August 30, 2015

14th Sunday after Pentecost, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:03 pm by gruundehn

The bus strike in Tucson is still ongoing. Which means that getting around in town is still harder than normal and takes longer than normal. Neither side is talking to the other. So, I have been staying mostly at home as a result, and wasting my time watching YouTube videos or DVDs I own. I need to get back to my writing; I have Entrance Examination finished and ready and am just about done with Dreadnaught so the next book is Generations upon Generations and having looked at it I think I am going to throw it out and go back to my original concept for the story.

My youngest brother found his copy of the Cleghorn Book and is sending me a copy. Good as I lost my copy years ago. I may rejoin Ancestory.com and fill in the back story for my mother’s mother’s family. The book goes back to a John Cleghorn who was exiled to the Colonies after the ’45 (at least I remember his name being John but I could be wrong). Grandma is number 692 in the book. And for those who are not familiar with what that means: it means she was entry number 92 of generation 6. So the Cleghorns and the Coles arrived at about the same time since my father said he was generation number 7 in the Cole family. Two or three generations back from the Cole entry into America one of my ancestors married the daughter of a Spanish Ambassador to England. Not enough to claim to be Hispanic but enough to say I have Spanish ancestors. If I ever get enough money to do so, I want to get my ancestry done up as a gift for my nephews and niece.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael the Presiding Bishop-elect, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Jean Keplinger, Chris Ledger, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimmer, Dick Miya, Danielle Phillips, Sue Pierce, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Sam Reynolds, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Sister Carol Willans, Ed, Lee, Que, Solomon, Jeanne & John Banks, William Brown, Joe Godoy, Mildred Gregory, Byron Griffin, Keith Hege, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Ron McLain, Ken Oakley, Maribel Ortiz, Laurence Pasquini, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Brian, David, Edna, Georgie, Helen & avid, Jay, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Kendal, Marilyn, Michelle, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Peter, Steven, Tina, W., William, Yon Ae, Yvonne; for animal companions in need especially Biscuit, Sheba, Smuckers, Logan, Vienna, Dalton; for those who have died especially George Rosenberg, Terry Friedman, The Reverend Thomas J. Brady; for animal companions who have died especially Carbon13. I also ask that you pray for the millions who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

August 24, 2015

13th Sunday after Pentecost, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 2:59 am by gruundehn

Another Sunday night and the bus strike is still going on. It does not help that the company managing the bus company for the City of Tucson is getting paid the same regardless of the strike, nor does it help that the union is asking for some ridiculous stuff, such as the company preventing any bus driver from getting attacked by anyone while on duty. Don’t I wish I could be guaranteed immunity from attack while I am out and about (I am retired so I don’t have to worry about being attacked at work). Also the union is asking for an over-sized raise given how poor Pima County and Tucson itself is – and how few people are getting raises and the ones that are getting raises find their raises countered by inflation and the rise of taxes here. Pima County is at the extreme for two demographics, it is the 5th poorest county in America and in the top 5th of the thousands of counties for property taxes.

Because of the strike I had to take a taxi to church, I was a participant in the service, I got to read the 1st Lesson, so I had to show up. I enjoy reading the lessons and would do it every week if the church would let me; but, I know several other people enjoy it as well so I don’t complain (too much and only where it is unlikely to get back to the parish); years ago I participated as a chalice bearer as well but when my diabetes started affecting ability to walk with assurance I dropped that and took up ushering where I don’t have to walk as much.

Speaking of walking; last Wednesday I was out and about (with the strike it took much longer to accomplish what little I did) and forgot my cane someplace. By the time I had gone back over the various places I had been to find it, it was gone. So, now I walk a lot more carefully. I trip a lot and I have been using the cane to catch myself so I don’t fall. Now I have to avoid tripping and when I do, I have to catch myself without the cane. I walk a lot slower. Tomorrow I call the VA to set up an appointment with my primary care provider and I’ll ask about getting a new cane. If not, I have been looking at canes and can buy one that I like.

