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Monday, April 30, 2012

Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman On Bloomberg

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This is for all those economics nerds out there. This is a very fascinating "debate" between Ron Paul and Paul Krugman, earlier today.

Personally, I cannot see the logic behind Krugman's belief that increasing the debt levels, the money supply, and inflation is the solution to this recession. We have already been spending like crazy and has it worked? I think there is enough evidence to show that it hasn't.

The solution is we need more spending? I don't know about that.

Here's the "debate":

What peeves me is that Krugman claims that he believes in free markets and that he believes in capitalism, but then he blames the free market for those recessions, and claims the solution is increased government intervention, and decreased free markets. In my opinion, shoveling debt onto the people is not a solution, it is a farce.

Some bubbles are inflated by massive government spending. When they pop, it creates a recession. The housing bubble collapse can be traced to government laws and intervention into the housing market. Basically, through mandates, the US government forced banks to finance loans to subprime borrowers. This caused a large increase in subprime loans, which, I am sure anyone can agree, is very risky.

So, the market then hot potatoes the loans until they explode, leaving the mess for the rest of us.

Politicians in Washington wanted to give subprime borrowers a chance to own a home despite their credit, so they basically said, 'we will pay you banks to finance these subprime loans.' Then, when the bubble pops, the same politicians in Washington blame the market, and say the solution is to give those same banks more money...

It's absolutely ludicrous to me.

So Krugman, from one amateur economist to another:  Presenting the argument that boosting aggregate supply through debt will provide a boost to aggregate demand as the solution to our down economy is both misleading and dangerous.  I call it a false choice.  Here's why:

In our current economy--where people don't have enough money to spend--debt and spending carries heavy (and in our case, unsustainable) liabilities that can wreck the entire currency when those same people have even less money to spend on the new supply.  If there is no increase in the  monetary value of the dollar, people can only spend more on less stuff--as the prices for everyday things like food, gas, etc rise.  This does not help the poor and the middle class, but rather, cripples them even further.

Remember this: "Increased spending" decreases the spending power of the dollar, sir.

If the currency devalues too far, we risk a very real collapse of the dollar in the world market through hyperinflation (the same route as Rome's, Italy's, Germany's and many other past civilization's currencies).  Doesn't this frighten you sir?

So Krugman, if we happen to collapse our currency through your proposed policies, what would be your end-game?

Aside, to the reader: How can anyone, especially an economist, support a possible 30% plus increase in prices across the board? Does that really help the poor and the needy? 

That is insanity!  When will the insanity stop?!?

Friday, April 27, 2012

House Passes CISPA: Make Sure It Dies In Senate!

this is the basic logo for the website, How A Mormon ThinksCISPA passed congress, headed to the Senate (now my tummy huwts)

On thursday, April 26, 2012--the day before it was scheduled to be voted upon, the US Congress added a few amendments (all which make it worse) and passed CISPA with an overwhelming majority: 248-168.

It still needs to get through the Senate before our Commander in Chief can sign it into law.  So,, what are you gonna do to stop it in the senate?

Here are a few suggestions:
1. Call/write/email your Senator!  I can't help you find out how to contact them, though.  This may be the most important of all the things you could do!
2. Sign a few petitions!  like here, here, here, here, here, here, here
3. Share what your doing!  Articles, information, memes, pictures, status updates, this blogpost, anything that can help your friends to see what is happening!!
4. Caption your own memes against CISPA!! Here
5. Learn more about the very real debate for/against CISPA!  Some great links to start you off herehere, here, here, here, here, here, and on facebook here.
6. Some memes to download and share to facebook, twitter, google+, linked in etc:
CISPA cat iz cyber spying
CISPA cat is cyber spying.
CISPA gives uncle sam the power to legally go through your emails
CISPA gives Uncle Sam the power to legally go through your emails.
cispa cat cares not for your privacy
Caption your own CISPA cat here.
cool mad magazine against CISPA
Cool MAD magazine meme about CISPA.
cispa passes congress with an overwhelming majority (248-168).  Want your internet privacy? STOP THIS BILL IN THE SENATE
Where is their opposition to CISPA?
Cispa is coming very soon! Learn more about this bill before it becomes LAW
and coming very SOON
Ironic, that Mark Zuckerberg, a supposed supporter of internet privacy, supports CISPA, which is the complete opposite.
Ironic, that Mark Zuckerberg, a supposed supporter
of internet privacy, supports CISPA, which is the
complete opposite.
Cispa is the newest draconian "internet security" bill that does nothing to improve security on the internet, while making it legal for the government to gather all your personal information.  STOP IT BEFORE IT PASSES SENATE
Get Informed on CISPA: The New Cybersecurity Bill That Could Change Your LIFE!!!
Raise your awareness of CISPA, which is set for the senate
to decide it's fate!  Contact your senator!

