Archive for January, 2013

Read it Here First – Read it Again on Zero Edge

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Back on October 10, 2012 I wrote Federal Government Survival Guide. And yesterday, Zero Edge posted a copycat piece: The Rise Of America’s Lunatic Fringe.

Moral of the story: if you want three-month-old memes, Zero Edge is the website for you.

Note to “Tyler Durden”: you may want to staff-up on plagiarizers; I am about to unleash a tidal wave of fresh memes.

Funny Thing About Ayn Rand…

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Back in the 1980s, Ayn Rand was pretty famous. People always wanted to know about her life in Russia, but she would never talk about it. She would always tell people to read her novel “We the Living” from which you could only get a vague idea of what her early life might have been like.

That always struck me as odd. Here was a Hollywood scriptwriter who lived through the Russian Revolution, and she didn’t want to talk about it???

But now I think I have solved the mystery. My guess is that she didn’t want to admit that the communists gave her a free education at Petrograd State University. She didn’t want to admit that the communists were less than 100% evil; that perhaps they were only 99% evil. Or maybe she was embarrassed that she didn’t refuse the hand out, that she didn’t pull herself up by her own bootstraps and earn her education.

It’s Time to Work on a Special Relationship with China

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

After the British adopted “free trade” and de-industrialized, they eventually lost their empire. However, they were able to maintain a geopolitical status a bit higher than it otherwise would have been because they developed a “special relationship” with the new superpower – the USA.

Now that we have decided to follow the same path of de-industrialization and imperial decline, it seems logical that we should get busy on our own special relationship with China. Hopefully, they will take us under their wing and shore us up over the next 100 years.

Of course, some people would say that the special relationship with the Brits has been the work of MI6 and Perfidious Albion. And if that’s the case, then the CIA had better get busy on Operation Perfidious America.

To kick things off, we might do a deal were Beijing tears up their $1 trillion worth of Treasury bonds in exchange for Pacific Command not answering the phone when Taiwan calls in a panic over a “surprise” Chinese invasion. Or maybe we can send troops to help them pacify Tibet, or prison-advisers to help suppress the Falun Gong. We’re really good at prisons.

It’s not going to be pretty, but those are the consequences of de-industrialization.

China-WTO Meme Spreading

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

A long time ago, I added the chart below to my food-stamps page, along with this paragraph:

“When China was admitted to the World Trade Organization in 2001, tariffs were lowered, and it became very profitable for American companies to relocate production to China’s sweatshops. Millions of American jobs were lost, and those former workers have piled up on the food-stamp rolls.”

Click chart to enlarge:
Food-Stamps-China

During the presidential campaign, when food-stamps were an issue, my food-stamps page got a good amount of traffic: 285,000 page views for the year. And I gave permission to other bloggers to publish my chart, which some of them did.

So, I’m taking at least partial credit for what I’m calling the China-WTO meme, which is that the economic back of the USA was broken on December 11, 2001. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s been nothing but economic/financial chaos since then.

And the meme is spreading. You can see it at the 14 minute mark of the video below when John McLaughlin gives “The Bummest Rap of the Year Award” to Bill Clinton:

“Okay, the bummest rap: The rap recited by Bill Clinton to a throng of Democratic Convention delegates that the Republican Party’s policies are responsible for the global economic crisis. Experts say the cause of the ongoing crisis is trade imbalances created by then-President Clinton about 20 years ago when he granted China most-favored-nation trading status and when he — and then negotiated World Trade Organization membership for China.”

However, China’s WTO status did not become official until after Republican George W. Bush was sworn into office. Bush was all for China joining the club, so while Clinton negotiated the deal, Bush permitted it to sail through. While Clinton did NAFTA and WTO, he couldn’t have done it without help from Gingrich and Bush. Destroying America is a bipartisan project.

Long Line at the Car Wash

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

After the recession began in 2008, I no longer had to wait in line at the car wash. That was odd because I live in an upscale neighborhood, and the most-expensive service at my car wash is $10. I couldn’t believe that my neighbors couldn’t afford to wash their cars anymore. Maybe they could afford it, but could not afford to come down to their condos here in Miami Beach. Maybe the “snow bird” population had been thinned. Maybe they had to stay up north with their noses to the grindstone year-round.

Whatever the reason, the car wash is busy again. On Thursday, I had to wait in line for over an hour. Maybe the economy is reaching escape velocity – at least among the population that can afford cars.