Posts Tagged ‘government’

Authority – Not of this Realm (part 1)

July 20, 2014

Recently, as I meditated on a scripture passage commanding subjection to governing authority (Romans 13), I realized that I needed to do some diligent accounting work as to my attitude about the same. My own apologia on this subject is anything but settled. Anyone who has read this blog over any significant span will know that I maintain that much of the force currently being applied by those in government is in violation of law. Both the Constitution and natural law are regularly ignored for some political expediency or the advancement of a contrary agenda. The principles that our founders wrestled with and forged into the Bill of Rights (ratified near the end of 1791) are still supposedly treasured by the people, but found inconvenient by our leaders. Certainly, the spiritual laws and precepts that we Christians attempt to follow are being maligned while governing authority rides roughshod over our convictions, even as we decline in numbers and apparent influence.

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Iowa Privacy Fence – July 20, 2014

While my most charitable view is that many of the openly-stated aims of one political party tend toward evil, I am forced to admit the other party is actively complicit in that same evil. They posture conservatism while actually engaging in artifice and pretense. Their actual ends are indistinguishable from those of the party of the first part. Conservative Christian believers want to believe the subterfuge that claims to oppose the evil of the openly stated aims of the “progressives”. We have often resigned ourselves to following wrong shepherds, thinking them the lesser of two evils. These “leaders” seek only their own befit, at our expense. We the people are loathe to admit that the two parties are effectively one.

Looking around, the other sheep seem as bewildered and disillusioned as I. Some have succumbed to an attitude of fatalism. Now, fatalism is a doctrine which has adherents who are blessed with a self-fulfilling terminus. I was astonished this week to hear sometimes-comedian, sometimes-wise, and indisputably-intelligent Dennis Miller openly espousing fatalism on his radio program. The government holds all the power, he said. There is nothing you can do about it. You can’t fight city hall. If you do, they can make your life hell with IRS audits, inspections, and trumped-up legal charges ad-infinitum. Resistance is destined to go down in flames. His recommendation: don’t worry about it, hug your kids; eat a nice meal with your loving spouse. Enjoy your life. I think all of these things are fine and right, as long as society holds up, and you are able. But I don’t think they answer the question of what to do about government run amok.

What will I do, then, with the injunction to be subject to the governing authorities, with the assurance that there is no authority except from God? I am unconvinced the fatalist is correct and unwilling to be found to be working at cross purposes to the Almighty. I am just as sure that incessant complaining about the status-quo is activity that is ineffectual, and probably harmful. Therefore, I am determined to explore authority from a Biblical perspective. I have looked into the scriptures on this subject enough already to know that this is a hard row to hoe. If you share these questions, I invite you to come along. I pledge to give this inquiry as much time as I am able. I also commit to give full consideration to questions, comments, and suggestions.

(I am writing from my own experience as a citizen of the USA. But, this country has no monopoly on governing authorities who seem to be failing to carry out the stated purpose of opposing evil. I think we are going to find in the scriptures a balm for wounds worldwide. I hope we recognize a plan of action along the way.)

 

 

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Where do You Suppose?

October 14, 2013

I keep working, thankfully. Taxes keep being withheld from my income. Presumably it goes to the government which has legislated that it be so.

But, the government is “shut down”.

Apparently my input isn’t enough to keep it running.

Make the government smaller. We’ll both be on the same page.

Couldn’t Have Said it Better!

June 9, 2011

Check out this excellent article by Michael Youssef about the proper functions of the Church and Government:  What Would Jesus Cut?

Taxes for Cybersecurity

February 10, 2011

The federal government is working overtime to insert itself into a position of control of the Internet. The latest installment is a bill being introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (R-NJ). “The bipartisan Cybersecurity Enhancement Act would fund more cybersecurity research, awareness and education”, he says in a new press release.

In my opinion, that sucking sound we hear is our tax dollars going to put the latest victim of the Wiki-Leaks fiasco in charge of Internet security.
Furthermore, I’m worried about the prospect of having a government-controlled “kill switch” on the Internet. I know the stated purpose is security. Isn’t is always? But as a blogger, I consider net a primary medium in which to exercise my free speech rights. Franky, I think the powers-that-be are just worried about the discourse in which we are freely engaged.

