Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Myth of Equal Opportunity

The idea of equal opportunity is in many ways a myth. In ways we are all the same, however we also all have our differences as human beings. Some are taller, faster, smarter, better looking, whatever. The three hundred pound athlete has a better chance to become a Professional Football Player, the 100 pound person has a better chance to become a Jockey. Should we give the tall child drugs that stunt their growth so that their classmates will have an “equal” advantage to play basketball? Should we refuse an education to the smart child, which happens in government schools, so that the other students will have an “equal” chance to succeed in the academic setting? Maybe we should disfigure the good looking?
Every individual has an advantage over most other individuals in some way or another. There are exceptional athletes who aren’t that bright, people of genius intelligence who can’t walk straight and people born to incredibly wealthy parents who become afflicted with physical or mental disabilities. You can create equal opportunity by taking freedom away. The problem is that everyone can only be equal at the lowest level. You must break the legs of the talented athlete so that their opportunity is equal to the person born with a disability, you must lobotomize the genius so that they have equal opportunity to the person who is mentally slow, and everyone must live in poverty, so that nobody has more than the person who does not manage money properly or decides that sitting on a beach is preferable to working.
That is why freedom is so important. Only in a free society does everybody have a chance to use what talents they have to choose the life they wish to live. Some will be wiser, some will have more money, some will have better health, some will be better looking and some will be more athletic. Some will have more successful relationships and some will be happier. Some will enjoy sitting on a beach. It’s a little messy but it beats squandering all the world’s talent so that we all have an “equal” opportunity. The only way we all have an “equal” opportunity is if we all have no opportunity.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

The National Debt


All recent presidents have left office with a huge national debt. I think there are two reasons for this:
  1. The purse strings of the nation are controlled by the House of Representatives. The members of Congress know that the American public is ignorant enough that talking heads can blame deficits on the president.
  2. It is easier to buy votes and power by borrowing money than by finding a source of income. Especially if you know you’re not the one who has to pay the money back.

One of the ways to combat deficit spending is to stop thee unproductive argument of "This or that president was better for the economy."  In reality, the president has little control on the economy or overall government spending.



Saturday, April 1, 2017

Workplace Diversity: A Conscious Conservative View

It is best to hire whoever will bring the most profit to your business. So hiring decisions should have nothing to do with a person’s social or ethnic background. What it has to do with is what skills a person has and how they will apply those skills to the job which you need completed. If somebody keeps an open mind and concentrates on maximizing profits, they will necessarily end up hiring a diverse workforce of all types. One of the most overlooked types of diversity is psychological. There are people who naturally lean towards being more analytic, more organized, more action oriented, more empathetic, etc. Having a mix of these people in the right positions is more important than gender, social or ethnic background.


Diversity problems in the workplace usually come from two sources. The first is that rather than maximizing profit, people in large organizations want to build empires within the organization. That leads to hiring relatives and people who appear “loyal” over people who are competent. Often that will destroy diversity because it leads to people hiring people like them. The second source of problems comes when the organization tries to fix the first problem by creating some sort of arbitrary “diversity policy.” These policies invariably focus on simple, measurable external factors like ethnicity, gender or age. They miss the more profitable aspects of diversity such as differences in temperament, values, wisdom and emotional intelligence.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Obamacare Is Here to Stay

We will be stuck with some form of Obamacare for the foreseeable future because the same special interests that paid the Democrats (doctors, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies) will pay Republicans to keep it. That is why the Republicans switched so quickly from repeal to “repeal and replace.” 

“Repeal and replace” is code for, “don’t worry, we aren’t going to change much and will keep the gravy train flowing.” Why didn’t they just repeal Obamacare and go back to what existed before? It was better for everyone except the special interest groups. Almost nobody new received insurance under Obamacare who didn’t just take that insurance from someone else who either can’t get or can’t afford insurance anymore.



REPUBLICANS ARE STUCK IN THE OBAMACARE BOX

Friday, November 4, 2016

Vote Wisely This 2016 Election

We have an opportunity this election that hasn't come along in recent memory.  This year there are 10 candidates for President of the United States that are either on the ballot or are registered as a write-in candidate in enough states to win the election.  That frees you from "holding your nose" and voting for one of the two most horrible candidates that the Republican and Democratic parties have ever offered the American people.  

Here is a quick summary:

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Gary Johnson will appear on the ballot in every state.

Jill Stein is on enough basllots to win and will be on the ballot or can be a write-in candidate in every state except Nevada, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Darrell Castle is on the ballot in enough states to win and will be on the ballot or can be a write-in candidate in all states except California, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

Evan McMullin is on the ballot and can be a write-in candidate in 42 states.

Lawrence Kotlikoff is on the ballot or can be a write-in candidate in 37 states.

Tom Hoefling is on the ballot or can be a write-in candidate in 36 states.

