Political G-Force

November 6, 2012

Get Out the Vote — The Right Vote

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — politicalgforce @ 8:45 pm

November 6, 2012 — not just a normal Tuesday if you live in America. Today is a day ‘we the people’ of the United States of America exercise one of our three civic duties – the power of voting. The founding fathers left us with a republic that allows the people to be in control and not the government. Let us not forget that important part. 

Many of us are unsure of whether voting this election will really make a difference. Many of us also have questions about the two hand-picked candidates. Will Romney’s stance on healthcare have any affect? Will Obama’s relationship with Israel continue on the same path? Will both Obama and Romney continue the expensive wars? The problem with this is that once you scratch the surface and start to dig, you find out there’s really not much of a difference between either candidate. There’s no better proof than campaign donations.

Obama and Romney both got about $1M from the defense industry in campaign donations. There are two conclusions that can be drawn from that: 1.) the defense industry does not care which candidate becomes president because it will really not have a major effect one way or another 2.) $1M from an industry that makes hundreds of billions of dollars is not even a drop in the bucket. The defense industry is saying “we don’t even care who becomes president so we’re going to just give a little bit to keep you happy.” Typically people think democrats are for less defense and republicans are for more defense; in some cases, this may be true, but I don’t believe this is one of them. In the agribusiness, both candidates received approximately $16M. Many other industries contributed approximately the same amount of money to each campaign. 

So what gives? Will the two party system in this country ever change? The short answer: not anytime soon. The reason is the unwillingness to change and the false belief that one is ‘throwing away a vote’ if they go for a third party candidate. Well if that’s the case, then the guy writing this threw away his vote. I voted for Gary Johnson. My original pick for president was Dr. Ron Paul. Gary Johnson is the closest thing I could get to him without having to write Ron Paul in. I don’t believe someone is throwing away a vote if they vote for someone they actually agree with. I don’t believe in voting for someone just because it’s the ‘lesser of two evil’s’. I hate that line and I couldn’t disagree more. 

This idea we have to choose between two people is ludicrous. Let me give you an analogy. Let’s say you go to buy a car and you’re looking at a Toyota Camry. Then you drive you over to the Honda dealer next door and ask, “what do you have that’s comparable to a Camry?” and they reply with “an Accord.” So you check both out and see which features you like and don’t like. Then the sales guy says to you “so which will it be, the Camry or the Accord?” Confused, you say “but aren’t there other choices?” “Why would you look anywhere else when we’ve picked two of the best cars in the mid-size class for you?” replies the salesman. “But..” then he says, “we do have a Kia Forte, but no one seems to buy those as much because Toyota and Honda advertise more and are more well-known.” Even though the Kia has the 100,000 mile warranty has a good reliability rating, the salesman will continue to work you on the Camry or the Accord because they’re more expensive and ‘everyone else has them.’ As you can see, this is the equivalent of what it’s like to vote in this country. Imagine if you went to a car dealership and you really only were given two choices. Would you really be satisfied? Most likely not, but people seem to be satisfied with choosing between tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum. People do like choices though and lots of them and the more choices you have increases your chances of finding a candidate that truly aligns with your views. We get more choices of cell phone companies than we do presidents of this country. I don’t see the issue with allowing other candidates to participate in the debates and be on the ballots. I don’t think anyone would have an issue with this — except for the political system itself. 

Every time a republican gets voted out in place of a democrat, the pendulum swings from one side to the other, but not much. People get sick of democrats, then they vote for republicans, then they get sick of republicans and vote for democrats. It’s an endless cycle of swapping the two. The republicans and democrats are high fiving each other behind closed doors while we’re all trying to figure out why nothing is happening in congress and in the white house. You almost want to go knock and say “hello is anyone home, we have a $16T debt that needs to be taken care of!” It’s a great game that they [politicians] play and many of us either don’t have the time to pay attention, don’t care, or are easily deceived by the government’s clever game of cover-ups and deception. 

The important thing people need to take note of is to do your homework. Just because you’re not in school or college doesn’t mean you don’t have homework to do anymore. Your homework now is to pay attention everyday, get your news from multiple sources– independent and mainstream, read and read often about everything — economics, history, politics, business, finance, government, etc.., talk to people about politics listen and get their opinions and give them questions that forces them to really think and understand their own opinions, and have an open mind.

