Libertarian Commentary on the News, #13-51B: Crash of 2009 still with us

Crash of 2009-Congress in Action – Theft by government
Democrats Say Pass Extension of Unemployment Benefits First; Pay Later


Nathan: Of course, many (most?) GOP types have this attitude as well: why worry about paying for something until you absolutely have to?  Meanwhile, stick it to the “wealthy” and “corporations” and future generations.  Meanwhile, extension of unemployment benefits might be “compassionate” but it will continue to drag on the economy: people have less incentive to do something when someone else is paying the bills.  Of course, the illogic of Congress – its inability to reason – is well-known.  But even some usually reasoning (and reasonable) conservative-bordering-on-minarchist commentators can’t seem to wrap their heads around this, as the next stories and their scary headlines show.

Mama’s Note: I doubt many of the truly wealthy, or large corporations are footing much of the bill. Instead, they are lined up to take as much subsidy as possible, no different than the old “welfare queens.” The problem is that almost everyone, at every economic level, has lived a long time with credit, subsidies and seriously distorted tax incentives as normal business practice, rather than savings, wealth creation and anything close to a free market. Government, and the skewed economy, destroyed millions of jobs and business opportunities over the last fifty years, and most of those now unemployed see little or no chance to find any sort of job. Electronics and automation will very soon replace all of the “burger flipper” jobs, and the noose will tighten. So, it is perfectly understandable why so many are in a panic at the end of the “unemployment benefit.” They don’t see any other real options.

Crash of 2009 – Stupid people (2 stories)
Breaking Point?  Anger grows as Unemployment Benefits Cut

(Bloomberg, via Freedom Outpost) And now extended unemployment benefits have been cut off for1.3 million unemployed Americans, and it is being projected that a total of 5 million unemployed Americans will lose their benefits by the end of 2014. In addition … 47 million Americans recently had their food stamp benefits reduced. The conditions for a “perfect storm” are certainly being created. So how much longer will it be until we see all of this anger and frustration boil over in the streets of our major cities? Is America about to reach a breaking point?

1.3 Million Americans lose unemployment benefits
(CNN via Freedom Outpost) Long-term unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans expired Saturday after Congress failed to pass an extension. Reinstating those benefits is expected to be one of the first priorities for congressional Democrats in the new year. “Extending unemployment insurance is the right thing to do for millions of Americans who are trying to support their families,” Democratic National Committee chairwoman and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement Saturday. “What makes matters worse, the loss of benefits comes just a few days after the holidays.” CNN

Nathan: Both stories are as much commentary as news, because the reporters/commentators are fearful that this anger (or what is supposed to be anger) is going to boil over into flash mob attacks on WalMart and KMart and riots in the streets.  One does at least point out the futility of the three-month extension.  IF their visions (nightmares) of street riots and looting were real, I suppose an extension to the end of March would mean less fighting in really bad weather conditions in much of the country.  And less reason for mortgage companies (the “banksters”) and utilities (mostly owned “by the people,” that is, government) to evict people or turn off their services.  At this point, it is probably futile to point out that a lot of people know that this sort of thing is NOT sustainable for very long, and if it crashes (instead of ending with an upswing in a hag-ridden economy), the consequences would be far worse than not extending the benefits.

Crash of 2009 – Government lies
6 million Americans Unemployed; 15% of Youth

(ABC News/Daily News) Right now, there are approximately 6 million Americans in the 16 to 24-year-old age group that are not in school and that are not working either. What that means is that we have an alarmingly high number of very frustrated young people that do not have anything better to do than to cause trouble. In some of our largest cities this has become a massive problem. In fact, quite a few major U.S. cities actually have more than 100,000 “idle youth” living in them… Just look at some of the nation’s largest cities. Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Riverside, Calif., all have more than 100,000 idle youth, the Opportunity Nation report found.

Nathan: As people look at the potential for society to collapse, and for canceling or reducing welfare benefits as an excuse, these numbers loom large in their mind.  A LOT of young people: easily riled and easily led into stupid actions, are roaming the big cities.  Even 1-2% of them can create massive problems.  Some point to recent disturbances (600 people in a movie parking lot, 400 people around a mall) as the beginning of the end.  In winter?  At the same time, it shows that government is not solving the problems, just lying about them.  And government CANNOT solve the problems; only people can, working together voluntarily to produce, sell, and buy.

Hoplophobes and hoploclasts – Stupid people tricks
Pennsylvania – State Trooper has gun on-duty but not allowed off-duty

(Penn Live via Freedom Outpost) Pennsylvania State Trooper Michael L. Keyes is in an odd situation. When on duty, he can carry a gun. Yet while off duty, he is barred by law from possessing any firearms, because seven years ago he suffered from deep depression, repeatedly tried to kill himself by taking drugs and was involuntarily committed for mental health treatment. Keyes’ latest attempt to be allowed to have a gun all the time was rejected this week by the state Superior Court. That court upheld an earlier ruling by Perry County Senior Judge Keith B. Quigley that Keyes’ involuntary mental health commitment constitutes an unsurmountable legal barrier to his ability to possess a gun while off duty.

Nathan: So wrong in so many ways.  The reason given is federal law, yet it seems the Commonwealth is violating federal law to let him carry on duty.  But since he is “cured” it would seem that it makes no sense to keep him from having a weapon! (Of course, we already knew the federal law is stupid.)  Even a Jack-booted Thug (and PA state troopers are literally jackbooted!) has God-given rights to defend himself and others – and yes, a God-given right to be stupid and kill himself. But gun control isn’t about guns, it is about control.  So these courts “uphold” the law and do stupid things.  It is a God-given right for the judge and the Congress to be stupid, but NOT on our dime.  And we wonder why people are frustrated and disturbed!

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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