Rocky De La Fuente is on the ballot or can be a write-in candidate in 33 states.


I've heard many people say they won't vote for President this election because both of the mainstream candidates are so disgusting.  I've also heard people say that they are going to vote for the lessor of two evils because they feel they don't have a choice.  YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE!!  In many states you have 10 choices.  Take the time to find out which candidates are eligible to receive your vote on the ballot or be written in where you live.  Then research those candidates and vote for the one that best supports your vision for the future of the United States.  If you like Trump or Clinton the best, then fine.  However, don't be one of the sheeple who are bullied by the Republicans or Democrats into voting for their candidate by fear the other may get elected.  The United States is still a country "of the people, by the people and for the people."  This is the election to show the power brokers that the people still rule.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

An Open Letter To Presidential Candiates

Dear Presidential Candidate:

  My name is Howard Galt and I am the editor of a blog titled "A Conscious Conservative" (www.conservativeconscious.blogspot.com).  We have been in existence since 2010 and have thousands of readers.  My readers and I would like to cut through all of the noise of a typical election year and get your view on the most significant issues of this or any election.  I plan to post your response in its entirety in an unedited format.  Thank you in advance for your response.

Please answer the following questions:

It has been more than ten years since the Kelo v. City of New London decision gave government broad capabilities to take property from its citizens through eminent domain.  What is your plan to assure that private property rights are protected and people can feel secure in the ownership of their homes and businesses?

Since the decade of the 1950s, the Income Tax has become increasingly complex and invasive in the lives of Americans.  What are your plans for the future of the Income Tax?

It has been documented that almost one-half of all Americans do not vote.  One reason for this is a belief that their vote doesn't count.  What are your plans to increase choice for voters and limit election fraud and corruption?

The dollar has been the world's reserve currency for almost three quarters of a century.  The people of the United States get tremendous economic benefit from the dollar being a trusted mode of exchange.  How do you plan to make sure that the dollar remains a solid currency?

Thank you,

Howard Galt
Editor
A Conscious Conservative

I plan to send this letter to each presidential campaign and will post the response in its entirety.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Don't Throw Your Vote Away on Trump or Clinton

     As in the last two presidential elections, election 2016 does not offer a Conscious Conservative alternative.  Both Trump and Clinton are big government devotees who show little evidence respecting civil or property rights.  Unlike 2008 or 2012, there will be many other choices in much of the United States.  According to the latest report from the Coalition for Free and Open Elections (COFOE), there are at least three candidates who will be on enough ballots to win the election.

GARY JOHNSON

Gary Johnson is the candidate for the Libertarian Party.  He is expected to be on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Johnson is probably the most Conscious Conservative candidate of the bunch.



JILL STEIN

Jill Stein is the Green Party candidate.  She is expected to be on the ballot in 43 to 45 states and the District of Columbia. Stein is not a Conscious Conservative choice, but others may find her a good alternative to Trump or Clinton.






DARRELL CASTLE

Darrell Castle is the Constitution Party candidate.  He is expected to be on the ballot in 23-25 states.  That makes Castle a long shot.  He could win, but would have to win in every state in which he is on the ballot.  Castle may also be a choice for some Conscious Conservatives.


We need to show the Republicans and Democrats that the choices they are giving American voters are unacceptable.  Research these three alternatives and vote for whichever one best suits your conscience.

MORE INFORMATION: 

COFOE                              www.cofoe.org

Gary Johnson                    www.johnsonweld.com

Jill Stein                            www.jill2016.com

Darrell Castle                     www.castle2016.com


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Student Loans: A Conscious Conservative View

     One of the many things I do is provide training/consultation to new hires at a local employer.  A disturbing trend I am seeing is that many of the new employees are beginning with a student loan debt of about $200,000 (many positions require a graduate degree).  According to the loan calculator available at http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com, these employees would have to make more than $275,000/yr. to be able to afford this debt.  The new employees make 1/8 of that.  The senior manager of the organization makes 1/2 that salary.  The expected monthly loan payment equals 2/3 of the average new hire's monthly take home pay and is 1 1/2 times the average mortgage payment in the area.
     This situation is abhorrent.  There is currently a system where a $1.5 trillion dollar industry uses an army of guidance counselors to hoodwink unwitting students with the backing of government.  A major part of what causes this crisis is the improper transfer of information.  New students are given inflated salary information, often given "average" salaries which include senior people in a given profession and people who have a degree, but work in different, more lucrative field.  The monthly student loan repayment schedule is usually not discussed at all, or downplayed.  It has caused a problem for everyone seeking higher education.  The dumping of $1 trillion dollars into the system has caused tuition pricing to become non-competitive.  Tuition at the local public university has increased 30 fold in the last 20 years.  If the same happened to gasoline, it would now be $30-$35 per gallon.
     This leads you to two questions which you should consider.  Should I or my children use a student loan to attend college?  Re-read the first paragraph.  I think you will have trouble deciding on any answer except, "NO!" Should I or my children attend college?  That is more complicated.  If someone has the desire and ability to become a doctor, attorney, engineer, social worker or any other licensed professional, then the proper degree is required to enter the profession.  However, realize that you will not gain an economic advantage.  I've spoken to many physicians and attorneys who have been disappointed that even though they make large salaries, they cannot live the expected lifestyle because of their student loan burden.  For the majority of people, finding something they like to do, getting good at it and managing their money well will leave them wealthier in the end.  Think about this.  Somebody who goes to school for eight years and becomes an attorney begins life $240,000 in debt.  Somebody who works at minimum wage and saves 10% for those eight years now has $ 12,000 plus gains in savings.  Who is wealthier?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

