The Economy & Natural Law

Something that has occurred to me in the past which I have not put on paper until now is how “The Economy” is just like an Eco-system. My thought was that it might be possible to explain “The Economy” to a Liberal or anyone else who possesses no understanding of the complexity that is our economy which exists balanced precariously upon our population’s desire for the status quot to continue. Not that that statement is unique to any civilization but still something to keep in mind. Natural law exists in capitalism. Natural law IS capitalism. There are a number of ways actually that a healthy capitalist system mirrors nature. There is evolution, migration, extinction, consumption, competition, seasons, droughts, storms, both flourish when undisturbed by outside forces.

The following is an excerpt from a website discussing ballast water management:

Experts believe that, every minute, 40,000 gallons of foreign ballast water contaminate U.S. waters – likely the single largest source of foreign species invading America’s ecosystem. While, on the surface, these species may seem harmless, they wreak havoc on local ecosystems. The natural balance and controls of an ecosystem are usually not equipped to deal with these invasive species. The result of a successful foreign species invasion in an ecosystem can be devastating to local economies and, because large volumes of dangerous bacteria and viruses have been found in ballast water, it also can be a serious threat to human health.

You know I was going to illustrate my point showing how the introductions of bacteria, fish, whatever, stresses and can destroy an ecosystem. And that is a great idea but I think I can make the same point by drawing the following analogy (then y’all can contemplate the broader comparison). Look at the “Financial Markets” as a pond. Everything is going along fine. You have the fish, bugs, the odd visiting bear, moose whatever. Then one day a beaver (the Community Reinvestment Act) moves in. No big deal just doing beaver stuff the pond was actually getting bigger and looking good. Then a logger dropped by and gave the beaver a bull dozer. That beaver ran all over the wilderness building dams for any beaver with even the smallest of streams. It was a mess! The forest was becoming flooded. Beavers had dams that were too big for them to care for. As the dams fell into disrepair it began to rain (job losses, economic stress). The results were huge flash floods… yada yada yada.

You get the idea. I’m going to go ahead and post this to see if anyone has thoughts. I’ll pick it up and finish the  thought after this beautifull Saterday goes by.

Published in: on March 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Homosexuality and Religion

OK, not that there is anything “wrong” with being gay… The way I see the question if being gay and whether or not the lifestyle can be consistent with being a Christan is fairly simple. First, there is no reason a Christian should have any problem with a homosexual person. The issue is with homosexuality, love the sinner – hate the sin. That out of the way now go read Romans 1, I’ll wait….

OK. If there is any question after that. I’ll repeat the argument I have heard the most which is – homosexuality is not a choice, people are born gay or straight. Alright, well, people are born with all sorts of self destructive impulses. I was born with a very addictive personality. Lots of substance abuse and alcoholism in my family’s history. So far though I have not found anyone that has told me to embrace and feed my addictive desires. But I was born this way! Why should I not be free to pursue all the alcohol and drugs I can consume? Yet that is exactly how homosexuality is treated.

As for gay marriage… What ever happened to the separation of Church and state? How can the same group of individuals who run around screaming about nativity scenes and other religious references in public places turn around and try to use the power of the state to force Christians to accept, condone and endorse their lifestyle? Particularly when in the Bible (Romans 1) it expressly condemns not only the people who engage in this type of sin but also those Christians that approve of these things.

I believe civil unions should grant gay couples every privilege and penalty that is afforded to straight couples they pay taxes like everybody else excluding of course most of the current administration.

So guess what. Life isn’t fair. Not everybody is created equal. Some people have more to deal with than others. Suck it up and live right!

Published in: on March 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm  Comments (4)  
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900 Million to Hamas ~ WTF!?

