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                                National Debt                  August 2010

Consider the bucket problem we all learned in Junior High School. So much was in the bucket. Rate in, rate out and size of the bucket was given. The question was, “When would the bucket be empty or overflowing?”

Our national debt is thirteen plus trillion dollars. We have unfunded liabilities like government pensions, Medicare, Social Security, Prescription Drug liabilities. Our unfunded liabilities are around 109 trillion dollars
 

Servicing the national debt is the third largest item in the budget. Look at our Gross National Product and tell me how will we ever be able to service our national debt should interest rates exceed 15%. When the rate of adding liquid to the bucket is less the rate of flow out, sooner or later the bucket will be empty. Think of the bucket as the treasury. Think of the inflow as money coming into the treasury. Think of the outflow as government spending.

When you can’t service the National debt, that’s like the bucket becoming empty. We’re already a debtor nation. We’re spending more that we’re taking in. Government programs are inherently a loosing proposition. What’s being done? We’re spending money and we haven’t even passed a budget. The congress had only deemed it passed. What government program besides the GI Bill has ever returned more to the treasury than was spent.

When the bucket is empty the system implodes because we cannot possibly service our debts and there isn’t any one around big enough to save our failing economy except ourselves. The idea of spending money to save the economy will become moot. Spending money you don’t have faster only get’s you to
your doom sooner, not later. (Hmmm, who's looking out for your best interests?)

During Roosevelt’s depression of the thirty’s, we were still a creditor nation. President Franklin D. Roosevelt used the "Emergency Banking Act of 1933" to forcibly confiscate gold bullion from all citizens at $20.67/oz. He then immediately reset the price at $35/oz., effectively robbing private owners of 75% of its value! During the Nixon administration the dollar was taken off the gold standard and the US changed from a creditor to a debtor nation. During the Carter administration, we attempted to inflate our selves out of debt. Interest rates were 14% and CD’s earned 22%. It's all getting ready to happen again.

How can we make our economy viable again?

Most of our legislators are lawyers. Lawyers are big on blame and punishment and short on real problem solving. Most legislators only think about static economies. I don’t believe we have an economist or accountant among them any more. Most fail to appreciate the consequences of raising taxes in a dynamic free economy. Especially how new taxes taken from the economy actually reduces opportunity for private business expansion and job growth. In addition, by employing more and more people in government jobs, you can never return more revenue to the treasury that is spent creating the government jobs. Unless perhaps the jobs are created to extract more revenue from private enterprise. But only perhaps. But again the downside, private enterprise is discouraged from expansion.

I could build a model for our legislators using “feedback and control theory” and a few differential equations but I fear I’d loose most of them real fast. But surely they could grasp the ideas of the bucket problem. Simply put, when the input to the treasury (bucket) is less than the expenditures (outflow) for the foreseeable future, after while, no one will lend you more money because you can’t service you debt (the bucket is empty).

What happens when a country tries to provide more entitlements for its citizens than it can afford? Well, what will the citizens do when the government begins to curtail the entitlements? The people will rise up and demand what they think is rightfully theirs. For the government to survive, they will revert to overt force to control the people that are protesting over the benefit interruption. Hey, you can’t vote yourself prosperity without giving up your freedom, you know.

About jobs.

Taxation removes resources from a free economy that would be used for business expansion and job creation. Impending tax increases have the same effect. Business people (like most humans) will not willingly risk reducing their standard of living in order to create jobs for others unless there is an expectation of future wealth. Poor people don’t usually hire other workers. Rich people usually do.

When the government promises to tax and spend to placate the workers and vilify the rich folks to the point the rich folks move their businesses elsewhere, you create a diminishing return economy. Why do you think that frequent visitors to the White House, George Soros, does his business in the Cayman Islands and Andy Stern, past president of SEIU, wants to go international? Why do you suppose General Motors (they still owe $55 billion in TARP money) is building a new auto plant in Mexico to assemble American Cars? Do you think it's to fund the United Auto workers sweet-heart retirement fund or to excape it?

