I really have great trepidation over where we are headed… We are creating a new system here. . . . The center of gravity is shifting, and that makes it unstable. Within that system you have a rise of an uber-presidency. There could be no greater danger for individual liberty. And I really think that the Framers would be horrified by that shift.”
George Washington University Law Professor, Dr. Jonathan Turley describing the evolving Executive Branch during the Bush Administration
Andrew’s Note: Many folks I talk with day-to-day forget that this increasing concentration of power in the Executive Branch and the Bureaucracy predate the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. One can only imagine how much potentially tyrannical power our Executive will have in 20 years if we don’t start opposing Executive power expansions and rolling back the extra-Constitutional powers that have already been usurped.
The genius of capitalism is that there is a link between effort and reward. In a genuine market economy (as opposed to cronyism), people can only make themselves rich by working harder and smarter to satisfy the needs and wants of others.
The blunder of statism is that the link between effort and reward is damaged. Punitive tax rates, for instance, punish people for producing.
The New York Times reports that last March Henry Chao of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which superintended creation of the HealthCare.gov Web site, told a conference that he had worries: “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.” When such an embarrassing experience occurred, [President] Obama responded like a ruler of a banana republic unfettered by constitutionalism and the rule of law. Although no president has even a line-item veto power (which 44 governors have), this president asserts the power to revise the language of laws by “enforcement discretion,” and suggests no limiting principle.
But even this is a crisis only if Congress makes it so by supine acquiescence. Congressional Democrats are White House poodles. They also are progressives and therefore disposed to favor unfettered executive power.
Writing about the Habsburg Empire, distinguished British historian Paul Johnson said, “Every reform created more problems than it solved.” That was not peculiar to the Habsburg Empire. The same could be said of modern welfare states, and especially our own ObamaCare.
Dr. Thomas Sowell
One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela
The idea of reasoning with terrorists without force or with appeasement is naive, and I think it’s dangerous.
Former Virginia Governor and Senator George Allen
Andrew’s Note: I don’t remember how to tie all the knots my father tried to teach me over the years…but I remember how to tie the Trucker’s Hitch and use it regularly. Thanks Dad! Today’s Infographic comes to us by way of ScoutMasterCG.org. Check out their website for lots of preparedness related information…their motto is “be prepared” afterall…
There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism…German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans. There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.
President Theodore Roosevelt
A journalist for The Atlantic named Elizabeth Stoker and her colleague Matt Bruenig are trying to create a monster even more destructive than Stoker’s namesake Bram created..but this one is known as the Universal Basic Income.
In the United States, we are generally told that poverty is a deeply complicated problem whose solution requires dozens of reforms on issues as diverse as public schooling, job training, and marriage.
But it’s not true. High rates of poverty can, as a policy matter, be solved with trivial ease. How? By simply giving the poor money.
The economically undereducated due go on to point out how simple the process would be and all the great benefits like:
Well, I’m not excusing the fact that planning and preparedness was not where it should be. We’ve known for 20 years about this hurricane, this possibility of this kind of hurricane.
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff
Andrew’s Note: You know right now if you live in tornado country, hurricane territory, near an earthquake fault, in an area susceptible to tsunamis, winter storms or floods…what’s your excuse for not preparing for these or any of the other natural or man-made risks you and your family may face? …and make sure you don’t rely on those guys that new Katrina was coming for 20 years…just 20…maybe they should have read a little history like this piece on the 15 Wost Hurricanes.
Government is necessary for our survival. We need government in order to survive. The Founding Fathers created a special place for government. It is called the Constitution.
Andrew’s Note: Yes, Badnarik is a little extreme in some of his views but I included his quote today to remind us that the opposite of big government isn’t small government the opposite of big government is anarchy…small government is the rational middle ground.
This is abject surrender by the United States.
Ambassador and former Maryland Army National Guardsman John Bolton describing our recent agreement to ease sanctions on Iran in return for Iran agreeing to let us ease sanctions on Iran via Abject Surrender by the United States | The Weekly Standard
Our nuclear deterrent and those of our closest allies appear to be under attack by our own Executive Branch of Government again…but this time we’re flirting with unilateral nuclear disarmament…
First it was accusations in 2011 that President Obama had sold out our British cousins’ nuclear secrets to the Russians…I’m not sure of the truth of these allegations but the British sure seem convinced.
Then in early 2012 the President was caught on camera and microphone privately promising Continue reading
…the most dangerous situation the United States has seen since the 1930s.
Former U.S. Air Force Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General (Ret) Thomas G. McInerney
Andrew’s Note: Listen HERE for LTG McInerney’s full statement and reasons. Interesting note on LTG McI’s career: He began his military career by graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and being commissioned in the Army.
…I don’t believe that the GOP or the Dems or the president can actually ‘create’ jobs…
The best they can do is encourage an environment where people who might be willing to assume the risk of hiring other people are more inclined to do so. That’s what I’d like them to do. And to the extent that either party would ever listen to a guy that used to have a show on cable TV — that’s about all I would ask of them…
Mike Rowe proving that all television personalities aren’t undereducated buffoons via Mike Rowe’s Non-Partisan, Full-Throated Defense of Self-Sufficiency and Hard Work May Be the Best Thing You Read All Day
Just a quick note of thanks to the Prepography readers who have dropped me notes to check on me the past few weeks. I hate it when my favorite writers apologize when their day jobs reduce the frequency of their online contributions…the day jobs pay the bills and sometimes consume more than the day…so no apologies…
That said, I’m looking forward to being able to get back to my avocation with new articles, several new writers and I have a desk full of products to review in the next week or so.
What have I been doing with my time…
Well in addition to convergence of family obligations (all joyful thank heavens) I’ve taken steps to improve my family’s financial self reliance by purchasing a recession proof, depression resistant (one hopes) business and spent uncountable hours helping my clients comply with ever increasing government mandates. I’m not sure what’s worse, the increasing percentage of our work product we submit in taxes or the soul-crushing cost of compliance in time lost from more productive activities.
Hang in there…Prepography will be back to its regular publication schedule soon.