Reset agenda fails

A lot of people aren’t going along with the total reset. Who can blame them?

There’s no meritocracy, nor competency nor stability nor real wealth building under the great reset.

Endless capital creation is overwhelming sounder economic policies of the past that were based on the idea of real scarcity. We still have real scarcity but now we have more capital and with every additional dollar created the dollar represents less value. Money that doesn’t represent value can lose the chance to do what needs doing. It can lose the ability to hold value over time, or to be useful in exchanges for goods and services. Overprinting is bad for the strength of the dollar. Yesterday, I heard someone claim that as long as every nation devalues their currency at the same rate, no one nation’s currency will fall relative to others and therefore there won’t be runaway inflation that destroys nations. But money that doesn’t represent value can’t be traded for value. It becomes underpowered or even powerless.

Today’s inflation is severely understated. It impoverishes the least powerful. Ordinary people don’t have access to unlimited capital and many are deeply indebted. They can’t take on even more debt.

We all once enjoyed better opportunities that were more stable under sounder banking policies. A full or a partial gold standard limited money printing. Banks hated it and governments hated it because it put a ceiling over their ambitions to grow endlessly. But it worked better for society, even though the economy recognized scarcity. Scarcity made people wish for more, but more money with scarce reality doesn’t satisfy in terms of solving the problems of scarcity. More money is just more noise in the system and it makes social problems harder to solve.

Today’s monopolies limit supply and fix prices and that can resemble a scarcity based price under a real world limited supply. Controlling prices to make them higher is what monopolies can accomplish even when something people want isn’t really scarce. Every extra dollar that is paid to a monopolist’s fixed higher price is money that can’t be used to develop something new. Those higher prices also make people poorer than they would be in a more natural market situation. Monopolies limit competition of rivals that might bring on a cheaper price. They slow change and slow improvements.

All that the great reset is creating is a morass of endless failed companies and failed projects.

I’m ready to shove the whole great reset agenda into the trash where it belongs from social media, to fake news, to fake votes, to fake medicine and fake food. Inflation is eating up our economy for a media hyped epidemic that some are trying to prolong. It’s not right.

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Is there an exit in fantasy world?

We Americans all live in a world where:

Fake news vies for attention with reality and we can’t always tell the difference.

Monopolies have increased the prices for healthcare and control its availability.

Universities have become unaffordable and impractical.

Jobs require on-line access and on-line job sites aren’t trustworthy.

Joblessness can strike any family or individual at any time.

Healthcare pundits are unreliable for news about healthcare topics which are politicized.

Realty prices aren’t affordable.

Realty prices aren’t market based for families.

Realty prices have been inflated by investors fleeing instability they have caused in a variety of financial markets.

The value of the dollar is falling.

Voting isn’t a reliable process in elections.

Property taxes are going up and up because of investors raising the price of real estate.

Cars aren’t affordable or reliable.

Modern liberal social programs serve corporations rather than the people they were designed to serve (for example by elevating the cost of healthcare through government subsidies).

Many people are looking for an exit. Where can Americans turn to escape these absurdities? Elections have failed us. The internet has failed us. Families are in trouble.

Ideas that have failed us:

A civil penalty instead of a criminal penalty against a corporation that has harmed the public will prevent future harms caused by that corporation.

A two income household will have greater security when women join the workforce.

American politicians care about America.

Children will be ok in the public school system which will teach them what they need to succeed in America.

Churches aren’t important anymore in a science based technologically driven society.

Evil isn’t part of the modern world.

The U.S. is a meritocracy.

The U.S. is solvent and politicians work towards securing and maintaining monetary stablility.

There’s plenty of time to have a stable household where everything gets done when it needs to when both members of a couple work full time.

Politics is just another profession where people work for the common good.

You can leave politics to the politicians and they will take care of America.

A busy lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle.

Success is affordable.

Robots are affordable without tax subsidies and they can replace people.

You can make a living with a blog on the internet because anyone can find you using a search engine.

Suggestions to exit fantasy world:

Stop relying on the internet for information.

Educate your children about propaganda.

Teach your kids about American history.

Learn about politics and economics.

Mainstream media isn’t serving you by providing reliable information, so do your own research.

Realize that social media isn’t working for social coherency and stability.

Meet your neighbors, and have a conversation.

No one is going to save you; you and your neighbors have to save yourself and our community.

Realize that electronic voting can be manipulated outside the wishes of the voting public.

