Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.
|Wednesday, 25 July 2007 at 10h 50m 17s|
Economic myths and public financing of elections
Another economic myth that has forgotten its ancestors and
mainstream as a fact. Increased corporate taxes do not get entirely passed
onto consumers. This is the justification used for not raising taxes or
closing loopholes in the tax system that enable a lot of corporations (I'll
have to look up the exact percentage) with a 0% tax rate. The current
corporate average tax rate is 7%.
The argument is simple. If Corporation A goes from tax rate "a" percent to tax
rate "b" percent, that corporation will pass on the added increase to its
customers by raising prices. However this is actually not true, as was known
in the 1700s by both Riccardo and Adam Smith. Total sales are a function of a
price that cause a total amount of persons who will make a regular purchase.
In a competitive environment where the quality of one product is not very
different from the quality of another, price is the main variable which
determines total sales. When the price raises, the number of total sales will
decrease, unless every single competitor raises prices exactly the same way.
It is this ability of competitors to absorb some of tax increase which
inhibits the corporations to pass on the tax increases to their customer,
because regaining lost sales is more difficult to overcome than absorbing a
small decrease in profits.
Those companies which raise their prices too much -- ie, pass on too much of
the tax increase -- will be vulnerable to the competitors who absorb more of
the tax increase. A competitor who absorbs more of the tax increase can
actually capture increased sales that will increase revenue.
The point is that in a competitive market, a tax increase cannot get passed
onto the consumer. In an oligarchical market (such as our energy industry),
where there are a small number of large firms, it is easier to pass on all tax
increases by raising prices, because customers will have no economic choice.
But even still, most customers will not change their market behavior due to
small increases in price. That a cup of coffee that used to be 75 cents is now
90 cents will not cause the coffee drinkers to go elsewhere, unless the cafe
across the street charges only 80 cents, but even still, loyalty is worth 10
cents for a large number of persons. That loyalty isn't always worth 10 cents
resolves again the proof that costs can't be pass on completely to customers.
Raising taxes however is a necessity when social investments like education and
economic infrastructure are in need. Our current federal government (and
in particular) has wasted the funds on crony capitalism (defense & FEMA
contractors), defunding the agencies (the SEC, IRS, FDA, ...) that protect us,
or selling off pieces of the government (National Parks.) Go to google and do
a news search on "sinkhole" and you will discover that there are at least 3
sinkholes a day somewhere in the United States.
This is why we need public funding of elections, so that politicians are not
paid for by people who influence what the government does for their own self-
serving ends. Public funding would actually be cheaper because it could be
organized and allocated based on a candidates ability to raise a certain
minimum of small individual donations. Television and radio networks would be
forced to offer so much time on the public airwaves, divided equally between
all candidates. Newspaper and periodical advertizements would be offered only
so much space, divided equally between all candidates. Debates would be
organized in every single district, with travel expenses of the candidates paid
for by the elections commission.
I don't have all the answers, but there are plenty of different ways of having
elections without the monetary influence which will not enable our leaders to
hide their true selves beneath public relations media campaigns.
|Saturday, 14 July 2007 at 14h 26m 27s|
The takeover has begun
|Thursday, 12 July 2007 at 17h 47m 57s|
A letter to Bud Selig
I love baseball. I spend a lot of time paying attention to what the
and who is playing well every year. But lately the corporate takeover of our
society has become invidious.
So I wrote a letter to Bud Selig. I got his address and sent it to him today.
Will he read it? I don't know, but I did leave my return address.
Here is the letter I wrote.
Dear Commissioner Selig,
When will insidious corporate collusion with baseball come to an end?
Creating ways to allow corporations to advertise is an ongoing disgrace.
I don't want to hear about cereal or exxon-mobil or DHL delivery or anything
not related to baseball when the game is being played on TV.
Does every inning have to pose some creative way to raise funds via a corporate
Next thing you know everytime the pitcher throws a pitch, it will be called the
Mastercard strike or the Federal-Express ball . . . or is that already in the
And now you even want baseball fans to pay for a "chance" dream trip with Joe
Shmuck (Buck) to the world series. Has mlb.com become mlb lottery central?
