Quadragesima~The Americans say they thirst so for the kingdom of liberty but they don’t want God in it~that desire is unjust~

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“It is indeed interesting that our Lord never praised those who sought freedom apart from justice. Never did He say: “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after freedom,” but “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after justices,” and “Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” Let us, then in the name of God, stop talking about freedom until we decide why we want to be free; let us, when the world has gone mad with freedom alienated from the law of God, unfurl the flag of justice – then we shall be free: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His justice and all these things shall be added unto you.” 

~ Fulton J. Sheen, A Declaration of Dependence, 1941, page 52.~~

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Bishop Sheen is most kind to remind the Americans this Church Sunday morning, at our Lenten time, ours and His Quadragesima, that a thirst for justice, must appropriately, precede, guide and define our concentration on securing freedom~

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The Americans say they want the kingdom of liberty but they don’t want God in it~which is unjust~~

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Johnny Cash sang a wonderful song~The Wanderer~part of which goes~”I stopped outside a church house where the citizens like to sit~they say they want the Kingdom~but they don’t want God in it.”~~

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America today suffers a dreadful catharsis~The Americans are terribly sad, lonely, skittish and afraid~everyone knows it~we try to ignore~but it follows us everywhere~

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We too want the Kingdom but we don’t want God in it~

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Today a friend sent a note from Bishop Sheen which, as Bishop’s works ever do~remains very poignant this very morning~despite having been penned now 80 years on~~

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Bishop asks~~and adroitly answers this question~

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Is There Hope in A Perilous World?”

“We are living in perilous times when the hearts and souls of men are sorely tried. Never before has the future been so utterly unpredictable; we are not so much in a period of transition with belief in progress to push us on, rather we seem to be entering the realm of the unknown, joylessly, disillusioned, and without hope. The whole world seems to be in a state of spiritual widowhood, possessed of the harrowing devastation of one who set out on life’s course joyously in intimate comradeship with another, and then is bereft of that companion forever. … God came. And He came to set men and their world right with God – not only their hearts and their souls, but their businesses, their secular affairs, their governments, and their all. How did He do it? God solved the social, political, and economic problems of the world not by enunciating a new economic system; nor by instructing man in the ways of supply and demand; nor by a great piece of research which revealed the many aspects of their problem; nor even by giving to the world a formula for finances, trade agreements, armaments, slavery, imperialism, or war. He saved it from its ills by being born as a Babe in the insignificant village of Bethlehem.”~~

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Citation~~FULTON J. SHEEN, THE PRODIGAL WORLD, THE REBIRTH OF A WORLD, 1935. [THE FULTON SHEEN GUY]~~

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~~Our reflection for today, brethren is just this and no more~~

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Liberty absent Justice is

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Neither free~~

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Jesus in the desert in His Quadragesima

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Money, myth, merit, school and social class in America~

The Americans are a hopelessly young people~~and that to a large extent drives discussions about education and its place in American life.   The Americans are forever fumbling about trying to sort out their place in society~~trying to guess questions such as ~~just what does being elite in America~~mean?~~
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There are different factors at play in what are, appropriately considered a number of different, and on first blush, self-contradictory, forces at play in all this.~~

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One of the least mentioned is the shameless, truly shameless, price gouging at private American colleges and prep schools~~and not simply Ivy League schools or their feeder prep schools.  This goes unremarked in the press services, but is certainly well-known to all parents who start plotting children’s education~~sometimes before their birth.~~
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This gouging cannot be sustained and ought not to be sustained.  What many today forget is that the current fascination with these special schools is very recent, and became, in my lifetime, solely the fixation of middle class hustlers who want their kids to go to these schools for really only one reason–so that the kids will earn more money than do kids who do not.~~
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Trouble is~~many I know who in recent years have attended these schools don’t make very much money at all~~so, from a cost accounting perspective–just what precisely are the middle classes investing in by sending their kids to these elite schools?~~
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America is about money~~solely.~~
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There used to be a way to determine which preps were for the rich and which for the future servants of the rich–in those days, I could tell you by where you prepped if you were going to be a servant to the rich class or from the rich class itself.~~
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Not anymore–In my lifetime Columbia, Hav~ad, Yah~le and the others have become almost exclusively schools for middle class hustlers who think that sending their kids to these places will insure that the kids later are rich.~~
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In my family, my maternal side was all Columbia and Barnard.  On my father’s side which was, until the Depression rich to the point of impossibility, the sons never went to college at all–they realized that they would inherit the kingdom and simply hire lawyers, doctors, accountants and fund managers~~while the sons themselves lived a life of indolence and ease.~~
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Paternal Nana told me, in a troubling recollection for me today recalled here, that the doctor I liked very much and whose mind interested me, could not stay for dinner because “doctors are servants and we are social people.”~~
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That is an era that, largely, does not exist any more~~for good or ill.~~
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The ubiquity of middle class hopes and dreams are the customer base of the elite schools,~~
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The customer is being hoodwinked–on a cost benefit basis there is no justification at all to go up to Hav~ad or Yah~le or Columbia in order to later get rich or marry the right girl because your classmates in the main are middle class just like you~~kids feverishly on the make.~~
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Not very long ago the schools now called the Ivy League had a deuce of a trouble getting rich boys to attend.  In desperation, rank desperation, these schools opened the flood gates based upon not social class but rather on the basis of that horrid synthetic expression called today~~meritocracy~~a word with no meaning–but now widely accepted in America by the professional middle classes who dominate the nation in her day-to-day life.~~
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There were predictable consequences to all this~~most startling~~and altogether unappreciated in America today, was that meritocracy immediately flooded the elite schools with Jews~~which I can assure you was not the intent of the schools themselves but was unavoidable consequence of  the coming of meritocracy.~~
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Jews are not smarter than are others but many of them teach their children what they need to do to get ahead–while other groups generally do not~~meaning today–get into the professions by attending what are now very erroneously called elite schools.~~
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Trouble again is that elite in America means inheriting, making or marrying money~~and, it becomes increasingly apparent that Hav~ad and Yah~le and Colombia and so forth~~ are tickets principally to a reasonably comfortable middle class professional life~~and no more~~not much to do with being, or getting, rich.~~
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George Stephanopoulos, Speaker Gingrich~are you men of strong enough moral mettle to resist tyranny by denouncing it to the point of your own death?

Saint Thomas a Becket resisted the lawless intrusion of King Henry 11 into Church affairs~~to the point of martyrdom~~where today at Washington is a man in this government~~or in the Church~~who will face the blade to do what is lawful, just and pleasing to God?~~

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This government’s inclination to publicly announce its intent to take unilateral action well outside its scope of Constitutional authority hastens me to resubmit for your review and comment the essay attending which has as its subject my critique of unilateral action driven in the main by caprice and whimsy~~

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The reprinting of my article attending is occasioned by this news item for which I thank The Personal Liberty Digest of this evening and likewise the writer, Mr. Sam Rolley~~both of whom I commence now to quote and will continue to do so until noted by me cease quoting~~

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 Agriculture Secretary: Government Will Not Wait For Congress, Laws In Implementing Obama Climate Plan

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During a press conference on Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the unilateral creation of new “climate action hubs” that will be placed in seven locations around the country.

