A note from Ron Paul August 22

August 22, 2007

Yep, he wrote us a note.  For or against, it is a damn fine read.  He talks about taxes, happy warriors, togetherness, and  monetary policy.  You can see why his followers are so taken by him.  He doesn’t really spell it out, so I thought I would.

Lets start with happy warriors.  Anyone who has ever written a post that contradicted Dr. Paul knows what a hoot this is.  He has some of the most rabid people on the planet supporting him.  they will attack your children, your dead parents, your dog…anything to get an edge.  Ron needs to write a negative blog about himself and see the responses he gets from the pauliac tribesmen.

   The tax thing.  He doesn’t want to replace the IRS with a new tax.  He claims our problem is inflation and an unsound monetary policy that keeps us on a rollercoaster of financial uncertainty.  Here’s what he leaves out.  He wants the states to tax the holy living hell out of us.  He doesn’t want a big federal government, he wants huge monolithic state governments, just like the constitution envisions.  You wouldn’t be taxed less under a Ron Paul regime, you would merely be taxed by someone else.

Freedom brings us all together.  Again, he would be right.  Except his position does not create freedom.  Freedom is not a derivative of the state.  It is, according to his theological ethos I would assume, god granted.  Yet he wants the state to control everything that the fed now controls.  Ron Paul doesn’t envision a nation where abortion isn’t legislated.  He pictures a country where abortion is controlled by the state.   I’m sorry.  His policies would not make me a freer person.  Heres an example of what I mean.  My dog loves going for walks with me.  It’s because she behaves for me and I don’t have to put her on a leash.  She hates going for walks with any of the kids.  In fact they don’t go for walks they go for drags.  She loves the kiddoes, but she hates the leash.  IT DOESN’T APPEAR TO MATTER TO HER WHO IS HOLDING IT.   Ron Paul doesn’t offer you a chance to lose the leash.  He offers you the opportunity to have someone else hold it.  That isn’t freedom.

Unconstitutional government has created…  the guy is always half right.  He doesn’t mention that unconstitutional government has also granted us stability that there is no way the 50 states legislating themselves ever will.  He merely wishes to change the problems we face.  50 powerful little pigs trying to get all the slop for themselves will create a nation that feeds on itself.  At least under the current method we are feeding on others. 

   I’m not trying to change any minds here.  I’m just pointing out the fact that while it sure looks rosie when he says it, the reality could well be an entirely different thing.

Ron Paul wants to change the right to bear arms

August 5, 2007

  Yeah, he said it.  It was on FOXnews.  I will paraphrase his remarks becase I was so astounded by his argument that I couldn’t write at the time.  It always strikes me funny when people take the argument most used against what they believe, and then recite it to defend their view.

   Ron got a lot of face time today, and in the overall I thought handled himself quite nicely.  the only place I saw a significant breakdown in his arguments for his views was on gun control.  He said, and again this is a paraphrase…the people who wrote the constitution I’m sure did not envision not being able to carry their shotguns across state lines.

   No kidding?  You think some guy in Georgia didn’t realize that he would end up facing different gun laws if he went into South Carolina?  Fair enough.  I’ll buy that

Do you think the people who wrote the constitution took into account some guy driving in an automobile from Florida to Maine in a day, with a trunkload of guns to sell?

Do you think these old musket carrying rapscallions considered the idea of a machine gun that fires several thousand rounds a minute, or an automatic handgun with a 15 round clip?

   I’m sure they took into account driveby shoootings, since I’m sure drivebys was a problem at the time, and I’m also almost certain they took into account teeneagers carrying guns to school and wiping out their classmates…again, a huge problem in the 1700’s.

   You made the gun control argument for us Ron.  The founding fathers never realized what would happen in the future.  This isn’t cause to make it easier to get a gun, but rather a reason to make it harder.  I fully suport the peoples right to own weapons, and I fully support the practical reasoning behind making purchasing a gun a difficult process.

     Just to give a little insight, I do not own a gun, because at least 5 times a day if I owned one I would use it as it was intended.

Yesterdays Ron Paul post… pro/con

July 25, 2007

  I am posting this link to yesterdays post because Stanky was kind enough to come over and add explanations of Ron Paul’s issue stance.  He has a decidedly different view than I do, and I think it adds to the informational value of the post.

I do not agree with his position on several of these, but have to admit that his opinion on them is every bit as sensible as mine, even if we have a divergence of the minds on what Ron Pauls intentions are.   I’m not going to go through and repost this, so to get his take read his comments.  They are well formulated, thoughtful, and illuminating.

Thanks again stanky


Journey To Excellence

June 26, 2007

   i won’t bore you with the details, but I’m going through some training through Toyota right now, and it clarified a thought I’ve been having.  The Idea of the training is to make your company run leaner.  remove waste in all its forms, etc.  Tomorrow we take a trip to the toyota plant to see it in action, but the basic premise seems so simple, and yet most companies don’t even come close to the goals.  The stats aren’t really important.  what is important to industry and society as a whole is why they don’t come close.

    I’m taking the class, and it occurred to me that the leadership tier at my plant has already been through this training.  they found it important enough to send every employee in the plant to it, a status usually reserved for OSHA Safety Training.  Why?  Because they know we do things, a lot of things, wrong.

    Now here is the rub.  they can send us to all the classes they want.  What continues to be important to them is that we produce a million pounds of clean XXXX a day.  That’s round the clock, every day of the year, xmas included.  The only exceptions are during furnace rebuilds, and you wouldn’t believe how fast them occur.  The things in this class they pay lip service too.  Cleanliness, wasted motion, transportation, and all the other little things that hinder a company are pushed aside with the eye toward reaching the immediate goals of the company.  While in the short term taking care of these things would slow production, over the long run they would increase profits. 

   Corporate myopia isn’t new, and virtually every aspect of our society encounters similar issues.  Nothing gets done because we wait for those ahead to lead.   In droves we wait for a president that will lead us out of this malaise we have inflicted on ourselves.  Many think Ron Paul is the guy to do it.  My question is why do we need a Ron Paul?

    The only way things are going to change is if the bottom tier leads the top.  The top is pretty happy where they are, and I don’t care what Ron Paul says, he has been in congress long enough to be part of the problem.

  Did you know there is a Subaru Plant here in Indiana that creates zero waste?   No dirty water, no trash, no nothing.  It’s true.  These automakers are successful because they are not dictated to from the top.  The lower echelons are encouraged to think creatively, and to recommend ideas that will make the companies better.  This isn’t something that starts in the middle.  It starts on the line. 

   Thats the same place it should start with America.  At the roots of our constitution is the theory of “we the people.”

Voting for people that will not behave as our current crop of representatives behaves is the first step.  Which means virtually none of the candidates have any hope of making a difference, and I’d venture to guess about the same number really want to.  If obama, ckinton, edwards,mccain,tancredo, and all the other current or former members of congress or white house administrations wanted change they would already have done something to make that happen.  Face it, you never heard of ron paul until he ran for president.

   Our problems can only be fixed on our streets and in our homes, and our workplaces by us.  Stop looking for someone to lead, and do it yourself.