Corporatism

in the Gulf of Mexico?

WARNING: Pure speculation ahead…

Problem: News outlets are reporting heavily on a bi-partisan letter from representatives Gene Green (D-TX) and Charles Boustany (R-LA) calling for an end to the defacto drilling moratoium in the gulf and co-signed by 37 Democrats & Republicans.

Solution: Blow up another oil rig.

Purely coincidental, I’m sure.

How long has it been since an accident on any oil rig large enough to make headlines? Besides the BP Deepwater Horizon, I can think of none in recent memory. Now we have two catastrophic explosions in the time-frame of a few months, one of which occurred one year after receiving a safety award from the Obama regime and being included in the top three for a Pollution Prevention Award from the Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service scheduled to be awarded a month or so after the explosion…

and the lords of irony smiled.

Is this the beginning of a new truther movement?

If it is true, all I can say is, thank God we have a man of action in the Oval Orifice who knows how to identify an enemy and take decisive action against it.

If only he could identify the right enemy.

Can this go on?

Here’s one cause.

And another.

And another.

It’s been brewing for a while.

And someone thinks it’s funny.

We’re not laughing.

There has to be more than 25. Although, to the author’s credit, he did admit there are probably more.

Hat Tip: Flying War Pigs and Amusing Bunni.

You say that chart only portrays about one-third of the ObamaCare monstrosity?

That’s not an elephant in the living room, it’s the whole effing  herd!

Thanks Walking Horse, for another enlightening assessment.

One doesn’t need to look far when searching for tangible results of Democrat social policy. As a matter of fact, you need only look to Detroit for a prime example of liberal social engineering and the destructive effect it has on a city. Once a thriving economy, Detroit has sadly become the poster child for “What Not to Do” when it comes to government, as Steve from Motor City Times tells us in this collection of posts documenting the once vibrant manufacturing center’s destruction by a government under 50 years of Liberal Democrat control.

Let’s not let this happen to America as a whole. Let’s learn the lessons of Detroit.

  1. The Liberal Art Community is Fascinated
  2. Video: Requiem For Detroit
  3. People Leaving Detroit
  4. After 50 Years of Democrat Leadership Detroit Needs a Task Force to Construct a Grocery Store
  5. Detroit is Murder City…Again
  6. Video: Detroit from the Air Looks Like A War Zone
  7. The Liberal Economy in Detroit
  8. Silver Bullet Solutions Rather Than Focus On Fundamentals
  9. Silver Bullet Solutions Rather Than Focus On Fundamentals part 2
  10. Life After People in Detroit

This list will also be duplicated on the Prime page as a reference.

Yes! It can be done.

If you’re like me, you have an interest in economics, but all the economic jargon thrown around gets a little confusing. With all of the news these days about the Wall Street takeovers, bank and insurance company bailouts, plus Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac doing whatever it is they weren’t supposed to, it helps to have the reference tools available to make sense of all that information.

That’s why I’m glad to know Mike, The Classic Liberal. He’s got  a B.A. in Finance and has professional experience as a stockbroker, entrepreneur, and bank officer. He also has a solid background in Austrian economics.

The CL has put together a small collection of posts that explain these seemingly complex issues in a way that’s easy for even a Mind-Numbed Robot to understand and for that, I’m thankful.

  1. What is Money (Currency)?
  2. Money (Currency) Inflation Explained
  3. Money, Inflation, and the Federal Reserve
  4. Inflation Illustrated
  5. Federal Reserve Bank: Counterfeiting Machine
  6. Fractional Reserve Banking: Money Out of Thin Air
  7. Possibility of Money Inflation in America
  8. The Very Real Threat of Currency Inflation
  9. Gold and Central Banks
  10. History of the Federal Reserve Bank

These links will be duplicated on the “Prime” page, but I first wanted to give you a heads up here on the front page.

Be sure to stop by Mikes place take a look around. There’s lots more where this came from.

Over the past eleven months, a recurring theme of mine has been to ruminate on the perils of big government and what we can do to combat the over reaching arm of federal encroachments on our liberty and freedom. Since some of you are new to the blog, and since I transferred quite a few of those essays from the old site yesterday, I thought I would take the opportunity to point you to the “Prime” tab which will hold links to those essays for your reference.

As an introduction, in reverse order of appearance, here are ten essays on

The Perils of Big Government


Note also that within the “Prime” tab are what I consider to be some of the best writing by other bloggers I’ve run across in my travels. I don’t always have time or think of bookmarking a post so the list is a bit short for now. Most of my time online lately is focused on defeating the Godzilla of a government we’ve been growing, so if your wondrous work is absent, please take no offense at the omission, it may be that I simply haven’t read that particular work or wasn’t in a situation where I was able to make a note. Either way, the fault I’m sure, lies with me.

In addition to the random readings titled “From Other Blogs,” my friends at The Resistance have been very busy assembling valuable information for us to use and peruse. Those links will be posted on “Prime” also as they come available. I will try to make a note of when I make an addition to the “Prime” tab here on the front page but do check out that page from time to time as I may have forgotten to make note. They don’t call me “Mind-Numbed” for nothing.

Steve over at Motor City Times has a new post that hit on something I’ve been pondering for quite a while. If most people can agree that big corporations and big unions are wielding too much clout with our politicians, then why in the world do we keep feeding the monster? Shut off the freaking food supply!

Corporations and unions should be cut out of campaign contributions altogether! Campaigns should be funded by contributions from the US Citizen only. And don’t give me any of that “it’s too expensive to run a campaign” garbage. The politicians made the rules. They can revise them so that it is less conducive to corruption.

I know, now I’m going to hear what a naive and unrealistic proposition that is. Fine. I’m naive. I’ll have you know that that is one of my most endearing qualities. Naive is one of the best things you can be sometimes. It helps the creative process to look at something with a childlike curiosity and wonder.

