Divisions

2017 March 26
by drdog09

The above are the major metro centers by population of the USA. There can be more and there are maps accordingly. But these are the major ones. These maps also represent generally where the locusts of non producers are located. —

Governments will have their surveillance apparatuses, police, militaries, prisons, torture chambers, concentration camps, killing fields, and the like. The useful will have their minds. Totalitarian accounting is daunting. All that money going out for suppression, so little coming in from a populace whose best and brightest have been imprisoned or murdered, or who produce the minimum necessary to survive. The day comes when the policeman, soldiers, and guards can’t be paid with anything of value and all hell breaks loose. Or, less colloquially, centralization gives way to decentralization.

To what depths governments will descend and how long they will survive as agents of repression is unknowable, but their dissolution is foreordained. They cannot commandeer the resources necessary to sustain the current level of tyranny. The useful will vote with their feet and if that’s not possible, bullets will be their ballots. They will establish enclaves and protect themselves from the tantrums, chaos, and depredations of the useless. (Useful in such a context may require nothing more than a willingness to work hard.) The useless depend on the useful, who of course don’t need them at all. The useful will eventually triumph, if the species survives (not a sure thing). Tragically, the butcher’s bill is likely to be exorbitant.

Source

The question that has to be asked is how does a producer(s) get off this treadmill early? As a bonus how does a producer accelerate the collapse by their exit? I’ll offer a few observations then avenues to explore.

First off lets talk taxation. It comes in two forms. Income, Real Estate. Ironically wealth, the result of income not used, is lightly taxed or not at all. To the extent one can shift income to wealth. (yeah the trick is how.) Second, cost of taxes on Real Estate varies wildly across the spectrum both by location and use. (100 acre ag may pay less than a 1/10 acre suburban lot.)

Personal

* Do for yourself what you use to have others do for you. Make a list then rank them based on frequency and cost. For the highest on the list pick up the skills to do it yourself. If it is frequent enough buy the tools that the job requires.

* By all means start raising your own food. Its a useful hobby and it is surprising what can be raised in a 20×20′ area.

* Develop a skills network in your local area. Trade skills you know with skills others have. And of course the reverse.

* Ditch those activities that either require large transactional costs or are an emotional sinks. Focus on the essential and positive in your life. These days I would highly recommend ditching Twitter. More and more its becoming nothing but a cesspool for SJWs to wade in.

* If the opportunity arises, move. Get out of high tax states. If possible consider rural areas to settle in. It may not have the glitz and glamor of the big city, but so much of what the city offers is of little substance at a personal level.

* If you are going to move consider medium acreage to buy. Get it rated ag on the tax rolls. Not a farmer? Don’t let that stop you. Turn it out for growing hay, contract the seeding, cutting and baling out on a share basis or profit to a third party. This is done all over TX for the tax benefits.

These actions reduce your tax exposure. You have to consider tax consequences. Even if the up front costs of you doing a job vs a contractor doing it are the same there will be a minimum of a 20% overhead cost of hiring the contractor which is the basis on your tax bracket. The govt cannot tax those things you do yourself.

Business

* Move it too. A multitude of companies are moving into the Plano TX area out of CA. Same into areas of Nevada. If its possible do it. Even moving out of city cores to exurban locations but still serving the larger metro area can have benefits. Look at cities that have business development efforts. They are likely hurting for business development and will offer incentives.

* Reshuffle the personnel deck. Only keep employees for key functions. Automate the hell out of everything else you can. Then consider contractors for only those things you can’t automate.

* Seriously review your fixed based costs. Do a table top review of your costs with the assumption that your income stream is cut in half. Rescale your fixed costs to match to the extent you can. Sell off assets if need be to fit the rescale. Only companies that have bit this bullet early will survive the coming stagflation.

* If its a family biz, assess your succession plan. If you don’t have one start working on it now.

The bond and stock markets are in a bubble. That has to pop eventually.

