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February 25, 2016

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Simple Solutions for the America:
Here’s a few “Solutions”
(but only if the G.O.P. wants to win the Presidency)

Three Simple Ways to Fix America

The Daily Walk with Miracles, February 24, 2015, by Paul Evans (@DeaconBlues2016 or seawolf) and Dan Hershberger (my new Partner at Free Music57), video from Global Financial Crisis and YouTube.

SUMMARY: The ONLY measure a party which wants success, likely both in terms of getting elected, but also very much in the realm of success after elections and continuing success at the polls, pretty much HAS to enact, for real success, is the fair and flat tax. This could be a “pure” flat tax, without almost any loopholes, such as Rand Paul and Ben Carson call for, or it could be slightly graduated, such as the Reform Party supports. I personally have come to the conclusion that Donald Trump represents the best hope that America has for the future, and perhaps the only way to avoid a revolution. Certainly, without fail, 1.) a fair and flat tax, in particular, and hopefully 2.) publicly funded elections, as well as perhaps 3.) the restoration of the food stamps cuts with balancing offsets in spending, are the major reforms Dan Hershberger and I support.

I know this attempt to help the G.O.P. in a sense is protecting wealth and privilege, but only in part, because it also helps the lot of ordinary Americans. And isn’t that what we should be about? The suggestions here also fix the American economy and give it long term viability. We ignore these ideas at our own risk.

I also really should make clear that EITHER party which adopted these reforms will do well and be successful. These are three reforms that America desperately needs.

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“In life, fairness is not to be expected, but intentional injustice is to be avoided.” ~ Paul Evans.

Note from Paul Evans on the future of Free Music57: First, let me welcome my new co-partner and co-author, Dan Hershberger. I struggled for years with Evans Politics, Evans Liberal Politics and The Daily Walk with Miracles (all at evans-politics.com, where I recently deleted the whole site, so it no longer exists), to find my “political soul.” I embraced in a rather rapid succession, Barack Obama, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and most recently, Donald Trump. It was a fruitless, painful journey, and after this article I have decided to leave politics to others and rather exclusively blog music, music videos and the occasional tech article, leaving politics and religion to those who might have the protection of Democrats or Republicans, those who have friends in high places, or those who still enjoy such generally fruitless and actually quite dangerous pursuits. I’m 58, and now I just want to blog music and music videos and make a little money from the ads here. (Do support us and check out our great advertisers, who have great deals for you!)

America is and has for two centuries been the hope of the free world. But everybody knows or senses that we’re in trouble now, and like me since 2007, many Americans have been desperately groping for a way out. Although Dan and I make a few suggestions, below, America is not in an easy situation to pull ourselves out of. Our enemies gather around us, yet in far too big a way, we are our own worst enemy. We DON’T need a huge change, only a few very “doable” reforms, to restore America to greatness again. If America doesn’t at least pay the interest on the debt, our overall economy will collapse. This impending collapse is also the message Ron Paul gives us in his special video message, recorded in May, 2015. “He who has ears let him hear.” These arguments ARE just common sense. There is NOTHING complicated about the logic of this article, and it is written so that anyone can understand it.

Here in Ohio, Dan and I were distressed to learn that one-quarter of our children are at risk for hunger every month. Far too many Americans, some 75 percent of us by one count, now live paycheck to paycheck. When Congress, far from representing the people, follows its own members’ interests in obeying their corporate sponsors rather than looking after the interests of the American people, reforms are necessary. There is nothing wrong with a corporate-government partnership, but in our case it has come to pass that “the tail is wagging the dog,” that is, corporations are running our government. It should be a real partnership, and not serve only greed. The greed of investors and the investment banks and other big corporations has gone too far, and it caused the financial crisis of 2007 to almost the present. We’re barely treading water. That fact is just common sense and most people realize this. I want to stress, THIS article is in NO way radical and is just common sense. We are promotinng real solutions for the Republican Party here, so that we might win the Presidency.

Congress followed the lead of Republican majority in the House and has recently cut food stamps by 50 percent over ten years. That’s five percent a year for ten years. That way it’s supposed to be not as noticeable or more tolerable that way, I guess. This is just wrong, morally, ethically AND in terms of the economic welfare of ALL Americans, even the rich. Here’s why. Conservatives won’t grant a living wage yet now want to deny the working class food to eat? Is that “Christian” like conservatives want to be? People will question this. You can bet the Democrats will bring it up. The point is, overall, this is even against the self-interest of the rich! This has to do with the “Misery Index.” Here are some thoughts:

First, I, Paul Evans, want to make crystal clear that I am in NO way any kind of real dissident or radical. I try very hard to be nonpartisan, although I do have somewhat conservative views. However, truly patriotic I am, and it’s no kind of false, self-interested patriotism, either. I USED TO BE a rather naive knee-jerk liberal, but now consider myself a somewhat unorthodox Libertarian Republican. You have to ask, are the Republicans and Democrats on the way out as policy-making majority parties in America? Right now, only 23 percent each support each major party in America, according to public opinion polls. Fully 53 percent of people consider themselves Independent voters, knowing as they do that neither Democrats or Republicans are really representing their interests, and desperately hoping someone will step forward in the 2016 Presidential race. It seems to me that ultimately either one party or the other DOES start representing the people, or else one or the other or both might go the way of that dominant party of the first half of the 19th century in America, the Whigs. Why is the American political scene so bankrupt and what can we do about it? Here are the main reasons Ron Paul is right in his warnings and that “the emperor has no clothes,” while the dominant American politicians have buried their heads in the sand and ignore all the warning signs around them.

