The Virtual Vitamin

A Daily Dose of Insight and Common Sense

The Pendulum Swings

For every natural action there is an equal and opposite reaction, an ebb and flow, a balance created to sustain the natural order.  Political influence over the markets has rapidly grown, becoming a wrecking ball that collides with the economy.  An attempt to manipulate the markets with outside forces only creates instability, chaos, and inhibits recovery.  Although carefully contrived, coercion only impedes improvement.  Regulations, stimulation, subsidies, policies, programs, bailouts, and mandates are hollow investments that will push down on the economy with the same force of their initial influence.  The weight of government burdens push and pull against the system not allowing it to self-correct.  The result:  a weaker, artificial economy, never as good as the real thing.  True revitalization has to come from within, without intervention.  The economy needs stability, predictability, and reassurance, not so-called progress getting in the way.  An authentic recovery must come from consumers, not politicians who curse gravity, denying that sometimes the best thing to do is… nothing.  If every time you hit a guy he only hits back harder, maybe you should stop hitting him.

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March 23, 2011 Posted by | on Economics, on Government | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Difference Between Capitalism and Capitol-ism

If the market is in recovery, it is in spite of the stimulus, manipulation, and over-regulation by the government and not because of it.  It only shows the resolve of the American people and corporations, our ability to adapt, our survival instinct, and our innate pursuit of happiness.  We will keep going, keep striving for true progress, and keep disputing the oppressive power of the government over enterprise. We need a rightful separation of commerce and state.  Oversight is now overstepping.  It has gone from market protection to market manipulation, and continues on to market control.  The excessive regulation power has become corrupt.  Almost 3.5 billion dollars were spent on federal lobbying last year, proof that influence may be bought, and that amount keeps climbing.  Legislators need to be reminded of who they work for.  Campaigns may be financed, but our votes cannot be bought.  The American people are not on the take.

June 4, 2010 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome to the Fun House

With their poll numbers stumbling in the low forties and the coming election mirroring crazy, liberals are now set on the defensive.  Congressional Democrats are now spinning on a Wipeout ride with the floor about to drop out from underneath them.  They must have ignored the disclaimer signs:  you must be this intelligent to ride, no one gets a free pass, and those being dishonest will be escorted out at the polls.  There isn’t an anti-incumbency trend; there is a pro-involvement trend.  People are stopping to pay attention and the uninformed party line voters are rethinking decades of ballot marks.  Contested primaries are popping up all over the country and by 2012 independents will have wised up and chosen a side to retain their right to be heard.  Registering independent only allows the fringe on both sides of the aisle to control which clowns are on the ballot, a strategy well-played by party ringmasters.  The real election takes place in the summer, before the circus comes to town.

May 27, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs

The earmark culture in Washington brings out the kid in all of us, strapped into the shopping cart with all of the sugary cereals placed just within reach.  What we want taking priority over what we need.  We wait like children at the door asking, “What did you bring me?” $18.5 billion a year is spent on congressional pet projects to appease the voters.  With tantrums ensuing if our district isn’t getting what we feel is deserved.   We need to dismiss the cartoon endorsed packages for ones with true character and real substance.  It’s time to grow up and start buying cereal for its nutritional value, rather than the prize at the bottom of the box.

May 18, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics, on Society | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Poison Apple Pie

Almost all of the federal legislation that has been passed in the past year has been served to a public that has been falsely told they are starving.  Skipping a meal or two or a few legislative sessions won’t cause us to waste away.  Waiting to do what is right is better than doing what is right now.  The current agenda is full of bad apples.  The tainted items continue to be baked into every law that is brought to the table.  Republicans know that the dish will be toxic yet some are still adding their own ingredients into the mix.  I’m not saying that they should get out of the kitchen, but it would be nice if they would quit stirring the pot.  The American people will be restocking the pantry come November.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Just Not Buying It

When walking onto a car lot, into an electronics store, or answering the door for someone carrying a list of magazine titles, people know that someone is trying to sell them something.  The strategy of this administration is to sell people on their far left agenda, even if the products they are selling are not wanted, needed, beneficial, or affordable to the American public.  It is more profitable to consider their temporary political capital than the tax payer.   Their priority is the commission, not the customer.  Are we smart enough not to fall for the urgency strategy, “call in the next ten minutes”?  Or the illusion of free, “just pay additional shipping and handling”?  Or that government is the only source for what we need, “not sold in stores”?  Over acting, half-truths, one-sided reviews, and two-dimensional aspects don’t keep the phone lines jammed at 3am.  Why does the same approach work on people who are fully awake?   It is time to close the door, hang up the phone, and vote out the politicians who are trying to sell us something.  It is time they learn that the customer is always right.

May 13, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics, on Society | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leadership is Being Outsourced

The current era of the career politician has led to corruption and massive government spending.  People have become complacent, content to let others make decisions for them.  We are too comfortable, caught up in our own lives, to take the lead when it is necessary.  It is now necessary.  The taboo of political and religious conversation must be overcome.  It affects us much more than the weather.  We must re-examine our own opinions, party affiliations, and representation, and mark our ballots accordingly.  The government, “by the people”, has been shipped off to Wall Street, lobbyists, and political greed.  Groups like the Tea Parties and the 9-12 Project are just trying to bring those jobs home.

April 25, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Life, on Politics, on Society | , , , , | Leave a comment