Any community or state that tells you that they don’t have money for teachers or police or fireman and still have parks and libraries and street fairs and cushy retirement plans is telling you that, as a government entity, your safety and the future leader’s preparation aren’t the main purpose of government. They’re
telling you that their self perpetuation as the government is their top priority.

The Obama administration is in a mad rush to establish socialism here in America. F. A. Hayak in his book, “the Road to Serfdom” dismisses socialism, not on the perceived benefits but on the methodology of implimation. In order for socialism to work, everyone must be fully compliant. Everyone must give up their freedom of choice. Look what happened to the Kulaks in the Soviet Union. However, in a free market society (which propelled a rise in the American standard of living to the worlds highest) you must have all of the following:

Freedom to try
 Freedom to buy
Freedom to sell
Freedom to fail

The road that returns us to fiscal responsibility it full of pitfalls and pain. Weaning ourselves away from spending money we don’t have on entitlements that the government can’t afford will be disappointing and painful. Imagine the realization that government isn’t the all knowing, all caring and all powerful entity that could guarantee a comfortable life for you from the cradle to the grave.

What to do now.

1.    Insist on a balanced national, state and community budget. If you don’t expect to have the income to cover the expenditures, don’t spend it. If you haven't saved some back in good times to cover hard times, you're foolish to expect to survive the hard times comfortably or at all. Make sure your representative understands priorities that benefit the represented. Freedom first, safety second and constitutional always. We will become a thriving economy only when be become a creditor nation again.

2.    Insist that the same laws apply to both the legislatures and the governed. That’s the essence of “equal before the law”.

3.    Insist that national government laws apply to all the people in all the states, equally. Again, that’s “equal before the law”. The unfunded liabilities the federal government inflicts on states are bankrupting more than several states. Insist that federal mandates must be funded by federal treasury money. Just because the
federal government likes something, doesn’t mean you, personally, should be obliged to buy it. (Like Medicaid or Obamacare) Especially if you can’t afford it.

4.    Insist that your senators and representative support what’s good for all the people they represent, rather than what’s good for the party. Representing the interests of all their constituents is what the Founders intended.

5.    If you are going to allow earmarks, then insist on a line item veto over any part of a bill that isn’t the main reason for the bill with a 2/3 majority vote override of the line item veto. You can save a lot of money and get back to some fiscal sanity much sooner.

6.    The housing market crisis isn't over. Forclosure are occurring at a third of a million a month. More than half the housing loans on the books are greater than the appraised value of the property. And our federal government is still encouraging people who can't pay it back to get new housing loans. Fannie May and Freddie Mack and federal low interest rates are to this nation’s economy as gangrene is to the human body. Isolate it, neutralize it, eliminate it very quickly or die!!! This is the nexus of the next financial plague. Do it now while the economy is still alive!

7.    Insist that entitlements are modified to be fiscally viable for the entire foreseeable future. (Medicare, Social Security, Prescription Drug liabilities) Passing this debt to our children and grandchildren is criminal. It started with FDR and has continued without abatement. Fixing the problem will cause real pain and disappointment. Our economic survival is at stake. Pain now or death to the economy. It won’t go away by itself. It’s like cancer, do something positive or watch yourself die! Should the economy collapse, our children would have no future.

8.    Insist that your state claim the right to develop the resources on federal public land to fund state expenditures, especially unfunded federal mandates. This is about fiscal responsibility. This is about caring for human beings, not about owls and tadpoles.

9.    Insist that the federal government, which is mandated by the US Constitution (article 4, section 4) to control the arrival and departure of all the people across our borders, do just that, immediately. Once the entire border is secured and controlled (that’s a lot of jobs), then we’ll have plenty of time to thoughtfully decide what to do about the 13 to 30 million illegal aliens residing here. (What ever happened to the connotation of the word “Illegal” that permits folks to flaunt the laws of the United States? How is it that illegals, who flaunt the law to bear children within the United States, be allowed to benefit from breaking the law?) Control the borders and you substantially reduce the welfare rolls and save a ton of money. No doubt that would considerably reduce the expense of both healthcare and prison care. Hey, there is a shooting war going on at our southern border whether the federal government is interested in it or not. Afghanistan isn’t a big deal compared to the incursions and casualties at our southern border. Drugs are involved in both places.

