Saturday, June 30, 2012

Economis Systems


There are three types of economic systems that all countries fall into.

1.   Socialism

2.   Cronyism

3.   Capitalism

Most countries are made up of a combination of all three, with an emphasis on one of them.


Socialism is where the human beings in the government offices control the market. They decide who needs what and at what price. They may actually take ownership of the businesses or they may simply pass laws controlling them. Same results.

With socialism we are at the mercy of the intelligence and good will of the very-human bureaucrats in office. If they make a mistake, have the flu, have a fight with their spouse, or whatever, we are pretty much out of luck. If they are book-smart (can pass tests well), but real-life stupid (as many “smart” people are) we are pretty much up a creek without a paddle.


Cronyism is where businesses “bid” (usually informally or even under the table) for politicians. That business that gives the most to the politician’s election fund gets to have his say in the laws. Big Business loves this system because they can get all sorts of laws that eliminate the competition, usually in the name of “public safety” or “fairness.” So instead of improving their product or service in order to stay competitive, they simply “donate” to a politician.

(Unions are often the best “Big Businesses” at doing this, by the way. The number one donator to the Democratic party is unions.)


Capitalism is the system where everyone has goods or services and everyone needs goods or services. The two groups get together and agree on an exchange and everyone is happy. (Everyone has something to offer and everyone needs something)

Example: My Hubby has time, labor and expertise in running a warehouse. He trades these to BossMan for a certain amount of money each week. Then we trade that money to the grocery store for food. BossMan is happy (he has the warehouse manager he needs). GroceryStoreMan is happy (He has money to trade for the things he needs). We are happy (we have food to eat). Everyone’s needs are met.

If someone wants more for his goods or services than anyone wants to pay, he won’t be able to sell them. He will have to either lower his price or find something else to trade.

If someone comes along and is able to make the same goods cheaper and/or better, the first man either changes to compete or finds a different line of work. If he petitions the government for regulations that would cost his competition money, he has slipped into Cronyism. If he gets laws passed that force people to buy his product (like insurance), he has now slipped into socialism.

Capitalism is actually the most compassionate system there is. You are directly rewarded for meeting people’s needs. Bill Gates, for example, became a multi-millionaire by finding a way to meet our “need” for idiot-proof home computer systems. Now that’s not saying everything he did was honest or moral (don’t really know as I haven’t studied it), but his main source of income was simply meeting our need for computers.

Capitalism is dependent on the right to property. If you don’t have the right to control your own property, you have nothing to trade for what you need. Both socialism and Cronyism steal your property (labor, time, skills, tools, land, raw materials, money, etc) leaving you dependent on bureaucrats and either Cronyism or Socialism to get what you need.


Capitalism is obviously the best system around, but it is extremely fragile. It is way too easy for a country to see the riches some gain by meeting people’s needs and taking risks, and envy them. It is way too easy to justify taking that property (money) “for the common good,” starting us down a slippery slope towards both Cronyism and Socialism.  

I am afraid America is way too immersed in Cronyism and the backlash is now we are heading into Socialism. This is not good for Mr. CommonMan, though it is great for bureaucrats and Big Business.

What’s the solution? We must first recognize the enemy (selfishness and envy) and that Cronyism has masqueraded as “Capitalism,” giving the later a very bad reputation. Then we need to band together against the humans who have declared themselves better than us and, thus, better able to decide what is good for us (politicians, bureaucrats, and Big Business). We need to vote on principle, not personal self-interest. We need to take our country back.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Quick Takes

1. Healthcare. I believe unless something major happens, we will eventually have universal, single payer healthcare. Obamacare is just the next tool in that journey. since the penalty tax is less than insurance, most people will eventually choose to just pay the penalty. Then if they get sick, they go to the nearest insurance company and tell them to pay the bill. The insurance company can't refuse them for a previous condition. The result is that all insurance companies will eventually go bankrupt. The only alternatives will be either a single payer plan or another bailout/take over. Frankly I'ld rather have the single payer. I'ld really rather not have either.

The reason healthcare is so high is because of government involvement in the first place. ANY industry ANY government has EVER stuck its hand into has had skyrocketing expenses and plumeting quality. MORE government involvement will only make it worse.

Two major results in my life: I now qualify for medicaid and will have insurance for the first time in some 12 years (the poverty level for a family of 11 is about $80,000. We doan't earn anywhere near that). The second is that if my 73yo father were to have another heart attack, he will die. It is already inforce that they don't give emergancy treatment to people over 70 without the "ethics boards" approval. What are the odds of a heart attacking when the board happens to be in offic and taking calls?

2. cow has a last date. Her production has dropped to just a gallon a day. That doesn't pay for her feed. so we will either take her in this Tuesday or the next. I will miss the morning milkings. I will not miss the endless caring for the milk:-/

3. Sick children again. Blah!

4. Lots of pretty bird sounds this morning. Sparrows nest all around us and sing the morning in.

5. The ruling might get the Tea Party the backing htey need to take over the GOP and win the elections in November. a big majority of Americans don't like this healthcare bill.

6. finished the pictures! Finally!

7. Gotta go milk. Probably the last Friday morning milking.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Who do you believe in?

Everyone believes the supreme authority in the universe has the right to tell them what to do with their property, what job to work at, take their property and even who lives and dies.

The difference between different philosophies lies entirely in the difference of opinion of who the Supreme Being of the universe is.

If you believe the Supreme Being is the Judeo-Christian God, than you believe you should tithe, care for the poor out of your own pocket, and protect all human life because that is what your Supreme Being teaches. Another human forcing you to give them money to do these things is stealing.