Realize that Congress isn’t working in your interests and hasn’t behaved as though they are accountable to voters.

Ask others you know what they think that we can do to improve our nation.

With information warfare, biowarfare and cyberwarfare on the American scene, get ready for tougher and transformative times.

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Obstacles daunt potential workers in United States.

According to a post on zerohedge today, there’s a shortage of workers and a lot of unemployed people aren’t trying to get a job (https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/nobody-wants-work-job-openings-soar-all-time-high-93-million-record-numbers-quit-their-job). I’m guessing that this news isn’t with regard to long term unemployed people displaced earlier in the Great Recession. In addition, the number of people quitting their job has increased, lately.

The ZeroHedge article blames federal stimulus dollars for this new shortage. Zerohedge postulates that people have enough money from stimulus checks to turn away from available jobs. The article I mention on ZeroHedge doesn’t blame pay (lower wages) or the kind of work (warehouse stocking or grocery cashier) that’s available. Neither does it consider that people have been driven out of jobs and their previous job-linked lifestyle habits by agressive political policies. Covid-19 policies were a radical approach in response to a lab engineered virus that many people were already immune to . When healthy people were isolated unnecessarily and some jobs were deemed inessential (which sounds a lot like unimportant) a lot of people lost their daily routine and chance to make money. Someone who wasn’t them turned off the flow of their opportunity. Is their hesitation to strive on towards new employment mysterious in view of these happenings?

Zerohedge also failed to notice the number of corporate buyouts that have closed many jobs and caused unemployment for many people over several decades all across America. Financialization and outsourcing have harmed the American job market over a long period. I think it isn’t surprising that people are pausing before they jump back into a job.

There have been a series of disappointments in the American job market. Lots of people have spent money getting trained for what they hoped would be a long term career, only to find a short-term job that didn’t pay off their debt at the university. When they can’t continue working in the field that they trained to work in, there have been only low-wage alternatives. Why wouldn’t America move slowly towards job seeking in the face of so many obstacles to an employment payoff?

Numerous sources continue to declare a new normal. There has been such a variety of vile content on TV and radio that many have stopped listening to or watching them. One blog called it irritainment instead of infotainment. Psy-ops experts say some of the content found over the airwaves is meant to be harmful. So we see a turning. But what direction and what does it mean for the future?

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A constitutionally illegal mandate for income taxation was passed by Washington’s legislature.

According to Hannah Arrendt’s book, The Origins of Totalitarianism, governments moving towards a totalitarian future secure their move to totalitarianism by ignoring the rules by which people have agreed to govern their society. Totalitarian governance proceeds by ignoring Constitutions. A recent move by the Legislature of Washington to tax the income of people residing in Washington state is alarming because the Washington State Consitution forbids the state to charge income taxes. Governor Inslee wants this bill and he along with the Democrat majority in the Washington legislature is ignoring the Washington State Constitution.

A power grab in politics is scary anytime. Since January 6th when Congress refused to investigate well documented election fraud attested by numerous witnesses, it has been clear that the public’s vote may not be able to influence American politics through elections. Elections seem already to be illegitimate. What murky forces are guiding our politics are not clear.

Governor Inslee has decided that he doesn’t need to pay attention to the Washington Constitution. It bodes ill for our state of Washington to codify laws that go against our written Constitution. Was Governor Inslee even elected into his office or did digital voting count him into office without a real tally of support from Washington’s residents? Is he working for the state of Washington or is he working for a new global power group that doesn’t follow any agreed upon rules at all?

Meanwhile, Governor Inslee has refused to open the state of Washington for ordinary business without quarantine restrictions in a way that is also a power grab that stands independent of reasonableness. He’s held out as long as he can (I think until June 20th). The deathrate from covid-19 was never enough to require a quarantine, and the restrictions on people’s freedoms weren’t necessary and they weren’t effective at stopping the spread or changing outcomes for the better. PCR testing produced mostly false positive results so we may never know the real number of illnesses or the real number of deaths. Shutting down economic activity in many businesses allowed global interests to reshape society. Or maybe it was an illegal criminal syndicate that organized our politics around deception and fraud. In either case, someone or some group is trying to reshape American society against the wishes and desires of most Americans.

