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WHEN MONEY DIES Print E-mail
Written by Sandy Shaw   
Thursday, 02 April 2009

Inflation is a way that governments can pay off their debts (albeit with depreciated currency) without outright default or overt tax increases.  In the U.S., government debt has grown to impossible-to-pay levels.  Yet the spending is rapidly accelerating. 

The immensely costly new programs being created on an almost daily basis by the Obama Administration and the Democrats (mostly) in Congress come at a huge price, most of which (along with the continuing burden of Medicare and Social Security, etc.) can only be paid for by continually increasing the money supply into hyperinflationary territory. 

It is thus highly instructive to read the best account of what actually happened during Germany's hyperinflation of the early 1920s.  Until now, this was difficult and very expensive to do.  Amazon, for example, has only one single copy of When Money Dies:  The Nightmare of the Weimar Collapse by Scottish writer and Conservative politician Adam Dugdale Fergusson.  The price is $2,500!

Now there is a way to read it for free.
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WHAT YOU SAID TTP Survey Summary Part 2 Print E-mail
Written by Rebel Holiday   
Thursday, 02 April 2009

Last week we reviewed your responses to how often you read "ToThePoint," and the value you find in it. It was very motivating for Jack and staff to read! We also shared some of the concerns you voiced about the changes we are currently experiencing in our country and our world.

This week we will discuss Question 3, which is actually a series of questions.

Question 3.   How interested would you be in the following options?

Answer Options

Extremely Interested

Very

Somewhat Interested

Slightly

Not at all

Never thought of this

Depends on the location

Dual citizenship & 2nd passport

17.2% 

19.5%  

20.5% 

13.8% 

16.8%

10.2%

1.8%

Home/2nd home in community of conservatives abroad

14.3%

17.0% 

19.4%

16.9% 

19.6% 

10.1% 

2.3%

Home/2nd home-in community of conservatives in US

18.4%

24.3%

15.6%

10.6%

9.6%

8.8%

0.8%

Being a part of a community of TTP members anywhere

18.3%

19.5%

24.3%

15.6%

10.6%

9.6%

1.2%

Going on an exploratory trip

10.1%

12.9%

23.5%

22.1%

18.3%

9.1%

3.5%

Seriously learning about these options

22.0%

20.6%

23.2%

18.2%

18.2%

9.7%

0.7%

  

This question brought a lot of very strong emotional responses that can be classified into categories.
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THE LUNACY OF LIBERAL DIALOGUE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 02 April 2009

All of us are brothers under the skin.  We humans (except, of course, for Republicans and AIG executives) all have good hearts, and we all want basically the same things.  Disputes between nations and cultures are chiefly the result of miscommunication, and can be resolved by compromise, concession, and "dialogue."

That's a pleasant thing to believe, and many Americans - mostly wealthy liberals who've led sheltered lives - believe it.  But to sustain the belief requires a stupendous ignorance of history, whose blood-soaked pages reveal more disputes between nations and cultures have been driven by greed, envy, and religious zealotry than by miscommunication.

"War started from Adam when Cain he killed Abel until now," said Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, once al Qaeda's number three, as he confessed proudly last month his role in planning the 9/11 attacks and 30 others.  "It's never going stop killing of people.  This is life."

It's uncomfortable to realize there are people in the world who want to kill you just because you are different from them, and will do so unless you kill them first.  But then, what characterizes a liberal is being uncomfortable with reality.
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HOW CONGRESS CAUSES BANK FAILURES Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Thursday, 02 April 2009

Why did some banks and financial institutions fail and others succeed?

There are many reasons, but one common ingredient of those that have not failed is that they are organized as partnerships and/or are controlled by a family, or are closely held by a few senior officers. That is, they have "skin in the game."

So why are not more banks and other financial companies organized as partnerships?  Primarily because the tax code requires partners individually to pay full tax on their pro-rata share of the profits as they are earned.

A properly structured tax code would encourage companies to reward their executives on the long-run profitability of the enterprise, rather than on short-run profits, which is now the case.

Members of Congress rant against the short-term mentality of many in Wall Street and elsewhere, but it is precisely the tax and regulatory systems put in place by Congress that have caused much of the problem.
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KEEP THE CHANGE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 03 April 2009

Change is a very popular concept. I have spent most of my adult life searching for effective ways to help people to change their lives for the better. Social scientists have spent over a century trying to make all of the individuals of society change for (their vision of) the better. Our current President swept into office promising a vaguely defined vision of hope ‘n change.

