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The Socialist States of America

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Second American Revolution with tags , , , on November 15, 2014 by

Federal and municipal governments now own just about everything of value in America, such as roads, land, buildings and labor. Anything that is taxed (including fees) is owned by the government.

Take for example, your home.
You paid either the builder or the previous owner a sum equal to the fair market value of that home. If you did not also pay fees and taxes on that sale, the use of that property would not have been transferred to you, thanks to the government. During the lifetime of your exclusive use of that property, annual taxes are imposed on you by the government for your continued use of that property. If you should fail to pay those taxes to the government, the government is free to take back exclusive use of that property and resell that use to another person. You have no recourse.

Take for example, your labor.
The government owns your labor to the extent that if you fail to pay the government a portion of your wages, the government not only can force your employer to pay them directly, but can seize whatever assets you control to make up the difference. If you continue to not pay the government for the privilege of working, you will lose not only your wages, but your liberty as they will certainly incarcerate you as punishment.

Take for example, the roads.
The government takes part of your purchase price of gasoline in exchange for your ability to use your motor vehicle upon them. If you do not pay the government for the privilege of using the roads, you are reduced to walking. Electric cars, bicycles and public transportation each have their own sets of payment to the government.

Take for example, your business.
The government has devised numerous aspects of your business, the use of which require you to pay the government in order to continue to operate your business. Failure to pay the government for any of those uses will result in the government taking away your business and even your liberty.

  • So it goes at every turn. The government has hundreds, if not thousands of pay-to-play schemes to take your money, and take your assets and liberty if you choose to not pay. If you owned the assets and labor you think you own, the government couldn’t take them away from you. The government does own them and can take away your use of any of them anytime you stop paying them for the use of them.
  • The government is the ultimate owner of not only all of America’s means of production, but also the labor, land and buildings.
  • “We” are the government and we own you, and everything you use.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen


What if…

Posted in Second American Revolution on September 17, 2013 by

What if we just continue to exploit workers who have the right to have guns but have no right to support themselves and their families?

Oppression is felt not just from an unjust monarch, (remember the American and the French revolutions?) but from any perceived unjust control over people’s lives.

People aren’t going revolt for the lack of a BMW, they are going to revolt when they can’t bring bread home to hungry children. When they have no home.

Either we have a revolution in the way Americans help every other American help themselves, or there will be a cold dawn in our not too distant future when the hungry will just help themselves to what they see others have in abundance.

CEOs bullish on Florida, unlike workers

Posted in Opinion, Second American Revolution with tags on May 8, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

Mrs. Amos Davis and former slave Charlotte

Tampa Bay Times’ Robert Trigaux quotes studies that CEOs rank Florida as number 2 in the nation as the best state for business; while workers rank Florida number 47 concerning their own well being.

How different would these numbers be for Florida in 1861 when half the people of the state were “employed” as slaves?

In an ironic coincidence, large planters (owners of 50 slaves or more) made up less than 1% of the state’s total population.

The more things change, the more things stay the same.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

The privatization of American government

Posted in Opinion, Politics, Second American Revolution with tags , , , , , , on March 8, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

The Federal as well as every state and local governmental body is constituted to express the will of the people from whom all power is derived.

What we are seeing in this recent wave of the privatization of education, prisons and soon health care and retirement safety nets are manifestations of a corporate take-over of our basic civil liberties.

Government is accountable to the people; corporations are not.

Taxpayer support of for-profit companies at the expense of publicly supported institutions will inevitably lead to higher costs with attenuated quality of services.

All of this leads back to our elected representatives who have become dependent on the largess of political donors to fund their campaigns.

Political parties have become the enforcers of the party line, marginalizing any member who does not go along to get along.

Only when the voting public finally has had enough of being led around by their wallets by an entrenched political elite can we once again exercise our franchise to elect a truly representative government.

 “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
– Thomas Jefferson –

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Stop exporting U.S. Gasoline

Posted in Alternative Energy, Job-creators, Opinion, Politics, Second American Revolution, taxes with tags , , , , on February 21, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

Gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel are now this country’s largest export.

That’s right.

In 2011, oil refiners in the United States exported an estimated 117 million gallons per day of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other petroleum products worth $88 billion. 

