AB 32 Feeds CA Aristocratic Socialists

FEB. 9, 2012

By CHRISS STREET

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations’ Brundtland Report. It defined Sustainable Development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

But aristocratic socialists have corrupted the sustainable development movement into a vehicle to achieve vast administrative power for themselves.  California’s AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, sold as a way to achieve Sustainable Development, will fail at meeting the needs of the present generation and debt accumulation will consign future generations to a life as debt slaves.

Through the early 1980s, Latin American socialist economies powered growth by quadrupling their indebtedness from $75 billion to $315 billion.  Aristocrats controlling these governments, while the poor had no voice in these loan matters. Nor did the poor benefit from them as most of the loan proceeds were siphoned off to benefit the aristocrats and their crony amigos.

When Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, the U.S. economy had suffered a decade of stagflation (stagnation plus inflation), turning our Midwest manufacturing base into the Rust Belt.  Reagan was determined to regain international economic dominance by reasserting our Founding Fathers’ demand for limited government and maximum personal liberty.  Reagan viscerally believed what John Adams wrote, “The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.”

Reagan’s relentless focus overcame the bipartisan drumbeat to continue the socialist expansion of the money supply to promote growth.  He then leveraged monetary restraint with the largest income tax cut in American history to power the American economy to sustained growth with low inflation.

The inflated prices of raw material exports that Latin American socialists relied upon to pay their inflated debts plunged by 40 percent.  Mexico, Brazil and Argentina became insolvent, as per capita GDP fell by 9 percent between 1980 and 1985 and 50 percent of their people fell into poverty.

Austerity

In desperation, Latin nations turned to the U.S.-dominated International Monetary Fund as lender-of-last-resort.  But IMF support came with mandatory demands for austerity budget cuts, public industry privatizations and the elimination of trade barriers to shrink socialist power.  By 1987, the capitalist U.S. economy was the world’s growth engine and a tidal wave of foreign investment was pouring into capitalist-friendly Latin economies.  World socialism was in a shambles as the Soviet Union disintegrated and China embraced the market economy.  The release of the Brundtland Report was seen as recognition of the burgeoning capitalist globalized economy.

By 1992, memories of the pain of the Latin American Debt Crisis were fading.  Aristocrats repackaged socialist plans to again usurp economic power into Agenda 21 and introduced this socialist manifesto at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Agenda 21 envisioned bestowing the UN, government bureaucracies and major interest groups the power to suspend the rights of property under law regarding all global, national and local human economic and social interaction that might affect the environment.  Agenda 21’s four main pillars of action were:

1. Combating poverty, promoting health, making consumption sustainable;

2. Assuring atmospheric protection, protecting fragile environments, conserving biodiversity, preventing pollution and regulating biotechnology;

3. Strengthening the roles of children, youth, women, NGOs, local authorities, workers and indigenous peoples;

4. Through science, technology transfer, education, international financial mechanisms.

The End of Democracy

California’s aristocratic socialists embedded Agenda 21 into AB32. The law supposedly was designed to fight man-made climate change by establishing a comprehensive program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all sources throughout the state.  But its real goal was bestow on California’s aristocratic socialists control of the California economy free from the burden of voter input.

This new financial clout comes at a favorable time, given California’s socialist politicians have run up the largest state debt in the country at $265 billion, the largest unfunded pension liability at United States at approximately $568 billion, and a current general-fund budget deficit of $9 billion.

There is no Reaganesque figure in California able to battle the state’s entrenched socialists into supporting limited government and maximum personal liberty.  According to a 2009 study, the economic impact of AB 32’s cap-and-trade and regulatory features will be like an economic tax of destroyed.

California’s aristocratic socialists control the AB 32 bureaucracies. Poor taxpayers have no voice in AB 32’s decision makings, nor will they benefit from what is increasingly seen as junk science. There are plenty of new resources to sustain aristocrats and their crony amigos.

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  1. So. Perry
    So. Perry 9 February, 2012, 10:45

    This is genuinely hilarious.

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  2. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 9 February, 2012, 16:38

    One of the first things Governor Reagan did when he took office in 1967 was to raise California taxes to balance the budget. You’d never support a Ronald Reagan approach like that now, even if it was the old Gipper himself.

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  3. David H
    David H 9 February, 2012, 18:08

    Thanks for the review. There are definitely forces at work to undermine our freedoms, centralize power and control, and undo our republic.

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  4. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 9 February, 2012, 22:58

    SkippingDog says:

    February 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    One of the first things Governor Reagan did when he took office in 1967 was to raise California taxes to balance the budget. You’d never support a Ronald Reagan approach like that now, even if it was the old Gipper himself.

