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A Shocking Number

Is Alaska a good place for free markets and free people?  Maybe the most telling statistic on this score indicates Alaska is on the opposite end of the scale.

The Tax Foundation, established in the heart of the last Great Depression, reports that in 2009 the number of state and local government employees in Alaska stood at 766 per 10,000 residents.  This placed Alaska second among the fifty states, trailing only Wyoming at 918, another supposed place of rugged individualism.  Kansas is third at 677, far fewer than Alaska.  Arizona gets by with 473.  Bankrupt California employs only 505 government employees for 10,000 residents.  Alaska is about 40% over the national average of 546.  http://www.taxfoundation.org/research/show/25202.html

How does the Final Frontier become a hub of State collectivism?  Most Alaskans are opposed to big government.

To make reality in Alaska come somewhat closer to its beliefs a shift from draining natural resources for State revenue needs to occur.  People need to feel the excessive spending by the State today instead of having their savings account always raided.  Those savings are essential to Alaska’s future in a dangerous world. 

Other Shocking Numbers

In building the greatest mountain of debt in human history, the United States Treasury Department has issued $4.7 trillion in new federal bond debt over the past four years.

But the federal deficit over that time has “only” come to $4.2 trillion. 

Those knowledgeable in the field of sovereign assets cannot account for why this extra money was borrowed or where it has gone.  Is $500,000,000 being sent to bail out the rest of the world?  Is it going into private retirement accounts overseas?  Are the crazy rumors of building underground cities for the elite actually true?

This coincides recently with the Treasury spending the remaining cash held by the Federal Reserve, long considered the only remaining source of United States government liquidity (real money).

The ponzi operators in Washington, D.C. and their closest backers may be hedging their careers with public life by taking the cash now.  This is a time-honored practice among banana republics, like ours at this low point in American history.

 Justice for Some

Representative Joseph Barton, congressman for a working class district near Dallas, Texas, energized the main stream media for a week or so by apologizing to BP chairman Tony Hayward for President Obama’s support for an independent fund to resolve claims from the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.  Representative Barton felt strongly that BP had been “railroaded” by a tyrannical government “shakedown” into establishing a “slush fund”. 

What was left out of the news coverage though was Representative Barton’s selective belief in property rights.  When it comes to forfeiture laws, laws that are applied to the average person, Congressman Barton could not be a stronger supporter of government taking property away from citizens without a criminal charge being pursued or even any persuasive evidence of wrongdoing.  This policy of forfeiture is, of course, a longtime tenant of the Republicrat Party as it was in the age of serfs.

Big money makes all of the difference when it comes to the scope of justice from Congress.  Many members have difficulty restraining their fealty to their Masters.

Important Business

The cable news channels were riveted by the story.

Would the Congress, for the first time ever while a downturn is underway, refuse to extend unemployment benefits beyond the customary six months?  The two parts of the Republicrats took principled stands.

Republicans bellowed that such spending, $34b, must be paid for from tax revenues, not with legal counterfeit invented by the magic money machine of the Federal Reserve.  We Republicans will deny the majority in the Senate by voting No forever in complete lockstep on this fundamental question.

Democrats held there is no greater need possible in our distressed country than to continue to pay the needy idle with taxpayer money.  Further, because this period of economic recovery is actually such an emergency it turns out, the nation need not bother with paying this bill with real money.  Also, why would Republicans spend the magic money anytime they wish to and then deny it to the unemployed?  How would Republicans pay for this $34b in spending cuts and tax increases?  How about that one!

Easy, say the Republicans on the question of “paying as we go”.  No spending cuts or tax increases are needed, of course.  President Obama still has a hundred billion or two of magic money left in the biggest slush fund ever, TARP.   This spare magic money should be used to continue to pay people not to work, something we favor, after all.  

Further, emergency spending by Congress is for things like the wars we needlessly started in Iraq and Afghanistan or for giving Wall Street every dollar it asks for.  That is what our conservative nation is built on: Bless those doing God’s work in the financial sector and our nation’s stout leaders in Washington and especially those brave soldiers losing their lives defending our shores in Iraq and Afghanistan while paving the way for enriching many of our nation’s largest companies. 

The titanic struggle spread over six floor votes in the Senate, each one teasing the 60-vote majority needed to overcome the Republican filibuster.  Television stoked the drama with images of the desperate unemployed wholly reliant on the morality of a broken Congress to survive.

In the end, justice in its 20th Century form prevailed.  The helpless were paid in full with back benefits, all in magic money, by a 60-40 Senate vote.  That same week $68b in temporary war funding in Afghanistan was also passed by Congress, also paid in full with magic money as endorsed by both parties.

A truly heroic tale!

A Terrible Event in an Extreme Age

If one accepts the television and ink news, the Gulf of Mexico BP oil disaster is finally ending.

Yet, the Obama/BP team dithers away for weeks with completing the relief well.   The fear is revealing the well can never be sealed permanently from the bottom or the top.  The internal integrity of the well is gone on both ends and probably in other places in between.  The oil and methane flow is mostly filling the crevices between the well bore and the seafloor, for now.   See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-l-cavnar/questions-bp-needs-to-ans_b_675303.html

Along with Obama/BP, the newspaper and cable media decline to reveal that BP's own robots, in blurred video mode, show oil and methane leaks already from the seafloor for miles around the well and even from the supposedly permanent top cap that was placed on the well in July, a catastrophic decision by the responsible conspirators.  There is also the classified data from the recent mission of the NOAA submarine Thomas Jefferson the public is entitled to know.  Are there really oil plumes tens of miles long throughout the Gulf as estimated by independent scientists at universities in Georgia and Florida?  See http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2010/08/27/22-mile-river-oil-bp-originates-biloxi-dome-5-7-miles-southwest-bp-3682/

Why are government records related to an environmental disaster largely classified?     
 
Those knowledgeable of the likely ultimate effect of the runaway well, also know the Obama administration is over as a viable force in politics once the seafloor leaks really get going and the public finally learns the terrible truth.   BP and many in the oil industry know the career felon will eventually disappear in bankruptcy and default.   The Atlantic Ocean will be bereft of all life much sooner than presently believed.

Will it be weeks or months or much longer?  How long will it take to discover the truth once the conspirators slime away from the well-head leaving the human world blind to the growing catastrophe?  With the robots' video and seafloor seismic testing gone, the Obama/BP plan is to leave the world facing the worst consequences possible, just hopefully not before the next election and the election after that.

The Mayan empire in South America, with possibly the best calendar ever, predicted the end of the human world to occur on December 26, 2012.   The rest of the biosphere undoubtedly cannot wait for that event.