utilitymaximiser:

A lot of people have already said it, but I doubt the Republican party will ever win another election. And the 2016 election will probably be won by Hillary Clinton.

I agree with the first thought. I cringe at the second. I also have hope that there’s enough dirt and back-story on her to keep her from winning office. I also hope that people have learned their lesson. 

Then again, I’m an optimist and people in large groups are idiots. 

How the GOP failed to embrace the ideas that they pretend to embrace.

Think about how clueless the GOP is. They keep on trying to cling to this idea of the “free market” and yet they keep on demonstrating that they don’t know a single thing about how the free market operates. They fail to utilize it and incorporate it into their plans of action. In wanting to see the ACA/Obamacare fail, it would have been the perfect opportunity to rely on the power of the market to disband the albatross law, but they failed to realize this possibility or they don’t actually believe in it. In fact, the GOP went the complete opposite direction and tried to unilaterally shutdown the government and force people’s hand. That’s as far from their ‘free market principles’ as you can get. 

Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing the government shutdown, but I’m no fan of hypocrisy or the tarnishing of such valid ideas as free market economics. 

If you want to stop the ACA/Obamacare, you don’t need to enact a coercive government shutdown, you simply need to let the free market kill the ACA (yes, even with all of the tax fines and such). Obamacare will only work if young healthy people pay for insurance that they don’t want or need. This demographic rarely uses their insurance to begin with and their for all of their contributions will go to mitigate the costs of older or more sickly customers who are typically a large burden on the system. Given the high price of insurance that the targeted youth will have to pay, even accounting for the fines they will face, I doubt that the majority from the target audience is going opt in. We’re already seeing them complain about increased costs and many are making the sound economic choice of not purchasing insurance. 

And this is exactly why the government had to force tax fines on to people, to force them to buy a product that they don’t want or need. But still, people are opting to not buy in and that’s why, given current projections, the ACA is well on it’s way to failure. 

The Free Market, even with all the government bullshit, is still doing what it does best, driving the market. 

Obama’s one of the worst presidents we’ve had and there isn’t a single GOP candidate worthy of replacing him with. That should tell you all you need to know about the GOP. 

uglyuglyugly:

This BBC documentary reveals and analyzes the fact that al-Qaeda does not exist.
There is no such thing as “al Qaeda”, there is no one on earth who calls himself a member of “al Qaeda”. “al Qaeda” is a term made up by the U.S. government to be applied to anyone killed during in the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. There is no formal organization. There is no secret terrorist network.

I remember reading a few years ago that al-Qaeda was in fact an invisible bogeyman fabricated by the U.S., but could never find much about it, so I disregarded it as conspiracy hearsay. A recent documentary special aired in the UK via the BBC goes into depth about it, however. This ten-minute video focuses on the parts regarding the truth behind al-Qaeda. It’s very important, so please watch it and please reblog it.

This documentary, which has aired globally and has even been screened at the Cannes Film Festival, has yet to air in the United States, of course. Writer/producer Adam Curtis had this to say in 2008:
“Something extraordinary has happened to American TV since September 11. A head of the leading networks who had better remain nameless said to me that there was no way they could show it. He said, ‘Who are you to say this?’ and then he added, ‘We would get slaughtered if we put this out.’ When I was in New York I took a DVD to the head of documentaries at HBO. I still haven’t heard from him.”

For more information about the documentary, read here. For more information on Jamal al-Fadl, the man who was paid to invent al-Qaeda, read here.

This is a clip from BBC’s The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of The Politics of Fear

I think this 3-part series is the most important documentary of our time. It’s a must watch. 

The series dissects how the liberal movement failed America and then gave way to the Chicago Neo-Cons to create a fear-based political regime in America while at the same time, a handful of extremists changed the face of Islam through the same fear-based extremism in the Middle East. 

Here’s a link to all three parts:

PART I - Baby It’s Cold Outside

PART II - The Phantom Victory

PART III - The Shadows In The Cave

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, if you want to comment on American and/or foreign politics and you haven’t watched this series, you’re missing out. 

(via priceofliberty)

Judge Napolitano: Republicans Did Opposite Of What They Were Elected For With Fiscal Cliff Bill.

We fought a revolution against the King and Parliament in Great Britain when taxes were at 3%, now they want to take 40% from us! Do we work for the government or does the government work for us?

If you’re still supporting the GOP, I’m still considering you to be a fucking idiot. You’ve been conned. We’ve all been conned. 

I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don’t we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase. And when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters, when people lose their jobs, they know which party to blame, the party of high taxes. Let’s don’t be the party of just almost as high taxes.

In the House, they have to because the Democrats don’t have the majority. In the Senate, I’m happy not to filibuster it, and I will announce tonight on your show that I will work with Harry Reid to let him pass his big old tax hike with a simple majority if that’s what Harry Reid wants, because then they will become the party of high taxes and they can own it.

Rand Paul, in an interview on CNBC (via thefreelioness)

Rand, he’s up and down for me. Still, I guess better him than any number of potential republican senators. 

(via byulibertarian)

I don’t think positively of this “method”.  Sit back and let them ruin it?

(via thefreelioness)

I was just saying this last night.

