Posts Tagged ‘Margaret Thatcher’

Three Political Suicides: Thatcher’s Poll Tax, Gillard’s Carbon Tax, Obama’s Obamacare

November 11, 2013

How the mightly are fallen, and all because they wanted to mulct that little bit of extra out of the golden goose of the Public. When we look at political collapses we can see how taxing the people at the wrong point and in the wrong way quickly leads to political death for the arrogant politician, and no better examples serve to illustrate this truism that those of PM Maggie Thatcher of the isle of Great Britain, Julia Gillard of the isle of Australia, and Barack Obama of the isle of Chicago.

Thatcher’s Poll Tax was a valiant attempt to impose the fairest tax of all, the Poll Tax, on long-suffering British property owners, on whom, as in America, the whole cost of local government fell. The Poll Tax is the fairest tax because it hits every citizen equally, and excludes none from the depredation. But the fact that millions of people. who previously never had to worry about paying tax, now had an annual financial burthen on their hands, was too much for the general public, and Thatcher’s Guy Fawkes explosion of British Politics was soon over.

Julia Gillard, always trying to sound like a cross between Winston Churchill and Richard Nixon, put her 30% carbon tax on mining just at a time when commodity prices had already peaked, and were obviously due for a huge “correction”. You’ll notice that Gillard never once called for an end to logging in Australia, or pressured the Indonesian Forest Rapists to curtain their destruction of the planet, but she thought she could mulct 30% out of the commodity corporations to shore up her huge Socialist bureaucracies. A few months later, and Ms. Gillard has crashed, and Tony Abbott is the new archdeacon of Aboriginaland, now called Australia after the Theft.

Finally we come to the current example, as arrogant President Obama, who thought he could ram Obamacare down the throats of the American People, and did so, has to back up his blatant lies about people being able to keep their insurance plans if they liked them, with a Clintonesque addendum explaining that people didn’t really hear what they heard the first time. We saw an initial report from NBC that 7 million Americans would lose their current plans and have to pay higher premiums, folks who undoubtedly thought that Obamacare wouldn’t touch them. When we saw that, we knew Obama’s Party had probably lost the next election. Obama won by about 1 million votes, but raising the premiums on 7 million “folks” who didn’t expect it is going to lose Obama and the lying Democrats far more. His popularity has plunged in the last few weeks to a reported 39% approval rating. People know when they’ve been lied to, and they don’t forget hits to their pocketbook.

But that was a week ago. Yesterday we read a report that over 50 million Americans could lose their current insurance and be forced to pay higher premiums for “better coverage”. What do you think that is going to do when those angry millions visit the voting booths in ’14 and ’16?

Three arrogant politicians: Thatcher, Gillard, and Obama. Three beautiful Political Suicides.

Hooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

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The Obama Healthcare Ruling: America’s Second Townshend Acts

June 29, 2012

” The arrogant encroachments of the Townshend Acts immediately rekindled American resistance to British oppression.” — Prof. Murray N. Rothbard, “Conceived in Liberty, Vol. 3”

President Obama and his Democrats have sown the seeds for their own political destruction, as these millionaires pass their mandates on an increasingly terrified and angry populace. The Supreme Court Obamacare ruling will be their Achilles heel, and, from now on, they will face ever increasing difficulties, for they have mobilized a massive resistance to their re-election with this ruling, and literally millions of Americans are now wondering where they are going to get the extra after-tax money to pay these huge monthly premiums on policies with huge deductibles that afford little protection. The blood-pressure levels in America must have risen exponentially overnight as a new dose of Obama-worry shortens her inhabitant’s lifespans. More worries for the businessman, and more worries for the worker who might now be laid off. Yet unseen are the worries of the unemployed worker who now will not get hired because of the new insurance costs for the small businessman. The lowered employment this act will lead to will not be measured or reported statistically, but it will show up when the “experts” are once again surprised at why the unemployment rate stays stubbornly high. They will not mention Obamacare.