The Obama administration has not committed 900 million dollars to Hamas. As if there is any difference the B.O. Administration has pledged 900 million dollars to Gaza. Ooohhh. Well then that’s just fine. The good people of Gaza being in complete control of  the strip, of course. So, which fucking cabbie you think they’ll give the cash to exactly? Hamas is the authority there right? The only other groups, the Osloized and NGOized classes of defeatist intellectuals by definition aren’t going to fight any battles with Hamas for control. Hamas was voted into power in an election. As sure as the U.S. will soon be a broke socialist nation Gaza will remain under Hamas control and the 900 million might as well be an cash apology to Ahmadinejad for canceling their retreat.

Published in: on February 28, 2009 at 2:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Testing Drug Testing

Considering the approach most contemporary corporations take dealing with their drug testing policy(s). It seems to me to be a system trying to punish employees who test positive rather than trying to stop employees from using drugs. The war on drugs was brought into the workplace, entering through the HR department just like everybody else. What happens when an employee tests positive? Any number of repercussions are possible, more and more corporations are offering help to employees. But the organizations engaging in random testing I think are missing an opportunity.

A different approach:

An employee is notified confidentially, 30 business days prior to the date he will be requiered to be tested. Accompanying the notice would be all pertinent information to drug cessation, drug use, everything available to that employee should he or she need it. The employee then has the next 30 business days to… get clean, and have a period of time to experience the benefits of being clean. The people around them wives, husbands, children would also have the see the positive changes and hopefully would become a active motivating factor in the employee’s recovery. AND the employer gets to keep an employee, a healthier employee. All of this could happen without anyone getting busted, without anyone loosing their jobs, being humiliated. If the employee chose not to clean up then do what you will with them.


Published in: on February 27, 2009 at 4:59 am  Comments (2)  

Stimulus Crap!

I have labored through one particular section of the bullshit stimulus bill. The section I studied concerned health care and creating a central authority to which M.D.s will have to register with and whose reccommendations will be heeded or? Docs will be required to be “meaningful users” or? “Meaningful Users” is not defined, they will decide if you are a “meaningful user” or not. Tell me how creating a government agency = one more drain on the economy in the way of taxes to cover this crap, plus the extra cost to medical practices to attempt to conform to vague guidelines. How much more of this bullshit is buried in there? Sorry needed to vent.

Published in: on February 10, 2009 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Whose Stimulus?

I haven’t read the stimulus bill, don’t care to. Some thoughts on the situation as a distracted observer. They voted in B.O. because he is a great leader – he is leading nothing. Why in the hell would he let anyone else be the architect of the economy’s recovery. B.O. is saying pass this or ALL may be lost!? All what?

Most people in this country who are employed work in the private sector. Leave more money in the private sector (lower taxes and less costly regulation) and there will be more money to pay salaries.

If you “stimulate” a business with a large investment without a viable business plan to sustain itself that business is going to need to be stimulated again and again, each time there will be more employees counting on that “stimulus” check.

In the private sector businesses do not grow (gain employees) artificially. If the business can not support or sustain an employee that business does not hire. If the business is successful, jobs are created and the economy grows naturally.

Whatever, just some thoughts that keep rattling around in my head. Don’t people see this? Why does anyone think more government is better? If we use up all our dollars and max out our credit what will we do when/if a real disaster/war hits us?

Published in: on February 6, 2009 at 1:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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What’s a Dollar Worth?

Great video showing what we are doing to our dollar.

Published in: on February 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm  Comments (1)  
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Great Charts from Heritage

If a picture is worth a thousand words a good view graph has to be worth at least 372 words. Here are three view graphs worth an estimates 1,116 words. Total of course.

Published in: on February 4, 2009 at 3:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bringing Both Sides Together…

Remembering conversations I had with B.O. supporters before the election, one of the traits (since there were no accomplishments to speak of) they would like to site was that of a great mediator. On and on, without any specifics of course, about how B.O. is able to sit everyone down at a table and hash out a miraculous consensus among vehement adversaries. Now flash forward to today, day before yesterday actually. Exactly how many Republicans voted for the bail-out bill? WHAT!?

Published in: on February 4, 2009 at 1:12 pm  Comments (6)