“On the heels of passage of the farm bill, the administration will take executive action to help farmers, ranchers and rural communities combat climate change and adapt to extreme weather and other damage it causes,” a White House official said in an email ahead of Wednesday’s announcement.

The hubs will link a network of universities, nonprofits and Federal and State agencies to help further the President’s climate change agenda without legislative help.

“These climate action hubs are really part of the president’s climate action plan and its directive of us to actually act, not wait for Congress, not wait for laws to be passed, but to do it on our own,” Vilsack said at the White House.

According to the official, the new Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change are designed to address fires, invasive pests, floods and droughts that environmentalists deem products of climate change on a regional basis.

Asked why the hubs were created without Congressional input, Vilsack said that Administration officials feel it is time to do everything possible to address climate change without Congressional gridlock getting in the way.

“As the president has said repeatedly, if there is an opportunity to work with Congress, we will work with Congress, and we did,” Vilsack said. “We’ve been waiting a while for Congress to work on climate. Fair enough. There are multiple reasons why they haven’t. But in the meantime, we’re going to take action because 51 percent of the land mass of the United States is a lot of land. It’s over 1.2 billion acres of land.”

He added, “I think we’re trying to work with Congress when we can and when they can’t or won’t, we’re going to continue to act. That’s what I think the American public wants us to do.”

The hubs will be located in Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and New Mexico. Sub-hubs will exist in Michigan, Puerto Rico and California.~~

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The reprinting of my article attending is occasioned by this news item for which I thank The Personal Liberty Digest of this evening and likewise the writer, Mr. Sam Rolley~~both of whom I commence now to quote and will continue to do so until noted by me cease quoting~~and I here do thank these gentlemen and cease quoting them

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The codification of caprice and its aftermath of rule by whimsy~~

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The codification of caprice and its aftermath of rule by whimsy

An essay

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These words from Washington are occasioned by the ongoing, serious and very distressing rift between the Administration and the Church the flash point for which respecting issues of contraception. There are a number of levels at which this debate can be joined but it strikes the writer that the Administration’s position that the Executive can, by fiat, simply ordain changes in private Church policy because he feels like it,suggests logical consequences likely not anticipated or intended by the Executive and his supporters. Regarded properly, this debate is not about a particular disagreement. Properly understood, it is, by extension of logic, about morality.

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Fiat rule, among other very nasty things, smacks of Royalism, dictatorship and governmental absolutism.Fiat rule is itself governed by caprice, seasoned by mere whimsy and sparks the harrowing abnegation of civilized legal process and of morality itself. All of these things, in turn, obviate against the possibility of having a civilized society. And, that’s not good news.

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The merits of the particular argument lines thus far put forth by the opposing sides left to one side for a moment, it appears clear enough that, for the Executive to lay claim to such powers of fiat governance, occasions the observer to think a bit about both historical and present day parallels that are troubling indeed.

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Fiat government is government by caprice and raw force. Lamentably, history is replete with sad and alarming parallels. The reader is asked to consider carefully the instant and longer term ramifications of Executive intervention based upon the notion that “I’ll do it because, well, I feel like it.” This is not a new affectation. Absolute monarchs lived, and effectively do yet live, by the credo “I will it therefore it will be done.”

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Consider please the implications of a society in which from the top down the message is that my actions are in the main governed by the dictum: “I will do what I feel like.” Man generally agrees not to rob banks and shoot the girls behind the counter. Such agreement is part of a generally accepted social compact between the government and its citizens. Yet, some clearly think that if they feel like doing so, it’s perfectly fine. Daily evidence that this is so can be seen in the newspapers. Banks are routinely robbed and the girls likewise routinely shot during the robberies. All right-minded men would agree that a social construct such as that, driven as it is by mere caprice, is both dangerous and invidious to society. That is why the flip side of the prevailing social compact harshly punishes cavalier bank robbers and murderers. Yet, many men feel they are law unto themselves. It’s perfectly fine to rob money in Wall Street, to cheat, to lie, to lay waste to other nations in savage war and exploitation because, put to the quick, well, “I just feel like it.”

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The rule of whimsy has harrowing historical connotations stretching back to man’s abrupt, and jolting, egress from the Garden. Comparatively recent flights of whimsy are downright frightening. Consider, Russia. In that great, yet often very sad, country, I am sure that the last Czar of the Russians, Nicholas II, smitten with the heady elixir of absolute, unchecked and “divine” power, thought it just the right move to unleash his Cassocks to butcher the Jews and other innocents of his Empire to quiet social unrest when the population was visited, as it very often was, with flood, famine and pestilence. Quite clearly, he felt likedoing that. Later, Mr. Stalin appeared to think it his prerogative to butcher and enslave virtually everyone in sight. I am absolutely sure he felt like doing that. The Americans today fret and make faces about Mr. Putin behaving in a manner tyrannical, and perhaps he does, but I am sanguine that Mr. Putin feels unfettered to do so because it catches his fancy and he “just feels like doing it.”

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While the incumbent American Executive does not appear to us Czarist, Stalinist or a Mr. Putin, we feel it necessary to issue this cautionary: His recent, and apparently serious, flirtation with the notion that his office confers upon him the authority to codify his caprices and to be unfettered in his whimsy is very dangerous territory to enter. To cultivate such vanities comes at a very high social price. He ought to consider the logical corollaries. They are these: If you act in a manner suggestive of the mindset of these three mentioned Russian leaders, in logical construct, what is really to prevent any citizen of this Republic from doing whatsoever he “feels like?” Surely, the Executive is sage enough to know that people learn lessons from observing the actions of their elders and leaders. After all, the Executive has young children and must daily see that they watch their parents carefully and draw conclusions from what they see their parents doing.

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Children, we all know, need very little coaching to adopt with alacrity a keen and ready aptitude for doing just what they “feel like.” We do live in a democracy, lessons are noted by the citizen and, most particularly by youngsters, and those lessons ought appropriately be sound lessons involving making good, and not selfish, choices.

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Respecting democracy, the incumbent Executive and, most particularly his supporters, would do well to consider this element of the case if they are unmoved by listed arguments of logic against their codification of caprice: what happens when their caprice no longer stirs the drink? What happens when they are out of power? Do they feel cheered by the notion of their opponent’s fiatwhimsy and caprice holding sway in another day–not too far off? You see, when one opens the ball on the sort of capricious and whimsical mindset cautioned against here, one must make serious consideration of what will happen when men who one finds disagreeable hold all the high trumps. These men likely will not “feel like” wearing the current fashions. Then, the incumbent and his followers will have to adjust to what it “feels like” to wear outdated cloth. Will they like that—I doubt it? Yet, gravy is, as for the goose, so for the gander.

