Common Sense For Belmar Liberty Begins At Home

October 28, 2012

WARNING: “Silver Lining” Approaching!

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Let’s just hope that Sandy is more of a media storm than a meteorological one and that casualties and property damage are minimal or, better yet, non existent.

If there is, however, extensive property damage then be on the lookout for some economic ignoramuses to start pointing to the so called “silver lining” in the form of increased economic activity.  Understand: destruction does not create wealth.  If we have to spend money to restore what we once had, that money will no longer be available for other purposes.  Money spent for new roofs will now not be spent for, say, new cars.  The roofer’s gain is the autoworker’s loss.  And the man that might have had a good roof and a new car will now have to settle for a good roof and no new car.

A powerful storm can change what we buy, but never enables us to buy more overall than we would have been able to absent the storm damage.  Don’t confuse money velocity with wealth creation through production.  Spending, particularly to replace things we already had, doesn’t make us richer, it makes us poorer.  So let’s pray that there is no further loss of life from this storm and that any damage to property is minimal.  Because when it comes to natural disasters there is no such thing as a silver lining.

October 22, 2012

Don’t Waste Your Vote. Vote For Gary Johnson.

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“What we really need is a second political party in this country”  Ron Paul

 

Sorry to be the one to break the news to you, but here in New Jersey your vote doesn’t count.  Voters in the Garden State will not be deciding who the next president is.  This state so blue that it would take a Romney landslide for New Jersey to be competitive for the former governer.  If Romney wins New Jersey, then he will easily win Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida.  It would be the greatest Republican landslide since Reagan’s 49 state victory in 1984.  It’s not as if New Jersey will somehow be alone among the blue states to switch sides and fall into the red camp.  It’s much more likely that in such a scenario we would be among the last holdouts for Obama.

So why not actually do something with your vote?

Poll after poll show a great many voters to be dissatisfied with the presidential choices both in the current election and in previous elections.  Many voters say they would prefer a viable third choice if one was available.  They are, however, discouraged from voting third party when third parties are forced to run candidates with little or no governmental experience and typically recieve less than 1% of the vote. 

This year is different.  Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson was a successful two-term Republican governer.  He has more executive experience than Romney or Obama.  If he could grab even 5% of the vote in New Jersey, instead of 2% or 3%, it would do a lot more good for our political system than for Romney to lose the state by a smaller margin than he might have otherwise.  Nobody will really notice whether Romney gets 41% in New Jersey or 44%.  But if libertarian Gary Johnson can achieve a decent slice of the vote both here and in other states the country might start to take notice.  People may be more willing to take a shot at voting Libertarian in future elections, both national and local.  And the press might actually talk about us once in a while, and let us into the debates.  With more people hearing our message anything could happen.

Like the status-quo and think the country is in fine shape?  Yeah, go ahead and be a another cog in the Republicrat machine.  Want you vote to actually make a difference, to be the beginning of a change in this country?

Vote for Gary Johnson!  

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Paul Draws Thousands To Utah Vally University 10-18-12

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“The Revolution is Alive and Well”

 

October 20, 2012

Job Creation, Wealth Destruction

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Not much voltage at the Volt factory.

 

 

Here is a list of some other green energy turkeys that are bankrupt or soon will be, and the amount of tax money they were granted:

 Evergreen Solar ($24 million)*
SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
Solyndra ($535 million)*
Beacon Power ($69 million)*
AES’s subsidiary Eastern Energy ($17.1 million)
Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
SunPower ($1.5 billion)
First Solar ($1.46 billion)
Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
Amonix ($5.9 million)
National Renewable Energy Lab ($200 million)
Fisker Automotive ($528 million)
Abound Solar ($374 million)*
A123 Systems ($279 million)*
Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($6 million)
Johnson Controls ($299 million)
Schneider Electric ($86 million)
Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
ECOtality ($126.2 million)
Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
Range Fuels ($80 million)*
Thompson River Power ($6.4 million)*
Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
LSP Energy ($2.1 billion)*
UniSolar ($100 million)*
Azure Dynamics ($120 million)*
GreenVolts ($500,000)
Vestas ($50 million)
LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($150 million)
Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
Navistar ($10 million)
Satcon ($3 million)*
*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.

