Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Thursday, August 13, 2009

It's Not About Ownership, It's about CONTROL

It's Not About Ownership, It's about CONTROL

Since it appears to be "Spank Markadelphia" week here at TSM, I'd like to point out one of his sillier "gotcha!" points, one he is so proud of:
Currently, 20+ trillion dollars is in the hands of private organizations in this country. That's 99.77 percent of our nation's wealth. The other .23 percent is owned by the government.


Most bankds(sic) have paid back their loans and the government owns .23 percent of our wealth. The rest is in private hands. So...who has the power again?
I think he got his information from The Atlantic, since he used a graph from there in a post of his own, but that piece says 0.21%. I believe he's mentioned this number here in other places, but my Google-fu is weak this evening.

So, for Markadelphia, possession of wealth is apparently the only marker of power that matters.

No wonder he apparently hates people with three vacation homes.

I found an interesting piece today from the Center for Fiscal Responsibility, which declared that yesterday, August 12, was "Cost of Government Day" - the day on which working people stopped earning money that would go to Federal, State, and Local governments, and finally start going into their pockets. It was the latest date this has ever happened. Per the piece, the date shift is almost entirely due to the recent massive increases in Federal spending - Bush's TARP and Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, noting ". . . these spending bills set taxpayers up for a year when federal spending has reached a record 28.5 percent of GDP.

The GDP for the US, according to the CIA World Factbook was $14.33 trillion in 2008. As many are now aware, our annual expenditure for health care in 2007 was estimated at $2.4 trillion, about 1/7th of our GDP.

And now the government wants to control a bigger - much bigger - chunk of that.

So the Federal government controls about 28.5% of our GDP - that is, about $4.8 trillion dollars annually. To that they want to add a significant portion of an additional $2.4 trillion - and, if you happen to believe (as I do) that the plan is to eventually control it all, and with "normal government efficiency" that means more than the $2.4 trillion we spend now, while we get less for it.

The control of $4,800,000,000,000 annually isn't power?

Then there's this:

The ability to print money isn't power?

And, finally, the Federal Government outright owns an estimated 28.8% of all land in the United States, and with the Kelo v. New London Supreme Court decision of 2005, pretty much any government entity can take any property they want for pretty much any reason. In addition, as of 2004, the Federal government outright owned a bit over 411,000 buildings, about 17.5% of which (and 20% of the square footage) provide housing to American citizens. (Source: GSA's FEDERAL REAL PROPERTY PROFILE 2004 - PDF)


By comparison, at his peak Bill Gates was worth only $101 billion.

So, who has the power again?

Oh, and just who is it that controls the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, FBI, NSA, CIA, Secret Service . . .

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