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This last is perhaps the most important lesson here. If the precedent thus far established by the Executive to codify his caprices is left to stand, the Americans would do very well to consider what the logical corollaries and logical extensions of codifying those caprices are. Specifically, where does letting such a precedent stand untested end? I assume no other answer but that it leads to a tyranny of capricewhimsy and fiat government, weather that is the intention of the Executive in the instant case or not. If the American citizens clearly do see future tyranny in the present over-reaching by the Executive in the codification of his caprices and his rule by whimsy and fiat, and the citizens do nothing about these miscues, what rejoinder will they have when such encroachments are visited on their own sacred soil? That is why this is not, at core, a Church versus State issue, but rather a moral concern for all of us.

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This is a serious moral issue that, by extension of proper logic, involves all issues of interest to every citizen. No citizen can rest easy in his comfort thinking “well perhaps this exercise in fiat governance,codification of caprice and rule by whimsy in the instant case is wrong-headed and a bit overdone, perhaps even dangerous and surely ill-advised, but it does not apply to me and mine directly in this instance, so I’ll just let it go unremarked for now.” No! Wrong move! Wrong move for anyone in our country to allow such unbridled power grabs go unremarked. If for no other reason than the future projection of enlightened self-interest, all citizens appropriately ought to be very much alarmed by the injection of fiat rule into our democratic system.

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I confess that it was through utter inadvertence that recently I stumbled upon a clip of a Mr. George Stephanopoulos on the television speaking at Speaker Gingrich as Speaker Gingrich spoke at George. The level of discourse in American politics has deteriorated to the point that, what were once intended to be serious discussions have become, in the very best of cases, cheap and seedy game shows. In the illustrated case, the two men spent all their allotted time talking to themselves and at the other.

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At events, Mr. Stephanopoulos’ game show that day was likely no more or less informed than any other, and, frankly, these vapid modern press conditions are not George’s fault. The news says that things are bleak out there these days and George is, I suppose, rather well paid, as far as that goes, for a reporter, to be vapid, and, vapid he is. Besides, it’s just a job and he, apparently, feels like doing it.

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It is only as the ostensible subject, at least in part, being talked at between the two men was this regrettable disharmony between the Church and the Executive, that I recall it here. And I ask Mr. Stephanopoulos and Mr. Gingrich both this: is not the logical corollary of fiat governance, a generalized societal fiat behavior in which all the members of the society are moved by this same dictum: “what do I feel like doing today?” Further, do these gentlemen agree that the logical extension of such a dictum is chaos and, far more seriously, a still further extension is the abnegation of any and all morality?

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Our society, devoid of morality, will not survive. It is quite that simple. It is from morality that springs personal freedom and its attendant possibilities and responsibilities. Hence, the true glory of America is amoral glory. I ask Mr. Stephanopoulos and Mr. Gingrich to comment on what sort of society we will have when all strata of men abnegate morality. It would be most unpleasant. Suppose specifically that, after their game show, Mr. Stephanopoulos and Mr. Gingrich go off together to celebrate their individual and collective brilliance with a swell meal and a bottle of Petrus. You lucky fellas! Suppose further that afterwards, Mr. Stephanopoulos, in high good spirits, is headed to his flash car where, astounded, he encounters a young ghetto urchin who decides, by fiat, to shoot Mr. Stephanopoulos in the head and take his car because the urchin “feels like it.” Such a tragedy would likely cause a stir on the television for quite some time, but, logically, the urchin has a sound license in a society that has codified caprice, rules by whimsy and abnegates all moral responsibility.

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It is my fervent hope that all right and fair minded men can agree that the codification of caprice in the instant case of this most sad discordance between the Executive and the Church is a very bad path to tread. I hope such men can also agree that men governed by mere whimsy and fiat cannot be free and civilized. I most particularly hope that such men can come to peaceful comity of opinion that the concomitant abnegation of the rule of law and proper process that flows through logical extension from the primacy of capricefiat and whimsy, ushers in an immoral society in which men are diminished in stature to the point that they are not men any more at all but have rather repaired back to the jungle as savages.~~

Where in America today is our Saint Thomas a Becket?

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La Vie sans souci~can be pricey~

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The question is laid upon the table here~~as we pretend to live a grown up life sans souci~~without a care or a consequence in the world~~
 
 
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The office seeks the GIRL~

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It’s a GIRL!!~~

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We must have a girl President!!~~

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Democrats remain mired~~seemingly forever~~in the early 1970s~~when this sort of thing was of some~~marginal interest~~at least to those who had nothing worthwhile else to entertain them~~grown ups ask~~

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If we simply must have one of these~~can’t we at least have a good-looking one~~please?~~

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American working Girls~~

We understand that American girls have left cookie baking behind to pursue more important commercial pastimes and that Democrats think~~that’s nifty~~

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Republican girls still stay home in the kitchen but Democrats are convinced~~that’s just not nifty~~

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Living~~for now~~ in a world turned backside front~~Republicans are at their leisure to most fondly remember the 1950s~~but likewise need to have a look around and seek out the very best man for 2016~~

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Republican girls look back at the past~~most longingly~~but~~they are just not hip~~and so~~out into the world they must go to work and~~on reading the cover today of Mr. Luce’s antediluvian rag~~THE TIME MAGAZINE~~whoever gets beyond the cover of that?~~at the doctor’s office~~I shutter to think what awaits in 2016~~but I can offer a campaign ticket that might just take the sting of double-wide pantsuits in horrid colors and wretched fabrics~~out of our line of vision~~

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A Republican Girl Presidential alternative looks back at America’s Golden Age~~

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A current~~much talked about~~Vice Presidential possibility likewise looks back~~to the Golden Era~~when Democrats were viewed solely as comic distractions~~

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A great number of possibilities look~~fetchingly~~back at us~~let’s not limit ourselves~~there are young, vibrant~~pretty alternatives to the shop-worn inevitability evinced by Mr. Luce~~

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At Washington, District of Columbia~~a tiresome city of resume wavers~~politicians waddle about boasting of this or that~~in America~~real, live, girls have far, far better things to do to pass the day~~

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As American politics has become so insufferably stupid that all it can concern itself with is the redressing of real~~or imagined~~social grievances long ago resolved~~by Republicans~~most citizens fail to call The New York Times or The Washington Post first thing the morning to discover what they are supposed to call Negroes this morning~~or to demand to know when we will be getting THE girl President selected for them by those antique publications that nobody reads~~wondering instead~~aren’t there quite a few very sweet girl candidates in the country who would arrest the attention undivided of all Americans for 4,8 or perhaps more years~~if we just were to seek them out~~

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 Facts is Facts, kittens~~

The office seeks the GIRL~~

What American of red blood cell could fail to remember to call her “SIR?”~~

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She asks a good question~~she makes a good point~~she looks Presidential timber to me~~

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Retro~America~life at the five and dime~

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Far and away, unemployment and simply bad employment is the number one concern to be addressed in this country today. We make little distinction between absolute joblessness and the more widespread condition of having a highly educated young demographic working for the foreseeable in dime stores. America cannot survive with such a bleak employment picture.~~

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It is a national imperative to bring jobs back to America and to keep them here. It is similarly an imperative to have all American flagged companies employ American workers and that every stitch of retail product is made in America by American citizens.~~

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There is certainly nothing wrong~or immoral~about working in a five and dime~but~I gotta ask~can an advanced economy survive when most of her people can’t hope for more than nickels and dimes?

