Shut Down Unneeded Bureaucracy.

Vic Biorseth, Saturday, October 22, 2011
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(Shut Down Unneeded Bureaucracy has now been modified to be another right-hand-column collection of linked articles describing how to get rid of the “Soviets” – meaning, unrepresentative administrative central committees – that are taking over America, and driving the American bus off of a cliff. Also included in the right-column links will be articles describing how to climb out of the economic hole the Democrat Party and the Establishment Republicans have dug us into.)

The two Constitutional Principles being violated here are the one that says that the powers of the federal government are limited and enumerated, and the one the one establishing Congress as the sole author of new law. If it is not listed in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, then the federal government has no constitutional business addressing it, taxing for it, spending on it, controlling it or otherwise governing it. It properly belongs in the domain of state and local government. And, the Constitution does not allow Congress to delegate its sole legislative authority to nameless, faceless, unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats, who may then create un-legislated and unrepresentative regulations with full force of law behind them, affecting the actions of the free citizenry. These two constitutional violations are having the effect of changing our form of government from a Constitutional Republic to a simple government by administration. We are being administrated - that is, ruled by appointed administrators. What the Russians called Soviets.

Spending Must Be Cut. We don’t have a revenue problem, or an income problem; we have more national income than we have ever had. We have a monumental spending problem. If we don’t stop it, we will cease to exist as a nation. As a first step, Obamacare, of course, must be eliminated in its entirety. Not fixed; not modified; not tinkered with; it must be destroyed. The federal government has no business whatsoever involving itself either in medicine or in health insurance. That’s not what the American federal government was set up to do, and it is completely outside the Constitution. The exact same statement could be made at the state level. There is no state constitution that mandates any state government to do any such thing.

Obamacare is both a revolutionary spending bomb, and a revolutionary taxing bomb.

Tax Reform has to come second. That means, of course, that Obamacare must be repealed in its entirety, as a major step back toward fiscal and medical sanity. It also means passing the Fair Tax. I don’t know why Herman Cain, a Fair Tax supporter, is talking up his 9-9-9 plan, unless it is a stepping-stone to the Fair tax because of the feared time it would take to pass a Constitutional amendment to eliminate the income tax. But you can see (see the right column of this page) that it is possible to put the Fair Tax on a fast-track legislatively, with “sunset-able” law setting the income tax to zero, and outlawing all other forms of taxation other than the Fair Tax. This would immediately pass the Fair Tax and grant sufficient time for the Constitutional amendment. All that would be required for passage would be a conservative House, a conservative Senate, and a conservative President.

Cut Bureaucracy is just another way of saying Cut Spending. Eliminate whole bureaus. Most of them if not all of them are extra-Constitutional entities in the first place. Articles linked in the right column of this page look at all the major national bureaus with a view to eliminating them. Any functions of any of these bureaus that are indeed necessary should be privatized, because the federal government has no real Constitutional purpose for even bringing them into existence, let alone feeding them and allowing them to regulate and “administer” the free citizenry.

Mises and others told us that Marxism (Communism) is, essentially, bureaucracy. It is government by and through a pyramid of largely unaccountable committees, commissions and administrators, ultimately answering to and representing the wishes of no one other than the supreme dictator. We have seen elsewhere in this site how and why Marxism does not work, economically or socially; however, all true Marxists deny the truth of the matter even when it is right before their own eyes. They have an ulterior motive. They persist in increasing and spreading bureaucratic control over every imaginable human action. The non-useful idiot in-the-know Marxists seek ultimate dictatorship, pure and simple. They just won’t say that. The path to dictatorship is through increasingly unrepresentative bureaucracies with unaccountable petty bureaucrats “administering” various areas of American life.