October 13, 2012

Just Wondering………

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October 12, 2012

Don’t Worry, Belmar’s Still #1

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If you include the S.I.D. tax!!!

 

From NJ101.5:

NJ Ranks 49th In Business Tax Climate, Beating NY

New Jersey is growing more business-friendly. According to a new report from the Tax Foundation, the Garden state moved up one place from 50th to 49th this year, beating neighbor New York.

“New Jersey still has some of the highest property taxes in the country. In fact, per capita, state residents pay $2,671 per capita, that’s about 5.3 percent of personal income.  Some of the other reasons include a high income tax rate and a high corporate tax rate” said Scott Drenkard, an economist at the Tax Foundation.

 

October 11, 2012

It’s Not Jobs We Want, It’s Wealth

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When politicians talk about a jobs crises, and about creating jobs, they are, as usual, missing the point.  I don’t know about you but I would be perfectly happy not to even have a job if I didn’t need one.  It’s much more fun to sit home and write about politics than to shlep up to Newark and write about auto parts.  For most of us, myself included, it’s not the job we want, it’s the paycheck.  So our goal should be reducing jobs, reducing work, but gaining in wealth at the same time.

But before we can gain that wealth, it has to be created.

The only way to become a wealthier country is to become a more productive country.  We can not have a prosperous society if the only way to increase your wealth is to reduce someone else’s.  So we must forgo all these expensive programs that aimed at creating jobs and concentrate instead on easing the way to producing more goods.  The jobs, the work, is an unwanted necessity that we should be trying to minimize.  We just want the stuff, not the work.

And we must not waste our productive capabilities on stuff the government thinks we should want, like windmills, Chevy Volts or alpacas.  We must produce more of what we really want.  Only a free market absent of coercion, using the signal of market prices, can figure out what we want and how much of it we want and not waste our productive energies on stuff we don’t want. 

 The list of what the government does that causes the destruction of wealth instead of the creation of wealth is enough to fill a library full of books and there are several good ones.  Two that I recommend are the classic Economics in One Lesson  by Henry Hazlitt, and the recently published How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes by Peter Schiff.  Both are very short and fun to read, because good economics is actually fairly simple.  It’s the politicians and special interests that try to make it seem more complicated than it really is so they can rig the system to their advantage.

October 9, 2012

Atlas Shrugged, Part II

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Opening Friday!

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October 6, 2012

Selective Respect For Anonymity

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I was checking the Belmar web site to see if they ever migrated the minutes and agendas from meetings prior to August to the new ($11,000) site (they haven’t), and noticed the link for a “How’s Belmar Doing?” survey.  This is a great idea.  I would suggest that they post all responses on the bottom of the page so we who are paying the salaries can see how they’re doing too.

I notice they are requiring survey takers to disclose their full names and email addresses.  (Of course this will discourage most people who would have something negative to say from participating in the survey.)   

But think about that.  To speak at a public meeting, you have to state your name and address first.  To comment over the web, you have to give your name and email.  They even demanded a photocopy of your driver’s license just to live here without owning your own house before they found out that was illegal to do so.  But our mayor and attorney wave around some anonymous letter that reads like a ransom note (“I will be in the audience”), and apparently was delivered in the same manner as a ransom note, and use it to throw Belmar’s housing policy into chaos and our council into such turmoil that it is losing it’s ability to govern.

October 4, 2012

If You Want A Friend In Belmar, Get A Dog!

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Meet Sophie, the newest upstart to reside at the Schneck household.  She’s an 8 week old kooikerhondje and we had to fly all the way to Alabama to get her!

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