 with the kids and the dog. It is not everyone’s dream but Madison Avenue and partners have created that as the standard. And left undisturbed, the majority of people happily fit into that mold. What is discounted as unimportant – except at holidays and tax season – is the number of people on the outer fringes of this majority. There is the lower spectrum of people that do not have and are in need – hence, your holiday and tax deductible giving. The lower spectrum of people live daily with someone taking from them: the ‘man,’ the thief, the cop, the politician, the neighborhood parasites, et cetera. And there is the upper spectrum; the well educated and/or affluent. The objective of the rich is to remain so. The objective of the well educated rarely has anything to do with the furtherance of education and feeding young minds to drive the next generation. Typically, the well educated become bastions of social reform, change, or out right manipulation in ‘experiment.’ This is especially so when someone from the lower spectrum rises through to the upper spectrum of the well educated. They become champions of social change. 

When the status quo becomes ‘stale’ and tried and boring, the complainers rise up periodically and say that because their particular ‘thing’ is not important to everybody it is not getting enough attention. They rile at the establishment and chant ‘change’ until like a whiny child they get it; whether it is right or not. Then the experimenters come out of the woodwork like parasites attacking a host and establish themselves co-laborers in a just cause, all the while espousing their own brand of political and social reforms. Then it occurs to the majority in the middle. It slips through the gauze of veiled misdirection and hinted at truths. It sneaks into the information flow to the silent majority in their slumber world of make believe ‘all is well in the cul-de-sac.” And, a child points out the emperor is wearing no clothes. 

First there is shock and disbelief that someone would point out contrarily things are not what they seem to be. Then some begin to believe the truth while others hold fast they can see the fine threadwork because it makes them as special as those closest to the emperor. The end result remains the same. Truth remains true. And the emperor quickly runs to hide his under-alls; every lie and deception having been exposed. Not only is this a tale told to children, but history keeps bearing this out over time. No wonder no one teaches history as living, vibrant, and relevant. If they did it would be harder to sell the invisible threads of deception. 

If we are not careful what we have taken as ‘granted’ becomes a permission that can be removed by the ‘grantor.’ Freedom of speech, press, lawful assembly, religion … these aren’t free. There is a cost associated to each one of them. The rights established by a government are ink on paper; hexadecimal data bits in electromagnetic storage; ideas that carry the full weight of their disposable media. Fire burns paper. Loss of power or too much power ruins electronic storage. Even the hammer, weather, and earthquakes destroy stone and steel. There is nothing of permanence on the face of the Earth. Save one thing. People. 

I have heard, and occasionally joined in, that people complain they cannot join their social network online or they ‘got themselves TOS’ed.’ I have heard it said and even thought it myself, that ‘they can’t do that.’ Yes, they can. It is a business. You are not ‘righted’ to use their service. It is not a privilege to use their service. It is a granted permission to use their service. Such granting can be removed at the pleasure, want, desire, decision, et cetera of the primary provider with or without written notification. It is by ‘permission’ that users are allowed to utilize those services; agreed to by licking yes, I agree, OK, or some other similar convention. The news media and the social networks, the internet services, the printed media [newspapers and magazines] are not required in the least to give you access or voice. They are required by their owners to find a way to take your money; whether by advertising or by transfer of goods for funds. It is a for-profit business. 

The watch-out is when those who have been elected or appointed begin to think and believe [live out as if true and valid] that governance has become a business unto itself. And if governance is an entity unto itself it is no longer required to respond back to those governed. Outside of the United States of America and a few other real democratic republics, governance is the entity and those governed are governed at its pleasure. Inside the United States of America government of the people, by the people, and for the people is slowly eroding away. Great speeches made by men and women in difficult situations painting a hope that should not pass away have fallen on seemingly deaf ears. 

“We the people …” 

It is when the guiding documents that direct our method of governance remain alive through the people that continue to support it that the piece of paper with inked words becomes vibrant, alive. It is when the piece of paper inked with words becomes sacred, holy text that only a limited few can see or grasp the depths of understanding necessary to glean its wisdom that it becomes a noose around the necks of those so governed. 

The radical few would like to think that by their many and loud words they can shut down the opposing voices crying out. They think that if they cower the masses with twisty words of guilt and shame, of bigotry and prejudice; that to think a certain way will require the individual to decide on whose side they will stand. Psychology tells us that rather than act, the masses will allow themselves to be steered as so much cattle or sheep. Shall I remind the reader where all those masses of livestock were being gently steered? While in the wild the longhorn cattle fought the good fight of survival. Survival was dependent upon instinct, effort, and mutual protection. As ranches formed up, the longhorns adapted to easy grazing for several years until en masse they were led to the slaughterhouses of Fort Worth, Kansas City, and Chicago. Survival requires effort. Passive sustenance only requires a parasite. 