The Arizona Secretary of State visited the Pima County Election Integrity Commission last Friday and it was interesting. It is always interesting to meet with someone face-to-face instead of listening to what their enemies say about them.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael the Presiding Bishop-Elect, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Ann Grisel, Oma “Sam” Guard, Jean Keplinger, Chris LaBour, Anagrace & Dan Misenhimmer, Dick Miya, Danielle Phillips, Sue Pierce, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Sam Reynolds, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Sister Carol Williams, Ed, Lee, Que, Solomon, Jeanne & John Banks, William Brown, Joe Godoy, Mildred Gregory, Byron Griffin, Keith Hege, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Ron McLain, Ken Oakley, Maribel Ortiz, Laurence Pasquini, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Brian, David, Edna, Georgie, Helen & David, Jay, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Kendal, Marilyn, Michelle, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Peter, Steven, Tina, W., William, Yong Ae, Yvonne; for animal companions in need especially Biscuit, Sheba, Smuckers, Logan, Vienna, Dalton; for those who have died especially George Rosenberg, Terry Friedman, the Reverend Thomas J. Brady, Peter A. McKenna Jr.; for animal companions who have died especially Carbon13. I ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I also ask that you pray for Leah Still.

August 17, 2015

12th Sunday after Pentecost, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:25 am by gruundehn

The bus strike is still going on and since there are no buses running on the weekend and it takes about an hour and a half to walk to church I missed church again this week and I do not like it but for now I have to put up with it. Since I am scheduled to read a lesson and to be an usher next week I hope the strike is over by then but I doubt it since the two sides are too far apart and both are playing chicken games.

The apartment complex I live in was recently sold to a non-profit foundation that runs halfway houses. I expect that I am going to be forced out sometime soon and since this complex was the only one that accepted me when I was looking those many years ago I wonder if any complex will accept me now and if so just how much more my rent is going to be. My two income checks are my military retirement (inactive duty pay) and social security. If I had not been so tied to believing that those two would be all I would ever need I would have, I hope, done something about setting up a separate retirement fund for myself. But, when I was growing up none of my schooling included basic economics so I am stuck with those two unless I can somehow get something else such as income from a published book or set of books. And I have been reading articles, which my not be true, about how both are going to be cut next year. I tend to doubt that it is true because social security is such a hot button issue, older people tend to vote more than younger ones, and so the backlash for cutting social security checks would be horrendous. Military retirement is another issue. There have been, far too often, proposals to limit inactive duty pay colas to less than that of the cost of living increase. And each time it is proposed it gets more popular. So I may have less money to spend on increased rent.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael the Presiding Bishop-elect, Kirk the Bishop of Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Oma “Sam” Guard, Sara Heitshu & Terry Friedman, Jean Keplinger, Chris LaBour, Dick Miya, Danielle Phillips, Sue Pierce, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Sam Reynolds, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Sister Carol Willans, Ed, Lee, Que, Solomon, Jeanne & John Banks, William Brown, Joe Godoy, Mildred Gregory, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Ron McLain, Ken Oakley, Laurence Pasquini, Peggy Southwick, Ame, Bill, Brian, David, Edna, Georgie, Helen, Jay, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Marilyn, Michelle, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Peter, Tina, W., William, Yong Are, Yvonne; for animal companions in need especially Biscuit, Sheba, Smuckers, Logan, Vienna; for those who have died; for animal companions who have died especially Carbon13. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

August 13, 2015

The myth of Central Planning

Posted in Politics tagged , , at 2:02 am by gruundehn

A friend of mine repeats the bit that someone has to manage the economy. One of these days I am going to ask him: Why? Any agency that tries to gather the information needed to make an intelligent decision about the economy is going to take too long to gather that information. And the wider the base that the information has to be gathered from, the longer it is going to take and the amount of information is going to be less. In other words: by the time the information is gathered and analyzed it is obsolete. And the more information you try to gather the longer it will take to gather and analyze so the more obsolete it will be.

In the year 2000 I worked for the US Census Bureau, not on the regular Census but on a couple of projects relating to school teachers. However, I paid attention to how the Census Bureau gathered the economic data used by the Federal Government to do its economic forecasts and planning. The amount of data gathered was minute and even that minute amount was only gathered every three months.