Once that bubble pops company growth will be dependent on organic expansion rather than debt instruments. Consider this, none of the current crop of business leaders have seen a serious recession. Even 2008-09 does not qualify since the Fed propped up the financial sector. The next time around that may not be possible. Expect to see a lot of window jumpers.

Only the prepared will profit in the downturn.

 

47 Responses leave one →
  1. 2017 March 26 9:13 am
    [1]
    drdog09 permalink

    It appears that a Trump rally in huntington beach went violent.

  2. 2017 March 26 9:18 am
    [2]
    bc3b permalink

    93 of the country’s 100 fastest growing counties voted for Trump:

    https://www.lifezette.com/polizette/93-of-americas-100-fastest-growing-counties-went-trump/

  3. 2017 March 26 9:34 am
    [3]
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #1 –

    When demonstrators show up wearing masks to hide their identity, they are looking for trouble.

  4. 2017 March 26 9:52 am
    [4]
    drdog09 permalink

    BC, agree with that 100%. But what if its the LEO’s wearing the masks??

  5. 2017 March 26 11:03 am
    [5]
    gnqanq permalink

    “drdog – BC, agree with that 100%. But what if its the LEO’s wearing the masks??”

    Is it worth the Dental Program?

  6. 2017 March 26 11:05 am
    [6]

    Look I’m on the map mom! /s

    Pic: changing it up, far left today.

  7. 2017 March 26 11:22 am
    [7]
    drdog09 permalink

    Not much of a fight — https://twitter.com/theCindyCarcamo/status/845726426166804480/video/1 — What is more interesting is the interaction between the camera vultures and the Anti fa idiot.

  8. 2017 March 26 12:19 pm
    [8]
    justrand permalink

    Great, though scary, post, drdog.

    Though I be (technically) in the People’s Republik of Kalifornia, where I live is pure rural. And isolated via the hills around us. But I truly fear for my family members, ALL of whom live in metro areas.

    Our only issue with growing things here, is that we live in a FOREST. 🙂 Lots of TREES…not much sunlight.

  9. 2017 March 26 12:25 pm
    [9]
    drdog09 permalink

    JR,

    You might try american PawPaw. It tolerates moderate shade as a shrub tree, fact it favors edge conditions between forest shade and some meadows. If you can get it to fruit you are in for a treat. You will never find it in the stores.

  10. 2017 March 26 1:44 pm
    [10]
    justrand permalink

    Worth a try, drdog!

    I hope the deer don’t like ’em

  11. 2017 March 26 1:49 pm
    [11]
    President Paul permalink

    How a secret Freedom Caucus pact brought down Ryancare repeal

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-freedom-caucus-obamacare-repeal-replace-secret-pact-236507

    The idea, hatched by Freedom Caucus Vice Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), was to bind them together in negotiations and ensure the White House or House leaders could not peel them off one by one. Twenty-eight of the group’s roughly three dozen members took the plunge. Three weeks later, Republican leaders, as many as 25 votes short of passage, were forced to pull their bill from the House floor. “This is a defining moment for our nation, but it’s also a defining moment for the Freedom Caucus,” said group leader Mark Meadows about a week before the doomed vote was scheduled.

  12. 2017 March 26 2:02 pm
    [12]
    drdog09 permalink

    11,

    Most likely the next speaker will come from someone in that group.

  13. 2017 March 26 2:08 pm
    [13]
    drdog09 permalink

    Kipling, as if he ripped from the head lines of DrudgeReport —

    As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
    I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
    Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

    We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
    That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
    But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
    So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

    We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
    Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
    But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
    That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

    With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
    They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
    They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
    So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

    When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
    They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
    But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

    On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
    (Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
    Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

    In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
    By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
    But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”

    Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
    And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
    That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
    And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

    As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
    There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
    That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
    And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

    And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
    When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
    As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
    The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

  14. 2017 March 26 2:25 pm
    [14]
    justrand permalink

    Drdog, that is perhaps Kipling’s greatest poem. Thx for reminding me.

