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It is not the 1%, it’s 6.2%

Posted 31 months ago|17 comments|1,049 views
A plague of Locusts
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Bill Gates did not spray protesters with pepper spray. Your "friendly" local police officer did it. Warren Buffett did not order a brutal removal and arrests of hundreds of peaceful protesters. Your Mayor did that. Oprah Winfrey did not sign new law that allows indefinite detention and torture of American citizens without trial. Your President did that.

While we are at Obama, did you know that Obama is the only peacetime President since Ronald Reagan that increased the number of uniformed military personnel? While Reagan managed to raise only 57,000 additional troops, Obama trumped him with 152,000 additional soldiers raised during the first two years of his presidency. It is a little strange behavior for a Nobel's Peace award winner.

The Chinese would probably say that the current government "lost the Mandate of Heaven" long time ago. We could probably say that a "government of the people, by the people and for the people" is no more. That 1% of population controls 99% of the capital in some way is almost certainly true. What's most commonly disregarded is that 6.2% makes, implements and guards the rules and regulations that make this possible.

According to the 2010 US Census data, there were 308,745,538 people living in United States. Out of that number, 10,965,982 were employed by Local Governments, 3,809,697 by State Governments, and 4,443,000 by the Federal Government. This means that more than 19 million Americans, a 6.2 % of total US population, work for the Government.

I am sure that there are many nice people among those 19 million. Some of them are actually trying to do some good for the people. Still, those numbers are eating sustenance out of United States. The government continues to increase in size at the rate of 7 percent a year. If that does not stop, there will be nothing left once this plague of locusts finishes their plundering.

The famous Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy is obviously true for the current establishment. The law states:

"In any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself.

Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representatives who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent.

The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.
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The only joint bi-partisan goal of the current government seems to be increase in its own power and authority. Newly signed NDAA is just a stepping-stone towards total government's control of population. Current government is clear case of Iron Law of Bureaucracy in action.

It's the Bureaucracy that created the current recession and it's them who control it. Unfortunately, it is easy to deceive people and even easier to buy them off.
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Perfect Horizon
Perfect Horizon
Chicago, IL
31 months ago: I was unaware that this was "Peacetime"...I must have missed that while I was distracted by all the dead bodies coming back from 2 wars...
31 months ago: Well, if you look at things that way, US was never in a peacetime since WWII started. Still, the numbers are true...
Perfect Horizon
Perfect Horizon
Chicago, IL
31 months ago: "It's the Bureaucracy that created the current recession and it's them who control it. Unfortunately, it is easy to deceive people and even easier to buy them off. "

Economically speaking the reasons for this recession are far more complicated than you assert. If I were to make a simplified argument about it I would say that the recession was caused by irresponsible people buying things they could not afford and then not paying for them later on.
31 months ago: Umm... Did I get this right?

You say that the people are responsible for the current recession?

You say that $8 trillion people owed in mortgages loans are responsible for the crisis and not artificially created $7 trillion in bonds and $10 trillion from the securitization markets? Do you say that the same people who were responsible for CDO deals and CDS fraud didn't went on working for Obama happily after?

Oh yes, it's the irresponsible people buying homes who caused all this...
Perfect Horizon
Perfect Horizon
Chicago, IL
31 months ago: Now you are getting somewhere...Perhaps you will now realize that recessions/depressions are complex economic issues. The Bonds and other generated debt are 1 part...people living beyond their means is another.
Perfect Horizon
Perfect Horizon
Chicago, IL
31 months ago: Are you arguing that people who make $20,000/year and bought $800,000 houses are not at fault? Blame the banks all you want, but I'm 100% positive that the idiots who signed the papers for a mortgage 2000% more than they could afford are at the very least a little bit at fault. Similarly, the people who make even less than $20,000/year and have $100,000 in credit card bills and drive a BMW...yeah that's a problem...
31 months ago: And government enjoying it's newly acquired power is the third?

There is an old saying that I find so true... "The fish always stinks from the head"
31 months ago: The people who took out loans that they couldn't afford created a disaster for themselves. There's no way that they could create a global recession.

Allowing banks and other financial institutions to create money out of thin air by increasing leverage by 3000% initiated a global recession because sooner or later, you have to show the money.
Perfect Horizon
Perfect Horizon
Chicago, IL
31 months ago: I agree, but you underestimate the power level of the US Economy around the world. Banks don't create money the government does. The global recession was triggered by a collapse of markets, the reasons for that collapse were largely related to the creation of unstable money.

However, don't down play the fact that the number of people who are now bankrupt had a direct impact. When you go bankrupt you stop buying things. When you stop buying things companies suffer, when companies suffer, the stockholders suffer...this is, in its fair part, a reason why the recession started here in the United States. Couple this with the fact the American market plays a large role around the world (imports on the small scale and financial markets on the large scale) along with many currencies being pinned to the US Dollar led to a rapid inflation triggered global recession. Again, my initial remarks were simply to point out that it is far more complicated than just blaming bureaucratic systems allows.
31 months ago:
Banks don't create money the government does. The global recession was triggered by a collapse of markets, the reasons for that collapse were largely related to the creation of unstable money.