The Obama Economy

February 6, 2011

I’m not too impressed with the Obama economy. The company that I work for has (apparently) enough cash to pay me until the end of February. I have been laid off twice in the last quarter. Though I have been called back, both times, the rest of the engineering department has not. My current task is to inventory the technical assets, in preparation of closing the doors. There is a financing opportunity in the works, but it looks like a long shot to me.

I wouldn’t feel so bad about it if I could point to any fault on my part. But honestly, I have come through with flying colors on each and every engineering assignment. The current demise is just not my fault. We have working prototype hardware, but no viable business plan. In better times, the fact that the technology (I helped to develop) blows the doors off of the competition might have been enough to get new investors interested. But not in this environment.

What has the Obama machine targeted? Massive increases in staffing of government jobs. Do those help my situation? No they just add to the drain on the private sector. Do the new regulations written and or enforced by all those public sector employees help? No, they just make investors wait for a more opportune time. There is a huge stockpile of idle investment cash in the economy, but no investor in his right mind will risk it in the current government-controlled environment. 2012 can’t come soon enough for me!

The saving grace for me comes from a Bible verse that has been on my mind lately:  I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Psalms 27:13 NIV

Attack Ads from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

October 10, 2010

I received a series of political fliers in the mail this week that have offended my passion for truth. The ads say “Brad Zaun pledged to give tax breaks to companies that ship American jobs overseas. And he took a break from paying his federal taxes on time.

The first claim is based on Zaun’s signature on a “pledge” authored by Americans for Tax Reform. The attack ad makes an unfounded claim about the pledge. Let me quote the pledge Zaun endorses (along with many other conservatives):

ATR’s Pledge

I will:
ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and
TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

That’s it. In total. The whole thing. The Democrat ad, of course, was very careful to only reference this pledge by a fine-print acronym. The prototype for this attack was launched against Congressman Charles Djou (R-HI) back in the Spring of this year.1 The claim that this pledge is somehow equivalent to shipping jobs overseas has been debunked over and over again.2 If anything, it is the Progressive-Democrat agenda that is destroying the economy. High taxes are shutting down American companies, rendering them uncompetitive with their foreign counterparts. I leave the final analysis of the impact of signing the pledge to the reader’s common sense.

In a further assertion, the ad states that Zaun “took a break from paying his taxes on time”, and “skipped paying his house payments”. He is in pretty good company. Millions of Americans are out of work. Small business is struggling to survive. This is simply more evidence that the economy is “in the tank” under the ministration of the current Democrat political machine and a long-ensconced tax-and-spend Congress. Would you “skip” making your mortgage payment by choice?

I am trying to help the small business where I work stay afloat in this difficult economy. I recognize that my continued employment is tied to the success of the company. But, the government is strangling the life out of American business. Here in America, we all depend on business for our personal livelihood. If the current trend continues, many more will be having trouble paying their taxes and making their mortgage payments. As for me, Zaun’s signature on this pledge is just one more reason for me to vote for him and give Leonard Boswell the boot. Look at Zaun’s campaign web site.3 Common sense prevails there, just like it does at your house. I think the fact that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee can’t front any arguments of substance proves they don’t have anything to offer America except further destruction.

1. http://www.hawaiifreepress.com

2. http://www.factcheck.org/2010/04/a-false-tax-attack/

3. http://www.bradzaun.com

Making (Patriot) Friends

August 15, 2010

Yesterday, I had a face-to-face meeting with a room full of new friends whom I consider American patriots.  We came together to plan strategy for an upcoming event, at which we hope to influence many to get more informed and be more involved in standing against the threats to our uniquely American constitutional republic.  It was a beautiful day; everyone could have certainly taken advantage of the break in the rainy weather to carry out important items on their personal agenda.  Instead, we gathered to work for the cause of liberty.   Some of the attendees traveled from out-of-state to take part and offer insight into methods that they have already had good success with.  I drove two hours each way to attend, and ended up with a committee assignment for my troubles.  I don’t mind.  I love this country and I can’t sit by and watch the big-government progressives in office at every level destroy what is left of her.  Don’t sit by and assume someone else will take care of it either.  I’m adding contact information for my new friends to my blog roll.   Below I’ll include the links and tell you where they are from.  Maybe you are close enough to one of them to join in. Be a patriot!

