Tag Archives: Capitalism

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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What’s the future for the American Innovator?

On the Saturday Morning Live program of May 10th, 2014 I interviewed Paul Akers to discuss why everyone should want to be their own boss. The shows focus was intended to motivate the listeners to understand that unemployment is a choice.  To highlight the fact that we live in a Country that allows anyone who desires to start their own business to say, “I built that!”   Or, “I did that!” “If people focus on personal improvement to fix the waste in their life, stop trying to fix what they perceive to be wrong in other’s lives, and accept that business is a necessary and integral part of society’s ability to improve itself…America will be the place our Founders intended it to be.” ~ Paul Akers, Entrepreneur and President of Fast cap, author of “2 Second Lean” (Interpretation from my conversation with Paul Akers on Saturday Morning Live.  ~ Kris Halterman) With that said, Paul Akers, a very successful entrepreneur, broke my heart when he admitted that if he had the choice to do it again, he would not.  Not that he wouldn’t start up his own business, but that he wouldn’t do it in the United States because of the regulatory …

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Obamacare: A “One-Size-Fits-No-One-At-All,” Plan that Killed the Goose and the Golden Egg

Well, I am hoping that with the recent over saturation and over-hyped media stories, the nation, the news media and more specifically, the State of Washington, will get back on track to deal with the economy, jobs and health care.  A couple of weeks ago I received a letter from Regence Blue Cross, my health insurance provider, with the news that I have been dreading for a couple of years now.  Within the letter I received were all of the reasons I knew to be the outcome and eventually the demise of the only real cure to skyrocketing health insurance premiums and health care costs; a high deductible, health savings account qualified medical insurance plan.  Can I truly fault them for conforming to what the Federal Government and our own State of Washington politicians have mandated that they can and cannot offer the consumer of their products?  No, I am pointing the finger at the lazy brained fools in our Federal Government and especially our local Federal and State Representatives who are not representing the vast majority of their constituents who did not want Obamacare and still do not want Obamacare even more so now, than when it first hit …

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Dr. John Lott, Jr. Speaks to an Over Flow Crowd at the Northwest Business Club

On Wednesday, June 12th, Dr. John Lott, Jr. was the featured speaker for the June member luncheon.  I will attempt to share the information Dr. Lott shared at the Biz Club luncheon; which was predominantly focused on the national economy and how this recovery is so different from any other, experienced in the history of the United States. Dr. Lott began his presentation talking about the U.S. Economic Recovery; now v. previous recoveries.  His research shows that in previous recessions, or depressions; once a nation heads into recovery mode there is typically a drop in unemployment rates.  The information being given to the citizen’s is that our unemployment rates are dropping, but never before has that been accomplished by omitting the 80% of people who have stopped looking for work.  Another anomaly of this recovery is the level of growth that the United States has experienced.  Dr. Lott’s research showed that in prior recoveries the United States experience 12% growth after a severe recession and 6% growth after a mild recession.  The 2009 great recession and recovery rate, has the United States economy growing at an anemic 2.5%.  And, Dr. Lott’s statistics show that the distance, or gap, between the …

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The United States could use a little Coolidge – right now!

President J.Calvin Coolidge (Silent Cal) – 30th President of the United States; 1923 – 1929   One would hardly guess from this picture that President Coolidge was considered a shy person. Apparently he loved to be photographed as he is here wearing a Sioux head dress, after he had officially been adopted into the Sioux tribe for his work on behalf of Indian affairs. (President J.Calvin Coolidge gave U.S. citizenship to all Native Americans in June of 1924.)   Maybe it was because he was born on July 4, 1872, maybe it was his upbringing in a family of public servants, or maybe it was merely his true nature, but J.Calvin Coolidge understood that liberty, freedom and the right to personal property can only be realized when government remains small enough, so as not to interfere in the public’s ability to realize self reliance. When public safety was threatened by city police, during his tenure as the Governor of Boston, MA, he called in the state guard to break it, stating that “there is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, anytime.” In 1923, after President Warren Harding’s death, Vice President, J. Calvin Coolidge, was sworn …

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