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Freeloader Society – The Attempt To Steal Walmart’s Property For The Collective

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

RF Flashback: Why Walmart?

You may or may not like Walmart, but you have to admire their success. They have taken the American dream and run with it by building the largest employer in the world that offers products people want at a good price.

The neo-socialist left hates Walmart for this success and has been trying for years to unionize their 1.3 million “workers”. Just think of how much union dues can be collected from 1.3 million slaves to the union brass who pull the levers of organized labor.

“Organized labor” is not made up entirely of the people who work for companies. There is a growing imbalance between the people who work exclusively for the union and the people the union represents that supplies the union with its revenue. Unions have staff and their own overhead that get paid for by the union dues that are confiscated from the other members. We really should start calling union dues – union taxes – since it not a voluntary paid fee. Its mandatory and automatically deducted in many cases before the employee ever receives their pay check, just like taxes are.

There’s a common thought among conservatives that if people actually had to mail a check to the IRS every month instead of having their taxes withheld, people would realize just how much the government siphons off the top of their hard work, and reject Democrat politicians and government in general.

The same would be true for unions I believe. If union members had to actually write a check each month for their union dues, they’d realize the return on their investment is not worth it and more importantly, that they could probably find a better way to spend or save “their” money themselves.

The notion of people deciding if they would voluntarily “pay their predetermined fair share” scares the crap out of the Democrats and their pals in Big Labor because they know people, if given free will to decide on their own, would not do it.

And back to Walmart…..

What the left in America wants to do is to steal the accumulated property (aka Walmart’s profits and wealth) and redistribute it, of course not without first taking their percentage off the top, to pay the union brass and bureaucracy, not to forget, or course elect more Democrats.    Big labor is intent on starting something akin to the Communist Revolution in America. Their goal is for the employees of companies to own and control the companies they work for. So instead of the company being designed to provide a product or service people will buy, its merely supposed to supply a person with a “sustainable wage” no matter the impacts of the marketability of what the company makes or sells.

Walmart is so successful because it brings goods to market cheaper than anyone else. But if they no longer have low wages (I promise not to go on a minimum wage rant too), they will have to raise their prices. And if you are givent he choice of paying $8.99 for a case of Coke at Walmart or $8.99 at Target or Cub, which would you do? I know I wouldn’t.

There are 2 ways to be successful in business in a free market. Produce a better product than your competitors. Or produce a lower priced product. Quality and savings will affect consumer choice.

While the word Communist may offend you, the fact that Big Labor is trying to steal ownership stakes in companies is what should really piss you off.

Remember the auto bailouts? Shares of GM & Chrysler were taken away from private individuals who bought them. Those shares were then given to the unions. That’s stealing folks.  Walmart is the golden goose for unions.

Walmart has been very reactive to political pressures. They are huge on Green policies. They mandate environmentally friendly packaging to their suppliers. They are one of if not the largest open space owner in America if memory serves. I heard that for every acre of parking lot, they set aside 2 acres of open space or wetland – or something along those lines. Its a popular tactic in corporate America to engage in activities that people would like to raise the company’s public image.

The amount of money wasted on the pipe dream of environmentalism in America is sickening. But that’s for a different rant.

So why would Big Labor and the socialist left in America want to destroy Walmart when it is doing things – of their own free will mind you – that the left wants everyone to be forced to do?

Because Walmart has accumulated a mountain of wealth, something the left can’t do. You see, the key to Marxism is that first you have to create the wealth before it can be redistributed evenly to the people according to their needs. Welfare is not an economic model. I’ve touched this subject many times as well.

While some may find the desire to get rich as evil, its what makes for a successful economy. You can’t have a successful growing economy if everything is centrally planned.

You see, if you get everything handed to you and don’t have to earn it, you don’t have the drive to go do something productive. Yes, it makes people lazy. People end up discovering its easier to complain to a politician, the media, or a government bureaucrat social worker who will then give them what they want, then it is to go find a job and earn the ability to be self sustainable.

The old Reagan saying about Welfare’s number one goal should be to eliminate the need for it, is a great example of what I mean.

If the socialist left can destroy the biggest company in America, guess what. The rest of the companies will easily cave to their demands too. If the political left in America can force companies to require liberal behavior, they will remove the need to do it through government. I’ve written about this before and explained it better, but let me get back to my inspiration for this particular rant against the big labor lefties.

