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2021-07-21 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Politics , 464 references
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Oh man, what a terrible thing...

A New Mexico state senator said he was denied receiving Holy Communion at his Catholic church due to his support for a pro-abortion bill. 

"I was denied communion last night by the Catholic bishop here in Las Cruces and based on my political office. My new parish priest has indicated he will do the same after the last was run off. Please pray for church authorities as Catholicism transitions under Pope Francis," Las Cruces state Sen. Joe Cervantes tweeted on Saturday. 

Hint to the peanut gallery: You don't make the rules for a religious organization, nor its sacraments.

The rules just are.  You either subscribe to them or not.  Said rules may include strictures on your conduct, both public and private.

You do not have to agree but no matter who you are you have no right, no authority and no capacity to mandate that a given religious path follow your expectations and demands.

Religions are not democracies.  You choose what you follow based on its strictures aligning with your personal beliefs, not the other way around.  If you disagree in a significant manner, to the point that the "rules" make compliance impossible in your public or private life then go find a different one.

That's how it works and that's the beginning and end of it.

Yes, Biden and Harris should also be denied Communion.

Go find a different faith if you cannot publicly live to the constraints of the one you currently attend.

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2021-07-17 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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Well, I'm not going to pass judgement on this -- yet....

Earlier today the Arizona Senate held a hearing on the ongoing Maricopa County forensic audit.

But -- what is reported out of there, if even one of the allegations, which are claimed to be backed by actual facts on the ground, is true means that the election was bogus.

One of the most-damning is the claim of a large number of voters who were not registered on election day but were shown as registered in December and in fact were marked as having voted in the November election, and that number alone exceeded the margin of victory.

As a reminder Arizona does not offer same-day registration; the poll books close 29 days prior to election day.

If this allegation standing alone is true then the entire election in the State of Arizona was deliberately and systematically tampered with.  It is simply not possible for someone to retroactively vote and an unregistered person cannot legally vote, nor can they accidentally vote since their name is not on the precinct voter rolls; ergo, if in fact that poll book number claimed is accurate then the entire election is by definition bogus and it occurred due to systematic, mass and organized fraud, not individual people who didn't register in one place or another or some random error at a polling place (which does happen in all elections.)

This does not just impact the Presidency -- remember that the Senate balance was determined by this election in that State as well.  While the margin there was much larger than that for President and thus is not presumptively in question the other irregularities alleged may get to that point.

I repeat what I said before, however, at the time of the election: If Trump was convinced that he had been cheated he was obligated as the Commander in Chief to act at that time via whatever means were necessary.  He, personally and singularly, decided not to do so.

What does this mean now?

That the Trump voter's idol was a limp-dick ego-obsessed nutjob unwilling to commit when faced with what he claimed to believe was a direct violation of the most-sacred of alleged rights protected in the United States -- the right of the people to choose their representatives in government.

Without that this is not a Republic, it is a dictatorship.

Hyperbole?  What are Biden's calls for organized censorship directed by the White House of anything he deems "misinformation"?  That's wildly-unconstitutional and anyone with a shred of honesty knows that even the threat of such is justification for a revolt standing alone.

This is no different than Hitler coming across the ocean (or Xi for that matter) and seizing power.  If in point of fact Trump believed that was occurring as President he had an obligation to stop it by any means necessary, including at the cost of his own life.

He did not.

By not doing so and not conclusively accepting defeat Trump has instead placed the risk of said death on all of us.  He has made a dirty Civil War not only possible but materially more-probable in that the odds of a peaceful resignation of power from those who currently have it, if it is conclusively proved they stole it whether tomorrow or six months hence is zero.  There are a significant number of Americans who will not accept a proved stolen administration.  The form and substance of their refusal is yet to be determined but it is no more immoral or unethical if it results in an uprising of political, economic or violent means than it would be in a place like South Africa, Rwanda, Venezuela or any other place where an invasion or coup d'etat has taken place.

This series of events is akin to knowing Hitler was building an atom bomb during WWII, knowing he'd have it in two months if nothing is done and not bombing the living crap out of everything that might be housing anything related to it irrespective of potential civilian casualties, reducing it all to rubble because you're too much of a pussy to deal with the screaming that will come about civilian casualties and the potential risk to your own political or even physical life from doing so.

Then Hitler, who you allowed to continue his program and who succeeds in his goals nukes both London and Paris, taking the UK and French governments out and declares victory, challenging anyone else who does not immediately surrender with the threat of another bomb.

Had that happened we'd all be speaking German (or perhaps Japanese!) today and Israel would not exist.

Sorry folks but if this was truly believed by Trump to have happened in November -- it was not hot air out of the mouth of an Orange Menace but he actually believed it then Trump had an obligation to expose and stop it irrespective of his personal risk or, for that matter, the perceived or actual risk to the Republican Party.

The job of President sometimes includes having to make very, very tough calls.  But once you make them they're made; you can't go back and replay time.  Life doesn't work that way.  You will, at times, be wrong but when that's part of the job and when you're wrong you suck up your ego and shut the **** up, making amends when you can but accepting the personal and political defeat you resigned yourself to at the time -- whether you were right or not.

There have been times in the past when there was evidence a Presidential election was stolen.  The "declared" losing party decided they were not going to prosecute it and peacefully and quietly retired from the battle.  In some cases (e.g. Nixon) they later came back and won in the future but in the meantime they shut the **** up and told everyone on their side to as well instead of provoking what could potentially lead to widespread civil conflict or worse.  We will never know if Nixon really lost that election or not but history records that in fact he lost and thus it was never proved our Republic was, as that point, systematically and intentionally destroyed.

He made the call and that was that.

What Trump and his ego did during Covid was bad enough.

This may, in fact, be worse and if any of the allegations are true in Arizona it must be presumed similar things of equal magnitude and systemically-corrupt outcome occurred elsewhere since such a wild-eyed and systemic action can only be presumed to be nationally coordinated and executed upon.

What was the alleged statement by Franklin in 1787 when asked what sort of government the Founders delivered to the people?

"A republic, if you can keep it."

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2021-07-06 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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Keep telling us that the economy is strong and "getting stronger" when your party continues to make it profitable to not work and, further, insults those who do.

Keep supporting, along with all the so-called "Red" Governors, the premise of employers forcing people to either do dangerous things or be publicly shamed and humiliated, effectively stamping them with a yellow star for refusing, while believing that this won't lead to plenty of quits and "screw off" responses.

Keep thinking you can do the same thing to young adults when it comes to colleges and that'll be ok too.

And keep thinking that spending more money than we take in via taxes will not inexorably lead to inflation, which it always has and always does since inflation is a monetary phenomena, and that the American people will not figure it out and say "go to Hell!" in response.

The last 18 months have been a panoply of lies.

In 2007, if you remember, we were lied to and told "Subprime is contained."

In 2008 when it was proved not to be contained who went to jail for neither containing it or telling the truth about it?  Nobody.

In 2009 when the decision was made to blow another bubble who cared?  Nobody, for as long as the spending beyond our means flowed.

Through the last 13 years as I've pointed out the exponential nature of our federal budget, centered in exactly one place, Health Care, who has done a thing about it?  Nobody.

The last 18 months have shown people that it's all a bunch of bull**** and every time its shown to be bull**** and that someone cheated the answer is to paper over it and make it more-likely, rather than less, that they can succeed.

For those who have been in or run a small business: How many of you could do it under today's regulatory and tax environment and make it work?  How many would not be squashed like a cockroach by someone stealing your technology out of China, then importing it back and selling it through Amazon, a rank violation of law for which Spamazon is never held accountable?  How many have been treated like cattle the last 18 months; if stocking shelves in a grocery store told they're "essential" then told to wear a diaper on their face under pain of being fired because, well, they're "so essential" that derogating the humanity of the basic thing called a smile and rendering every one of said persons an NPC is considered part of the deal?  What's essential about that other than your manual labor?  Certainly not your personal contribution -- or even your humanity.  If they could train a chimp to do that job they have now proved they would.  Meanwhile the "less essential" person was paid for months to sit at home and smoke bong hits, and yes, the weed store (and booze store) were both "essential."

Is this new?  Of course not.

Indeed it goes back to firms like Disney firing huge parts of their IT department but, if you want the meager severance they offered you had to train your H1b replacement.  Who probably came from India, is not a US citizen, and his first and foremost qualification was that he was willing to work for half of your salary and benefit package.  Oh, but it's the "most magical place on earth" they say.  Uh huh.  Where, for the last year, you were ejected from their parks for refusing to wear a mask -- outdoors.  It seems that Disney doesn't just think their employees are sheep to be sheared and then, when there's no more wool, turned into mutton -- that applies to their guests as well.

What, you thought you were paying good money and would be respected in return?  Ha!

How about Musk?  Oh, he's wonderful, right?  Is that so?  The man has run the most-prolific tax farm in the history of the United States.  That's right -- he doesn't make money selling cars.  He makes money siphoning off tax money from everyone in the nation and exploiting outrageous penalty-and-incentive programs forced on everyone.  In short he sells his "zero emission" credits to other companies that make fuel-powered vehicles and also has collected billions of taxpayer dollars for making battery-powered vehicles.  Which charge off coal and natural gas plants that..... burn fossil fuels just like your gas-powered car does.  Which have relied on wildly ecologically dangerous practices to mine and refine lithium in China, along with forced child labor for cobalt in places like the Congo.  And which, despite China's record of slavery, concentration camps, forced abortions and sterilization and even forced organ harvesting he now has praised on the nation's 100th Anniversary of their communist government.

If Elon loves China so much why doesn't he emigrate there?  Well, because he's not done running you over with his electric cars, for one thing.  Nor is he done putting up Starlink where he can monitor, control and redirect every single thing you do on the Internet if you're crazy enough to buy said service from him, while ruining the night sky with his thousands of little flashing dots forever.

Is Microsoft better?  Uh, no.  The company signed a device driver that stole and siphoned off datasending it to China.  What have they faced for this?  Nothing.  It was "only aimed at gamers", says Microsoft.  Nothing like this has ever happened before, right?  Well, maybe and maybe not.  You can bet it's not exactly popular to admit to such a thing, so...... yeah.  Oh by the way, a driver by definition typically has access to anything in the OS, so if it wanted to it could steal things like..... encryption keys and passwords.

I've been writing on these topics for more than a decade right here.

What amazes me is that it took a virus that mostly killed people who had spent a decade or more deliberately poisoning their metabolism, leading said people to then insist that everyone else take precautions to cover their own personal decisions, to wake some people up.  Even today governors are running the same bull****; Asa out in Arkansas had CNN attempt to corner him the other day and rather than throw it back in their face and tell them the truth, that by the NY Coroner's data only seven people 75+ died with Covid19 who didn't have one or more of a short list of conditions he instead continued to play the game.  It is indeed true that a large percentage of Americans have one or more such conditions.  It is also true that most of said Americans have them because they deliberately undertook the actions that caused said conditions.

If you choose to drink yourself to death is it anyone else's responsibility when the inevitable starts to occur?  No.

Governor Bill Lie, I mean Lee, of Tennessee just ran the same crap on Music City, lauding the huge crowd for the Fourth of July.  That's nice.  Who remembers and will hold that rat bastard accountable for those people not being there last Fourth of July?  How quickly we forget and let people like him wave the flag!  Oh, wait, some people did remember and they also remembered that exactly nobody has been held to account for all the jackbooted bull**** that not only did he impose but that Vanderbilt, in the same town, still has *******s running their mouths and issuing threats while Sir EatsBagsOfDicks Lee deflects off the fact that he has refused to stomp on them and in fact his own departments, over which his administration preside, cheer them on.  Nor, may I remind you, did the legislature stomp on either Vanderbilt or the Governor -- which, having the power of the purse, they could do.

Never mind the underlying load of crap that all of these Governors, including Lee, have allowed to infest their states such as white hate.  No, not white supremacy, white hatred -- by everyone else.  Oh, yes allegedly "Critical Race Theory" has been banned in school curricula.  Is that so?  Were the teachers unions, the largest of which just voted to not only impose it but go after anyone who disagreesde-certified and ejected from all said states?  Oh, you say, the NEA isn't in Tennessee?  Well, technically true but technicalities aren't the point -- facts are, and the "TEA" while formally a membership association and not a union is..... well, you decide.

Perhaps some fine folks who happen to belong to the ethnic group that has made possible electric lights, air conditioning, diesel and gasoline engines, tall steel buildings (that don't fall down on their own), the Internet (TCP/IP), flush toilets and more have decided that if you're going to allow federal, state and local governments to call all of said people racist devils because of their skin color and heritage then they'll see how you like crapping in the gutter of the street, in the dark because the lights and water are both off and your cellphone won't work either.

I'm sure that couldn't have anything to do with it.

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2019-09-22 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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You have to give Andrew Yang credit for being willing to put forward "UBI" -- a $1,000 a month "stipend" that he foolishly calls a "Freedom Dividend" -- with of course a boat-load of fraudulent claims of how he's going to pay for it.

Chief among these is a 10% VAT -- which sounds good, but it's problematic for a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is that it won't raise enough money.

Remember that a VAT exempts government spending, since that's just taxing yourself.  Yang recognizes this and pegs the revenue from a VAT at $800 billion as he also removes groceries, clothing and apparently some other things from it.

He also says he's going to "consolidate" (get rid of) many other welfare programs.  The problem is that the only ones that matter from a budget perspective are health care related.

At the same time Yang wants to expand Medicare to everyone.  The problem is that these two programs are in direct opposition to each other.  He says he'll be able to bring costs under control but Medicare and Medicaid have utterly failed to do so.

In other words Yang is a pie-in-the-sky Democrat protecting and in fact expanding the medical monopolists.

Look folks -- CMS -- Medicare and Medicaid Services, have spent $1.465 trillion through August which is 35% of the federal spending all-in.  The federal budget deficit during that time was $1.067 trillion.

In other words that spending was 137% of the deficit.

If you killed all the medical monopolists and took the "low hanging fruit" as I described in that post you would erase the entire federal deficit, plus some and not one person would be denied medical care.

Further, you'd take roughly another trillion and a half off private forced spending on this alleged "service" since the "service" is 500% overpriced.

This would instantly resolve both the federal debt and all the state and local pension problems -- at once.  It would also eliminate the destruction of personal purchasing power and that of saved funds.

20% of the people in the country -- those who are involved in and require this scheme to make a living -- would hate you.

EVERYONE ELSE WOULD VOTE FOR YOU.

In short this is one of those nearly-impossible to find 80% issues among the electorate.  That's exactly what Trump exploited (a claimed 80% issue that he never actually addressed) to get elected himself -- illegal immigration and displacement of American workers.

He was lying, as we now all know in that instead of resolving any of these problems he has dripped out half-measures where, as the head of the Executive he could have resolved several of them immediately but that sales job is why he's President today.

Yang seems to think that socialism will somehow "work" in health care.  It never has -- in health care or anywhere else.  NHS in Britain is falling apart.  So are the other socialist health care systems.  They're falling apart even though they exist almost-entirely on the back of the 500% overcharge Americans pay in that we effectively fund the R&D and in many cases the reproduction cost of everything they use.  Even with that sort of outrageous transfer and theft they're still fiscally underwater.

Yang could have -- and perhaps, for a very short period of time forward still can -- become a credible candidate.  He needs an 80% issue -- indeed, anyone who intends to try to take on Warren, Bernie or Biden does, just as I've argued for decades that if you want to try to run as a third-party candidate you need to as well.

Remember Ross Perot?  He took up an 80% issue -- the giant sucking sound of "tariff free" trade with Mexico.  Had he not folded his tent he would have likely won too.

There are so many other crackpot ideas on Yang's plate that frankly, I can't take him seriously.  The "vote at 16" idea is one of them.  Representation comes with responsibility, or at least it's supposed to.  Yang is nothing more than pandering with this bull**** -- if my kid can vote at 16 I can eject him or her at 16 and they can go fend for themselves.

There are acts that should define you as an adult in all respects.  Reproduction and Felonious conduct are two of them.  Voting is a third.  Today we refuse to recognize that exercising the most-profound power a human can have -- to reproduce or not -- does not come with the responsibility commensurate with that power.  This must change and since slavery is immoral (never mind illegal) there's only one direction it can that is consistent: Pregnancy, for both sexes, is an automatic and irrevocably emancipating event.  So is a felony conviction.

Further, Andrew is a pie-in-the-sky economic bull****ter.  "Saving for retirement", which is one of his planks, is impossible in a nation where the federal government runs a 25%+ fiscal deficit and thus destroys the value of all saved capital.  This has to be stopped -- or those who both promote policies that allow and expand that practice must be removed from the public square by any means necessary.

Fortunately for Andrew there is a way to stop the deficit spending and get the 80% issue and greatly improve health care delivery while slashing cost by 80% or more.

But he hasn't taken it -- just like the rest haven't either.

That's because he doesn't really believe in any of it, just as neither do the others -- including our current President.

Sadly they're all bull****ters and con artists.

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2019-08-30 13:12 by Karl Denninger
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Here's what you get if you basically draft me, since I don't fit either the RINO or Communist party profile:

  • Wage, environmental, IP theft, government oppression/subsidy and currency manipulation tariffs.  There will be zero incentive for any entity selling to anyone in America to place manufacturing or anything else (assembly, sourcing, etc) in a foreign nation to try to arbitrage poor people, dump poison in their water, into the air or on their land instead of here, etc.  Each class of goods will have the appropriate tariff calculated on a per-nation basis with no exceptions.  Any nation or firm attempting to circumvent this by cross-shipping or falsifying records will lead to an immediate, 100% embargo of all involved goods with them seized and destroyed on entry.  Again -- no exceptions.  Yes, this includes (but certainly isn't limited to) China, Vietnam, India and Mexico.

  • 100% E-Verify now.  All employers have six months to comply for existing employees, all new hires must have it run.  Liability is personal and cannot be thrown off on a staffing company or other scheme.  All 941s (quarterly withholding filings) must include E-Verify control numbers on them.  Congress will receive a bill on my first day in office to upgrade failure to include same on 941s, hiring or paying people without reporting accurately on same, or any other form of evasion by any means to a criminal felony with 5 years in the slam-slam for each person so not-reported or evaded, served consecutively, with no pleas or reductions allowed along with a $50,000 fine per person, per year who is not reported accurately.  That ends the BS.

  • It shall be the policy of this nation that no free trading relationship nor normal customs and immigration relationship shall exist with any nation that permits either their nationals or foreign nationals to travel through or use their border with our nation for the purpose of unlawful entry into the United States, nor shall such a relationship exist with any nation that suborns or permits its nationals to violate our laws whether in regard to people, goods or services.  Mexico in particular shall cut this crap out or the border will be closed -- period.  The National Emergency required to do this has already been issued by Trump and I will execute on that on my first day in office.  This shall also be applied to China as a consequence of its export of fentanyl and precursors intended for unlawful distribution in the United States.

  • H1b visa sponsors shall be required to pay 200% of the prevailing wage in America.  If there is truly a shortage or is being used to import those who are truly exceptional minds, to the point that we simply can't meet the challenge here, so be it -- the cost of doing so compared to the benefit will be tiny.  If this visa is being abused by corporations a wage suppression artifice, and today it is, that's ending.  Right now.

  • As President my first and foremost duty is to protect the integrity of the United States.  This includes physical security at the US border.  If necessary the military will be deployed to defend same against any and all invaders.  Our military exists for the primary purpose of preventing and repelling any attempted invasion of United States territory.  This is not only Constitutionally permitted it is Constitutionally required of the Commander in Chief.  This does not violate The Posse Comitatus Act; the military will not be there to execute a civilian police action, they will be deployed to prevent and turn back invasion.  If you want to come and apply as an immigrant, whether claiming asylum or otherwise, do it lawfully at a port of entry or US Embassy.

  • 100% enforcement of 15 USC Chapter 1.  Amazon is the poster child in the retail space but hardly the only offender.  The entire medical space will also have this enforced against them.  See my model bill for how to fix it entirely.  Until passed I'll be content to throw lots of hospital executives and virtually every pharma company head in the slam-slam and destroy every one of their firms with ruinous fines.  Yes, as the head of the Executive (law enforcement) I can do that without ANY new laws, and will.

  • 100% legalization and regulation of marijuana immediately by de-scheduling.  The DEA is under the DOJ, and as the head of the Executive I'm their boss.  THC will be de-scheduled immediately.  Period.  In addition a full review of the medical and scientific evidence will be undertaken for every drug currently on said schedule and they shall be adjusted accordingly.  No ifs, ands or buts.  States can do what they wish but on a federal level it's done on Day #1 and I will fire as many people as necessary and replace on an interim basis until it happens.

  • BEA and BLS will be directed to remove all "hedonic" and similar adjustments immediately and permanently.  As they are under the Department of Commerce and Labor, respectively, they too are under the Executive.  Therefore said order will be issued on Day #1.  Inflation numbers shall have all hedonic adjustments removed immediately and on a forward basis, and in addition productivity shall be removed from inflation numbers as well.  That is, inflation is inflation and we're going to stop lying about it.

  • The Fed will either adjust policy to meet its mandate of stable prices over the medium term or I will do whatever I must to destroy and replace it.  Period.  They do not have the privilege of re-writing legislation and "stable" means unchanging, not 2% "doctored and fraudulent" inflation.  Specifically they will control money and credit aggregates to reverse the scam of the false inflation numbers via hedonics and productivity that were unlawfully applied over the last 30+ years.  I understand doing this in a week can't happen, but it will happen and they will run policy commensurate with their Congressional mandate or I will find a way to remove them by whatever means it takes.  Cue President Jackson on this one, if it comes to it; Treasury can be directed to butt**** The Fed under Executive power, that's already obvious and actually not even slightly difficult given the will and I will do so.

  • A National Emergency will be declared on the first day of my Administration relating to the Internet and threat to our Republic that the current abuse of same both foreign and domestic has incurred.  The specific demands for reform will include separation of utility and application functionality with the former being absolutely barred from discrimination in sales of like kind and quantity for any firm with more than $100 million a year in revenue worldwide.  Any firm that refuses will have all foreign transactions blocked in accordance with the 1970s NEA powers and all dollar-denominated transactions and assets frozen.  Further any coordinated action to ban particular political perspectives, points of view or publishers shall bring instant prosecution under 15 USC carrying felony criminal penalties.  I will perp-walk every single major social media, transport, cloud and DNS company executive straight into federal prison if I must. The bullcrap we're dealing with now will stop or the firms doing it will be destroyed with their executives asset-stripped to their underwear.

  • The 2nd Amendment shall be restored.  I shall seek declaratory judgment from the Supreme Court on the fraud in Miller's instance and, once having secured same shall move to have the entire body of existing "gun control", other than actual commerce between states which does remain a federal power, declared void.  In addition the 14th Amendment guarantees incorporation against State Laws on matters of civil rights.  Any state or local government official who disagrees will find themselves in the federal slam-slam facing 18 USC 242 charges.  Until that is accomplished the DOJ shall be directed to ignore that blatantly unconstitutional set of laws and if they or any other federal agency refuses I shall issue pardons to anyone they arrest on any non-violent firearms offense.  If you want to make, own and carry a firearm, suppressor or whatever -- have at it.  If some federal agency cop shows up and tries to bust you the next morning you'll be pardoned.  I don't care if I wear out 1,000 pens signing pardons.  This bull**** will stop -- right now.

  • The 4th Amendment shall be restored.  The entire "policing for profit" revenue share model on civil forfeiture is rankly unconstitutional and the entirety of that program will be scrapped by Executive Order on my first day in office.  Any state, county or local official who continues it beyond that day shall be subject to arrest and indictment by the federal government under 18 USC 242 which explicitly prohibits the violation of Constitutional Rights under color of law or authority.  That is a criminal statute and I will be more than happy to put 50,000 local cops and county sheriffs in the federal slam-slam if I must.  We'll have plenty of room with all the weed violations that will be released.  This crap will stop; if some copshop claims that money or property is the fruit of an illegal act before they can seize and attempt to forfeit it they must obtain a felony criminal conviction on the underlying offense and prove the connection beyond a reasonable doubt.  Period.

  • The Glo-bull warming scam will be stopped dead.  All federally funded research and data, past, present and future shall be declared as public domain.  Mann and his cohorts will be forced to disgorge same or be charged with theft (or destruction, if they try to evade it via tampering) of government property.  Enough.

  • I shall demand of Congress that the current law permitting International Cartels to operate in facial violation of 15 USC Chapter 1 be repealed.  This is an outrage passed in the 1970s in response to the Arab Oil Embargo.  Congress shall be called upon to repeal it on their first day in session.  Period.  Until they do I shall tariff all cartel-controlled products, including oil, sufficiently to make them non-economic for import and sale in the United States.  We can be oil-independent today and until Congress puts a stop to the OPEC rape-job one way or another we shall be.

  • I shall demand of Congress an immediate rescission of (1) all federal funding of student loans and (2) immediate removal of the "privileged" status of such debt on a forward basis from bankruptcy discharge.  All such lending on a forward basis shall be private and shall be subject to the risk of bankruptcy discharge.  This will instantly collapse the cost of college to something you can afford to attend and engage in by working at Starbucks.

  • It shall be the national energy policy of the United States to explore and, if justified, develop LFTR-based nuclear energy, including using coal as the Thorium feedstock, so as to become entirely energy independent through its use and CTL technology within 20 years.  The math and basis for this is found in this post from 2011, or if you prefer in my book Leverage.  This is achievable given the technology of today and we shall do it as a nation so as to never again be able to be held hostage for electricity, transportation or war-fighting fuels.

  • It shall be the foreign policy of the United States that unless (1) an American or (2) a piece of American property, including a flagged vessel, aircraft, embassy or other item is damaged or destroyed it is not a matter for our military.  The United States shall respect the sovereign power of all nations.  However, no nation shall enjoy a free and open trading relationship nor shall the ownership and control of any US property whether physical, intellectual or otherwise be recognized on an equal and unimpaired basis by any of their firms or nationals if said nation does not afford all of its citizens on a substantially equal basis the freedoms guaranteed by the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments to the US Constitution along with substantially equal rights without regard to sex, race, color and creed.

  • It shall be the goal of my administration to fire half of all Federal Employees within my first term and shrink both the Federal Statute Books and CFRs by 50%.  I think I can do better, but that's the goal for the first 4 years.  We'll see.

  • I shall neither submit or sign any budget that runs a deficit except in a time of declared war and in fact shall sign no budget that does not run a surplus as a percentage of GDP equal to the previous 12 months productivity gain or more if same is positive.  End of discussion, full stop.  Whatever the government wishes to do it will pay for, and all such shall include the room for whatever supplemental appropriations may arise including disasters.  No exceptions.  Disasters are not known in advance but that they happen every year is.  Further the government shall not steal the natural improvement in purchasing power that belongs to the citizens as a consequence of their improvement in productivity either.

  • No, I will not stop using "colorful language" when it is appropriate.  Running a nation is an adult job.  Children do not have a seat at the table -- not because they aren't respected but because they lack the experience, wisdom, impulse control and judgment to be considered an appropriate resource in such matters.  If you're incapable of dealing with adult matters then feel free to go hide in your "safe space" and let the adults do what has to be done -- including, occasionally, erecting a well-earned middle finger.

  • No, I will not publish my tax returns.  The requirements to run for President are in the Constitution.  Tax returns are confidential, period, end of discussion.  Incidentally, so are medical records (HIPPA) so no, I won't be taking any public medical exams either.  However, you're welcome to peruse my running time records in races where I publicly appear and there is a publicly-visible clock, and draw from that whatever conclusions you wish.

To the extent any of this requires Congressional approval I will veto at my discretion every single bill that comes across my desk until the necessary statutes are enacted or repealed.  This specifically includes but is not limited to all spending bills.  In addition to the extent spending is constrained by said vetos I will direct that the first cuts are to all security, maintenance, utility and other facilities and programs that benefit any member of Congress or their staff.  They will either do their damn job or they'll take the brunt of their refusal, unlike Barry Soetero who punished ordinary Americans when Congress didn't do what he wanted.

There's plenty more but this will be a good start for my platform.

I'm available for public debate on any or all of this platform against anyone else who believes they have better ideas and wishes to take the left seat.  As noted, since I'm aware of no party interested in these positions one of them will have to draft me....

As for electors and the state filings for same we'll cross that bridge if there's enough to be worth doing what has to be done to make that happen.

This page is subject to update but no commitment above shall be materially weakened or changed to the detriment of the people of this nation, and if challenged on same I will produce the entire audit log of this page back to the original posting of this message. -- Karl

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