Election Thoughts From A Survivalist

I have been paying attention to the candidates and have come to realize that either both parties don’t Trump for presidentunderstand what is happening to the country or they don’t want to tell the masses what is happening.  To be fair, Bernie has some great points and so does Donnie.  Hillary is a puppet to the big banks, corporations and Wall Street.  On a positive note, both Bernie and Donnie represent the people telling the parties they are dissatisfied.  I find the awakening to be refreshing.

By Dave H, a contributing author of SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

Let’s look at Bernie (the former candidate).  He wants to break apart the banks.  I agree with him on this point.  The banks should have been allowed to fail in 2008.  Now they are bigger than ever.  The change in the accounting rules to eliminate market based asset valuation has never been corrected.  Therefore we don’t have an actual way to value the banks and their solvency.  If the banks were allowed to fail the need for banking services would not stop.  The assets and most of the people would move from the poorly run banks to the well run banks.  This would be capitalism at its finest.

Cost of Education

Staying with Bernie and education.  I agree with Bernie that we need to solve the cost of education.  Our bernie_sanders_election_2016education costs are out of line with the college tuition costs around the world (click here to see worldwide comparison).  In this article the average college tuition cost in the US is just under $14,000.  In Germany the average tuition is $933.  In Sweden, France, Denmark and Norway the average tuition is $600 or less.

In the US the children of wealthy families come out of college debt free. The children of middle class families come out heavily in debt and they are enslaved by their student loans.  Children of poor families have very limited opportunities for advancement because they cannot qualify for the student loans. This leads to a cast society and that is not the basis for America.

My general political leanings are Libertarian with a strong belief in Laissez-faire economics.  In this case I feel it is important that we have some intervention for the good of the country.  We are in the beginnings of a new economy. It is very similar to the points when we changed from an agrarian society to an industrial society and then from industrial to technology based.  This time technology is replacing the human worker.  We can argue about percentages of job loss and even the affected industries.  The fact is jobs will be lost and we need to prepare the country for the next economic wave.  I don’t know the next economic wave. However, I feel strongly that we will need an educated workforce or we will be left behind.

Why not offer a program where our youth has the opportunity to volunteer in the country for a period of 2 years and for that we give them a reduced college tuition? They should be able to volunteer in a variety of ways. Maybe building trails in the national parks or building homes with Habitat for Humanity. How about delivering meals to the elderly?

Now let’s look at Donnie.  He wants to have our allies pay for their own defense.  You bet!  I agree with Donnie.  It is simple macro economics of guns vs. butter.  You can see the effect on the tuition rates. Europe does not pay for their defense, we do.  That needs to change.  We are 19 trillion dollars in debt. We simply cannot afford to continue down this road.

Continuing down the defense road for a moment.  We spent 49 cents of every military dollar spent in the world. Why?  Do you think Russia or China is ready to invade the US?  If not, what do we get for our military spending?  You may say we get peace in Europe and peace in Japan.  Shouldn’t the Europeans and the Japanese cover their own security?  What we do get is to project our power across the planet.  Let’s ask ourselves about the benefit we get as individuals for the US hegemony.  I would say at best the benefit is minimal.  If you were Raytheon, McDonnell Douglas or Lockheed Martin you would receive tremendous benefit.  Why would we spend $400 billion on the Joint Strike Fighter and not give our sniper teams enough bullets to maintain proficiency?  That is because our ’elected’ political whores in Washington represent major corporations and not the people.  The Supreme Court made an error when they shot down McCain-Feingold. It needs to be reenacted and expanded to eliminate the loopholes.  Corporations are not people and should not be treated as citizens.

The Border

Back to Donnie.  He wants to close the border.  I agree that closing the border is a good thing.  Let’s say that donald_trump_election_2016Donnie is successful and gets to deport all of the illegal aliens.  What would be the effect on the country?  It would be disastrous.  Who would work in the trades?  Who does the roofing?  Who does the concrete work? Who does brick laying?  We as a society have devalued the trades.  We no longer teach metal shop or carpentry in high school.  Our trade schools have been converted to junior colleges.  The unions ran the apprentice programs and we have devalued the unions.

Donnie gets it correct about closing the border.  However, we need to be smart about removing the people. We need to revalue the trades and ensure we pay a living wage.  Our country would be much stronger if we trained people in the trades.  How can we pull industry back to America if we don’t have the skilled workforce necessary to support the industry?  Why not expand the Job Corps program started by Lyndon Johnson in the 1960’s?  Why not use the volunteer program described above and give our youth a free trade school education?

Trade Wars

Donnie wants to start trade wars.  This is a very dangerous course of action. Looking back in history they international_trade_donald_trump_hillary_clintongenerally end poorly.  What would happen if we took a slightly different approach?  What if the US government instituted a Buy American policy?  Who is the largest consumer in the country?  The US government!  Let’s take a couple of examples.  How many pens does the US government buy each year?  I suspect the answer is a bunch.  I don’t have exact numbers so don’t throw rocks at the numbers this is a hypothetical example.

Let’s say the US government buys a million pens made in China for $1 each.  That means we sent $1 million overseas and we get no additional benefit (yes there are distributors that get some benefit).  The million dollars is simply gone.  Now let’s say they buy a million pens made in the US for $1.50 each.  The US government would spend $1.5 million on pens.  What happens to the $1.5 million dollars?  There is a factory in the US that is making the pens. That factory makes a profit and pays takes on the profit. The factory also pays property taxes.  The factory employs people.  Those people make a wage and pay taxes on their wages. They buy a house or pay rent.  They buy food and clothes.  The point is money spent in the US circulates numerous times. Each time the money circulates is provides benefit to the country. This is not a trade war. However, it gets the same effect.