Okay, well here is my "dream" ... for free.
My dream consists of first firing generic self-presumed sports jock Joe Buck.
Hell, even Don Sutton's son is funny. Joe Schmuck's contrived, phony analysis
smacks of a public relations campaign crossed with a cosmetic specialist. He
acts like he knows all just because he's gotten a golden ride
in the media scene thanks to his father. Every sentence the man utters has to
present some concocted trivial issue at the expense of his own integrity. And
he is ridiculously un-entertaining when he isn't mouthing off the agenda of his
Why don't we just paste corporate logos on the eyeballs of these newscasters
who couldn't make it in the big leagues, but somehow think they
have a basis for their ridiculous opinions.
I have a dream that someday Major League Baseball will not be the scripted
rigid event that media corporations want so they can
hang advertising dollars everywhere in the name of profit.
When the priorities of the game become profit-driven only, you slowly eat away
at the soul of the things that gave life to the game, until suddenly there is
nothing left but a few bones and over-used anecdotes.
At least I can turn the sound off, but please spare me the revenue generating
hype. The great game of Baseball deserves better.
On a positive note, I do commend you on the excellent job you've done
integrating baseball through the web. You have done a good job, it's just that
I think you might be overlooking something, and that is why I am sending you
|Thursday, 12 July 2007 at 14h 20m 53s|
Why Arnold is a phony
Click here and here
for the story.
So after getting away with his serial-gropping and abhorent intimidation of
women in the film industry, Arnold comes to office on the back of accusing Gray
Davis of special interests, and then proceeds to fund raise from special
interests from Energy, Oil, and big Insurance firms. Twice the amount of Gray
Davis in fact.
Oh, but his wife is a third generation Kennedy. Yea, and how many love letters
get send to the satanist Night Stalker: Richard Ramirez.
Arnold enters office mouthing hard about how he is gonna do something "for da
people" by ending the $75 yearly car tax. The responsible person's who worked
for the state transportation balked at the deficit this would create in the
budget, but Arnie refused to increase taxes elsewhere. The very day Arnie
became governor, he made a big spectacle about removing this car tax.
Meanwhile he quietly dropped the $9 billion lawsuit against the Energy
companies that rigged the 2001 Energy crisis which left the state stuck with a
$14 billion deficit.
Eventually, the governor had to reinstate the car tax because he couldn't
figure out how make up the deficits, and he also realized that the state
transportation funds are what most local communities see. A lot of unfinished
construction projects all over the state would not be good for his political
future, you see.
His administration touted buying 1,138 "flex-fuel" vehicles for state
employees, without installing a single pump where they could actually be filled
with high-ethanol E85 fuel. And the state has failed to meet a deadline, set in
2003, to install solar energy equipment on state buildings by January 2007.
In fact, Arnie still drives a non-converted Land Rover. You'd think he'd want
to symbolize his image, but I suppose he believes the corporate media will
brainwash "da people" for him.
Fact is, Arnold fought the Carbon-Reduction bill that he currently gets credit
for in the national media. All year long Arnie's emmisaries to the legislature
quibbled over every single thing they could. They bickered over the meaning of
words. They broke-off contacts and then Arnie would go to a news camera and
talk about how the "Democrats" aren't negotiating in good faith, and need to
put party above politics. Then finally at the end of the summer when the
legislative session was nearing to a close, Arnie actually threatened to veto
the bill. But he thought better of it and signed.
And last week we find out how genuine was his intent to support the bill.
Arnie is pressuring liberal interpretations and postponements. Just like the
Clean Air Act was ignored by the 20,000 Coal fired Electric plants for 40
years, this law is being treated by Arnie as a ticket to "greeness" while he is
deconstructing the intent behind the scenes. He didn't even meet with the
chairperson of the implementation committee over the entire 18 months before
pressuring her to resign when she wasn't flexible enough. Read the links above.