These fuels are being sold on the “world market” because there is insufficient demand in the U.S. due ironically, to rising gas prices and higher-mileage vehicles being sold.

The Keystone Pipeline, environmental issues not withstanding, would be good for the Canadian oil export companies and good for the U.S. gasoline exporting companies but would have little lasting value to the average citizen.

That oil, once refined in the Gulf states would be sold as gasoline to South America, not North America.

The same issues involve additional oil drilling in the U.S. All that excess gasoline produce would be sold and shipped out of the United Sates, thereby keeping U.S. gas prices high.

Until our benighted elected government representatives ban all exports of U.S. produced oil products, we will have ever higher gas prices at the pumps and see ever higher, obscene profits going to oil companies.

What about it Congress?

Care to pass a law protecting The People of the United States of America instead of the oil companies?

What we have are war-mongering congressmen beating the drums for conflict with Iran, and shutting down their oil production just to further increase the “world market” for gasoline and increase oil companies profits.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Prisons for Profit

Posted in Job-creators, Second American Revolution, taxes, Tea Party with tags , , on February 13, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

Did the Tampa Bay Times edit out Brad Swanson’s reasons why Florida is spending too much on prisons?

He says we need to do “something different” to cure recidivism, but he doesn’t say how privatizing prisons is the answer.

He says that privatizing prisons will save taxpayers 7%, but doesn’t say how these companies can operate the prisons with less money, and still squeeze out new profits.

He says that existing correctional officers won’t lose their jobs, but doesn’t say what those new jobs will pay, or what benefits they will have to give up.

Without these answers included in his comments, it appears that this plan is designed only to enrich investors at the expense of the rest of us.

Has anyone thought about first trying to fix what we have before we hand off it off to someone else wanting to profit on what we should be able to do better ourselves?

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

The insidious nature of vouchers

Posted in Opinion, Second American Revolution, taxes with tags , on February 6, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

Voucher programs are touted by fiscal conservatives as panaceas for the costs of public education and universal health care. In realty, what will be created are systems that subsidize the well-off at the expense of the less-well-off.

Public schools receive our tax dollars based on student attendance. If fewer students are attending those public schools, the money received by those schools is thereby reduced. They cannot charge more per pupil to make up for the loss. Schools, as each of us, have both variable and fixed expenses. When our own incomes go down we have to cut back where we can, but we still need the basics of food and shelter. Likewise with schools, which can layoff some teachers, have to maintain the physical plant regardless of the number of students attending.

Enter charter schools, education voucher programs and investor profits. Students can leave the public school system and attend a charter school, taking with them those tax-funded dollars. Charter schools may be able to operate on that money by not having to comply with certain governmental mandates required of public schools; charge more per pupil, and/or rely on tax credits such as the New Markets tax credit passed in 2000 by congress that allows enormous federal tax credits to banks and equity funds that invest in community projects in underserved communities. So even if a charter school program is run as a not-for-profit, the investors reap huge profits on the building. Parents, who cannot afford to pay the difference between a voucher and the tuition at a highly rated charter school, must keep their children in under-funded public schools, while their tax dollars fund vouchers for well-off families to pay for tuitions they already pay because they can afford private schools for their children. The tax dollars of the less well-off also go into the pockets of charter school investors.

Enter the health care voucher program. Seniors now can get Medicare benefits thanks to contributions made by them during their working life. People, who can afford it, buy their own health care. With a voucher system, those well-off people receive what amounts to a subsidy for health care insurance they already purchase. Less well-off seniors would have to supplement whatever voucher money they would receive to pay to for-profit insurance companies operating under no pricing or benefit regulations. Vouchers for the well-off would be funded in part by taxes on the less well-off.

Continuing this trend, we have privatized prisons taking our tax dollars to fund for-profit operations; and we have highly-paid mercenaries from for-profit companies providing security services at several overseas locations such as Iraq and Afghanistan.  

Our whole system of governmental protections; health, education, welfare and even national security seems to be moving inextricably into the hands of investors and their for-profit enterprises.

Is our “of the people, by the people, for the people” simply being reduced to “what the traffic will bear”?

Corporate America is turning our nation into America, Incorporated.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen