The Shark of 2012?

December 28, 2011

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Building on Maxim 13, it could be that the next crazy ploy is back with Iran. Tensions between Iran and the US and Europe are building and it looks like elements of both sides are ready as ever to stoke the fires of war.

Hijinx to ensue? The set up is this:

Iran is pursuing nuclear arms and France, Britain and US are not happy with it. Talks are underway whether to halt oil imports from Iran to Europe and the US. Iran is threatening shipping in the straits of hormuz as a result. It’s unclear what Russia and China think about a nuclear Iran but a new brinksmanship is emerging.

Watch for a growing rabid open calls in the GOP for war with Iran. It’s a great chance to pound your chest , shout about appeasement and throw around a few banana peels. Even a threat of Iranian conflict will push up gas prices on the futures market – not good for an election year incumbent. Also an environment is created that is ripe for provocative scenarios by the dark ops partisans. Would the GOP like to take the Iran tiger by the tail to throw up some dust into the political arena? You bet.

As a liberal, I am torn. I do not want to advocate war, but also not sure if I trust a nuclear armed Iran despite that it is a sovereign nation pursuing arms achieved by many other nations. If I feel like that, I’m pretty sure most Americans can willingly swallow the bitter pill of a war with Iran.

It may be that time is dwindling before we will not be able to choose whether there is a nuclear Iran. On the other hand, perhaps the pride we carry as Americans fools us into thinking we can prevent a nuclear Iran. Will anyone be able to cool the war machines at odds in this situation?

Liberal Maxim 13

December 22, 2011

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Conservatives will say and do nearly anything to attain and retain power in office. 

That means the craziest schemes to move the public opinion may be entertained as possible ploy.  The current scheme is the attempt to prevent any further stimulus to our economy that may spur on a recovery.  It is a useful horse to beat in the next election if the public can be convinced that Obama is to blame for our continued stagnant recovery.  It has been openly stated that conservatives intend to make Obama a one term president and determined to make him fail at every step.  That also means the American people are doomed to fail so long as congress is willing to obstruct the Obama administration.

Here is a short list of examples to prove the maxim:

  • Wisconsin governor Scott Walker considered sending agent provacateurs into the initial protests that resulted out his draconian moves against public employees.
  • GWB got the supreme court to rule the 2000 Florida election in his favor despite the fact that all votes had not been counted.
  • Reagan set up an arms for hostages deal with Iran that prevented Carter from resolving the hostage crisis and set American voters against re-electing him.
  • GOP nominee Richard Nixon negotiated with North Vietnam to prevent President Johnson from ending the war.

These are all instances that have been documented beyond the realm of conspiracy theory.  If we wanted we could delve into those theories that have yet been shown to contain truth.

The craziest moves will be considered by righties who thirst to attain and retain power.

English: Teddy Roosevelt, the original Drug Moose.

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It has been pointed out to me recently that wielding rule of law over monopolies is in the domain of progressives more than the classic liberal philosophy.  Just my opinion but, I believe Jefferson would have been in agreement with Teddy Roosevelt in his day given the circumstances.  Corporate power did not exist in Jefferson’s time only emerging and growing more sophisticated in the mid 1800s.

By the time Roosevelt had a chance to deal with a monopoly, the Sherman Antitrust Act had been in place to allow him to go after the banksters of his day.   This movement grew out of 25-30 years of single owner domination of the railroad industry and widened as other problems associated with corporate power became apparent.  It is true that Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt have some differing ideas on what freedoms should be allowed, but I believe Jefferson would have adjusted his opinion if he had had to face the devilish details presented by corporate power.

The Monopoly Chain

December 9, 2011

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In the game Monopoly, the game is definitely over when one player owns all the properties.  You might say the game of free enterprise is over when a market is in a monopolistic condition.

What happens in a monopolistic market?

The price of a good is not set at market demand, rather it is controlled by the supplier in order to boost the ultimate price over market demand levels.  In this environment, wealth trickles up on a one way path, a MONOPOLY CHAIN which ends up in the pockets of a very few people.  There are no opportunities to compete unless you create your own market or go into a monopolized market and shake it loose somehow.

What happens when monopolies are broken up?

More jobs are created.  More people are participating in the industry of a given market in a competitive environment. Quality of product goes up and consumers get a wider array of options.

Monopolistic conditions may occur also in markets with just a few producers who can collude on price levels.  Trusts and collusions to artificially affect pricing must always be viewed with the greatest scorn by progressives.