When you go into a grocery store you make hundreds if not thousands of economic decisions while there. Some of those decisions are sweeping: do you examine the meat department or ignore it; do you stock up on staples, and so forth. When you arrive you may be confronted with an unexpected decision that needs to be made before leaving the store such as if you find that a staple that you use a lot of is on sale: do you stock up even if you had not previously planned on doing so? You make these sorts of decisions every day on many economic issues. And you can make these decisions quickly because the decision is personal and the information is at hand.

A government agency cannot act that fast; and the larger the level of government, the slower it act because the volume of information becomes too great far too quickly. So any economic planning agency has to act of too little data and data that is obsolete. That isn’t planning, that is guessing. And historically, when governments guess about economics they get it wrong more often than they get it right. If you get an economic decision wrong, and you can, that decision affects only you or maybe a few others as well. When governments get it wrong, it affects millions of people.

Businesses plan, at least the successful ones do. And when they plan they do a better job of predicting the future of their company – at least, they usually do. This is because they have a stake in the outcome of what their planning does. Governments have no stake in the outcome of their attempts at planning. A business can fire employees who make too many wrong decisions a lot easier than a government can fire civil servants who keep making wrong decisions. Employees know this, private and government, and it affects their performance.

A central planning agency cannot gather enough information, fast enough, to make an intelligent decision nor can it react fast enough to changing conditions in the economy (and the conditions in the economy are always changing) nor can it take reasonable actions to ensure the quality of the work done pretending to make intelligent decisions.

August 10, 2015

Sunday August 9, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , at 3:38 am by gruundehn

For two and a half months I have been numbering the Sunday after Pentecost posts wrong and I never noticed it when reading the Sunday bulletins from Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. I stopped bring the paper bulletins home several months ago and just printing out the prayer list Sunday evening for use during the week. And I never caught my mistake. I titled the first of this year’s as the 2nd Sunday instead of the 1st and it went on from there. Oh well, next Sunday will be the 11th Sunday after Pentecost. That is why this post is not titled the 10th Sunday after Pentecost as I titled last week’s that instead of the 9th as it should have been.

I don’t have a car, I sold my car in 1993 because I never used it. Now I could use one since I am doing a lot of stuff which involves going someplace away from my home. However, I use the bus system as it does a fair job as long as I can take the excessive time needed to get where I am going. Not now. The bus union went on strike last week and it is still going. The number of routes that are running is minimal and only one is near where I live. And the routes that are running are primarily on the southern side of Tucson. If I want to go downtown, for example, I need to walk a distance to an active route that goes north-south (the only one near me) and ride it south to a major street and catch a bus going downtown. Luckily, if I need to get to the VA hospital that north-south route goes right by the south side of the VA. But if I want to go grocery shopping on base I am out of luck. As a retired member of the USAF I have commissary privileges but to go to the base requires me to use two routes that are not running. If I want to go shopping at any of the major malls except one specific one, I am out of luck. If I want to go shopping at any of the groceries near where I live I have to walk most, if not all, of the way. The same with any of the smaller stores and malls around where I live.

The strike is for more money (not surprised are you?), a cleaned up specific building used by the drivers (they complain of mold), and a protection from assault (it seems that there have been 22 assaults in the past year or so). The drivers do not promise to not ignore the disabled or those trying to transfer from another route, or to let those with disabilities get to a seat and actually sit down before starting away from the bus stop with a jolt (all of which are common in my experience). I need to get myself a car in order to get around and do so with some safety and convenience. To all of those who demand that we use public transit more often I say: Public transit is not as good a deal as you claim.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael the Presiding Bishop-Elect, Kirk the Bishop of Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catharine Brown, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Oma “Sam” Guard, Sara Heitshu & Terry Friedman, Jean Keplinger, Chris LaBour, Dick Miya, Danielle Phillips, Sue Pierce, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Sam Reynolds, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Sister Carol Willians, Ed, Lee, Que, Soloman, Jeanne & John Banks, William Brown, Joe Godoy, Mildred Gregory, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Ron McLain, Ken Oakley, Maribel Ortiz, Laurence Pasquini, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Charlie, Edna, Georgie, Jay, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Michelle, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Peter, Tina, W., William, Yong Ae, Yvonne; for animal companions in need especially Biscuit, Sheba, Smuckers, Logan, Vienna; for those who have died; for animal companions who have died especially Carbon13. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world.