10.    Insist that “English” be declared the official government language of the United States. Some twenty states have already done just that. Consider the reduction of government expense of multi-language voting ballots and government paid translators for official documents. Consider the benefit of immigrants wanting to learn the official language of the country they are entering to do business. We strive to be a melting pot for immigrants. We should do things that encourages blending into the American society. We should discourage isolation. We don’t need any ghettos in this country. If immigrants don’t want to blend, it’s really easy for them to leave this country. If private enterprise wanted to advertize in some other language to appeal to a particular group, it wouldn’t be a tax payer expense.

11.    Insist that this is a country of laws and that law starts with the Constitution of the Unites States. Many of us have sworn to protect this country and the Constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic. We are a republic, not a democracy. We, as individuals, have rights endowed upon us by our creator, not the government. It is the Government’s job to protect those rights, not to provide those rights. No one is above the law. No one. And any one, native born, immigrant or visitor, who doesn’t want to abide by the law, is invited to leave or experience the full weight of Unites States law upon their head.

I’m Karl Kinkel

PS: God bless America!



  Open letter to Congressman and Senators          March  2010

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Six Reasons to Stop Government Health Care Madness

 

  1. National debt is growing by leaps and bounds. Collecting ten years of new taxes to pay for six years of services is fools math. Only a charlatan or a fool would try to sell such an idea. Redistribution of wealth by the government is un-American. Freedom and property rights are part of our constitution. You all promised to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States same as me. Do it!

 http://www.usdebtclock.org/

 The Chinese have reduced their share of funding our national debt and are pressuring us about the Dalai Lama and Taiwan. Will the Japanese and the Middle Eastern Oil States be the next to make overt comments about our foreign policy?

Take some time. Ponder carefully the ramifications of the information in the US Dept Clock above. Then please, think like a loyal American, not like international union organizer, Andy Stern of SEIU!

 

  1. Fifty-two percent of Americans don’t want this bill to become law! Most working Americans (about 85%) are satisfied with their current health insurance. To dummy down the finest health care system in the world so that one size fits all is similar to the trend in education that all children learn the same way, at the same time, and at the same rate. Get real.

 

  1. We’re in a recession and current government policy isn’t helping. Increasing the tax on the rich encourages the rich to move themselves and their businesses to a tax safe haven. Those that can’t move will hire fewer people because of the decline in their bottom line. If the trade off comes to whether to maintain their standard of living or raising other peoples wages, guess which will win? Increasing taxes on the rich is a cycle of diminishing return. That’s not how you stimulate the economy. Read history and learn!

 

  1. The calculations of the health care costs are flawed. Should you add 13 to 30 million new people to the number of people demanding health care to the existing population of health care patients, where would you get the personal and facilities to handle the additional work load?  If you insist that all the currently insured be in the same pool as the uninsured with pre-existing conditions, what do you think will happen to everyone’s insurance rates? What insurance company would stay in business very long if they were expected to raise a bet against another hand with four aces showing in a poker game? Price controls will just kill every health care insurer in the country. If the government becomes the health care insurer, it will break the treasury just as it did in every other country that tried it. Yes, every other country that tried it. Read history and learn!

 

  1. The current Senate Health care bill has over 2400 pages and nobody knows all that’s in it. Everyone knows that the devil is in the details. If you were to separate the bill into small bites and make sure each bite was cost effective, you’d have a useful outcome. Any one that tells you that the whole thing together is better that the sum of only the good cost effective stuff separately is kidding you and himself. Get real!