    In 1967 GED educated gov employees were making less than the median state income, today they are earning in the top 1% nationwide. Big difference.

    Gov GED education level jobs like cop and FF getting more comp than medical doctors. Prison guards getting more comp than Harvard University graduates. Big difference between 1967 and today.

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  5. Joe Sullivan
    Joe Sullivan 10 February, 2012, 14:27

    Two hundred twenty-eight years ago, on July 4th 1776, 56 men signed a Declaration of Independence, creating a democracy to be governed by representatives elected by its’ people. And so was born the United States of America (USA), not the first such government, but surely the greatest and strongest the world has ever seen. Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, accurately defined the USA as “a county which, for two centuries, has stood as a living symbol of all that is charitable and decent to victims of injustice everywhere-a country in which every person is entitled to dream of happiness, peace, and liberty; where those who have are taught to give back.”
    The strength exhibited by Wiesel’s definition, administered by a representative government, is also the nation’s greatest weakness. I have lived through one-third of the nation’s history, encompassing The Great Depression, combat during World War II, and as a father with children during the defective 60s. And now I watch with fearful eyes as the United States’ population divests itself of moral values; is silent as it surrenders its’ liberties; permits our educational system to degrade; and supports socialistic invasion of our democracy.
    We passively relinquish more of our personal freedoms to every level of government, utterly unaware, by our own inattentive and apathetic behavior, that we are slowly, but surely permitting a caretaker nation to be established by representatives we elect to govern us. Once, before a 4th of July celebration, President Reagan worried about government intrusion into our daily lives. Reacting to ever increasing social programs, he said, “what was to be celebrated was Independence Day, not Dependence Day.” And British Professor Alexander Tytler wrote over 200 years ago, “when voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury, the majority always votes for candidates promising the most from the public treasury.”
    Politicians know the way to remain in office is to redistribute the nation’s wealth by taking from the “producers” and giving it to the “takers” to gain their support. In 1832, French philosopher Alex De Tocqueville said: “Democracy in the United States will last until those in power learn they can perpetuate themselves through taxation.” In 1958 Reagan said, “If I had to chose one word to describe the salient characteristics of the revolution of our times, the word would be collectivism – the tendency to center the power of all initiative in one central government. One central authority and its organs. And the weapon, the revolutionary agent that has brought this about has been the tax machine. Today’s entire system of taxation was spawned more than a hundred years ago by Karl Marx, who listed it as the prime essential of a socialistic state.” Edmund Morris, in his book “Dutch”, wrote that during Reagan’s speech he jotted down notes such as, average citizen abs. helpless – concentration of power – essence of totalitarianism – either we run gov’t or gov’t runs us – Burke: “all that’s nec. for evil is for good men to do nothing” – no gov’t in hist. has ever voluntarily reduced itself in size.
    Consider that over 50% of our incomes are taken in taxes. Yet tax and spend elected officials clamor for more, making taxpayers the source of “sugar” that sweetens their drive for power.
    Next November think carefully about giving politicians more of the nation’s wealth to squander. And look at what all candidates have done to see whether their actions support a socialist agenda. For if our elected representatives continue on their present course another “S” will be added to “USA”, as we become the United Socialist States of America (USSA)

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  6. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 12 February, 2012, 20:54

    Democracy comes in a number of different flavors, Joe, and none of them meet the definition of classic socialism. There’s nothing in our Constitution that requires us to stay with only one kind or only the same kind that people preferred at different points in our history.

    A social democracy is still a free form of government that would be fully acceptable under the “republican form of government” generally prescribed by our Constitution. It may not be what you would personally want, nor perhaps what someone like Jefferson might like, but it would nevertheless be acceptable under democratic principles and under our own Constitution if that’s the course we should choose.

    The key ingredient is always liberty, but even the most anti-federalist of our forefathers didn’t confuse individual liberty with license. Ordered liberty, directed toward the formation of “a more perfect union,” has been the goal since at least 1789. There’s nothing underhanded or un-American about pursuing those goals.

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  7. Capitalist Pig
    Capitalist Pig 13 February, 2012, 15:20

    SkippingDog, how many times does Socialism need to fail before you and your ilk will acknowledge its incompatibility with a free (and prosperous) society? When does your need to feed off the labor of others end?

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  8. JustaRegularPatriot
    JustaRegularPatriot 27 February, 2012, 14:08

    Very well put, even with the grammatical errors and incomplete sentences.

    So, all you naysayers, what are you gonna tell you grandkids when they are, for all practical purposes, a “‘free'{yeah right} ward of the state” in the coming decades as we continue this downward ?

    DeToqueville was right:
    The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

    Trouble is, they (Congress) are running out of $$ so they’re looking for more & more ways to enslave you via hidden taxation.

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