Many workplaces now forbid their employees to express any opinion about covid rules, or about gender pronoun reform or crime and the police, or really about any American issue. Everyone is just supposed to go along to get along at the workplace and that means keeping silent. People can’t say what they believe about controversial topics and remain employed. Interestingly, what this has caused isn’t widespread acceptance of media stated positions. Instead, people wait to state their opinions only when speaking one-on-one with someone who isn’t a workmate or their boss. People are more secretive in the workplace. But they still don’t agree with a lot that’s happening around America.

Media is trying to convince us all that there’s a huge divide between the left Democrats and the right Republicans, but we all saw Congress’s united resistance to an investigation of voter fraud. I don’t believe that there’s any difference between the powerful Democrats and powerful Republicans. They are playing politics by a new set of rules that are unknown to most of us.

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Avoiding the high cost of the old university system for re-education.

I checked this morning online and a number of sources say that university enrollments in the U.S. are down. There’s a good article written by a former university president on Forbes (1) that describes falling enrollments. Most sources I saw, say enrollment declines are because of covid restrictions. Once you tell people to be afraid of a virus, it puts a chill on public learning. As we ponder falling enrollments, many possible causes, not just pandemic restrictions present themselves. There’s the high cost of tuition in both on-line and in-person learning and there’s also employment insecurity after job placement because of market churn. What can we do? Lets consider.

Apparently, covid restrictions that come with a new expectation that students should use on-line learning has been rejected by some would-be students. It seems that some people don’t like missing out on in-person learning and they will wait until in-person learning is restored rather than try to use on-line learning as a substitute. One of the questions that more people are asking is whether on-line learning offers the same value to learners as in-person learning does.

In-person learning allows students opportunities that are different from on-line learning. In person learning offers more sensations to reinforce the learning process because all five senses are engaged when a person is present with a group of people in a classroom. There are sounds and sights and smells, the tactile sensation of being there, and maybe a cup of coffee to bring from the student union, or study groups to join at nearby restaurants. Going to university is fun for anyone who likes meeting new people and learning new things in person. In person universities also offer a number of services that a person can’t get learning from home, like use of a gymnasium, a large library or a tutoring service. Having a university advisor and professors or other students that you can ask questions of is also a big learning opportunity aid.

On the other hand, use of student in-person services creates costs for students. Those costs have continued to grow by leaps and bounds over the last several decades. Researching historical increases in the cost of America’s tuition shows that competition between American universities for better ratings by rating agencies in the 1980’s and 1990’s led to expensive investments in student amenities that drove up tuition costs. After the Great Recession, many universities experienced cuts in funding at the state level that further increased the cost of university tuition for students.

In the meantime, while university costs were going up, the job market was being changed by aggressive buy-out strategies fueled by cheap interest rates for loans. Large companies could borrow money, buy out a smaller company and put it out of business after liquidating the company’s assets for a profit. This merger/acquisition frenzy that started in the 1980’s and continues in the present, undermines the value of a university education because the length of time that a degree holder can earn money after they get a job based on their university credentialling has shortened.

Are on-line educational opportunities more affordable? So far, a cost comparison between on-line and in-person learning shows only a small reduction of somewhat less than 10% in tuition and other costs. One of the reasons for this small difference is that on-line learning is being offered mostly as a convenience advantage rather than a cost advantage by existing universities. These existing universities are careful to preserve themselves as an essential location of traditional learning strategies. Even non-traditional on-line only universities want to charge the most expensive tuition possible. How can a competitor offer very low tuition rates for on-line learning and compete with high cost already proven value alternatives? How can a lower cost alternative offer provably equal educational value?

There’s a whole gamut of profits for the traditional university system that funds grounds keeping, sports programs, administration, professorships and internships. Universities hearken from monasterial traditions that were all about having a fully functioning ecosystem of funding and engagement. Society wasn’t changing as fast back then as it is changing now. So far, universities have held onto their profitability even though I hear that there are fewer tenured professorships and more administrative positions at American universities. How can we move away from this expensive approach to learning?

Do we as a nation really need the university system to provide a credential for so many insecure jobs? After seeing that buy-outs have destroyed jobs and put people out of work, why can’t we re-employ displaced workers without more credentialling? Why are universities still the gate-keepers of so much of the America’s workforce? Why not administer testing to prove qualification without re-education?

So far, it seems that an emphasis on credentialing has only increased since the Great Recession. Most jobs require specific university credentials and job experience. Most employers want to avoid the costs of training a new employee.

