19 June 2013

National Security Surveillance

It has created a perfect opportunity for terrorists to frustrate national security, and harass and incriminate law biding American citizens and businesses by simply calling thousands of random US phone numbers or repeatedly calling deliberate terror or extortion targets.

Or they could send incriminating email, texts, or tweets to American addressees readily accessible via the internet.

This simple effort could cast false aspersions on ten of thousands of US businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals.

And tie up billions of dollars worth of scarce security assets on false and unwarranted security concerns. 

Terrorists can initiate communications with anyone implicating them by just attempting to contact them.  No other actions would be needed to attract additional scrutiny from NSA, TSA, FBI and others.

This whole thing is hideously foolish and wasteful. 

Why provide them another way to terrorize us and complicate our daily lives, change our lifestyles, and waste even more of our money?

If we wanted to make it easy for them, we could just give them boxes of matches and suggest they light the entire inland west (forests, farms, National Parks and homes) on fire; it would be much cheaper.

Perhaps anti-foreign terrorism isn’t NSA’s only objective.  If it’s domestic-terrorism, then it’s even easier and more hideous to produce false suspicions. 

If it’s population control and government tyranny to quell resistance to unpopular social and economic changes, then they are on the right course for a socialist/communist takeover.

Either way it’s unwise and unwelcome, and another dangerous confiscation of our freedoms.  



Syria, Our National Interest?

What is our national interest in the civil unrest in Syria

I don’t think we have an important national interest in Syria.

Maybe it’s arms sales.  Maybe it’s keeping more disgruntled Syrians alive.  Maybe it’s an opposition to potential peace in the region.  Maybe we have a huge vested interest in Muslim coalitions reeking havoc in lesser developed places.  Maybe it’s thwarting Russian, French, Iranian and Palestinian alliances in the region.

What do we gain by contributing to prolonging a civil conflict in which millions may die before its halted insuring hundreds maybe thousands of years more of regional unrest? 

Maybe that’s it; the lost Syrian and coalition resources and millions of dead Muslims without any loss of American lives.

I honestly can’t find a single plausible reason for US involvement.

I think it was Napoleon, who said; “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake”.

I think our most important national interest maybe to let them kill each other, and let our old enemies fund the whole thing with their resources.

Either way we could watch it for free.  And fewer and less capable Syrians would be no great loss to the world’s future.

18 June 2013

Border Land Security Solution


If you want to secure our national land boundaries; here’s an idea that will work well.  A different solution will be needed for oceans and inland lakes.

Allow citizen homesteaders (with first choice to military combat veterans) willing to live on the land and construct a secure dwelling and a thirty foot high watchtower; and be willing to provide 24 hour a day armed surveillance; 640 acre plots (1 square mile) adjoining each other all along the north and south boundaries.  Deputize them and provide basic training and security equipment, radios, guns, ammunition, special vehicles and fuel.  Citizen landowner Border Agents patrolling their own lands linked to the Border Patrol with modern communications like; satellite phones, internet video and email.

Several advantages seem obvious to me;

1. The government gets rid of responsibility for millions of acres of mostly useless land currently costing taxpayers millions of dollars being managed poorly by the Bureau of Land Management and others.

2.  We get hundreds of thousands of live-in full time citizen-landowner Border Deputies that know their property lines and actually care who trespasses on their lands.

3.  The investment is minimal.  The result is enormous efficiency and sealed borders with 99.5% of foreign intruders being excluded.

4.  Use the savings to build Border Patrol Deportations Encampments every 100 miles manned full-time by detachments of Border Patrol Officers.

5.  Immediately deport all apprehended intruders to their embassy or their country of origin, whichever is less expensive for us.  

6.  Where the boundary is in water grant them 10 acres along the US shoreline each adjoining their neighbor.  If the land is owned already, deputize the owner or an occupant the will live there and provide full-time surveillance and communication.

7. Prosecute landowner or occupant criminals who bribe, extort, or participate in smuggling of any kind.

8. Make good guns and abundant ammo available; they will be fighting for their lives often.

The border lands are mostly useless for anything else; but, brave citizen landowners given nearly free lands will do what’s necessary to secure it. 

Within a couple of years I predict foreign intrusion attempts will dwindle to a mire trickle.  In 5 years successful intrusions will be unheard of and unsuccessful ones a rare event.

It’s the peoples land.  Exchange it for an active meaningful defense.  Let citizen landowners defend the land, themselves and our boundaries.

It’s a fair trade.



