Friday, February 24, 2006

Is there such a thing as healthy paranoia?

Have you ever seen a woman walking down a dark street or crowded mall tuck her purse underarm and begin cradling it like a football? Have you ever moved your wallet to your front pocket so that you can keep a better eye on it? Why do people do things like that? It's because there is real risk, right? No one is offended or outraged by subtle acts of paranoia such as these because we all understand that certain precautions are necessary to mitigate risk. Why do businesses create checks and balances in their accounting systems? Why does the IRS audit? We can't escape the truth that people in this world will take advantage of us; therefore, we must be aware and watchful so that we don't get bested by malicious people.

Recently we learned that an Arab country was planning to "buy out" six US ports. Upon hearing this, many Americans began to express concern that this might be a bad Idea, and the government might need to consider stopping it. Immediately the left-wing "rebels without a cause" saw another opportunity to attack. They brought the same tired argument that we've been hearing for the last 20 years or more... Racism.

I think it's entirely naive to think that people who express concern over this situation are racially motivated. This country need to realize what is happening here. We are at war, and I estimate that probably 80% of the Muslim world today wants us dead. It's not racism, it's healthy paranoia.

Do you think Americans would have had a problem with Japan buying SIX American ports during WWII? Absolutely, Its just common sense. Now all is forgiven, and we have many Japanese owned companies in this country. The same may be true for these companies who want to purchase these ports, but right now the timing is off.

We need to wake up and realize that we are fighting a different kind of enemy than we've ever faced before. This enemy that we face is very difficult to identify. He doesn't wear a uniform, and he doesn't carry a flag. Its a threat without a face; much like the threat you feel when walking alone in a dark alley at night. We don't discriminate and single out religions in this country, but if a religion or sect of a religion continues to teach and advocate our ultimate destruction then we must be aware and watchful so that we don't get bested by malicious people. We have to mitigate our risk in whatever way we can.

controlling the sea ports would give substantial power to anyone who wanted to smuggle into this country. We can't say for sure if the people who want to buy these ports have malicious intent, but that's just the problem isn't it? We can't say for sure if they have malicious intent. Our government has been afraid of a second terrorist attack on this country for some time now. Why all of a sudden are we letting down our guard? For example, If I wanted to smuggle a destructive device into a country. I would have to consider all the methods of transportation that are available. If crossing the ocean today, you have two choices: Air or sea. We all know how much more security exists if you decide to go with air, but what about sea? There are US Customs officers that are responsible for monitoring sea transport, but how much do they check and what are their procedures? I don't know, but if I was a port owner and worked with them day after day, I would know.

So doesn't it make sense, that IF these people ARE planning to smuggle into this country they would be put in a very advantageous position if they controlled one port. How about six ports? And where does these peoples allegiances lie? With our government? Or with their oppressed Islamic brothers whose way of life has been threatened by the infidels from the west? Would they take a bribe? All of these questions are valid, because of the context of current events. If an Arab nation wants to buy out some American ports, that's fine. But they need to wait until they have proved themselves to us like Japan. It's not racism; it's timing and healthy paranoia.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Why is this country determined to be socialist?

Aside from the unmasked instance of unadulterated socialism President Roosevelt's committee on economic security under Edwin E. Witte dumped on our heads by drafting the Social Security Act passed by Congress in 1935 as part of the "New Deal." This country has managed to stick to the capitalist fundamentals that created our economy and facilitated the free enterprise system that we all enjoy for a very long time. However, more and more I'm seeing a malignant trend eating away at the fabric of our economy that should sicken any intelligent American who cares about their own livelihood.

The undercurrent of Socialism and Communism in this country right now is growing. Do you remember Al Gore's plan to use the budget surplus to purchase a "package" of services for "every American"? That, my friend, was the most communist idea I've heard of in a long time. Communism always carries the same message: "The government can make everyone equal." The fact is that hundreds of years of history proves that it won't work. Who decides what equal is? Who decides how this "equality" will be achieved? Answer: not you or I. The government decides how you will spend your money. Sure heath insurance for every American sounds good, but you have to ask.. Who's gonna pay for that? You know that vacation you've been planning, what if the government said, "Sorry you can't take your family on vacation because you have to pay for the unemployed guy down the street's health insurance this month, and by the way how irresponsible of you to take your family on vacation when there are non-taxpaying citizens who can't afford to pay for their oxycontin." Just wait until you decide to buy a new family car but the government decides to raise the "Prescription Security Tax" again, because they just can't seem to pay for all the painkillers, tranquilizer, and antidepressants being prescribed to people with government issue health insurance. But you're right, communism is the answer to all our problems. I mean, if we can't trust our government to take care of us then who can we trust, right? I mean look how well the postal service works, you couldn't ask for happier, more efficient workers than that! I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to turn my right of choice over to a government who doesn't even understand what a percentage means (IRS tax table).

Or how about Socialism? That works right? I mean, if the government owned all the hospitals, wouldn't they be able to make sure that Doctors don't get paid too much and that heath care costs stay low? Can't you just see it now, America's best and brightest college students will line up to become doctors at hospitals where the "Federal Bureau of Medical Services" has to approve an allergy shot. And they won't mind working 70 to 80 hours a week for government employee wages. The number of patients and the hours worked per week would have to increase due to this new affordable health care. Salaries, the quality of diagnostic tools and other equipment would have to decrease to facilitate these new low prices for patients. Doesn't that just make you dream of becoming a doctor? Oh well, maybe the government won't cut doctor salaries, maybe they'll just offset the cost by taxing working class Americans. That might work. If you think of the US Postal service as a model of government efficiency, can you really say that you want an overworked, underpaid, undertrained doctor who has had just about all he can take of the "red tape" and the bureaucracy of Socialized Medicine, wondering why he ever decided to be a doctor and if he's trapped in this life as he reaches for a scalpel to begin your quadruple bypass surgery?

The bottom line is that Communism can't make people equal, but it can slowly destroy the will of every worker in an economy because every dime they work for goes to help someone else and no matter how hard they work they never see any personal benefit from it. So why try?

Socialism is a lie. It has no benefit to anyone involved but the government. Why then are so many politicians pushing Socialism on ignorant voters? Hmmmm Let's see, 1). Socialism transfers ownership and control to the government. 2). The businesses/economies controlled by the government do not become more productive. 3). All the money from said business/economy is channeled through the government. (Through salaries, taxes, etc.)
It seems that Government is the only one who benefits in this scenario....Could that be why the politicians push it so much?