When I studied for my first bachelor’s degree, it was thought that any bachelor’s degree offered a reasonable likelihood that a person could function not just in one narrow field but possibly in many fields. A microbiologist could work in a laboratory in a hospital or work for a sewage treatment facility or work for a food manufacturing company, for example. Many journalists, as another example, were educated in other specialties, not just writing or journalism. There were many entry level positions available to anyone with a basic education.

Widespread expectations that people pay to re-educate themselves seem unrealistic in this economy. The opportunity costs are just too high. Today, we see labor shortages that are only worsening even in fields with high demand and declines in university enrollments. There’s a message here if you are willing to pay attention to it.

Whether a labor shortage is in healthcare, or in trades, our job market needs an alternative to the expensive re-education options and certifications that are now expected. Maybe the fun of a university education isn’t affordable anymore for too many of us. Even trades require a long apprenticeship and journeyman period and not just a test. There’s a time tax on every kind of training opportunity. If there were more affordable re-training opportunities, with a testing option to demonstrate competence instead of a university re-education or guild training, more jobs would get filled and people’s opportunities would grow. That less costly training could be on-line training or self study evaluated with a test to prove competence. If people had an alternative to universities for certification, maybe universities would have an incentive to make their programs less expensive and less time consuming in order to compete. Universities would reform toward less costly programs.

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(1) Nietzel, Michael T., “College Enrollment Declines Have Continued This Spring, Mar11, 2021, Forbes, https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2021/03/11/college-enrollment-declines-have-continued-this-spring/?sh=17cda6ea5aca

Morning news brags about price increases.

This morning I heard part of a news broadcast bragging about price increases in real estate and the stock market. The announcer was pretending that having a price increase means a strong market. But it doesn’t mean that. These price increases aren’t something to celebrate for most of us.

The stock market has little basis for price increases and many are extremely concerned that the stock market is going to crash.

I look at real estate across the nation as part of my information acquiring routine in order to keep track of price changes. Over the last few weeks there have been enormous price increases across the West and even in the South. Montana properties aren’t affordable anymore and there’s fewer worthwhile properties on offer. I saw what looked like an abandoned army barracks in the middle of nowhere in Montana with acreage on offer for $300,000 and the property was in bad repair. In the South, I saw a $325,000 increase since just a few months ago on a property that also came with acreage.

As this process of inflating prices continues it doesn’t make the use value any better. We are all losers in this price increase. There aren’t jobs enough to allow people to buy these properties as a place to live. As an asset, the price increase in real estate has been caused only by investors fleeing an overpriced stock market and buying real estate. When a stock is on offer for a new company and sells, it does the buyer no good if that company fails soon after. Old companies fail too and stocks will fall when the Federal Reserve eventually stops pumping the market with borrowed money.

Price manipulation is easy as we have seen over the last 13 years. Creating wealth is harder. Wealth creation isn’t possible when we are being immersed in liquidity gambles over the short-term. This price manipulation will end in tragedies large and small.

Where will anyone find refuge in a falling market with a failing currency? Certainly not in digital monies which will be at least as unstable and easier to manipulate. The outcome of deregulation in banking is taking us all to the poor house. The shables that money overprinting, stock market underwriting, real estate price increases, and more inflation in food and energy will make of our economy will soon be obvious to everyone.

Reduce real estate taxes to save homeownership in America.

Investors have bought so much real estate in the United States that Americans are now facing real financial problems wherever they live because of the impact of property taxes. The rate of price increases in U.S. real estate is outpacing inflation by a large margin yet while Americans can avoid spending money in some inflated areas of the economy to try to discourage price increases they can’t do that in the real estate market.

Even if a person can’t afford to buy a house, they still have to live somewhere and that means they have to pay real estate taxes through their rental fee. Municipalities that are gathering in this tax seem unconcerned about the impact of price increases in rent and mortgages. Some are now suggesting that this real estate grab by investors will drive people out of single family housing altogether after taxes make owning a home unaffordable to most people during our current economic conditions.

Property taxes were once based on market prices set by home buyers who wanted the use value of living in the home and that was acceptable before asset investors started fleeing their Wall Street insecurities and retreating into real estate. Now prices in real estate have been blown out of proportion when compared to the use value of housing.

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In the recent past, a person could build their own house as a way to save money in real estate. Recent price increases in building materials are now making that unaffordable as well. As investors panic about their doomsday fears of a market collapse, they cause financial suffering among renters and buyers because they are buying so many houses. It may therefore be time to reduce real estate taxes across America.

