The Virtual Vitamin

A Daily Dose of Insight and Common Sense

The Future American Currency?

The form of legal tender has probably been the most evolving element of our relatively new society.  We have gone from genuine metal coin and barters to a gold backed dollar, and then to mere paper with only contrived value.  Credit, now the most popular form of funds, exchanges the hope of potential wealth.  We wager on futures.  Investments are made on artificial assets, mere illusions.  Exploiting that system will critically damage any economy.  The castle has been built on a cloud.  The question to ask now is, “Can it be repaired?”  At this point, bringing the financial system back down to earth will require desperate measures, but it is still possible.  The key to any workable solution will have to include returning to a system built on honest value.  The present trend has led to instability and if we continue on, to collapse.  Following that path the next logical currency exchanged will be power.  — If the dollar falls, so does freedom.

June 8, 2010 Posted by | on Economics | , , , , , , , , , | 1 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

Putting the Puzzle Together

When looking at the complete picture of current news stories, the climate change crisis is the piece that just doesn’t fit.  All of the other news items are acute problems.  Addressing climate change at this point with the global fervor it now has behind it is like treating a patient for baldness when he comes in because of a heart attack.  It just doesn’t make sense how our main global concern can be for a planet 1,000 years into the future, when we are currently acting like there is no tomorrow.  With nuclear expansion, terrorism, world wars, genocide, modern-day slavery, and the world economy crashing, why are we currently so panicked about the sea levels rising a few feet over a few millennia?   If we don’t take care of the immediate threats, there won’t be a planet to save centuries or even decades from now.  If we don’t take steps to save man, what good does it serve to save the planet?  What piece really fits?  The end game of those who cry global warming is simply for short-term gain — money, control, and influence.  It is not about the planet, it is about power.

June 2, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Insider Legislating

Washington insiders create the plumbing framework behind the scenes and then use legislation to turn on the water.  To adjust the faucet they pass laws, use regulation, and award government contracts.   They manipulate the tax code and federal spending, put provisions on health care, and now we have the epitome of government serving self-interest in the cap-and-trade legislation.  Those in power are financially investing in the agenda, influencing the outcome, and will soon be collecting the money that comes flowing in if it passes.  While the rest of the country is facing a drought, the government is threatening to crimp the hose.  Washington wanting to regulate Wall St. is simply the accusation of a guilty conscience, or maybe corruption just doesn’t like competition.

June 1, 2010 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Candidate Catch 22

Those we need to run for political office are both honest and smart enough not to.  The electorate is desperate to back a candidate who doesn’t even want to be on the ballot.  They know the responsibility and sacrifice that comes with servant leadership and surrendered authority.  They value family, prior commitments, and making a difference where they are.  We are now pleading for those with the integrity and intelligence we need to represent us, to step out of their comfort zones and step up to the plate.   For those who seek truth above power.

May 31, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics, on Society | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oxymorons on the Left

If the product isn’t selling, change the label.  The rhetoric of the left is intentionally misleading.  The names leftist groups use to label themselves or laws are deliberately deceiving, the guile disguised in a pretty package.  Take a piece of liberal legislation, select one of the three thousand pages, water it down, sugar coat it, leave it half-baked at 180 degrees and you’ll have the title of the bill they are trying to sell to the American people and the congressmen who will never read it.  One current example is the Cap and Trade bill, inaptly named The American Power Act.  This un-American bill will restrict power, benefit other countries, and only empower regulators.   If only we could get the FDA to put requirements on the labels for what Washington is trying to shove down our throats.

May 26, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Liberty Being Devoured

Any possible good intentions of socialism soon transform.  It is about power; government grows naturally if not kept at bay.  Before long the werewolf emerges.  Private sector entities are now being plucked from the herd at an alarming rate:  banks, car companies, the health care industry, and others.  If they aren’t down yet, they are bleeding out.  The free-market is slowly being devoured.  Free speech and other constitutional rights are being nibbled away at.  Many who realize what is happening are trying to shepherd us out of this mess only to be attacked.  There are so many still blindly following like sheep.  The current administration refuses to see, or is leading us down the path to destruction.  Many ask why they don’t see the demise of that destination.  It is because a wolf in sheep’s clothing deceives himself by pulling the wool over his own eyes.

April 27, 2010 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Politics, on Society | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The 70,000 Page Curtain

The enormous shroud of the U.S. tax code hides an agenda and upholds congressional abuse of power.  The tax law resembles a fat man wearing a beach tourist shirt printed with the image of a tan, thin, figure in a swimsuit.  We put up with the charade because we all know what’s really underneath and no one wants to see that.  The real need is for a diet, but Congress doesn’t have the will power.  It does have the power to throw its weight around hoping you will simply look the other way.  Tax provisions use write-offs and credits as financial carrots on strings, dangling dollars in front of businesses and tax-payers, hoping they can be bought, bribed, or swayed into following their agenda.  When Americans look up and see where we are being led, we are prodded from behind to keep moving.  Penalties, fines, and harsher regulations, are used to keep us in line.  The current destination: social justice, the green agenda, and increased federal power.  The Flat Tax or Fair Tax options won’t be considered without a dramatic increase in accountability.  The current system’s complexity conceals the man behind the curtain.  Look up and see who is pulling the strings.

April 22, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics, on Society, on Taxes | , , , , | Leave a comment