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Vortex Archives – August 2004

Vortex of Freedom

Vol. 1 No. 1 August 2004

A Need for Change

George W. Bush has brought us into an inhumane and unjust war, violated our freedoms with the Patriot Act, and lied about making government smaller. These are among the reasons why Bush should not be re-elected under any circumstance.

John F. Kerry voted for the war and does not intend to make smaller or less intrusive. One should feel as safe with Kerry as president as with a Chihuahua guarding a person while walking the streets of South Philly.

The rhetoric of Democrats and Republicans are different, but their actions are often the same, especially the office of President. The President is often a centrist, often because of attempting to convert voters on the opposing party.

It is time for a genuine change in who we vote for in elections. Democrats and Republicans have spent like kids in a candy store and shown no regard for the Constitution. It is time for a fundamental change.

Vortex of Freedom endorses Libertarian candidate Michael Badnarik for President. Critics say that minor parties have no chance to win so they end up voting for the lesser of “two evils.” We cannot afford to give Democrats and Republicans another chance to fix the things they have broken.

The legacy of the two-party system is a $2.4 trillion budget, a disregard for the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, and a prohibitive taxing system. It is time to vote for people who are fiscally responsible, who will restore our rights and freedoms, and who realizes that the money sent to Washington is ours. Michael Badnarik is uniquely qualified amongst all candidates for presidents. These principles are the mantra of the Libertarian Party.

We encourage all voters to vote for Libertarians in local, state, and federal elections.


Overhead – Government’s Favorite Social Program

The federal government offers its’ employees a chance to donate to a wide variety of non-profit charities and organizations. One of the guidelines for a non-profit group to become a recipient of these funds is that the group cannot spend more than 30 percent of funds on overhead. The irony of this is that social spending by the federal government in the fiscal year 2004 budget is over 80 percent!

The percentage increases in federal spending always surpasses the rate of inflation. And in spite of cuts in benefits, the cost of many of these programs almost always increases (sometimes at a substantial rate.) Federal spending on welfare has increased in spite of the fact that fewer people are on the payroll.

Welfare fraud is a crime. Collecting money for welfare and keeping the monies allocated in the hands of bureaucrats instead of in the hands of the intended recipients is an outrage.


Everywhere a Moo-Moo

The farming industry is burdened with excessive regulations which increase the price of dairy products in spite of government capping the prices. Virtually every aspect of farming is regulated. Corporate farms lobby in Washington to pass laws which will favor them and hurt the small farmer.

The regulation of prices on dairy products has made it very difficult for small farmers to keep their farms. Corporate farms can live with the prices because they’re able to buy materials in larger quantities, thus saving them money.

Some farmers are forced to sell their farms while others are given subsides not to grow crops. The argument is that if too many of a certain crop is grown, then the price of crops would drop to the point where farms couldn’t profit. But the farming industry shouldn’t be different than other industries in a free-market economy.

If government had not meddled in the affairs of farming, then prices would be more affordable and more farms would still be in operation.


Is it a Coincidence?

Two hot topics which the government intervenes the most are education and health care. Every year, education and health care costs rise at a much higher rate than inflation. Government’s response is to spend more money.

Before we spend another dime on education or medical care, (neither of which is constitutionally essential) we need to find out where the money is going. We need to be more insistent that money towards education, health care, or any other government expense is actually needed.

One of the problems with the system as it is currently run is the more these institutions get, the more we want. They then find more things to spend money on and then they need more money, which the government gives, which raises the price of services and our taxes.

Once the line is held on how much money is given out, then these (and other) institutions will be forced to spend their money more responsibly.


Observations

Why is it that the more taxes we pay, the fewer rights we have?

Why does Bush’s “smaller government” cost significantly more than Clinton’s “massive bureaucracy” did?

Polls that include minor party candidates often have a three-way race.

The largest building in many school districts is the administration building.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) gets to approve cell phones. Are cell phones food or a drug?

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Wake Up, America!

If you ever watched presidential debates from the past, one of the things you will notice is that many of the issues they were debating then are being debated today.  The two parties take turns playing “Good Cop, Bad Cop.”  The Democrats play the “good cops” by promising social programs.  The Republicans play “Good Cop” by offering tax cuts.  The two parties take turns playing the “bad cop” with our civil liberties.

Once upon a time, the United States had the best health care and the best education system in the world.  Then government got involved, and we have been in a downward spiral since.  Why has our education and health care systems gotten worse even as we throw more money towards them every year?  The answer is “Human Nature.”  The more one has, the more one wants.  

Another problem is that there is no accountability with government.  Some elected officials get caught in scandals.  Even when they are caught, little is done.  While Americans want to make a politician from an opposing party pay for his or her crimes, we make excuses when our officials fail ethically.

With less than two months until Election Day, the cable news network has been giving extensive coverage to the mainstream presidential candidates.  In spite of the coverage, little is known about their policies.  The media is too fixated on such urgent topics like lipstick on a pig and Obama’s middle name to spend time on the issues affecting America and the plans Obama and McCain plan to offer.  The two parties have stripped many of our liberties and have run up a $10 trillion debt. 

There are alternatives to the stranglehold the Republicans and Democrats have had on our country.  People will tell you that other parties don’t have a chance.  This is no excuse to give the Republicans and Democrats another chance.  Choosing between a Democrat and a Republican is like choosing between cyanide and arsenic as a health supplement.

