Rules: Even if President Obama and John Boehner work out a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff," the U.S. is still careening toward a another cliff, thanks to Obama´s massively expensive, if little noticed, regulatory agenda. As IBD reported before the election, Obama´s regulatory minions had temporarily put several costly new rules on ice to protect the president from charges that he was anti-business and to shield the economy from the effects of all these huge new regulatory burdens. But almost as soon as voters decided to give Obama four more years, his regulators once again sprang into action.
The scary thing is that industry only has a so many billion in capital to invest each year. If 100 billion go to modifying plants to make the products, those same products will have to go up in price 10 billion dollars to pay the carrying cost. If the price can´t be raised, 10 billion dollars in salaries will need to be cut.
Neo-communists don´t want to own the means of production, they want to hobble it and put custom yokes on it. They take almost a sadistic pleasure in watching businesses struggle with the absurd controls they impose. And most of all, they love turning them into tax collecting machines that aren´t evident as tax collecting devices by the sheeple.
This is a very underreported story. As bad as raising tax rates to 40% would be, if job creators have a sense that they can run their affairs without too much interference from the State and some confidence rates won´t move up yet again, they will adjust to the 40%. It´s the poor schlub looking for work who gets hurt in that scenario. But these regulations are the death knell. And here they come!
Why exactly are the politicians looking to ´ regulate ´ guns into extinction ? . See Gabby Giffords , not a school with kids . Why are the feds arming local police as if they were military ? . They may be greedy , corrupt and absolute uncaring , unpatriotic socialists , but they aren´t stoopid enough not to know that when the public has had enough , heads will roll . Any bets Harry Reid has someone look under his car each day ?. Well when a business owner loses his lifes passion - his business , because of a regulation that belongs in a book of laughs , or a lifelong employee gets the axe because of it , you get the idea . The time will come when enough is enough .
Suppose they gave a Marxist revolution and nobody cared? New strategies and tactics are needed, and if necessity is the mother of invention, its time to fill the maternity ward.
I submit for discussion the strategy of intentional non-compliance. A lesson learned from “Atlas Shrugged” is the importance to socialists to have the consent of their victims. Socialists cannot be shamed because they have no virtue, but they can be ignored because they value conformity. Perhaps its time to resurrect that old 1960’s put down, “Sounds like a personal problem.”
The strategy of intentional non-compliance by conservatives will leverage off the ‘wall of apathy’ surrounding our citizenry that the socialists used to gain governing power. It may be most effective at the local level against Agenda 21 rules and regulations.
The strategy of intentional non-compliance employs simple tactics: 1) Live your life. 2) Stay off the bureaucratic radar as long as possible. Ignore all letters and written notifications, be too busy to talk on the phone and do not return voice mail. Force them to come to you in person. 3) The bureaucrat will likely be a nice person just trying to do their job. Let them give their shtick. Do not sign any forms, but request time to read them carefully later. Thank them for being so kind to explain all these new requirements. Offer them a cookie. Smile and wave goodbye. 4) Continue to not comply.
This is an excerpt from an essay I wrote a few weeks after the election. I’ll post it on the Connection.
RUSH: Let´s go to the audio sound bites. The gross domestic product number is out. And, by the way, I don´t know what this is. There´s a new way of measuring the GDP. The Obama administration is measuring it in an entirely different way, which is showing growth. The standard measure of gross domestic product is showing flat. But this new measure, which the media is applauding and loving, is showing a growth rate of 1.7%, and it´s being hailed. The stock market earlier today was having a pretty good day.
RUSH: In one hour, we´re gonna have Utah Senator Mike Lee on the program to explain in detail and in an understandable way what he´s trying to do. As you know, Mike Lee is leading the effort to defund Obamacare in the United States Senate. The entire Republican establishment has aligned against him. Consultants, establishment bigwigs, party bigwigs, even some donors have aligned against him because they are convinced that attempting to defund Obamacare at the next negotiation, the end of September, on a continuing resolution will lead to a government shutdown,
RUSH: Here´s Brad in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It´s great to have you on the EIB Network. Hi. CALLER: Mega dittos, Mr. Limbaugh. A pleasure to speak to you. I told your call screener there that I am an attorney. I teach law. I´m a former public official and a Republican, and I advise my clients and my students, "You can´t take legal advice from the people across the table. They´re going to give advice, obviously, that is in favor of their position." RUSH: Exactly. CALLER: That sounds so obvious, why even say that, right?
IRS-Gate: From stonewalling Congress to Federal Election Commission collusion to harassment of already-tax-exempt conservative groups, the IRS scandal metastasizes. Someone high-up was clearly giving orders. ´Phony scandals," to use President Obama´s term, should not generate near-daily news coverage from a media that would like nothing better than to see its dream president let off the hook. Yet everywhere you look comes another bolt of lightning keeping this Frankenstein monster "alive!": • In addition to conservative organizations being ultra-scrutinized in applying for tax-exempt status, existing conservative groups like Morton Blackwell´s Leadership Institute, around since 1979, and the
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