Sept 26, 2009
Capitalism -- a Hate Story
Dr. Ted Baehr and Dr. Tom Snyder
Another One-Sided, Deceitful Piece of Leftist Propaganda: Michael Moore’s Latest Movie Mocking American Capitalism
Life in the Oink Sector
The Real Reasons Behind Fed Secrecy
You have to love socialists.
- A fault in a loved one is no matter.
- The same fault in an enemy is an outrage.
Socialists like Michael Moore look at corruption in capitalism as the reason why we need uncorrupted, pure as the driven snow, socialism.
Right off the bat, let me digress a bit.
was also the excuse
used to Destroy
the Constitution's State Veto
Checks and Balances
over the Feds
- Progressive = Socialism
- Communism = Socialism
- New Deal = Socialism
- Great Society = Socialism
- Change = Socialism
- Reform = Socialism
- Single-Payer Socialism really means that every taxpayer pays
Judeo-Communists and anarchists took over Russia contemporaneously to the era of the Judeo-Progressive movement and anarchists in America, so also calling our activists to be communists and anarchists seems appropriate, but we will call them Progressives.
"Fighting corruption" was the exact same technique Pharisee media-Scribe Progressives used for implementing the 17th Amendment in 1913.
That is, since all corruption seems to originate in the State governments, we need to take away the power that the corrupt State legislatures have over the U.S. Senate by removing their State Veto of federal laws, treaties and judicial appointments, so as to not pollute the uncorrupted, pure as driven snow, work of the federal government.
The technique was effective in implementing the 17th Amendment! -- That is, Senators elected by popular vote instead of appointed by the State legislatures.
But its effect was only to move the corruption from the State legislatures, where corruption could be partially managed, to Congress where it cannot be managed.
Pretty much all State power, along with its corruption, has been rapidly migrating up to the level of the federal government and then some to the UN, especially ever since the last of the State-appointed Supreme Court judges started retiring during the FDR administration.
But, let's stop digressing.
Roger and Me, by Micheal Moore
Michael Moore first won fame in exposing the corruption in GM with his movie, Roger and Me
Michael Moore hates GM, and Michael Moore hates capitalists, but GM went out of business because they were NOT good capitalists!
The twisted logic gets me all tied up.
Fact is that the corruption of GM showed, with Michael Moore showing a lot of it in Roger and Me.
The corruption and bad capitalism of GM also showed to the ones who mattered -- GM's customers -- who eventually looked elsewhere for cars.
And the ironic part, as much as Moore hates GM, Moore never attacks Obama for putting GM on life support, instead of letting it die.
Well why would he? -- Obama, the government guy, now runs GM, and not a bunch of filthy private capitalists.
"Socialists can always do better" -- they tell us.
Capitalism, a Love Story
I haven't watched to film yet, but Dr. Ted Baehr has a few great observations.
Mainly, once again, Michael Moore refuses to direct his story-telling against Obama.
A Few Points (Problems) with Moore's Movie
10) Although one of Moore's interview subjects notes that current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was the Federal Reserve official in New York whose incompetence is primarily responsible for the sudden financial meltdown on Wall Street, Moore lets President Obama off the hook for appointing Geithner because Moore thinks Obama supports Moore's anti-capitalist, socialist ideology in some way.
11) Although Moore lambastes Goldman Sachs for its allegedly corrupt influence in Washington D.C., he again lets Obama off the hook, even though Obama has appointed former Goldman Sachs officials as part of his economic team!
12) Although Moore blasts Wall Street banks, financial institutions and mortgage companies like Citicorp, Merrill Lynch, AIG, and Bank of America, and attacks the bailouts they received, he again lets President Obama off the hook for supporting bailouts.
-- Dr. Ted Baehr (emphasis added by TCS)
What Michael gets wrong (or deliberately hides) is that there can be corruption in socialism as well.
And that is exactly the point he misses.
That is not real Communism
Anytime an American Christian points to cold-blooded mass murders of millions upon millions in "communist paradises" like the Leninist or Stalinist Soviet Union, Maoist China, Khmer Rouge Cambodia, or Castro Cuba, the defenders of socialism state "this is not real communism".
And anytime an American patriot points out the failed economies of these "communist paradises", the defense of socialism is the same -- "this is not real communism".
And anytime an American patriotic Christian points out the lack of freedoms in these communist countries, the defense is that "this is not real communism".
In the eyes of the socialist romantic, there can never be corruption in socialist systems, only in capitalist systems.