In 1929, just before the Crash, one gauge of the economy and the economic future, the so–called “Misery Index,” stood at 28.5. And America suffered for twenty or thirty years because we ignored the welfare of the people while under Hoover the rich partied and the nineteen twenties was full of easy money. Money was easy for everyone but ordinary Americans and the “common man,” but God is not mocked. From the Bible, “Oh thou that dwell on many waters, rich in treasure, wide in fame, bow unto a god of gold, thy pride of might shall be thy shame.” That is God’s warning to us. But apparently a lot of people were suffering just before the Crash while the rich were doing great. Like now. But now, America, this Misery Index stands at a whopping 32. If something isn’t done in support of the mass of suffering Americans, this means that the whole corrupt edifice is going to come crashing down. Our erstwhile “friends” in China have stopped their customary habit of propping up the economy by buying, as they did for years, $1 billion a day of U.S. Treasury bonds. Now they are selling dollars and buying gold. They’re betting we’re going down. It just came out in the news that China has three times the amount of gold in their possession than we thought they had. CHINA is ready for the collapse of America and it appears they’re even helping it along. Surprise, surprise. America, we can’t even nominate a decent Presidential candidate, while China is planning 100 years in advance. A realist could be pessimistic for America’s future, yet Dan and I know of the perseverance of our people and the glory of the American system of government, and we DO still have a LOT of hope for the future.

The danger stated in short, sharp terms is: The stock market just keeps going, but stocks are overvalued and probably in a “bubble,” and the dollar, like Ron Paul says, might even be about to collapse. Our economy is so bad that it just came out recently that Mexicans are leaving the United States in record numbers, with more leaving than coming in.

A Gentle Warning to the Republican Party
on American Demographics

Paul Evans: The Republican Party might nominate another “typical” nominee, and might get a good turnout from the 23 percent who regularly DO vote Republican, but this ignores Latinos (16 percent of the vote), blacks (14 percent of the electorate), the 23 percent who are Democrats and the fully 53 percent who basically know both parties are screwing us and consider themselves Independent. Republicans, if you want to win, you should nominate someone who isn’t racist and represents ALL Americans, not just your white billionaire backers, and THEN you’ll get enough of the votes of Independents. I guess it just depends on if you really want the White House back. What’s wrong with my logic here? The truth is still the Truth whether you admit it to yourselves or not. The numbers on demographics speak plainly.

As Mitt Romney noted, Republicans start out with 47 percent of the voters voting against them. This is the percent who pay no taxes and strongly tend to vote Democrat. The problem that the Republicans have to win over twenty-seven percent OTHER voters (more people than vote Republican regularly) in order to win the Presidency. Therefore, “moderation” makes sense. (In other words, the G.O.P. has to win at least 27 percent out of the 53 percent who vote Independent in order to win the Presidency.) Given that Democrats usually have 47 percent of the overall Presidential voters, historically, “locked up,” all the Democrats have to do, really, is win over a little more than three percent non-traditional, more conservative voters. This is the problem for Republicans in winning the White House, and the demographics are only getting worse.

(Paul and Dan): We know of the strong dissatisfaction and unrest on both the left and the right. I actually have some evidence that both neo-Nazi AND Communist conspiracies are going on now. Politics seems very dirty to me. I already tried to write truthfully about politics for seven years, and basically the whole subject is emotionally traumatic and I no longer want to cover it, at least I won’t blog the Presidential race, I don’t think. Let others cover “waste management,” I just want to blog music. But Dan and I wanted you to understand better, and not make a mistake in 2016, so of course I am making one more effort to get this important message out.

Both parties seem monolithic and unresponsive to the needs of the American people. I think maybe it’s time for a third party, and that this might really get somewhere. Neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party seem willing to un-bury their heads from the sand and FIX what’s wrong with America. They are too tied into their monolithic party ideologies, and so they refuse to see the truth when it is in front of their noses. It’s time for a third party, and I believe that maybe the Reform Party is right for America.

We DO see one candidate who IS “different,” and whom we endorse for President in 2016: Donald Trump. Fox news is against him — this means he is NOT the tool of the super-rich, despite his wealth. He isn’t taking campaign contributions from anyone, basically, so he won’t owe anyone major concessions when he is elected. See Trump 2016 – Reasons to Vote Trump + U.S. News, December 21, 2015, by Paul Evans. I honestly believe Trump is our best bet to return America to greatness and care for ALL our people. I hope he listens to these simple solutions:

The Truth on Fixing America

There ARE a few simple changes we can think of that might (could easily, theoretically speaking) make both Republicans OR Democrats responsive to all American’s needs. The ONLY major change we absolutely HAVE to make is to have a fair and flat tax, whether slightly graduated or not. And basically it’s time to gut the whole tax code and start over as part of this reform.