Donnie talks about putting a tariff on Carrier air conditioners.  I say the government should only buy air conditioners made in the US. No tariffs.  We should choose to spend our tax dollars within the country.  We can put America back together. However, we need to do it wisely!  Your thoughts?

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13 comments… add one
  • DaveB August 15, 2016, 10:10 am

    This was an immature, naive, column. Why was it published?

    I thought that shtfblog had higher standards.

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    • Rick August 15, 2016, 12:51 pm

      Felt so strong you had to say it twice? I didn’t mind the column.

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  • DaveB August 15, 2016, 10:12 am

    This column was an immature and naive. Why was it published?

    I thought that shtfblog had higher standards.

    Reply
  • BobH August 15, 2016, 3:09 pm

    “Anyone” who agrees with Bernie Sanders or Clinton is a socialist and a fool! All of us who actually served our country fought to protect it from communism, socialism, marxist, dictators and tyranny! Now we put them on the ballot! Why publish such trash?

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  • kevin August 16, 2016, 9:00 am

    sorry i did about every kind of manuel labor there is i did everything from cleaning to picking fruit

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  • highdesertlivin August 16, 2016, 11:28 am

    I concur, good article.

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  • Bob August 16, 2016, 11:43 am

    I think the super critical comments above point to what is wrong with this country. They knee jerk reject ideas based on the messager and not on the idea. The original post looked at ideas on both sides and offered some critique. Refreshing even if I don’t agree with all of them. I wouldnt think it would be useful to a prepper mindset to react with anger and closed thinking. In this particular election, Trump is actually more liberal than Clinton on some things (trade for example) and proposes some major shifts in foreign policy that may be helpful but also have a strong potential to destabilize world affairs (which should be carefully watched by a prepper) Clinton may push though limits on guns and ammo or even list prepping as a suspicious activity which would be concerning to us as well. We need to evaluate everything on its merit and guard carefully rights.

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  • BamaMan August 16, 2016, 4:24 pm

    When you said “Donnie” your bias was as clear as CNN.

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    • DaveH August 19, 2016, 2:18 pm

      Donnie just rhymed with Bernie. No bias was intended against Trump.
      I do read CNN. But I also read Drudge, WND, RT, ATimes, Breitbart and many others.

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  • Roger August 17, 2016, 6:51 pm

    Personally, I think this is a great article, very thought provoking! Now my 53 cents worth (adjusted for inflation). After the federal government, the big banks are the biggest crooks in the world and the state governments aren’t far behind them! Don’t expect a fair (or honest) shake from any of them; they think we work for them not the other way around (and unfortunately that’s not far from the truth). Why are tuitions so much higher in this country? Maybe because banks (and government) want you to be in debt! (to them of course) I think a volunteer program for trade school jobs is a great ideal, but don’t let the unions run them or the cost of getting anything done will skyrocket! We pay for the defense of Japan (our former enemy who attacked our homeland) and Europe because our politicians are idiots who think throwing money (usually borrowed) somehow solves all problems. We do NOT need the approx. 800 military bases in foreign countries to protect THEM; somehow we can pay for them but not to guard our own actual physical borders! The problem with massively expensive military programs like the Joint Strike fighter is that in 10-20 years, it’ll be obsolete or at least the big companies and the banks that finance them will say they are so they can begin the next $600 billion program! Guess what; we’ll still need foot soldiers with rifles to do the dirty work! I agree that the government should only buy American-made products, not just something that was shipped thru a warehouse somewhere in the lower 48 to pretend that it made American jobs! You say that many things that the government (and the rest of us) aren’t made in the good ole USA (anymore!), true but they were in the past and they can be again. That volunteer apprentice program sounds like a good way to do that! GLAHP!

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  • DaveH August 18, 2016, 10:31 am

    We have all read the articles about what firearm to use, how to store food and reviews on every conceivable gadget. Why do we prepare? The answer is simple, we don’t trust the world as we know it. You can fill in your personal reasons.

    Prepping is also a skill that look objectively at problems and then tries to develop practical solutions to those problems. So what would be a natural extension of prepping? How about looking at issues in the country and finding out of the box solutions? Isn’t that the next extension of prepping? Wouldn’t you sleep better if we fixed some of the problems in the country?

    This is an election year and probably the most important election in my life. We want leaders that will resolve problems. I see their answers as short sighted and more often lip service to get elected. Why not take our prepping skills to the next level? Can you think of a better group to come up with creative solutions?

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  • Rockmanr August 21, 2016, 12:02 am

    There is much at stake in the elections beyong what is listed. A really big issue is gun con6rol. Free born man or serf is the question. Citizen or subject of the crown Back in 1917 the demographics of the country were hugely different. It was 40% German ancestory. There were of course other white populations present as well. 20% of illegals have felony convictions, Hillary wants to increase Moslem influx b5y 550% for starts. BLM is a terrorist group and has recieved 130,000,000 in donations for its efforts in a short time the citizen has a tough row to hoe in the future as they face losing their language, customs and culture to people who have no value system beyond might makes right. If Hillary gets in civil war is not far behind,.

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  • Robert Miller August 26, 2016, 7:24 am

    Good points were made! Can’t hide the facts that we are in trouble. I agree with Bernie on education and big banking but am pro Trump in a major way. Need to get scum out of Washington and politics. Take America back!

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