But while we each have a certain desire for change, we also have a strong pull toward the familiar. Both forces balance us in a dance of dynamic action and inhibition of that dynamic action.

Which brings me to our current political and economic situation/fiasco.  For it ignores the balance and nags on and on about change.  As my kids will readily tell you, nobody likes to be nagged.
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TURBOSHARE TAX PREPARATION SOFTWARE Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 03 April 2009

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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/27/09 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 27 March 2009

The HFR raises a glass of Newcastle Brown ale to the British hero of the week, Daniel Hannan.

As a Member of the European Parliament for Southeast England (Kent, Surrey, Sussex et al), he delivered a 3-minute speech on Tuesday (3/24) directed at British Prime Minister Gordon Brown who was attending the session in Brussels.

It is the most devastating skewering of a politician right to his face in modern memory.  His accusation that Mr. Brown has "a pathological inability to accept responsibility" applies equally to Democrats in Congress and their president.

As you watch the speech - only 3 minutes - you'll probably ask:  Where is our Daniel Hannan?  Where is an American politician with the wit, the eloquence, and the courage to similarly skewer Zero?
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ZERO IS LESS THAN ZERO Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 27 March 2009

On a beautiful sunny day in 2004, the villagers of Banda Aceh in Sumatra were peacefully minding their own business when out of nowhere a tsunami washed them away:

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Substitute the Before photo with America today.  The After photo is what America is going to look like in the wake of Zero.

If you think this is hyperbolic then you haven't come to grips with the consequences of hyper-inflation.  If you did, you be like what the Banda Aceh folks would have been if they'd had any warning:  in panicked flight to higher ground.

And here's the kicker:  with hyper-inflation comes hyper-fascism.  The worse our economy becomes, the more our freedoms will be taken away.

Folks - this is being done on purpose.  If it were all due to sheer stupidity or incompetence on Zero's part, you would expect, as "Skye" observes on the Forum, coin-flip outcomes with at least some of them correct. 

But when all actions are taken to disincentivize wealth creation and expand government control, to destroy the worth of the dollar and not increase it, then the damage is malicious and purposeful.

So here is what is really going on:  the President of the United States is making a conscious concerted effort to replace capitalism with fascism. And not just in the United States but world-wide.
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AN INVESTMENT STRATEGY FROM A BILLIONAIRE Print E-mail
Written by Robert Agostinelli   
Friday, 27 March 2009

[To The Point is honored to have legendary investor Robert Agostinelli tell us his investment strategy in what he calls "Obambi Land."]

With the zealot flame of blind activism taking advantage of the dislocation in the banking and real estate markets, we are faced with near unprecedented conflagration in the global markets that we all rely on to manage our wealth.

Absent this opportunist attempt to "melt" down the free market system  and impose a social democrat's illiberal  and centralized dream on all Americans, my advice would be more measured. However this is not the reality with which we are confronted.  

Thus, here are my thoughts on investing in Obambi Land for my friends at To The Point.
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WHAT YOU SAID TTP Survey Summary Part 1 Print E-mail
Written by Rebel Holiday   
Friday, 27 March 2009

After having worked on the survey, it was touching for both  Jack and me that you responded in such large numbers. Thank you for your participation. We appreciate your taking the time to tell us a bit more about you, your interests, and values.  Since the survey, we've been reading and evaluating your responses. It's overwhelming.

Rather than give you an interpretation of the survey responses, here's the actual data. We have included a few comments that are representative of those made. It has been rewarding, interesting, and fun to read your comments and suggestions. The comments have been 98%+ positive with some constructive suggestions that we are working on now.

Question 1.  How Often Do You Read To the Point?

Every week -- I wouldn't miss it!

72.2%

Often, most of the time.

19.0%

Sometimes, when I think of it.

2.4%

Mainly when an article catches my eye.

4.5%

Rarely

1.3%

Almost Never

0.7%


Sample of Typical Comments on Question #1:
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LOWERING YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE IN THE AGE OF ZERO Print E-mail
Written by Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw   
Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Living in the "Age of Zero," where every action of Congress and the White House seems designed to ruin our economy and expand government control, can definitely raise your blood pressure.

