As the corrupt political parties of Britain go under in a cesspool of theft from the public weal, we can only pray that we have an identical crisis here in the US. Time to clean out the stables! Also, the US and UK mortgage bail out program help virtually no one at all, in England, exactly one person…yes, and not a member of Parliament!—has been rescued! California is drowning and there hasn’t even been a major earthquake, either. And Germany gets very stern about the money, they have long memories.
It is not shocking to see the MPs fleecing the public. Corruption in governments is very high, across the planet. This is the nature of power. For example, the Shiites ruling Iraq are now cleaning up the government and over 100 officials are being arrested, a number of them are fleeing the country.
What is virtue? The ancient Greeks fretted about this issue. They tried to incorporate it into their civic system. But their culture was based on slavery. The Romans figured virtue was, like the American belief today, all about military power and sacrifice but also was based on slavery and looting. The Founding Fathers of the US also were very, very concerned about the subject of civic virtue while basing their economic business on the severe and cruel exploitation of slave labor, yet again.
They even fretted a great deal about ancient Rome and hoped, via Constitutional tricks, to outwit the ‘karma’ of trying to run a ‘democratic republic’ while being a cruel, vicious slave culture that was engaged in a 200 year war against the natives who refused to be enslaved like the kidnapped Africans brought over in chains.
Virtue and patriotism have to be based on an honest appraisal of the civic system and the division of social power and political proportions and is a very elusive thing, easy to lose, hard to hold onto. For Temptation is a strumpet who waves money and sexual goodies under the noses of unsuspecting humans. That is, if we avoid the strictures and restrictions of virtue, we can party in the Cave of Wealth and Death and have lots and lots of fun and games before destroying ourselves and all our loved ones. Las Vegas embodies this dark force.
The Conservative leader’s warning came as Elliot Morley — the former Labour minister exposed for claiming more than £16,000 for a mortgage he had already paid off — announced he was standing down as an MP. Mr Morley said he had made the decision with “regret” and insisted that he had done nothing wrong….
He has to pretend he did nothing wrong and was as innocent as that other very unvirtuous creep, Geithner. Ignorance is bliss if this ignorance fills one’s pockets with loot. This is why professional pickpockets work hard on pretending to look innocent.
At least three other MPs – David Chaytor, Ben Chapman and former Conservative frontbencher Bill Wiggin – have also made phantom claims for interest on mortgages.
When the corruption scandal began, the Tories thought it was funny and they yelled for resignations. Now, they are looking in the mirror and not liking the reflection. Will the Tories and the Labor entrenched parties figure out how they lost their virtue?
Anyone who is a fan of the Blackadder the Third: The MP Application Form knows that the Parliament institution didn’t have any ‘virtue’ in the past.
Lawyers believe that such claims may breach the 2007 Fraud Act and the 1968 Theft Act – and might therefore constitute criminal offences that could result in MPs being imprisoned….
ARREST THEM ALL! Heh. About time, too.
Humfrey Malins said that, when Parliament was sitting, he spent two nights a week at the flat in Westminster that he designates as his second home, at an average cost to the taxpayer of £240 a day. His main home is in Dorking, just 45 minutes on the train from London Victoria or Waterloo – both close to Parliament….
What baffles me is, most of this is the equivalent of stealing spare coins from the cash register at a business. Why does such petty thefts appeal to lawmakers? This is a pressing question because the thefts plaguing the Pentagon are not petty at all but trillions of dollars being scammed from the system and paid for via IOUs to China!
Bill Cash, a Conservative MP, said yesterday that he was prepared to repay more than £15,000 he claimed for rent payments to his daughter.
When the US invaded Iraq, the ‘reconstruction’ had nothing to do with building anything and everything to do with a flock of corrupt tykes of politically connected groups, coming in and putting on a show and then leaving with lots of loot an nothing useful to show the natives. The corruption levels in Afghanistan are even worse, if this was possible. But it is.
Corruption scandals are also taking down both leaders of Japan’s two top political parties. The LDP is nearly, by definition, a machine for corruption. There is no way of preventing people from scamming systems. But there is a way of judging them: if these scams are connected to the destruction of the entire system and endangers the survival of the state, itself, it is a criminal matter of the highest level, it is treason.
When Ronald Reagan was permitted to run off to Japan and collect a $2.5 million bribe, he wasn’t punished and now, all our politicians do this. The ‘speaking fee’ scandal has now grown to such proportions, our reporters do this, our negotiators do this, all our elected officials do this for multimillions of dollars from entities seeking to control our government. This is a major scandal and one that we must outlaw.
By the time the British public has voted at the next general election, as many as 325 MPs – more than half the entire House of Commons – will have either quit or lost their seats in the biggest parliamentary upheaval since the Civil War.
Since all major parties chose vice, not virtue, we get a ‘revolution.’ The British media is in hysterics, begging people to avoid ‘radical’ parties. Well, if no one is punished, the mainstream parties will view victories as opportunities for corruption. This is the road to ruin.
The Department for Communities and Local Government said that in April 139 households applied for help in avoiding repossession but that only one successfully received the support. However, this single acceptance doubles the tally of those accepted by the scheme, which had been aiming to help 6,000 families avoid losing their homes. Some 75,000 are expected to face foreclosure this year, according to independent estimates.
Like the US program, it was doomed to failure. In some cases, we must let nature take its course. I recall, since I have written about Japan’s crash since it happened long ago, in 1991 [my online commentaries were not preserved by the publications, alas] I am aware of the advice the US and UK dished out: Don’t try to save the bankrupt banks, don’t allow zombie loans to stay on the books and to take one’s lumps because this brings and end to it, faster.
