Monday, October 27, 2008
Some things endure
Let me say this, Worry is a useless emotion. It achieves nothing and sometimes people confuse it with normal concern; a healthy concern is just that, healthy.
I don't have an answer to the current financial concerns, who does? I guess, even more and more we are seeing the wisdom behind that old saying "Save for a rainy day".
I believe the answers, as always, lie in history. Here's the problem as I see it. Our society is so wedded to the "have now, pay later" mentality and, combined with that, generations of people who have not grown up without a sense of shame when having to borrow small amounts of money.
When I was a teenager I thought that my grandparents Conservative Values were outdated nonsense. It's only in the last ten years that I can see how prophetic those views and their words truly were and just what they were trying to teach me. Their views were no accident, developed because of two World Wars with a Global Depression in between.
Let's face it, since the 60's we have all been spoilt by relative peace, brainwashed by the social engineers (Marxists) and by the introduction of the credit card, etc and now people are panicking and can't understand why a politically selfish and irresponsible move by the likes of ex Presidents Clinton and Carter to force lenders to give to those who could not pay back should now affect them on the other side of the world and affect their hard-earned superannuation.
There's your free market for you! The only advice I could offer you (not that you were asking for any!) is what I tell anyone who is "worrying" about the immediate future: Put simply, that this will sort itself out in time, and to face some facts -- like you can't have the ups without the downs -- and make sure to prepare yourself and your children and children's children to think carefully before they buy anything, maintain a disciplined work and saving ethic, SAVE MONEY/FORGET CREDIT on small items and live by the old rule of "Never a borrower or a lender be". All almost impossible to do in a capitalist society but you know what I mean.
My Grand Parents and Mother were never wealthy nor poor (Liverpool UK, Working Class) but they all owned their own homes and always had a good feed under the belt and plenty for visitors.
I think the word I am looking for in this sermon is "FRUGAL LIFESTYLE "......yes that's it. It will get better .....you can bank on it (pun intended).
Posted by JR at 6:47 PM
Monday, October 20, 2008
The Labor Party rout in the NSW by-elections
(For non-residents of NSW, the toon portrays Labor Party Premier Nathan Rees. Iemma and Carr are his predecessors. Fuller details of the by-election results are here)
Well, were the weekend by-elections a decisive victory for a return to commonsense, a "Shellacking" as this new lame duck Premier put it himself?
In some respects yes. I only wish that the punters had been a little bit more switched on to the truth about this New South Wales Government back in March 2007, a true vote of no confidence then would have meant that we didn't have to put up with these clowns until 2011.
There was however a very disturbing result in the marked approval for the only other alternative government outside of the Libs and that was the support given to those far left loonies aka The Greens. Talk about choosing the lesser of two evils!
And as you can see, this result only makes me more determined to want a true conservative independent party (sorry the Libs aren't it) to stand up for the silent majority who are so disillusioned with the mainstream political parties that they are willing to throw away a perfectly good vote on a bunch of Marxists Crazies.
So one step forward and one step back.
I am pleased for the people of Ryde but lets hope that this new Liberal seat is not just a flash in the pan -- a success only to be lost again to the ALP or (God forbid) The Greens. That come 2011 the Reverend Peter Garrett is proved wrong again and that the good folk of New South Wales DON'T have SHORT MEMORIES.
Posted by JR at 9:19 AM
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
They get you one way or the other
"Trust Me, I'm from the Government". Sure heard that before -- and after all wasn't it leftist liberal GOVERNMENT POLICY that got us in to this mess in the first place!. Along with a good dose of greed (a human attribute, not purely the domain of any government) so what else can we do?
We have and always will need to trust the untrustworthy and that is the Catch 22 situation that most of us find our lives in. Sure the banks are strong NOW, and confidence is climbing, a great thing but what is a greater thing is the rocketing to reality effect that the last few weeks have had on us all.
For too long we have been at the beach, at the barbie, watching the footy, drinking our grog and letting our beautiful days go buy with neither a care in the world that there would be anyone who would want to stuff around with paradise as we know it....WELL NOW YOU KNOW, your paradise is always under attack and if you really want to keep it you have to fight for it .
You fight by being less apathetic towards the world of business and politics and start to develop a sense of responsibility and personal pride in yourself and country, think carefully about the issues that effect us not just now but in the future and vote accordingly, read more books and stop listening to the mainstream media exclusively as if they have the final say.
One final point, when are we going to get a political leader that will actually care about improving the lives of our elderly? Ask this question of your local member and when that answer comes back (probably spin) hold them to it , use the media and your freedom of speech to force these spivs to keep their word.
Here endeth the lesson. I am trying to prove the great H.L. Mencken wrong regarding his philosophy on the plight of western democracy..... If you don't know who or what I am talking about (most of my correspondents do though) then can I suggest you start reading more. Go to Google and source this man and his work, it's satirical yet eye opening thought and opinion.
Posted by JR at 1:52 PM
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Changed times: 1948 versus 2008
The bailout has happened!...well I for one will never call it a "bailout" because it is nothing less than MASSIVE THEFT! Governments do not have money, they have only tax payers' money and that money is to serve the tax payer, NOT to nationalise the PRIVATE financial and insurance systems.
What has happened here is a designed and well conceived crime against the American people and their constitution. It will effect us all globally for many years to come.
The design for a socialist move on the economy goes way back to Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton (please bypass Ronald Reagan) and now the fake conservative that is George W Bush (more proof that liberalism is a Mental Disorder) has fallen right into the trap to the applause of an incompetent Congress and the condemnation of the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (probably the first female fascist dictator of the U.S.)
This is where Obama will (if he wins?) step in and continue the Marxist dream of turning this once great democratic power into a totalitarian run Communist State by slowly but surely changing hard fought conservative and democratic policies in the name of change and the lie that the American people want and need this.
Yes folks, it is the beginning of the U.S.S.R.A. Do a little research for yourself into how Hitler did exactly the same thing to Germany.
In closing I will borrow a quote from the great author and satirist H.L. Mencken ........"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. "
God help us all
Posted by JR at 3:59 PM