If you believe there is no God, than you naturally believe humans are the most powerful beings in the universe, with the most powerful government (the United States) being the supreme authority. This means you believe they have the right to take your money, against your will, to give to someone who didn’t earn it, tell one business to succeed and another to fail, and even to tell you whether you are allowed to have children and how many (its coming, folks).

In other words, everyone believes in God. Some just believe god looks like this:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Saturday's Drive

Beautiful trees



What is this?

The Sierras

The Driver (I was trying to get a picture of Tahoe behind him)
Children enjoying the stop.
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Scary (but beautiful) clouds.

Friday, June 22, 2012

June 22, 2012

1. Still working on getting caught up on pictures. Well print ones anyway. digital will have to wait or be assigned to a child.

2. The latest bug has gone through just about everyone. hubby showing signs now. That should be it.

3. Interesting article on an atheist converting here. I am with her and simply fail to see anyway you can have morality(as generally defined as not loping your neighbors head off when you are capable of it) without God.

4. Hubby's Father's Day clock looks nice over the couch. Unfortunately, I can't read it from my chair:-( Hubby thought about putting it somewhere different, but #1 son didn't hear him. We might go ahead and move it over there and bring the old one back here. It's not pretty but I can read it from my chair.

5. DC spent the night with my mom last night as usual. I told them not to bother coming over to milk since hubby has today off and can babysit while I milk. Now its time to go out, baby is awake, and Hubby is sleeping. What do I do?

6. It's amazing how much nine children with the same parents look alike. If it weren't for different lengths of hair, finger sucking patterns, and worn out car seats assigning names to those above mentioned pictures would be impossible.

7. working on an article explaining why we should all attend church. Any ideas to help? (I have quite a few already in the works. Just want to know if I have missed something.)

conversion Diary

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Picture Lament

Lots of pictures. Memories dear.
Children there, children here.

But, oh no! I’m bad! Sit down.
The names and ages I didn’t write down!

So gather round and examine the mess.

Remember this shirt? Remember that dress?

What year did that couch totally wear thin?

Was it after Jon or before Jim?

When did we move from over there?

This baby must be Jackie (she had no hair)

Lots of hair? That’s Jessie there.

Bald at three? Joy it must be.

Blue, not pink? Jon I think.

Sucking fingers, not thumb, Jenn is the one.

That’s not Jane or Joshua fixing to swim.

The computer has all the pictures of them.

A sonogram? Oh how sweet! Thankfully a date I meet.

That’s Joseph’s nose and foot right there.

Honest! That’s a baby there!

I love looking through our pictures with my kids.

But from now on first thing I’ll do is


Saturday, June 09, 2012

Abortion and the clash of worldviews

Abortion and the clash of worldviews

"If you believe that 1) man is a created being and has a nature determined by an intelligent and purposeful design, and 2) man is an immortal spirit being which inhabits a mortal body, and 3) there is a universal moral law governing life, marriage, sexual activity, and the family, you will probably oppose abortion. If you believe that 1) man has been randomly evolved and has no fixed nature or design, and 2) man is purely a physical animal and/or a material machine, and 3) morality is culturally or individually determined, or if a politically correct elite determines right and wrong, you will probably favor abortion on demand.
If we give in to calls for "tolerance," we will lose. The other side has no tolerance for us and will show us no quarter. In a fight to the death, a demand for "tolerance" is the equivalent of saying "roll over and play dead, so we can kill you in peace."

Friday, June 08, 2012

Quick Takes Friday

1. I have been doing a major re-vamp of our church's website. Go check it out:-) Because of the above mentioned work, I haven't been posting as much anywhere (even facebook- Gasp!) I do have a couple of comments to get to on this blog. I haven't forgotten you. Just haven't gotten over there.

2. Readership is down all across my Internet "sphere of influence." I panicked until I remembered that most people still function on the traditional school schedule. Summer and Christmas vacations always bring big drops in readership. Booo:-( I miss you!

3. Great article! Every woman should read it (and it wouldn't hurt the men, too!)

4. We are thinking of starting the Families of Life Journal up again, sort of. We ran it for several years in print, but that is a lot of work and money. We gave a brief try to an electronic version and may try it again. It would be a tab on the church's website. What do you think?

5. Finished commenting on Ezra this morning! Yeah! Should have put Easter right, smack, dab in the middle of it though. That's where it belongs chronologically. I need a name for my book on the pre-captivity prophets so I can upload it to and get a proof to go over. My other commentaries are "Rubies, Silk and Chocolate Covered Peanuts: Proverbs 31 and Titus 2," "First Things First: The Book of Genesis," and "History Foretold: The Book of Daniel." Any suggestions?

6. Cow's production has been dropping speedily. She won't be paying her way much longer.

7. Worked on putting pictures into albums yesterday. Babies change into adults WAY too fast:-( My current 8 month old looks identical to how my 6'2" 17yo looked many-a-year-ago! Sigh. They should all still be little, not looking down on me from heights above (my 20yo daughter is 5'7", a full inch taller than me, as is my 12yo son. My 14yo son is 5'8" and growing fast. Even my 10yo daughter is 5'4"! She will pass me in the next year, I am sure:-( !) [and how exactly do you punctuate that and use an emoticon without it looking like I have a tongue deformity?] I am a totally evil mother. I couldn't always recognize my own children:-( Me: "Mom, who is this child and why do I have a picture of them? Is it one of my nephews?" My Mom: "That's Jimmy, dear." Sigh.

conversion diary's 7 quick takes