The social networks provide a service but want your money. Their advertising partners want your money. The various news media provide information and shock for money. Their advertisers pay them to shock or entice the viewer into looking at their advertising to induce buying. They are businesses out to make money. They will find a way to make that happen. They do not owe you anything except to skillfully try to take your money. The value of the product depends on those selling it. 

The danger lies in the various media using the collective passive social change influence. For years that was passive and a service of advertising for manufacturers’ products. Then the marketeers began applying ‘the con’ to selling advertising; a psychology to manipulate an outcome. Until now they are bloated ticks on a sedentary host too blinded to realize its state. That manipulation, that con, has been applied to our current governance. If you are aligned with those pulling the string attached to the nose of the bull then you are praised and favored. If you point out that the string pulling the ring is attached to people, you are decried as insane, a radical, uncouth, contrary, against the establishment, racist, hater, et cetera. Woe to you should you point out to the world that it is the emperor in his clothes of invisible thread who is actually naked and pulling the ring in the nose of the people. Hmm. 

I wonder how long I will be able to write such before I am shut down and heard from no more. After all, I own no media outlets to keep my voice going. The social networks allow my presence at their pleasure. The mainstream media do not accept anyone’s opinion except their own. Mark my words, your individual sovereignty is at stake. Enjoy. 

© 20091024
http://www.docrogerswrites.com

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by Dave Doc Rogers
link: http://www.docrogerswrites.com

“The problem with running any business is people. As soon as you get two people in the same room you have differences of opinion.” – me

I have, since my first real job, tried to understand the mathematics of money. One day it dawned on me that my dad was not always going to be my money resource. I had to learn to live on my own, budget my income against my outgo, and try to have some money at the end of my month. It took a while for that to settle in.

In my youth, my dad was my revenue source. If I lacked anything, I went to him or the corporate CFO, my mom, and complained of my lack. True, early on it mostly involved food for the ever hungry growing child and toys, without which life was incomplete. The older I got the less and less there was available for my fiscal wants. Then my father retired from military service and began working the private sector. There was even less at that point until my father partnered with a friend from the military and he began working for himself. Things got a little better until the summer came, because I was given the option to work for some spending money or not have spending money. The first reality check of fiscal responsibility. I quickly learned that if you spend all of your money you do not have any more.

Economics is defined as a study of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. This is a very simplistic view of economics. It is further simplified if you look at the Greek sources for the word: home and law/custom. A more modern analysis and usage of economics involves graphs, charts, spreadsheets, and mathematical tabulation. Economists use these elements and trend analysis to determine what is next. Economics has become a mystery science because it has gone beyond the basic premises of old.

INCOME – OUTGO = BALANCE IN +/-

It is a lesson I learned in my youth; although not arithmetically stated as above. When I was granted, or traded labor for, income I was at liberty to spend it how I thought best; however, I did receive wise counsel that I did not heed and learned the above formula painfully, because I did without until I gained additional income. I learned that some good or service [aka labor] had to be transacted for some agreed upon price; hopefully, the good or service [tools needed to perform the service] did not exceed the agreed upon price. Sometimes it did. Another valuable lesson learned: never contract for negative equity.

Extrapolation.

The macro-economic health of a country must be determined by the micro-economic health of its individuals and the entirety of communities. In determining this, one has to look at the individual contributor and his/her community to determine what are the goods and services of the local community. What are the goods and services that are making the interdependence of the community work? Is there parity in production or a surplus? If a surplus, where is that being traded? And for what? The macro-health is determined by the entirety of the micro-health. And, once large enough there is government.

At some point in the development of economic health individuals come together for mutual economic benefit and/or preservation. A little further along the community requires someone to either represent them in leadership or to uphold order; sometimes both. This person is provisioned by the community out of their surplus.

INCOME – OUTGO = [BALANCE IN +/-] – GOVERNMENT

The reality is now this: the individual contributor must meet a certain expectation in production surplus to take care of his/her own and that of the governing body or that governing body ceases to exist.

Historically, there have been governing bodies that required ‘X’ amount of provision; whether or not the individual contributor or community could provide it. The quality of expectation toward life decreased by the increase from the governmental demand. These types of government only remain in power through the enslavement of those governed. Sugarcoat it however you want, it results in the same. It is enslavement.

