Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ron Paul Takes Herman Cain to School

From the Daily Paul site, h/t Mike Marnell. While Paul wants to abolish the Fed, Cain and Romney, looking on, are insiders who have benefited directly from the Fed. Alan Greenspan's record is one of having created the tech bubble that led to his real estate bubble. That is who Herman Cain aims to emulate.  If you like to be destroyed financially, keep voting for Cain and Romney, and listen to the New York Times's moronic comments about Paul's eyebrow.  

Friday, October 14, 2011

There Is No Lesser of Two Evils in The American Two-Party System: Both Stink

When the Democrats controlled the presidency and the Republicans controlled the Congress during the 1990s there was less impetus to socialism than when the Republicans controlled all three branches.  A split government means less growth in government and less corruption than a Republican government.  I totally disagree with President Obama's philosophy, but an Obama presidency and a Republican Congress is to be preferred to a Cain-or-Romney presidency and a Republican Congress.

There is no reason to believe that the Republican Party is the lesser of two evils. Government grew at a slower clip under Clinton than under Bush. George H. Bush signed Agenda 21, and George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act. George W. Bush oversaw a massive monetary inflation. The Bushes are good socialists and good globalists.  Romney and Cain are equivalent to Bush. They are in the Rockefeller Republican mold, that is, they out-Democrat the Democrats.

On the one hand, there is a Republican Party that has made repeated inroads on freedom and taken repeated steps toward socialism, to include the bailout, the housing bubble, the Federal Reserve Bank's stimulation of the economy during the Bush administration, and the Patriot Act. On the other hand there is a Democratic Party with similar aims.

There is no lesser evil in the two party system.  Wall Street and the Council on Foreign Relations dominate both parties. With  1500 Council members at the time, Reagan appointed 80 high level appointees who belonged to the Council.  The Council on Foreign Relations' publication, Foreign Affairs,  has for decades provided a steady drumbeat in favor of one world government and socialism.  The publication is not balanced and does not tolerate pro-American or libertarian views, nor does it tolerate views that are critical of communism. Yet, Reagan was eager to appoint its members to high level posts.

The widespread delusion that there is a difference between the two parties is a product of the Wall Street-financed media, to include Fox, Talk Radio, and the Democratic Party stations. Wall Street finances and controls them. They reflect the interests of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Federal Reserve Bank.The fantasy that there is a difference between the Republicans who appointed Greenspan and Bernanke and the Democrats who reappointed them is exactly what the Establishment wants--a deluded public.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Romney or Cain: the GOP Goes Down in Flames

Among those who follow the Ron Paul campaign, the legacy media's ongoing distortions are a running comedy.  Jon Stewart satirized them in the video below.  Paul's Republican support has been as high as 10% but now, according to a recent Rasmussen poll, has fallen to 5%.  The Wall Street Journal covers the  poll in today's (Thursday, October 13th's) issue.  The Journal excludes Paul from coverage by limiting its front page graph to the four frontrunners, one of whom, Newt Gingrich, has roughly the same level of support that Paul had in previous weeks when the mass media omitted him.

If Romney, Cain, or Gingrich is the Republican presidential nominee he will lose because the Paul vote will not go to him.  We have had enough of the corporatist socialism of the Rockefeller Republicans. 

The reason for the skewness in The Wall Street Journal's and Fox's Paul coverage is that their owner, Rupert Murdoch, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, which has tended to advocate one world government, big government, and the enviro-fascism in UN Agenda 21,   which George H. Bush signed.  The Council on Foreign Relations, founded in the early 1920s to further corporatist aims and associated with  David Rockefeller since 1949,  is a bulwark of support for the Federal Reserve Bank, the recent Wall Street bailouts, and the century-long socialist trend initiated under the Theodore Roosevelt administration.   In fact, it was Theodore Roosevelt's Wall Street-financed third party candidacy that led to Bernard Baruch's protege, Woodrow Wilson, being elected over William Howard Taft, who opposed a Federal Reserve Bank.  Wilson appointed Samuel P. Bush governor of the first Federal Reserve bank board.  Samuel P. Bush was George W. Bush's great grandfather.  The socialist- corporatist musical chairs has gone on ad nauseum.