(via antigovernmentextremist)

SS: I don’t care about ‘playing politics’ but I’m always down with the ‘let it fucking burn’ option, here’s why:

Americans just don’t understand how fucked we are in regards to fiscal and monetary policies. They think that one side or the other has the perfect plan and that the opposite side is fucking things up. In reality, they are all fucking things up but you can’t convince them of that right now. You can only do that with a clean slate and a clean slate doesn’t come unless there is so kind of financial chaos. That’s the mother of all change. 

So if you truly want real economic change to come to America, you shouldn’t fear the impeding chaos. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama and his yes-men aren’t banking on the chaos to push their own type of change. These guys keep upping the ante on the GOP as if they don’t actually want a deal. 

Obama had requested $800 billion in revenues a few months ago and the GOP sucked it up and showed up with that exact figure. Obama and his trolls went ahead and shot that down and doubled-down on their request, now asking for tax hikes on the top 2% as opposed to the top 1% and asking for a total of $1.6 TRILLION, twice what Obama requested just a few months ago. 

Obama is routing for chaos and I’m on board. It’s going to take chaos to motivate the American public to wake the fuck up and fix this mess because we all know there’s no real change that’s going to come from Washington. 

Oh, by the way, none of this made-up Taxmageddon bullshit is even real. We can just let the tax cuts continue, freeze the spending increases and boom, everything is fine. But both sides, especially the Dems, wanted this mess to come to a head so they can leverage it to vilify the, now, 2% and get all of the 98%, including Republicans who oppose tax increases, to turn on their own principles and choose their own financial stability over their ideology. 

Obama and his team are a lot of brilliant politicians. These guys have mastered the game better than anyone I’ve ever seen hold public office. They know exactly how to spin things, how to divide factions and how to get what they want without actually asking for it. 

Obama is in it for the chaos. If he wasn’t he’d just extend the tax cuts and hold the spending increases. 

The real issues are the unfunded liabilities and what we’re going to do when we actually run out of ways to pay the notes that we’ve already promised and we’re left with two options: default or inflate. 

So yes, I’m all in on the ‘let it fucking burn’ option because there is no other option left.  

- Sha

(via anarchyandacupofcoffee)

The GOP’s Voter Fraud and Eventual Suicide

I don’t understand why the GOP would rob itself of Ron Paul’s candidacy. He may or may not be the best chance the GOP has of winning this election and perhaps of even keeping the party together. I’m not even asserting that he’d win this election outright if it weren’t for the rampant disease of voter fraud plaguing every GOP primary and caucus. But to trample democracy in such fashion as the GOP has is nothing short of political suicide for a party that’s already on life support. 

Yet, as they lay on their deathbed, taking in a steady drip of corporate cash, they choose to keep defrauding the voters and denying their own illness instead of opting for a transplant operation that might ultimately save them. 

We might have a real dissolvement of the party here if the GOP doesn’t get their shit together. For Ron Paul, this might not be a bad thing. The last time a wide-scale split of a political party occurred was when the Republican Party (Yes, the very same GOP we have today) split off from the Whig party. So you would think the GOP would understand the importance of the events that are unfolding here and how somewhere between 25% and 50% of their party, if not much, much more, feel disenfranchised and are looking for either change within the party or for a new party to follow. You’d think that in this time of turmoil, where the party has a larger in-party battle than it does with the Democrats, that the party leaders would embrace at least some of the wishes of it’s base, not kick them to the side. 

You’d think the GOP would be smart enough to ensure it’s own survival by latching on to the new movement and the new demands of its own people. But they aren’t. Instead they are sticking to their guns and it makes no sense. The GOP is not a person or even a thing. It is an idea that’s constructed of many other ideas, both broad and specific, both generally embraced and somewhat controversial. The existence of the GOP does not hinge on their attachment to specific ideas that once existed or may one day exist, it hinges on the amount of support and funding they have. You can fill the room with ideas once you fill the room with people but if you keep locking the doors on an increasing number of people, you eventually have an empty room. Right now the GOP is going beyond locking their own people out. They are practically yelling ‘fire’ to clear the auditorium. 

Will the last one out, please turn off the light of Democracy.

@Suga_Shane

Politicians. 

(via themodernrunaway)

Difference Between Streamlining the Military and Isolationism - Ron Paul’s Foreign and Military Policy And why it scares politicians. 

The GOP is having a heart attack about military cutbacks because the military industrial complex with lose a ton of federal funding, or to put it in simpler terms, they will no longer be able to steal billions and billions in mismanaged funds. 

The only reason the Left is having a heart attack about Ron Paul’s foreign policy is because they would rather ship billions of dollars to foreign nations that don’t give 1 single hoot about us rather than help reconstruct our own country. 

These corporations are no different than these foreign nations, the safety and well being of the USofA is only a concern up to the point that we sign and mail their next check. Past that, they don’t care about us. 

Like Ron Paul says, the military shouldn’t be used to build other nations, it should be used to defend our own. There’s no need to send billions of our own tax dollars overseas as foreign aid when we can certainly use aid of our own within our own boarders.

Next time a politician is against budget cuts, just think a little deeper and explore who funds the campaigns of these politicians. Foriegn governments and US corporations fund election campaigns and pump funds directly into SPACs to get “their guy” into office and in turn “their guy” drafts policies that shovel billions of tax dollars back towards those entities. The chicken and the egg enter a never ending cycle of pocket lining. Once you realize this, you’ll realize that for many Congressmen, a military budget cut is no different than a campaign budget cut. 

@Suga_Shane