One of the most important being talking to people, because people are the ones with the voting power when November comes around. I really like to get people thinking deeper because often all you can get out of people is superficial talking points that mean nothing. Without even being mean or unfair, you can get them to see actually how little they know about politics, economics, and government. Here’s an example, this happened to me almost a year ago when I went home for Thanksgiving to see friends from high school. We got into a discussion about politics since the economy the economy is doing so terrible. My one friend said, “I kind of wish Obama could just be a dictator so something could be done or I wish we could go back to having a king.” You might be thinking uh oh, I probably lost it…oh yeah, you would be right then. I looked at him determinedly and said, “You have to be kidding me right? You do realize why we fought the U.S. revolution.” He then pretended like he was kidding and said, “Yea I know, but I just feel like nothing ever gets done.” And then he went on to tell me that if we taxed the rich more, that would solve our problems. Another major topic that pisses me off. So armed with hundreds of statistics I’ve read over the years I said, “do you realize that the top 1% pays 50% of income taxes and the top 10% pays 75% of our income taxes while 40M+ Americans pay no taxes.” He looked at me shocked and said nothing. I said, “how much more do you want them to pay, do you want the top 1% to pay 60%, 70%, 80%..?” He couldn’t give me an answer. That is the problem right there people — our country is uninformed. When someone tries to convince you about something ridiculous like ‘we need a dictator’, it is your job to re-educate them (because you’ve done your homework) on where they are wrong — do it with professionalism and respect though. Getting into shouting matches does not solve politics. I was the only libertarian in that room with 5 liberals, but I was able to hold my own and take them down on every point. People can only give you talking points they hear on CNN and other lame news channels and they think that will keep them informed. So take my advice, do your homework and talk to people. 

I’m amazed at how much my views have changed about politics in the last few years. It’s been 4 years since I graduated college and I have since read a countless number of books, articles, and watched documentaries hundreds or thousands of hours of news. In college, I could have not cared less about politics…mostly because my head was buried in engineering books and didn’t have time to do anything else. The thing that got me interested in politics was an economics class I took my senior year of college. Many people might not know that economics actually requires a lot of math, it’s not just supply and demand. Being that I had a good math background from engineering, I became interested in it because of the math and then I was drawn into the workings of business and the economy. I’m always interested in how things work, that’s part of being an engineer. I look at the U.S. economy in the same way, there is a process for everything. When that process gets interrupted, problems occur. It’s like a car’s engine, clog one injector in an engine and all Hell breaks loose. I was amazed to learn how price ceiling’s and price floor’s disrupted normal business operations and deviated from the equilibrium set by the markets as well as how the government buys milk that is in excess supply because of the price floor that is set. After I was introduced to this world of economics, there was no looking back. 

So my advice to you on this election day, is to vote, absolutely get out the vote, but don’t be afraid to vote for someone who may not be seen as popular (aka the Kia Forte). If we truly want to make a difference in the election system in this country, then a third party has to be introduced. There’s nothing worse than someone voting uninformed, this is like driving blindfolded. And in typical fashion, I’ll leave you with a thought provoking quote.

“I am interested in politics so that one day I will not have to be interested in politics.” – Ayn Rand

 

April 4, 2012

Distractions from the Real Issues

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — politicalgforce @ 1:10 pm

Do you ever find yourself reading the news headlines and then asking yourself — why is this in the news? That seems to happen quite often anymore. I think there are only a couple of good reasons as to why this happens, but it also proves to be a dangerous situation in detracting people from more important issues.

Being that this is a year with a presidential race, the notion of issues comes up a lot — the economy, jobs, taxes, infrastructure, spending, and on and on. There are less than 8 months until the presidential election but yet so few are talking about important issues. Everday the mainstream media seems to distract us by offering up headlines about things such as the Trayvon Martin case, the Kony 2012 video, and many other things that at the time may seem important but are really only an infinitesimal speck on the spectrum of importance. Let’s begin with a state of where we are at today.

