The Social Contract

A brief explanation of the problems involved in using the term “social contract”.

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California Governor Brown Admits: “We have lived beyond our means”

I came across nice example, albeit on the state level, of what I outlined a little while ago regarding which party would shrink and which party would expand government spending:

The government will not grow or shrink or exist because you voted for it. You voted because there is a government. The government will not grow and wage wars or shrink and get out of wars because you ask it to. The government grows as long as it can borrow from people and tax you. It will shrink once the interest payments on its debt eat up everything else it can still afford and people are too broke to get taxed. And luckily, what I’m saying here is testable. Observe events moving forward and watch what happens. I would gladly stand corrected if objective evidence proves me wrong! :)

One could arguably say that Governnor Brown got lots of support from Californian public sector and labor unions, and other Democrats who are usually not particularly keen on cutting benefits and welfare programs.

Over 3 years ago, back then under Republican Governor Schwarzenegger, I wrote:

California has to wake up to reality. Whether we like it or not, the state needs to stop paying unionized workers outrageous wages. Instead of reducing expenses for some departments and programs, it needs to dismantle and abolish entire departments and programs. It needs to stop funding unsustainable pension plans. In return it needs to drastically cut the overwhelming taxes and fees that are stifling its economy.

Now look what Brown said the other day (emphasis mine):

California Governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers have reached a deal to raise public employees’ retirement ages, have them pay more into their pension accounts, and cap retirement payments in a vast overhaul of the state’s pension system that he says will save $30 billion.

California faces a huge liability for funding the nation’s largest public pension system, but other states and cities also have enormous pension funding gaps and will be watching the state closely.

Brown did not get everything he wanted from lawmakers, such as a hybrid plan that would funnel some contributions into 401(k)-style accounts, and some of the deal’s measures will not affect current employees.

“We have lived beyond our means,” he said. “The chickens are coming home to roost and this is just one in a series of countermeasures that will be required over the next decade.

True that, Jerry. Glad you’re catching on to the obvious. Expect much more severe yet necessary cuts in the years to come on the state level, and at some not too distant point in the future on the federal level as well.

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You Didn’t Build That!

New version of Obama’s recent speech:

If you’re a successful bureaucrat, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I lied better than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of lying politicians out there.

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was an innovative entrepreneur somewhere whose tax payments funded your position. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody’s money was taken at the threat of imprisonment and handed over to you and your cronies to pay for roads and bridges, regardless of whether they agreed to if, how, where, by whom, and at what price.

If you’ve got a high ranking position and a pretty office with a federal, state, or city flag in it — you didn’t build that. Some homeowner’s property tax, some businessman’s corporate/payroll tax, or some wage earner’s income tax money was used to fund it, somebody else made that happen.

The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Businesses and voluntary open source communities made the Internet useful, only to have bureaucrats utilize those services to enhance the efficiency of their spying, looting and propaganda, and to support the entire edifice of an ever more growing, bloated, and intrusive police state.

The point is, is that when we bureaucrats succeed, we succeed on the backs of hard working individuals, entrepreneurs, and future generations who weren’t even given the illusion of a choice in this matter.

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The Truth About “Public vs Private”

One of the remarkable aspects of the so called “public” sector is how much the public is actually kept out of its most important of decision making processes.

Money is taken via the threat or use of aggression and is then distributed over nefarious deals in notoriously smokey rooms where an eclectic minority of a few very connected people get to decide over the use of property that is supposedly “in public hands”.

The public’s so called “choice” is limited to who gets to pose as figure heads at the very top of the institutions in question every other year or even less frequently, but their choice as to whether or not they actually want to avail of or pay for the “services” supplied, and with that their ability to provide any actionable feedback that would check the behavior of high-, mid- and low-level bureaucrats, is for all practical purposes nil.

It is on rare occasions, such as getting a driver’s license, a social security card, or a business license, that we get to make an appointment a month in advance, draw a number, wait in line, and get processed by bored and often un-interested and -motivated bureaucrats who’d rather we not be there to disrupt their precious sitting time.

It is, on the contrary, in the so called “private” sector where the public at large, day after day, gets to randomly flood into shopping malls, choose between numerous goods and services, “ask for the manager”, demand and receive refunds, complain about poor service, participate in regular surveys, use up internet bandwidth, shop and communicate online, switch from one service provider to another within minutes, and gets to vote on specific goods and services with every single penny every waking second.

It is here where you get greeted by sometimes annoyingly friendly shop owners who desperately need you in their stores, who shower you with coupons, rebates, freebies, and smiles, and thank you for shopping with them, where those goods that satisfy the majority of individuals’ most urgent needs take priority over those that satisfy less urgent or ample needs in the eyes of profit-hungry entrepreneurs who are constantly on the quest for newer and better ways to cater to the public at large and where those of them who manage to satisfy said public the most get rewarded with riches upon riches.

It is here where the more the so called public sector gets involved through things like taxation, subsidies, bailouts, loans, the granting of monopoly privileges, or the granting of immunity against environmental suits, the more all of the above disappears. It is then when the organization becomes more and more hierarchical, unaccessible, seniority-driven, unresponsive, destructive and corrupt.

Thus the public/private sector dichotomy, as universally employed in global political discourse, in educational institutions, and in the mainstream media, is probably one of the greatest Orwellian feats on the part of those who seek to manipulate people’s understanding of language by cloaking that which is evil in the guise of popular, and that which is good in the guise of unpopular lingo.

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