Friday, July 15, 2011

The Public Isn't Letting Bush II Off

Even though Obama / Holder are and have been letting Bush II off, the public isn't.

The Graphs of Wrath posts here and here show, as do many other graphs, that the Bush II regime was a puppet regime of the warmongers.

The current right-wing congressional puppets of the warmongers seem bent on destroying the U.S. economy in order to save it.

Fortunately, this has not been lost on the general public who blame Bush II for the current state of chaos:
By a wide margin, more Americans blame former President George W. Bush for the national economic outlook than they do President Barack Obama, according to a new poll.

Numbers out of Quinnipiac University Thursday morning indicated that 54 percent of Americans say Bush is to blame for exploding the federal deficit and swelling unemployment, whereas just 27 percent believe it is President Obama's fault.
(Raw Story). The citizenry knows that the ship of state moves and turns very slowly, so it may take two two-term presidencies to free the ship of state which the Bush II regime ran aground.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

On The Size of "Government" - 2

In the first post of this series Dredd Blog began to discuss what seems to have become a mystical component of U.S. political discourse: the "size of government".

The formula Ġ = (ρ * ή) / ų was introduced in that first post along with some discussion of the individual symbols or components of that formula.

In this post we will focus on the ή component, which was described in the first post as "the collective need of an individual citizen".

To expand the meaning of the formula beyond the first post, from a general depiction of "the needs" which the ή component represents, we would generally define those needs symbolically as:
ή = (Ş + ĉ + + ŧ + Ħ + Ę + Ĵ + ŗ + ş)
Note that these symbols represent the human needs of shelter + clothing + food + transportation + health care + education + job + recreation + security.

This now allows us to expand the overall formula to:
Ġ = (ρ * (Ş + ĉ + ₣ + ŧ + Ħ + Ę + Ĵ + ŗ + ş)) / ų
The security factor in the equation ş, when multiplied by the national population ρ, comprises all expenditures that are militant in nature, including the espionage factors in the "security budget" (a.k.a. the defense, homeland security, and spy budget):
We have seen that military expenditures of the U.S. are more than the rest of the entire world.

We have also seen that such expenditures are in fact entitlements, as in welfare.

The great general who also knew how to be Commander In Chief as well as head of budget concerns, has said that when the military entitlements get out of hand, the military is in effect sacrificing the common people on an iron cross.
(Entitlement Wars - Guns v Butter). We are 5% of world population, but we spend more on imperialism (military, war, espionage) than all the other nations of the world combined.

But when it comes to domestic spending issues like health care for example, we are way down the ladder when compared to just one of our single peer nations.

The rich 1% possess most of the wealth, because they own the weapons industry companies that are in bed with the war establishment headquartered at the Pentagon.

In past posts we have pointed out what this shows is that the militant budget is a tumor, a large unhealthy growth on the national amygdala, which is causing our country serious economic and foreign policy complications.

Thus, a normal balance among the needs of shelter, clothing, food, transportation, health care, education, employment, recreation, and security has become perverted to the point that the notion of "SECURITY" is eating up everything else.

Paranoia posing as "SECURITY" is not part of national sanity folks, nor is it secure.

We must radiate the national tumor with reason and common sense, bring security out of paranoia and into a sensible use of the military, and then keep it that way going forward.

Reagan rhetoric exclaiming that government should be small enough to drown in a bathtub was a psychopathic notion being repeated by an Alzheimer sufferer (Reagan mentored G. Norquist: "ATR was founded in 1985 by Grover Norquist at the request of President Reagan"). Reagan repeated a lot of things fanatics ignorantly said.

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cave: It's The Cosmopolitan Thing To Do

There is a verb on the street, that verb is "to cave".

It does not mean "to live in a cave" as do the primitives whom the government of Bush II said did 9/11.

No, it is a meaning that has developed downstream from the advent of the "tit for tat" era of American politics.

