Joe Meglen

Joe Meglen 1 week, 1 day ago on Fundraising totals lopsided in local county commissioner and state House races

Those that feed at the public trough take care of their own.

According to economist Gary Shilling that portion of Americans feeding substantially at the public trough now stands at 52.6 percent. Is it fair that the 47.4% in the minority must support the majority? Given today's culture this will continue until it can't.

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Joe Meglen 2 weeks, 1 day ago on Paul Bonnifield: Start of a golden age

Paul,

“We depend upon our government to meet the constitutional responsibility of providing for the common defense and general welfare.”

The only purpose of government in our Constitutional Republic is to protect individual rights and defend the United States. You welcome a government solution for every issue and justify it in your articles by misusing the general welfare clause. The general welfare is used in the preamble to the Constitution. Absent a literal interpretation government has used this clause to justify controlling nearly every aspect of our lives. In doing so government attempts to usurp the unalienable rights codified in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Government does not have the lawful authority to legislate away our unalienable rights.

Preambles do not constitute power or law. James Madison, the father of the Constitution, made it clear that the preamble had absolutely no legal force. A preamble is not law. It is an introduction.

Article 1 does include a reference to general welfare. Once again James Madison made it crystal clear that the federal government can not use the general welfare clause to do anything and everything it thinks might advance the general welfare. Dictators and oppressive governments always claim that everything they are doing will advance the general welfare. If the general welfare clause meant that the government could do anything it wanted to advance the general welfare then there would be no need to list the specific and limited powers of the government. The general welfare clause would then make the rest of the Constitution meaningless.

“Right now, Americans are freer than in the past.”

The federal government, in collusion with the unconstitutional Federal Reserve System, has bankrupted our country enslaving generations beyond ours to pay for a debt that can never be paid. We, our children, grand children and great grand children are tax and debt slaves. “Right now”, if a person lives to be 90 years old, between direct taxes and the secret tax of inflation, 90% of our income will be confiscated from us. That is not freedom. It is slavery.

We agree when you state that we should not feel sorry for ourselves. What we need to do is recognize reality. The people need to understand how the unlimited growth of government destroys freedom, and then do something about it.

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Joe Meglen 2 weeks, 6 days ago on Joe Meglen: The state of our union

Eric,

I agree that voting legitimizes the unlawful nature of the State. This is especially the case at the state, and more so at the national level. Plato is also correct when he stated: “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”. Our last local election is an example of this truth. I suggest a rational compromise. Do not vote at the national level. The same corruption will continue no matter which candidate wins. Work and vote for a principled candidate at the local level. You efforts and vote do have influence locally.

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Joe Meglen 4 weeks ago on Ken Collins: Mi casa e su casa

We are witnessing the bankruptcy of another socialist empire. This is the natural evolution of socialism for it is not sustainable. As Margaret Thatcher said: “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” The federal government is owned by large moneyed interests that promote and subsidize illegal immigration. These subsides are paid for by the citizens through direct taxes, or the hidden tax of inflation. This is theft. The mass invasion of illegal aliens into an already bankrupt welfare state will simply accelerate the collapse.

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Joe Meglen 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 1st Seminars at Steamboat event of summer to tackle inequality

This is not to discount the fact that there will always be “income inequality” because individuals have different talents, motivation and opportunity. However, the huge disparity in income, along with the disappearance of the “middleclass”, in the U.S. is the result of the redistribution of wealth to bankers, government along with connected monied interests. America has, and is being looted by those that control the government.

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Joe Meglen 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 1st Seminars at Steamboat event of summer to tackle inequality

Let's distill this down to basics. Income inequality is caused by government plundering. Government taxes the citizens and redistributes the loot to favored recipients like; Monsanto, defense contractors, AIG, GM, Big Health Insurance, Big Pharma, banks and the government itself.

Income inequality is also caused by the operation of the Federal Reserve System, a cartel of private banks that captured the American economy in 1913. With the creation of this “Central Bank” government spending becomes unlimited. This allows government to run deficits by borrowing money from the FED. This new debt expands the money supply which is the definition of inflation. The first recipients; the banks themselves, government, and connected crony capitalists benefit from the creation of this new currency. This debt is ultimately paid for by the citizens in the form of the secret inflation tax. This is by design.

This criminal system was established in order to allow those that control the government to plunder those that don’t. Therein lies the problem. It is the reason for economic inequality. Income inequality is the goal.

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Joe Meglen 2 months ago on City of Steamboat Springs will create new environmental sustainability committee

Some are so embedded or invested in the state that an economic discussion of real sustainability absent redistribution by a ruling elite is heresy.

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Joe Meglen 2 months ago on City of Steamboat Springs will create new environmental sustainability committee

Sustainability is often code language for more control, government regulations, more taxes and lack of free choice. Let’s hope that sustainable means economic sustainability as its first priority. Business must operate with sustainability in mind every day or they fail. The last “Green Team” proved not to be sustainable.

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Joe Meglen 2 months ago on Chuck McConnell: Focus is on citizens

Scott W,

I do not speak for Chuck McConnell or Dave Maloney. Unlike our incumbent “representative”, both come from the private sector. They know what it takes to run a business in an environment made unfriendly by the government. Both have created jobs rather than killing jobs, as has been done by the current incumbent. Both create wealth and contribute to the private sector. The opposite is true for our incumbent representative.

The reasons cited in my earlier post for the Aug/September 2008 are a matter of economic fact, not opinion. The statement that you can’t solve a problem of too much debt by creating more debt is also an economic fact, not opinion. The brain trust in Wall Street and Washington, DC created our economic problems and only the unthinking believe the same geniuses are capable of, or motivated to fix it. The next financial collapse will make 2008 look pleasant by comparison.

We can’t fix Washington, or the bankers that control it, from Routt/Eagle Counties. What we can do locally is elect a representative that is committed to smaller constitutional government and will work to create an all-so-important business friendly environment. These qualities in our HD-26 Representative will be necessary in the difficult times coming in the not to distant future.

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” … Soren Kierkegaard

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Joe Meglen 2 months ago on Diane Mitsch Bush: Working across the partisan divide

Fred,

You do have a way of distilling issues down to basics in just a sentence or two. I also noticed a few details missing from our incumbent’s “Op-ed” including her support for the collectivist money grab called Amendment 66.

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