11 June 2013

Replace Our Obsolete Tax Code

Reproduced without Herman Cain's permission, exactly how I found it; but hopefully with his blessing.  In his final statement I wish he had written, "Take our government FORWARD!  No one favoring improvements should ever mention the words BACK or TAKE BACK anything.  Years of neuro-linguistic programming has manipulated the under-informed to believe GOING BACKWARD to anything is bad and racists.  Please take us forward to better government and TAX JUSTICE. 

Our new tax code: Pick One!.
Published by: Herman Cain 

FairTax, New Flat Tax or 9-9-9
It is way past time to stop talking about replacing the tax code, and to start talking about what to replace it with. The political class has not gotten past the word "reform" yet, but we the working class can't wait for them to see the light. We must make them feel the heat and they will see the light.

The good news is that there are three great options for replacing our complex, unfair and outdated century-old tax code. The bad news is that the political class uses this as an excuse to not do anything, so they can continue to use the current system to award favors to their political friends at the expense of us, the workers and the taxpayers.

This is why we must unite behind one solution. That way, instead of Big Brother shoving something else down our throats, we the people the working class will shove a solution up their . . . well, you know what I mean.

Replacing the tax code is one of the most critical changes this nation can make in order to super-charge our economy, put power back in the hands of the people, eliminate a $400 billion-a-year compliance cost on us, and eliminate the corruption and intimidation of the IRS.

Only a fool or a power hungry bureaucrat would want to keep the complex, unfair 74,000-page tax code we have today. It is modern day slavery, and we must free ourselves, because the political class has shown for decades that it will not do it for us.

The escape plan for tax code freedom is to first unite behind one of the great plans which have already been developed. Then, create a massive national movement to make this plan the law of the land. And then, voters must demand that candidates running for the White House or Congress commit to the plan before they get our votes, and before they get elected.

Here is a brief description of each great plan: The Fair Tax, the Flat Tax, and the 9-9-9 Plan.

FAIR TAX

The FairTax is a revenue-neutral, single-rate, federal retail sales tax collected only once, at the final point of purchase of new goods and services for personal consumption. Used items are not taxed. It includes:
- A 23 percent (of the tax-inclusive sales price) sales tax imposed on all retail sales for personal consumption of new goods and services.
- While permitting no exemptions, the FairTax provides a monthly universal prebate to ensure that each family unit can consume tax-free at or beyond the poverty level, with the overall effect of making the FairTax progressive in application. As a result, a person spending at the poverty level has a 0 percent effective tax rate, whereas someone spending at twice the poverty level has an effective tax rate of 11.5 percent, and so on.


NEW FLAT TAX

The Heritage Foundation's New Flat Tax (NFT), part of Saving the American Dream, replaces today's complex tax system with one that is simple and fair.  The New Flat Tax is simple, revenue-neutral, and will allow America to achieve its full economic potential. Among the details:
- Currently, in addition to the income tax, the federal government imposes a payroll tax, death tax, and a slew of excises. The New Flat Tax replaces them all for individuals, families, and businesses with one tax system with one tax rate of roughly 28 percent.
- Two Tax Credits: The New Flat Tax retains the Earned Income Credit to preserve the level of income support for low-wage workers. And low- and middle-income families also receive a tax credit of $3,000 ($2,500 for singles) toward the purchase of health insurance.
- Three Deductions: The only remaining deductions are for higher education, gifts and charitable contributions, and an optional home mortgage interest deduction.
In 1996 Steve Forbes supported a flat tax of 17 percent on all personal and corporate earned income (unearned income such as capital gains, pensions, inheritance, and savings would be exempt.) He supported keeping the first $33,000 of income exempt.

9-9-9                  

The revenue neutral 9-9-9 plan would replace all current taxes, including the payroll tax, capital gains tax, and the estate tax and taxes on repatriated profits. The plan would establish the following:
- A 9% corporate flat tax. Businesses would deduct purchases from other businesses and all capital investment. The resulting gross income is taxed at 9 percent.
- A 9% personal flat tax. Individuals would deduct charitable contributions, then pay 9 percent on the rest of their income. Capital gains are excluded.
- A 9% national sales tax. This levy would be placed on the consumption of all new goods. Used goods purchased would be excluded.
Details of each can be found in various sources on the Internet, books and articles. These descriptions give you the key features of each. I will be asking you and your friends to vote for ONE in the coming weeks. Based on the results we will create a compelling movement.

The political class has divided and abused us for decades with the current tax system. United, we can take our government back.