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Quick Net Neutrality Analogy

In Illinois, there is a coal mine just inside Perry County. The mine loads and dispatches trucks to take the coal to a Mississippi river dock in Randolph county. Hundreds of trips per day are made between the coal mine and the river dock.flat,800x800,070,f.u2[1]Over the years, the roads have been worn tremendously with ruts and bumps so bad, you can barely walk across the street in Steeleville sober… …forget about it when you’ve had a few.

In this analogy, Net Neutrality says that you con’t charge the trucker any more than the Prius for the road usage. The Prius pays as much for the road as the trucker. The Prius owner obviously thinks he’s getting punked.

Undoing Net Neutrality allows the Free Market to charge more for the truckers, since the wear and tear they cause to the roads is much greater.

Now, apply that to the Internet. Pornography makes up 30% of the Internet traffic, and Netflix, and YouTube use a large share.

Net Neutrality forces you to pay the same amount to the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as the bandwidth-hogging Porn, YouTube, and Netflix. And, what about Google and Amazon?!

Free Market lets the ISPs charge the Porn shippers and deliverers, as well as the other hogs, a higher rate than grandma gets charged when she tries to buy groceries from her local Schnucks.

If the ISP charges grandma too much, she goes somewhere else… …like Hughes Net, Charter, AT&T, Comcast, CenturyLink, Consolidated Communications, Digital West, Frontier, TDS Telecom, Verizon, Windstream… …etc. Oh, and Exede, Cox, Sprint, Dish, Cable ONE, etc.

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Posted by on December 15, 2017 in Freedom

 

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The “Would You Rather” Game… DJT vs HRC

Given that Trump or Hillary will win, here’s the “Would you rather” game… …Trump or Hillary version:

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Who would you rather give 5 acres of your own commercial real estate to for development?
– Trump

Who would you rather have negotiate w/ Iran for hostages and nuclear weapons?
– Hillary already failed at that… …so Trump

Who would you rather have deal with Syria, Libya, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan?
– Hillary already failed at that… …so Trump

Who would you rather have deal with Russia, Putin, the possibly illegal sales of uranium by Hillary, Crimea, Ukraine, and Georgia?
– Hillary already failed at that… …so Trump

Who would you rather have deal with China, the trade gap, and the currency manipulation?
– Hillary already failed at that… …so Trump

Who would you rather have control the borders?
– Hillary will bring in another 1,000,000 from the middle east of which at least 2% (20,000) will be terrorists… …so Trump
– Hillary will keep borders open for 1,000s of Americans to be murdered or otherwise killed by illegal aliens… …so Trump

Who would you rather have nominate to the Supreme Court?
– Hillary supported Sotomayor, Kagan, and nominee Garland… …so Trump and his list of good Conservative Candidates

Who would you rather lead on healthcare?
– Hillary has already failed at that (twice)… …so Trump

Who would you rather be the chief enforcer of America’s laws?
– Hillary has been breaking Americas laws and subverting ethics for 30 years… …so Trump

Who would you rather be the Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces
– They hate Hillary and the continuing social experiments… …so Trump

So… …Trump!

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Posted by on August 30, 2016 in Election, Free Market, Freedom, Health Care

 

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Voter Thoughts On Missouri 08/05/14 Ballot Questions

From Missouri Voter Jason:

Here are my thoughts about the proposed constitutional amendments.

#1. “Right to Farm.”  The language is so broad that it is, to me, meaningless.  There are statutes on the books (Section 537.295 of the Missouri Revised Statutes) that address the issue of “nuisance suits” that seem to be the core argument in favor of the amendment.  I’m leaning against the amendment, but am open to argument in favor.

#5 “Unalienable Right to Keep and Bear Arms.”  While I think the language of this amendment has been poorly drafted, it aims to solidify the right to keep and bear arms and removes an impediment to concealed carry. I favor the amendment.

#7 “Increase Sales and Use Tax for Transportation.” I am opposed to this tax increase.  I’m taxed enough already.  More philosophically, I question whether sales tax should be used for transportation expenditures.  I generally prefer charging service users, and a fuel or tire or other ratable tax more directly associates the funding source with the expenditure purpose. (The advent of hybrid and electric vehicles, however, foils the purpose of the gasoline tax in making road users pay for roads; so, another (fair) way of apportioning the cost of roads to users needs to be developed.)  If more money is needed for roads (and I must be persuaded of the need), then a roads-related tax needs to be proposed.  I am opposed to using road-related funds for mass transit projects, aviation, ports, and the other transporation systems that would be funded by the proposed sales and use tax amendment. Again, philosophically, I would generate funding for these type projects from the users of those modes of transporation.

#8. “Veterans Lottery Ticket.”  I am opposed to the state operating a lottery, so the specification of a particular kind of lottery ticket to fund the state veterans homes, etc., is not something I support.  I believe these expenditures should be covered by everyone in the state (which means sales and/or income tax sources), not just those who gamble.

#9. “Security of Electronic Communications and Data.”  I support the amendment to include “electronic communications and data” in the list of protections against unreasonable search or seizure.  This amendment, incidentally, is consistent with the recent US Supreme Court ruling (Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie) that held a warrant was required before a cell phone could be searched by the authorities.  This ruling essentially extends Fourth Amendment (US Constitution) protections to at least some forms of electronic communications and data.  Amending the Missouri constitution to explicitly include electronic communications and data brings the state constitution into the modern world where we have not only papers and effects that are safe from warrantless search, but electronic information as well.

 

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Posted by on July 9, 2014 in Amendments, Election, Freedom

 

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Keep The Republic (This Saturday)

It’s an admonishment you’ve heard dozens of times.  Dr. Benjamin Franklin left the Constitutional Convention on September 17th, 1787 and was met by a woman who asked, “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”  Dr. Franklin replied, “A republic, madam – if you can keep it.”

Do you feel like we’re losing the republic?

We are.

I’ve investigated a dozen different school districts from Denver to Richmond, and at the earliest of ages (kindergarten and first grade), our children are being indoctrinated into the false teaching that America is a Constitutional Democracy. Of course, they want to say “Constitutional Democracy” since the vast majority of educrats are liberals and Democrats… …and Democracy sounds like Democrats.  A republic, well, sounds like those ‘evil Republicans’.

Our Constitution and Freedoms are under constant attack, and even after we gave the Republicans all the power they need to stop the out-of-control spending, force massive reduction in the size of the Federal Government, and enjoin it to live within the confines of the document which they swore an oath to defend, the train continues full-steam towards the edge of the cliff.

What do we do?

We save the republic.

How?

Ask Thomas Jefferson…

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society, but the people themselves: and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their controul with a wholsome discretion, the remedy is, not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. this is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” [sic]

The people have given up control of the ultimate powers of the society.  It’s time to take it back.  And, citizens across the nation are doing just that.

What have you done to Keep The Republic?

Isn’t it about time YOU did something?

Join other patriots this Saturday April 26th 10:00am – 6:30pm in training to gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to articulate your desire to make the policy changes necessary to restore our governments to their proper roles!  Current liberty-minded civics training only teaches theory.  This is application training, practical exercises, and instruction to turn you into a Citizen Lobbyist with the skills to affect the direction of your local government as well as state and federal government.

For more information on the Saturday April 26th class, click here.

For more information, on the Center for Self-Governance, click here.

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Activism, Education, Freedom

 

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Remembering Our Heroes

When visitors first enter the museum, they will hear a sound like wind chimes coming from above them and their attention will be drawn upward 24 feet to the ceiling of the two-story high atrium.

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Dog tags of the more than 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War hang from the ceiling of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010. The 10-by-40-foot sculpture, entitled Above and Beyond, was designed by Ned Broderick and Richard Stein.

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The tens of thousands of metal dog tags are suspended 24 feet in the air, 1 inch apart, from fine lines that allow them to move and chime with shifting air currents. Museum employees using a kiosk and laser pointer help visitors locate the exact dog tag with the imprinted name of their lost friend or relative.

“If you can read this, thank a Teacher……..If you are reading it in English, thank a VET.”

h/t David Larson

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2013 in Freedom, Military

 

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Fairtax / Income Tax / Jason Smith

John McMillen, of Sikeston, MO, posted the following to Jason Smith’s Facebook timeline.  It’s GREAT stuff!FairTax-AnotherDay[1]

The American system of private property ownership is the most important guaranty of freedom. This was the corner stone on which our founders built our “Bill of Rights” and our “Constitution.”

When personal property rights are respected, honored, and preserved, not only is it a guarantor of Freedom to those who own property, but also for those who do not. Each person is free to move from place to place for a better opportunity, and with no government confiscation of the wealth when individuals are free to produce, more real opportunities are created by the success of others. This principle applies right down to a person’s paycheck.

The best way for government to put more money in people’s wallets is for government to leave it there in the first place. This devilish system developed in America using the IRS INCOME TAX as the Mother Ship of Socialism has brought America’s economy and societal morays to its knees.

A good model to observe was adopted in a land of total communist rule by the Soviets in the late 1980s. It is a good example of evidence as to the original American system’s effects for increased production and industriousness voluntarily exercised among the people, without government coercion.