An alternative may be to ban asset investors from American real estate. Many asset investors come from foreign nations and have no stake in the state of American real estate except as an investment haven. Casino investment strategy on Wall Street is impacting main street directly through increases in property tax. Deregulated markets are to blame as well as easy money policies by the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve promises to keep interest rates artificially low for two more years and the Federal Reserve ignores the suffering that their policies are causing Americans. Ordinary Americans suffer under easy money policies and we’ve been suffering too long as it is.

Spring brings sunshine and discontent.

Spring is here and I find that there’s some things in these United States that I’m missing. However great spring will be with its increasing sunshine and the opportunity to plant a garden, I’m feeling that there are some social advantages that have just flown the coop.

What I miss in this United States is a sense that competent people can be hired by ordinary Americans to take care of ordinary problems. I miss the high sense of confidence that I once had about being able to find a good doctor, a good dentist, or a competent lawyer at an affordable price.

I miss knowing that I can go to many Universities across America and acquire a real education that will lead to gainful employment. I miss knowing that Universities welcome open-minded discussions and even well argued disagreements.

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I miss ordinary things like being able to change jobs and try something new as I recall that many professions once only required a basic education. I miss the extensive job ads in the newspaper. And I miss secretaries and HR people who would answer my questions about getting a job somewhere.

I miss being able to talk to other people about uncontroversial news in the news broadcasts that almost everyone had seen or heard about. I miss open mindedness generally. I dislike social media’s divisive content that causes constant unhappiness. I dislike personal news feeds that create discord because different people are getting different news information.

I miss the sense of welcome that everyone once could experience in restaurants when the economy was open to many different cuisines in neighborhoods everywhere. I miss giving a tip as a thank you for good service and a good meal.

I miss confidence that our government is full of competent people doing competent work. I never used to think that private businesses could be closed on a whim by people whose job is guaranteed. I miss seeing Washington D.C. open and welcoming for meetings with concerned citizens. I miss believing that my vote would help to select office holders.

I dislike having our broken economy that has less economic and political freedom for Americans. I dislike bad banking policies of deregulation and Washington’s bad fiscal and monetary policies. I wish I didn’t feel afraid that my earnings will be destroyed by stupid Washington policies closing down the economy and demanding increased taxes. I wish the economy made sense better than it does today. I miss market based price discovery.

I dislike public service messages that boss people around and that mind other people’s business. Bossy people on the radio telling me what to do all day long are bullies that I can do without. I dislike propaganda messaging.

I dislike signs that say “No Mask, No Service.” Those signs are fascistic nonsense.

My favorite checkout lady at the grocery store told me a few days ago that people are suffering from inflation in food and other things. Many of her customers feel afraid of what will become of them in this senseless economy. Let’s hope that spring brings some political and economic improvements along with more sunshine. In with spring, out with fascism.

Social media books show cause of increasing political polarity.

For Christmas 2020, I purchased two books about social media. The books I bought are Jaron Lanier’s Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, and Sinal Aral’s The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy, and Our Health–And How We Must Adapt. I have never joined Facebook or Twitter but I like to understand the cause of social changes that I see happening and I think that social media has changed our society. Online searches for this information weren’t very successful and I often find that books are superior to online sources, probably because the author can get paid for a book when it finds an audience and their content is more permanent. I bought two books instead of only one because I like to get more than one source whenever I explore a controversial topic.

I am only part-way through these books but I want to encourage you to buy them or borrow them from a library or a friend so that you can learn about social media’s effects on our society. I am learning a lot from them even though I don’t agree with every point of information or opinion in them. Social media has been affecting us for about 15 years. Our politics became more polarized starting about 15 years ago. It’s not a coincidence.

The effect of social media is profound and it is damaging relationships that people can have with those that differ from them. The alarming thing about social media is that it curates the content that people read and algorithms in the programming encourage discord. When a person thinks that someone else is acting crazy and believing crazy things, that craziness can be directly connected with the personalized feed where different people see different content.

When people disagree about politics today it isn’t merely because different people want different things. It’s because they have seen different on-line content about politics when they read content that is fed specifically to them by an algorithm. An algorithm monitors where a person goes on-line and tries to make them do that behavior more often. Bots often create a phony sense that many other people agree with content that is being fed to the public even when few real people know about the information. But a lot of content is a mixture of truth and lies. Controversy increases traffic. All of the content is designed to maximize clicks and likes which can be increased by causing discord. A lot of content is meant to make you think that anyone of a different opinion is crazy or evil. Don’t believe it.

