Holy Socialist Central Planning

In his recent speech to the U.S. Congress, Pope Francis declared that “the common good is the chief aim of all politics” and that “freedom requires love of the common good.” Legislation is “always based on care for the public,” the pontiff pontificated. Only a naïve child could believe such a thing.

The pope said these things in the context of imploring the Congress to adopt some kind of Soviet-style central planning of the economy in the name of “fighting global warming,” while simultaneously exploding American welfare state spending by extending welfare benefits to all welfare parasites from every Third World nation on the planet. Thus, if “Catholic social teaching” stands for anything these days, it stands for international socialism and egalitarianism gone wild.

In the context of politics, there is no such thing as “the common good”; for such a concept implies unanimity, and politics is never unanimous, especially in a country of over 300 million people.  Moreover, if everyone agrees on a course of action, then there is no need for government to coerce us into doing it. There is no need for government at all in such instances.

As Ludwig von Mises pointed out in his book, Liberalism, the only sense in which “the common good” or “the public interest” makes any sense is in the case where property rights are well protected. Secure property rights, wrote Mises, is the shortest road to peace and prosperity. All legislation, however, is an attack on property rights because it invariably involves the placement of widely-dispersed burden on the majority for the benefit of a well-organized minority or special interest. All legislation is the result of rent- or plunder-seeking by special-interest groups, or by the state itself in order to expand its powers and budgets. As such, all politics is the mortal enemy of anything that can be construed as “the common good,” exactly the opposite of the pope’s declarations.

Politics is the ultimate “robbing Peter to pay Paul” scam. Peter, the hapless taxpayer, is effectively blindfolded so that he can be robbed for the benefit of Paul, the greedy special interest who kicks back some of the loot to his political patrons in the form of votes and “campaign contributions.” Peter is “blindfolded” by the tricks of deficit spending and money printing, which hide the true costs of government, as well as the concentrated benefits/dispersed costs gambit whereby a small tax is imposed on the many to finance large benefits for the few and well connected.

Politics is thus never based on “care for the public,” as the pope said. It is based on the self-interest of politicians. Their “chief aim” is not “the common good,” but keeping their jobs and expanding their pay, perks, and powers, the public be damned.

The rhetoric of “the common good” began with the French philosopher Rousseau, the intellectual godfather of communism and hater of private property. The common good, said Rousseau, is something that is known to an elite in society. This special knowledge supposedly gives them the right to impose their will on all others. The communists certainly took this idea to an extreme, slaughtering tens of millions of dissenters; but all statists, including Pope Francis, rely on the same rhetoric. They rely on repetition, obfuscation, and rhetorical game playing instead of terror and mass murder to get the public to acquiesce in their plans for international socialism with themselves, the world elite, in charge.

When socialism collapsed once and for all in the Soviet empire and elsewhere in the late 1980s/early 1990s, socialist intellectuals did not just throw in the towel. Many of them took the advice of the socialist/environmentalist guru Barry Commoner, who wrote in The New Yorker magazine that socialists should no longer advocate central planning in the name of helping “the people.” People Schmeople. It should be sold, said Commoner, in the name of “saving the planet” from capitalism. Thus, the “watermelons” were born – green on the outside, red on the inside. The pope is a recent convert to watermelon socialism with his embrace of the “global warming” hysterics’ agenda. Religious figures like himself were always looked upon by Machiavellians like Commoner as useful idiots, to borrow the phrase from Stalin. They send the message that socialist central planning is somehow God’s will – as though humans can know what is in God’s mind.

If American welfare spending explodes by extending benefits to millions of new Third World peasant immigrants, the Catholic Church stands to make a killing. Catholic Charities receives more than half of all of its revenue from government grants. As a recipient of these grants, it is forbidden from teaching Catholicism to the beneficiaries of its “charity.” It is a welfare state conduit, which goes a long way toward explaining the pope’s wild enthusiasm for Third World immigrants. It is the same agenda, in fact, of Ted Kennedy, the author of the 1965 federal immigration law that greatly reduced immigration quotas from Northern Europe while opening up the flood gates of Third World immigrants who Kennedy knew would be reliable Democratic voters/welfare parasites (See Peter Brimelow, Alien Nation).

If the Congress were to adopt the pope’s agenda of socialist central planning in the name of “saving the planet,” coupled with the internationalization of the American welfare state, it would be charting a course to become a Third World country.  At that point, the socialist intellectuals –and perhaps even a future pope – would inevitably blame it all on “capitalism.”

