What Has Government Done to Our Money?

TRIGGER: https://mises.org/library/what-has-government-done-our-money

The US dollar has nothing backing it except the full weight and might of State coercion and violence. Look beyond the coercion and violence, and all you see are the printing presses on worthless paper.

What a strange illusion we all live in today that rests solely on the restraint of the State from printing itself out of existence.

At some point there has to be a reckoning in which fiat currencies collectively collapse, and hopefully we go back to the gold standard? Or even better, allow “money” to be commoditized on the free market to prevent abuse inherent in monopolized currencies.

Sometimes ignorance is bliss. . .

US Economics IS Foreign Policy

TRIGGER: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-oil-iran-exclusive-idUSKCN0VE21S

It really is in the “national interest” for the US to maintain, through costly wars and killing of innocents, the USD hegemony in oil sales as established by the petrodollar thanks to Nixon/Kissinger when the last vestiges of the gold standard were dismantled.

What happens when the rest of the Middle East finally gets sick of the petrodollar? What happens when Saudi Arabia collapses in its US supported dictatorship? What is the true value of the USD when printing trillions ofdollars is standard policy (AKA Quantitative Easing) and national debt doubles during the reign of a single President (both Bush and Obama)?

Yes, the military-industrial complex has blame in this, but the greater blame is the insatiable ignorance of the US electorate and the “greed” of its “entitlement” class to push politicians to greater depths of debt. Politicians ultimately are followers, and the “true leaders” are the ignorant masses. To feed and placate the masses on government handouts requires the US to be in perpetual war.

If you allow the rest of the world to freely choose which currency is strongest, without the use of coercion or threat of violence via the US military, the politicians/beuracrats know better than the electorate that the USD will collapse.

The Welfare Economy = Military State = State-Sponsored Terrorism

US is Next for Quantitative Easing

TRIGGER: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2016/01/28/japan-negative-interest/79499096/ 

It’s inevitable that the US will follow suit with Negative interest rates. The crazy thing is that those in power have a GOAL to make things more and more expensive for average Americans (AKA 2% annual inflation). Cell phones and other tech have been dropping in price like crazy (a good thing when you want a $5 cell phone!), but when it comes to food, rent, healthcare, and basic survival needs, decreasing prices in that is “bad.”

For the US, I predict more rounds of QE to artificially prop the economy, and if need be, NIRP. If the Fed allows the economy to tank, then the Republicans will take the Presidency.

“Clean Capitalism” in Asian Immigrant Small Business Owners

A white male asked this question in Common Sense with Dan Carlin:

“In this world you want to create [in relation to Libertarian ideology], what would happen if you were born into a poor family. There is no free education, no subsidized healthcare, just what your family could afford. How much of your livelihood, your future, depends on the education and healthcare you receive before you can make decisions for yourself? In a post-modern, information age, how much will your labor be worth? Will you be able to support yourself in the future, could you support your own family? Would your children be destined to start at the same point you had?”

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Here was my response:

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AM I THE ONLY NON-WHITE PERSON IN THIS GROUP? This is NOT a hypothetical, but what goes on TODAY.

I’ll give you some homework. Go to the dry cleaner’s, nail salon, Teriyaki store, or Asian immigrant owned business and get to know the business owner. Talk to them about their life story, how much money they had when they immigrated to America, what life was like in their home country. Listen to how much they’ve suffered, and risked. Listen to how many hours they work. Listen to how much government “hand outs” they’ve received over the course of their life (oh wait, they weren’t raised here, so they didn’t get much).

And then after you hear all that, lecture them about how they’re “exploiting” their workers and that they are horrible people for not paying their employees a “living wage.” Then lecture them about how they should be paying maternity leave. And lecture them about how their GREED is destroying people’s lives.

Lecture these immigrant entrepreneurs on how they’re responsible for the income inequality for blacks and women. In fact, go to the inner-city, and find these Korean liquor store owners and tell them they need to pay reparations. Explain to them how impossible their poverty is, and they shouldn’t even try to better their circumstance because they didn’t get the proper “education” and proper government “entitlements.”

Because many of these laws and regulations are intended to “balance the scales” for past / current perceived “injustices” that go on between the BLACK/WHITE narrative. WHITE GUILT. Get over it.

Asian entrepreneurs are proving false the typical “I’m the victim. I’m too poor” narrative. Get over yourselves, and stop punishing Asian entrepreneurs for the sins of the White man. Get to know the Asian entrepreneurs in your neighborhoods and open your eyes toward upward, economic mobility that doesn’t require Government hand-outs.

Then, you will understand how more government regulations actually hurt opportunity, not for the hypothetical, but for the tangible, Asian immigrants living life next door to you right now.

Senator Paul Reveals Who Killed Audit the Fed Bill

On a vote along party lines, only two Democrats voted to Audit the Fed. Bernie Sanders was one of them. Despicable.

Democrats in bed with Wall Street bailouts. That’s right. The Democrats don’t want “meddling” from Congress by an organization CREATED by Congress.

“If we allow oversight of the Fed, it could become more difficult to funnel trillions to failed bankers.” – @RudyHavenstein

On the other hand, it is surprising that all Republicans, minus one, voted in favor of the bill. We’re getting closer to revealing all the shadiness that goes on in the Federal Reserve.

Who Should Certify Competence?

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/12/gary-north/didnt-get-hired/

“When I go looking for someone to run some aspect of one of my businesses, I never ask him about his academic attainments. I want to know his performance on the job.”

Except in environments run by dillusional beuracracy out of touch with reality, results are the prime proof of competence. I was never formally educated to run real estate and hotels (ie. College degree). It has not stopped me from destroying my competition and running an efficient operation.

I shake my head inside when I meet students studying to receive a degree in Hospitality Management. They’re better off saving their money and working in the industry gaining real world experience with a driving ambition toward management. No smart business person would give a management position to a fresh graduate without any real world experience. How brainwashed have students become to believe their college degree somehow guarantees them a job?

Yet in the military world, a fresh officer out of the Academy, “pulling rank” as a fresh “butter bar” has more lehal authority than a seasoned 20 year veteran. Ignorant 21 year olds somehow out rank 80% of the veterans in the force and have the legal authority to condemn the lives of their subordinates in their inexperience simply because of a “commission.”

This, along with numerous other nonsensical “traditions,” permeate our armed forces and government beuracracies. Due to State monopolies, these archaic and inefficient practices remain in existence with no real pressure for change. If there was real competition, these government functions would be forced to discard wasteful practices or become extinct. In the mean time, mediocrity reigns supreme in the world of government beuracracy and individuals that are the “best and brightest” get frustrated and stifled out of government work into the private sector where efficiency is valued.