Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Patriot Act, Obamacare, and Loss of Liberty

About 10 years ago, when the Patriot Act first came out, I was naively, in favor of it. I started having misgivings about it in W's second term, as I watched the Republican party continue to expand government. But watching this sham "War on Terror" continue without bothering to secure the borders or even make a meaningful attempt to do so, leaves all of us with the simple truth it was about laying the groundwork for controlling more Americans.
When you combine the Patriot Act and it's expansion with Obamacare you have a framework for further controlling the American people. You'll have wiretapping with the government regulation of YOUR body. Have you seen or read about the control of salt in food in NYC? When the government says it's going to protect you from harming yourself for the public good (whichever reasons you wish to cite) then it is effectively giving you notice that the government owns you. You are no longer your own property.

That being said, I just wanted to post a link to research on the Patriot Acts, I and II. There are links by CATO, ACLU and others.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Victory Garden!

First off. I apologize for the long absence. I was just exhausted. I've been working with locals in a fight against annexation and with the High Desert Tea Party. I am over involved.

During WWII, our forebears planted gardens to cut costs and help this country achieve victory. hence they were called Victory Gardens.
Above is the link to my most recent post on my real estate oriented blog. As I've mentioned in the past I think it would behoove us all to be able to grow our own food, or at least a good portion.
With the BP Oil spill, and the Cap and Trade (or Cap and Tax) bills that our government keeps trying to push through, we are likely to see much higher fuel prices. This will result in increased shipping costs (I know, duh, right) which will cause groceries to go up. I live in California, one, if not THE, biggest producers of produce in the country, so I'm not sure how this will play out here, as we're close to the crops, and close to Mexico, from which we get much of the produce on the shelves. Mexico's fuel is subsidized.
Keep in mind that the BP Oil Spill is killing a lot of seafood. That will drive up other food prices.
California did not irrigate much of the Central Valley this year, so I'm looking to higher food prices from this as well.
There's also legislation in the work that would eliminate the use of manure as fertilizer for food crops. This will make farmers buy petro-chemical fertilizers, or make them buy or make their own compost. If they buy it, that's another expense they have to pass on to us, as well as the increased shipping costs of the fertilizers.
Can you see the spiraling costs for farmers? If oil prices go up(due to scarcity or more regulation and taxes), they have to pay more for fuel. The costs of chemical fertilizers (or even plastic bags for any type of fertilizer) go up, in addition to the costs of the transportation of the fertilizer going up. So that's at least three stages of price increase to our food supply.
That is one of the reasons I am starting the big garden. I have some other little things like strawberries and green beans planted around the house. I also have a couple of small peach trees given to me by my grandma. I have only planted organic seeds.
I'm hoping that the garden gives me a financial victory and a bit more freedom.