A planned post-Thanksgiving action largely fizzled due to poor turnout. Many of the protesters at the events were not actually Walmart employees and in some cases were bussed in from outside.  [Source]

Organized labor manipulates the stories by bussing people in to make a contract dispute between a few dozen workers and their employer look like a protest with hundreds of people. You’ve seen the giant Teamsters semi that rolls around the Twin Cities from time to time. That truck probably cost several hundred thousand dollars. That comes out of union member dues. The SEIU has a fleet of purple busses and standing army of professional protesters who can make even the most minuscule situation seem like a full blown crisis. Remember the Wisconsin Capital occupation? Largely people not affected by the policies in Wisconsin, but ‘rent a mob’. They pay people to go protest.

I am very rusty at writing so this is all over the place. Sorry folks. 

Here’s the take away. Be prepared to see protesters at Walmarts today, but remember that there is a very good chance that most of the people waving signs and screaming those rhythmic chants don’t actually work at Walmart and may not even be from Minnesota.  Big labor has gotten very savvy, they have to, because in an honest free market economy they would quickly become unneeded.

Why does it cost $125 to have an electrician come fix a light switch that costs 99 cents?  Same goes for plumbers and a whole host of other service industries. The recent Dayton unionization of daycare providers and personal care attendants is another test case for the theory of mandated union membership raising prices and the key to unions – eliminating the legality of the competition. There will likely be a reduction of choice in daycare along with rising prices.

If you want a better explanation of what I am trying to say here, go watch Idiocracy. That’s what we will look like if we turn into a free loader society.

Wow this post is a rambling roller coaster. But hey, at least I got through the writer’s block. :D

Non-Compostable Waste: Minimum Wage Increase v2.0

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Gov. Dayton and the DFL failed to pass another economy crippling part of the left wing Neo-Communist agenda last Legislative Session: a $1.3 Billion employer tax increase. But, they aren’t taking it lying down. You are hearing story after story about pushes to pass a massive mandated wage increase in the news.

What you are not hearing about, is the impact on employers and the economy. I wrote about this back in May during the Session.

RF Flashback: Winkler & DFL To Push $1.3 Billion Minimum Wage Tax Hike

Further Proof Of MN Media Bias

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

In 2011/12: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann goes to Iowa, and the Minnesota media instantly declares she’s abandoning her District.

In 2013/14: Senator Amy Klobuchar goes to Iowa, and the Minnesota media gushes over it.

The narrative for the next 2 years to avoid covering Senator Franken and his leftwing agenda will be how great Amy Klobuchar’s hot dish recipe’s are received at Iowa backyard BBQs.

Meanwhile, in Congress, serious problems facing the country are being debated, but the constituents back here in Minnesota are being left out in the dark about what is really happening and the consequences of the Obama administration’s reckless domestic and foreign policies.

Its Called Voting With Our Feet You Morons

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Check out the “quotes” from Government bureaucrats AKA liberals we are trying to get the heck away from out here in the hinterlands.

Census report on commuting doesn’t have good news for Twin Cities exurbs

The real truth is the fact that people are willing to have long commutes just to get some privacy and safety in the suburbs even though they know that the bureaucrats are just going to build more trains for those already living in the hamster cage, is further proof the people running government are obtuse to our society and instead trying to change it.

The headline should read: Census report on commuting bad news for downtowns & inner ring suburbs counting on property taxes

 

Unicorn Farts & Happy Thoughts Agenda

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Well the House DFL is leaving little to the imagination of what it looks like inside the mind of a utopian. That is, what does the agenda look like from someone who has no basis of using practical real world cause and effect and instead relies entirely on feelings to govern.

Its always a good indicator that a policy is flawed when, in order to get enough support to pass legislation, you have to insert exclusions for special interests who would be harmed upon implementation…. (emphasis mine)

The Minnesota House and Senate have agreed to an energy bill that includes a 1.5 percent solar energy standard for investor-owned utilities.

[...]

The conference committee working out differences between the two bills decided on a 1.5 percent solar energy standard that will take effect sooner. Investor-owned utilities, such as Xcel Energy, must meet the standard by the end of 2020. Iron mining facilities and paper mills are exempt, as are electricity co-ops and municipal utilities.

Here’s a response from House Republicans on the issue.

St. Paul- Reps. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell) and Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) issued the following statements upon passage of the conference committee report for the Jobs, Commerce, Housing, and Energy Omnibus bill. HF 729 passed by a vote of 73-59 and the conference committee report now heads to the Senate for final passage.