August 5, 2015

Charity against Welfare

Posted in Politics tagged , , , at 11:58 pm by gruundehn

Private charities do a better job of getting help to people and solving problems that people have than government welfare does. If you are willing to think it through it becomes obvious why this is so. It has to do with where the money comes from and where the bureaucratic power is.

Private charities raise money by obtaining gifts from individuals or organizations. To get these gifts the charity has to show that what they do is needed and how they do it is successful. If a charity approached you and said that they wanted to eliminate child prostitution (as an example) and they had an amazing new procedure for doing so but there was no evidence that the procedure would work; would you give them any money? Suppose a private school said they wanted to implement a new teaching technique that several theorists said should work better but there had never been any real world tests to determine if it did indeed work better; would you give any money to that school? Suppose a charity came to you and said they needed more money in order to hire more workers to continue a program that showed no signs of working; would you give? I seriously doubt that the answer to any of these questions would be “yes” at least, not in any rational universe. However government bureaucracies do exactly these, not by asking for donations but by taking your tax money; money taken from you by force of law.

I know that I have made this point before, but it is a point that deserves repeating and repeating often. To a private charity someone in need of help is someone with a problem that needs to be solved. To a government bureaucrat that person is increased funding from the taxpayers, a more secure job and the potential for promotion. To a private charity a person in need who is successfully helped is a case that can help get future funding. To a government welfare agency that person who no longer needs their aid is a potential loss of funding and jobs. To a private charity such a person is a reason to celebrate; to a government welfare agency that person is a reason for disrepair.

Over the last several years the number of people getting Social Security Disability payments has skyrocketed. There is some evidence that the vast majority of these new people on Social Security Disability are not eligible to receive such. There is no reason for the Social Security Administration to refuse these people or to investigate and remove those who do not legally qualify from the rolls. If enough people are removed from the rolls then the Social Security Administration may have to downsize and managers may have to be demoted. No one in the SSA derives benefit from reducing the number of people receiving Disability payments therefore no one seeks to eliminate those who should not be on the rolls. A private charity has need to ensure that those receiving their help deserve that help because otherwise the help wasted on someone who does not need it is not helping someone who does need it and depriving the charity of a potential success story that they need for fund-raising.

 

August 3, 2015

10th Sunday after Pentecost, 2015

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 12:16 am by gruundehn

I am sixty-five years old, soon to turn sixty-six if all goes well. I have started thinking about my funeral and what I want to have done at my funeral. For years I have some part already la aid out but I am thi9nking now about more of the details I want to happen. Yes, funerals are for the living not the dead but I do want it to go the way I want, not some in haphazard fashion. So, I am starting the process of deciding what is to go on in the ceremony. After the ceremony I do want an “old-fashioned Irish wake” style of reception even to the fist-fight, even or perhaps especially if it has to be staged. I have decided on three songs to be played: 1) Going Home (See the YouTube video), 2) Amazing Grace (obviously), and 3) The Air Force Anthem (again, obviously as I am retired Air Force). I also want the VFW ceremony at the start of the religious service. Other than that, I have no plans yet. I am thinking of actually having a sung service done by Kristopher Lindquist who had been the music director at Grace-St. Paul’s for some years but I don’t know what he charges. He did some excellent chants for the parish while he was the musical director. Hopefully I will plan something and not need it for decades.

I have been working on Dreadnought and getting it ready; and from there I am going on to Generations upon Generations. I have so many writing projects that I can always find something to work on. The downside is that it often takes me hours to decide what to work on if I don’t feel like working on the current project. However, since I have decided to start putting my stories on the internet I have an increased incentive to get something done and ready for publication. I plan to get my own website and publish on there and if the stories become popular enough, use that popularity to get them published on Amazon or in a regular publishing house. At 65 I am more in tune with old-fashioned publishing than with e-publishing.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and Michael the Presiding Bishop-elect, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Oma “Sam” Guard, Sara Heitshu & Terry Friedman, Jean Keplinger, Chris LaBour, Dick Miya, Danielle Phillips, Sue Pierce, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Sam Reynolds, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Sister Carol Willans, Ed, Lee, Que, Jeanne & John Banks, William Brown, Joe Godoy, Mildred Gregory, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Ron McLain, Ken Oakley, Maribel Ortiz, Laurence Pasquini, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Charley, Edna, Georgie, Jay, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Marilyn, Michelle, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Peter, Rob, Tina, W., William, Yong Ae, Yvonne; for animal companions in need especially Biscuit, Sheba, Smuckers, Logan, Vienna; for those who have died; for animal companions who have died especially Carbon13. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homeland or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I also ask that you pray for Leah Still.