The Russian word for such an administrative council or bureau or committee is a Soviet. When Lenin first organized his new Communist government in Russia, the first things he appointed and established were Soviets of laborers and soldiers to “administer” the various tasks he assigned to them. The Soviets did not represent the people under them or affected by their work; they administered them, in accordance with the dictator’s intentions. This is the opposite of American idea of citizen representation in government, and of the government serving, rather than ruling, the citizenry. Russia had a pyramid of Soviets, and Soviets consisting of Soviets, and Soviets of Commissars, and ultimately, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

From the founding of America, a primary principle under-girding the complimentary notions of citizen liberty and limited government, simply stated, was that there must always be some private sphere of personal activity that is completely beyond the reach and authority of government. When the highest level of government seeks to interfere with or control the most mundane of private citizen activities, violence is done to this principle, and also to The Rule of Subsidiarity. Which means that, not only are citizen rights violated, but also the rights of all lower levels of government. The opposite political opinion, represented by the Marxist-Redistributionist Democrat Party position, sees no human activity whatsoever as being beyond the reach of government, and seeks to centralize all political power into the highest level of government, with all lower levels being replaced by vast bureaucratic hierarchy. In this view, the state not only exceeds its own legal Constitutional constraints – it completely eliminates them.

The Bureaucratizing, or Sovietizing if you will, of America has been underway since the Hoover-FDR New Deal, at least. This has always been and still is the Bureaucratizing trend pushed by America’s Marxist-leaning Democrat Party. A recent classic example of what we’re talking about here is the new American Soviet called the Super Committee established to reduce our fatal national economic deficit by a date certain, else reduce it as much as it can be reduced by gutting national defense. This particular Soviet was established by Comrade Obama, peace be upon him, with the help of Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner, who, with many others among the Establishment Republicans, is always eager to compromise with any Marxist plan of action. So the authority and the legislative power of Congress is bypassed completely by a completely unrepresentative Soviet of Commissars who will either find a solution by the critical date, or stand by and allow the nations military to be economically crippled by the President, to the applause, cheers and celebration of Marxists and Moslems everywhere.

We are no longer represented by our government; we are administered. Isn’t that nice?

Marxist-Redistributionism has now been the dominant factor in American government for better than two years, and we are seeing the results. America is purposely being spent, borrowed and currency-inflated into national destruction, and something must be done if the American Republic, as Constituted, is to survive.

We have got to stop spending.

We have already recommended eliminating the Department of Education, in the Shut Down the Dept of Education page on this site. But that’s just a beginning point. If America is ever to be returned to some sort of fiscal sanity, we need to look at every single big-league government department in existence. Granted, we are never going to get free of all bureaucracy, and we cannot shut down all government departments and expect no adverse repercussions. It would be stupid, perhaps to the point of being suicidal, to shut down, for instance, Defense.

That is not to say that whole departments could not be cut, or that significant portions of even Defense, State or Treasury could not be cut. No department should be immune to close examination for what it is doing, why it is doing it, and what it is spending to do it. Our federal government is simply out of control, and that needs to change. I submit that there is not a federal department that cannot be significantly reduced, if not eliminated.

Consider for a moment the education of our forefathers. Washington and Jefferson were essentially self-educated, as was quite common in those days. They were home-schooled and/or tutored only up to a point. Once they learned their alphabet, simple arithmetic, rudiments of grammar and penmanship, they more or less took off on their own. Those disposed to scholarship tend to seek out and devour books on their own, those who are not do not. Consider the fact the lawyer Abraham Lincoln never went to law school, or to any “proper” school of any kind, and yet he did very well. And, at that time, there was no such thing as “public” education.

Are we better educated now, or worse?

The biggest American bureaucracies are all organized under the Executive branch; let’s look at them. Here’s a list.

  1. US Dept of Agriculture (USDA)
  2. US Dept of Commerce (DOC)
  3. US Dept of Defense (DOD)
  4. US Dept of Education (ED)
  5. US Dept of Energy (DOE)
  6. US Dept of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  7. US Dept of Homeland Security (DHS)
  8. US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  9. US Dept of Justice (DOJ)
  10. US Dept of Labor (DOL)
  11. US Dept of State (DOS)
  12. US Dept of the Interior (DOI)
  13. US Dept of the Treasury (Treasury)
  14. US Dept of Transportation (DOT)
  15. US Dept of Veterans Affairs (VA)

We will look at each of these bureaucracies in some detail in linked-to pages at the right, one at a time, as they are written and brought on-line. (This is a work in progress - stay tuned. The right column will grow until this whole list is represented there.)

As I look at each of these vast government bureaucracies and what they do, I get a sense of an attempt at systemizing everything; to take natural free market functions and make them part of a contrived and controlled system, planned, controlled and directed by government. Sometimes application of a carefully orchestrated system may be good, as in preparation for or execution of a war. However, some areas of human activity are just better off left to their own natural tendencies, and would be worse off for systemization.

As we have already seen, education is just such an area. It functioned far more effectively before the ED existed than after. Before, we had an abundance of willing teachers, and parents were free to either educate their own children or put them in the hands of a trusted educator, for a fee. As soon as all of that became systemized, regulated and bureaucratized, the school system began producing little dummies with diplomas, and the downward trend continues.

Just like health care. Before health Insurance domination of the health care market, health care was widely available and cheap. After health insurance domination of the market place, it became radically more expensive, radically more complex for both doctors and patients, and more regulated, and, most importantly, more limited. This was particularly true after the un-holy quasi-marriage of the health insurance industry to the government. I submit that the more man tries to make the world or any little part of it perfect and more fair by submitting it to some contrived system of operation, the more he screws it up. Perfection is not of this world, but the next.

Good intentions aside, before introduction of any change to any existing system, the question of whether the change is likely to help or hinder the system accomplish what the system does must be considered. And after implementation, if the change proves to be a hindrance rather than a help, or if it has other unintended negative consequences, then it must be un-changed.

Nature has already provided a “system” for all areas of normal free human economic activity. The entrepreneur knows, or will soon learn, the price of his goods or services are subject to competition as well as the laws of supply and demand. The farmer knows that too, and he also knows, or will soon learn, that such things as crop rotation, soil and water conservation, etc., are vitally important to successful farming. The employer knows, or will soon learn, that wages, benefits and treatment of workers is a competitive thing among other employers, and subject to the laws of supply and demand of workers. And workers know that too. Everyone is free to choose. History has proven, again and again, that those movements toward government control of these areas of human activity always end badly.

Other Areas of government control or “administration” that should be addressed, in my opinion, include:

  1. Modification of Constitutional Amendment XIV, Section 1, Sentence 1, to add the words shown here in bold:All persons born to American parents or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.The original purpose of the sentence was to make slaves free citizens. An unintended consequence was to have others illegally enter, give birth, and use the “anchor baby” American citizen as a future sponsor for other aliens.
  2. Repeal Sarbanes Oxley.
  3. Repeal McCain Feingold. Replace all political contribution law with two simple rules:Unlimited and unconditional ability of anyone to contribute to any politician, political Party or political campaign. Full public disclosure of all political contributions and sources. Failure to disclose contributions or false disclosures to be a felony.
  4. A Bill to negate and outlaw the court-established principle of Separation Of Church And State. This is a legal “precedent” established by court ruling in the Everson case that had the effect of making new law, which is not the purview of the court. Making new is within the exclusive domain of Congress. There is no such principle in the Constitution and the court exceeded its authority in establishing this precedent in law.
  5. A Bill to negate and outlaw the “right to privacy” legal precedent set by the court in Griswold vs. Connecticut, which again had the effect of making new law. There is no right to privacy in the Constitution and the court exceeded its authority in this decision.
  6. A Bill to negate and reverse the legal precedents resulting from Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton which were based entirely upon the fallacious court-established right to privacy. This again represents two more incidents of the court making new law, through new precedent, and making new law is not the purview of the court. Congress makes law. The court interprets and adjudicates existing law only.
  7. A Bill aimed at making illegal and eliminating any tax or any un-legislated regulation whose purpose is behavior modification of the citizenry. This includes any sales, stamp or other taxes on such things as tobacco, liquor, gasoline (or fuel of any kind,) sugar or sugar substitutes, salt, etc. If a product is deemed a danger to the public then that product should be made illegal in legislated law. If it is not illegal, then it should be left strictly alone by the government. There is not constitutional mandate for the government to seek to modify or control the diet, use of thermostatic controls, personal habits or any other legal behaviors of the citizenry.

That’s all I can think of at the moment.

The Fair Tax has been computed to be able to cover all existing current expenditures. I submit that if and as we cut bureaus, expenditures will go radically down. For some of them – for instance, education – it might be wise to take the money saved by eliminating that bureau and add it into the pre-bate, to be paid back to the citizenry and thus slightly increase their monthly pre-bate income.

Just as food for thought, consider for a moment the purpose for being of the BATF – the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Tobacco is legal. Alcohol is legal. Firearms are legal. So why do we even have a BATF?

The important principle that we need to get back to is that we are supposed to have three co-equal branches of government here each of which is supposed to be a counter-balance to the other two. Reminder: the only business of American constitutional government is to govern. To legislate, execute and adjudicate law. That’s it. Nothing else.

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Date: Tue Oct 25 20:13:33 2011
From: Samantha
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Don’t you think this is a tad bit extreme? If education is bad now how will shutting down public schools make it better? A voucher system allowing parents to choose between schools for their children would force competition between public schools, and between public and non-public schools. Competition would force improvement across the board. The greater problem may be at the college level. That’s what we’re more worried about these days as our children approach college age. Not only is the quality questionable but the cost is just getting ridiculous.


Date: Wed Oct 26 05:59:34 2011
From: Vic Biorseth
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Samantha:

No, I don’t think I’m being extreme; I think the public school system is extremely bad, and beyond repair as currently administered. I once thought vouchers were the way to go (see Against Public Education.) But vouchers simply add another level of complexity to a complex problem, and open up new possibilities of fraud. It would be simpler to use dollars rather than vouchers, and let the people decide what they will do with those dollars.

One thing is clear: so long as educators enjoy such things as union protection, tenure, etc., and so long as tax dollars pay their wages and benefits, the situation will continue to worsen. Only when educators answer directly to those who pay them – the parents of students or the students themselves – will things even begin to turn around.

People who can home-school or who have a neighbor who can home-school should consider not sending their kids to elementary and high school at all. Such historic luminaries as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and likely many others, never went to any such schools.

Parents should increasingly consider not sending their children to college, and employers should increasingly consider hiring non-college graduates. Look around at the current crop of successful men with no college degree. Bill Gates; Steve Jobs; General Tommy Franks; Rush Limbaugh. The aforementioned Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. Would you say that any of these highly successful people would not be worthy of being hired due to lack of a degree?

Once upon a time in this nation, we were more of an agrarian culture, and just about everyone, whatever else he was, was also a farmer. Everyone was experienced in crop and farm animal care. As we moved away from that, we moved away from practicality. I submit that today, the most practical and well-rounded independent people in America live on family farms, were raised in a farm family, and are farmers. The problem is, you about have to be born into it; I don’t think it can be learned in any school.

The small family farmer is generally an experienced mechanic; an experienced heavy equipment operator; an experienced big truck driver; an experienced agricultural expert; and – most important – a knowledgeable and highly independent risk-taker. Farming is risky business, from year to year, but it is well worth the risk. Washington and Jefferson and Lincoln all knew that.

I’m not so sure we all know that so well today.

Question: Did any of them really need a degree?

What we need to get back to is a sense of individual independence; the ability and determination to take care of ourselves, as the farmers do. Professional teachers and a whole lot of college graduates, on the other hand, ever increasingly need to be taken care of.

Regards,

Vic


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Thoughts in remembrance of 09/11/2001, five years later. The changing shape of the war, the changing shape of the enemy.

The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.

Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC. There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.

Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.

What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite? I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic.  But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.

Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE  NuVo Initiative still stands pat.

The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard". The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.

Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.

Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.

Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.

Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.

Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.

"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great) Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.

Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture.  What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?

If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it?  Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility.  If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?

So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible.  Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.

Taking a look at Illegal Imigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem. 

First journal / blog entries when the thinking catholic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing. 

On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006. Adding items to book store. 

Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.

Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.

Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.

Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.

The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now.  Well … so what?

Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace.  Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.

Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.

Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine no such thing as the USA?

More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.

Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.

Website Status Update 11/09/10. Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.

Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.

Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.

A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense.  Why?

God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.

Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.

Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.

Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania. 

The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.

Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.

We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?

Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper.  The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.

Tea-Party-Candidates-04-18-2014.  The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.

Ecce homo; Behold the man.  Ecce Homo.  Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.

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