21st Century Monopoly

community 21st Century Monopoly

As a child, I used to play the board game of Monopoly.  I still vividly remember the excitement of a “Get out of Jail Free” card and the royal blue of Boardwalk and Park Place.  My brothers would be angered when I’d loft off to using the pink pastel colored dollars for other, imaginary scenarios in make-believe businesses. Who knew at a young age, I’d be an energetic entrepreneur, only my lessons of business and true capitalism would come from something other than playing monopoly with my brothers.

By looking at the meaning of Monopoly as an adult, I am only reminded how badly its lessons are in truly preparing us for the real world and as a Free Market.

Playing the Game:

Monopoly was developed from a first phase of The Landlord’s Game, which was invented in 1903 by Lizzie J. Magie whom was a loyal follower Henry George and through The Landlord’s Game she was in pursuit of teaching his single-tax theory. [1]

Years later, a number of socialists, such as Scott Nearing, known as the “father of environmentalism”, changed the name of the game to “Monopoly.”

Monopoly is designed in a way that all cannot improve their properties equally, and collaboration is prohibited. With every move it ends up hurting the other players in pursuit to gain their wealth and building ultimate power. It is no wonder the later patented game was named Monopoly.  [2]

Monopoly Definition: the exclusive possession or control of something. [3]


The Monopoly Game played today:
Monopoly looks a lot like Washington today. Consider us the players trying to make it around the board in pursuit of a lifestyle of security and freedom; what America was built on!   Some of us taking risks, some of us holding “our cards” more tightly. At the start of the game, each player (you and I) chooses a token and one player is selected as the banker (president). In these terms, we vote in the banker and he holds the power, a power that has been out of control for some 50 years.

All too often, as we’ve learned this year, there are stories such as the Solyndra bankruptcy. The government and Energy Department gives a politically connected group, (Solyndra) money, when they knew that they had a negative flowing cash flow for some time. Solyndra would funnel some of this money to the California Democratic Party. The principles in the business were handsomely paid.  Regular American citizens grew to be outraged when they found out. The money gifted to them is from your and my tax dollars. [4]

As you see, the best part about the “banker” and it’s ruling class game is that it is created so that they cannot lose: Power keeps the playbook and keeps the rule book. Perhaps the saddest part was being told that these entities are established firms which are “too big to fail”. What a choice we are offered: they can take down an economy or demand a bailout.

The saddest part? Even though we don’t want to give the keys to the King to the Castle, he simply brings up the drawbridge behind him.

A Free Enterprise idea foundationally credits a business owner with ‘pay for performance.’ When people get bonuses when they run a business into the ground, human nature knows that this is fundamentally wrong. Just like the joy of playing a board game, one should be played that is within a system with gains and losses, and success and failure. We may need Wall Street, but the government should not be picking winners and losers by rigging the rules in favor of companies of their choosing having an easy to completing against everybody else. This is the Mercantilism our founding fathers rebelled against. Today is simply Washington Inc.

Television, radio, and the Internet have shown us an unending stream of this type of corruption in government. It happens in many forms including direct money transfers, preferential tax treatments, price controls, research grants, and trade restrictions.

Once the hand is in the cookie jar, it’s hard to resist “one more.” The addiction to such frenzy creates relentless lobbying in both Congress and the White House.  Most often we wind up with corrupt inside deals that lead to endless wasteful streams of government growth. If there is any hope of saving our nation this is exactly what we need to halt in it’s tracks.

Handouts… a Fact:

Government payouts make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population, which means Thirty-five percent of American citizens live on “handouts.” Where are the handouts coming from? Citizens tax money and “poof”! Printed money. [5]

Social welfare benefits make up 35 percent of wages and salaries this year, up from 21 percent in 2000 and 10 percent in 1960, according to TrimTabs Investment Research using Bureau of Economic Analysis data. 3

Back to History, pre Monopoly and the Landlord Game. 

Two centuries ago, the founders of this country, living under the tyranny of many of King George’s British monopolies, rebelled against the British authorities. They pledged that our nation would forever be free of such monopolies. That is the reason they refused to establish a central bank, public schools, business favors, and a centralized government without the checks and balances to sustain a free market. The candy dish has been out for far too long. Just like our Founding Fathers who fought under brutal conditions as citizens and traders, we must bring the country back from a long practiced tyranny to liberty and freedom.

Kassandra Kuehl is a writer and blogger with American Citizens for Economic Freedom (http://truecapitalism.org/).  We are the super PAC for the Tea Party and Women’s Organizations, founded by prominent business entrepreneur, Peter M. Vessenes.