What I’m wondering right now is why we keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That, according to Einstein if I remember correctly, is the definition of insanity.

Next subject.

I’ve seen an idea I floated a while back gaining some traction of late. This is encouraging. The idea is to REPEAL THE SEVENTEENTH AMENDMENT. Hear! Hear!

Wait, let me go check when it was I wrote about it… I’m back. It was March, at the other blog, in a post titled Aristocracy and Oligarchy – How We Got Here. In the comments of that post, The CL and Smitty proposed the excellent ideas of also repealing the Sixteenth and The Federal Reserve Act. Now you’re talkin’ some change I can believe in!

Now, these two proposals are admittedly lofty ideals and for sure not doable in the immediate future, and as Gene Healy points out, the 17th repeal in and of itself would be of minimal use without further regressive action. Regression is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to removing power from a Federal government that has grown beyond its constitutionally limited bounds.

We may not be able to affect that change at the moment, but I believe it is a needed discussion for when we once again have conservatives in the wheelhouse of our ship of state.

UPDATE II: And the author is… Ron Paul, who was named within a nano-second by The CL of The Classic Liberal, who’s comment languished in “pending” mode until now. Sorry CL, I know that was painful, but I didn’t want to cloud the issue with any facts, besides, once you see it, it’s obvious. Thanks for being a good sport.

Congressman Paul was quoted from his April 27, 2010 article entitled Socialism vs. Corporatism as published on the Campaign for Liberty Website, and many others I’m sure.

The CL’s quick response leads me to think that he may be a subscriber to the Robot’s postings. What a great idea! Those interested can subscribe by entering their email at the box in the upper right column. I promise, your info is safe with me.

There were some good guesses by all, and one other correct answer by someone who’s handle I can only describe as a stock number, 1911A1, who BTW would have received a link back if they had provided a web address.

Thanks to all the participants!

Chris Wysocki, Jeffrey Ellis, Courtney, Red, Reaganite Republican,  and JB.

Thanks also to Motor City Times for linking to the post!

I’ll try to make the next one a little more challenging.

UPDATE I: The identity of our writer was nailed by a blogger friend within the first hour of this post. I hid his comment so it wouldn’t influence any true guesses, and because I had a strong suspicion that this particular blogger absolutely knew the name of the author. I would reveal the name of said blogger but I fear even that bit of info would be a huge clue to our writer’s identity. *gasp* Censorship!

There have been some good attempts, and some comments by newcomers to the site claiming to know the answer. (Welcome and thanks for stopping in!)

Today I’m lifting the moratorium so, if you know who it is, then speak up. I’ll be revealing the name of our essayist in the morning along with the blogger’s name who chimed in so, if you think you know the answer, today’s the day to prove it.

Thanks for playing!

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Alright, you brainiacks, let’s play a game called  “Name the Naked Author”

Here’s the set-up:

I’ll post an article,and you guess who wrote it. Simple,  but we’re on the honor system here. No search engines. You must guess. No clues to start with, and another thing, if you know the answer, give it a day or a few, please, ’twill be more fun with true guesses, me-thinks. And this works for me too, cause I get to try to stump your happy, intelligent, asses. Mwaahahahahahaha… ha ha   ha      ha        ha         *cough*            ahem

Here ’tis…

Lately many have characterized this administration as socialist, or having strong socialist leanings.  I differ with this characterization.  This is not to say Mr. Obama believes in free-markets by any means.  On the contrary, he has done and said much that demonstrates his fundamental misunderstanding and hostility towards the truly free market.  But a closer, honest examination of his policies and actions in office reveals that, much like the previous administration, he is very much a corporatist.  This in many ways can be more insidious and worse than being an outright socialist.

Socialism is a system where the government directly owns and manages businesses. Corporatism is a system where businesses are nominally in private hands, but are in fact controlled by the government.  In a corporatist state, government officials often act in collusion with their favored business interests to design polices that give those interests a monopoly position, to the detriment of both competitors and consumers.

A careful examination of the policies pursued by the Obama administration and his allies in Congress shows that their agenda is corporatist.  For example, the health care bill that recently passed does not establish a Canadian-style government-run single payer health care system. Instead, it relies on mandates forcing every American to purchase private health insurance or pay a fine.  It also includes subsidies for low-income Americans and government-run health care “exchanges”.  Contrary to the claims of the proponents of the health care bill, large insurance and pharmaceutical companies were enthusiastic supporters of many provisions of this legislation because they knew in the end their bottom lines would be enriched by Obamacare.

Similarly, Obama’s “cap-and-trade” legislation provides subsidies and specials privileges to large businesses that engage in “carbon trading.”  This is why large corporations, such as General Electric support cap-and-trade.

To call the President a corporatist is not to soft-pedal criticism of his administration.  It is merely a more accurate description of the President’s agenda.

When he is a called a socialist, the President and his defenders can easily deflect that charge by pointing out that the historical meaning of socialism is government ownership of industry; under the President’s policies, industry remains in nominally private hands.  Using the more accurate term – corporatism – forces the President to defend his policies that increase government control of private industries and expand de facto subsidies to big businesses. This also promotes the understanding that though the current system may not be pure socialism, neither is it free-market since government controls the private sector through taxes, regulations, and subsidies, and has done so for decades.

Using precise terms can prevent future statists from successfully blaming the inevitable failure of their programs on the remnants of the free market that are still allowed to exist.  We must not allow the disastrous results of corporatism to be ascribed incorrectly to free market capitalism or used as a justification for more government expansion.  Most importantly, we must learn what freedom really is and educate others on how infringements on our economic liberties caused our economic woes in the first place.  Government is the problem; it cannot be the solution.

Speculate in the comments…

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