 

  1. History tells us that government program costs are always vastly under estimated just to make them palatable to the unsuspecting public. Entitlements are good for votes but very bad for the health and well being of the economic welfare of this country. Just take a look at the Post Office, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Prescription Drugs, and the Military. Did I forget to mention Freddie Mac and Fanny May? Read history and learn!

 

      Killing this bill and not doing anything is better for the whole country than ramming through the health care bill and killing the American dream of freedom and prosperity for those who will work and take risks to earn that dream. Taking proven steps to lower health care cost and making it available to more people is better than passing the current secret health care bill that will surely spin out of control for long term cost and dampen the recovery from this recession.

 
     Health care is neither a God given nor constitutional right. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is. Entitlements are the bane of what made this country great. Nothing’s free. Personal initiatives and risk taking, while uncomfortable for some, is what has propelled us to become the greatest nation on earth and the envy of most everyone else in our world. Don’t kill the American dream with the burden of entitlements that are counter-productive to innovation and business expansion. Kill this health care bill, now!

 
     I’ve observed the procedures and tricks that are being thrust upon our Representatives in Congress. I’m reminded of the fanatical suicide pacts of the Branch Davidians and Jim Jones in Guyana. Why are Nancy and Harry and the Obama administration so desperately trying to drag you down to political suicide with this monster. Kill this health care bill before it kills you. These are death throws, don’t get carried away by the desperate fervor of the times. It’s not too late to save the Republic. Please, kill this health care bill, now!

 God Bless America,

Karl Kinkel, DMD, MSE, BSEE

 longsgap@hughes.net

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                                         Inconvenient truths      September 2009


1. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.


2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.


3. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.


4. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.


5. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.


6. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.


7. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

 

If you need verifiable proof, ask the circa 1930's Germans...

 Unknown Author

Dear Mr. Obama,

    Where is the "change we can believe in"? If you believe in a regular universe, how can you possibly expect a different outcome from your current programs which repeat mistakes of past programs? Check the credentials of your advisor's carefully and try not to repeat the failures of the past. Please. You cannot spend your way into prosperity. Stimulus money won't correct the housing bubble and Cap'n Trade is a hidden tax that will stifle business.

      All of the 'Government Health Care Plans' I've read are an impending  disaster in both financial viability, and adequate and equal health care delivery. After all, those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.

I'm Karl Kinkel

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                          Open Letter to the President        August 2009

Dear Mr. Obama
     I have the distinct impression that the Congress of the United States is birthing a monster in the form of so called Health Care Reform. It appears to me that all of our representatives are protecting their patrons rather than seeking to solve a problem. No one seems remotely interested in stating specifics about what the problems are nor are they getting at the root causes of the problems.
 
  1.      Problem -- rising cost of liability insurance for the provider. Solution -- Tort reform. When I started practicing dentistry my liability insurance was only $265 a year. Now you can’t find a dentist who pays less than $10,000 a year. Tort reform man, tort reform. Trial lawyers are killing the American Dream.
  2.      Problem – large number of uninsured. Who are they? Are they uninsured by choice? Are they illegal aliens?
  3. Solution – send illegal aliens home (somewhere between 12 and 30 million of  them).  Now you have far less than 10% uninsured and not seeking insurance. Mexico has been exporting their social problems to the United States for decades. It’s got to stop. Beef up the Boarder Patrol! Place an Immigration Service Agent in every emergency room. 
         Second, if people want to spend their money on alcohol, tobacco and recreational drugs rather than health care then that’s their choice. Nobody is falling all over themselves trying to save me from myself. Why the hell should my tax dollars interfere with someone else’s choices?
  4.      Problem – ever rising cost of health care insurance. Solution – competition. Make your health care insurance portable. Don’t limit insurance customer to just one state’s source. Don’t let insurance be terminated just because you retire or change jobs. Competition and choice of private health insurance will limit the cost to the user. Freedom of choice is the linchpin of a free society. Look at the system of government provided health care. Medicare is going broke. Medicaid is going broke. Social Security is going broke. What makes you think that the current plans are wiser than the earlier ones? Isn’t the stability of the dollar and limiting the national debt more important than making health care entitlements an opiate to our free society? Regulation of insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies is the answer that insures real competition is the market place. Government getting into the health care business for the general population just exacerbates the problem.
  5.      Problem – giving priority for health care services to the young by discriminating against age and probable length of productive life. This is a government activity isn’t it? I take it you do want health care reform. You are a civil rights lawyer aren’t you? How can you possibly support such a procedure? Doesn’t the founder’s idea of “equal before the law” mean any thing to you as president? Would you push for quotas for seniors to redress the inequality of the proposed law or regulations? Explain your reasoning to me should such a law or regulation come to your desk. Solution – keep all life extending decisions between the doctor and the patient. Get rid of the idea that government should be in the business of providing health care to the general population. Continue to provide tax credits to employers and individuals for their health care.
  6.      Problem -- hard to come to an agreement. Solution – put yourself and your family under the plan you approve. Insist that the House and the Senate do the same. But that just destroys cost effectiveness and fiscal restraint, wouldn’t it?

