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The Road to Serfdom – Your Property…Someone Else’s Benefit

With the millennial generation flocking to Bernie Sanders and Pied Piper socialism, a short course in basic Economic Literacy seems timely and necessary. While it is impossible to cover every detail, this article does provide intellectual ammunition on many of the most important aspects. Thank you for posting it, quoting from it, and forwarding it to your friends and colleagues. Best regards, Paul Economic Literacy 101 – Do Millennials really want the Big Government socialist policies Bernie and Hillary advocate? Paul Driessen America’s 18- to 34-year-old “Millennials” have been tutored in group-think schools that extol socialism. Now they lionize liberal politicians whose class-warfare prescriptions include taxing away all but maybe 1% of the nation’s 0.0001% billionaires’ wealth, then going after Wall Street, Big Business, millionaires and upper middle classes – and giving the “revenue” to those who “need” or “deserve” it more. The entire process revolves around three central questions. Which ruling class elites get to determine who loses, who wins, by how much? Who grants them the power to do so, and holds them accountable? And what happens when the inevitable discontent over their autocratic decisions boils over? Interestingly, many of the same generation have flocked to see films …

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…establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense…

“WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” Most of us recognize these words from the preface to our Federal Constitution. Our founders created a government to protect the inalienable rights they spoke of in the Declaration of Independence. These documents are often referred to as our foundational documents. Fast forward  200+ years to a more  recent document. Last November 2014, the FBI released its 2013 Crime Statistics for Washington State.  While there was good news in some parts of our state, the #2 item stands out. 2. The rate of property crime for Washington’s cities increased slightly from 3,658.6 offenses per 100,000 city inhabitants to 3,710.3. Nationally, the estimated rate of property crimes was 2,730.7 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants. These rates do not include arson. Yes, property crime is on the increase in our cities and we are way above the national average. In case you missed it you need to take a look at King 5’s investigative report on King County’s decision to establish a new program that …

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Washingtonians are being Grubered

The people of Washington are being Grubered. Gov. Inslee has dribbled out his plans for increased State spending by $5 billion dollars. An increase in State spending of 15%. While he promises $1.5 billion in increased public employee wages and benefits, while he talks about income equality, taxing the profits of stock and bond sales, taxing the polluters and a Partridge on a Pear Tree for You. Gov. Inslee has packaged all of this under the typical wrappings of we have to do this for the children, the poor, and to protect the people from the evils of greedy businesses. Gov. Inslee must think that Washingtonians are stupid…that we do not understand that people pay these taxes their government imposes upon them. Businesses do not pay taxes…they are a passed through and paid by the people. Statement by Gov. Inslee: “Both parties are going to conclude — and write this down because it’s going to come to pass ­— both parties will have to find some revenues to meet our educational commitment to our children,” Inslee said. “And when they do, I believe when they open their minds to new ideas … they may conclude it’s better to tax pollution …

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County Council Encourages Violent Crime and Gangs

According to the County Executive, Jack Louws, Whatcom County is doing great. Revenues are up and predicted to continue on a slow, upward trend as is growth for Whatcom County. The only area of concern that the County Executive is warning the people about is the need to pay more taxes for Emergency Medical Services for our Whatcom County Fire and EMT service delivery to county residents. But, when you look deeper into the proposed Whatcom County budget presented at the November 26th, 2014 Council meeting you find that the Sheriff’s department has lost one full-time employee (FTE). In 2011 the Sheriff’s department had 108.5 FTE’s. In 2013 the County Council reduced the number of FTE’s to 107.5. For 2015 and 2016 the Sheriff’s department was reduced by an extra FTE, to 106.5 full time employees. Why should the residents of Whatcom County be concerned about the loss of two full-time law enforcement officers? Well, with the recent passage of legalized (quasi-legal) growing and sale of marijuana in Washington State, Whatcom County politicians have embraced this industry with open arms. With the potential for huge growth in this type of industry comes the burden of added risk for crime and violence …

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The Shell Game

I don’t remember much about my first visit to New York City in the summer of 1979, I was only eight years old at the time. But I remember visiting Yankee Stadium, counting steps on the way to the top of the Statue of Liberty, and the neon lights of Broadway. Strangely, I also remember seeing “The Shell Game” played for the very first time. I distinctly remember stopping dead in my tracks on the gray, Manhattan sidewalk. Hypnotized by the movement of shells, sliding over a makeshift cardboard box, I stood motionless as I desperately tried to follow the elusive pea with my eyes. The round, marble-like object kept disappearing from view, repeatedly being covered and uncovered in a dance of moving shells. Little did I know this was a well known con game, and was crushed when told I could not play. Public school districts play the shell game with parents and taxpayers all the time. Dressed in suits and armed with PowerPoint Presentations, their version has an annual payout of $105 million. At least that’s the budget in Bellingham. Yet despite their pleas for more education funding, administrative spending in Bellingham has increased steadily over the past …

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