Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More Q&A

Bob from Brooklyn asks:

Q: Charlie: Your tax/social proposals are absurd, and unworthy of comment. I’m surprised that anyone would listen to your rantings in An American Fable, or in your Q&A blog answers.

You’re a pathetic old man who denounces everything I believe in--global warming; elimination of carbon emissions; green America; Federal administration; welfare; Federal crackdown on atomic energy, oil fields and coal mining; free passes for illegal immigrants; legalization of marijuana; felony gambling and prostitution laws; appeasing foreign policy; support for OPEC and Kyoto; gay/lesbian marriage; super taxation of corporations and the rich; and nationalized health care.

A: That’s quite a mouthful, Bob. Yes, I’m an elderly gent, but not yet demented, otherwise I could not respond to your “drive-by” bashing.

Yes, we should go balls-out to create a million new domestic energy jobs and kill OPEC in the process. This is true energy independence.

Global warming is an outright hoax, as is "cap and tax" energy consumption. Should we be so na├»ve as to follow Obama, China and India with more than half of the planet’s population, will not be so accommodating. It’s a fool’s errand at best.

We can be justly criticized for many faults in the past 2 centuries, but we have never been fools! We saved Western Civilization in two 20th century World Wars, and a 50-year Cold War with the Russkies, by producing and consuming to the hilt—this is our American ball game, and we have always made the rules, and always eventually won, because our underlying strength has no limits.

We may be somewhat errant at times, because we are still a relatively young nation as nations go, but we are not brain dead. We just need to pick up the flag that Betsy Ross stitched together, and call to action the band of patriots that Virginia Colonel George Washington stitched together in 1775. Are we less today than our Founding Fathers? I think not.

No one need preach to us about revolution—we invented modern era revolution, and will continue to re-invent it as time goes by, including my own “peaceful revolution.” Your ‘green America’ is in good hands, so don't fret. Ten times as many tree saplings have been planted than existed when our Pilgrims landed at Plymouth; there will be no dearth of redwoods or sequoias in our future, although you probably haven’t gloried at either marvel from your Flatbush flat in Brooklyn.

Carbon emissions? Shall all God's creatures and 7 billion humans stop breathing? A carbon tax? Another $1,000 family energy tax on top of all the other bail-out/stimulus taxes to come? Paid for by the 5% rich and our struggling companies, from mom and pop to G.E.?

Somebody's crazy, but it’s not me! My proposals are about as sane as it gets when it comes to revolutionizing our tax bite into easy daily doses, while promoting our lower class to middle class overnight, with a working couple minimum wage of 50 grand; a solid T-bond pension account for their golden years; a tuition-free National University for their kids, and automatic entry for the military/Peace Corps volunteers. This alone is worth 200 grand for a Bachelor’s Degree, 500 grand for an M.D. Degree; and one mil for a tenured Professor. The “queue to serve” will be at least 6 months, and we will finally take care of our deserving veterans properly.

With regard to legalized gambling and prostitution, I’m just acknowledging the facts of life since history was first recorded, and taking 10% off the top for town coffers—some of which will provide free Muni transport for New York tourists, and subway commuters like yourself.

Balls out oil and coal production? It should be obvious, but apparently not for you. We have enough natural gas to last us 100 years; enough coal to last us 600 years; and 200 billion barrels of oil to kill OPEC, if we have the will to drill, pump, and refine, with no restrictions. We've held our noses before to achieve critical national goals, especially World War II.

Atomic energy? We need at least 100 new power plants. Hell, the French have 105 atomic plants today, and we invented atomic power in 1945, when Harry Truman dropped a couple of A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and saved the lives and limbs of 1 million G.I.’s and Marines, ready to invade the Honshu mainland, an onslaught that would have made Genghis Khan look like a Boy Scout!

Bob, you have no idea of the sacrifices we made spontaneously to guarantee our countrymen their American heritage. Perhaps you will never learn, but I’ll finish with a parting shot of undisguised nationalism regarding future foreign policy.

Pax Americana? No other nation on earth can even begin to pull off this 21st century World Peace gambit. Don’t look elsewhere, because there is no elsewhere, elsewhere—just you, me, and our town folks. It’s all here in Hicksville, USA, and Brooklyn, USA, just as it was in Boston more than 2 centuries ago, when we first defied the mighty British Empire at Lexington, Concord, Bunker Hill, and Boston Harbor, under the Continental Congress leadership of Virginal Colonel George Washington.