Since the Progressive era, the Council on Foreign Relations has repeatedly advocated and pushed through one foreign policy fiasco after the next, all of which have contributed to the weakening of American economic dynamism, the flattening of real hourly wage growth, and ever-increasing incursions on economic freedom and civil liberties that have culminated in the Patriot Act and the recent bailouts.

Cain is a former Federal Reserve Bank officer; as an employee of Bain Capital Management, a private equity firm, Romney is also intimately linked to Wall Street.  Gingrich's reputation precedes him.   Only foolishness or ignorance would motivate someone who believes in freedom to vote for Romney, Cain, or Gingrich.  All three are ideologically similar to Barack Obama, and all three answer to the same Rockefeller-led banking interests.

Enough Republicans are fed up  to bolt so that more of the same will fail. I certainly am.  In 2004, I did vote for George Bush, whose family has had intimate ties to the Council on Foreign Relations for three generations. Bernard Baruch personally asked Samuel P. Bush to serve on the War Industries Board before Wilson appointed him to the Fed Board of Governors.

Dumber than dumb, in 2008 I contributed to Wall Street-bailout-supporting John McCain. Today,  I have made my first contribution to the Libertarian Party. Absent a victory by Gary Johnson or Ron Paul, I will give more.

Town of Olive, Board Member Bruce Lamonda, Olive Town Board, and Supervisor Berndt Leifeld Mismanage Special Reserve Funds

The Town of Olive has mismanaged its special reserve funds according to a report from the New York State Comptroller's office. 

Points from the above report that should have been brought up at the October 10, 2011  meeting:

Currently, the Town of Olive does not budget reserve funds in its annual budget.  This is poor practice. Written reserve fund policies ought to be developed.  Legal counsel concerning the establishment and continuation of funds needs to be sought on an ongoing basis. The board should be provided with ongoing reports of reserve fund activity. There should be ongoing review of reserve funds and on-the-record discussion of whether the reserves are reasonable and necessary.  Reserve balances should only be retained at appropriate levels. The board should openly discuss whether the needs of taxpayers are being met. Boards should also periodically assess the reasonableness of the amounts accumulated in their reserves. All reserve fund transactions should be transparent to the public. When conditions warrant (subject to legal requirements), the board should reduce reserve funds to reasonable levels or liquidate and discontinue a reserve fund that is no longer needed or whose purpose has been achieved.

In general, boards should behave as though they have fiduciary duties to the public.  That means disclosure and reasonable discussion of management policies that are public.  Reasonable discussion includes evaluation of the purposes and limits of the reserve funds, and whether the funds ought to be discontinued.  

Quotations from the above report:

1.       Reserve funds should be used for appropriate, stated purposes that are well designed. They should not be parking lots for excess cash.
2.       Local governments and school districts should balance the desirability of accumulating reserves for future needs with the
      obligation to make sure taxpayers are not overburdened
3.      There should be a clear purpose or intent for reserve funds that aligns with statutory authorizations.
4.      Each statute that authorizes a reserve fund should set forth a particular underlying purpose for the fund.
5.      All too often, however, reserve funds are established and substantial cash is accumulated without due diligence in monitoring the reasonableness of reserve fund balances.
6.      Is the board provided with periodic financial reports on reserve fund activity?
7.      Are reserve balances at an appropriate level?
8.      finance reserve funds on a regular basis should develop a written policy that communicates to taxpayers why the money is being set aside, the board’s financial objectives for the reserves, optimal funding levels, and conditions under which the assets will be utilized. Boards should also periodically assess the reasonableness of the amounts accumulated in their reserves.
9.      Boards should also periodically assess the reasonableness of the amounts accumulated in their reserves. When conditions warrant (subject to legal requirements), the board should reduce reserve funds to reasonable levels or liquidate and discontinue a reserve fund that is no longer needed or whose purpose has been achieved.
10.  All reserve fund transactions should be transparent to the public.
11.  Ideally, amounts to be placed in reserve funds should be included in the annual budget.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

HUD, Section 8 Housing Assault Saugerties, NY

It appears that developers Regan Development Corporation, Dickerson’s Keep LLC, and Orange County Rural Development Advisory  along with Saugerties Town Supervisor Gregory L. Helsmoortel and New York State Housing and Community Renewal Commissioner Darryl Towns, likely funded through HUD, are at their economy-destroying worst in Saugerties, NY.  The townspeople are rightly up in arms at a proposal to build a tax exempt cluster housing that will raise taxes on homeowners.  With double talk of and bogus studies of "shortages" by Ulster County's inept department of economic development,  the town supervisor and developer aim to provide economy-destroying subsidized housing at the expense of taxpayers who have been thrown out of work by excessive taxation.   