I agree with this. Also, I agree that the reasons for recession are multiple and complicated.

Still, the ruling bureaucracy is the main culprit in this game of impoverishing the people...
Perfect Horizon
Perfect Horizon
Chicago, IL
31 months ago: "Still, the ruling bureaucracy is the main culprit in this game of impoverishing the people..."

~Ok, I can kind of agree here. But again if we are talking about the number of people who are now bankrupt or in forclosure I am going to have to put a lot (i.e. more than 50%) of the blame on the individual. Nobody told "Carly the College Student" to spend $75,000 on her credit card. Nobody told "Jim the Walmart checker and his unemployed girlfriend" to buy a $750,000 house. They read the contract (or didn't but again who's fault is that), they made the choice to live outside their means. Yes, banks made it possible, but the people still took the bait. Banks and the bureaucracies should be held accountable for offering such things, but at some point people need to take responsibility for their actions.

Also, lets not fool ourselves, the vast majority of people in the United States have no idea what real poverty is (compared to say Sub-Saharan Africa). The "lower-middle-class" in America could pass as the upper-upper class in many places in the world.
31 months ago: It's best to agree that we disagree.

I think that the government is too big, too corrupt and too powerful to really work for the good of the people.

Darn... Do you think that Clinton could force US media to keep silent about something like this? Even Fox never mentioned a peep about http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...
Perfect Horizon
Perfect Horizon
Chicago, IL
31 months ago: "I think that the government is too big, too corrupt and too powerful to really work for the good of the people."
~We seem to agree completely on this...

FoxNews probably dropped it after FactCheck destroyed them on their claim that Obama has spent more time on Vacation than W. Bush did...

For the record: Bush spent 1,020 days on vacation during his presidency. Obama has spent 61 days on vacation since taking office.
The Cypress Gang
The Cypress Gang
30 months ago: Uh, hello? Banks do not create money? Very old stuff that says they do...
out of thin air...

http://www.rantrave.com/Rant/Federal-Res...

...it is called cooking the books and if they worked for Enron they would be under the jail.
Altruist
Altruist
Eugene, OR
31 months ago: I think that instead of blaming all of the teachers, firemen, police, soldiers, marines, sailors, the guys that design and build your roads, that it is maybe 1000 people in Washington Dc that caused the problem. What is that something like .00003%? But those with the money control those folk so that is why we say it is the 1%.


I think I must agree to disagree with you on the size of government being too big also. Course I am biased since I used to see first hand how the hard working teachers sacrificed for your kids, how the government workers designed roads, and ran your local government.

To be fair we didn't actually build the roads, we contracted that job out to the private industry. All we did is all of the designing and inspection to make sure it was built right. City workers also did all of the maintenance of the roads sewer street lights, traffic signals and a lot of other stuff that keeps society going.

There is a backlog of between 2-3 TRILLION dollars worth of infrastructure that needs to be replaced if we are not to become another third world country. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/addi...

The number of government workers has been slashed while private jobs have had 22 months of growth.

Our students are ranked 26th in the world while we are slashing the time spent in the classroom and shortening the school year and increasing class size.

You claim that our government is too big and corrupt, but every government agency I look at has been starved for funds for the last thirty years. The only government agencies that are rolling in money are all of the military branches and the huge military industrial complex that services it with their army of lobbyists. That is where 90% of the government corruption takes place.

The entire financial collapse didn't happen because there was too much government it happened because there weren't enough government regulators keeping Wall Street and the Banks from creating new ways to make phantom wealth out of nothing. The BP oil spill and the Massey Coal mine disaster (how soon we forget) happened because there weren't enough regulators watching what they did and the few there were didn't have the funds to keep tabs on what was really happening.

Your entire premise is false.
31 months ago: In Germany, government employees are only 2.4% of the total population. In Japan, 1.56%. In Russia, 1.39%.

At the same time, in "prosperous" Italy it's 5.57%.

Notice the trend?

So.... If it was up to you... How many people should work for the government? 25 million? 150 million? 10%? 25? 100%?

And you say that most government agencies are starved for funds...
So... How come government has enough money to pay for "bunny police" that follows stage magicians around the country and checks if they have Federal License to pull rabbits out of hats?
http://biggovernment.com/bmccarty/2011/0...

Like I said... Too big, too corrupt and too darn powerful.
The Cypress Gang
The Cypress Gang
30 months ago: The only way (short of using DDT) to get rid of a swarm of locusts is to burn the field in front of them before burning the field they are in....

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