A few centuries back, Britain had expanded into the Americas and fought contentiously with France and Spain to retain that right. The expense of maintaining a quality of life in England, a continuing conflict with France and Spain, and the contempt of certain individuals within the empire led to the ever increasing taxation on goods and services within the Americas. The result was American INCOME could not meet the totality of OUTGO and maintain an acceptable quality of life. Some Bostonian zealots poorly disguised as native Americans overcame some cargo ships and up ended the cargo into the harbor. Apparently, people in Boston like their tea with saltwater. Thus began a strong discourse in governmental abuse and common law argument. The result was a declaration of independence. Britain treated Canada, Australia, and New Zealand far better after this incident.

INCOME – OUTGO = [BALANCE IN +/-] – GOVERNMENT = QUALITY OF LIFE

These separate communities within America joined in larger communities which all ratified a compact, a unifying document that became the basis for a stronger form of government where life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness were valued. No document could guarantee these freedoms. It came by the permissive will of sovereign individuals justly represented by members of their community who swore, took oath, vowed they would honorably serve and represent their communities for the common good of their community, their greater community, and their singular voice to the world.

INCOME – OUTGO = QUALITY OF LIFE – [LOSS OF SOME SOVEREIGNTY]

Those first few representatives realized that they represented men and women who had limited resources. Farming 100 acres only produced so much harvest to sustain the farm, to provide for future sowing, to trade as surplus for goods and services not available on the farm. Government was kept minimal. Government remained the singular voice to a larger community. Individual [or micro] economic health was encouraged and not greatly taxed. 

Somewhere in the process the representatives of the community forgot their oaths and commitments to equitably, fairly, and in good conscience govern for their communities. On the floor of the US House of Representatives was presented a bill that would pension the widow of a military officer. US Representative from Tennessee, David Crockett, opposed the bill, offering instead to pay for the family’s personal support himself. A sense of entitlement was creeping into government.

Government transitioned from individual and community representation to a form nearing an entitled ruling class of wealthy and well to do. For those who had excess surplus from the labors of others, additional expenditures of government, offices, infrastructure, and girth mattered little. The individual contributor’s micro-economic impact was being considered less and less. Guilt and curried favor became practiced form.

INCOME – OUTGO = QUALITY OF LIFE – [LOSS OF MORE SOVEREIGNTY]

Through economic sanction and loss of hearing by governmental representatives, the individual micro-economic contributor gave away more individual sovereignty while the economic largess of bigger and bigger business created fiefal relationships and near liege-lord relationships that ensured funding for office or the office itself IF the individual would swear fealty to the economic powers.

The medio-economic powers then dictated concessions in the form of tax write offs and ‘economic inducements’ while continuing to rifle the pockets of the individual micro-economic contributor. To ensure a large influencer base and puppet constituency, the medio-economic powers influenced their representation to create a vassal state of paid influencers and sycophants. Under the guise of ‘social reforms’ additional revenue streams were placed upon individual micro-economic contributors to support an ever increasing government and dependent base of constituents who would vote into office whomever the medio-economic powers said and whomever would ensure the next hand out. Meanwhile, the individually contributing micro-economy was being pushed further and further into a heavily regulated serf state. The freedoms were enjoyed by the medio or macro-economic influencers and the sycophantic vassal constituency.

Today, government is less concerned about the individual micro-economic contributor than they are the medio/macro-economic influencer or the sycophantic vassal constituent. Large corporations and organizations continue to receive economic stimulus in the form of handouts and tax breaks. An ever growing governmental dependency adds to the macro-economic spending annually without macro/medio/micro-economic stimulus toward additional increase. Those individual micro-economic producers in the middle population are bearing the burden of government largess without voice, without recourse, without redress of government, with less and less freedom.

The correction to this spiral is a review of the government ‘books;’ how was the money spent. What is the anticipated INCOME? What is the ‘needed’ OUTGO? Cut the total spending to 1/2 of the INCOME. Budget what is needed for the government to run without handouts and largesse. Use the other 1/2 of the INCOME to pay the debt off. Go after the macro/medio-economic powers and ensure tax revenues are being collected. Work toward easing the governmental burden on the 80% population. Encourage individual micro-economic contributors to grow their impact. It has been the individual micro-economic contributor that creates the biggest surplus impact to the economy.

©2009 Dave Doc Rogers

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