Today, we must again defy the rest of the world to show that America—the inventor of modern era revolution - represents the best path to human dignity. Pax Americana foreign policy is perhaps in some ways our 21st century national albatross, but cannot be ignored. We conservative patriots will never bow to a Saudi prince as our President just did, but rather, these potentates will learn to kneel before our Commander-in-Chief, once we wrap up the first phase of Pax Americana by taking out Iran, Syria, and North Korea.

Homosexual marriage? Neither my Catholic belief in traditional man/woman coupling, nor my belief in Christian/Judeo millennial preachings, can accept this aberration of God’s design for mankind.

Super-taxation for corporations, entrepreneurs, and the rich? You mean the folks who provide 80% of all new jobs? Surely you’re jesting! My solution takes a very different "trickle up" approach, which overnight converts the lower class, and anyone else with an ounce of gumption , into a 95% American middle class—the historic backbone of our capitalist society.



Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Letter to RUSH

Rush:

Just got to your latest Limbaugh letter insert, “America’s National Greatness,” which echoes my “American Fable” novel and my blog Q & A responses to reader comments. The big thing missing for we patriotic conservatives, is a body of solid revolutionary solutions and the guys and gals that can make it happen on a national scale.

I’ve recently pleaded in open letters to you, Newt and Steve Forbes to comment on my proposals, which are no more ‘whacko’ than Thomas Jefferson’s.

Your combined silence has thus far been deafening.I don’t give a hoot about promoting my book sales, or who might adopt my financial/social solutions for 21st century America. My writings are directed to my 3 grown kids and 8 grandkids—but a new Franco Harris/Terry Bradshaw combo wouldn’t hurt either me or the Steelers.

Sincerely,

Charles Fairfax Speer

charlesspeer@yahoo.com (email)

Friday, June 19, 2009

More Q&A

Phil from Newark asks:

Q: Did Forbes ever respond to this interesting plan you've devised?

A: Not as yet, Phil, but my ‘peaceful revolution’ is a tough nut to swallow in one gulp, so I’m not dismayed—he’ll respond, if and when the spirit moves him, but it won’t hurt if you e-mail him at
steveforbes@forbes.com.

Think about it—a 2-page “10% on everything/replacement of everything” tax code; T-bond funding of social security (to you and me); T-bond funding of Medicare (to our towns); relinquishment of all Federal properties (to our towns, counties, and states); divestiture of all Federal “social engineering” programs (to our states, counties, towns and neighborhoods)—just for openers!


Phil, it’s a return to our 1787 Constitution, whereby our Founding Fathers had the wisdom to exclude Federal control over our 13 states, unless specific authority was ceded (national security; interstate commerce; and supreme referee in disputes).

That’s all there is of any importance after the first 10 amendments (Bill of Rights in 1789; abolition of slavery (a century and a half ago), and women’s’ votes (a century ago). It’s a lasting document rarely amended, because two and a quarter centuries later, we Americans have much to teach, and little to learn about revolution, or anything else in the 21st century.


More Q&A

Evelyn from San Diego writes:

Q: Many people say that Palin is finished politically, but you seem to think she's not. Please tell me why you think Palin is still anyone we should give a shit about? Hasn't she already used up her 15 minutes of fame?

A: Evelyn, you fail to appreciate the guts this gal has shown in her losing V.P. quest. You should be proud that any woman could speak as effectively for all women as she does, even though she is out of the “D.C. loop.”

Following her resignation as Alaskan Governor, I judge that she will be good for 15 years, not 15 minutes, because her independent American spirit will survive all the slings and arrows of outrageous drive-by media fortune, including David Letterman’s TV smears.

In fact, I can see her picking up the conservative flag, as Newt did in 1994, and leading the Republican charge in next year's bye-elections - an absolute turning point for what I judge to be the heartbeat of America - our grandiose conservative middle-class, aka the "Silent Majority".

It wouldn't hurt if Newt were at her side for the winning "Steelers of Yore" Harris/Bradshaw one-two punch, as I have suggested to Newt and Rush.



Friday, June 5, 2009

More Q&A

Phil from NYC writes:

Q: This seems like a brilliant innovative idea. Why hasn’t at least some of this been instituted in our country?

