Spending Excesses & Doublespeak at GSA

I’m not going to focus on the boring fact that government officials waste horrendous sums of taxpayer money, but rather on how propaganda works.

Obviously, anytime the waste in government makes it to the surface, the people in them mainstream media, who obviously depend on recurring extensions of their FCC license, will spin the story in a way to make it look like something “is being done”, “investigative committees” are being formed, heads are rolling, etc. etc.

CNN reports Another GSA official placed on leave in spending controversy:

Another government official was placed on administrative leave Monday in the continuing fallout over wasteful spending involving a 2010 Las Vegas conference for government workers, the General Services Administration announced.

OK, now what does that mean? Has he been fired? Stripped off his pensions? Of course not, what’s more likely to happen in government in cases like these is that people are sent on a paid vacation until things calm down, moved to another position, etc.

The article also points out:

Foley became the eighth member of the GSA staff to be fired, placed on leave or otherwise removed from their job because of the controversy,

Note how the writer uses the word “fired” first and then mixes in “placed on leave” or “otherwise removed from their job”, to make it sound like “8 people have been fired”.

This is of course what would happen in a business that needs to obtain money by voluntary means and faces competition, but that’s simply not how the government operates.

An administration official also astutely points something out in the following paragraph:

With the agency coming under fire, an Obama administration source told CNN that the budget for the biennial conference ballooned during the Bush administration, growing from just under $94,000 for the 2004 event in Portland, Oregon, to just over $655,000 by the 2008 confab in New Orleans. By comparison, the source said, the tab for the 2010 conference was only 28% higher than 2008.

OK, so under the previous administration the budget grew from 94k to 655k which is obviously horrendous, but then under the present administration it grew from that amount to an EVEN HIGHER amount of around 838k, and this person is trying to spin it as an accomplishment that it only grew by 28%.

Need I say more?

Keep events like these in mind when you hear public sector cry babies kick and scream for more money, more spending, higher taxes, as if there was no overhead, no waste, no excessive spending that could conceivably be cut anywhere.

This is not a shocking or extraordinary event, this is rather a symptom of business as usual in the immoral, flawed, incentive-less, criminal, boring, and retarded racket, commonly referred to as “The State”.

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ACLU: “Obama will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law”; Why Obama’s Presidency Has Been a Great Success

The ACLU writes President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Bill Into Law:

“President Obama’s action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,” said Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director. “The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield. The ACLU will fight worldwide detention authority wherever we can, be it in court, in Congress, or internationally.”

As I’ve argued since the beginning of the Obama presidency, the more disillusioned young people get with who they thought was for sure going to be their savior, the better it’ll be for the ideas of peace and liberty, and the more devastating it’ll be to the dying concepts of governments and nations in the long run.

Thus Obama’s election and tenure have indeed been a great success in helping push our ideas and we could have hardly asked for any more.

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The Mafia vs. The State

Imagine your average neighborhood mafia: A scary armed group of people who plan, organize, and undertake regular extortion runs (meaning money raised by means of threat or use of aggression) at local businesses, in exchange for the “protection” they afford them.

Now imagine this mafia allowing the people of its district to submit votes, allowing them to choose who will be the main guy or party in charge of all its extortion runs.

Now imagine this mafia extending their extortion runs to every single working resident within its territory, demanding a percentage of incomes earned.

Now imagine this mafia demanding that the residents pro-actively send in the tribute “owed” and supply every detail about how much they earned and how and where in order to avoid having someone knock on their doors to collect.

Now imagine this mafia borrowing money from local and remote investors, against the collateral of future extortion proceeds which they then use, among other things, to expand their scope of intrusion into the lives of the residents.

Now imagine this mafia setting up learning camps that it funds with money from increased extortion threats. For generations moving forward the mafia would determine the curriculum used to educate the children of residents and shape their beliefs accordingly.

Now imagine this mafia establishing a bank where it prints its own currency the use of which it makes compulsory by demanding it in extortion payments, and by threatening aggression against anyone who doesn’t accept it in the settlement of debts and anyone who dares to compete in the production of currency.

Now imagine this mafia establishing its own permanent standing army, equipped with tanks, grenades, nukes, fighter jets, aircraft carriers, bases, helicopters, etc.

Now imagine this mafia establishing an institution where it approves or denies drug producers the right to sell drugs to its residents. Producers need to pay fees and wait for years before they’re granted this right.

Now imagine this mafia using its arms to attack other mafia gangs of other adjacent and remote territories, year by year killing millions of non-mafia residents in the process, all funded by money from increased tribute demanded in extortion threats and money borrowed against the promise of payment from yet more future extortion threats.

Now imagine this mafia setting up buildings with giant cages where it locks away people who don’t follow its orders, such as the prohibition against owning or selling certain pieces of harmless vegetation, or resistance against extortion payments.

Now imagine this mafia using extorted money or money borrowed against future extorted money to reward connected businessmen who made bad or economically harmful decisions with other people’s money.

Now imagine this mafia setting up thousands upon thousands of regulatory boards, institutions, departments, sub-departments, and agencies, equipped with rules, decrees, and the police force necessary to enforce them by shaking down businesses or individuals who are in violation of any of such rules or decrees.

Now imagine this mafia operating on a nationwide scale.

Imagine people having been “educated” in those compulsory education camps over the decades, telling you with a straight face that it is this mafia that we need in order to protect us from people who may steal from or aggress against us!

Now imagine some of the residents in its territory supporting a group that proposes an increase in the mafia’s extortion proceeds and regulatory shake downs. This group of people is today commonly referred to as “Democrats”.

Now imagine some other residents supporting a group that proposes an increase in the mafia’s attacks on other mafias and murders of residents in other territories and an increase in the cagings of carriers and sellers of unwanted vegetation. This group of people is today commonly referred to as “Republicans”.

Imagine all these things and you get the largest and most dangerous mafia gang of all – the state.

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States Are Underestimating Budget Crisis By Trillions

From the interview with Jeffrey Miron:

The problem is pension liabilities are not being accounted for in state budgets. The results: states across the country, he estimates, are underestimating their liabilities by $1-2 trillion.

See here for more that I’ve written regarding state pension plans over the past years.

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