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Rather than turning all elements of the debate over how to create and encourage finding good jobs for good American workers into a tiresome political re-hash of old concepts of social structure, let’s take the best elements of seemingly conflicting attitudes and get to the business of solving the problem. Yet, of course for the reader who has had his mind formed in the previous century, words do have meanings.~~

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Can apparently conflicting concepts come together to solve the problem of wretched poverty and unemployment in America?~~

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We say, yes indeedy, Sir!~~

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Consider first socialism—a word with a most nasty reputation. America has, indisputably, been a socialist nation for eighty years and few, if any, would move away from the main elements of that structure. Yet socialism is an extremely hot, political, and, somewhat less so, commercial hot potato. No conventional politician admits to being a socialist when in fact, they all are—and we all are. However, the reality is that socialism, while it plays a role in advanced society, must take a secondary chair to commercial interest. After all, it is business that hires people and puts them in real jobs. Likewise, business produces necessary goods and services needed by the nation. Socialism run amok destroys commerce and that is not in the best interest of the nation. If this solution is given a proper chance to work, commercial enterprises must take proper care of the workers—providing good pay, good benefits and, of great importance, good retirement programs of the sort that were prevalent in the very recent past—by law. Such good pay and benefit laws will serve to calm the social anxiety so prevalent today and make for a happier, more secure and productive work force.~~

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Consider second, free market capitalism as a political construct. There, the vogue obsession is with balancing budgets and eliminating deficits. While I understand that young Mr. Ryan, a chief proponent of such austerity measures, likely thinks he is doing God’s work, I must caution him and others who stand with him that, in real life, these concerns are abstractions of academic economics best left in classrooms.  Again, we ask of young Ryan and others—what, tangibly, have these things that you propose to do with getting Americans good jobs—right now? Again, the obsession ought properly to be with nurturing commerce–directly. In the anticipated system, the employer will provide a good wage, sterling health care and good, old-fashioned, retirement benefits. The massive new tax base of well paid workers thus created will quickly eliminate deficits and balance all federal, state and local budgets.~~

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Mr. Ryan and friends are admonished that deficit spending of itself is not a mortal sin. What sin there is in it comes when deficits are rung up for the wrong reasons.~~

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The issue as to ringing up deficits is not if they lead to an artificial economic construct but rather if they are beneficial expenditures.~~

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Both sides must put aside their intense enmity for one another to get this absolutely imperative program moving. Right away. This is an idea that cannot have any, legitimate, rhetorical enemies.~~

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It is not complex to accomplish this end. It requires simply the will to get the massive and spreading cancer of unemployment and low-level employment cured and cured quickly. This aggressive cancer, this wasting of good people who cannot participate properly in the work world no matter how hard they try, must be addressed as such—a hostile enemy of America.~~

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We propose the latter-day, moral equivalent of a day, plus one, past Pearl Harbor, to immediately put into place an equally aggressive attack on this unemployment cancer by adopting a massive hiring of workers to good jobs under the auspices of this most necessary industrial program.~~

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Our liberal democracy must now agree to put aside a key element of its DNA. It must take draconian action on a monumentally serious issue. The alternative is certain, swift and savage revolution that very few in America will like but, by the time it comes, it will be too late to alter course.~~

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The reader is now kindly asked to view a four episode film that explains  precisely how to get politicians to do what we all want done immediately:~~

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May God Bless us all~~today and every day~~

 

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Saint King Louis IX of France who devoted his life to good causes

I have written an article spelling out precisely how best to eradicate all unemployment and poverty in America quickly.  I ask that readers see the initial article

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and watch the six episode film version of my speech which derives from that article and informs the viewer respecting how best to bring maximum pressure to bear on the politicians to do what we all want done immediately:

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As getting the word out across America on a monumental and time pressing enterprise such as mine is very expensive, I ask those who have been energized by my words to help defray the costs of my activities as best they can and follow this link to a secure site to make a contribution.  Thank you very much.

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A new dawn peeks out to the Americans~~bringing with her a leader~~follow her~~our new American Dawn~~

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Harry–this is a most interesting expostulation on the peoples of New England and of the French Canadians whose blood I likewise share– and of the Americans themselves in recent times.

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America could use more of that and America most particularly could use a public recognition in her politics of that humble work ethic and I think that the right, proper and winning horse and jockey to set things right again in this country begins with the sincere statement~ at the starter’s gate~ at the outset~ of a Presidential campaign that:
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Is he from Maine, from French Canada, from the Southland~~from where–if I were a younger man with younger arteries I would take on such a campaign~~lamentably I am neither of those.
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Who stole the ART from the medical arts?

Dr. Kildare Game, Ideal, 1962

Dr. Kildare Game, Ideal, 1962

It’s time to take two aspirin and enjoy the latest installment in my series about vintage board games.

Today’s Game: Dr. Kildare

Copyright Date: 1962

Mystifying Subtitle: “Medical Game for the Young.” I wonder why they felt the need to specify that it was for the young.

Game Box: I’m sure the draw for potential buyers was the large photo of dreamy Richard Chamberlain as Dr. Kildare, who is staring intently ahead and listening to an invisible person’s heartbeat.

The Analyzer

Recommend Ages: 7 to 14. Actually, it says “Approved for ages 7 to 14.” That’s a strangely officious way to put it.

Game Board: The board offers a cute representation of a hospital, with green corridors, patient rooms, an operating room, and more. The patients all seem happy, even the one traction.

Game Pieces: Dr. Kildare’s dreamy face again.

Game Play: Pretty cool. Players make their “rounds” through the hospital and diagnose their patients with the help of the “Analyzer.”  Patients’ conditions are written in code on diagnosis cards. I decoded two of them just for fun—nose bleed and sprained back.

Nice Touch: The instructions say that you can play the game by yourself.  I used to play board games against myself all the time—my brother was not really a board-game guy.

My Thoughts: I’ve never actually seen an episode of Dr. Kildare. It was a bit before my time. I saw The Thorn Birds at an impressionable age, though, so I can appreciate Richard Chamberlain’s charms. The game looks pretty entertaining—what kid doesn’t love decoding messages?

Another photo of Dr. McDreamy from the box insert. Okay, we get it, he’s handsome!

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A culture of contempt has led to medicine’s downfall

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“Doctors are crooks.”

“They’re getting worse than lawyers.”

“I don’t go anymore. They’re just out for a buck, and they don’t really do anything for you anyway.”

“I stopped getting checkups when my old one retired. He was good, took his time. I haven’t found anyone like him since.”

“They always think they know everything … a bit too much self-importance there, without ever walking in my shoes.”

“They all say the same thing; it’s all ‘canned’ advice, and some of them don’t even realize that.”

“I just pick any name off my insurance company’s website. It really makes no difference.”

“Every time I go to the doctor, I get four or five bills or statements. Some say ‘do not pay’, and some say ‘pay this amount’. I ask my doctor, and he says he doesn’t know anything about that side of it, even though the bills have his name on them. I don’t understand why I can’t just get one bill. Are they purposely trying to confuse me, hoping I pay all of them by mistake?”

I’ve heard all of these comments in the last several months. Some of these statements were uttered bitterly by patients, some were shared in confidence by friends and family, and some came from random, mildly inebriated guests at a cocktail party I recently attended. The emotions, the frustration and misconceptions voiced, are themselves not new. And, honestly, they are occasionally well deserved. But I can’t help but feel the prevalence of these sentiments is increasing.

After one too many drinks at the aforementioned gathering, my head spinning a bit from both the alcohol and the mind-numbing small talk, I came to a conclusion. Physicians, particularly primary care physicians, are now bearing the consequences of so many misguided decisions, so many inane policies, so much discordant marketing and misinformation, that the profession’s image is taking an unprecedented beating. I know what you’re thinking — “So what else is new, Einstein? After all, this isn’t some brand new phenomenon, some new, unexpected development.” I thought the same thing.

But then I looked around the room, well-dressed guests toting drinks to and fro as they passed judgment on the many quacks and charlatans they or their family members had encountered in their lives. And it struck me that this is, in fact, new. There’s something happening to the profession, something insidious, something that’s spreading more quickly than one might assume. Namely, physicians are no longer in a position to control their own image. The way patients, our fellow citizens, feel about the profession is mostly governed by forces beyond your control. And with regard to pervasiveness and extent, it is indeed a new phenomenon.

Consider this. A tiny, almost insignificant portion of your patients’ impression of you, of physicians in general, is based on the few minutes you spend with them in your office or examination room. The rest of their impression, aside from some time in your waiting room or on your website if you have one, is formed by a diverse collection of forces that lies outside your sphere of influence. And, with the combination of more insured patients and decreasing reimbursement exerting its paradoxical influence, the time allowed for direct contact with your “customers” is decreasing rapidly.

They spend ten minutes with you, but they spend hours interacting with all of the other components that collectively comprise the current healthcare behemoth. They spend much more time watching pharmaceutical industry and malpractice attorney television commercials, arguing with their health insurance companies, waiting in line at the pharmacy, surfing medical websites of varying credibility, listening to the advice of celebrity physicians, formulating an opinion on the Affordable Care Act based on the musings of cable television pundits, empathizing with friends and family members wronged by the system. Their friends tell them they also had the flu, but their doctor is amazing, and the antibiotics he gave them patched them right up. And they often hear much worse from sources offering the illusion of legitimacy.

In most industries, a tightly controlled marketing message is critical to an enterprise’s success. The tighter the control over that message, the fewer the parties allowed to disrupt it, the easier it is to create a clear, compelling value proposition in a customer’s mind. But as physicians, particularly in today’s environment, your personality, your training and expertise, represent only a fraction of society’s collective opinion of the profession. Your message is, in fact, primarily controlled by external forces and is increasingly drowned out by industry “noise.” Your image is bad and only getting worse; it is increasingly undifferentiated, bland, and unremarkable. The profession simply does not receive or, in fairness, deserve the respect it once did.

Why? The simple answer it that healthcare is like no other industry. Nowhere else in our economy can one find another example of such great and growing separation between a “business” and its “customers.” In no other industry are there so many parties tangibly disrupting the relationship between a profession and those that seek its guidance. And we simply haven’t done enough to adjust. We haven’t allowed the profession to evolve fast enough to meet the demands of our time. We’ve allowed the government, the insurance and biopharmaceutical industries, contract research organizations, pharmacy benefit managers, hospital and health system administrators, and all of the other players in this industry to fundamentally change the profession’s image.

You provide patients a service, but they aren’t the ones that pay you. You are paid by insurance companies or other payors to whom you don’t provide a direct service, yet they have tremendous influence on what you are allowed to do for patients. Those companies, however, do not have the same fiduciary responsibility to your patients that you do. You are frequently visited by pharmaceutical sales representatives who are eager to sell you things you don’t purchase. (Interestingly, the biopharmaceutical industry does obsessively control both its message to you and the message it presents to the public, and the two are often quite contradictory.)

You increasingly prescribe and treat according to algorithms that, in most cases, you had no part in developing. And, in truth, other than a trusting glance at the “unbiased literature,” you often really can’t be sure one drug or therapeutic approach is better than the next. (Assuming that a brief analysis of a study’s results and known conflicts of interest is sufficient to untangle the intentionally complex and perplexing relationships yielding the vast majority of medical research today is simply intellectually dishonest.)

You frequently order tests, prescribe drugs, and recommend consults, but you have little control over your patients’ experience while procuring those products or services. You enforce policies that aren’t yours and operate within a system you have little say in designing or managing. You, necessarily, offer therapies patients often can’t afford. Your therapeutic decisions, which are increasingly tied to the skillfully packaged information in professional journals and databases providing only the illusion of scientific rigor, are scripted and predetermined. You are increasingly providing a commodified service that lacks a unique signature and which more mid-level practitioners are being allowed to provide. And being paid by third parties has conditioned your true “customers” to believe your services are worth little more than a twenty-dollar copayment.

Moreover, patients regularly receive multiple bills or statements in the mail, most with your name plastered all over them simply because you are the PCP or PMD of record, which reinforce the image of the “greedy, uncaring physician,” even though none of that money ends up in your pocket. “Hey, she ordered this stuff; we didn’t do it, but pay us.” Virtually every player in this crowded field uses our profession to lend credibility to their own endeavors, yet we bear the responsibility solely and silently, often having no real opportunity to dissent.

It is truly a bizarre industry composed of disparate, nonsensical policies and ludicrous interrelationships. When patients are confused or angry or hurt, you’re the scapegoat. And all of the other parties involved in healthcare, while they publicly empathize and call for change, love it. And you can’t blame them; they’re in business to make money, and they know image is crucial. If someone else is willing to take the heat, why not go with the flow?

So why am I so concerned about what patients think? Why should we care about the profession’s image? Am I saying physicians need to emulate celebrities and politicians, scrambling to hire image consultants and public relations specialists to help them develop and protect their brand? Do doctors need to be liked? After all, physicians aren’t in the “image business;” they’re in the “helping patients business.” Why should image be of any concern? Well, the answer is it’s not just about image. The perception problem is just a symptom of the disease, an easily observable one. The declining image may be little more than a metaphor, but it is a powerful one that allows us to recognize and visualize a trend – the medical profession, as we know it, is in decline; its relevance is dwindling rapidly.

The point of all this is that the distance between you and your patients has grown in the last twenty years, it continues to grow, and the rate at which that chasm is widening appears to be increasing. The ability for patients to see real value, truly differentiated, unique value, in your services is quickly diminishing. Your services are now mundane, common. You are not physicians; you are “providers”. You are not providing an invaluable service; you are providing something that others can provide equally well at a lower price. You are selling things that can be found lying around on the web or being sold on street corners.