But all this uncertainly will lead to one effect: millions of Americans who were not affected by the individual mandate and its ensuing tax penalty, and who were comparatively indifferent to whether Obama or Romney or Johnson got elected, will now be passionately concerned who the next President will be because it will mean the difference between paying a huge monthly extortion to a private insurance company, or paying a huge monthly extortion to the federal government, or paying no extortion at all. These people will suddenly have a great incentive to vote for Romney, since a vote for him will now be equated with a vote against Obamacare and the mandate-tax. These independents and “indifferanti” will now become firm Romney supporters just because they are afraid of falling into poverty due to this outrageous impost of the Federal Government, the Obama Administration, and Congress. Voting for Romney will be seen in the same light as the Revolutionary Colonist’s agreeing to their non-importation boycotts of British goods after the heinous imposition of the Townshend Acts by the then-reigning Obama, King George III and his Tories in Parliament. Obama, Pelosi and Reid have sown the political wind, and now they are going to reap, politically speaking, an Arkansaw twister.

All this is probably bad news for Gary Johnson’s campaign. Johnson would also get rid of this obvious start of a deeply Communistic America, run by the corporations and the big-government Dems and Repubs, which is almost all of them. Those considering a principled, ethical, vote for Johnson, to avoid blood on their hands and soul, may now be stampeded towards Romney out of pure fear of the slaughterhouse. The millionaire lawyers in Congress and the White House, who have made their large fortunes by flapping their lips in Congress, after making small fortunes getting paid for flapping their lips in Government Universities and Colleges, are so out of touch with the anxiety of the slightly upper-middleclass fulltime worker or self-employed that they have no idea what they have just done to themselves.

Not only that. The Medicaid expansion to those States that have embraced Obamacare (usually with Democratic Governors) will give a huge boost to the dis-incentive to work that this provision will create. For those in the $50-60k/yr range, it may pay to drop out entirely, and let Medicaid pay or largely subsidize their premiums, rather than work 8-5, five days a week, just to pay the monthly cash tribute to the Obama-Buffett insurance companies and banks, money that could have been used for sound vegan food to try to preserve their health in this brutal, bureaucratic world that Obama has solidified during his rule. This Medicaid provision may work, much as Rothbard pointed out the Guaranteed Annual Income would work, in killing the incentive to work, so that more and more of the population would drop out, and live on the Guaranteed Annual Income and free medical care provided by the taxes of the fewer and fewer workers, while the deficit spending this would require would continue to degrade and inflate the currency, so that the annual inflation rate would rise as would the annual COLA (cost of living increase), thus forcing the raising of the Guaranteed Annual Income at a faster and faster annual rate, until the currency completely collapsed from hyperinflation. This will occur now that this provision has become law.

The coming end to the Bush tax cuts, the higher cost of hiring with Obamacare, and the huge incentive now for the lower middle-class to drop out — all these will greatly worsen the economy which is already in depression. But Obama and his Queen Pelosis, living in their Washington Irondome, don’t have the economic imaginations to forsee all this. As Hayek pointed out, in all bureaucracies there is a marked tendency for the mediocre to rise to the top. Holder, Pelosi, Reid, Obama, Romney.

Nor has Obama learned anything from Maggie Thatcher. You’d think  politicians would remember the same mistakes that King George III and Thatcher made, but Obama proves that they often don’t. Now, you remember how Mrs. Thatcher was riding high in British politics; the unions had had their testimonials cut off by the Iron Lady; the economy was ebullient; and her popularity was high. And then she threw a spanner in the works: her poll tax.

The poll tax, because it affected every single member of the British populace, suddenly brought home the meaning of taxation to the millions of Britains who didn’t have to pay tax and never dreamed they would. The rage and opposition was immediate, much like the rage and opposition Silverwolf read on the internet yesterday, after this infamous ruling by SCOTUS. Thatcher’s popularity plunged, and the opposition to her rule grew suddenly vociferous. It was the Iron Lady’s downfall.

