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Below is a list of intriguing quotations I pulled from the book Bureaucracy by Ludwig von Mises, written in 1944:

Bureaucracy

“Bureaucracy is but a consequence and a symptom of things and changes much more deeply rooted.”

“Of course, America is faced with a phenomenon that the framers of the Constitution did not foresee and could not foresee: the voluntary abandonment of congressional rights. Congress has in many instances surrendered the function of legislation to government agencies and commissions, and it has relaxed its budgetary control through the allocation of large appropriations for expenditures…”

“…government control of business is ultimately incompatible with any form of constitutional and democratic government.”

“The trend toward bureaucratic rigidity is not inherent in the evolution of business. It is an outcome of government meddling with business.”

“Thus a tendency toward rigidity originates….In all countries all tax laws are today written as if the main purpose of taxes were to hinder the accumulation of new capital and the improvements which it could achieve…..Modern policies result in tying the hands of innovators no less than did the guild system of the Middle Ages.”

“The popular ideas of government interference with business and of socialism have undermined the dams erected by twenty generations of Anglo-Saxons against the flood of arbitrary rule.”

“Bureaucratic management is management bound to comply with detailed rules and regulations fixed by the authority of a superior body. The task of the bureaucrat is to perform what these rules and regulations order him to do.”

“Bureaucratic management is the method applied in the conduct of administrative affairs the result of which has no cash value on the market. Remember: we do not say that a successful handling of public affairs has no value, but that it has no price on the market, that its value cannot be realized in a market transaction and consequently cannot be expressed in terms of money.”

“The objectives of public administration cannot be measured in money terms and cannot be checked by accountancy methods.”

“What many people nowadays consider an evil is not bureaucracy as such, but the expansion of the sphere in which bureaucratic management is applied.”

“People blame bureaucracy, but what they really have in mind are the endeavors to make the state socialist and totalitarian.”

“It is a mistake to judge the efficiency of a government department by comparing it with the working of an enterprise subject to the interplay of market factors.”

Capitalism

“Capitalism or market economy is that system of social cooperation and division of labor that is based on private ownership of the means of production.”

“It is the most precious privilege of man to strive ceaselessly for improvement and to fight by improved methods against the obstacles that nature opposes to his life and welfare.”

“It is therefore nonsensical to contrast production for profit and production for use. With the profit motive the enterpriser is compelled to supply the consumers with those goods which they are asking for most urgently.”

“Thus the capitalist system of production is an economic democracy in which every penny gives a right to vote. The consumers are the sovereign people.”

“In the capitalist system all designing and planning is based on the market prices.”

“The devices of bookkeeping and accountancy are so familiar to the businessman that he fails to observe what a marvelous instrument they are. It needed a great poet and writer to appreciate them at their true value. Goethe called bookkeeping by double-entry “one of the finest inventions of the human mind.””

“Responsibility to the consumer is the lifeblood of business and enterprise in an unhampered market society.”

“Profit is the reward for the best fulfillment of some voluntarily assumed duties. It is the instrument that makes the masses supreme. The common man is the customer for whom the captains of industry and all their aides are working….under capitalism, their main task is to serve the consumers.”

 

Politics

“Bureaucratization is only a particular feature of socialization. The main matter is: Capitalism or Socialism? Which?”

 “The emergence of a large class of such men dependent on the government became a serious menace to the maintenance of constitutional institutions.”

“…both industrial inefficiency and corruption are the consequences of methods of government interference with business…”

“The worst law is better than bureaucratic tyranny.”

“Representative democracy cannot subsist if a great part of the voters are on the government pay roll.”

“The modern trend toward government omnipotence and totalitarianism would have been nipped in the bud if its advocates had not succeeded in indoctrinating youth with their tenets and in preventing them from becoming acquainted with the teachings of economics.”

“Economics deals with the operation of the whole system of social cooperation, with the interplay of all its determinants, and with the interdependence of the various branches of production. It cannot be broken up into separate fields open to treatment by specialists who neglect the rest.”

“The government pretends to be endowed with the mystical power to accord favors out of an inexhaustible horn of plenty. It is both omniscient and omnipotent. It can by a magic wand create happiness and abundance.”

“The truth is that the government cannot give if it does not take from somebody.”

 “At the bottom of all this fanatical advocacy of planning and socialism there is often nothing else than the intimate consciousness of one’s own inferiority and inefficiency.…He who is unfit to serve his fellow citizens wants to rule them.”

“Paternal government by an order of lofty and wise men, by any elite of noble bureaucrats, can claim a very eminent champion, Plato. Plato’s ideal and perfect state is to be ruled by unselfish philosophers.”