Thomas J. DiLorenzo [send him mail] is professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland and the author of The Real Lincoln; ;Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed To Know about Dishonest Abe, How Capitalism Saved America, Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Archenemy Betrayed the American Revolution – And What It Means for America Today. His latest book is Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government.

This article was originally posted on LewRockwell.com and is reprinted here under a Creative Commons license

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Here’s Why The Biggest Loser In Boehner’s Departure Could Be Barack Obama

John Boehner and Barack Obama were known for working together on a number of issues, despite the difference in party affiliation.

Obama has publicly said that Boehner is more moderate than the Tea Party on major issues.

Obama addressed Boehner’s leadership during a press conference with Chinese President Xi Jin Ping. He said that Boehner was a leader who understood that in governance, “you don’t get 100% of what you want.”

Boehner reached a debt deal with Obama back in 2011, although they did not reach a “grand bargain” during the negotiations. Boehner also helped Obama fast-track trade promotion legislation, despite the objections of many Democrats.

A whopping 72% of Republican primary voters said that they are dissatisfied with the ability of Boehner and Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to achieve party goals, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz harshly criticized Boehner: “If it is correct that the speaker, before he resigns, has cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi to fund the Obama administration for the rest of this year, to fund Obamacare, to fund executive amnesty, to fund Planned Parenthood, to fund implementation of this Iran deal, and then presumably to land a cushy K Street job after joining with the Democrats to implement all of President Obama’s priorities, that is not the behavior one would expect from a Republican speaker of the House.”

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy would naturally be in line next to become speaker. Although he is currently favored by the odds, it is uncertain if he will ascend to the position.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., was asked who would now run for speaker. He responded: “Everybody! But the establishment lost today.”

Huelskamp said that he and other Tea Party Republicans were happy to hear of Boehner’s resignation and thought Tea Party conservatives would be able to agree on a speaker.

Huelskamp stated: “He read the writing on the wall. We need new leadership. Every time we go home we hear, ‘Fire Boehner.’ We need a new speaker who can standup (sic) to the president.”

After Boehner’s Resignation, Here Is The Man Most Likely To Replace Him

The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, shocked the Republican Party Friday with his sudden and unexpected announcement that he was resigning from his position. One day after his 20-year-long dream came true when Pope Francis addressed Congress, Boehner submitted his resignation.

Apparently overwhelmed with emotion at Thursday’s address to Congress, Boehner was tearful throughout the pope’s entire speech to Congress.

Now, the nation waits to see who will be elected as the next speaker of the House. The most likely candidate, some are saying, is Kevin McCarthy, the second-highest ranking House Republican.

McCarthy, a representative from California, is seen as an obvious choice as a replacement as he is the House Majority Leader.  However, others are already giving their opinion as to who should replace Boehner.

Sean Hannity would like to see Trey Gowdy of South Carolina become the next Speaker of the House. Gowdy, a highly vocal critic of the Obama administration, may get his chance. Boehner, according to many of his critics, was too soft with the current administration, not challenging Obama on many of his initiatives.

Republicans have had the upper hand, controlling the House and the Senate in recent years.

Gowdy has not pulled any punches on Obama, accusing him of acting outside of the rule of law and acting like a dictator instead of a representative of the people.

Mark Meadows, a tea party member, filed a motion in July to oust Boehner. Boehner survived that coup in July but may have seen the writing on the wall and is trying “to avoid putting the party through tumult,” according to Peter King, a Republican representative from New York.

Do you think Boehner should step down? Is it time for the Republican party to use the power they currently hold in the Congress?

Police Investigating A Bombshell Accusation Against A GOP Candidate’s Dep. Campaign Director

A top aide to presidential candidate Rand Paul says that Marco Rubio’s deputy campaign manager punched him in the face at a Michigan bar Thursday night.

Paul’s political director, John Yob, wrote on Facebook Friday morning:

Last night I went to a bar on Mackinac Island for the GOP Mackinac Conference. I ran into a guy named Rich Beeson, who frankly I didn’t even know who it was at first because he isn’t relevant in our political world. Anyway, he is Marco Rubio’s national campaign manager. He literally physically assaulted me by punching me in the face. The state police are looking for him. I have it on video, from multiple angles. This will play out in the national media in the next few hours.

Beeson was reputedly whipping votes on behalf of Rubio, for a straw poll to take place at the major Michigan Republican event this weekend, when the alleged assault took place.

