The myth that we have an unsustainable deficit that must be reduced at all costs is being used to deny us choice.
So we’re told that raising tax will drive wealth creators out of the country – whichever country we have next week. But that’s not true. We are the wealth creators. You, I and all the people in this country make our wealth if only we’re liberated to do just that. Government investment and support could help us achieve that aim, but we’re being denied the chance to fulfill our potential whilst the wealth extractors are being given every opportunity to do as they wish.
And we’re told we can’t afford green taxes because people are already too hard up to pay them. But it was government policy that has left people in that situation.
And they say we must not interfere with the workings of the market so we must charge as little tax as possible. We must stand back, they say, and let the market work. Except we know it doesn’t.
And to make all that happen they find a deficit very useful, because that can deny us choice because we’re told choice is an option we cannot afford when cuts are our priority. So cuts are the ultimate ‘there is no alternative’ policy option.
“Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.
The explanation for this gap is simple. In Britain, guns are rare. Only specialist firearms officers carry them; and criminals rarely have access to them. The last time a British police officer was killed by a firearm on duty was in 2012, in a brutal case in Manchester. The annual number of murders by shooting is typically less than 50. Police shootings are enormously controversial. The shooting of Mark Duggan, a known gangster, which in 2011 started riots across London, led to a fiercely debated inquest. Last month, a police officer was charged with murder over a shooting in 2005. The reputation of the Metropolitan Police’s armed officers is still barely recovering from the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent Brazilian, in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London.
In America, by contrast, it is hardly surprising that cops resort to their weapons more frequently. In 2013, 30 cops were shot and killed—just a fraction of the 9,000 or so murders using guns that happen each year. Add to that a hyper-militarised police culture and a deep history of racial strife and you have the reason why so many civilians are shot by police officers. Unless America can either reduce its colossal gun ownership rates or fix its deep social problems, shootings of civilians by police—justified or not—seem sure to continue.”—Armed police: Trigger happy | The Economist (via kenyatta)
The only thing the private sector does better than the public sector is make people rich.
Remember, private business is there to make a profit at virtually any way they can. Government doesn’t need to make a profit but needs to keep it’s taxes at reasonable levels Add in the questionable bidding process most governing bodies use, taking the lowest bid is just insane.
Racism exists? OF COURSE! You can't read "Social Justice" droppings for a minute without being splattered by racism! White people are racists, black are racists -- EVERYONE IS RACISTS! Now move on. The racial narrative has not advanced society one iota in some 50 years. When something doesn't work, STOP USING IT.
Or admit that it has been used as a panacea, rather than a symptom. Too many have thought that recognizing it was enough and would resolve itself. Well that is as wrong an answer as your solution to ignore it and expect it to wither. Human nature requires an aggressive stance to cure social ills. Current work standards were not handed out as a reward from society for working hard. it was paid for by Blood. The minimal rights to vote an access to courts and education that non whites currently enjoy were not given over by a grateful nation for past services, it was paid for with blood. NO advancement for the majority of people in any society in the written/known history of Humanity was ever given without blood.
Anyone else have followers that don't show up in your list? You know they exist but it's as tumblr said fuckit!
I asked tumblr support once and they said the engineers were working on it but it may take a while. I think 6 to 12 months later I asked if there was any progress. Their response was basically, quit pestering us you….
So every so often I send out a post like this to see if the solution is out there.
“Death penalty supporters inevitably use cases like this to illustrate that “the system worked” and, by implication, always works. Except that’s sophistry and everyone knows it. The only reason it worked in this case was because the state of North Carolina empowered an outside commission to investigate. And what they found was malfeasance, a coverup and a corrupt indifference to justice. The legal system obscured the truth at every level and every step along the way. There is no way of knowing how often that happens but any sentient being realizes that it is impossible that this was the only time. Worst of all, Justice Scalia and other death penalty proponents who find nothing immoral in the state’s conscious, coldblooded taking of a life are equally unconcerned that they might be taking the life of an innocent person. The horrifying injustice in such a mistake (or criminal corruption) is irrelevant.”—Scalia’s utter moral failure: How he destroys any claim to a superior system of justice
“Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, who has been turning his employees over to the Government relief rolls in order to preserve his company’s undistributed reserves, tell you – using his stockholders’ money to pay the postage for his personal opinions — tell you that a wage of $11.00 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry.”—Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1938 (via reblogggged)