And look, Michael Moore,
This is not real Capitalism
Two can play at their game.
I say that Capitalism in America is failing because it is not being allowed to work.
We do not have real capitalism anymore.
In the new China, they have communist officials who say they are communists, but in practice act like capitalists.
In the new America, we have capitalist officials who say they are capitalists, but in practice act like communists.
In reviewing this list, imagine how many of the best and brightest American workers have been seduced away from making anything of substance, in return for better pay, better benefits, less pressure, and an earlier retirement working for a government who dominates the ones who make things of substance.
Thankfully, the money we saved by paying Chinese workers 50 cents a day to make our junk, is money we can then give to these federal workers who enrich our lives so much every day (sic).
- On average, the federal civilian wage in 2008 was $79,197, almost 50 percent greater than that of the average private-sector employee's wages of $49,935.
- Pay growth in the public sector has been much higher than growth in the private sector over the years, too. Between 2000 and 2008, wages for federal civilian workers climbed by 53.7 percent, while wages in the private sector went up 28.5 percent over the same time period.
- The average state and local government employee earns 29 percent more than the average private sector employee.
- When wages and benefits are combined, federal civilian workers averaged $119,982 in 2008, twice the average compensation of $59,909 for private sector workers. This places the value of benefits for federal civilian workers at an average of $40,000 a year, four times the value of benefits that the average private-sector employee receives.
- The majority of state workers have pension plans that allow them to retire 10 to 25 years earlier than members of the productive sector, and that provide benefits many times the retirement payout that Social Security would provide.
- A driver's education teacher in Illinois gets a $170,000 annual salary and $120,000 annual pension.
- In New York, some city workers amass more than $100,000 in overtime during their last year before retirement to create a monthly pension higher than their salary.
- 420 of Illinois's physical education teachers, 332 English teachers and 94 driver's education teachers make more than $100,000 a year, with salaries for each position topping out at more than $160,000 a year.
- A citizen of Houston, Texas, pondering the curious, concomitant rise in crime and taxes, would find that the number of police officers serving the community has remained the same for six years running, despite a 40 percent budget increase to cover higher salaries, pension and health-care benefits.
- A small business
receiving an IOU in California might be surprised to learn that in 2008, 40 percent of Vallejo's 613 employees had salaries greater than $100,000 a year, the same year the city filed for bankruptcy.
- In Fort Worth, Texas, one police chief recently retired at age 55 with a guaranteed annual pension of $188,692. His successor retired at age 52 with an annual pension of $113,614. Another unremarkable State of California retiree gets an annual pension of $500,000. He was outsmarted by two University of Connecticut professors who are currently collecting six-figure pensions while simultaneously collecting similar salaries.
- Early this year, still in the midst of an economic depression, the federal government awarded a 2.9 percent raise to every federal worker and a 5.9 percent raise to every retiree.
- The average worker in the U.S. pays $10,000 in income taxes; enough to keep one federal worker in style for one month! There are upward of 20 million of these pampered pigs, hogging 87,000 different institutions in government and public education, where the payrolls are always lard-laden in comparison to private-economy paysheets.
The Ron Paul Solution to Corrupt Capitalism
While Michael Moore's solution to shark-tank capitalism is to "throw out the baby with the bath water", Ron Paul realizes that the same socialists who are screwing up capitalism are the socialists. And their solution is even less capitalism and too much more socialism.
Ron Paul points to government institutions such as the Fed as examples of where the free market is being mugged.
Ron Paul discussing his "Audit the Fed Tranparency Act"
It has been argued that full disclosure of details of funding facilities like TALF and PDCF that enabled massive bailouts of Wall Street would damage the financial position of those firms and destabilize the economy.
In other words, if the American people knew how rotten the books were at those banks and how terribly they messed up, they would never willingly invest in them, and they would fail.
Failure is not an option for friends of the Fed.
Therefore, the funds must be stolen from the people in the dark of night.
This is not how a free country works.
This is not how free markets work.
That is crony corporatism and instead of being a force for economic stabilization, it totally undermines it.
-- Ron Paul
What I would say to Michael Moore and everyone like him is to just let America return to the capitalism of the 1800's (and the government of the 1800's) and then see where America ends up after say 10 years.
My predictions are that we would leave everyone in the dust, as we did back then, emerging as the largest exporting country in the world, just before we mortally wombed ourselves with the 17th Amendment in 1913.
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