Today ( Monday ) is some anniversary of the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act ( The ADA Companion Guide: Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) ). Of course, the commies over at NPR were making a spectacle of themselves, literally having orgasms ( it isn’t that they are a bad thing-organisms- just that other peoples are gross ) over the fact. Oh look, they scream in delight, we have spent billions to give a relative handful of people a fuller life. Aren’t you glad we are in charge of your tax dollars so we can do the right thing by others? Aren’t you glad all corporations have been nationalized so that evil free markets ( The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? ) are reigned in? Aren’t you happy, citizen? You better be happy! No? Stazi!!! Look, it sucks that some people are crippled or disabled or gimps, or whatever. I wouldn’t like it if it was me or mine. That is not the point. The point is, if caring for others is what makes you happy, go for it. Don’t point a gun at my head and force me to be charitable. Take it out of your own paycheck. Leave aside the fact that subsidizing cripples is very cost inefficient ( tripling the cost of construction on all new buildings, just on a chance that a guy in a wheelchair might come in ). Leave aside the fact that somehow, throughout all of history, those born bad or bruised in battle have somehow gotten by with no help from outside the family or church. Leave aside the fact that just like Medicare and Social Security, this program of government checks will one day be eliminated, dooming millions. You can’t legislate compassion by compulsion. It never lasts. Family help, and church help, and benevolent organizations ( in effect, a private pool of insurance ) are cheaper and more efficient and longer lasting. Home Of The Free. Free to do as they are dictated to ( wounded vets are a slightly different kettle of fish, so please don’t get into a tizzy over that. Although the argument is the same. Dedicated facilities are one thing, retooling a nations entire infrastructure to benefit a very small minority another. And check your tampon at the door, Nancy. This is logical, not emotional ).
Public educated idiots will swell up with pride at the sight of the flag, instantly reverting to programming, confusing country with government. Love it or leave it, these colors don’t run. Our dictatorship is better than your dictatorship. Etcetera. Hate me, the messenger, but the sad fact is that we have never had a free market economy. Government stimulus has been around for a long time. We took militia members, used them to take the land, used them to forcibly transfer taxation privileges from the British nobility to the American lawyer elite, then gave them a chunk of the same land they had fought for as payment. We took more land from the displaced eastern seaboard Indians and gave it to immigrants ( The Immigrants ) to open up unfarmed land. We gave railroads most of the money to build their rail on public granted land. As then, so now, risk to the taxpayers and reward to the corporates. We spent millions and wasted hundreds of thousands of lives so that JP Morgan ( Morgan: American Financier ) wouldn’t lose his loans to Germany and our allies. We vaporized a good portion of a million Japanese so that we could colonize the globe, using the military to force the bank and corporation customers to hold still for fleecing. I could go on and on but I’m just building up to the point of this drivel. The newest and latest and greatest government stimulus/taxpayer supported subsidy. The Intelligence Sector.
How do you stimulate the economy with military spending without wasting too many valuable machines built with depleting ore stocks fueled by imported oil? Hire a bunch of mercenaries at eight times the cost of military troops. Even the cooks and dishwashers ( Haier HDC1804TW 4-Place-Setting Tabletop Dishwasher ). Use foreign owned semi trucks instead of domestically produced helicopters to ferry supplies. Forget what it costs, that’s what printing presses are for. But what about the home front? You don’t want to use the National Guard ( Pewter Belt Buckle - National Guard - Pewter Belt Buckle ) for security, they are all over in Iraq. Security guards don’t make enough, and even if you nationalized them and paid them a huge amount of money, the simple act of standing sentry over water purification equipment or pipelines would make for bad public relations. It would actually be smart strategically, but we can’t have the SUV driving soccer moms thinking we live in a police state. It’s apparently okay to have ninja SWAT troopers all over the place in New York City or an airport, but not in rural countryside. Besides, by concentrating forces in urban areas you maximize control and further protect your men. A few guards on a lonely stretch of pipeline would be sniped and not missed until the next radio check. So, what else can you do to spend a pisspot full of cash with little infrastructure and out of the public eye? Beef up the intelligence gathering sector.
There was a big stink lately about the inability to guess the size of the workforce of the CIA ( Enter the Past Tense: My Secret Life as a CIA Assassin ) and such, at least for their subcontractors. And why not? That gives the government plenty of leeway to fudge the figures on the unemployment numbers ( “ in the Great Recession, unemployment was held down to single digits by the ESTIMATED hundred thousand new employees hired for intelligence gathering against the Great Demonic Forces Of Fuzzy Foreigners each and every month” ). What a great idea. Hire a bunch of cubical warriors to scan telephone records for unpatriotic phrases, analyze satellite photos for alleged nuclear missiles and watch bank deposits for suspicious activity. The wrong enemy is being watched. Nothing effective is being accomplished. All our attention is diverted. But we increase employment and stimulate the economy. Remember, it’s just more paper hot off the presses. The War On Domestic Terror, happily approved of by citizens with government checks.
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