Another problem is that both parties say one thing and do another.  Republicans claim to be fiscally conservative, but spend more than what is brought in from taxes.  Democrats claim to be against the war, but continue to fund it because they want to look “patriotic”.

The sooner we kick both of these anti-American parties out of Washington, the better chance we have of saving our country.

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“Vortex of Freedom” Radio Show

The radio show returns Saturday 9/20 at 11:00PM Eastern Daylight Time. 

I will review what has happened in politics in the last two months as well as explain my whereabouts. 

Call-in number is 347-215-7969

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Democrats and Leftists « Miscellaneous Memorandums

Democrats and Leftists « Miscellaneous Memorandums

Democrats and Leftists

So, all you democrats and leftists have a problem with the President, the war, and just about anything else that Bush has had his hand in.  So what are your answers to the problems that we face.  You know answers…solutions.  I haven’t heard anything feasible or even worth listening to.  “Bush sucks…Bush is running this country into the ground…Bush is responsible for high gas prices…Bush is responsible for global warming…Bush is responsible for an illegitimate war…  Blah blah blah.  So what is your solution.  I have heard enough complaining by all parties,  what is your damn solution?  We don’t just pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan.  We have a lot at stake over there.

We have no business intervening in the affairs of other countries.  Period.

Here is my answer…we took the fight to them.  We have not had another attack in the U.S. since 9/11.  Where have they had attacks?  In other countries that don’t have the resolve to stomp terrorists like the cockroaches they are.

We also haven’t had an attack because Timothy McVeigh is no longer around.

Gas prices are high.  Do you know why?  It is because the leftists don’t want to do more drilling here in the U.S. and become more self-reliant.  Global warming, oh my goodness, don’t even get me started on that one.  There is no such thing.  Why don’t you talk to the people up north who pay outrageous prices for heating oil in the winter about global warming.

You’re almost correct.  It is the leftists’ fault for the most part, but mainly because of their push for alternative fuels has stopped gas companies from building refineries.

Oh yeah, Iraq.  Well let’s just say that for some reason, no one remembers the Nazi’s.  We have proof of mass burial sites.  We have proof that Saddam’s military was raping and torturing and killing innocent people.  He invaded Kuwait.  He released poison gas on the Curds.  We have proof that he was aiding and abetting terrorists.  We have proof of all those issues and we did something about it unlike the leftists who seem to think that Americans are the only people that deserve to live fruitful lives free of tyranny.

We have no proof that he was involved in 9/11 or had planned an attack on the United States.

Don’t get me started on Obama either.  He is an appeaser.  He thinks he can talk some sense into the Muslim extremists that would just as soon kill him as talk to him.  He thinks the rest of the world should like us.  Forget that.

What is your plan for peace?  “Kill them all?”

Our founding fathers came over here and started this nation knowing they would not be liked by their home country or its allies.  That is all.

Our forefathers wanted liberty and self-determination.  Both the Democrats and Republicans are stripping us of our rights and liberties every day.  Whether it is something like the “patRIOT Act” that looks more like something written from the Politboro than a freedom-loving legislative branch or the ever expansive layers of bureaucracy, both parties are assassinating American liberties and what it means to be an American.

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What Would Jesus Do?

Maybe it’s just me, but I doubt that the Prince of Peace would favor the war in Iraq. The war is secular on our front, because we are not trying to convert people to Christianity. If we were, it would be unconstitutional because of “church-and-state” issues.

I remember a hymn that used to be sung in churches: “You can tell we are Christians by our love… by our love…” Where has the love gone? Somebody needs to tell the tens of thousands of Iraqis we hav killed that we love them.

Jesus also believed in free will. Those who choose to follow Christianity will more likely walk a spiritual path than those who don’t. The Bible says that being drunk is a sin. More DUI arrests happen in dry counties than in counties that allow drinking.  Just because you make parts of the Bible law does not mean that everybody is going to obey.

As a devout Christian, I think the best way to win people over to Jesus is leading by example.  We have had too many people proclaiming to be Christian but performing some very unchristian acts.  These people have done more to hurt Christianity than any jihad.  It is the unchristian Christians that fuel the hatred that Muslims have towards “Christians.”  The same can be said about the likes of Osama bin Laden distorting Islam as a tool of hatred.

I pray that people get this message and that we can soon live in peace.

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Let’s Discuss the Issues

I believe that the more we discuss the issues and the candidates’ records, the more people that neither John McCain nor Barack Obama are worth your vote.  Let’s discuss government spending, the debt, the flux of workers retiring and wanting Social Security, Iraq, immigration, and foreign policy.

Bring it!

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The Surge (and why Republicans are Stupid)

The surge is going on six months. We are told the surge is working. We are told we should “stay the course.” I ask the following questions:

  • If the surge is so successful, why is it taking so long? Many epic battles have taken less time.
  • If the surge is so successful, why is presumptive Republican candidate John McCain optimistic he can get the troops out of Iraq by 2013?

The war is illegal and unconstitutional. Republicans claim they want “strict Constrictionists” in the courts, but a strict constrictionist would point out that Congress has to formally declare war. Authorization of force is not a declaration of war.

Many Republicans would be in favor of the war if the party leaders were to tell them that teal is a shade of red. They believe all the other lies they have been told.

Our country incurred $3.3 trillion in debt while President Bush worked with a Republican congress. Let’s assume that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cost $1 trillion during this period. This leaves $2.3 trillion of deficit spending in six years. Republicans are LYING when they claim to be fiscally conservative. Tax cuts are one thing. Excessive spending without an ounce of fiscal discipline is another.

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