“I was disappointed to find excessive wasteful spending for inefficient government programs in this bill which is inaccurately titled a ‘jobs’ bill. HF 729 is a hodgepodge of state programs and initiatives that will spend millions in taxpayer dollars and only kill jobs or drive them elsewhere through higher taxes, fees and energy rates. The special interests that benefit from this bill will result in others losing out, including a special group of employees that will receive much higher unemployment benefits than the average Minnesotan,” said Rep. O’Driscoll.

“Democrats passed energy mandates tonight that will result in higher energy costs for hardworking Minnesotans. Democrats are forcing consumers to use energy that nobody wants, everyone will pay for, and no one can afford,” added Rep. Garofalo.

Meanwhile, on the real energy crisis that affects Minnesotans TODAY….

Prices around the metro and across Minnesota jumped well above $4 a gallon Wednesday. Prices at some stations around the metro were listed at $4.19 a gallon, while other stations were reported to be slightly higher.

According to AAA, the highest average price on record for the state is $3.98, that was in 2008. Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Michigan, Illinois and the West Coast are holding the highest gas prices in the country right now.

AAA says higher crude oil prices are partly to blame for the price hike, but refinery maintenance both planned and unplanned in the Midwest and West Coast caused those prices to go up.

AAA says we might not get relief at the pump until July 4.

This is not on the list of things the DFL is worried about. In fact, they are proposing a gas tax increase as well as driving related fee increases to pad their special interest slush funds and bailout packages.

Is this what you voted for Minnesota?

 

A President Against His People

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The non-stop campaign from Barrack Obama is sickening. His election campaign has been morphed into Organizing for Action. If there was a shred of honesty in his soul, he’d call it Organizing Against America. Because that’s what it really is. Its on a obsessive non-stop mission to fundamentally transform America. Which means change America, but not for the better, to take away freedoms, liberties, and the very foundation that made this country great.

Its pathetic that the President of the United States will negotiate with our enemies, while trying to cull the opposition politically, here in America.

History will remember the 44th President as…. well I guess the next election will decide exactly how future generations will look back at this time.

Will America survive the Obama administration? As in, will his  quest for absolute power and installation of radical leftist theology be successful to the point where America as we know it ceases to exist?

 

More Proof That Google Should Be Feared – The Friends of Schmidt

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The Obama Brownshirts “Organizing Against America” is pushing propaganda to restrict your Constitutional Rights. Here’s a snippet from their email this morning.

Something big happened in the Senate this week:

The Judiciary Committee voted to move forward on a bill that would make universal background checks the law for all gun sales. That’s hugely important for one simple reason:

If Congress goes on to pass this bill, fewer dangerous people will be able to obtain guns. Period.

It should be a no-brainer. This is something that 92 percent of Americans — and a whopping 74 percent of NRA members — support.

So let’s get this done. We’re going to need to keep the pressure on our elected officials by raising our voices together and saying “It’s time.”

I wanted to test the notion that Google controls searches to influence your information gathering to benefit their ‘friends of Schmidt’.

I searched “NRA member poll” and was proven right of why I fear Google far more than any other company.

Let me know if you spot the scary detail considering most people use Google to make themselves more educated.

Google’s “results”

Search Results

  1. Does the NRA agree with Wayne LaPierre?

    www.washingtonpost.com/…/nra-leadership-members-divide-on-uni…

    Jan 31, 2013 – Nearly three quarters (74 percent) of NRA members supported requiring a background check system for all gun sales, according to a poll

  2. NRA Members strongly oppose new gun restrictions, poll finds

    www.washingtonpost.com/…/nra-members-strongly-oppose-new-gun…

    Jan 25, 2013 – The poll finds more than eight in 10 NRA members oppose bans on high- capacity ammunition clips and semi-automatic assault weapons, with 

  3. Strong Majority of Americans, NRA Members Back Gun Control – US 

    www.usnews.com › News

    Jan 28, 2013 – I do not know a single NRA member or TSRA member that supports the new proposals. If this poll was extended to Texas the must have only 

  4. Even NRA members favor sensible gun control

    www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/media…/baltsun_121509.sht…

    A recent poll shows National Rifle Association members overwhelming favor closing Or that the same poll shows NRA members do support many pro- Second 

  5. News for nra member poll


    MSNBC
    1. Conn. Senator Murphy urges NASCAR to reconsider NRA race sponsorship [w/poll]

