Obama Knows What to do. He Does not Know How to do.it.
The Tea Party may be the answer.
Our political leaders are not leading for us. The country's political structure is controlled by oligopolies that control many of our major industries. The members of the oligopolies no longer strive to provide the consumer the best goods and services possible at the lowest cost possible. Instead, their objective is to keep their stranglehold on us and keep the oligopoly alive to keep things intact.
In reality, they are doing what Adam Smith advocated when he wrote his book defining capitalism called "Wealth of Nations". In this historic book, the producers of goods and services, corporations, should be looking out for their rational self-interest. At the same time, the consumers, us citizens, should also be looking out for our rational self-interest. In this manner if the producer does not provide the goods and services desired by the consumer, at a competitive price, he goes out of business.
The problem in today's society is that the consumer has not taken sufficient action to look out for his self-interest. A major vehicle available to the consumer to seek what is in his self-interest was hijacked by the oligopolies - our politicians.
We the consumer, citizens, have allowed our politicians to be bought through campaign contributions from these oligopolies. If this country is going to return to greatness, the citizens must take control. In our free market system, a major role of the government is to create the rules by which business must compete and then be the umpire to enforce the rules. When the rules are broken down, we no longer have free markets. Instead, our markets are controlled by a few large organizations who are members of these monopolies.
Our problem is that the great majority of our politicians are beholding to these control groups and therefore change is hard to bring about. The same group that has control over our politicians also has significant control over the media in this country because of the "advertising dollars" paid by the members of these oligopolies.
This is why the Tea Party is looking more attractive everyday. If the Tea Party is to gain traction it must appeal to more than just those who believe the government must move out of the way and let the “free market” do what it wants. The role of government must surely be limited. However, one of its principle functions needs to be the rule maker and umpire who makes sure big business, the oligopolies, are playing by rules that are in the best interest of the citizenry of this nation. If the Tea Party can accept this role of government it has a chance of success in 2014.
Net neutrality under attack: Don't let Verizon and Google dictate the future of the Internet. Contact the FCC! This post reflects a comment received from Common Cause. It is time to stand up with them and keep the internet free . As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considers how to write the rules to protect freedom and openness on the Internet, who should they turn to: consumers like you and me, or the oligopolistic telecommunications companies? Verizon and Google announced this week that they have it all figured out when it comes to net neutrality.* They unveiled a policy framework that would give telecom companies the right to speed up or slow down certain kinds of content, and to block outright applications or content on wireless networks.
I am a free market conservative. I voted republican in every presidential election since 1968, except one. It is obvious that our government must live within its means and do so in a manner as not to interfere with a functioning free market economy. If we desire to take control of government, we must demand government carry out one of its primary functions; protecting free markets from tyranny, both public and private. We are vocal about defending it from public tyranny, but silent when it comes to tyranny in the private sector. “Experience should teach us to be most on guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficial. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greater dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” Justice Louis Brandeis 1928 Today our focus seems to be only on the tyranny of government when it comes to free markets. We need t
If you are under the age of 50 you should be concerned about China from an economic and global power standpoint. Some believe China is seeking peace with the rest of the world. Based on their long history, I am not convinced. For China long term is hundreds of years and for the United States it is the next election cycle. China's focus is always on the long term. Much of this post is drawn from a book, On China , written by Henry Kissinger, the Secretary of State under President Nixon and a research paper of the National Intelligence Council titled Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds . Whether the future will prove China's desire for peaceful co-existence depends on whether its middle class will sufficiently benefit from economic growth and not allow their leadership to throw it away by creating enemies with trading partners. This requires the country becoming more democratic and less inclined to be a threat to the remainder of the world. The jury is still looking