We haven’t all become crazy and intolerant. A profit maximizing tool is feeding you a bunch of baloney that can make you feel bad, feel helpless, feel hopeless. Meanwhile, our nation is still suffering from real monetary and fiscal malfeasance but not because we have become a nation full of crazies. We have real political problems that are systemwide and nationwide. But it isn’t true that We-the-People are evil or crazy. Don’t go on-line for news and information unless you realize that on-line sources aren’t factual and are meant to trick you into greater involvement in a corrupt and manipulative information system that is making mincemeat of authentic discovery. If you go on-line, look for first hand interviews and primary source material. Ask questions in framing your search criteria.

Mainstream media has also proven over the last several years to be completely unreliable for authentic truth source news. Ask your own questions and don’t rely on others to inform you in any media. Current news sources are mostly full of junky non-nourishing news information. Today, it’s up to you to discern for yourself what is happening. Ask questions, seek your own answers based on reliable numerous different sources that you can cross check.

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Opportunity online search top hits are all programs brokered by government.

I decided to look for opportunity in America. I did a search for American opportunity online. What came up on the first page of my search was only hits about government programs. Nothing else appears to be happening in the world of American opportunity.

According to my dictionary, the word opportunity has two meanings. The first is “a combination of circumstances favorable for the purpose; fit time.” The second is “a good chance or occasion, as to advance oneself.” Just above the word opportunity is the word opportunism. My dictionary says for this word, “the practice or policy of adapting one’s actions, judgments, etc. to circumstances, as in politics, in order to further one’s immediate interests, without regard for basic principles or eventual consequences.”

Having government policies entwined with opportunity causes opportunism. Opportunism is how I describe the key characteristic of neoliberalism. Opportunism is destroying opportunity in America.

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Where is opportunity in America without government involvement? How can we get rid of government’s entanglement in our opportunities? How did we get to the place we are where government makes our choices for us without regard to the consequences?

A fantastic insight about this topic comes from the classical liberal era. American Founders believed that political freedom requires economic freedom. Economic freedom from government interference is something we could use more of right now. Because government can’t create opportunity. Governments can’t make people creative or productive. They can tax us. They can close down our businesses under (bogus) covid restrictions. But they can’t be the dynamo of energy found in Americans who want to work to make the nation better and freer. The more government gets in the way, the poorer we all become in terms of opportunities and outcomes.

I have read that 50% of all American economic activity is now brokered by government. People get government checks to provide income that they may not be able to get any other way in our current economy. This is not at a time of economic growth but rather economic shrinkage. Even if you want to open a business after covid restrictions are over, the government will want to tax every dollar that you make as soon as you make it.

Paul Harvey has been off the radio since 2008 but I still remember him saying that the levels of taxation in the United States destroy people’s incentive to start a business. I seem to remember that he said as soon as taxes go above 17%, incentive to work begins to diminish. Now there are so many taxes and bossy regulations, so many middlemen and thieves wanting to steal the fire right out of the heart of the furnace of production that a lot of would-be entrepreneurs can’t see a way to get anything started. And financialization diverts money from productive uses to investment uses. People naturally want to get things done with their lives. Misguided voices who say that they want to have Universal Basic Income take the place of productive living have lost track of humanity’s wish to strive and accomplish. UBI is a monster that will sap every good thing out of people’s life legacy. And UBI won’t magically produce prosperity as it claims.

The question “Where is opportunity in America without government involvement?” There isn’t any such opportunity. But we can change things back to having opportunity by removing government’s involvement in people’s opportunity. Stop all the government oversight. Government should just stop minding our business and start minding the duties and obligations of governing.

“How can we get rid of government’s entanglement in our opportunities?” Stop rewarding people in government jobs that are regulating and spying on American businesses. End those jobs. I heard that Anthony Fauci makes $419,000 per year and he shouldn’t make that money. Fire him and all of the others like him.

“How did we get to the place we are where government makes our choices for us without regard for the consequences?” We let the government grow incrementally larger as a sign of progress until it has now eclipsed all other incremental growth in the nation. Cutting back the government by firing most government employees, returning to certifiable voting systems so that bad actors in Congress can be removed, reforming the monetary system and getting rid of financialization so that money can return to productive investments, reducing taxes on work that reduces the incentive to work, all of these things would return us to greater opportunity in America.