"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Future of Europe at a Crossroads? Helmut Kohl Raises Some Tough Issues

Helmut Kohl, former German Chancellor at the time of the German reunification, has written a striking piece at Europe is at a crossroads: will we push forward a united Europe of peace and freedom?

The Great Land Grab in the West Needs to be Stopped - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich Has it Right at the NY Times

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich has it right at the New York Times in The Land Grab Out West.

We have written previously at Home Ownership, Elites, Wealth, Congressionally Plundered Federal Lands and a Polarized Society of Haves and Have Nots about how vested interests over the centuries have pilfered national American land from its citizens for ultimately private gain.

If all of this land still belonged to the people, as it should and as it originally did, there would be much less national debt and much less taxation of the people. Now the people who have acquired that land want to keep all the loot and pay no taxes. That is not going to work.

Ideally, the federal government represents everyone in the country.

By contrast and by definition, individual U.S. States are minority-run collections of vested local and regional interests and it is hard to make a case that they have done anything useful in American history that could not have been done better federally.

The Interstate Highway System is one example. Just imagine all U.S. roads being solely in greedy and selfish individual State hands. That used to be the case in Europe, for example, and still is to some degree, though Germany led to and served as the model for the greater "Autobahn" idea to get rid of the old toll road practices, where you had to pay tolls and other private subsidies to use the roads, thus greatly diminishing freedom of movement. Things have greatly improved in Europe since the beginning of the European Union, which is the antithesis of the former selfish war-torn Europe of individual greedy States.