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From Apathy to Dependence

August 5th, 2014 - 4:04 pm

I am writing from beautiful, dynamic Sydney, Australia, whose 4.5 million polyglot inhabitants are enjoying the no-nonsense good government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who recently signaled his refreshing sanity by abolishing the country’s stupid “carbon tax,” aka, its tax on prosperity. There’s no hope that Barack Obama will ever proceed from his Romper Room of moralistic environmentalism to that state of enlightenment, but then we will not have Obama with us that much longer. May we hope that, at last, the American people are waking up to the economic nightmare that decades of fiscal incontinence have prepared for the country.  Again, I offer free and for nothing the idea of a grassroots organization whose high purpose is summed up in its title ThrowTheBumsOut.Org

There are many aspects to this tsunami of of fiscal irresponsibility. One element, which gets intermittent attention in the news, is the monster of pension debt threatening to devour our livelihoods. “Yes, yes, yes,” I hear you saying. “But what does that really mean?”

There are a few folks — more and more, I am happy to say — who are out in the trenches bringing the sorry news back to us voters.  One, which I have written about before in this space, is the great OpenTheBooks project out of Illinois.  Another, which I just found out about this morning, is TransparentCalifornia.

California is an interesting state. Big. Populous. Dynamic. And ridden with debt. Even California’s perennial governor, Jerry “Governor Moonbeam” Brown, acknowledged the problem when he came to office and decried the state’s “wall of debt,” the nearly $25 billion debt the state faces. Governor Brown promised to fix things, but in fact the state’s current liabilities are only the tip of the problem. As a recent piece in the San Jose Mercury News noted, if you look behind that $25 billion wall:

You’ll see a $330 billion skyline of other liabilities threatening the state’s financial health. It includes $80 billion needed to cover teachers’ pensions and $64 billion to pay for state workers’ health care in retirement — two particularly troublesome liabilities because the state isn’t even making the minimum payments on them.

Let’s stop to contemplate that: $80 billion to cover teachers’ pensions and $64 billion for health care.  How did that happen?  In brief, the unions helped elect politicians who in turn made promises they couldn’t keep to the unions, who in turn helped re-elect the politicians, who in turn repaid that favor with even more generous tax-payer-funded subsidies, and so on ad, not infinitum, for that cannot happen, but certainly ad nauseam.

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It's funny. I have always argued that people come to this country as poor immigrants who work 16 hours a day at back-breaking work to provide an education or opportunity to their children. Their children go on to become doctors and lawyers and businessmen, who raise their children to be artists, actors, philosophers and poets, whose children grow up rebellious and empty and directionless and struggling to get by.
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The essence of this article was expressed from behind the Iron Curtain by Dr. Andrew Lobaczewski. Dr. Lobaczewski's argument was that there Is a decades-long cycle of happy (undisciplined) times, followed by unhappy times in which conditions deteriorate, necessitating that discipline be restored. Happy times generate moral and intellectual sloppy thinking, and may culminate in Spellbinders establishing totalitarian states: Lenin in Russia, Hitler in Germany, Obama in the USA. Lenin, Hitler, and Obama have the characteristics of clinical psychopaths.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/08/the_road_to_pathocracy.html
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Obama is doing all he can to increase dependence and now chaos with the flood of immigrants. He is desperate to pass an amnesty to grab those votes and collapse the system (not necessarily in that order) to finish off the Republic and name himself dictator.
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What I'd like to know is whether any country has every broken out of Alexander Tyler's sequence.

