Sunday, June 8, 2014

Second War of Independence, 1861-1865

"Strange, indeed, must it appear to the impartial observer, but it is none the less true that all these carefully worded clauses proved unavailing to prevent the rise and growth in the Northern States of a political school which has persistently claimed that the government thus formed was not a compact between States, but was in effect a national government, set up above and over the States. An organization created by the States to secure the blessings of liberty and independence against foreign aggression, has been gradually perverted into a machine for their control in their domestic affairs. The creature has been exalted above its creators; the principals have been made subordinate to the agent appointed by themselves. The people of the Southern States, whose almost exclusive occupation was agriculture, early perceived a tendency in the Northern States to render the common government subservient to their own purposes by imposing burdens on commerce as a protection to their manufacturing and shipping interests. Long and angry controversies grew out of these attempts, often successful, to benefit one section of the country at the expense of the other. And the danger of disruption arising from this cause was enhanced by the fact that the Northern population was increasing, by immigration and other causes, in a greater ratio than the population of the South. By degrees, as the Northern States gained preponderance in the National Congress, self-interest taught their people to yield ready assent to any plausible advocacy of their right as a majority to govern the minority without control. They learned to listen with impatience to the suggestion of any constitutional impediment to the exercise of their will, and so utterly have the principles of the Constitution been corrupted in the Northern mind that, in the inaugural address delivered by President Lincoln in March last, he asserts as an axiom, which he plainly deems to be undeniable, that the theory of the Constitution requires that in all cases the majority shall govern; and in another memorable instance the same Chief Magistrate did not hestitate to liken the relations between a State and the United States to those which exist between a county and the State in which it is situated and by which it was created."
---Jefferson Davis, 1861

Saturday, January 11, 2014

What Happened to Good Paying Jobs?

The US, after WWII, became a manufacturing giant. Good jobs, good pay, good benefits. Why? The USA was untouched by the war, where all industrial competitors in Europe and the Pacific lay in ruins. The US, during the 40s, 50s, and 60s, was the only country which had standing factories that could meet the demands of the world.

As we moved passed the1960's into the 1970's and beyond, something happened. Europe and Japan rebuilt their industrial base destroyed by the war. Global competition began to eat away at the US manufacturing monopoly that once supported all of the "good" union wages and benefits. US car manufacturers, who previously could mass produce inferior products and sell them all.. could no longer do so. Japan started to capture huge market share of the car industry, as increased world manufacturing put high demand on oil that in turn increased gas prices. This of course created high demand for reliable cars that used less gas. The US car industry didn't see it coming, but the Japanese did and exploited it.

Creating good paying jobs is more than just getting an education. Its developing a workforce that can build, sell, and market things people want to buy. Government cannot anticipate this, and only a free market unleashed by low tax and regulatory environments creates the incentives for millions of minds to test, develop, and market millions of products and services. Some products will win big, others will lose. However, Government intervention in this process is what holds us back. Even colleges today are struggling with the problem of training students to do jobs that don't exist yet.....and don't get me started on degrees in ethnic studies and such.

I get so frustrated by the idea there is some magic formula to create good paying jobs. However, there are three things that will work, 1. free markets, 2. free markets, and 3. free markets....and please keep Government bureaucrats who know nothing of the real world out of the job creation business. If we don't, we'll all be starving while well paid and fed Government bureaucrats continue to make promises that they're only here to help us

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Government Shutdowns

GOP Presidents of the RINO class took little leadership in reforming the Great Society. It wasn't until Newt Gingrich, working with a Democrat in the White House (under pressure), did real tangible reform come about (Welfare to Work). This was in the aftermath of a Government shutdown caused by a budget disagreement between Clinton and Gingrich. As a result of both economic growth and less social spending, the deficit disappeared. Gingrich would have won more reforms, if Bob Doyle R (Senate Majority Leader) hadn't caved first. Clinton himself was even surprised by this.

The establishment GOP tried to destroy Gingrich over the shutdown, much like their current efforts (including sycophants at American Crossroads) are trying to do to Senator Cruz and Lee over the recent shutdown. Then, as now, the GOP establishment spinelessly accused conservatives in their "own party's base. I'm sure the establishment Repubs were personally and philosophically against shutting down any part of this bulging Government…... but what is unforgivable is blatantly accusing"right wingers" as the cause and effect. I'm sure they did this to also "mitigate" blame from themselves, shielding themselves from a very biased and hostile media. So they blamed others in their own party rather than justly contesting the press narrative with solidarity and courage. The establishment leadership openly criticized their own base …. then and now. Nothing has changed.

I don't believe for one second, that a President Chris Cristie or Jeb Bush will repeal this law (Obamacare). Nor am I convinced McConnell or Boehner will resist. Oh yeah...... they'll nibble around the edges with costly, feckless reforms, but will do little else. Christie and Bush, like McCain and Romney, will predictably campaign as conservatives, but will govern like liberals. That’s not likely to happen however, as a Cristie or Bush candidacy cannot succeed. The "electability" argument has failed in two attempts to win the WH with moderate candidates.

There is also something very cynical about the establishment GOP narrative that we should have simply let "Obamacare collapse on its own", and not forcing Democrats to reform it. Yes, even if it brews up a political s**t storm, it should have been resisted at all costs. To let this collapse on its own, is really the equivalent of saying……let the unwashed masses suffer….feel the pain of this law…let small businesses go under (a lifetime of work for many).....then they'll come back to us. Pathetic leadership.

The idea that families and businesses who have been destroyed by ACA will crawl out of the ruins of their lives and gratefully wave the GOP flag (the same establishment controlled party that was gleefully watching it crush them) is certainly a huge assumption, Mr. Wills