Everyday America —  West Des Moines, IA
9-12 Project Des Moines, IA
We The People Tea Party of Southern IA
Iowa 9/12 Project, Benton County, IA (includes me)
Dallas Tea Party — Dallas, TX
Wisconsin Prosperity Network

Update on H.R. 2499

May 16, 2010

H.R. 2499 passed with bipartisan support in the House.  I think all those voting for it should be ashamed.

I wrote at length on April 29th about the dangerous precedent that Congress is setting by mandating that non-residents be allowed to vote in the plebicites authorized by the bill.  I won’t repeat myself here.  This travesty is on the calendar for a hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources  on 5/19/2010 at 9:30 AM

In the Congressional Research Service document Political Status of Puerto Rico: Options for Congress one can find this statement: “Proposals to allow those living outside Puerto Rico  to vote in plebiscites do not appear to have generated substantial controversy.”

I think we need to show there is substantial controversy.  That is, if you want to continue having fair elections in the United States of America.  There is a link to the members of the Senate Committee on the committee website.  There will be no better opportunity to make opposition known than before this hearing.

Economic Stimulus or Bailouts and the Bathtub

December 5, 2009

Back in the ’80s I was working for a major US corporation that was trying to manufacture and market a computer to the consumer market before most consumers had any idea they wanted computers. The people in charge of marketing and sales came upon the idea of offering all sales outlets a no-risk stocking plan. To the best of my recollection, the way it worked was that an outlet could warehouse and stock as many as they wanted. Payment was only due upon final sale to a customer. In a nutshell, they created a massive distributed stocking pipeline that was then filled with product that was technically still owned by the company. Sales were entered on the books when the product shipped from the factory, ignoring the non-standard net-due agreements. There were plenty of people in the company who raised the alarm early-on that the plan violated accepted accounting practices. They pointed out that we were hiring, expending resources, and consuming material based on I.O.U.’s written to ourselves. The proponents kept pointing to the “sales” numbers; in their minds, eventual profits were assured.

However, once stores figured out that most consumers didn’t know they wanted computers, they began to want their stocking space back. When they product began to be returned, all that creative book keeping began to come unraveled. The company donated computers to schools until they were saturated. Truckloads then went in the local landfill. Hundreds of technicians that I helped hire and train had to find other work.

The “economic stimulus” bill kind of works the same way, though there are a few different possible scenarios.

  1. The government removes money from the economy by taxing businesses and individuals, and places it into the economy by giving it to other businesses or individuals. On the macro scale, this is a little like bailing water out of the bath tub and pouring it back into the same bath tub. The people doing the bailing get counted as the recipients of “created” jobs. On the micro scale, how this looks depends on whether one is on the removing end or receiving end of the redistribution. One thing to keep in mind in assessing this approach is that the people who had money to be taxed are the ones who had figured out how to make a profit (and create jobs) and the “bailees” are those who had not figured out how to make a profit or create jobs. Which do you want to reward?
  2. The government prints money and places it into the economy by giving it to businesses and individuals. This might seem to avoid the taxes of (1) but in practice it works the same way by diluting the profits and property of the ones who had previously been making things go. Say you invest in company A which issues 100 shares of stock with the potential of a total profit $10 per (initial) share in two years. After one year, the company runs out of operating capital and issues another 100 shares of stock without any real upside to the valuation or eventual potential. Your expected gain just went down by half.
  3. The government borrows money to accomplish 2, with all of the detriment thereof, plus the added benefit of interest owed.

All of these approaches incorporate a cardinal rule of politics: the politicians decide how to redistribute the money removed from the economy in such a way as to maximize the likelihood of reelection.  Can this work?  Let’s  say I take money from Bill Gates for example, and give it to nine other “deserving” individuals.  Bill won’t like it.  But he only gets one vote, even though we took enough to get nine others to vote for me.  That’s the root of the problem we have now.  Politicians have become experts at bribing people to vote for them.  Voters vote based on perceived personal benefit rather than on any kind of principals.   It takes uncommon character for an individual to voluntarily refuse the government windfall because he recognizes that it is making him complicit in the Progressive plot to inject government into every transaction and decision.

I’m going to have to restate that quote from Alexis de Tocqueville:  “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”