About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


"We're doomed" - is the typical exclamation I hear when people talk to me about many of our recent postings on ReturnToExcellence.net that point out that 51% (& growing) of households (not people or income earners) did not pay any income taxes in 2009.  The Financial Times reports that "for the first time since the Great Depression households are receiving more income from the government than they are paying the government in taxes." Not trying to deliberately pour salt in your open wound but please add a minimum of another 20% of households who do not pay enough income tax that they have or feel any fiscal responsibility for our nation either. 

Today some 50.5 million Americans are on Medicaid, 46.5 million are on Medicare, 52 million on Social Security, five million on SSI, 7.5 million on unemployment insurance, & 44.6 million on food stamps & other nutrition programs.  Some 24 million get the earned-income tax credit, a cash supplement.  In 2010 such payments to individuals were 66% of the federal budget, up from 28% in 1966."

BO will of course promise even more of the same along with increased taxes on the top 1% (millionaires & billionaires who make more than $200,000 per year) while professing to be for the middle class & the most vulnerable Americans that make up the other 99%.  An establishment Republican opponent will campaign for something a little less in spending than BO.

This of course is the theme of Death Of Democracy that I have written about for years – it explains exactly what has happened to every democracy in history as voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury by finding candidates who promise the most benefits.  America is just the latest example of this as the mindset of the country changed from freedom & abundance @ the founding to apathy & dependence today -  accelerating quickly to total bondage - the last stage.

With the above stats in mind it is not a winning strategy for any presidential candidate to complain that everyone should have skin in the game.  Who can think that presenting this idea this way, @ this time, is a winning issue when you are looking for a majority.  Even the excellent candidate Michele Bachmann seems to beg for "everyone to pay @ least $1 in income taxes."  All of the horses are out of the barn that is on fire.

People who have skin in the game want everyone else to have skin in the game. I was interviewed on the Anna Little radio program in January 2011 & it took less than five minutes before one of the co-hosts asked me a question leadingly recommending that everyone have skin in the game - he implied that many people don't & that the FairTax would solve his perceived inequity. This co-host was an obvious conservative with skin in the game looking for help from people who do not have it readily to give.

Now it is human nature to not want to have skin in the game if you are able to play the game & either don't have any skin in the game or think you don't.

Now luckily for us the nation does not turn simply on who does not pay income tax – it turns on who votes & more importantly who they vote for which in our case for non-income tax payers will be BO if he can get them to the polls.  The 2010 mid-term election is representative of other mid-term elections in that thankfully only about 41% of the 218,000,000 people eligible to vote actually voted. The 2008 presidential election had a voter turn-out of 57% - an increase of 5 million from 2004, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This increase included about 2 million more black voters, 2 million more Hispanic voters, & about 600,000 more Asian voters. Other than Asian voters the other two groups overwhelmingly favor BO who will call on all of his community organizing skills – skills that he has been trained in & perfected following the Alinsky method - to get voters to the polls.  Please remember that people of substance are so hopelessly outnumbered that if BO does a good job of getting every homeless person (we used to call them bums) he finds & motivates with $5 & a pack of cigarettes to the polls we are indeed doomed – @ least for now. 

When you look @ the type of people that BO will call on to support his re-election campaign you can easily see how his entire presidency has been a lie perpetrated on people who have either not educated themselves to understand the assault upon us all or the very poor & needy who live to be taken care of.  He will not call on people who are working two or three mediocre jobs – many of whom will still vote for him.

The negative principles of Death Of Democracy are the most powerful forces in any mature election process because they have brought down every democracy in history within 200 years of inception.  We know better in America based on history so it is only our fault if we let it happen to us.  We are @ the doorstep.

So what are we to do with so much working against us? – double or triple your efforts to influence people especially those of the more statist mindset.  Write your own blog or @ least send these messages to an additional three people & follow up with them to make sure they see that the skin they have in the game is that their entire way of life is about to change starting in 2013 if BO is re-elected.

Thanks to a long time member of our readership who sent along this new word & definition that clearly describes our situation:
- "a system of government where the least capable
to lead are elected by the least capable of producing,
and where the members of society least likely
to sustain themselves or succeed,
are rewarded with goods and services paid
for by the confiscated wealth of a
diminishing number of producers."

1 comment:

  1. Very good article.

    re;Bachmann - she made a good showing weeks ago. Since then, her ratings declined. Why??? One reason is MONEY, LOTS OF IT.

    You might not agree, but it takes money to advertise, TV commercials,etc. Bachmann does not have it. Leading Republicans are leading for one reason - they are getting huge amount of money for their campaign. The old saying - MONEY TALKS, is true. Even Obama is accumulating large amounts of money.

    Even,direct mailings help - but you need large amount of money to do it.

    Go on TV,see ads for GEICO insurance. Progressive insurance,etc. If they did not produce results, the ads would disappear