  15. 2017 March 26 2:32 pm
    [15]
    justrand permalink

    Drdog, this is part of a commentary on that poem, and sums it up perfectly:

    “We live in a world of illusion today. We have rejected biblical law and believe that we can sin without impunity. We have changed our language to accommodate the new utopia. Abortion terminates a fetus who is not a child. The pill gives freedom to enjoy sex outside of marriage. Homosexual marriage is simply the recognition of love between people of the same gender. Pornography is not adultery. Wealth is created by printing more dollars. Debt is the road to prosperity, and pleasure is the path to happiness. Man is defined by his rights and not by his character. As Kipling said in his poem “all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins.”

  16. 2017 March 26 3:56 pm
    [16]

    Well fuk a large hairy duck

  17. 2017 March 26 4:11 pm
    [17]
    drdog09 permalink

    16,

    Either a feint or a foray. Intelligence is in knowing which. That I lack that in abundance to figure it out is epic. (aka I don’t fuking know. 🙂

  18. 2017 March 26 4:53 pm
    [18]
    mulletover permalink

    That would guarantee that the Obamacare structure remains. Socialized medicine in perpetuity.

  19. 2017 March 27 1:52 am
    [19]

    11 – fyi FC lost a member today.

    16 –
    ” Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2017″
    —-
    Not helpful Mr.President.
    Not that I give a sh1t about throwing shade on CFG or Heritage, they usually deserve it and they ran vicious ads against you in the primaries, but the FC is made up of many who supported your campaign vocally…especially post nomination, a hell of a lot more than Ryan ever did or ever will.

    I get his ego is bruised (and Trump gonna Trump), but wanting this ‘win’ just for the sake of a ‘win at any price’ was stupid and short sighted, and FC saved him from himself even though he (and maybe some advisers too) apparently can’t see it yet. He’d be better off leaving the trashing of them to the GOPe talking heads doing what GOPe talking head do, than doing it himself – he’s gonna need them in the weeks\month ahead if he want to get anything remotely positive done on his campaigned agenda items, at least the ones that involve congress acting in his favor. The fact that Ryan and Co. tried to pass a total turd I don’t really put on potus presay, what I do put on him was bear hugging this bill in the final 10 days, big mistake, and one that was easy to foresee as so many outside the WH did.

    18 – That’s already nearly guaranteed, the AHCA itself showed that, it’s show 90% of elected R’s are full of shit they didn’t want to repeal O-care, they wanted to fix some glitches around who profited most from it, that was about it.
    As for Socialized medicine, eventually yup, that was, short of a miracle the end result back in early 2010 with ocare, it was cemented by the the 2012 election (and any desire among elected ‘r’ people to actually stop it later), as it gave the 4 additional years necessary of destroying any semblance of the ‘old system’ that was left to immediately roll back too, now the re-boot of that would take too long so no politician will risk it.

    What they will risk…come 2018\2020 – selling the full on “pubic option”, the math will not work, especially not long term, but that’s never been a requirement to get votes.

  20. 2017 March 27 1:52 am
    [20]
    drdog09 permalink

    Well now. Lefty groups arming up too — http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/lemons-gun-totin-left-wingers-demonstrate-trump-rally-bloodshed-on-the-horizon-9192965 — Right wing groups have had the good graces of holding their powder. I don’t think we will be that lucky with the Lefties.

  21. 2017 March 27 1:59 am
    [21]

    16 – Honestly I wouldn’t worry too much about that right now, the Dem’s aren’t gonna touch anything Trump wants to do right now, with the one exception being infrastructure spending. Which I bet some in the FC will oppose.
    Even there D’s will only be of help if they get 110% of what they want, otherwise I don’t see them throwing Trump a lifeline. In fact looks like they may really try to go kamikaze over NeilG to please the base for 2018, and if you were them why not, chances that Turtle doesn’t have the balls are better than even.