A local political blogger, who claimed to be a witness, gave his account:

As I was sitting at the bar talking to someone at Horn’s in Mackinac Island Thursday night, I witnessed Beeson suddenly, out of nowhere, approach one of Rand Paul’s advisers, John Yob-unprovoked-and try to hit him. Beeson missed a full on shot but still struck Yob’s in the face with a powerful blow near the jaw.

Police were summoned by Horn’s workers after the fight dispersed. Beeson has been banned from Horn’s by the owner and is no longer welcome in the establishment.

According to Breitbart, the police have confirmed they are investigating the matter. “We are handling it. A complaint was filed. It has been forwarded to the Mackinac County prosecutor for review. We are not currently seeking Mr. Beeson,” Mackinac Island Police Chief Brett Riccinto told the news outlet. 

Politico reports that Yob emailed Rubio’s campaign manager Terry Sullivan, who at first believed he wasn’t serious but then apologized for thinking it was a hoax.

Yob wants Beeson fired.

The Rubio campaign told Politico that they are aware of the situation and are looking into it.

A Star You Haven’t Heard Of Just Burst Onto The Scene During The GOP Debate–D.C. Better Watch Out

As they watched their commercial breaks during this week’s GOP Presidential debate, viewers in North Carolina were introduced to what just might be a new conservative star when the new campaign ad for Republican Kay Daly premiered announcing her primary challenge to Congresswoman “RINO Renee” Ellmers. And this announcement could have national implications.

The fiery commercial for Kay R. Daly, a Moore County GOP Executive Committee Member and communications professional, burst onto local TV screens during the GOP debate on Wednesday denouncing Ellmers in no uncertain terms and noting that Ellmers, a self-affirmed “feminist” and RINO, has led North Carolina leftward since she was first elected in 2010.

The ad opens with Renee Ellmers herself saying, “You know, as a Republican, you can be a RINO,” and explains that “R.I.N.O.” is an acronym for “Republican In Name Only.”

Daly appears at the end of the advertisement in a wooded setting, wearing hunting clothing with pink accents and carrying a shotgun, saying, “I’m Kay Daly, and this is my message. I’m hunting ‘RINOs’; care to join me?” The spot ends with her discharging the shotgun on camera.

According to the Daly camp, Ellmers has an abrasive personality, is pro-amnesty, and has a generally moderate to liberal voting record that has infuriated North Carolina conservatives and made Ellmers the number one incumbent target in the country.

And Daly is running decidedly to the right of Ellmers. “It’s a hard hitting ad,” Daly said of her commercial, “and that’s exactly the way I am going to conduct this campaign. There are very real differences between my principled conservatism and whatever it is that guides Ms. Ellmers’ decisions, and I intend for the voters to see that clearly. Renee has betrayed her constituents, betrayed the military, betrayed her campaign promises, and betrayed the pro-life community. She has repeatedly voted with the Democrats to saddle my children with a debt burden that is so immense it cannot be repaid. This is for the future of our country, and I’m not going to pull any punches until the last vote is counted.”

The ad immediately made a mark among some conservatives.

“This is the big player we have been looking for to take on Ellmers,” said Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips. “We’ve been praying for someone like her to agree to run, and now it has happened. This is a dream come true for conservatives in North Carolina’s 2nd District and across the nation.”

Daly has also been recognized by a long list of nationally known conservatives. Although she resides in a small community near Pinehurst, Daly’s reputation and political connections are national in scope. The American Conservative Union selected Daly to receive its national Ronald Reagan Award at its 30th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., and she has already received the endorsements of numerous national conservative leaders in the race, including Dr. James Dobson, Gary Bauer, Ambassador Alan Keyes, Robert Bork, Jr., Mrs. Lucianne Goldberg, and James Golden (better known as the “Bo Snerdley” of Rush Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated radio show).

Daly lives in Moore County with her three children and her husband, who is an attorney, a disabled American veteran, and a former Chief of Staff for a United States Congressman himself. With her connections and experience, Daly enters the race as the presumptive favorite among the several rumored or announced candidates challenging the incumbent.

A lifelong conservative activist, Daly is the former Communications Director for the North Carolina Republican Party, and has experience as a staff member for both Senate and House Republicans going back nearly thirty years, including service as Press Secretary to former Congressman Fred Heineman, R-Wake/Chatham.

A complete list of the endorsements Kay Daly has received to date is available on her web site, www.KayDaly.com.