Mitt’s Magic Ear (piece)

A strange thing happened at last night’s Republican Debate in Boca Raton, Florida.


Tim Russert asked Mitt Romney whether or not he would raise payroll taxes to solidify the Social Security program, standard fair for a Republican debate. As Romney pauses for just a moment, a muffled, scratchy voice says “I wouldn’t raise taxes“.



A millisecond later, Mitt repeats the phrase on cue.


So the question on all of our minds – does that alter the consensus opinion that Mitt knocked it out of the park? If this gets picked up by the big media, this should be enough to knock Mitt from the race.


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Conventional Wisdom: Unconventionally Stupid

The conventional wisdom making the rounds in the last 24 hours is that we’ll be down to 3 candidates by Super Tuesday, with expectations running high that both Huckabee and Giuliani will be relegated to the sidelines after Florida. Both candidates are seeing their numbers slip as they struggle with an inability to come up with new money to power their floundering campaigns. I tend to agree with the conventional wisdom on this point. It will be down to the well-funded Ron Paul, the self-funded Romney and the un-funded McCain.


And to listen to the neo-conservative emmanations from the Ministry of Truth, you’d get the idea that they’re all liberal flip-floppers who don’t know what conservative means. Here, the CW is two-thirds correct.


On the sidelines


From there, I can’t follow what passes for wisdom from the conventional crowd. Mike Reagan posits that this is just the right scenario for Newt Gingerich, but Mike never really has been one to use his head for much besides sitting. You can forgive him for being a dunce, as he really is no blood relation to the Gipper, and intelligence is a genetic trait. While he might have picked up a little rhetoric spending some time with RR, he certainly missed the fundamental premise about what makes one a conservative. Here’s a news flash for you, Mike: a proclivity for bombing third world nations doesn’t make one conservative, and in light of a historical understanding of conservatism, it is actually a contra-indicator.


As much as I dislike Limbaugh’s inability to name the one conservative in the race, at least he is holding the line against redefining conservative so that he can avoid the indisputable fact that not only is Ron Paul the only conservative in this race, he is decidedly the most authentic conservative to vie for the Republican nomination since Barry Goldwater.



And I won’t do more than mention Glenn Beck, for whom it is all about the war. Strike that. I will make one comment for Mr. Beck: If you sell out everything that is important to conservatives to be able to kill more people in the middle east, you are not a conservative. You are a liberal hawk. That’s where you’re living, and you’ll have a hell of a time convincing the conservatives who have tuned you out of anything else.



If wanting to expand our war footprint (in opposition to the traditional conservative position) is a deal breaker for the self-appointed neo-conservative opinion-shapers, grow a set and say so. Stop trying to act as if Paul isn’t an authentic conservative – it doesn’t make your own abandonment of conservatism any less cynical. Fine – you’ve drank the ‘Islamo-fascist’ koolaide. That doesn’t mean that anyone unwilling to join you in the militaristic liturgy is not a conservative. As for your own conservatism – it died when you threw your weight behind increasing the power of the state over individual liberties in the name of security. What an indictment of you gentlemen – Mr Beck, Mr Limbaugh, and of the rest of the second tier of opinion gate-keepers.


You can get it back. I know you’re afraid of losing your seat at the table, but haven’t you been a spineless genuflector to the establishment long enough? You can recapture your conservative credentials, and do the nation a solid in the process. Learn to say the name of the only conservative left standing. It will hurt a little at first, but you’ll get the hang of it. Just two little one syllable words.



Test it out at home, try it with your significant other, or another close friend. After a little practice, you can gain the strength to say it in the presence of your respective audiences. And after you spend a while trying to rememeber what conservatism really is (hint – it doesn’t mean you want to kill more towelheads), you just might start to be conservative once again.


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Just Who Is Cozy With The Nazis?

In a telling display of just what a cesspool the anti-Paul coalition has become, news breaks today that Jamie Kirchick, the current hero of the smearbund, collaborated with at least one neo-nazi in his quest to smear Dr. Paul.