 “Whether one likes it or not, it is a fact that the main issues of present-day politics are purely economic and cannot be understood without a grasp of economic theory. Only a man conversant with the main problems of economics is in a position to form an independent opinion on the problems involved.”

“All the others are merely repeating what they have picked up by the way. They are an easy prey to demagogic swindlers and idiotic quacks. Their gullibility is the most serious menace to the preservation of democracy and to Western civilization.”

Can we compromise between capitalism and socialism?

“The most detrimental outcome of the average citizen’s repugnance to a serious concern with economic problems is his readiness to back a program of compromise. He looks upon the conflict between capitalism and socialism as if it were a quarrel between two groups—labor and capital—each of which claims for itself the whole of the matter at issue. As he himself is not prepared to appraise the merits of the arguments advanced by each of the parties, he thinks it would be a fair solution to end the dispute by an amicable arrangement: each claimant should have a part of his claim.”

“Thus the program of government interference with business acquired its prestige. There should be neither full capitalism nor full socialism, but something in between, a middle way. This third system, assert its supporters, should be capitalism regulated and regimented by government interference with business.”

“The conflict between socialism and capitalism is not a struggle between two parties for a greater share in the social dividend. To see the matter this way is tantamount to a full acceptance of the tenets of the Marxians and the other socialists.”

Conclusion

“The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship….They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office.”

 
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The following headline was just posted on Drudge Report:

MARCH 19, 2011

OBAMA: 'Today we are part of a broad coalition. We are answering the calls of a threatened people. And we are acting in the interests of the United States and the world'...


MARCH 19, 2003

BUSH: 'American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger'...

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From AP:
"We cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy." - Obama

From Reuters:
"As I said yesterday, we will not, I repeat, we will not deploy any U.S. troops on the ground." - Obama

What role do you think the US government should play in the politics of the Middle East?
 
Below is a collection of recent news articles I found interesting. Enjoy!

ObamaCare


Bad Medicine: A Guide to the Real Costs and Consequences of the New Health Care Law
“While the new law will increase the number of Americans with insurance coverage, it falls significantly short of universal coverage. By 2019, roughly 21 million Americans will still be uninsured. The legislation will cost far more than advertised, more than $2.7 trillion over 10 years of full implementation, and will add $352 billion to the national debt over that period.

The new law will increase taxes by more than $669 billion between now and 2019, and the burdens it places on business will significantly reduce economic growth and employment.”


You Can’t Keep the Plan You Have Obamacare is coming to a doctor’s office near you. - High Costs, Inadequate Access Will Get Even Worse - The National Review

“The president can keep telling Americans that their health care won’t change. But for my patients, it already has.” - Marc Siegel, M.D., is an associate professor of medicine at NYU and the medical director of Doctor Radio at NYU Langone Medical Center.


ObamaCare Burden on Small Business – Cato.org

“ObamaCare has created enormous uncertainty. Our small-business owner doesn't have any idea what ObamaCare's mandates will cost him in 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014. Or what additional benefits he will have to provide. Or what kind of insurance options will be available by then. All he knows is that these things will cost him more — possibly a lot more — and that he's going to be spending lots of time and money, for the foreseeable future, on tax accountants and attorneys. And he's going to be much less likely to take on new commitments like expanding or hiring new workers.”


ObamaCare - The first 6 months – Cato.org
“Six months ago today, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The intervening six months have shown that this health care law offers neither patient protection nor affordable health care — in fact, quite the opposite. Obamacare, the president now admits, "is going to increase our costs; we knew that."


ObamaCare & the Costs of the Welfare State
“The case for abolishing Obamacare has three parts, based on its awful effects (a) on health care, (b) on our political system, and (c) on our character as a people. The first of these, Obamacare's deleterious effects on health care quality, cost, innovation, and accessibility, has been well made already by conservative policy analysts and, less well but still effectively, by conservative politicians. On their merits, these arguments should have been enough to defeat Obamacare, and almost were. Floating in the debate's background so far have been anxieties about the legislation's effects on the American character...the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is not merely bad or mistaken policy but somehow dangerous to our way of life.

Obama did not conceal the special status of the health care issue. In the speech announcing his presidential candidacy in February 2007, he vowed "that we will have universal health care in America by the end of the next president's first term. Instead of New Deal-style acclamation, Obama's orgy of state-building has been greeted by an entirely new grassroots conservative movement, the tea party, as well as a firming and inspiriting of right-wing opinion across the board. Independent voters are fleeing Obama in droves.”

Government in America

Sliding into a Tyranny of Good Intentions – Cato.org
“A populace which hands its moral order over to governments, no matter how impeccable its reasons, will become dependent and slavish.” One reason is that our rulers now manage so much of our lives that they cannot help but do it badly. They have overreached. Blunder follows blunder.”