Like the IMF medicine we dish out, we don’t follow our own prescriptions. All housing bubbles have to be treated the same way: as if an earthquake or hurricane has wiped out housing and people are homeless and lost everything, so it is here. The credit tsunami retreats and leaves nothing but ruins. Pretending there is no tsunami is stupid. California was dead-center in the global housing debacle and on top of it, is the Ground Zero of the insane Ronnie Reagan fake Hollywood tax cut machinery.
California passed laws making it nearly impossible to raise taxes while similar ballot laws allowed requests for designated funding of various whimsical programs. Now that the immense California housing bubble has busted, the tax base is vanishing thanks to the Ronnie Reagan tax law changes. That is, the bubble houses were the newest purchases so they paid the highest taxes, higher than identical houses next door, and so, when in default…partially due to the extra-high taxes, the revenues to the state are collapsing faster than they would in say, NY, which has normal property tax laws.
The voters just turned down paying more in taxes so the Terminator is going to kill off as much government spending as humanly possible. The people of California must figure out the obvious: they can’t have goodies and not pay for it. The entire US better watch this process because we will have it here, ourselves, in due time.
After the election, the governor backed off an earlier proposal to borrow nearly $6 billion from Wall Street to help fill the state’s budget gap. Instead, on Tuesday, he proposed additional cuts that would close 80 percent of state parks and eliminate health and welfare programs, and cash grants to college students. The $3 billion in new cuts is the governor’s response to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst Office’s latest revenue forecast. Last week, the analyst projected that the state’s deficit had grown from $21.3 billion to $24.3 billion….
But much of the attention on Friday was on the governor’s proposed additional cuts. They included the following: — $117 million – Eliminate the Adult Day Health Care program offered under the Department of Aging. — $550 million – Reduce funds to counties for certain health and social services. — $230.8 million – Restrict the In Home Support Services program to the most severely disabled such as those who can’t breathe on their own and are partially paralyzed. — $680 million – Additional cuts for K-12 schools. — $315 million – Redirect transit funds earmarked for school buses to pay transit bond debts. — $100.3 million – Suspend various state mandates requiring counties to make mail ballots available to all voters, hold animal shelter strays for six days, and collect DNA from unidentified bodies for the state Department of Justice. — $470 million – Reduce state worker pay by 5 percent.
If this depression gets worse, the cuts will be higher. The tax base shrinks as US industries shut down. All the people who were gleeful about GM going bankrupt better figure out, if we have no one earning good pay for factory work, we end up like Victorian England whereby much of the population had to flee in order to survive. They came here, for example. Canada, Australia, to Africa and Asia they fanned out. Are Americans willing to emigrate?
England had little civic virtue as the countryside was emptied of almost all the farmers and their families. Sherlock Holmes in 1894 even remarks about how vacant the countryside had become and how this fostered crime. The majority of jobs ceased being butcher, baker, shoemaker and smith and became house staff for the large sheep-grazed estates. Meanwhile, the former population fought African tribes, killed off aborigines and staked out claims in contravention of the efforts of various former Asian empires.
The Golden Days of California will now go and be replaced by much higher crime. The fact that the governor must empty out the prisons is also interesting. I suppose, this is to induce fear in the hearts of the voters so they vote for higher taxes. Meanwhile, Germany tightens up, too:
The next German government is almost certain to crack down on spending and drastically raise taxes after the lower house of parliament yesterday adopted measures that come close to banning budget deficits beyond 2016….
The most sweeping reform of public finances in 40 years was an “economic policy decision of historic proportions”, Peer Steinbrück, finance minister, told parliament shortly before MPs endorsed the amendment with the required two-thirds majority.
California’s legislature also has the same 2/3rds majority rules. But the Californians can’t handle cuts or tax hikes so they lay the onus at the feet of the Terminator. The vote underlines Berlin’s determination quickly to plug the holes that the economic crisis, two fiscal stimulus packages and a €500bn ($706bn, £437bn) rescue operation for German banks are expected to blow in the public coffers this year and next. In 2009 alone, legislators from the ruling coalition expect the federal budget to show a deficit of more than €80bn, twice the current all-time record of €40bn reached in 1996 as Germany was absorbing the formidable costs of its reunification. This figure does not include the deficit of the social security system, which is expected to rocket too, as unemployment rises to an expected 5m next year. The constitutional amendment, popularly known as the “debt brake”, allows a degree of flexibility in tough economic times, just as it encourages governments to build cash reserves in good times. Yet economists have warned the new rules could force the next government to implement a ruthless fiscal crackdown as soon as it takes office after the general election of September 27 if it is serous about hitting the 2016 deficit target.
What happens if all the governments on earth all run deep in debt at the same time? We will see a test of this sort of system. If it runs along side a ZIRP lending matrix as well as a collapse in asset values, we will get, I am certain, a global depression. There is no easy out in this mess. When one is in a mess like this, the virtuous imperative is to keep the state alive and not let it slide into chaos.
And the first step is to clean out corruption from the funny money years. If we do not do this, we are building on a rotten foundation. Doomed to crumble. The foundation of future wealth lies in the attainment of the Virtues. The Virtues are not the daughters the Goddesses of Infinity or Zero, they are the daughters of Libra. Greed is NOT good. Sacrifice is required. Denial is strength and the key to future happiness. Hard words but the only sane road open to us is to walk on the Path of Thorns, not speed along in a racing car down the wide, paved road to Hell.
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