We currently have a $15.59T debt, a 23% SGS unemployment rate (~8% as reported by the government), a 48.8% unemployment rate among teens, more than 6% inflation rate, 0.7 new and existing home sales ratio (compared to >2.2 in 2006), current spending rate of about $7 billion a month in Afghanistan alone, 46.2 million people at or below the poverty line, about 43 million people on food stamps, a current enacted budget of $3.79T with an approximate revenue of $2.469T, an infrastructure rated at a D-, and a current national gas price average of $3.899/gal. Are you starting to see what some of the more important issues are in this country financially and economically alone. There are tens of issues I could get into about the medical system, education, and many others. Taking a look at just those I mentioned, how can the media detract from these issues to tell us about mindless things that happen all the time and really have no effect on the rest of us.

You might think that the national debt, unemployment rate, housing problem, and others have no effect on you and you may be right — but if the current administration continues down this path — there’s no hope left. Our country is literally on its last leg. America is showing all the symptoms of complete failure, but yet we are trying to just treat the symptoms instead of the underlying cause of the problem (kind of similar to the way the modern medical system treats patients). Something such as the national debt can lead to a national security problem. What if China doesn’t want to buy more of our debt (which is currently $1.132T) and increased tensions arise between the U.S. and China or other countries that own our debt? Do you think we’ll ever be able to repay these countries back? We owe China and Japan together alone about as much money as the U.S. receives in income tax revenue in one year. It’s mathematically impossible for us to ever repay this. China and Japan must know this. No one in Washington or the mainstream media will address this though.

Are you aware that we have among the highest corporate tax in the world at about 38% + anywhere from 0 – 12% state tax? Who wants to open a business in this country? Do you want to hand away half of your money to the government with your business? I didn’t think so. For some reason, the federal government thinks this is exactly what companies want to do. Companies will continue to leave in droves because of outrageous corporate tax. If you really want to fix the economy — lower the corporate tax and give citizens a flat tax rate of about 17% or lower. You’ll grow the tax base because more people will be put back to work and more tax revenue will be accrued. The people in Washington know this though and the work to do the exact opposite.

The people in Washington, you have to realize, are not your friends by any means. They are only supporting the lobbyists and people who support their campaign funds. This is one of the biggest reasons people are calling for campaign funding reform, it would limit how much any one person or company can back a congressman, senator, or other elected federal government official.

It’s also about time we look at term limits. People should not sit in Washington for 30 plus years reaping the benefits and getting rich off of ‘serving the people’ — if you can call it that. They get the best health care and retirement plans but then give us socialized healthcare and the scam called social security. If social security were privatized, people would get a rate of return on it and have a much higher income when they retire. These congressman and senators who are in there for such a long time gain power and have the ability to twist younger congressman and senators arms into voting for what they want them to vote for. Congress is a big mess of just voting for whoever supports them the most in terms of campaign funds.

Here’s the problem with congress, every time they try to actually do something — lobbyists opposing it will complain. If you try to do something about illegal immigration, you get lobbyists such as the ACLU and other groups opposing it. If you try to do something about the food industry in requiring foods to be labeled if they’re GMO, groups such as Monsanto will lobby and oppose it. If you try to legalize drugs — prison companies would oppose it because they make an unbelievable amount of money from people being imprisoned for drugs. If the government tries to get some natural health cure approved, Big Pharma will opposite it and lobby against it. If someone tries to come out with an alternative energy form or a vehicle that gets gas mileage, it’ll never be approved because the oil industries would lose money.

So you have to look at who’s working behind closed doors and only looking out for their own best interests. It happens in every industry. The mainstream media will never look into this though. The MSM is just an extension of the federal government and never asks hard hitting questions or does any real investigations anymore. 30 or 40 years ago, it was a completely different story. I have to believe that we wouldn’t ever be in the situation we are now if the MSM did their job. If they actually reported on what our government was really doing if there was more transparency. It’s only through secrecy that the American people will blindly go along with what they want — whatever that may be.

So at the end of the day, we have to ask ourselves — is what I’m seeing on the news right now important? Are there other things we should be more worried about if we really want to make a difference? If you agree that we need to focus on the real issues, then make it known. Tell your friends and family about the real issues, get their opinions. Then call or write to your representatives and senators and tell them that need to focus on getting a balanced budget and other important issues besides passing unconstitutional laws like the NDAA bill. But like I’ve already said, you and I both know it will never happen. There are too many corporate interests in everything the government tries to do. The only thing you and I can do is seek the truth and demand the truth — don’t just take the MSM’s word for it.

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