The growth of government threatens freedom much more than mosque-building Muslims do. - Reason.com
“The Congressional Budget Office, the International Monetary Fund, and even the administration’s senior economic officials all agree: The course we are on is unprecedented and unsustainable.

In the year 2010 if you’re not talking about hacking down the size of a government that every credible economist acknowledges will continue growing rapidly unless reformed, particularly via the entitlement programs that Gingrich refuses to touch, then you are not worthy of being taken seriously. Unfortunately, Gingrich’s frivolity is not the exception on the Republican side of the aisle. Gingrich and Co. aren’t just wrong about the mosque. They’re wrong about policy priorities. They should be considered no more reliable on the pressing issue of the day, restraining the leviathan of government, than Michael Moore should be trusted with dietary advice.”

Federal judge in Atlanta charged with buying drugs from stripper
“Senior U.S. District Judge Jack T. Camp Jr. was arrested Friday night near Sandy Springs and held in an undisclosed location by the U.S. Marshal Service. The 67-year-old Camp is accused of purchasing and using cocaine, marijuana, Hydrocodone and Roxycodrone since last spring and using them with an exotic dancer he met at the Goldrush Showbar on Metropolitan Avenure, according to an affidavit by FBI Special Agent Mary Jo Mangrum, a member of a task force investigating public corruption.”


Hundreds protest FBI raids on anti-war activists...

Consumer confidence drops to lowest since Feb...


Bush aide: Economy 'Close to Destructive Tipping Point'...


Around the World

Chavez vows to radicalize after Venezuela election – Yahoo News
“He started on Sunday by announcing the expropriation of land owned by the Venezuelan agricultural company Agroislena and vowing to hasten the nationalization of land held by the British meat products company Vestey Foods Group. Chavez rejected the idea of seeking to mend relations with private enterprise, announcing the nationalization of 250,000 hectares (618,000 acres) this month and saying, "There will be no deal with the bourgeoisie."


Obama administration 'incompetence' derailed Mideast peace talks...Why Obama's diplomacy is flailing – NY Daily News
"The Obama approach to the Israeli-Palestinian problem has been counterproductive."


Austerity whips up anger, protests mount in Europe CALL FOR STRIKE -- OVER ALL OF EUROPE...
“BRUSSELS (AFP) - – Painful cuts by overspending EU countries come head to a head with mounting social anger on Wednesday when labour leaders call angry workers onto streets right across the continent.”

Iran sentences blogger to 19 years in prison... - Washington Post

 
County Sues Farmer, Cites Too Many Crops - WSBtv
DeKalb County is suing a local farmer for growing too many vegetables, but he said he will fight the charges in the ongoing battle neighbors call “Cabbagegate.” Miller stopped growing vegetables this summer and the charges were put on hold as he got the property rezoned. Two weeks after approval, however, his attorney said the county began prosecuting the old charges, saying he was technically in violation before the rezoning.

Employment generation disappointing: LA City Controller says after spending over $111 million to create or retain 55 jobs – International Business Times
The city received $111 million in stimulus under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). They “created or retained” 55 positions. That's over 2 million per job. Los Angeles Department of Public Works generated only 45 after receiving $70.65 million. That is $1.5 million per job. That is not even the worst part. The goal was 238 jobs. So not only did they only reach about 19% of their goal, but the original plan was to create work (I don't even want to call it a permanent job) for a cost of $297,000 per position in the LA department of Public Works. Typical government waste and inefficiency.

'Obama Has Underestimated the Frustration in the Country' – Spiegel Berlin
This is a revolt against 'Obamaism,' which is seen as representing big government, more taxes, a higher deficit and not enough 'Americanism.' Day by day, it puts more and more pressure onto those at the top."

White House: Global Warming Out, 'Global Climate Disruption' In – Fox News
If you can't win by facts, just change some words around. The Obama administration decided that “Global Warming” and “Climate Change” are no longer in. From now on, we should refer to the propaganda they are using to push energy legislation as “Global Climate Disruption”. This is from the same administration that changed the terrorism to "man-caused disaster" and the War on Terror to "overseas contingency operation”.

By the way, the White House is now referring to “extending the Bush tax cuts” as “passing the Obama middle-class tax cut”. America can only wish politicians were half as good at leading as they are at rhetoric.

Congressmen Weiner and Waxman Set Gold Hearing – from Seeking Alpha
“Just as the government is trying to prevent people from investing in anything other than T-Bills by raising taxes on taxable interest and dividends to confiscatory levels, it's also trying to prevent you from parking your wealth in assets, like gold, that compete with the paper dollars issued by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury.” As the dollar crisis plays out in the not too distant future, this is a story we are going to be hearing much more about.


