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Government should always be minimized


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2023 Jul 18, 5:56am   8,732 views  167 comments

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https://boriquagato.substack.com/p/setting-the-stage-for-your-own-execution


i’m such a fan of “coyote’s law” coined by longtime gatopal™ warren meyer of coyoteblog fame.

i shall paraphrase:

“before granting any new power or prerogative to the state, first imagine that power wielded by the politician you hate most, because one day it will be.”


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111   BeneTiberCato   2024 Feb 29, 9:21pm  

Patrick says





Boss Tweed of Tammany Hall?
114   Patrick   2024 Mar 2, 7:38pm  

https://barsoom.substack.com/p/political-conflict-in-the-age-of


The Regime is parasitic, not symbiotic, on its host society. It is purely extractive, providing nothing of value, existing solely for itself. It is composed of people who are not brave, or honourable, or intelligent, or competent, or benevolent, or possessed of any of the virtues with which a ruling class is expected to be blessed. As such it is a curse upon humanity, and deep down it knows this. It understands perfectly well that everyone would be much better off if it simply shuffled away into the unlamented oblivion of history. It doesn’t care, mind you, because it sees people as livestock of no moral importance. But it’s self-aware about this disconnect between its interests, and those of the human species at large.

Which is why it must lie, about everything. It must make the society it dominates into a garden of lies: lies about race, about sex, about ‘gender’, about nutrition, about medicine, about history, about elections, about the causes and outcomes of wars, about the climate, about the very nature of existence.

Maintaining that artificial world picture against the immense pressure of reality imposes a heavy cost. The Regime’s vast apparatus of indoctrination centres, propaganda organs, and social media operations is absolutely necessary if the edifice is to remain intact. It requires great and ceaseless effort, immense ingenuity, and vast expense.

Despite all of this, it is repeatedly defeated by guerrillas hiding behind anime girl pfps, armed with nothing more than memes, spite, and the truth – the truth about race, about sex, about ‘gender’, about nutrition, about medicine, about history, about elections, about the causes and outcomes of wars, about the climate, about the very nature of existence.

They can only win by controlling the culture, by tilting the playing field steeply in their favour; we, on the other hand, need impose nothing. We need only loosen the controls, and allow water to find its own level.
126   Patrick   2024 Mar 15, 4:24pm  

https://brownstone.org/articles/how-did-american-capitalism-mutate-into-american-corporatism/


How Did American Capitalism Mutate Into American Corporatism?

Here we sit a quarter-century later with documented evidence that the opposite happened. The private sector collects the data that the government buys and uses as a tool of control. What is shared and how many people see it is a matter of algorithms agreed upon by a combination of government agencies, university centers, various nonprofits, and the companies themselves. The whole thing has become an oppressive blob.
127   AD   2024 Mar 15, 11:08pm  

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You can't just cut off someone who is fat from sugar. You go to ween them off slowly to an acceptable level of intake.

The same goes with the federal government and California state government, as it takes weening off

Cut spending increases to 1% below annual inflation for the first year, and then 2% the second year, and 2.5% the third year.

Evaluate how well that help with reducing the deficit and debt to GDP ratio and make adjustments for the fourth year.

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128   Misc   2024 Mar 15, 11:24pm  

Tough to ween them off when they have mandatory spending increases greater than the rate of inflation.

On top of that government spending must increase if there is a recession (the government has never put one of these into any economic forecast they have ever made).

Government spending is now 37% of GDP. Drop government spending without a pickup in private sector spending (unlikely unless the private sector credit expansion is even higher than it is today), and blamo instant recession.

The way our economic system is created, there must be an ever expanding amount of cash and/or credit. If not the system cannibalizes itself.
129   Misc   2024 Mar 15, 11:50pm  

The big problem is all those goof-balls trying to save money. The savings rate in this country is about 4.1%. Then people want to earn a rate of return greater than inflation (it's running about 3%). Say they wanna earn 2% over the rate of inflation so today that would be about 5%. Now this savings and earnings on savings has been going around for quite a few decades by now. Suddenly it is 2024 and US household assets are about $188 trillion. So, 5% of that would be about $9.5 trillion. The country's GDP is only about $28 trillion. So, the magic money Faries have to come up with an increase of about 37.5% of GDP with only 4% of that being savings.

People today are living in such a state of mind bending unreality it is unfathomable.

People should really view the statements from their financial institutions with the same disdain as any other Wall Street propaganda.
130   AD   2024 Mar 16, 1:00am  

Misc says

mandatory spending increases greater than the rate of inflation


I copied below from CBO. So maybe cut the half of mandatory spending and not Social Security and Medicare.

How about cut back on student loans for starters ?

Maybe reducing disability pay for veterans by a 3% across the board for a one time cut, and then increase it at 1% below inflation for 4 consecutive years.

I wonder how the current state of immigration due to Biden policies is impacting mandatory spending such as major health programs.

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Mandatory outlays by the federal government totaled $4.1 trillion in 2022; nearly half was for Social Security and Medicare. The largest increases over the past 20 years have been for the major health care programs and student loans.
144   Patrick   2024 Mar 30, 11:27am  

https://www.coffeeandcovid.com/p/jock-itch-saturday-march-31-2024


Would you agree with an employment law requiring the federal government to hire only the best qualified, cheapest person who applies for any particular federal job? In other words, it would become illegal to use any other criteria for hiring, apart from merit and cost. Maybe the law could even be broader than that. Maybe it could require the government to regularly re-advertise every position, and replace incumbents with better qualified or cheaper alternatives.

Isn’t that just good stewardship of the collective treasury?

The reason I ask is the stable, continuous unelected government workforce used to protect the public from the worst side-effects caused by unqualified or incompetent elected public officials like Mayor Adams or Governor Hochul. But unfortunately, the government workforce has now been diluted or partly replaced, maybe by DEI, with people just as incompetent and unqualified as are the elected officials.

So we are now flying the national airplane without a political parachute.

And why should government hire anyone for any reason besides merit and cost anyway?
147   BeneTiberCato   2024 Mar 30, 9:27pm  

Patrick says

Would you agree with an employment law requiring the federal government to hire only the best qualified, cheapest person who applies for any particular federal job? In other words, it would become illegal to use any other criteria for hiring, apart from merit and cost. Maybe the law could even be broader than that. Maybe it could require the government to regularly re-advertise every position, and replace incumbents with better qualified or cheaper alternatives.

Maybe that's why the wokest parts of NSA which I ever saw were the HR and the Policy departments. I gathered it was the same at every other agency. These are people who cannot perform the purported functions of their respective agencies, but the get to speak for everyone at their agencies, and create the echo chamber effect. Either most people parrot the Party Line, or learn to ignore most internal corporate messaging and just try to concentrate on doing the work of the purported job of their agency. While the wokest get the highest praise and the most promotions.
150   NuttBoxer   2024 Apr 1, 1:37pm  

Patrick says

Would you agree with an employment law requiring the federal government to hire only the best qualified, cheapest person who applies for any particular federal job?


Absolutely not! My disagreement starts at allowing government to hire...

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