Saugerties's Darryl Towns and the developers are economic illiterates who have never heard of markets addressing shortages.

The Daily Freeman has posted edited video of the meeting.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Olive Town Clerk Sylvia Rozelle Responds to My Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Request

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The Gazette and William Barrett

Gardinerites receive a privately funded newsletter called the Gazette that insinuates itself into your mailbox once a quarter.  The recent issue wrongly states that as candidate for Gardiner Town Supervisor, I declined to interview - and just the opposite is the truth.  I requested a face to face interview, which would not be subject to their editing, and they refused on the grounds that it would not be "fun".  Instead, I answered their questions fully a month ago, which can be seen on video at 'Bill Barrett' on Facebook and on YouTube (GardinersRight).  Please take a moment to see what I have to say online, and better yet, meet me and my running mates Mike Boylan and 
Ron Bonagura at an open reception, Friday, Oct. 21, 6-8 pm, Gold Fox.  

William Barrett
475 South Mountain Road
Gardiner NY 12525
845 255 3420

Monday, October 10, 2011

Freeing the Executive Branch from the Council on Foreign Relations

The Council on Foreign Relations has over 4,000 members, including some of the leading Wall Street tycoons, business executives, academics, and media figures.  The  CFR's track record is dismal. There is a linear relationship between presidential administrations' foreign policy failures and the extent of CFR participation in their leadership.  All presidential administrations since 1920 have appointed a large number of CFR members to high level posts.  CFR members are responsible for the Vietnam and Korean Wars and for virtually every foreign policy failure of the past 90 years.  Even the Reagan administration included over 80 CFR members. CFR appointments dominate both Republican and Democratic administrations.

CFR has been influential in the news media, which explains why the media has consistently advocated globalist, big government candidates who advocate self-destructive policies that are overly aggressive in general (700 military bases around the world) but passive when defensive force in favor of America's interests is needed.  Rupert Murdoch is a CFR member as is former Fox News president Joseph Peyronnin, currently president of Telemundo.  Fox and Fox News have in recent years employed at least eight CFR members:

Mansoor Ijaz
Morton Kondracke
Robert A. Snow
Linda J. Vester
Rupert Murdoch
Joseph Peyronnin
Vradenburg, George
Paula A. Zahn

It is time that the incompetence and mismanagement of American foreign policy was brought to an end. An organization with fewer than 5,000 members in a country with more than 300 million people should have one sixth of one chance in 10,000 for a federal appointment. The small group in CFR has dominated high level foreign policy appointments. 

I am making it a condition of my supporting any presidential candidate that he be committed to not appointing any member of the Council on Foreign Relations to any executive or leadership post. Otherwise, I am voting Libertarian.

From the Communist Manifesto

Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto in 1848.  The following is an excerpt:

We have seen above, that the first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class to win the battle of democracy.

The proletariat will use its political supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital from the bourgeoisie, to centralise all instruments of production in the hands of the State, i.e., of the proletariat organised as the ruling class; and to increase the total productive forces as rapidly as possible.

Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of property, and on the conditions of bourgeois production; by means of measures, therefore, which appear economically insufficient and untenable, but which, in the course of the movement, outstrip themselves, necessitate further inroads upon the old social order, and are unavoidable as a means of entirely revolutionising the mode of production.

These measures will, of course, be different in different countries.

Nevertheless, in most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
8. Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c, &c.

The United States has already adopted six or seven of Marx's ten points.  Murdering an American overseas and the Patriot Act are steps toward number 4.  Through the recent bailout of the auto industry, President Obama took steps toward item 7.  President Obama proposed 8.  Nine has been accomplished in part by agribusiness. Agenda 21 proposes to extend item nine.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Future of America at the Wall Street Demonstration

H/t Contrairimairi.  I wonder what percentage of the Wall Street demonstrators are as smart as this guy.