Category Archives: Broken in the USA

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Divide & Conquer

Divide & Conquer

Our elected representatives (our shepherds) are doing an excellent job of tending their flocks. They continue to nurture polarization in order that we will not focus on the primary issues facing our futures. If you have a flock it is important to reinforce the potential dangers that the enemy (the other side of the political aisle) poses. The liberals are on the way to creating a socialistic state or the conservatives will only be happy with fascist, corporate controlled country. The more division and animosity the better. Polarization best serves both parties in a system controlled by career politicians. It is what I call subversive control. Focus on the enemy and not the lack of performance of your shepherd.
I wonder if a system controlled by career minded persons would ever vote to limit their career potential? I wonder if these same folks would be interested in encouraging other political parties into their game? Why would they? The two- party system allows them the appearance of working on behalf of the flock while providing them with a very lucrative profession.
Have you ever wondered why your representative tends to vote the party line regardless of the issue? Does this really make sense? Using the recent tweaking of the tax code as an example does it make sense for a fiscal conservative to vote to increase the national debt by another $1.4 trillion? Even if I can justify how this borrowing is distributed, I would think that a few conservatives would not support it on fiscal grounds. However, the vote was strictly along party lines. This is merely one example among many where bills have been passed by both sides of the aisle. It appears that voting your individual conscious is not possible in our current system.
As sheep I believe there are many important issues on which we could come together and reach compromise. Items that come to mind are: the environment, the excessive cost of healthcare & higher education and the out of control national debt.
One final warning. We tend to blindly believe claims if they support our political leaning or belief system. There is a lot of fake news out there. If it sounds outrageous then the claim is probably false. Patriot sheep unite and take control.


Violence and Incarceration

Chapter 62 Violence and Incarceration

The US has the highest incarceration rate in the World. In fact, with only 5% of the world’s population we incarcerate almost 25% of the world’s total inmates! There is a direct relationship between violent crimes (refer to the prior post) and the rate of incarceration. The average annual cost of inmate incarceration is almost $40,000. As taxpayers, we should be outraged. The US has an incarceration rate (at almost 700 per 100,000) that is 5 times higher than the following countries:

Country (or dependent territory, subnational area, etc.) Incarceration rate (Prisoners per 100,000 population)
Central African Republic 16
Comoros 19
Faroe Islands (Denmark) 23
Republic of Guinea 26
Congo (Brazzaville) 27
Liechtenstein 27
Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) 29
India 33
Mali 33
Nigeria 35
Oman 36
Chad 39
Burkina Faso 41
Bangladesh 43
Pakistan 43
Mauritania 44
Niger 44
Iceland 45
Solomon Islands 46
Japan 47
Ghana 49
Liberia 49
Sudan 50
Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor) 50
South Sudan 52
Andorra 53
Qatar 53
Sweden 53
Yemen 53
Finland 55
Sierra Leone 55
Cote d’Ivoire 56
Mozambique 57
Gambia 58
Syria 60
Denmark 61
Nepal 62
Senegal 62
Togo 62
Equatorial Guinea 63
Papua New Guinea 63
Tanzania 64
Marshall Islands 66
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Republika Srpska 67
Djibouti 67
Indonesia 69
Netherlands 69
Malawi 70
Norway 70
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Federation 73
Slovenia 73
Afghanistan 74
Monaco 74
Benin 77
Burundi 77
Germany 78
United Kingdom: Northern Ireland 78. See notes below
Ireland, Republic of 79
Cyprus (Republic of) 80
Croatia 81
Madagascar 84
Switzerland 84
Sao Tome e Principe 87
Vanuatu 87
Sri Lanka 88
Italy 89
Greece 91
Isle of Man (United Kingdom) 92
Lesotho 92
Angola 96
Austria 97
Belgium 98
Libya 99
Kosovo/Kosova 100
Mayotte (France) 100
Haiti 102
France 103
Republic of (South) Korea 107
Cook Islands (New Zealand) 109
Tuvalu 110
Kuwait 112
Myanmar (formerly Burma) 113
Cameroon 114
Canada 114
Hong Kong (China) 115
Cambodia 116
Egypt 116
China 118 or unknown. See notes below.
Laos 119
Luxembourg 120
Reunion (France) 120
Uganda 120
Kenya 121
Tajikistan 121
Bolivia 122
Guatemala 122
Iraq 123
Bulgaria 125
Zambia 125
Guernsey (United Kingdom) 127
Micronesia, Federated States of 127
Ethiopia 128
Lebanon 128
Armenia 130
Kiribati 130
Malta 131
Spain 131
Brunei Darussalam 134
Portugal 137

The Wall

The Wall

 I’m unsure what the newly adopted budget includes, but if some of the funding is for National Security and that the “intent” is that a portion of the committed amount would be to fund a portion of the wall, then I have concerns.  To speak bluntly, the wall is a bad idea and a waste of our taxes.

The following is a 2011 quote from former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Ralph Basham:

“Building a physical fence along the entire border with Mexico was one of “the dumbest ideas I heard when I was commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It is critical to recognize that fencing (even with barbed wire, electrification, and possibly a moat filled with alligators) is not a solution, it is only a tool. There’s a fundamental misunderstanding about what a physical barrier—even the triple-layer fencing in San Diego–actually does or doesn’t do for the agency charged with building fencing and securing the border. All it really does is buy you time where a crosser could otherwise quickly escape or assimilate. None of the fencing is impenetrable. People will eventually dig under it or cut through it or go over it, but it gives you enough time to respond and apprehend them. Some fencing makes sense tactically in areas selected by the Border Patrol, as where we deployed some 700 miles of it under my tenure, and in many of those areas it has been a tool to provide permanent impedance to deter and slow illegal entries on foot or by vehicle.”

One can only hope that expert advise will bring reason to bear on this topic. There has been talk of spending in a range of $18 – $75 Billion for a wall which will have little impact on the flow of Opioids in the country. I wonder what just a few Billion spent in targeted areas (like the ability to order and receive Opioids directly from China) could accomplish.

Kudos to Rand Paul for standing up for the taxpayer! It’s sad that the vast majority of our elected representatives are fiscally irresponsible. Currently the National debt is racing towards $21 Trillion at almost a rate of $1 million a minute!