  22. 2017 March 27 2:03 am
    [22]

    20 – I forget where, but today some lefties were screw with some Trump supporters and earned a nice beat down from Trump supporters. Yes eventually it’ll get to where it needs to get to. I read today lefties now want to dress up as Muslims to agitate Trump supporters so that the pics will fit a bs narrative when they instigate a fight. Points for creativity on their part.

  23. 2017 March 27 2:11 am
    [24]

    Teen corrects NASA… on bad radiation data.

    https://science.slashdot.org/story/17/03/26/1828223/17-year-old-corrects-nasa-mistake-in-data-from-the-iss

    Speaking of protests and riots and sh1t
    https://boingboing.net/2017/03/25/late-stage-capitalism-3.html

    I’m sure all this 24x7x365 footage will be totally secure from interested parties in the cloud..I mean what could go wrong. /s
    http://corporate.comcast.com/news-information/news-feed/comcast-business-unveils-smartoffice-video-surveillance-solution-for-businesses

    House about to pass this turd, hope you all are using vpn services.
    https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/03/how-isps-can-sell-your-web-history-and-how-to-stop-them/

  24. 2017 March 27 2:22 am
    [25]

    It’s weird they claim less ‘regulation’ as to not mandating isp’s get your permission to sell your traffic and surfing data (they already mine it all anyway) to 3rd parties… but.. in the same breath..
    Want to mandate every time someone builds a road they go to the extra expense to line it with telecom conduit.
    http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Congress-Yet-Again-Ponders-New-Dig-Once-Fiber-Law-139207

    Now don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty smart in most cases to line new roads with conduit that can be used now or in the future by the town\county etc or their designee(telecoms)… but a federal mandate to do so?

    It’s funny most of them oppose it, because it would mean easier access for competitors way way down the line, but it also would save them a sh1t ton of money for areas they don’t currently serve that they want to play in at a later date. Guess in the end they know they’ll make more money exploiting their monopolies or near monopolies than they’d save by serving more people in a more competitive environment.

  25. 2017 March 27 3:48 am
    [26]

    Ye olde “regulating interstate commerce ” bravo sierra.

  26. 2017 March 27 3:58 am
    [27]
    President Paul permalink

    Trump told the freedom caucus hes going to work with the democrats instead lol.

    Maybe he doesnt get who his enemies vs friends are considering they consider a combination of the kkk and hitler combined into one. Im sure they want to help him out.

  27. 2017 March 27 4:21 am
    [28]
    drdog09 permalink

    KH, 25,

    The reason the Telcos oppose it is that it avoids the lockin. If the law was in force some unregulated 3rd party could lay the cable. If the Telco/ISP does it two things happen:

    1) They have the Telco side lay the cable. That becomes a capital expenditure. Hence they are guaranteed 10% minimum return per year nearly forever for doing so.
    2) The reg side then leases the line to the nonreg side so that they can charge what the market will bear.

    What a racket.

  28. 2017 March 27 4:41 am
    [29]
    President Paul permalink

    When you threaten to leave USA if it votes Trump, but the country does it anyways

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C76CbWAVMAQqMpf.jpg

  29. 2017 March 27 5:06 am
    [30]
    President Paul permalink

  30. 2017 March 27 5:13 am
    [31]
    President Paul permalink

    Ted Cruz says that PaulRyan bill was a vote against keeping Obamacare rather than repeal.

    GOP needs to stay focused on repeal and failure is not an option says Cruz.

    http://www.redstate.com/patterico/2017/03/27/next-step-repealing-obamacare-ted-cruz-answer/

  31. 2017 March 27 5:19 am
    [32]

    Trump~~~another Mccain in the making???

    McQuisling was his name, snake oil was his game.

  32. 2017 March 27 5:21 am
    [33]
    President Paul permalink

    ha wouldn’t go that far.