World Indigenous People's Day

     Today is World Indigenous People's Day.  As I spent some time watching The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, I thought about how crazy gold can make people act.  Although I love the United States of America, one of it's failings is how it has treated the Indigenous Peoples.

     The United States had made peace with the Lakotah and Oglala people of the Northern Great Plains.  The treaty was honored for a period of time.  Then the "yellow metal that they worship and makes them crazy" was found in the Black Hills.  All treaties went out the window and it was decided to starve the people to death by killing the bison, their main food source.  This was genocide of the cruelest kind.

     Go forward 100 years and I have had the privilege of knowing Russell Means.  I knew him through his various political campaigns, including his run for President of the United States.  He was known for his activism on behalf of the American Indian and in his final years started the Republic of Lakotah movement.  The Republic of Lakotah covers the traditional land of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull.  I think he knew that the United States would never honor it's word and give the land back, but raising the issue shed light on the plight of Indigenous Peoples worldwide.

     Russell Means said that he was an American first.  He showed his love for the United States by both challenging us to treat all Americans with respect and he reminded us that a government who could starve a group of people within its borders was a government which had to be carefully watched.  Don't trust them, especially when gold is involved.



  

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Federal Reserve--A Conscious Conservative View

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A Special Guest Post From-

Stephen Lucas 

     I have been reading a book called 'Gold and Liberty' by Richard M. Salsman and re-acquainting myself with monetary policy. Between the 1820s and 1913 – inflation was relatively low because the dollar was linked to gold. Gold was $18.93 (HISTORICAL GOLD PRICES- 1833 to Present) for almost 90 years! (I didn’t take this at face value; I checked several different websites for historical prices of gold – true - some will say $20.65). There were minor recessions referred to as business panics during this time. This was the period known to practice what is called free banking. As a response to a business panic in 1907 when rumors led to run on some major New York banks, the Federal Reserve Bank was created in a practice known as central banking. During the time of the central banks (around the world) would de-link paper money from any metal primarily gold and silver; hence, the period of rapid inflation begins.
     In 1933, Roosevelt furthers the devalue of the dollar by making it illegal for Americans to own gold and making the dollar worth less gold. Then after WWII, the Bretton Woods agreement was signed where countries can have Special Drawing Rights (SDR) which would give other governments rights to US gold. This worked until France in 1971 would not accept a SDR, they wanted the gold. Nixon then delinked the dollar from gold and inflation has really taken off since. During times when governments seem to be pro-business (producer), gold will decline in comparison to fiat money (dollar); gold will increase in value when governments over-regulate, over borrow and in general act fiscally irresponsible. Therefore, the dollar is backed by the full faith and guarantee of the US government.
     The goods produced and services provided are still worth something. Look at the size of the US economy in terms of GDP of the US as a single pie when the pie is the GDP of the US, as we purchase and sell our G&S in US dollars. Let’s say there is $10 T that have been printed and is used to represent the GDP; now Obama recently had congress approve the debt ceiling by $1.9Trillion. Therefore, our current GDP must now support more debt in an environment that is not seen as friendly toward business. The increase in deficit spending will create more inflation, as the dollar is devalued (more dollars at the same GDP). A welfare state and/or a state that is at war (whether just or unjust) needs a central banking system to devalue it’s currency. This book sited examples from the 1600s through 1900s of how this has been done throughout history by governments. It is an added tax – unseen, yet felt by anyone who who tries to save, spend or invest in dollars.
     The dollar is monetized debt. The US government needs money; they create notes (accounting transaction) and send to the FED. The FED reissues the notes as bills. As the US government draws down on this loan ( US government is the first users of this new money). Then the government contractors and employees deposit these funds and more money is created through the fractional reserve banking system – the bank only needs to keep a fraction of this “new” deposit and loan the rest, creating more money. One of the functions of the central bank (FED) is to have policies that are to maximize employment. I have not checked, but from what I have read, under free banking unemployment rate never topped 25% ( NPR- Paulson Calls For More Financial Regulatory Power), like in the Great Depression (under the FED’s watch). I would draw a conclusion that free banking is more responsible and freer than central banking.