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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Congress no longer works-Especially for the American People


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   Freedom is man’s capacity to take a hand in his own development.  It is our capacity to mold ourselves.  >Rollo May


As we wrap up our celebration of “freedom” and “independence” we must remind ourselves, we are no longer the freest nation in the world…the Patriot Act in particular pretty much destroyed our privacy and eroded our Bill of Rights and few citizens even bothered to notice so I guess we deserve what we have.

According to the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index released in November, in the measure of personal freedom, the United States has fallen from 9th place in 2010 to 21st worldwide—behind such countries as Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

As I’ve written before,  in 1970 America had more than 100 million laws on the books and under President Obama the amount or rules, regulations and laws has more  than quadrupled in eight years…all of this has helped cripple our ability to start businesses and create jobs.

When I founded my publishing and seminar business in the mid-1980s, I didn’t pay myself a salary.  Like our Founding Fathers, I took only expenses and in my case, I accepted royalties from books I had written and speaking fees.  Our members of Congress could take note of this as most of them are wealthy, yet take large salaries and gold plated benefits and often exclude themselves from the onerous laws they force upon the public they supposedly serve.

Many of the political elite too have become enormously wealthy as a result of their political connections [the Clintons, in particular, are considered the most wealthy former first family ever].

How ironic is it that the Land of the Free has the most laws on the entire planet?

Attorney Harvey Silverglate argues that the average American commits three felonies a day without even knowing it. Although it has been estimated that there are over 3,000 types of federal criminal offenses, no one knows the exact number for sure.

At any given time, a police officer could walk up to you and find you in violation of some arbitrary law. It is a mathematical certainty.

Nearly everything we fought the British over during the war of Independence AND what we fought the Communists over for more than 50 years, we have becomein short, we’ve been sold out by our own government.


The Incredible Shirking Congress

Legislators are running from the great duties they were meant to discharge…

by Mike Lee July 2016


 Issue Legislators are running from the great duties they were meant to discharge Washington is broken. The federal government is a fiscal basket case, $19 trillion in debt and running massive annual deficits as far as the eye can see. It is an abysmal steward of our economy, managing dysfunctional tax and regulatory systems that expand opportunity for the well connected while strangling it for everyone else. And it imposes thousands of petty laws on the American people every year without rhyme or reason, while failing to seriously consider solutions to our real national challenges.


American politics in 2016 seems to be a competition to assign blame for this.  The usual suspects offer up their favorite villains:  Democrats and Republicans….but in this case the problem is not partisan or idealogical; it’s structural.  The reason the federal government is not working today is that is isn’t working properly.


The constitutional order set up by our Founders is breaking down.  Specifically, the awesome powers of federal legislative branch are increasingly being exercised by the executive and judicial branches.  Executive orders sometimes effectively rewrite laws.  Administrative agencies seem to write whole new ones out of thin air.  Supreme Court rulings impose the policy preferences of five lawyers onto a republic of 320 million citizens who have democratic recourse.


Conservatives have been warning about this for years – more than ever during the presidency of Barack Obama.  But it seems we don’t take the argument to its logical conclusion…


The Founders fully expected federal officers to try to overstep their constitutional authority.  That’s why they wrote the Constitution as they did: first, to disperse political power, horizontally among the three branches and vertically between the federal government and the states; and second, by giving each branch tools to check and balance the others.

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More Resources…Worth a Share!

No Job Available? Create One. (Forbes): "“No one is looking out for your career except you.”  Yes, of course there are people who care, but at the end of the day everyone is thinking about their own careers, not yours. So waiting patiently – too patiently – is not always the key."

The 5 Principles of Moonlighting Success (With Case Studies From Famous Men)(The Art of Manliness): "So how can you carve out an entirely new path for yourself while tethered to your 9-5? How can you build a bridge between your life now and the life you want? The answer is moonlighting: working a side project in your spare time until it becomes viable enough to be your full-time gig, or simply offers sufficient satisfaction that you don’t mind that your day job isn’t the end all, be all of your existence."

Fight Back Against Robocalls

Here are tips from the Wall Street Journal about how to fight against all those unwanted junk phone calls. There is hope on the horizon for technological solutions that will end the scourge.


Can you defend your home without all kinds of fancy electronics? Make your home safer for less. Read more.


Yours for another revolution,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

Additional Resources

The Anatomy of a Breakdown

The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster

Prepper’s Home Defense: Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary

Contact! A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival



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1 comment:

DAR said...

The problem is, most Americans are too dumb, fat and happy to care...and because of that, this nation, like all great countries, will eventually fail.