Dan and I feel that PUBLICLY FUNDED ELECTIONS would be an idea whose time has come which might get backing from both the left and the right. Such a coalition already exists in embryonic form in the Senate, where the vote was 78 to 18 behind Rand Paul’s idea to limit NSA powers. Right now, the Speakership of the House is up for grabs. Republicans, PLEASE use your heads about this, OK? I wish John Boehner would stick around, I really like him, and he was a genius at building winning coalitions. ANY-body for Speaker but Paul Ryan, OK? Ryan is a BIG part of the problem. I consider him a radical, rigid ideologue, and that’s the last thing we need.

Also, we think that at this time in our history, America really needs Patriot Act type provisions, which is why we decided against supporting Rand Paul. My distrust of Paul in this regard is somewhat tempered by the fact that he has recently come out in support of American exceptionalism. Maybe he would be OK, but we need the Patriot Act provisions, too. America’s enemies are not on vacation. The world is a very dangerous place right now. But what’s important here is that a coalition of the right and the left CAN and MUST support joint-interest legislation. The right and the left can’t agree on much, but they DO agree that gross injustice is wrong in America. They CAN and MUST agree on legislation in which they have a common interest, such as publicly funded elections, especially. This takes influence (lobbyists) largely out of elections and to a lesser extent, out of the legislative process and at least partly gives Congress back to the American people. A coalition of the right and the left ON THIS MATTER can get us there. The coalition to pass publicly funded elections already exists in a major way. Overall, making publicly funded elections the law of the land is one of the most important things we can do as a nation to restore America.

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A halfway reasonable fair and flat tax, which Rand Paul, (who is NOT so reasonable on other matters, especially some of the necessary security provisions), Ben Carson, AND the Reform Party support, WOULD fix the economy and get it really growing again, and this strongly promotes real growth in our economy, and real fairness at a LOWER level or rate of taxation. The money most people – particularly the middle class – would save on their taxes would get pumped right back into the economy and provide ordinary Americas with better times and real jobs. Support of this is quite reasonable, IS patriotic, and not at all extremist. As to the Reform Party, we think they deserve America’s real support and backing, and they certainly have ours. God’s will be done. However, even the Republicans or Democrats would prosper if publically funded elections, a fair and flat tax, particularly the fair and flat tax, regardless of the Party’s ideological identity, were made a part of their party’s platform.

One idea I had for Republicans is that they might run on a platform calling for the direct 5- or 10 percent direct cut in Social Security benefits ALONG WITH the restoration of the food stamps budget cuts. It would certainly help the misery index! This would gain the G.O.P. a lot of support among the common people. It would tend to make people believe that Republicans actually care and ARE the Party for Christian America and the common man. This idea I believe is a really good one even if examined just in terms of cold plain logic. I think Americans would want the food stamps program to be kept intact, if the truth were known, and by reducing Social Security entitlements as much or more than the cost of the food stamps, it wouldn’t cost a thing, overall. I believe most Americans would go along with this. I mean, IF you want to win the Presidency. “You can fool some of the people all of the time…,” but the American people are wising up, aren’t they? These are simple, basic reforms to the system which already exists. They are NOT in any way radical and they WOULD fix things.

Thus, to repeat ourselves, the only measure a party which wants success, likely both in terms of getting elected, but also very much in the realm of success after elections and continuing success at the polls, absolutely HAS to enact, is the fair and flat tax. This could be a “pure” flat tax, without almost any loopholes, such as Rand Paul and Ben Carson call for, or it could be slightly graduated, such as the Reform Party supports. (Keep in mind that Adam Smith himself, founder of modern capitalist economic theory, was in favor of the rich giving back “more” that should the common man. It’s in The Wealth of Nations, 1776.) But a straight flat tax would work, IF you took out the loopholes. I do think everyone can agree we need to gut the tax code and start over.

Certainly, without fail, 1.) a fair and flat tax, in particular, hopefully 2.) publicly funded elections, as well as perhaps 3.) the restoration of the food stamps cuts are the major reforms Dan Hershberger and I support. You have to have a fair and flat tax. Or else, America, if you don’t fix things, a general collapse will come very soon. Please watch the Ron Paul video about this to see what may happen, otherwise. Those in power can’t go on burying their heads in the sand as to the reality of this indefinitely. Facts are facts. Do you want to fix the economy and help average Americans’ lives or not? God is not mocked and karma is a universal law. America will reap what we sew. Good solutions are good solutions, and I, Paul Evans, say this from someone who’s been leftist and been very conservative and now supports a more modest, middle-of-the-road reform agenda. Or else we are facing a great depression at least as bad as the 1930’s. You know in your heart that what we have said here is true, just as the moral laws of God are written in our hearts. Please watch the Ron Paul video, below:

See our recent article, Political Ideology versus Caring, Free Music57, November 20, 2015, by Paul Evans.

Ron Paul Final Prediction,
Warning to Americans 5 2015

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