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Obamacare, Czars, Federal Agencies

Obama Czars Obamacare, Czars, Federal Agencies

By Kassandra Kuehl of American Citizens for Economic Freedom (http://truecapitalism.org).  We are the super PAC for the Tea Party and Women’s Organizations, founded by prominent business entrepreneur, Peter M. Vessenes.

How do you feel when you think of the word “bureaucracy?”  I did an experiment and wrote down all the adjectives I could think of when I thought about bureaucrats and bureaucracy.  Stop for a moment and do this yourself.  What were your results?  All negative?

Do we need bureaucrats?
A Bureaucrat’s job is to stand between the lawmakers who create public policy, and the people.  For example, if the recent Obamacare Mandate (tax) is established, bureaucrats will multiply in front of our eyes to oversee all the new policies, new taxes, new programs, and they will set up the “new rules” on how you and I are governed.   

Who oversees the Obamacare tax? 
The tax collectors (Internal Revenue Service) oversee the Obamatax, of course.  The new health care bill is the largest IRS expansion, at least since the introduction of withholding taxes, which was first introduced by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II.[1]

An analysis by the Joint Economic Committee estimates the added IRS staff at a potential 16,500 new personnel for collecting, examining and auditing new tax information mandated on families and small businesses by Obamacare.[2]

Do not misunderstand me; the public sector has many jobs that are critical to the working of our nation and communities for a peaceful existence.  These jobs include fire departments, law enforcement, military, people who work in the judicial system, public parks and recreation, street lighting, and many other small collateral services.

Past to Present: Seeing Double…triple, quadruple

The current excessive bureaucracy and spending burden impacting our national budget rose greatly through the expansion of duplicated agencies, czars, and programs – but who’s counting?

We should all be counting, as we pay for these countless programs!

To clarify, we have 15 Cabinet Agencies, 34 Czars, and over 1300 Federal and State Agencies!  How did this happen when the framers’ main objective of governance was:

1.  To provide an environment for citizens to succeed and fail by their own choices.
2.  To protect the citizens so they can live and fulfill their lives by their own choices.

Public Expansion

Because 34 “czars” aren’t enough, Washington is becoming the home of a myriad of new federal programs, agencies and commissions to oversee the government-run health insurance bill:[3]

  • 159 new bureaucracies
  • 47 new agencies, boards, and commissions
  • 68 new grant programs
  • 12,000 pages of already-issued regulations
  • 16,500 new IRS agents, who are needed just to enforce
  • 20 new taxes

The 2,801-page government-run health bill threatens to:[4]

  • Cost taxpayers at least $1.4 trillion over 10 years
  • Mandates the purchase of private health care for all Americans
  • Create an onslaught of economic and legal consequences that kills jobs
  • Drive up the cost of health care for families
  • Make the powers of the federal government limitless

It is apparent we have moved far away from our founders’ vision of free enterprise and individual rights.  Our elected officials are consumed with serving their own interests, continuing out of control spending, and promoting government making life’s decisions for you and I.

You don’t need an accounting degree to understand that our existing federal programs have put us in an extremely dangerous position as a nation.  We have literally climbed to the end of the cliff and are dangling by a thread.  You and I must vote to end the fiscal insanity in its tracks this November.  As we implement the health care law, this expansion of government will surely throw us over the edge if we do not repeal and replace it.

Who Keeps Bureaucrats on Life Support?

You do. I do. WE do!  Ultimately it’s as simple as this: you and I are forced to pay for a “trade” we had no part in. This is done through taxes, regulation, etc.  This certainly is not the True meaning of Capitalism where all the trading partners believe they receive equal or greater value in the trade.  Federal Bureaucracy is growing and the consequences will fall like dominoes:

  • Unnecessary expenses
  • Costs that are passed on to consumers
  • Limiting of the private sector’s natural growth, or worse
  • Shrinking of the private sector, and by that
  • Reducing the taxes that are collected, thereby
  • Worsening the federal budget deficit

 Our bloated Federal Government has also created rules that are now limiting our ability to provide energy autonomy for the nation.

A New-Old Deal
The current administration mirrors FDR’s progressive vision which turns citizens with individual choices and freedoms into citizens governed by the state.  Our nation’s current path empowers a bureaucracy and belief of “what is best for your own good,” which in reality redefines your rights as a mere perk of the “general welfare” system.

There’s one thing all Americans are fed up with: Government lording over our lives thinking they know what is best for us.  Share this article with others and highlight the section on Public Expansion.  We must take back control.  We must hold each other, as well as our congressman, accountable for not one, but many election cycles to come.

The path to this end is less, not more, government, czars, programs, and agencies.

[4] Ibid


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