It turns out that there may be a very simple and very inexpensive way to reduce (often dramatically) your blood pressure - and much more.  Studies of potassium bicarbonate supplements in humans report:

*Reduced Blood Pressure
*Increased Muscle Mass
*Decreased Bone Loss
*Reduced Risk of Stroke
*Improved Endothelial Function
*Reduced Dietary Acid Load
 
Our diet has changed radically from what our ancestors ate 50,000 years ago, and not all of these changes have been for the good. Our modern diets are likely to contain far less potassium, far more sodium, more acid forming nutrients, and less base forming nutrients than those enjoyed by our ancestors when our species evolved.

Fortunately, an inexpensive potassium bicarbonate dietary supplement can help you to eat more like a Caveman without all that Stone Age food hunting and gathering work.
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A FOREIGN POLICY OF ARROGANT COWARDICE Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Peters   
Wednesday, 25 March 2009

America's enemies smell blood and it's type "O."

All new administrations stumble a bit as they seek their footing. But President Obama's foreign-policy botches have set new records for instant incompetence.

Contrary to left-wing myths, I wasn't a fan of the Bush administration. (I called for Donald Rumsfeld to get the boot in mid-2001.) But fair's fair. Despite his many faults, Bush sought to do good. Obama just wants to look good.

Vice President Dick Cheney was arrogant. Vice President Joe Biden is arrogant and stupid. Take your pick.

Don't worry about the new administration's ideology. Worry about its terrifying naïveté.  And ask:  At what point does naïveté become cowardice?
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$4 GAS COMING SOON COURTESY OF WASHINGTON Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Thursday, 26 March 2009

The price of oil soon will soar again. The present price of a barrel of oil, $50 or so, is below the price needed to meet current demand for a sustained period of time, and it is well below the price needed to meet global demand as the world economy rebounds.

In addition, with the U.S. Federal Reserve System greatly expanding the money supply - which will continue because of the explosion in government spending - the dollar is falling against other currencies; and given that global oil is priced in dollars, the price of oil will rise in dollar terms, just as it did two years ago.

Given that many in the political class seem to think the long run is the next five minutes, they do not see or want to see this tsunami coming.  Of course, they will blame anybody but themselves.
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LOTOPHAGIAN GREED Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 27 March 2009

[Dr. Wade's analysis of liberal greed is so brilliant that we are compelled to make it "free access" so that TTPers can easily share it with their friends.  This needs to be as widely disseminated as possible.] 

In Homer's Odyssey, one day Odysseus and his men come upon an island populated by the Lotophagians - people who do nothing but eat the Lotus plant, "which was so delicious that those who ate of it left off caring about home." Odysseus forced the three of his men who had eaten this plant back onto their boat, "though they wept bitterly."

These three men wanted to stay, to be forever under the effects of the illusion of the lotus, to the point that they would forget everything that thus far had given their lives meaning.

It is this desire to which modern day liberals are appealing; it is this curse that their agenda seeks to subject us to, and it is this temptation that has drawn many Republicans to also indulge in liberal programs and spending.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/20/09 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 20 March 2009

Let's have cup of coffee and talk.  The HFR Saloon is closed for the week after too much toasting the greatest Irish-American in our history - Ronald Reagan - on St. Patrick's Day.  So we'll go next door to the HFR Coffee Shop.

I'm sure you've seen the news reports on how President Teleprompter thanked himself due to his teleprompter foulup.  Note, however, while the media of course videoed the gaffe - it is nowhere to be seen, not on YouTube or anywhere else.

Not only has the video of "Obama thanks himself" vanished, but try clicking on any website claiming to have it.  Up will come a security alert trying to gain access to your computer.  This happens not just on US websites, but world-wide.  And it happens with search engines world wide, not just Google.

The video of Zero thanking himself would go instantly viral once posted on the Web.  But not only has its posting been prevented, they will try to damage your computer as well.  Zero can't stand to be laughed at, and will try to hurt you if you do.

Fortunately, not even he can stifle Gutter Ball gaffes when they are made with Jay Leno.

Speaking of gaffes, did Secretary of Homeland Defense Janet Napolitano call the President of the United States a terrorist?
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