The Bidens and the Deep State


J. E. Dyer has a post over at Liberty Unyielding about the timeline of the FBI’s investigation of Hunter Biden’s laptop and how it interleaves with other events of the past couple of years. She points out that the Deep State and it’s allies have known about the Biden’s all along, whereas Trump and his supporters have been learning about the Biden’s and Ukraine and other hidden stories as various rocks have been turned over and tings have slithered out.

Since William Barr became Attorney General, the Trump administration has slowly been gaining on the Deep State’s knowledge advantage.  Ponder the point that the Bidens aren’t the only game in town – Clintons, Russiagate, Spygate; the Bidens are just one of many interlinked tragedies – and you begin to realize how very big and pervasive this thing is.  It’s a war nobody knew in advance how to fight, but that’s what it is: a war.

In a war, you pick your battles, you pick your terrain, and you shape the battlespace to drive toward your end-state.

Indictments and convictions will be a useful tool for some aspects of taking down the Deep State, as the ultimate and necessary goal.  But indictments and convictions affect individuals, not the Deep State infrastructure or its corporate will.  Breaking the Deep State’s will is what will be necessary to win the Republic back for the people.

Read the whole thing.

I was disappointed that only one DoJ lawyer involved in the warrant application fraud on the FISA court was taken down before the election, but rushed, half-baked cases that can’t result in guilty pleas or convictions aren’t what the public needs. Patient investigation followed by a well-aimed strike at the right moment is what I hope has been happening and will happen.

For Imposing Taxes on Us Without Our Consent


That was one of the complaints against the King of Great Britain in the Declaration of Independence; another is

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

What goes around comes around. Now that Obamacare has been justified as a tax, J. E. Dyer has made a list of some other things that the government might tax us into buying.

1. Congress can force you to buy an electric car.
2. Congress can force you to buy solar panels.

4. Congress can force you to buy internet service.

6. Congress can force you to buy contraceptives for yourself.
7. Congress can force you to buy biofuels, even if you don’t have any use for them.
8. Congress can force you to donate to political causes and “charities.”
9. Congress can force you to pay union dues.

16. Congress can force you to borrow money.
17. Congress can force you to pay for a state-college education for your children, regardless of where or whether they actually attend college.
18. Congress can force you to buy a goat.
19. Congress can force you to hire people.
20. Congress can force you to buy mass transit passes, whether you use mass transit or not.

As she remarks, the list could go on an on. And it likely will unless we elect some responsible adults to Congress, people who can comprehend the idea of limited government.

Is it November yet?

UPDATE—Fred Thompson has this to say in an essay at NRO:

So we are left with no silver linings and one major concern for the future that goes beyond Obamacare. It seems that, after this Court decision, while the government cannot make you buy broccoli under the Commerce Clause, it can tax you if you don’t.

Again, some optimists say that, since the Court relied upon the government’s taxing power, we are protected as a practical matter, since Congress would always be reluctant to pass a huge new tax. However, in the future Congress can insist it’s not a tax, just as it did this time. One would think that it would be politically more difficult to pull this off again, but there is no legal constraint to keep the congressional leaders from trying — deny it’s a tax during debate and have the government argue in court later that it is a tax.

The chief justice did remind us of one thing of overriding importance: We can’t sit back and count upon the courts to save us from ourselves. I believe that he made a mistake, but so did we. The real silver lining is that in a democratic republic we get another chance in November to fix it.

Close Enough For Government Work


J. E. Dyer has an essay on Iran’s strategic ambiguity relating to it’s nuclear program and our intelligence community’s difficulty understanding what’s going on. She compares the intelligence analysts’ approach to Zeno’s paradox.

I’ve compared this approach in the past to Zeno of Elea’s famous paradox. Zeno proposed, as a basis for a reasoning exercise, that because the distance between an arrow and its target can theoretically be divided in half an infinite number of times, the arrow can never actually reach the target. US intelligence seems determined to operate on this basis, biasing its estimates with an emphasis on the remaining distance to the target.

There’s a joke among us engineers about the the difference between the approach taken to the real world by engineers as compared to mathematicians. If you tell an engineer and a mathematician that with each step they will close half the distance to a beautiful woman, the mathematician will despair of ever reaching her, but the engineer will be delighted to know that he will soon be close enough for all practical purposes.

The Iranians seem to be taking an engineering approach to weapon development.

Tax Fairness


J. E. Dyer has a good post on the futility of tax fairness.

The proper purpose of taxes is not to establish a condition of “fairness.” It’s to pay for government: a legislature, executive, military, police, firefighting, courts, schools. But for 100 years now, the percentage-based income tax has been shifting public dialogue on taxes steadily away from their proper purpose, and toward increasingly juvenile arguments over “fairness,” as if the tax code is like Mom, telling Makayla to share the toys and be patient because Brendan is little.

Read the whole thing.

George Harrison Was Right


J. E. Dyer points out that if the Supercommittee doesn’t get it’s act together by 23 November, we revert to the Clinton tax rates. This will be a huge tax increase, and it is reasonable to expect that this increase will have a similar effect on the economy as the Hoover tax increase in the 1930s.

It’s the spending, Stupid!

Ms. Dyer concludes,

The basis of government has gone badly awry in America. The bottom line is that the taxpayers should not have to accept pain so that we can fork over more to keep funding it on its current basis. … Government is what has gone wrong, and it’s government that needs to change.

Read the whole thing.

Now my advice for those who die, (taxman)
Declare the pennies on your eyes. (taxman)
‘Cause I’m the taxman,
Yeah, I’m the taxman.

And you’re working for no one but me.

Inherent Wastefulness


J. E. Dyer has an excellent post over at Hot Air about the inherent wastefulness of over regulated economies.

First, the collapse of the Eurozone, which does look likely to happen, is the death of a Big Idea.  It represents more than the collapse of a common currency.  It’s the death of an idea of human life, regulated and directed and comprehensively administered by the state.  The collapse represents a triumph of reality over hallucination.  You can’t, in fact, build a sustainable model for having the state organize most of the investing for the people, and use its resulting power to tell the people what they are allowed to think and say, how much electricity they can use, and what medical services they will be allowed to have recourse to.

Also—

Today, America and Europe are drifting on a sea of resources idled artificially by government policy.  To begin with, we have a combined population that is less well-educated than its ancestors.  That is a huge idled resource.  The same population operates increasingly on a mental attitude of entitlement and resentment, and that idles it further.  Both of these conditions were created by the implementation of the European idea in the public schools.  Our people – the ones walking around right now – would be much more productive without these handicaps.

Read the whole thing. The current situation is a proof of [Ringo] Starr’s Law: Everything the government touches turns to crap.