 
     Well there you have it. God, I truly hope you’re really for “change I can believe in” or me the rest of this nation are screwed. The devil’s in the details, you know. Fix it or Kill it.

      Thanks for listening.

             Best regards,

 
            Karl Kinkel

            5262 Elk Creek Pkwy

            Independence, VA 24348-4614

            longsgap@embarqmail.com

            www.longsgap.com

 


                                               Misdirection                          July 2009

     My Federal Government appears to be using every opportunity to keep me from analyzing what they are up too. Perhaps it's my naturally suspicious mind or just a mild case of paranoia.

     The credit crisis resulted in the rushed passage of stimulus legislation that no one had time to read let alone debate and discuss it. The fine print revealed that something like only 20% was actually used to help with the shortage of credit in the market place. The rest was used to social engineer us toward a socialist society. Because every thoughtful American knows that a person with any gumption at all wouldn't want to trade in the opportunities of capitalism for the disincentives of socialism unless they wanted to be the powerful few who controlled the system.

     When Michael Jackson died, the media went  24/7 extolling what a great talent he was and gushed on and on infinite item about his ups and down in life.  That was the weekend that our house of representatives voted for the Cap'n Trade bill that will significantly tax the use of fossil fuels for energy. I have no idea what percentage of our congressmen really took the time to read and  analyze the effect on the economy as a whole of this legislation.

     Every one in the United States who uses electricity generated from fossil fuel turbines will see a significant increase their electric bill.  Fossil fuel -- that's coal, oil and natural gas. I've heard increases like $1500 to $3000 per family. Any one who travels by bus, air plane or automobile will see a significant increase in their travel expenses.

     What do you suppose will happen to US business competitiveness in the world economy when this hidden carbon tax takes effect? China, India and Mexico aren't buying into this idea of reducing carbon gas emissions because it will reduce their business competitiveness and cost them jobs. Do you think it's OK for folks in the United States to be out of work because we (the current administration) choose to put ourselves in an unfair disadvantage?

     My background in system engineering and feed-back and control systems gives me the very disquieting feeling that my cost of living will be increasing, the cost of business will be increasing, and the buying power of the dollar will be decreasing.

     Any stimulus that was included in the $750 billion will surely be significantly diminished by the Cap'n Trade legislation. Resulting in extending the recession and perhaps a real honest to goodness depression.

     I read that the current administration is looking at the FDR administration to model their approach to the current recession. It doesn't take much research into the legislative and economic history of those times to realize that FDR's program was to keep the electorate pacified and voting to reelect him even though his economic plan didn't work well enough to get us out of that depression. Social Security and Medicare is still a ticking time bomb. And no one seem to care about that in either party.

     Responsibility for outcomes doesn't seem to be part of our society any more. Is getting reelected more important that doing what's truly beneficial for the whole country? Is fiscal responsibility a joke? Who's minding the store?