That era is a time which began shortly after accountability died, a time when lobbyists are considered to be the constituents or base of political action thinking in the halls of Congress, in the White House, and increasingly in the Courts.

The government "caves in" to the interests of the money brokers (banksters) who are too big to fail and too big to jail, leaving wee the American people out in the cold.

One recent example, among many, is the way the banksters have gotten away with plundering the American people:
But some officials with experience sitting across the negotiating table with major banks say the government is making a critical miscalculation that jeopardizes the public interest by seeking a deal before amassing a credible threat of successful prosecution: In essence, they say, the government would give servicers a blanket pass for widespread alleged acts of fraud while extracting too little in return and operating from a relative position of weakness.
(Foreclosure fraud). The banksters are the lackeys for MOMCOM, the plunder master, plundering their own nation under the guise of giving that nation it's freedom!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

On The Size of "Government"

This begins a series on the notion of "the size of government" we hear about so often.

The title of this post points to an idea which the right wing of U.S. political ideology, currently Republican ideologues, tend to use ad nauseum.

I will show that their improper use of the phrase ends up being an attack on the U.S. Constitution as well as an attack on American Tradition, and I will show exactly where their failure lies.

To begin with, their overall problem is caused by a mythical understanding of U.S. History, U.S. Government, and the U.S. Constitution.

Further, their problem engenders a misguided, useless ideology which does not work well in our American system of government for a variety of well known reasons.

As it turns out, they are also infecting Democrats and Independents with their misguided, useless ideology, because naiveté and the fear not to be politically correct is more widespread than meets the eye.

A formula for the principle of the proper size of government is not that difficult to construct.

Take as an example: Ġ = (ρ * ή) / ų, where Ġ is the appropriate size of government, ρ is the population of the nation, ή is the collective need of an individual citizen, and ų is the degree of utility government plays as determined by the nature and philosophy of the U.S. Constitution applied to "conditions on the ground".

It is at once clear in this formula that the size of government is related to the size of the nation, in terms of population, so as the population grows the government must do likewise in order to maintain the proper size.

Both ή and ų in the formula are determined by the nature and philosophy of U.S. Government, a nature and philosophy that is defined by the preamble:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
(Preamble). The Preamble, then, defines six functionalities that we need to consider in order to materialize both ή and ų into the formula above, which said six functionalities are:
1) form a more perfect Union
2) establish Justice
3) insure domestic Tranquility
4) provide for the common defence
5) promote the general Welfare
6) secure the Blessings of Liberty
a) to ourselves
b) to our Posterity
(ibid). Further, three branches of government, Legislative (Congress), Administrative (President), and Judicial (Courts) were formed (Articles I, II, and III), each with separate powers and purpose, as the framework and structure to be used in order to bring about the six functionalities listed in the preamble ( ή and ų in the formula).

The military is not part of the structure of the U.S. Government, instead, it is subservient to the administrative, legislative, and judicial branches, in the sense that each branch exercises some aspect of authority over the military, making the military subservient to the government as the common defense is made manifest.

Under that framework and structure, the Congress funds the military and everything else as needed (Article I, Section 8), then when called into duty by a Congressional declaration of war, the President becomes the commander in chief of the military (Article II, Section 2).

Thus, in our constitutional form of government, the military is part of the government in terms of budget (how much money the military is alloted), but not in terms of any authority to govern the citizenry outside the military.

This subject matter will be detailed more in the next post.

Monday, July 11, 2011

On The Origin of Leeks - 3

In the previous post in this series, and in an associated post dealing with the corruption and perversion of the doctrine of government secrets, we discussed leeks.

In those posts we gave Dredd Blog readers some food for thought.

Among other things, we pointed out that Leeks are an ancient source of nourishment.

Another blog pointed out the great food value that broccoli has.

As a matter of fact, we have also looked into such culinary delights as Twinkies in the context of a source of the DNA that impacts all of us.

Free the Leeks farmers! who grow the food for wee the people.

The next post in this series is here.