A patient can get both advice and the flu shot from pharmacists; psychologists can now prescribe drugs in some states and more states are jumping on board. Prescription pads and the ability to legally give medical advice are being handed out at an unprecedented rate. Despite once being the central, indispensable figure in the delivery of healthcare, physician compensation represents significantly less than 10% of all healthcare expenditures in this country. Physician influence on healthcare policy, physician ownership and control of the business of medicine, are likely even more negligible in scope. And this was all made possible by one of the most successful marketing ploys ever attempted in this country — the introduction of the word “provider” by the insurance industry.

“Physician” is a unique term with real meaning; “provider” is a word without meaning, a term without history or consequence. Its introduction sought to change the psychology of healthcare, to reorganize the system, to establish a new, conveniently flatter hierarchy, and it was an astounding success. Similarly, “primary care” is a hollow phrase also imposed on the profession. “Family doctor” was a specific term, a warm one that unambiguously conveyed information about level of training, specific role, and accountability. “Primary care,” when coupled with “provider,” sought to completely eradicate that clarity and replace it with vague insinuation, professional anonymity, and an overwhelming sense of transience, a sense of “anyone can do this.”

The next ploy, the current iteration of this brilliant approach intended to reorganize the system, is to drive a wedge between you and your patients, to reach beyond the psychological and into the practical, using every legal administrative hurdle, internet connection, traditional media outlet, government agency, pharmacy, and supermarket to accomplish the task. Hey, maybe Starbucks is next – one free digital rectal exam from a trained barista with the purchase of your next latte.

Using virtually any other industry as a model, the ideal situation would be one where you see patients, and then those patients reach into their pockets and pay you, acutely aware of the value of the service just delivered. You would control as much of a patient’s experience as possible while under your care. You would have the ability to apply at least a modicum of creativity and independence, breaking free of nonsensical, biased algorithms without the fear of malpractice lawsuits. You would not be required to repeatedly pay organizations to “prove” your knowledge by passing tests with little relevance in the real clinical world. You would not be consistently forced to undergo additional training, while others are given more freedom to operate independently in the same fields with significantly less training and accountability.

No document with your name on it would find its way into a patient’s hands if it did not originate from your office. You would have legal recourse to swiftly claim fees left unpaid for failing to comply with arbitrary administrative exercises that play no role in improving patient outcomes. And you would not be forced to complete tomes of useless administrative paperwork in the first place or would, at least, be compensated for doing so. You’d possibly even have some control over what you and your specialty are called. However, none of this legitimately earned courtesy, none of this professional respect, none of this deference for your expertise currently exists.

Instead of a clear, unified message, misinformation and poor policy continue to flood the system. Patients still believe that most physicians are “rich.” Many see physicians as “greedy,” as profiting from human suffering. Many don’t even know what type of training their “provider” has, often assuming that anyone with a white coat can do the same thing, leading to the belief that there is very little room for physician autonomy in developing a unique, well-differentiated service or novel therapeutic approach.

And perhaps rightly so, since breaking free of the almighty algorithm, actually applying any of the knowledge and training in biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, anatomy, and many other disciplines that physicians possess, is discouraged by the system in the name of a uniform, “evidence-based” approach, no matter how unscientific and biased. If you read the comments following any online articles about the profession, you will quickly find these assertions about the public’s increasingly negative opinion of physicians are accurate.

But the profession hasn’t done enough to reassert its independence and relevance in the modern marketplace. Reimbursement is declining, but medical school tuition is increasing at an unprecedented pace. Residency training, fellowship training, and board certification are all becoming either more difficult to complete, longer, or more expensive, and medical hyperspecialization is touted as necessary, an inevitable trend given the increasing complexity and pace of scientific discovery. Yet others with significantly less medical training are being allowed to do more to meet the growing demand for healthcare services.

Every new strategy is rife with contradiction; every trend diminishes the profession, limits it, and, frankly, puts patients at risk. Each new policy, whether initiated by the government or private insurance companies, every new pharmaceutical company commercial goading patients to seek the latest, equally ineffective, hot drug from you, every new guideline governing professional development or certification, every duplicitous, ineffective attempt at increasing access, only serves to add more complexity to an already tenuous relationship, to create more distance between a physician and his or her patients. Even social media and other emerging technologies, technologies that should hold great potential for the profession, are being used much more effectively by other players to further their own agendas.

I felt compelled to write this piece simply to point out that the way the system is organized and the direction in which it is headed are increasingly breeding what I refer to as a culture of contempt, contempt for the medical profession. Most of what patients find distasteful and unjust about their healthcare experiences is not your fault, yet patients attribute it to you. You bear the brunt of their frustration, despite being increasingly stripped of the ability to control your own practice, to truly be independent, to even compete in an industry you created. And every attempt at correcting the problem only seems to make it worse. Is it a conspiracy? Is it an attempt to completely eradicate the profession? I don’t think there is some master plan to accomplish that, but competing interests and ill-conceived policies are effectively accomplishing the same unfortunate result.

This culture of contempt is spreading, growing in intensity, and the results will be catastrophic. Our current direction won’t just lead to patients not liking or trusting us; it will lead to patients viewing us as insignificant and irrelevant. More importantly, while greater access to care, public health education, and the dissemination of medical information are necessary and beneficial in the right context, the propagation of the message that sound medical advice is a cheap commodity that may be procured anywhere, from the internet to the local pharmacy to the grocery store on the corner, is dangerous.

I understand these opinions may not be popular or politically correct. But the system, in my opinion, is so broken, so dysfunctional, that nothing short of completely restructuring it will do. And this article is intentionally unfocused, little more than a collection of loosely cohesive observations, to reflect precisely the lack of focus and cohesion present in our approach to medical education, professional regulation, and overall healthcare policy. My next piece in this series, however, will outline five strategies the medical profession mustimplement if it would like to remain relevant in a system that has repeatedly shown contempt for it, if it wants to survive.

For now, though, I hope you understand I am not trying to be overly dramatic or alarmist in my characterizations. And perhaps I only see this trend so clearly because I spent eleven years working in other, more traditionally operating industries before joining the profession. But the truth is that without major change I will be writing an article in a few years entitled, “How Physicians Became Clerks – The Downfall of a Once Great and Noble Profession.” Honestly, I could start writing that article today.

Luis Collar is a physician who blogs at Sapphire Equinox. He is the author of A Quiet Death.

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As long as the American dollar remains the world’s reserve currency, we can print as much money as we like without any ramifications whatsoever~~
 
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This essay, written by Patrick Barron, was originally published by the Ludwig von Mises Institute on Jan. 13.

Hyperinflation leads to the complete breakdown in the demand for a currency, which means simply that no one wishes to hold it. Everyone wants to get rid of that kind of money as fast as possible. Prices, denominated in the hyper-inflated currency, suddenly and dramatically go through the roof. The most famous examples, although there are many others, are Germany in the early 1920s and Zimbabwe just a few years ago. German Reichsmarks and Zim dollars were printed in million and even trillion unit denominations.

We may scoff at such insanity and assume that America could never suffer from such an event. We are modern. We know too much. Our monetary leaders are wise and have unprecedented power to prevent such an awful outcome.

Think again.

Our monetary leaders do not understand the true nature of money and banking; thus, they advocate monetary expansion as the cure for every economic ill. The multiple quantitative easing programs perfectly illustrate this mindset. Furthermore, our monetary leaders actually advocate a steady increase in the price level, what is popularly known as inflation. Any perceived reduction in the inflation rate is seen as a potentially dangerous deflationary trend, which must be countered by an increase in the money supply, a reduction in interest rates, and/or quantitative easing. So an increase in inflation will be viewed as success, which must be built upon to ensure that it continues. This mindset will prevail even when inflation runs at extremely high rates.

Like previous hyperinflations throughout time, the actions that produce an American hyperinflation will be seen as necessary, proper, patriotic, and ethical; just as they were seen by the monetary authorities in Weimar Germany and modern Zimbabwe. Neither the German nor the Zimbabwean monetary authorities were willing to admit that there was any alternative to their inflationist policies. The same will happen in America.

The most likely trigger to hyperinflation is an increase in prices following a loss of confidence in the dollar overseas and its repatriation to our shores. Committed to a low interest rate policy, our monetary authorities will dismiss the only legitimate option to printing more money — allowing interest rates to rise. Only the noninflationary investment by the public in government bonds would prevent a rise in the price level, but such an action would trigger a recession. This necessary and inevitable event will be vehemently opposed by our government, just as it has been for several years to this date.

Instead, the government will demand and the Fed will acquiesce in even further expansions to the money supply via direct purchases of these government bonds, formerly held by our overseas trading partners. This will produce even higher levels of inflation, of course. Then, in order to prevent the loss of purchasing power by politically connected groups, the government will print even more money to fund special payouts to these groups. For example, government will demand that Social Security beneficiaries get their automatic increases; likewise for the quarter of the population getting disability benefits. Military and government employee pay will be increased. Funding for government cost-plus contracts will ratchet up. As the dollar drops in value overseas, local purchases by our overextended military will cost more in dollar terms (as the dollar buys fewer units of the local currencies), necessitating an emergency increase in funding. Of course, such action is necessary, proper, patriotic, and ethical.

Other Federal employee sectors like air traffic controllers and the TSA workers will likely threaten to go on strike and block access to air terminal gates unless they get a pay increase to restore the purchasing power of their now meager salaries.

State and local governments will also be under stress to increase the pay of their public safety workers or suffer strikes which would threaten social chaos. Not having the ability to increase taxes or print their own money, the Federal government will be asked to step in and print more money to placate the police and firemen. Doing so will be seen as necessary, proper, patriotic, and ethical.

Each round of money printing eventually feeds back into the price system, creating demand for another round of money printing … and another … and another, with each successive increase larger than the previous one, as is the nature of foolishly trying to restore money’s purchasing power with even more money. The law of diminishing marginal utility applies to money as it does to all goods and services. The political and social pressure to print more money to prevent a loss of purchasing power by the politically connected and government workers will be seen as absolutely necessary, proper, patriotic, and ethical.

Many will not survive. Just as in Weimar Germany, the elderly who are retired on the fruits of a lifetime of savings will find themselves impoverished to the point of despair. Suicides among the elderly will be common. Prostitution will increase, as one’s body becomes the only saleable resource for many. Guns will disappear from gun shops, if not through panic buying then by outright theft by armed gangs, many of whom may be your previously law-abiding neighbors.

Businesses will be vilified for raising prices. Goods will disappear from the market as producer revenue lags behind the increase in the cost of replacement resources. Government’s knee-jerk solution is to impose wage and price controls, which simply drive the remaining goods and services from the white market to the gangster-controlled black market. Some will sit out the insanity. Better to build inventory than sell it at a loss. Better still to close up shop and wait out the insanity. So government does the necessary, proper, patriotic, and ethical thing: it prints even more money and prices increase still more.

The money you have become accustomed to using and saving eventually becomes worthless; it no longer serves as a medium of exchange. No one will accept it. Yet the government continues to print it in ever greater quantities and attempts to force the citizens to accept it. Our military forces overseas cannot purchase food or electrical power with their now worthless dollars. They become a real danger to the local inhabitants, most of whom are unarmed. The US takes emergency steps to evacuate dependents back to the States. It even considers abandoning our bases and equipment and evacuating our uniformed troops when previously friendly allies turn hostile.

And yet the central bank continues to print money. Politically-connected constituents demand that it do so, and it is seen as the absolutely necessary, proper, patriotic, and ethical thing to do.

Patrick Barron is a private consultant in the banking industry. He teaches in the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and teaches Austrian economics at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, where he lives with his wife of 40 years.~~

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Miss Janet Yellen, who was class valedictorian, in her 1963 yearbook from Fort Hamilton High School.~~

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Janet now heads the Fed and~~as with her other expert friends~~she  can’t figure why there is no inflation in America~~

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I wonder if~~when young~~Janet ever had any aspiration to doing anything of consequence with her little life~~after all~~she wasn’t that bad-looking those, now long, years ago~~

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Miss Janet Yellen, darling~~America is in a deep~~and widening~~Depression~~you don’t get to have any inflation now, dear heart~~weren’t you an attentive little girl at Yale?~~

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The incumbent government claims that it “saved us from another Great Depression,” a most convenient bravado~~as the claim can be neither proved nor disproved~~

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But consider for a moment~~suppose it simply isn’t true~~suppose in fact that we are in another Great Depression and that it is getting worse by the hour~~

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This would account~~and likely only this would account~~for the condition predicate in which a trillion dollars a year is created from whole cloth and there is absolutely no inflation~~NONE~~Zippo~~di Nada~~

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These clowns are annoyed because there is NO inflation~~they Desire inflation?~~

 

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They can’t sort out why there is no inflation despite their monetary promiscuity?~~

 

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~~Well, kids~~the reason is that America is in a deep Depression~~a condition in which there are no jobs and collapsing prices~~no inflation~~to be had for love nor money~~

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 Inflation, Strangely Low, Holds Key to 2014 Fed Policy

Sunday, 12 Jan 2014 12:49 PM

 Stubbornly weak inflation is shaping up as the wild card for U.S. monetary policy makers this year, with top Federal Reserve officials stumped by why it has lingered so low for so long and at odds as to what to do about it.

As the Fed wrestled through last year with deciding when to start trimming its massive bond-buying stimulus, the bulk of attention was focused on the unemployment rate, which until recently has been slow to fall following its spike up to 10 percent during the recession.

By last month, policy makers had grown confident enough in the job market to dial back on the program. Figures released Friday showed the jobless rate fell to a five-year low of 6.7 percent in December, despite the smallest monthly job gains in three years. With much of the hiring slowdown attributed to bad weather, however, many analysts say the Fed will stay on track with plans to end bond buying by late this year.

But there is a hitch: inflation has been drifting down for much of the last two years, measuring a feeble 1.1 percent in November by the Fed’s preferred gauge.

The longer it lingers well below Fed’s 2-percent goal, the more at least a few policy makers worry it is a sign that the recovery might not be as strong as it looks. In theory, inflation should rise as the job market heals.