Thursday, April 26, 2012


this is the basic logo for the website, How A Mormon ThinksCISPA is coming this friday!

Stop CISPA!!  Contact your legislators NOW!!!

Click here to sign the petition!


UPDATE: CISPA has passed the House of Representatives and now must pass through the Senate before Barack Obama can sign it.  Click here for a more full update!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sacrifice Secures Success; True Success Requires Sacrifice

this is the basic logo for the website, How A Mormon ThinksHere's a thought:  "Sacrifice secures success; true success requires sacrifice."

The way I see it, sacrifice is an eternal principle that yields results directly related to what you sacrifice.  For instance, if we want to receive a 40 hr paycheck, we must first sacrifice 40 hours of time to a company first. It's a sacrifice because we would be giving up at least 40 hours of all that time that we could be spending in front of the TV, on Facebook, looking at cat pictures, or sleeping

It's interesting to note that sacrifice is also a basic principle in economics (opportunity cost).

We seem to know that when it comes to money and success, we must first sacrifice whatever it takes to receive our acceptable levels of money or success.  Nothing less will suffice.

But unlike money and success, spiritual healing and spiritual growth require completely different types of sacrifices: like giving up hatred to make place for love, giving up grudges to make room for forgiveness, giving up vices for personal rectitude, etc
.  Sacrifice is the precursor to any stable level of spiritual fortitude.

Of all the personal principles to begin aligning ourselves to, spiritual fortitude may be one of the most elusive, yet most rewarding.  It leads to joy, happiness, abundance and hope.

Yet, just think about it--without sacrifice, we are without all of these things.  Therefore, sacrifice must be of paramount importance.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Learn More, Study Less: The Ultimate Study Guide

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I just finished my personal review for the study course put together by Scott H. Young called "Learn More, Study Less" at the website that I am managing of the same name.   Please tell me what you think of the review, as it will be trafficked heavily in an ad campaign over the next few weeks/months (and of course, I do not want to waste money if it's no good).

Be critical!  I want to hear it if it turns you off, gets you interested, makes you fall asleep, or if it motivates you to buy (cause that's my ultimate motivation for the ad campaign).  Tell me of spelling errors, awkward wording, poor grammar, poor word choice, look of the site, the feel of the site as a whole, or just anything that you feel like sounding off about. 

I need it!!! 

So please, help me to make this upcoming ad campaign successful, and click on the link below:

Learn More, Study Less: The Ultimate Study Guide

Also, if you feel like buying the product, it would help me greatly. :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

TRON PAUL by xckd

TRON PAUL, just in time for the 2012 elections!

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Meme Bomb #1

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This is the first of many meme bombs.  Like, tweet, share with your friends!

ron paul ad
The difference between isolationism and non interventionism.
See Switzerland, then North Korea.  See the Difference?

malcolm x violence is wrong - war draft quote
Malcolm X was a great man--not because he supported violence
to protect his people, but because he protected his people from violence
with his words.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Drugs Are Bad, Mmmmkay?

The following is the PowerPoint slideshow that was created to assist a public speech I give tomorrow in class, illustrating the need to treat the drug war much differently than we are currently.  In my view, drug addiction should be treated as a medical condition, not as a criminal action.  This would solve many of the problems that the drug war has caused over the last 90 years (especially the last 30).

I will post a corresponding article on my proposed solutions for fighting the drug war sometime over the next week, so be sure to come back to see ya hear!

Here's the presentation. It's called:Drugs Are Bad, Mmmmkay?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Article | Stand And Be Counted

(Reposted with permission. Original article at Government As Fiction

     With the passage of the National Defense Authorisation Act of 2012 (NDAA) the police state, about which every US citizen has been so often warned, has come to pass. IGNORE THIS AT YOUR OWN PERIL AND CONDEMNATION. I will begin with a quote:
     "It is said in the Doctrine and Covenants, that he that keepeth the laws of God, hath no need to break the laws of the land [D&C 58:21]. It is further explained in section 98 [D&C 98], what is meant in relation to this. That all laws which are constitutional must be obeyed, as follows:
     “And now, verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them.
     “And that the law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me;
     “Therefore I the Lord justify you and your brethren of the Church in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land. And as pertaining to laws of man, whatsoever is more or less than these cometh of evil” [D&C 98:4–7].
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Friday, March 23, 2012

LDS Liberty Podcast: "In Mine Own Image" by GLH

Here is an incredible audio podcast I found featuring one of the best written articles on the LDS Liberty website called, "In Mine Own Image" (also found at the author's personal website, Scriptural Libertarian).

Right click the link above and choose 'save as' to download this gem to your iPod, mp3 player, or computer.