A: Phil, “simple” does not sit well with D.C. politicians, who have more axes to grind than a dog has fleas. Complicated “social engineering” is their stock in trade for cash campaign contributions; thus we have a 70,000-page tax code instead of a 2-page code with no wiggle room!

Further, my proposed ban on cash contributions to elected officials and candidates is anathema to them, although in the same breath I also propose top free-market salaries of 300 grand (Councilperson) to $50 million (President) to fund their own campaigns; and allowable “free speech” action by party boosters except for cash contributions, which I view as tantamount to bribery.

The T-bond conversion of past contributions to Social Security would likely cost many trillions, plus many trillions for past contributions to Medicare, which goes in T-bonds to local government.

Whether the total of the two is $20 trillion or $50 trillion is an actuarial enigma, but it’s a very big number that we would owe to ourselves (not foreigners), and dwarfs current “bailouts” and “stimulus packages,”—which are chump change by comparison.

On the flip side, Local and State governments would become solvent overnight, including my own San Francisco and California, which would have on-going positive cash flows, and T-bonds greater than outstanding debt.

Apart from money questions, I denounce “Socialist Big Brother” in favor of a return to hometown rule over our daily lives after 150 years. This concept scares the hell out of entrenched special interests feeding off D.C. largesse.

My hope is that we will eventually debate these issues in public forums, and will find that if my proposals are unfair, they are equally unfair for all Americans, myself included, since tax advisors like me would eventually be out of business.

Phil, there is no problem on this planet that we Americans cannot tackle and resolve fairly well—it is our God-given destiny, and we shan’t look elsewhere because there is no elsewhere, elsewhere—just you, me, our folks, and our countrymen, and come Hell or high water, we’ve gotten the job done for two and a quarter centuries, and saved Western Civilization in the process.

More Q&A




Terry from Vermont writes:

Q: Hey there. This blog is a good read. Now, about this 10% on everything tax. Since I buy very little and live off my land here in Vermont, it would be great for me, would it not? Also, how would it affect the Social Security check I get from the government every month?

A: The 10% of everything/replacement of everything would be your cup of tea Terry—the less you buy, the lower your tax bite.

But wait! There’s more! Your healthcare doctors, including a new army of G.P.’s. cranked out by our 52 new National Universities, will have an irresistible financial incentive (200-500 grand) to start making “house calls” again, at standard 100 buck or so rates. They won’t show up in a horse and buggy, nor in a Model A Ford; but rather a fully equipped mini-van with nurse in tow.

Back to the future? Why not? It’s called “preventive medicine”—all the rage in my American 21st century designed to cut late life maintenance costs of $2 trillion, which today is a full 85% of all family medical bills, because we hate fighting HMO bureaucratic bullshit until it’s too late.

All 50 million of us want a “real” doctor to hold our hand in our waning years, and will gladly pay the 10-20 buck tax bite for “Don the Doctor”, fresh out of internship, and his doc specialist buddies.

Your monthly Social Security check will probably be a bit more than now after conversion to T-bonds (est. min. $2,000 vs. $1,800 today for retired sole proprietors like you and me), and a T-bond principal balance of half-a-mil or more (vs. zero today). But as I advised Flo in Florida, don’t go “ape.” Try to live off your monthly interest check before drawing out principal.

Terry, we’re in the same boat—you on the Atlantic and me on the Pacific, with just two financial concerns: positive daily cash flow, and to leave our grandkids with an educational shot at “The American Dream”—the self reliant confidence and the financial means to accomplish their missions in life.


A Letter to Newt


Dear Newt:

I’ve just asked Rush in an open letter exactly who, if anyone, could repeat your tour de force of 1994 in the upcoming 2010 bye-elections. Perhaps the answer is no one, but there has to be someone to at least give it their best shot. Could you be the “Comeback Kid”?

Before you say ‘no way’, keep in mind that I’m 73, so ‘too old’ doesn’t hack it, and your conservative ideas are just as valid today as they were 15 years ago when you led your troops to victory-not that I expect victory, just a notable dent in Nancy and Barack’s march into 21st century Socialism.

There are 50 million senior voting citizens out here, just salivating at the prospect of a mid-term turnaround.


Yours Very Truly,

Charles Fairfax Speer
charlesspeer@yahoo.com (email)