In that example under ‘Perestroika’ (Restructuring) and ‘Glasnost’ (Transparency) Russian citizens were allowed to keep the wealth they created by raising vegetables on their own garden plots to sell and trade however they wished, and were allowed to keep 100% of the proceeds. Although these individual garden plots composed only about 2% of the agricultural lands in the Soviet Union, they produced 25% of the food!

When Soviets kept the wealth they pe rsonally created individually, they produced almost 16 times more than when it was forced from them by government order (taxation) at gunpoint!

The Fairtax Bill HR-25 is available now with 65 cosponsors. 3 of Missouri’s U.S. Representatives are cosponsors of this Bill. Jason, I hope you will study this bill closely and consider becoming a cosponsor as well. I hope you will seek council with Rob Woodall, Georgia, Sponsor of HR-25, and Ann Wagoner who just signed on as cosponsor last week for their insights.

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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Congress, Freedom, Taxes

 

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The Missouri Legislature Must ENACT Right-To-Work

The Missouri Senate has passed, and the Missouri House is considering SB 29 which will give a public employee the right to choose whether or not to allow Labor Unions to withhold fees and whether those fees can be used for Political Purposes.

In response to this effort by the Missouri Legislature, the Communications Workers of America Union sent out the following e-mail blast:

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Again, that e-mail is sent in opposition to a bill that would give the CWA’s own members the right to choose whether or not union dues are withheld and used for political purposes!  You would think…

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For some odd reason, First Responders are not granted the right to choose under this bill, but I digress.

Just to emphasize the CWA Union’s claims:

  • It is a direct attack on all of us that work every day and believe in the protections of a union.
  • It will lead to larger class sizes for teachers
  • It will lead to unsafe staffing levels for nurses
  • It would stop first responders like police officers from advocating for public safety needs
  • It would mean front-line state workers who work in our veterans’ homes would lose their voice on the job and in the statehouse
  • It would mean those who investigate child abuse and neglect would lose their voice on the job and in the statehouse

Anyone with a 9th grade education can read SB 29 and comprehend that the CWA claims are absolutely ludicrous.  I mean… considering unions are so great, why would a member choose not to send in their dues and allow them to be used for political purposes?!?  Unions are great, so there’s no reason for them to oppose letting members decide, right?!?

Sadly, the same level of ludicrousness was true of claims about the Prop B Puppy Mill ballot measure, yet Low Information Voters (LIVs) passed it by 51.6%.

The Missouri Legislature Must ENACT Missouri’s Right To Work Legislation!

With SB 29 in mind, the Missouri Legislature is also considering Right To Work legislation.  But, instead of directly enacting the legislation, they are planning to put it on the ballot.  Whatever the reasoning may be, it’s a H.O.R.R.I.B.L.E. idea.

By putting the Right To Work legislation on the Ballot, the Missouri Legislature is setting up the State for a Wisconsonian Union and Media circus that could and should be avoided like the plague.  A fully staffed, highly funded maelstrom of Organized Labor disinformation will descend upon the state with all the commensurate physical threats and property damage.  It won’t be pretty:

  • Union Members bused in for massive inorganic rallies at the Capitol
  • Commercial after commercial with Republicans killing baby seals and Union Members
  • SEIU Goons attacking local vendors
  • Democrat Secretary of State Kander’s ballot language likely skewed to prevent passage
  • Claims of evil Republicans firing teachers, first responders, cops, and nuns as well as swatting baby seals

With the CWA willing to make the above incredible claims over a bill that gives their members the right to choose, legislators know that they will double-down on such ridiculous allegations in regards to Right To Work.

What is the Republican plan to fight against such bedlam?  At least one Representative thinks constituents should invest their time and treasure to fight for the measure.  What?!?  Missourians already invested their time and treasure to elect a veto-proof Republican majority in the House and Senate WITH the knowledge and expectation that they enact Right To Work legislation.  It is outrageous to expect Missouri Republicans to engage in this fight once again when it is not necessary.

What happens when the ballot measure fails?  In 1978, Right To Work legislation was placed before the people and it failed.  It has been 35 years since, and we are just now to the point where the legislation can be enacted by the legislature, and now is the time.

Another bill with the same exact wording, sans the voter approval, is also under consideration.  This Right To Work bill should be brought to the floor and receive a vote.  If it passes, great!  If not, then voters know which Representatives need to be lobbied to pass the bill in a future session.

Please contact your Legislator today and urge them to bring HB 95 to the floor for a vote.  This bill gives workers the freedom to choose whether or not to join a union.  Do we believe in Freedom in Missouri?  Yes, we do.

Again, considering unions are so great, why would a worker choose not to join?  What do the unions have to worry about?

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Free Market, Freedom, Unions

 

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