Now Obama and his girls in Congress have rammed through this outrageous depredation on the economic security of millions of Americans, and made it a life-or-death issue for every American while throwing millions into economic insecurity overnight, they are going to face the concerted might of an incensed huge majority. It’s 1768 all over again.

“Wilkes, Liberty, and No Stamps!”

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! — Silverwolf

The A-Bomb of Libertarianism Approaches

April 2, 2010

Forgive them, Lord, for not understanding what they do, for when they sow the winds of Fascism, they will reap the whirlwinds of Liberty.

Thus it is that the Democrat politicians have failed to understand the magnitude of what they have done to the generation below them, and when that generation awakens to the theft of their Freedom, a Freedom that has been relatively unhampered until now, the effect will be an A-Bomb of Libertarianism, spreading as fast as a mushroom cloud, sweeping the last vestiges of Fascism and Communism into the wastebasket of History, where they belong.

Silverwolf predicts that the younger generation will come to understand the magnitude of the oppression that holds them down, and will overthrow that 80-year long Tyranny at the polls in an electoral A-Bomb that will propel so many Libertarians and Ron Paul-Republicans into office, that the lemming effect will take over, and people will be crawling all over each other to be labeled the “Libertarian” Candidate. And Libertarian has little to do with Manchurian; they are the opposites.

Yet there is one difficulty, and that is that Libertarianism is an ideology of ideas and principles, applied to the political sphere, and thus to be a Libertarian requires a certain intellectual effort, a penetration of the mind into the facts of reality to understand them, and thus be able to control them for oneself. But the American public is a profoundly un-intellectual group in general, and so it is rather lazy when confronted with a large, but no means overwhelming, volume of reading and concepts that should be pondered over to legitimately call oneself a Libertarian.

Silverwolf well recalls his reaction when listening to Mike Jingozian, during the candidates presentations for the Presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party in 2008. Jingozian was asked about his views on “The Tragedy of the Commons”, and was not even aware of what the concept was, something that anyone who had read through “Man, Economy, and State” by Murray Rothbard, as well as countless other books before it, would be aware of. It showed that Jingozian was more interested in being a candidate than in doing the necessary groundwork in reading and pondering that would be necessary for such a serious venture as being President of the United States. Jefferson, for example, had a huge knowledge of the preceding theories of political “science” that had come before him, thanks in large part to Puffendorf, who had acted chiefly as a collector of other people’s political ideas, which was exceedingly helpful to Jefferson. In effect,  Puffendorf was Jefferson’s “Google search engine”.  But at least Jingozian was honest enough to admit to a hall full of people that he didn’t know what the concept meant.

Politicians (or is it statesmen we need?) are a bit like rock lead guitarists or singers. They all have their styles, and it may be possible (and usually is necessary) to separate the style of the politician from the immorality of his actions. Take four politicians whom Silverwolf takes an exceedingly dim view of: LBJ, Reagan, Thatcher, and Clinton. Though their morality be that of the sewer, one can yet say that each had his style and charisma as a politician, and each had a certain skill in that whoring art. Like a good technical lead guitarist, you had to admire the dexterity of LBJ, pulling the dog ears of Congress to get them to start the bankruptcy of America with his Democrats’ Warfare-Welfare State. Or Teflon “Dutch” Reagan, whose daily atrocities against the American people, and against true Capitalism, were laughed off as mere peccadilloes and fleabites, as the love of America just kept swelling towards this charlatan. Or Maggie Thatcher, demolishing any man who’d stand up to her, in an avalanche of abuse and argument which made her invariably seem more masculine than  her opponents. Or Bill Clinton, whom the people loved no matter what he did, as long as the economy was good. All of them virtuosos in that horrendous art of politics. But not one of them understanding true Free-Market economics (even if they claimed to), or Libertarian principles, or having the Jeffersonian spirit of Freedom.

So the difficulty of bringing a rather intellectual political and economic set of principles to the American people is formidable. But thanks to Statesmen like Congressman Ron Paul, many of these ideas have finally been put forth before the public, not only here in America, but throughout the Socialist world. And once those ideas are out there, Fascism will start to rust. Lets hope it finally corrodes all the way through.