Paying for Tax Cuts? Tell me again, whose money is it? - from The Freeman Online
“How will we pay for the tax cut?” I laugh when I hear that question because it’s so obviously illogical. Graciously allowing people to keep the money they earn requires no expenditure. What the people who ask that silly question really mean is: How will the revenue forgone be made up? Why do they care? Because they don’t want the government to have to cut spending.

Tax gimmicks are sometimes tempting policies, such as a tax credit for hiring during a recession. But they help to reinforce the pernicious idea that our incomes are a tool of government economic policy. Better to put our efforts into repealing and reducing taxes and spending wherever we can.

Treasury Secretary Geithner’s: A tax cut for the top 2 percent is “just not a good use of limited resources.” - The Freeman Online
Geithner assumes:
1) Incomes are a common-pool resource the use for which is properly the government’s province.

2) Cutting taxes – that is, leaving additional money in the pockets of those acquire it – is a form of government spending.

3) Whether a sum of money is to be left in someone’s pocket is properly determined according to politicians’ and their court economists’ estimate of its effect on the macroeconomy.

4) Politicians know better what to do with the money than do those who will receive it through their transactions.

As a matter of fact, extending the tax cuts need not add to the debt because there’s another way to adjust for the “lost” revenue: Cut spending by $700 billion over ten years. Notice how that is not worthy even of consideration. Heck, $70 billion a year is less than 2 percent of a $4 trillion budget!
 
The 2010 graduating class of Coxsackie-Athens high school in New York witnessed Valedictorian, Erica Goldson, blast our modern day “schooling” system in a speech she titled Here I Stand. Erica Goldson is an inspiration. She courageously demonstrates the power that can be achieved by those who choose to think.

Below is a brief excerpt from Here I Stand. As you read this remember this is from an address from the Valedictorian to her fellow graduating high school class, parents, teachers, and administrators. Amazing!

....School is not all that it can be. Right now, it is a place for most people to determine that their goal is to get out as soon as possible.....”

....And now here I am in a world guided by fear, a world suppressing the uniqueness that lies inside each of us, a world where we can either acquiesce to the inhuman nonsense of corporatism and materialism or insist on change. We are not enlivened by an educational system that clandestinely sets us up for jobs that could be automated, for work that need not be done, for enslavement without fervency for meaningful achievement. We have no choices in life when money is our motivational force. Our motivational force ought to be passion, but this is lost from the moment we step into a system that trains us, rather than inspires us....”.

....The saddest part is that the majority of students don't have the opportunity to reflect as I did. The majority of students are put through the same brainwashing techniques in order to create a complacent labor force working in the interests of large corporations and secretive government, and worst of all, they are completely unaware of it.....”

Please visit Erica's blog for a complete transcript of her moving speech. Erica eloquently explains her feelings about her years of schooling and provides thoughtful perspective on society at large.

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It's official. Peter Schiff received more than enough signatures from his supporters to become the first person to successfully petition his way onto the primary ballot for a Senate race in Connecticut.

Schiff will be going up against Republican Linda McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) showbiz fame in the August primary. The Democratic nominee is Richard Blumenthal, the state Attorney General.

For years Peter Schiff has been an outspoken proponent for sound economics, individual rights, and accountability in Washington. He warned us about the coming financial collapse while the popular media was still laughing at him in August of 2008. His 2006 best-seller CrashProof detailed the coming economic disaster with precise accuracy.

Peter Schiff Video from the SchiffReport:
Unlike McMahon and Blumenthal, Schiff is not looking to be a career politician. He has said he only wants to serve one term. His mission: bring real transparency to Washington and be a loud voice for sound economics and financial responsibility. He is the true grass-roots candidate and definitely a Washington outsider.

Schiff is the overwhelming favorite in polls when people know who he is. The challenge – he is still relatively unknown. Though he's received much popularity in the Finance and Economic circles, he remains largely unknown to the mainstream. I urge you to watch a few of his videos on the SchiffReport on youtube or pick up a copy of his newest book, How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes.

Peter Schiff's message is powerful: “Stand up to corruption, favoritism, cronyism, and corporatism. Remind your leaders that they are accountable to you, the voter. The solutions to Americas problems exist not in two thousand page bills or trillion dollar bailouts, but rather within the heart of each individual hardworking American.”

It's going to be fun to watch Schiff go up against McMahon, and then hopefully, Blumenthal. Once you hear him debate these politicians you'll quickly understand why he is the best candidate for Connecticut and the American people.

Help get the message out about Peter Schiff! Learn more about his campaign here.

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This article by Vijay Boyapati posted on mises.org is too good not to share with as many readers as possible.

I strongly suggest you read the article What's Really Wrong with the Healthcare Industry by Virjay Boyapati. The problems and solutions Boyapati presents should be considered by anyone engaged in the discussion around real healthcare reform.