  33. 2017 March 27 5:30 am
    [34]

    I fear he is a meglomaniac who will throw a tantrum if he doesn’t get his way.

  34. 2017 March 27 5:32 am
    [35]
    President Paul permalink

    Well hopefully the freedom caucus people don’t get bullied that easily.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/the-last-time-someone-ordered-me-to-something-i-was-18-and-it-was-my-daddy-conservative-smacks-down-bannon/

    ‘The last time someone ordered me to do something, I was 18 …and it was my daddy’: Conservative smacks down Bannon

  35. 2017 March 27 5:42 am
    [36]
    President Paul permalink

    Trump dreams Democrats.

    https://www.axios.com/trump-dreams-of-democrats-2330819458.html

    Sometimes it’s just fun to laugh at the naiveté. The democrats HATE Trump. They are not going to help him do anything at all. That’s like trying to house train an alligator.

    Ryan did not include the freedom caucus at all in his Obamacare bill. He instead tried to bully them at the last moment thinking that would work. Now they are all panicked and think the schumer or random dems will save them.

  36. 2017 March 27 5:46 am
    [37]
    President Paul permalink

    Trump finds his new coalition and voters lol

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_loHlC87DgE

  37. 2017 March 27 6:31 am
    [38]
    drdog09 permalink

    29,

    Guess my retort would be — “What?! I thought you have left already b#$^th.”

  38. 2017 March 27 6:38 am
    [39]
    drdog09 permalink

    Trumps mistake was trusting Ryan. Ryan’s mistake was being Ryan.

    Trump, you say you are the master negotiator. Well do it. Go to the freedom caucus and swing a deal. A guaranteed repeal of OCare first. In the same stroke have freedom caucus provide a plan. But the caucus needs to show they have the votes for either action happens.

  39. 2017 March 27 6:48 am
    [40]
    President Paul permalink

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C7tebLvU8AAogoU.jpg

    These three always look suspicious to me

  40. 2017 March 27 6:56 am
    [41]
    justrand permalink

    Trump “trusted” Ryan to deliver a watered down shit sandwich. Biggest mistake Trump has made thus far.

    I agree with drdog, Trump should bypass Ryan and deal directly with the Freedom Caucus. But I also think Trump should indeed pull some vulnerable Democrats in and out their necks on the chopping block too.

    But what the GOP really needs is to re-elect Newt Gingrich as Speaker of the House. Then watch Leftist heads explode!

  41. 2017 March 27 6:57 am
    [42]
    justrand permalink

    This quote pops into my head every time I read about Leftist goons attacking a Conservative rally:

    “Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.”
    H. L. Mencken

  42. 2017 March 27 7:09 am
    [43]
    mulletover permalink

    39 and 41. One hundred percent correct. The AHCA was doomed from the start inside the closed doors of Ryan’s office. The Freedom Caucus was a known hurdle Ryan chose to ignore, and Trump fell into the “trap.” I say trap because it is almost intentional on the part of Ryan for this to fail.

    Forward.

  43. 2017 March 27 7:18 am
    [44]
    mulletover permalink

  44. 2017 March 27 7:22 am
    [45]
    President Paul permalink

    I was thinking last night that maybe Caitlyn Jenner is setting a bad example on all these magazine covers for the trans movement because honestly he has what Mark Cuban calls FU money, which is the same thing that Steve Ballmer has when you see him dancing around like a maniac at these clippers games sitting in the front row in his bath robe. He knows it doesn’t matter what people think of him at this point in his life.

    “Self-made billionaire Mark Cuban on the difference between ‘F you money’ and ‘F everyone money'”
    http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/30/mark-cuban-on-the-difference-between-f-you-money-and-f-everyone-money.html

  45. 2017 March 27 7:53 am
    [46]

    36 ” Now they are all panicked and think the schumer or random dems will save them.”

    They will save them if he caves to their demands.

  46. 2017 March 27 8:25 am
    [47]

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.