Yet, notwithstanding these difficulties, Silverwolf thinks that bright, well-grounded, and serious people will come forward, that there will be a mid-term landslide for Libertarianism and Austrian economics, and this mid-term landslide will result in a Capitalist Revolution at the next Presidential election, and a Revolution in the way people think of their responsibilities. With the Capitalist Revolution will come a rapid gain in prosperity for the assiduous and industrious (and lucky) which will further reinforce the validity of the Free-Market. Nothing succeeds like material success when it comes to economics, and in this case, the people will see that the moral choice, Capitalism, which is scrupulous in respecting the Property Rights of the Individual (which includes the Rights over his own body, i.e. no draft and no income tax) is not only the moral choice but also the practical choice for increasing the prosperity of the people, i.e., “promoting the general welfare”.  This Jeffersonian Ideal will replace the Socialist Ideal of Obama, Pelosi, Reid, DeFazio, Schumer, Frank, Blumenauer, Kucinich, Sanders, and all the other Collectivists in Congress who have assaulted the property rights of every American by robbing them through the political system with their unconstitutional healthcare boondoggle. And someone who robs you is a thief.

When those 20-somethings who didn’t vote, or who voted for Obama, never thinking it would cost them $500/month for life to do so, suddenly realize the quicksand the Democrats have stuck their once-free life into, they will react with a rage like a caged bull let into the arena. They will go into those polling booths, or fill in those circles at home with wrath in their wrists and contempt and disdain in their hearts for the Totalitarian Bullies who have enslaved them, so the Insurance Corporations might grow yet richer— Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Romney’s dream. And when the count is over, it will be like Yeltsin and the Movement behind him, or Havel in Czecho, sweeping the greying Reids and Pelosis before them in a great cleansing tsunami of Liberty.

The A-Bomb of Libertarianism is being assembled in the minds and souls of America’s once indifferent, as they feel, for the first time, the cold fingers of Communism creeping round their hearts, compressing their cardiac function into the angina of anguish always caused by the Communists, and their miserable, immoral, bureaucratic system, which denies the sanctity of Human Freedom, the Natural Rights Laws of Jefferson which he incorporated into the Bill of Rights, and the religious passion that owes all allegiance to “That Which is Holy”, and not the State, or some ugly, blasphemous piece of cloth known as a flag.

The American Public does not understand that all Rights, including the Bill of Rights, derive from Property Rights (and we all have a Property Right in ourselves, which means we cannot be enslaved, or assaulted, or have our property robbed by anyone, either an Individual, or a gang of Individuals, or a gang of Individuals known as the State). Professor Murray Rothbard masterfully points this out in his critique of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’ famous “Shouting fire in a crowded theatre” ruling. Holmes’ failed to reason the real reason you can’t shout fire in a crowded theatre, which is that somebody’s Property Rights have been violated, either the theatre owner’s, or the other ticket holders. The person falsely shouting “Fire” has violated the Property Rights of one or the other by defrauding them, and it is on this basis that they should be prosecuted, not the vague Statist argument used by Holmes to abridge the Right to Freedom of Speech. Same with Freedom of the Press. It’s a violation of the Property Right of someone to buy a press, buy newsprint, hire reporters, etc. It is either fraud or the violation of our Right to acquire property in both cases, and fraud is a crime against Capitalism (or a specific Capitalist).

No, the brain-deadened Communists have no inkling of the reaction of Liberty they have provoked with their Fascist Healthcare Bill. But when that A-Bomb of Libertarianism hits next November, the mushroom cloud will spread so fast, and jettison so much flotsam and jetsam in its wake, that the political landscape of the Western World will never be the same again.

Come November at the polls,  the A-Bomb of Human Freedom will explode in these United States, and the Mushroom Cloud of Liberty will rise again in America.

Chocks away!

Hoooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww!— Silverwolf