The incomparable Justin Raimondo has done all of the heavy lifting on this issue, exposing the motive for the Reason/Cato libertine crowd’s crusade and cogently laying out the damning fact that they are deeply engaged in some heavy-petting with the same racists they have put forward as props to smear Dr. Paul.


Here is the infamous Don Black photo – the one that whipped the haters into a frenzy:


Behold Kirchick's bitch - Don Black


As has been well documented, this photo of the infamous ‘Storm Front’ fuhrer was snapped at an event where hundreds of people attended and got their own candidate photos. Of course, it didn’t stop the assembled cretins from thinking it was the nail in the coffin for Paul. They even found out about a donation from a neo-nazi, and got the big media to carry their smear-water. And again, it was Don Black at the epicenter.


Flash forward to the most recent attempt to push the ‘Ron Paul is a racist’ premise, and who do you think Kirchick’s neo-nazi pal is….. you get one guess.


Don Black.


So here we have it, folks. There is no chance that the three separate surfacings of Black are coincidental. This is the best the braniacs can come up with, and if I say so myself, they make great bed-buddies. Who would have guessed that Kirchick and his partisans would end up in this metaphorical incestuous orgy of their own – with big, bad Stormfront! It gives the whole sordid mess a redeeming sort of closure.


I’m glad this episode has played out this way, for now the objective bystanders can get a real glimpse into the soul of these “aging hipsters and would-be “cool kids””, and make sure we steer clear.


almost a journalist


I’ll be waiting for the fourth offering resulting from the buggery between Kirchick and Black. One would have thought such intercourse unthinkable for both parties. It is true that politics makes for strange bed-fellows.


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Ron Paul is nicer than me, too

Reason covered the Norma McColvey endorsement from Arizona, and picked up a very interesting little glimpse into Dr. Paul. I think they might have encapsulated why there are men who are good at the game, and very rarely, a man who is just good.


Asked about Mitt Romney’s change of position on the subject of abortion, the Congressman offered:


I can’t read into anyone’s mind and heart but what he said is very similar [to McColvey's experience]. If we take him at his word, that is absolutely the case. I don’t think I’d put it at the same level of what Norma’s had to go through, but no, he says that he has had a changed attitude, and some people have challenged him on his sincerity, but I do not. I’m going to take his word for it unless something changes.


Those three sentences magnify for me the reason that Ron Paul probably will not be our next President; ironically, it is the same reason that he is a much wiser and better human being than I’ll ever hope to be.


I would have slugged Governor Romney between the eyes (metaphorically). I would have noted that abortion wasn’t the only thing the Governor had flip-flopped on, and spouted the requisite “his religion doesn’t matter” qualifier before I back-handedly asked if the Mormon Church’s death ritual had anything to do with his changes on the subject of abortion. (A clear non-sequitur – but as a presidential candidate, my primary goal isn’t to make sense. I just need to get the subject out there. Ask Mike Huckabee what I mean.)


I can’t verbalize this at the moment, but I’d try and get this video across in an easily understood soundbite (for those who would get on me for linking to the video above on some ludicrous sensitivity-based grounds…… this one is much worse…..).


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I’m a bible-believing Christian, so I know something about putting up with a little ridicule. The LDS gestapo and the professional outrage squad can get a sense of humor….


Of course, his religion isn’t particularly relevant, but we’re not having a contest to see who can construct the most cogent argument. Politics is a contact sport, and impressions mean everything. They’ve tried to paint Paul as a ‘kook’, while his policies are the most sane thing within the blast radius of Washington DC. In that same way, the most bizarre rituals of the Mormon Church don’t make Mitt Romney a fruitcake. Does anyone wanna argue that you can’t make him look like a fruitcake by linking him to death rituals and heavenly orgies?


It’s certainly a tactic that Lenin would have approved of, but hey – this ain’t patty-cake. Did Mitt ever have a Mormon newsletter?

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After the deluge; Ron Paul

If you’re an average American – by that, I mean you get up and go to work everyday because you need to and pay your bills because no one else will – today is a very bad day for you.


