In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
Who said that? George Orwell.
There is some scary sh-er, stuff, going on in the world right now, and people seem to be either afraid to tell the truth when they know it, or willfully lying to themselves and everyone around them. (Incidentally, with regards to my earlier post about the Pope’s controversial-and correct-statements in Africa, we do find someone else who is willing to speak the truth.) Oh, sure, there are some bloggers, talk radio people, talking heads, etc. who speak out, but they are either ignored or shouted down by the liars, ignorants, and cowards. But I don’t care if I’m ignored, shouted down, or endangered. I insist on telling the truth, as I see it. I am calling for a revolution of truth telling. Tell the truth about what your proposed policy (be it a climate policy, bailout, whatever) actually is going to do about the problem its supposed to address under your assumptions, and what those assumptions are (as an example, in the farciful world of climate policy, no cap an trade or carbon tax scheme which has ever been seriously proposed that would be politically possible would have any significant effect on future temperatures/other climate variables regardless of what you believe about climate-scientists who advocate for such policies must know this. They must know that the costs of these policies is much greater than any possible “benefit” (negative effect savings). So why, then, don’t they say so?). Be honest about what the bill/law you are going to pass says-and don’t expect the benefit of the doubt when you pass something before other people can verify it (Stimulus, bailouts, budget anyone?)! Tell the truth about what is actually known about something, not just what you think is true-distinguish raw facts from opinion. Don’t make misleading/vague statements like “Global Warming is real” as proxies for dealing with the details. Let other people evaluate the facts under their assumptions. How confident are you in the veracity of intelligence information-what about others, and their opinions? After all, its quite clear from the WMD debacle in Iraq (which should not be judged on the basis of whether it found weapons, but on its success in freeing Iraq from tyranny, which, so far, and barring the Obama administration doing anything stupid (which is not merely possible, but certain (opinion)) stands at Freedom 1 Tyranny 0) that overselling intelligence can make people unnecessarily POed when they discover it (in this case, no one “lied”, certainly not Bush, but it is certainly true that somewhere along the line someone had too much confidence in their claims). Don’t try to claim credit for things you didn’t do, or dodge blame for things you did do (Notice the juggling around of blame for the bonus amendent to the bailout-First Dodd said, no, I didn’t do it, a commitee did, then, yes, I did it, but at the behest of Obama-its not that Dodd’s amendment was actually bad, it just that if people are angry, they should know who to blame for their grievance (which is misplaced)). And don’t make currency made of lies. The insanity of the Fed’s trillion dollar printing splurge is that the money isn’t real. They are trying to fight essentially fake deflation-a result of declining prices in a small number of commodities such as oil, gas, houses, insurance and banking stocks, etc. The rising demand for gold, and consequent increase in price clearly indicates that the dollar is losing confidence value, which, as fiat money, is its only real value. This is inflation, and it is very bad, and printing fake money just exacerbates the problem (indeed, it is a direct cause of the problem). One need only look at the sad tale of the Weimar Republic to see the danger of hyperinflation, but the effects of regular inflation are more subtle and though everyone feels them, they are difficult to notice (indeed, at this stage, we mostly aren’t seeing them) (regular inflation here meaning periods in which the rate of change in prices is higher than normal (slow inflation can be acclimated to, and go unnoticed if your income rises to keep up at least) but not so unusual as to be hyperinflation) especially when they are hidden by a lot of other unsettling goings on. The simplest way to explain inflation is that it effects you (anyone who can call themselves a “you”) by reducing your purchasing power (assuming you are using dollars/the devaluing currency) making you less able buy what you want. Simply put, inflation makes everyone poorer (well, I should say that the savvy are able to profit from temporary spats of inflation by getting out of the currency and into something with an increasing price-but that’s impractical in the long run). And creating extra currency without something to back it up (which is what the fed has just done) is inflationary policy-it increases the supply of dollars, and, buy the law of supply, increases its “price”. Unless you find someone willing to give you a certain number of new dollars in exchange for your old ones (why would anyone take such a huge loss?) you are screwed. You are stuck with a wallet full of Fed lies.