But I'm pretty sure I know the answer.
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The other day wrote a lengthy expose (another blog) of how We The People slumbered while Our USA became a Democracy from A Constitutional Republic.
Here are the basic 10 planks of We The People's modern day "democracy:'
With this invisible organism, the American state, We The Elite People of culture of corruption in ALL of Washington DC, has imposed all 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto without protest and beyond the awareness of ALL American people who still imagine they're free and living in a Constitutional Republic.
Following are 10 planks of communism. They show that America is more communistic "command-and-control" than republican in form of government, i.e., total restrictions upon "STATES RIGHTS."
1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes. (Private property rights are almost nonexistent today. You don’t own your property if it can be confiscated for non-payment of tribute to the king, or if a government agency like the EPA or the USDA can arbitrarily tell you what you can and can’t do with it. SEE, THESE FEDERAL AGENCIES CIRCUMVENT OUR US CONSTITUTION by writing almost daily rules and regulations.)
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. (Accomplished via the American tax system. Enforced via the Gestapo-like Internal Revenue Service.The IRS has been proven, beyond the shadow of any doubt, to be a POLITICAL ARM of the Executive Branch of Federal Government.A Flat Tax of 15% will end this kabuki theatre and abolish the IRS).
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance. (Accomplished via the estate tax. This is outright criminal).
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels. (Accomplished via rendition and drug laws allowing law enforcement to confiscate property if it is suspected of being used in the trade or manufacture of drugs. RICO, folks — often without evidence – or to satisfy debts and fines imposed by alphabet soup agencies - most often ALL in Washington DC).
5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly. Accomplished via the Federal Reserve, which is not Federal and doesn’t hold “reserves.” These are non-regulated autarchies, self governing, writing their own "secretive" rules and regulations all of which these same autarchies break on a regular basis (Ex: Ex-Im Bank, Exchange Stabilization Fund, IMF et al)
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state. (Accomplished via the Federal Communications Commission and the regulated airline industry, Amtrak, public transportation and the regulated auto industry. Further attempts being made to seize more power through control of the Internet. Folks, these are your Congressional Representatives vying for ever more control over ALL We The People lives).
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of wastelands and the improvement of the soil, generally in accordance with a common plan. (Accomplished through price controls on the utilities via their government-supported monopolies and subsidies for favored industries. This is actively underway, EPA is harnessing control of America's Energy sector under the Federal Government umbrella.) Example: Recent "Farm Bill"
8. Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture. (Industrial armies accomplished through regulations favoring/subsidizing unions. NLRB is actively seeking a totally new control over everything land and labor.)Recent "Franchisee" fracas underway to place "collective bargaining" upon them and possible unionization.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country. (In progress via Agenda 21, “sustainable development” communities, etc. This was partially accomplished with 2010 Census under Rahm Emmanuels command).
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production. (Accomplished via the public indoctrination system called public education under the control of the Federal government. Now, with a programmed approach to indoctrination from K-12, to colleges and universities and beyond. K-12 now has "Common Core.")
These planks are supported by both major political parties. Folks, It's up to We The People, at the community level to actively fight to literally "push back" this Federalization of everything America now taking place. If We The People don't organize via OathKeepers, local Tea Parties or neighborhood activists, Our America is a stones throw away from becoming totally "collectivized." Pray. Amen. God Bless America. Register to vote and vote...it's our God Given Right. "States Rights" Rule.
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Some may think that Roger has cherry picked a few anomalies in the California public sector for affect. If so you may want to try a book called "Plunder" by the excellent investigative journalist Steven Greenhut. It is a well researched expose of the stunning abuses by public employee unions here. The private sector middle class is truly blinded in California and anyone who tries to expose public union abuses are deluged by waves of dis-information - or worse. The fact is that the average public service worker - taking into account pension and benefits - is compensated about at the level of a successful neurosurgeon or a medium sized private company C- level executive. Most retire with packages equivalent to you or I saving $2-3 mm after taxes by age 60. Do the math. Do you have a spare $50-100k after taxes each and every year to add to your retirement fund?

The unions sit on the same side of the table as the politicians when "bargaining". They grossly outspend everyone else and then cry about corporate special interest spending every time a candidate or referendum appears that they don't like. Not to mix metaphors, but it's "checkmate" here and the golden goose is suffering badly.
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Since Adam and Eve, the human ability, given enough time, to take anything for granted has always lubricated the transition from abundance to complacency. Ingratitude is rampant here on the apogee of human existence in the greatest nation ever. May God help us truly see what we have and wake us up before all is lost into darkness for another thousand years (or maybe forever).
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Indeed, corrupt, out of control pensions are one consequence of the current system and an easy thing to criticize. But in California and soon everywhere else, there are two distinct and intertwined problems that create the vast landscape of failure -- illegal immigration and multigenerational family collapse. That's it -- the rest is literally and actuarially bread and circuses.

It's a shame that intellectuals and activists on the Right continue to accept their money from groups and individuals that are frankly deceptive in their stance on illegal immigration, telling the conservative grassroots that they are "not taking a position" while elsewhere, where it really matters, funding open borders through campaign donations, ALEC, the C of C, Reason, CATO, etc. They keep the grassroots and intellectuals busy with nonsense that just grows their own faux membership and donor lists (say, paying intellectuals hefty sums to produce "free market" speeches and websites, or AFP's "cold-calling on economic freedom attitudes" days where volunteers labor for hours imagining that they're spreading a message of prosperity while they're really just cleaning up purchased potential donor/member lists).

As long as we don't do the hard work of creating a movement independent from such lazy and effective flatteries, then, well, we'll get open borders and all the consequences.

This is a failure of real organizing on the Right, and both naivety and well-funded willful ignorance.
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The original source for that was Alexander de Tocqueville in Democracy in America, written in the 1830's. His quote was “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.” He then went on to expound about Americans will elect representatives that promise them the most. I am not sure about the second part. I have read it before, but I remember that it was qualified - that you could break out of the cycle with shocks to the system - like the 1932 stock market crash, WWII, etc.

I lived in Australia for most of 2012 & part of 2013, and they went through their dark days with an ultra-liberal government elected prior to Obama, and then swung back hard with their current PM. Canada & Spain did the same thing.

Australia also has a huge illegal immigrant problem with boat people coming by hook or crook, and then qualifying for benefits immediately and no way to return them to their homelands. Abbott is also attacking this head on.

All I can hope is that we have such a wave election in the next two years that we can get some leaders in that will start turning this all back. But then I look at Republican leaders and am thoroughly disillusioned. No Reagan on the horizon.
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The attribution of the quote sent by Roger's friend is to Tytler (yes, Tytler, not Tyler) and comes from the Daily Oklahoman in Dec 1951, but there's no evidence he wrote those specific words. They're sometimes attributed to Ben Franklin or to de Tocqueville, but I believe you're correct in stating it was derived from de Tocqueville rather than written by someone in the 17th or 18th centuries.
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Mr. Kimball: Instapundit links to this piece. A commenter there writes that Snopes says the Alexander Tyler quote is "mostly false". Worth locating the original source?
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Tytler, not Tyler, but not him in the first place....

http://www.lorencollins.net/tytler.html

No known source for the full quote prior to 1951 (when it was falsely attributed to Tytler).
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