If you haven’t heard, the Federal Reserve slashed it’s ‘Fed Funds’ rate by three-quarters of a point this morning. Even if you have heard, you might not completely understand what that means.


The Fed has a few mechanisms for intervening in the credit markets. One is direct injection (or conversely, pulling out) of capital, which is accomplished by the Fed purchasing securities, thus adding ‘liquidity’ to the markets. This is done to influence the Fed Funds rate, the interest rates that banks charge one another for credit, usually on an overnight basis. Another tool is the discount window, where the Federal Reserve directly loans money to it’s members. The Fed Funds rate is what was lowered today.


You might be asking – why is this bad for me? Well, when the federal reserve devalues money (implicit in lowering the cost to obtain money), the value of any savings you have is immediately devalued. The purchasing power of your income is erroded. Every asset denominated in dollars will likely become more expensive, without some opposing market force at work. Loosening the availability of money and credit in the broader economy is one of the leading causes of inflation, the great decimator of the middle class.


So, if the Feds actions are so destructive to the wage earning members of our society, why on earth would they undertake such actions?


First of all, the Federal Reserve is a privately controlled corporation, who serves the interest of it’s member banks. It is part of it’s agreement with the congress that it must be constrained by striving for price stability, but there is no check that ensures that it actually pursues this goal, beyond Congresses ability to pull the charter should it see fit. Outside of that ne’er uttered threat, the Fed is autonomous, and acts solely in the interest of the biggest banks doing business in the US. Banks make trillions of dollars every year from a commodity – money – that they do not labor to produce and they do not create by special ingenuity. They make that money because they are a forced monopoly imposed by the Federal Government, with competition not allowed under penalty of law.


If it sounds nefarious, it’s because it is. The power to create currency – especially fiat urrency without intrinsic value – is the power to control. We have a system where we are forced to value our wealth in the Feds money, but they are allowed to manipulate the value of this commodity as they alone see fit. And that their ultimate interest lies in the continuation of this gravy train is apparent – when the question at hand is whether we devalue the savings and current earning power of the populace to bail out banks and financial institutions who made bad decisions, it is crystal clear where their heart is.



All this, without discussing that the Fed is in fact responsible for the bad decisions made by the banks that are now in major trouble. Loose monetary policy is what created conditions where excess capital chases too few assets – and bubbles develop. The massive transfer of wealth happens because the excessive capital is piped in at the upper echelons of the system, to the big money banks and big-business interests who get their hands on the loot first, before it’s dillutorious effects are realizes and priced into the market. By the time the bubbles pop, those with first shot at the money have long since profitted, and in most cases moved the resulting wealth to a more stable and secure vehicle. Those who were late to the party – generally, the working stiffs – get hosesd with the bubble assets, and then get to pay increased taxes to underwrite the bailouts that eventually come from the Federal Government.


And as with every possible evil visited on us from Babylon on the Potomac, once the furor and bad taste has faded from the popular memory, we re-tool and repeat this process.


Dr. Ron Paul knows about the evils inherent in forcing a monopoly over the nations money. He understands that to hand the ability to control the supply of money over to a private group is to trust our economic fortunes to their wisdom and good graces.


America has a tough road in the short term. The question is: do we just let them catch their breath and continue the plunder of our wealth by fiat, or do we elect a man who is, for the first in my lifetime, trying and bring free market sanity back to our nation?


I know what I’m gonna do…..


Here’s a short primer on the origins of the Federal Reserve System……..

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Here is another video that I have only previewed, but that purports to give a broader view of the purpose of money and the role the Fed plays in regulating our currency……

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Dragging into Florida

Rassmussen has the latest Florida poll averages out for the Republicans, and America’s Mayor has been relegated to third place. I say he’ll be lucky to hold on to that spot – the best thing he has going for him is that a good deal of the votes were cast in early balloting, and his slide might be ameliorated by the serendipitous timing……

fla poll

The good news for Rudy? I hear the Victoria’s Secret spring line is going to be to die for.

drag-on lady

Might I suggest a lavender heel, Mr. Mayor?

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Paul’s Cash Haul

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