“There’s a lot we don’t know about inflation,” said Eric Stein, a portfolio manager for Eaton Vance in Boston. “I think it’s certainly frustrating to them.”

Both Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren and Chicago Fed President Charles Evans have referred to stubbornly low inflation as a “puzzle,” and have warned that the longer it persists, the more likely it is that there is something rotten in the state of the economy.

“Most people are assuming it’s temporary, but the longer we continue to not see it move back to the 2 percent goal, the more we have to be concerned that there are things going on that we have not fully incorporated in the model,” Rosengren told Reuters this week.

WORRYING TREND, HERE AND ABROAD

But understand it or not, the inflation data is key.

The U.S. Commerce Department’s personal consumption expenditure index of inflation, which the Fed follows closely, is “the critical monthly statistic for analyzing Fed policy in 2014,” Pimco’s Bill Gross, manager of the world’s largest bond fund, said in his monthly letter to investors.

Outside the measure most closely watched by the Fed, which strips out food and energy costs, there is little evidence of momentum for higher prices, in the United States or elsewhere.

The Commerce Department says goods prices through November had fallen for four straight months on a year-over-year basis, and larger-ticket durable goods items were down by nearly 2 percent from a year earlier, the fastest annual decline in nearly three years.

Moreover, recent commentary from U.S. retailers indicated that many relied heavily on discounting to lure shoppers during the recent holiday sales period.

And it’s not just a U.S. problem.

Euro zone inflation fell unexpectedly in December from the month before, increasing the European Central Bank’s challenge of avoiding deflation as well as supporting the bloc’s recovery.

There are “miles to go … before a policy rate hike,” Gross said, predicting the Fed will only start raising rates in 2016.

Janet Yellen, who will take the reins as Fed chief after Ben Bernanke’s term ends Jan. 31, has been particularly attuned to the threat of too-low inflation, explaining at a 1996 Fed policy-setting meeting that when inflation falls below 2 percent, “nominal rigidity begins to bite,” pushing up permanent unemployment.

A certain amount of inflation, say 2 percent, is necessary to grease the wheels of the economy and put downward pressure on unemployment, she argued then. As head of the Fed’s communications sub-panel, Yellen helped get the 2-percent inflation goal enshrined two years ago as an explicit policy aim.

To Yellen, high unemployment is simply unacceptable. “Long spells of unemployment are particularly painful for households, impose great hardship and costs on those without work, on the marriages of those who suffer these long unemployment spells, on their families,” Yellen said in her confirmation hearing last year.

And that very focus on unemployment, and her recognition that too-low inflation can be a contributing factor, is why “inflation is the key dynamic for Yellen and the Fed this year,” according to Lou Brien, a Chicago-based analyst for DRW Holdings. “The labor market is not unimportant, just less so for their policy decisions.”

CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

At the same time, if inflation does begin to pick up back toward 2 percent, as many policy makers think it will, the Fed could have less leeway to be patient on its removal of stimulus.

Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota, who wants the Fed to add to rather than pare its stimulus, made that point in a town hall meeting Thursday evening.

While the Fed is “failing to deliver effectively” on its promise to keep inflation at a predictable 2 percent, he said, the fact that it continues to stay low means the Fed can ramp up stimulus without the constraint that higher inflation would impose.

Some policymakers, including the hawkish Kansas City Fed President Esther George, take the view that low inflation readings currently are an aberration, caused by lower-than-usual healthcare costs, changes in the way the price index is calculated, and low import prices.

To George, the real danger is potentially higher future inflation should the Fed continue to add assets onto its now nearly $4-trillion balance sheet.

Others, like centrist San Francisco Fed President John Williams — seen as closely allied with Yellen, who was his boss when she headed the San Francisco Fed — believe inflation has “clearly bottomed,” as he told reporters this week in Phoenix.

Even Rosengren and Evans, who have raised questions about why inflation is so low, predict it will rise back to 2 percent in coming years.

“Because inflation surprised to the downside in 2013, it remains a wild card for the Committee in 2014,” St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said on Friday, nevertheless forecasting it will edge up to about 1.6 percent this year.

Yellen, in her only interview since she was confirmed Monday, signaled she agrees with that take.

“The recovery has been frustratingly slow, but we’re making progress in getting people back to work, and I anticipate that inflation will move back toward our longer-run goal of 2 percent,” Yellen told Time Magazine on Monday, the day her nomination to the Fed chair received final Senate approval.

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~~In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist  Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear~and without favor of~any man~~ 


 
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Egbert Roscoe Murrow was born April 25, 1908 at Polecat Creek, near Greensboro,[2] in Guilford County, North Carolina, the son of Roscoe C. Murrow and Ethel F. (née Lamb) Murrow. His parents were Quakers.~~
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We gaze out the frosted windows of the Winter Palace onto the bustling men of Washington~~members all~~in good standing~~of the latter-day Lernaean Hydra~~serving dutifully the whims of their masters in The Party in this latest iteration of America’s Harvest of Shames~~the 2014 migratory mess called~~with appropriate disingenuity~~by these men ~~

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~~Immigration reform~~

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Gustave Moreau (1826–1898)

 
In Greek mythology, the Lernaean Hydra (Greek: Λερναία Ύδρα) was an ancient serpent-like water monster, with reptilian traits (as its name evinces), that possessed many heads — the poets mention more heads than the vase-painters could paint, and for each head cut off it grew two more — and poisonous breath and blood so virulent even its tracks were deadly.[1] The Hydra of Lerna was killed byHercules as the second of his Twelve Labours.

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We sigh and watch our frigid breathe~~for The Palace~~as the city Herself this night~~is cold and foreboding.~~
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Soon, all heads of the  Lernaean Hydra will vote out immigration reform to serve the needs of one head of the Hydra~~called Democrats~~who cynically desire an endless power base among the impoverished Mexicans they pretend to care for~~and from our own Republican Hydra~~whose rich businessmen owners cold-heartedly seek yet more slave labour at the expense of the already economically decimated American poor man.~~
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Mr. Edward R. Murrow was a brave reporter and a good one~~no silly news girl was Edward~~there is naught like him today.~~
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Mr. Edward R. Murrow was a communist and yet his chronicle of The Harvest of Shame concerning the seasonal slavery of the Mexican migrants in California’s Imperial Valley was a tempestuous masterpiece of real reporting on a subject of true American horror.~~
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Watch Americans~~and be horrified~~be shamed~~as~~
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~~Terrible as Edward R. Murrow’s biting commentary about the Mexicans of 1960 was~~it is far, far less the horrific than that now soon to be visited upon the Americans themselves by our Lernaean Hydra at Washington this winter~~called~~
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Shamelessly so~~
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Immigration reform~~
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Watch, listen, think, my dears~~
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The Palace endorses for all viewers this epic work of Mr. Edward R. Murrow~~
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~~In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist  Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear~and without favor of~any man~~ 


 
Non Sibi~~
 
Finis Origine Pendet~
 
 ~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!

Amen~~

 

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