Archive for Responsive Government

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

Five-hour 8th grade final exam – 1895 in Salina, Kansas, USA

Posted in Opinion, Schools with tags , , on March 5, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

Grammar (Time, one hour)

1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of ‘lie’, ‘play’, and ‘run.’
5. Define case; illustrate each case.
6. What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7 – 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time, 65 minutes)

1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find the cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per meter?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus .
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas .
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton , Bell , Lincoln , Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, and 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour)

1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, and syllabication.
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: trigraph, sub vocal, diphthong, cognate letters, and lingual.
4. Give four substitutes for caret ‘u.’
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e.’ Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi-, dis-, mis-, pre-, semi-, post-, non-, inter-, mono-, and sup-.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication

Geography (Time, one hour)

1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. H ow do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas ?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of North America
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia , Odessa , Denver , Manitoba , Hecla , Yukon , St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco .
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
7. Name all the republics of: Europe and give the capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

Pony first; cart after

Posted in Economic Development, Hillsborough County, FL, taxes, Transportation with tags , , , , , , on March 4, 2012 by

Don’t blame over-burdened, under-employed Hillsborough County residents for the lack of infrastructure in downtown Tampa.

The first to benefit would be downtown businesses and land owners; they should be the first to pony up.

They are the private part of public/private partnerships still sitting on the sidelines waiting for the taxpaying public to load the carts for them.

Once the promised high-wage, good-benefit, full-time jobs materialize, the newly employed will shop, eat, play and live downtown.

Their taxes will then also help fund teachers, police, firefighters and public works.

Pony first; cart after.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Balkan States of America

Posted in Hillsborough County, FL, Politics with tags , , , on February 23, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

It was stupefying yesterday watching Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan and community activist Marilyn Smith allied against the creation of a new single-member voting district, yet they couldn’t be further apart on the merits.

Hagan doesn’t want another commissioner on the board who doesn’t look like himself; Smith felt that further Balkanizing the districts would likely result in ever-more segregated neighborhoods.

I dearly love Commissioner Miller, but his meta message is that only a person of color could adequately represent other persons of similar color.

Is color a valid criterion in the 21st century?

After all, which “Brown” community is it that needs unique representation?
Mexican? Cuban? Puerto Rican? Colombian?

How about Brazilians, who speak Portuguese?
How about the many Latinos with African roots?

The reality of government is that political influence only belongs to those with money and those who can deliver votes.

The various groups who now feel they are under-represented should come together, register to vote and exchange those votes county-wide for promises of meaningful service from commissioners.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Money makes the world go ’round

Posted in Hillsborough County, FL, Schools with tags , , on February 17, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

 “If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals. Susan B. Anthony

Interesting headline in today’s Tampa Bay Times, questioning the high rents charged by a for-profit company to its own related non-profit charter school operators.

Is it merely coincidental that legislation is also being pushed through Tallahassee that would allow parents to “trigger” replacement of failing public schools for yet more charter schools?

It is unconscionable that Florida politicians are seemingly facilitating the further deterioration of our public schools by cuts in that funding while promoting charter schools.

They are worshiping at the temple of Mammon.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Where is the 1% Tea Party now?

Posted in Politics, Second American Revolution, Tea Party with tags , , , , on January 10, 2012 by

Waiting for the 99% to catch on?

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

Rescue the poor and needy

Posted in Job-creators, Politics, Second American Revolution with tags , , on January 10, 2012 by verbumsapienti2

My whole being will exclaim,
“Who is like you, LORD?
You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,
the poor and needy from those who rob them.”

Psalm 35:10

The greedy need not apply.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen