24 September 2015 AD/11 Tishrei 5776
Automobile Manufacturer Cheats to Satisfy Federal Regulations
Here’s what happened. Somewhere in the line of authority at Volkswagen, someone made a decision to have a software means to defeat emissions testing. Manufacturing enterprises, particularly very large ones, put a lot of pressure on employees to meet deadlines and cost projections. Ultimately, it’s all about upholding “shareholder value”. In this case, shareholder value suffered and will continue to do so for a season.
Why would Volkswagen decide to install “defeat devices” to evade clean air standards? Why would any decision maker choose to get around U.S. federal emissions standards?
Let’s start with automobile dealers and work back to the factory
A 2012 report to the American Automobile Dealers Association by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) describes the effects of overburdensome federal regulations on dealerships.
- (Page-1) “…the average dealership incurred $182,754 annually in federal regulatory compliance costs for regulations pertaining to employment, business operations, vehicle financing, sales, marketing, and vehicle repair and maintenance. These regulatory costs comprised 21.7 percent of the average dealership’s 2012 before-tax net profits, or nearly $2,400 per dealership employee. Regulations pertaining to employment, accounting, and vehicle financing made up more than 63 percent of the estimated federal regulatory compliance costs.“
- (Page-1) “The $3.2 billion spent on regulatory compliance in 2012 was passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices; resulting in an estimated economic cost (total of lost sales revenues and lost consumer plus producer surplus) to light vehicle dealerships of $7.7 billion, and a 10,550 reduction in direct dealership employment. The overall impact on the U.S. economy—including direct, indirect, and expenditure-induced effects—is estimated at $10.5 billion in lost economic output and more than 75,000 fewer jobs in 2012. Every $1 increase in a dealership’s regulatory compliance costs results in $3.28 in lost output in the U.S. economy and a net loss to the U.S. Treasury of $0.44.“
The CAR report of 2014 indicates ever increasing costs of compliance.
“When considering both new and used vehicle sales, the mean cost per vehicle is $100. While this figure does not seem very large, the average dealership would have needed to sell 106 new and used vehicles in 2012 to recoup its regulatory compliance costs.”
Impact of Federal Regulations on Automobile Manufacturers
A 2012 study commissioned by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) reports (page 29):
“The annual number of economically significant regulations affecting the manufacturing sector has grown by approximately 80% since 2009 after maintaining a relatively stable level between 1995 and 2007, and the number of non-major regulations has been generally growing since 2004 with a clear acceleration after 2009. While the figure shows a dramatic drop in the number of non-major regulations after 1993, this is an illusion because, in September 1993, President Clinton issued Executive Order 12866, which modified the OIRA regulatory review process. In particular, EO 12866 focused OIRA’s review on major or “significant” regulations,34 (i.e., those having an annual impact of $100 million or more on the economy), a measure that greatly reduced the agency’s review of non-significant regulations.”
As government grows, liberty diminishes. As government grows, so do taxes to support it.
Nameless, faceless bureaucrats not elected by the People work tirelessly and endlessly to create ever more onerous regulations that drive Americans to find ways around those regulations.
A book authored by Harvey A. Silverglate, “Three Felonies A Day: How The Feds Target The Innocent”, we learn how each of us is probably committing as many as three federal felonies each workday.
“The average professional in this country wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal criminal laws, which have exploded in number but also become impossibly broad and vague. In Three Felonies a Day, Harvey A. Silverglate reveals how federal criminal laws have become dangerously disconnected from the English common law tradition and how prosecutors can pin arguable federal crimes on any one of us, for even the most seemingly innocuous behavior”
Fascism and tyranny are inversely proportional to the size of government. Isn’t it time to tell Congress to pare down the size of federal agencies and eliminate all that do not conform to constitutional enumerated powers.
19 February 2015
So, you have nothing to hide!
“…the fact remains the U.S. government has grown to gargantuan proportions and so have the number of laws on the books and abuses against citizens. A recent article reported, “The Congressional Research Service cannot even count the current number of federal crimes. These laws are scattered in over 50 titles of the United States Code, encompassing roughly 27,000 pages.” Moreover, there might be an excess of over 10,000 additional administrative laws and regulations on the books. James Madison, the master builder of the U. S. Constitution noted in Federalist Paper #62, “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” – By Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D. February 17, 2015 12:20 pm
As someone wisely warned, all tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
I urge you to read and study the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers and statements of our founding fathers.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” – Declaration of Independence
Our rights come from God, not government. The chief duty of government is to protect and preserve the rights of its citizens. Is this happening today in America?
How can I justify the title? President Barack Obama declares “climate change” is a greater threat to America than Muslim terrorists. Therefore, his EPA, DOE and other alphabet soup agencies have united to go against us, the citizens of this country. We, they believe and so act, are the enemy, not Islamic terrorists. Reference: Obama’s National Security Strategy Lists Climate Change Among ‘Top Strategic Risks’ To U.S.Your duty is to become educated, well informed on our history, our form of government and current events.
God save America.
22 August 2014 AD
Jerry Berggren challenges Texas Department of Public Safety on fingerprinting all Texas drivers
His challenge: HAS THE TEXAS DPS GONE 9 FINGERS TOO FAR? CANDIDATES’ RESPONSE
“I have a perspective on politics that some people may interpret as arrogance. You see, I believe that our elected office holders owe me an answer on policy questions. They owe me this answer personally. The reason they owe me this answer is that they hold their position at my and my fellow citizens’ pleasure. I do not work and pay taxes for their benefit, I work and pay taxes for mine, and elected office holders are stewards of my financial contribution to government. Because of this attitude, I will be (mostly) fair in my accusations and applause for those self same office holders.
“So it was, as I read the news in my newsfeed on the morning of August 15th, I came across an article in the Dallas Morning News, Watchdog: Lawmakers say they didn’t give DPS OK to fingerprint. [The original article was published on August 2nd, but I was just catching up from having been on vacation.] Like the lawmakers cited in Dave Lieber’s article, I was “furious.” Well, maybe not furious, more like disgusted.
“There is a reason I am concerned with this practice: I have one son who will be getting his first license and another who will be getting his first license as an adult, both during the first week of September….”
Dallas Morning News: Watchdog: LAWMAKERS SAY THEY DIDN’T GIVE DPS OK TO FINGERPRINT
“Several state lawmakers tell The Watchdog they’re furious with the Texas Department of Public Safety for its new program that fingerprints all driver’s license applicants.
“Under the program, the state will collect complete fingerprints of every Texas driver with a license within a dozen years. Previously, the state collected only a thumbprint.
“The lawmakers say they didn’t know the program was launched earlier this year until reported by The Watchdog, and they never gave approval through state law.
“One says he believes DPS was purposely deceptive to avoid public scrutiny and a privacy debate. He says that alone shows why governments can’t be trusted to protect our privacy….”
Read the full article from the DMN http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/watchdog/20140802-watchdog-lawmakers-say-they-didnt-give-dps-ok-to-fingerprint.ece
Obama scrambles to hold onto defense jobs – for now. To be sure, after November elections, he will lay the ax to DOD spending. Why?
Do you remember his famous statement, when he said he wants to create “a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the U.S. military, to advance his “objectives” for America? I do and I hope you will never forget, either. Here his plans from his own mouth:
How do sworn law enforcement officers differ from soldiers? Law enforcement officers are sworn to uphold the Constitution and laws; soldiers, on the other hand, are sworn to follow orders.
DHS recently awarded an IDIQ (indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity) contract for 450 million rounds of .223 and .40 caliber hollow-point ammunition. Folks, there aren’t but about 310 million Americans in all 57 states (by Obama’s count).
DHS crotch-groping, property seizing and naked-body scans have now expanded from airports to all public mass transportation: buses and trains.
Even before the expansion to buses and trains, DHS deployed test-bed roadside mobile screening stations on the highways of Tennessee, probably to gauge public reaction before nationwide deployment.
If Obama wins re-election, this is what I expect:
1-Dismantling of DOD forces
2-Rapid and large-scale expansion of DHS forces on our soil
3-Near total economic collapse, an engineered event intended to create national state of emergency
4-Seizures of arms – or at least an attempt at it
5-Riots in America’s streets
8-Expanded government control of American businesses, a la Cuba
Not since King George declared martial law over New York and Boston have we experienced a greater threat to our personal liberty.
Action: become an informed citizen by participating in local GOP and TEA Party activities. We must register red-blooded Americans to vote and we must get them to the polls. November elections, if we have them, will be determined by voter turnout.
“Here’s the deal: You’re going to start a business or expand the one you’ve got now. It doesn’t matter what business you’re in – as long as it’s legal.
But, I can’t give you any capital – you have to come up with that on your own.
I won’t give you any labor – that’s definitely up to you. And when you hire employees, I’ll punish you for doing so with a payroll tax and I’ll force you to buy health insurance, according to my specifications, whether you want it or not.
What I will do, however, is demand you follow all sorts of rules about what products and services you can offer, how much (and how often) you pay your employees, and where you’re allowed to operate your business.
That’s my role in the affair: to tell you what to do.”
The above is an abstract from a Chuck Missler video titled: Why There Are No Jobs In America
What the government wants to punish, it taxes.
- It’s wrong, in the eyes of government, to be successful, unless you’re an employee of the government or an elected Democrat. The more you make, the more the government confiscates.
- It’s wrong, in the eyes of government, to hire employees. Not only does the government confiscate employee earnings before the employee sees them, the government also taxes employers for hiring employees.
- It’s wrong, in the eyes of the government, to build capital essential to growing your business. In the eyes of the government, your money isn’t your property – it’s property of the government.