July 30, 2015

Government Spending Fallacy

Posted in Politics tagged , , , , at 5:43 am by gruundehn

It is widely believed that government spending is a “good thing” but the question is never, or almost never, asked if a better use for the money that government spends could be found. After all, government spending has two priorities: Get politicians elected and preserve bureaucrats’ jobs. Your needs and priorities come into play only if those needs further one of those two.

Think about it. A business gets money from you by providing goods or services that you want and doing it better, according to your perception, than anyone else in competition with them. Government gets money by taking it from you, or your decedents┬áby force. Government services are also monopolies because those government agencies cannot compete with private agencies. Improving a government agency is an exercise in futility and only happens if it benefits a politician. Massive public outcry can do it because politicians see a mass of angry voter and thus fear for re-election. While a massive public outcry may improve, to a small extent, service at the Motor Vehicle Department (or whatever it is called in your State) the government is never going to allow private corporations to issue driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations even if that private agency could do it better and impose stricter standards.

You don’t see it as often anymore but on all electrical or electronic equipment there used to be a circle with the letters UL inside. This was not a government inspection agency but an insurance inspection agency. When electrical appliances started being used in homes and offices many were made shoddily and unsafely. The insurance industry lost a lot of money as a result. So a bunch of insurance underwriters (the U in UL) formed a testing and inspection agency – Underwriters Laboratories – and in all new insurance policies covering homes and offices the use of electrical equipment that had passed the test of the Laboratories (the L in UL) was mandatory or else the policy was void. Better safety standards were put in place because it was the insurance industry, with its own money at stake, that set those standards. Even today the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has better vehicle crash tests than the government has because the insurance industry has its own money on the line. The reason that you never hear of the IIHS is possibly due to government pressure to keep their findings out of the news since the IIHS findings are more realistic and thus lead to safer cars, vans, SUVs, busses and trucks. And, of course, fewer government bureaucrats.

The Federal Government has so much debt, over 90% of the GDP, that if the government shrank and never spent more than came in and used a large portion of that tax money to pay down the debt, tax rates would be high in order to shrink the debt in anything greater than microscopic rates. And the taxes and debt would still be stifling productive growth in the economy. But action must be taken to do so before it is too late – and it might be.

Governments act for their own benefit as do businesses but businesses need your co-operation in order to do this so they tend to spend the money they get from you better than the government spends the money it takes from you.

July 27, 2015

9th Sunday after Pentecost, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 1:32 am by gruundehn

Time passes on without concern for human sensibilities or concerns. Thus it is Sunday night again. Thus it is time again to try and put forth what has happened to me over the last week and what I intend to do this next week.

Every Sunday evening when I sit down at my computer and do this blog I am amazed at how bland my week has been. I don’t go forth and slay dragons, I don’t perform amazing rescues, I don’t conquer cancer, I just exist and plod through my life. At sixty-five years of age (I turn sixty-six in October) I have done many things that I am proud of such as my service in the USAF and many things I am not proud of and I am making no revelations here as to what those are. I was told years ago that for the young the days pass slowly and the years pass quickly and that for the old it is the opposite. My days and years fit more towards the young side of that statement but there are days that skip past me before I even notice. Just not a lot of them.