Arnold is a phony. Currently he is trying to pretend like he cares about
Health Care for all citizens, until you actually bother reading to what his
interests are proposing. Basically, it is a subsidized payment scheme for
private insurance companies. The onus of the law is on the individual, who by
law will have to buy insurance. Instead of making all citizens part of a
single pool, the governor's plan wants to support private insurance premiums
and give price reductions for poor people -- which will only recreate the same
two-tiered system of care that currently exists.
Single-payer national health-care is very simple. Tax businesses and
individuals and build up a fund to pay for the costs of the health-care of the
citizens. The system would be cheaper for everyone, and would also run more
effectively because Hospitals and doctors could practice patient care instead
of taking the orders from the private insurance companies who haggle over the
bills so they increase share-holder profits. Arnie's health-care proposals
will once again distort the distribution of health-care by the allocation of
priorities to the profits of the insurance companies.
|Wednesday, 11 July 2007 at 17h 23m 54s|
You tell the liars they lie
Go Mike. Go.
Click here for Michael Moore's factual destruction of the
hit piece that CNN was paid to air by their Big Pharma advertisers.
It's simply amazing how these so called "experts" like Sanjay Gupta are
supposed to appear as unbiased devotee's to the truth, when 95% of what they
say turns out to be unambiguously false or downright dishonest. The overpaid
spladed news host turns to the jackal in experts clothing who agrees. Hey, how
about that. And notice how confident the wide smiling liars present
But look into the eyes and you see the fire of satan burning bright.
|Wednesday, 11 July 2007 at 16h 39m 24s|
Mark Twain is worth listening too
After all, he was alive when the Philip Randolph Hearst newspaper chain and
Rockefeller oil company / New York Financial Kings sold the "splendid little
war" and then virtually annexed the Philipines and Cuba for 50 years.
Maybe this is why General Petraeus and the neo-con "crazies" keep saying we'll
be in Iraq for 50 years -- stealing the oil, of course.
|Thursday, 28 June 2007 at 19h 0m 59s|
National health care now
here to read a the house bill, HR 676 that was put together by John Conyers.
God bless John Conyers. He is a true patriot.
|Monday, 25 June 2007 at 17h 24m 43s|
I couldn't have said it better myself
Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist,
liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race
divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who
have no such desire
-- Robert A. Heinlein
|Tuesday, 12 June 2007 at 11h 0m 22s|
Lest we forget about Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghan police mistakenly thought U.S. troops on a
nighttime mission were Taliban fighters and opened fire on them, prompting U.S.
forces to return fire and call in attack aircraft, killing seven Afghan police,
officials said Tuesday.
U.S.-led coalition and Afghan troops, meanwhile, killed more than 24 suspected
Taliban fighters during an eight-hour battle in southern Afghanistan on Monday,
the coalition said.
The Taliban control all of Afghanistan except parts of Kabul, and 2 or 3
American bases in the North and Southwest. Ex-oil CEO puppet President Hamid
Karzai is barely the mayor of Kabul. He rarely ventures out of the well
guarded Presidential palace except for a few staged hours before the cameras.
Recently mortar shells came within 300 feet of a heavily guarded outdoor
Is this "fighting for freedom" or protecting the "freedom" to own the mineral
extraction rights from other lands?
|Tuesday, 12 June 2007 at 10h 51m 59s|
Those friendly Sunni insurgents
BAGHDAD - Suspected Sunni insurgents bombed and badly damaged a span over the
main north-south highway leading from Baghdad on Tuesday — the third bridge
attack in as many days in an apparent campaign against key transportation
The attack occurred 35 miles south of Baghdad and just six miles south of a
bridge brought down on Sunday by what was believed to be a suicide truck
bomber. Three U.S. soldiers guarding that bridge were killed in Sunday's blast.
What do you expect when the Saudi's are funding the Sunni militias? Why would
they love us when we are free-lance arresting and torturing all young males to
intimidate the population? It's not about "getting information" because you
NEVER get good information from torture. That's not the purpose of prison
camps and secret torture rooms. You get information from spies and strategic
infiltration. You torture and create prison camps to intimidation and control a
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