     California, if it were a separate country, would be the seventh largest economy in the world. And they're going broke in a big way. The State of California can't print money so they're handing out IOU's. Should the Federal Government bail them out of the mess they made for themselves, how long will the line of fiscally irresponsible states become for Federal bailout funds? Is this how you encourage our legislators to be fiscally responsible?

     And now these bailouts will stimulate inflation and the devaluation of our currency? How could we individually control these outcomes? It all starts with individual fiscal responsibility for an economy to remain stable. Don't place blame; accept responsibility. You here that Barney; own the outcome.

     Are there really so few true patriots that their voices are continually being drowned out by the power seekers and opportunists who would rather be on the reelection band wagon that do the right thing?  Are we succumbing to the opiate of entitlements and surrendering our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

     Dear God, save us from ourselves.  And help us to keep from giving up and burying our head in the sand. Amen.

I'm Karl Kinkel

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                     Something to think long and hard about.                   May 2009

          by Pam Geller    

"Something of Historic Proportion is Happening"   

"I am a student of history. Professionally. I have written 15 books in six languages, and have studied it all my life. I think there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is just a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes these exist, but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus.

"Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it. Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is something happening within our country that has been evolving for about ten - fifteen years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two.

"We demand and then codify into law the requirement that our banks make massive loans to people we know they can never pay back? Why?

"We learn just days ago that the Federal Reserve, which has little or no real oversight by anyone, has “loaned” two trillion dollars (that is $2,000,000,000,000) over the past few months, but will not tell us to whom or why or disclose the terms. That is our money. Yours and mine. And that is three times the 700B we all argued about so strenuously just this past September. Who has this money? Why do they have it? Why are the terms unavailable to us? Who asked for it? Who authorized it? I thought this was a government of “we the people,” who loaned our powers to our elected leaders. Apparently not.

"We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy. Why?

"We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer teach our founding documents, why we are exceptional, and why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing, school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why?

"We have now established the precedent of protesting every close election (now violently in California over a proposition that is so controversial that it wants marriage to remain between one man and one woman. Did you ever think such a thing possible just a decade ago?). We have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing unelected judges to write laws that radically change our way of life, and then mainstream Marxist groups like ACORN and others to turn our voting system into a banana republic. To what purpose?

"Now our mortgage industry is collapsing, housing prices are in free fall, major industries are failing, our banking system is on the verge of collapse, social security is nearly bankrupt, as is Medicare and our entire government, our education system is worse than a joke (I teach college and know precisely what I am talking about)–the list is staggering in its length, breadth, and depth. It is potentially 1929 x ten. And we are at war with an enemy we cannot name for fear of offending people of the same religion, who cannot wait to slit the throats of your children if they have the opportunity to do so.

"And now we have elected a man no one knows anything about, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, let alone a town as big as Wasilla, Alaska. All of his associations and alliances are with real radicals in their chosen fields of employment, and everything we learn about him, drip by drip, is unsettling if not downright scary (Surely you have heard him speak about his idea to create and fund a mandatory civilian defense force stronger than our military for use inside our borders? No? Oh of course. The media would never play that for you over and over and then demand he answer it. Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe is more important.)

"Mr. Obama’s winning platform can be boiled down to one word: change.
Why?

"I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am now.

"This man campaigned on bringing people together, something he has never, ever done in his professional life. In my assessment, Obama will divide us along philosophical lines, push us apart, and then try to realign the pieces into a new and different power structure. Change is indeed coming. And when it comes, you will never see the same nation again.

"And that is only the beginning.

