Friedrich Hayek, a capitalist and an economist, wrote a book many years ago- it was called THE ROAD TO SERFDOM.Friedrich knew that if you let the state control the economy everyone would be poor and controlled. Friedrich Hayek was right. America is barreling down that road to serfdom- not just in a car-we're in a high speed train.
What is a serf? A serf is poor like a peasant, but he is also controlled and has no property and no power.That's where people like the Obama's would like to take all of us- except them of course- somebody has to make decisions for all those serfs!!My wise daughter made a comment one time many years ago and it has always stuck with me- it was about the schools offering daycare- she said"If you pay for your own daycare you only pay one time, but if the state pays for your daycare you pay for daycare the rest of your life". That's right-long after your children are grown and gone you'll still be paying for daycare.Long after your children are grown and gone the state will still be deciding what daycare people can have and at what price too.
Our schools take about 70% of your property taxes and the lion's share of your state income taxes.Here in Helena the school board will be proposing a bond for about ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE MILLION DOLLARS!!It will cost every homeowner seven dollars a year per $100,000 of taxable property per $10,000,000.00 of bond DEBT. That's about $140.00 a year for the average home.Add that on top of the levy of course. When we first moved into our house 35 years ago we paid around $500.00 a year in property taxes- now we pay at least FIVE TIMES that!! Remember- every levy is FOREVER- the levy the next year is added on top of the one the year before and so on- that's why your property taxes keep going up. But back to the bond- the ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE MILLION DOLLAR bond will not cover operating expenses. Since staff account for about 90% of the budget in Helena you can expect to pay twice that$140.00 to keep the general fund going.Some of the teachers will be moved but there will be new staff as well ,and then all of the maintenance staff, and of course new program staff which our board member from AWARE wants the schools to pay for.And remember- this is NOT PAID FOR- THIS IS BORROWED MONEY WHICH PUTS OUR SCHOOLS IN THE INSECURITY OF DEBT FOR A VERY LONG TIME. What if the property base goes down? Will we have to close schools or fire teachers to pay the debt payments?
If you go to one of these meetings you realize what serfs we really are compared to these mighty titans that spend our money. I brought up the AWARE conflict of interest- a board member representing his own company- in a public testimony, but the newspaper completely ignored my statement. As far as they were concerned there was no public testimony that night. Just sit down, shut up,and pay.
I had the "pleasure" of going to a joint legislative committee hearing on our new national curriculum COMMON CORE just yesterday. After three and a half hours of sitting and listening to all the nonsense "we will have project based collaborative learning"- oh but we will also teach every child individually as we look at their profile on the computer everyday to see if they are meeting the COMMON CORE REQUIREMENTS -I thought determining if children understand something was called GRADING THE PAPERS!!- I had to raise my hand and ask if I could make a public comment- I just got under the gavel.Here I was- up against Bill Gates hundreds of millions that he paid out to propagandize everyone (do you think Jeb Bush has actually read Common Core?) and public employees whose full time job is just to support Common Core- along with all the resources they need for that purpose- and tech companies there to help Bill Gates make his billions. I was just a pesky flea they felt obligated to listen to. A couple of legislators seemed a little interested in what I had to say- after all- they don't even know what Common Core is and they only get one heck of a lying sales job as their source of information. One legislator seemed irritated- I kind of liked that because that meant I hit a target. Bill Gates had already paid to bring all these legislators to Washington for conferences- wined and dined and propagandized- he owns them.
When you let your government get too big, as we have done, you lose complete control of it.Bureaucrats will make decisions for you and your family and micromanage everything you do- have you seen the articles about the Sandy storm victims in New York trying to get the privilege to rebuild their homes? Do you feel a little afraid of the government- like you just hope to stay below the radar?That's because you are a serf. But you haven't lost your standard of living YET- that is most certainly coming as our economy is being destroyed and the voracious government is looking for new taxes on YOU- consumption taxes on everything from the gas you put in your car to the interest you get at the bank. Recent articles are quoting erstwhile democrats like Dick Durbin as saying "We have to tax the middle class"- wait a minute Dick- Nancy said you were STRENGTHENING the middle class!! Do you think they're lying to you? I guess it's about the same as them having the same health care we have- remember Obama saying that one?
Government grows and people lose.Our forefathers gave us a constitution to protect our freedom- our right to help ourselves-our right to own our own property and not have it taken from us. Under the new central planning your children will not even be able to go to college unless some unnamed bureaucrat passes them on the Common Core subjective questions assessment and their college will not be able to get students, because the federal government controls all student loans now, unless the federal government approves of everything they do including what they teach and who they hire.
Liberals think they can do every service in the world and make the perfect person- no matter how poor they are.NO THEY CAN'T. Remember that the individual who killed all those people in Aurora, Colorado, was a DOCTORATE STUDENT.The Sandy Hook individual was far from poor.Most of us started out poor and used our freedom to build a life.YES WE CAN TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES- THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!In my view institutions for the mentally ill and stopping the drugs that come over our borders will do more to stop these incidents than more government programs and non- psychologists offering mental health to every innocent student- ESPECIALLY- Programs that offer suicide and drug prevention and inevitably INCREASE the problem by the POWER OF SUGGESTION!!
I'll end this little blog with a quote from Freidrich Hayek "THE POWER WHICH A MULTIPLE MILLIONAIRE, WHO MAY BE MY NEIGHBOR AND PERHAPS MY EMPLOYER, HAS OVER ME IS MUCH LESS THAN THE SMALLEST FUNCTIONAIRE POSSESSES WHO WIELDS THE COERCIVE POWER OF THE STATE ON WHOSE DISCRETION IT DEPENDS WHETHER AND HOW I AM TO BE ALLOWED TO LIVE OR TO WORK."