      Autoblog (blog) ?- 3 days ago
       to reconsider calling one of the sport’s upcoming events, the NRA 500.members” over the “proper response” to the tragic school shooting.
  6. PollNRA members strongly oppose new gun-control measures 

    thehill.com/…/279259-poll-nra-members-strongly-oppose-new-gun-…

    Jan 25, 2013 – Members of the National Rifle Association overwhelmingly oppose the gun control measures proposed last week by President Obama, 

  7. Poll finds gun owners, even NRA members, back some restrictions 

    www.reuters.com/…/us-usa-shooting-denver-guns- …

    Jul 24, 2012 – NEW YORK (Reuters) – Most gun owners – even current and formermembers of the National Rifle Association - support some firearms 

  8. PolitiFact | Rep. Jackie Speier says poll shows NRA members 

    www.politifact.com/…/rep-jackie-speier-says-poll-shows-nra-member

    Jan 23, 2013 – On the president’s list of gun-control priorities: require background checks for all gun sales. That step has widespread support, even among gun 

  9. NRA member survey: gun rights organization touts its own 98 

    www.slate.com/…/nra_member_survey_gun_rights_organiz…
    Abby Ohlheiser
    by Abby Ohlheiser - in 95 Google+ circles - More by Abby Ohlheiser

    Jan 25, 2013 – Mother Jones flagged the poll, noting that, if it’s even accurate, it corners NRA members as more extreme in their opinions than gun owners at

  10. PollNRA households support background checks – Kevin Cirilli 

    www.politico.com/…/ny-poll-big-backing-for-assault-ban-8…
    Kevin Cirilli
    by Kevin Cirilli - in 59 Google+ circles - More by Kevin Cirilli

    Jan 17, 2013 – Among those living in a household with an NRA member In New York, a separate poll found overwhelming support in New York for an 

Peter Dreier: Wayne LaPierre Does Not Speak for Most Gun Owners 

www.huffingtonpost.com/…/wayne-lapierre-nra-background-checks…

Jan 31, 2013 – Nearly three quarters (74 percent) of NRA members supported requiring background checks for all gun sales, according to a poll released 

And Yahoo’s

  1. NRA members strongly oppose new gun restrictions, poll finds. Posted on January 28, 2013

    www.nraila.org/news-issues/…/nra-members…poll-finds.aspx - Cached

  2. NRA Pollmembers oppose confiscatory gun policies as well as bans on high-capacity magazines and ‘assault’ weapons.

    www.guns.com/2013/01/28/nra-poll…of-10-members-oppose-a… - Cached

  3. A new poll by Republican pollster Frank Luntz reveals that NRA members and other Americans who own guns strongly support a sensible approach to gun laws that balances …

    www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/…/nra_member_poll.shtml - Cached

  4. Strong majorities of National Rifle Association members reject newly proposed gun restrictions, according to a survey released Thursday by the gun …

    www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/…/25/nra-members…poll-finds - Cached
    More results from washingtonpost.com »

  5. To rebut bogus surveys by pollsters on the payroll of antigun groups, NRA-ILA conducted a national scientific poll of NRA members and found near unanimity among NRA …

    www.nraila.org/…/1/survey-finds-nra-members-united.aspx - Cached

  6. After the Newtown shooting, Senator and National Rifle Association member Joe Manchin … 2011 Gallup poll but more in line with data from …

    www.washingtonpost.com/…/12/…nra-what-the-polling-shows - Cached

  7. new poll of nra members by frank luntz shows strong support for common-sense gun laws, exposing significant divide between rank-and-file members and nra leadership

    www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/media-center/pr006… - Cached

  8. Members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) overwhelmingly oppose the gun-control measures proposed last week by President Obama, according to a survey released …

    thehill.com/…/279259-poll-nra-members-strongly-oppose… - Cached

  9. New Poll Of NRA Members By Frank Luntz Shows Strong Support For Common-Sense Gun Laws, Exposing Significant Divide Between Rank-And-File Members And NRALeadership …

    gunshowtrader.com/news/new-poll-of-nra-members-by-frank… - Cached

  10. “Even members of the NRA, when they were polled recently, were under the impression that everyone has a criminal background check.” Jackie Speier on Tuesday, January …

    www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/jan/23/… - Cached

BING

 

Notice anything? Notice what is missing from Google’s results? 

READY SET PANIC – 2% Federal Cuts Loom Yet MNHIX Funding Still Hollow Promise

Monday, February 25th, 2013

The White House released forecasts of what state budget line items they will cut if “Sequestration” happens this week. The fear mongering is designed to make Minnesotans think they will have to pay more to prevent cuts to carefully selected services. Obama(‘s auto pen) signed the Sequestration plan into place on New Year’s Day. This last minute fear mongering rings a little hollow to me since he has had 2 months to work with Congress to avoid this.