"And I thought I would never be able to experience what the ordinary, moral German felt in the mid-1930s. In those times, the savior was a former smooth-talking rabble-rouser from the streets, about whom the average German knew next to nothing. What they did know was that he was associated with groups that shouted, shoved, and pushed around people with whom they disagreed; he edged his way onto the political stage through great oratory and promises. Economic times were tough, people were losing jobs, and he was a great speaker. And he smiled and waved a lot. And people, even newspapers, were afraid to speak out for fear that his “brown shirts” would bully them into submission. And then, he was duly elected to office, a full-throttled economic crisis at hand [the Great Depression]. Slowly but surely he seized the controls of government power, department by department, person by person, bureaucracy by bureaucracy. The kids joined a Youth Movement in his name, where they were taught what to think. How did he get the people on his side? He did it promising jobs to the jobless, money to the moneyless, and goodies for the military-industrial complex. He did it by indoctrinating the children, advocating gun control, health care for all, better wages, better jobs, and promising to re-instill pride once again in the country, across Europe, and across the world.

"He did it with a compliant media–did you know that? And he did this all in the name of justice and . . . change. And the people surely got what they voted for.

"(Look it up if you think I am exaggerating.)

"Read your history books. Many people objected in 1933 and were shouted down, called names, laughed at, and made fun of. When Winston Churchill pointed out the obvious in the late 1930s while seated in the House of Lords in England (he was not yet Prime Minister), he was booed into his seat and called a crazy troublemaker. He was right, though.

"Don’t forget that Germany was the most educated, cultured country in Europe. It was full of music, art, museums, hospitals, laboratories, and universities. And in less than six years–a shorter time span than just two terms of the    U. S. presidency–it was rounding up its own citizens, killing others, abrogating its laws, turning children against parents, and neighbors against neighbors. All with the best of intentions, of course. The road to Hell is paved with them.

"As a practical thinker, one not overly prone to emotional decisions, I have a choice: I can either believe what the objective pieces of evidence tell me (even if they make me cringe with disgust); I can believe what history is shouting to me from across the chasm of seven decades; or I can hope I am wrong by closing my eyes, having another latte, and ignoring what is transpiring around me.

"Some people scoff at me, others laugh, or think I am foolish, naive, or both. Perhaps I am. But I have never been afraid to look people in the eye and tell them exactly what I believe–and why I believe it.

"I pray I am wrong. I do not think I am."

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2008/11/something-of-hi.html

About the author via Google...

     Pamela "Atlas" Geller began her publishing career at The New York Daily News and subsequently took over operation of The New York Observer as Associate Publisher. She left The Observer after the birth of her fourth child but remained involved in various projects including American Associates, Ben Gurion University and being Senior Vice-President Strategic Planning and Performance Evaluation at The Brandeis School.
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May 2007

     Last Friday, May 18th, I read an article in the
Tampa Tribune,first section page 12, about the development
of the human brain. It concluded that the last stage
of that development was the final wiring of a moral
code. As a teenager the brain hasn't, for the most part,
learned to make independent decisions about what is
acceptable behavior and what is not. The article said,
"Indeed, the region responsible for things such as impulse
control and moral judgment is the last to mature,
sometimes in the early 20s."

    Today, Monday May 23, Russ and Mary Throckmorton came
to visit me with what appears to be a solution for helping
young people developer that moral compass which will make our
world a better place to live in. Russ was a football safety
at the University of Kentucky and Mary was a soccer forward
at the University of North Carolina. After college, they met
at an AIA training camp and later married. They are now
involved with a program that reaches out to college athletes
and even some pros which steers these athletes in the direction
of being a Christian moral example to those who hold them in high
esteem.

    I know you're thinking, "What's that to me?" So here are
some religious nuts who want to save the world. It's more
than that. Russ and Mary's effort is to help make our hero-
athletes better and more constructive models who your children
will emulate,.thus making your children better citizens and
your world a better place to live.

    Do you fear that your children and/or grandchildren
may stray into untoward situations when they escape to college
and out of your immediate supervision? If so,  you might
wish to support an organization like "Athletes in Action".
AIA does indeed guide and support the developing moral code
of young people and perhaps your children while their character
is still being hard wired into their brain. Check out AIA.

Http://www.aia.com

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Or talk to Russ and Mary
russ.throckmorton@aia.com
mary.throckmorton@aia.com

Think about it.

Regards,

Karl Kinkel



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