At the Libertarian Party meeting last Tuesday I worked with the young man who is enthusiastic about putting the Pima County Libertarian Party on YouTube. I had written some thoughts on what to say but I doubt that the scripts I wrote would be long enough. I am working to have them lengthened to about five minutes or so. Plus I am working to have something to say on other subjects. Writing this blog has clarified my thoughts on many subjects but in writing this I try to keep the posts short so that I do not bore anyone reading them. The second time I was at Bitburg AB Germany I was training to give my own sermons since there was no Episcopal chaplain on base. My father always said sermons should go ten minutes and then stop and that was the time limit I tried for. I can’t remember if I succeeded or failed. But I try to keep these posts down below one thousand words and I usually succeed here. Now I don’t think one thousand words would take me more than a minute or two to speak and I think I need to aim for slightly longer than that. Anyway, in a month or so you may be able to stare at my face and hear my voice. Becoming one of the hundred thousand or so “talking heads” on YouTube will make me famous. So famous I will be ignored at the local restaurant where I often eat breakfast. No, that won’t work I eat there too often and am already known. Whatever.

I am working on getting my older novels finished and ready for publication. I mentioned that I plan on getting a separate website and publish them there so that they can be read by people other than me. I have Entrance Examination finished and Dreadnought almost finished and Generations upon Generations needs a lot of work as do Magic in the Monastery and Imperial Investigator so I will start with my space stories and work forward from there once I get a website and the design that will allow me to do what I want.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop of Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military, especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Dan & Lisa Brown, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Oma “Sam” Guard, Sara Heitshu & Terry Friedman, Agok Garang, Duane Gibson, Jean Keplinger, Chris Ramey, Sue Pierce, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Joe Godoy, Mildred Gregory, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Nathan Mayhall, Ron McLain, Ken Oakley, Maribel Ortiz, Laurence Pasquini, Vivian Pierce, Kathleen Santo, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Charlie, Edna, Georgie, Jay, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Marilyn, Michelle, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Peter, Rob, Tina, W., William, Young Ae, Yvonne; for animal companions in need especially Sheba, Smuckers, Logan, Vienna; for those who have died especially Barbara Reynolds, Richard Rockwell, Kenneth Daniel “Dan” Cole, Betty Thompson, Stuart Hunter; for animal companions who have died especially Carbon13, Jelly Belly, Bear-Dog, Frosty, Mishka. I ask that you pray also for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homelands or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I also ask that you pray for Leah Still.

July 23, 2015

The Debt Tax

Posted in Politics tagged , , at 12:21 am by gruundehn

No, I am not suggesting that the government is going to tax people based upon their debt but I am saying that government debt is a tax on the future and a hideous one at that.

Every dollar that the government borrows, at any level, is a dollar that cannot be used to improve life through better technology or increased productivity or increased availability of products in areas where those products are not created or increased health due to better medical procedures and medicines. And what do we get from this debt? Overspending on the military (and I am a retired NCO in the USAF so this is a considered opinion and not a knee-jerk one), overspending on government buildings (there is a Federal courthouse that was built here in Tucson a few years ago and a rumor says that the judges have solid gold toilet seats), overspending on just about anything the Federal government does. And the States, Counties, and Municipalities are no better except that they have a smaller range of things they overspend on (Pima County is building a new animal control center and shelter for over $22 million).

But in addition, the debt will someday have to be paid off. If the interest rates rise more than a miniscule amount the debt payments will overwhelm the government at all levels and force either massively increased taxes or reduced services or repudiation of the debt. And the people who will have to pay this tax will not be the ones who benefited from the bribery the government did with the debt. Excuse me, the increased services inefficient as those services are.

So today’s generation and the immediately preceding generations are stealing from their grandchildren and others alive when the bill comes due.

Unfunded liabilities are another form of the debt tax. When the younger generations start collecting Social Security, for example, there won’t be enough workers to support them nor will there be enough money available in the pretend Trust Fund to pay the promised monies so the future generations that will have to be taxes to support these senior citizens will have to start paying a huge Social Security tax. Between the increased income tax to pay the accrued debt and the increased Social Security tax to pay off the senior citizens future generations will face a bleak life. A life that may not be worth living.

The Federal Government has an option that no other level of American government has. And this option is part of the reason we are in this mess. The Federal Government can print fiat money and cause inflation, the tax on the poor. Inflation prevents the poor from getting out of poverty as it increases the costs that they have to pay just to live and the poor do not have the cushion in excess spending capacity that the rich have. Inflation is just as bad as increased taxes and just as destructive to future generations.

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