You will not hear the end of the cuts this week, but there’s far more dangerous budgeting happening closer to home. Please bear in mind that this is $85 Billion dollars out of a $3.8 Trillion budget. The idea that safetynet health insurance for the poor and firefighter jobs or whatever other tear jerking crowd of backdrop standings Obama can find … a pathetic excuse of leadership.

The homegrown version of Obamacare: The Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange” has a far more dangerous design flaw that will cost Minnesotans far more. Mark Dayton and Senate Democrats made this their very first agenda item this session. Senate File #1.

This program is so poorly designed that it has a $75 million donut hole each and every year. The fact is Government run programs require permanent funding to run. They are inventing a new system and this will require a whole new set of bureaucrats to administer the program. And please don’t lose sight of how this is simply to manage something almost every Minnesotan already has.

So while their is much thumping on their chests for what seems to add up to just $20 million is potential lost Federal monies, Democrats in Minnesota are trying to install an unproven, top down, and bloated bureaucracy to facilitate your health care.

Maybe we should be a little more concerned about where the rubber meets the road here in Minnesota, and not be distracted by some veiled threats from the White House.

Dayton – Cutting Your Taxes, Expanding Them, Then Raising Them

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

RF Flashback circa 2007: Lunacracy In Action – Absence Matters – Destructive Energy Bill Stalled, “Less” Destructive One Passes

Lunacracy – A form of Government where reality and common sense are excluded from the debate, where special interest groups have more clout than the average citizens being governed. The Constitution is not to be considered a binding blueprint for the role and powers of such Government.

Lunacrat – An elected official who is more concerned with special interest support than doing what is right for the people they were elected to represent.

Oh look, unelected bureaucrat demands more of your money to be used against your best interests.

Met Council chairwoman supports proposed transit sales tax hike during State of Region

Metropolitan Council Chair Sue Haigh reiterated her support for Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed transit tax on Monday, Feb. 11 during her “State of the Region” address at the St. Paul Union Depot on Kellogg Boulevard.

Appearing before hundreds of onlookers,

And there were just a dozen or so who showed up to defend their 2nd Amendment rights from Dayton’s allies in the Legislature, but hey, they are professional journalists, they just count differently. When its a liberal action item, they count fingers and toes.

Haigh said that the recently-renovated train depot, first completed in 1923, represented the kind of long-term commitment to transportation infrastructure that the region is once again contemplating.

The “region” Dayton and his minions in the shadow government of Met Council focus on is downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Their only plans for the broader Metro area is taxation….. OK fine, and to make it nearly impossible to drive your own car so you will finally surrender to their 19th century plan of trains trains trains.

“The generation that invested in this building did us a great favor in constructing this kind of lasting investment,” she said.

It probably cost a few hundred thousand dollars to build, and these lunatics just dumped over $250 million into it in order to explain why they needed to tear up a main thoroughfare between Minneapolis and St. Paul and disrupt thousands of peoples’ lives and put a bunch of business out of business. Ribbon cutting ceremony trumps jobs and the economy.

But hey, let’s scrape off the lipstick ad get to the hog suckling at the teet of the Twin City taxpayers.

Dayton has said he will push for a .25 percent sales tax, equivalent to a nickel on every $20 purchase, within the seven county metro. If approved by the state Legislature, the funds could help launch up to 15 passenger rail and Bus Rapid Transit lines within the next 20 years.

Record high gas prices. Stagnant economic growth. Tax increases hitting every Minnesotan. Uncertain cost of health insurance and the looming possibility of employers cutting hours to avoid the Government overreach in Dayton’s dream of Obamacare.

And here we have Dayton’s unelected shadow government trying to dig into our wallets for even more money to spend on their social engineering.

Maybe in heaven the news media will inform voters just how much disdain these bureaucrats have for free will and free markets.

While rome is burning, this lady is building a taj ma hall to rekindle that love affair Americans gladly made obsolete a century ago.

The locomotive.

Lunacrats:

 

My Reaction To Obama’s Reinauguration

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Yep, the guy sure hates America.

On the one hand he wants to take away the rights of certain law abiding Americans, and on the other, he wants to grant  rights to law breaking people who are citizens of other countries.

I weep for my country that a man full of so much hatred and contempt for his fellow Americans is…

Buck Ofama.

Time to order the bumper stickers.