Manufacturing and services leave behind trash, cuttings, scraps and left-over materials. But, the government, particularly the EPA, will confiscate hard-earned capital if they find anything left behind.
The Bible says, “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.” – Proverbs 14:4
This proverb basically says, “When you’re productive,providing products and services, there will be trash, cuttings, scraps and left-over materials. But, out of all that stuff left behind, wealth increases.”
Onerous government regulations are the chief reason there are fewer and fewer jobs in America.
The progressives in charge of the Fed attempt to “stimulate the economy” by manipulating currency. Manipulating currency can create altered states of reality, but only for a very short time. Ultimately, as Lea Iacocca said, “Someone has to make something.”
“Rome lived upon its principal till ruin stared it in the face. Industry is the only true source of wealth, and there was no industry in Rome. By day the Ostia road was crowded with carts and muleteers, carrying to the great city the silks and spices of the East, the marble of Asia Minor, the timber of the Atlas, the grain of Africa and Egypt; and the carts brought nothing out but loads of dung. That was their return cargo. “London turns dirt into gold. Rome turned gold into dirt.””
Excerpt from “The Martyrdom of Man,” by Winwood Reade, 1872
America, like Rome, is turning gold into dirt.
By Bill Wilson
One of the most time-honored tricks in politics is the act of accusing your opponent of your own worst crime. Doing so confuses the mass of the population. It allows the trickster to assume the mantle of righteous indignation, wrapping their stern lectures in the aura of high morality. And, of course, it is all a lie, nothing more than a device to try to escape accountability.
This came to mind as I read the ravings of the hard-Left in the “main stream” press. From Krugman to Dionne, the arbiters of what is acceptable socialist thought in America have screamed their buzzword – “extremists.” What has them all worked-up is the possibility that the Supreme Court will follow the Constitution and as much as 69 percent of the American people and throw the Obama healthcare takeover into the trash where it so richly deserves to be.
“Extreme” they yell! Where are the “good Republicans” of the past, those quisling souls who always agreed with the underlying assumptions of the all-powerful centralized state, those “moderates” who were the first to concede to the demands of the Left, who only wanted to make the state “run efficiently”? Where are they? I can tell you – they’re hiding, worried about being defeated in primaries or run out before there were defeated. They never represented the conservative movement.
Dionne can try to rewrite history all he wants but the facts remain – the “good Republicans” he longs for were never more than a fraction of the GOP and today are far less.
For a generation or more, the Left has worked to spin the illusion that there was a consensus in America in favor of the all-powerful, unrestrained, ever-growing federal government. The only debate was a matter of degree, mere nuance. Any true alternative was by definition “extreme.” But this was the greatest lie perpetrated on the American people in the post-World War II era. There was no such consensus and there was in fact no constituency inside the GOP for it. The deep alienation of millions of Americans – Republicans, Independents and yes, Democrats – from their government is a direct result of government pushing the policies of the Big Government Illusion to the exclusion of policies that actually have the support of the people.
Krugman and company view a Supreme Court decision over-turning Obamacare as radical. Millions of Americans view the expansion and distortion of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution as radical bordering on a coup. If this Supreme Court pushes back against the obscenity of the Filber decision and returns the federal government to a limited role in commerce, that is just good common sense.
Likewise, the Left views the budget created by Paul Ryan and passed by the Republican House of Representatives as draconian, they look at a budget that doesn’t result in a balanced budget for more than 25 more years and shed oceans of crocodile tears. Most Americans think spending $1 trillion more than we take in every year as radical to the point of insane.
For most citizens, the size of our national debt is the very definition of extremism. So for Mr. Krugman and his pals, just so you know, the Ryan budget does not cut. The Tom Coburn “Back in Black” budget that cuts $1 trillion a year for the next decade – that’s a cut.
As the “moderates” Dionne and others on the Left so adore have been driven out of the GOP, what has been exposed is deep ideological divisions in America.
The mouthpieces of the status quo want to paper over those divisions, pretend they don’t exist. Failing that, they will engage in drive-by character assassination of the kind we have seen of late. But the divide is real and will continue to grow.
What really scares the Left is the knowledge, deep in their hearts, that the vast majority of Americans oppose and hate their agenda. America wants a truly limited government with harsh restrictions on its powers. America opposes the radical redistribution of resources from those that work to those that don’t. America is sick to death of the race-baiting and poverty pimping from the same people whose policies create poverty and further divide the races. And, America is adamantly opposed to the mutation and distortion of our Constitution for the ideological gain of a few at the price of lost liberties for the People.
So yes, there is extremism in the land. But it lies with the radicals from Harvard and the other elitist brainwashing factories and the self-appointed “experts” of the punditry, not with the American people or those in the GOP who have finally decided to listen to them.
Bill Wilson is the President of Americans for Limited Government.