Sunday, June 12, 2016

Brexit and DCexit: British and U.S. Voters Put a Halt to Elitism? - By Clarice Feldman

Here and in Britain voters are torn as to whether or not to jump off the globalization, open borders bandwagon and government by unelected bureaucrats or voting to retake sovereignty and re-establish free markets. The polls show the sentiments for retaining the status quo or starting over (Brexit) seem too close to call, I predict Britain will leave. I hope we, too, will choose to return to less intrusive more accountable government, sovereignty and freedom by rejecting  Hillary Clinton ourselves.

Why is this the last chance for Britain to retain its national identity?

This crowdsourced British video sets forth the significance of the Brexit vote. (It’s long, but if you’re pressed for time -- the first 15 minutes provides a good summary). The EU is a richly compensated, enormous, anonymous unelected bureaucracy completely lacking in transparency. Its power rests in people the voters are unaware of and unable to remove. They are utterly unaccountable to the voters. It is a wasteful crony capitalist racket, working largely to keep its own gravy train (and that of its favored friends) going and growing.

Europeans seem to be overly attracted to the notion of government by wiseman elites. British love of independence and freedom is deeper and stronger, although government regulation and control took root during the World War I and that increased even more during World War II -- power the government didn’t relinquish when the war was over. This softened their resolve when the notion of the EU was hatched.

In contrast, postwar Germany stripped out the regulatory bureaucracy and created a much more successful, dynamic economy. Production rose, competition thrived, wages rose and it became a powerhouse as Britons still struggled with shortages, rationing, and economic stasis.

The European Economic Commission was created in the 1970s and the thought of becoming more like Germany appealed to Britons who joined the Common Market hoping to capture the benefits of the “German miracle”. Unfortunately, it was headed not by the Germans but by a Frenchman who had played a major role in the British postwar disaster with predictable results: It shackled itself to higher prices, lower employment, restricted innovation, and economic disaster. Being part of the EU has added to Britain’s woes as they have no good trade deals with the most dynamic parts of the world’s economies -- Asia, Africa, and the U.S.

With less than two weeks before the vote, polls indicate the British have had enough of this. 

Pollster Frank Luntz, like me, sees a connection between Trump’s popularity and the movement to leave Brexit in Britain. 

While the commentators focus on the horse race, there’s something deeper and longer-lasting happening across the U.K. Brits have become canaries in the coal mine, offering Europe, America and the developed world a glimpse of what is coming in our elections.
The Brexit question represents the political conflict rapidly spreading across the globe: Do hardworking, taxpaying citizens fundamentally trust or reject half a century of globalization, integration and innovation? Have the promises of the political and economic elite helped improve their daily lives? Or is it time for a rethinking and redrawing of our political and economic systems from the ground up?

(Full text at link below)

As they choke the U.S. economy and beset us with preposterous diktats with regulations on everything, including school lunch menus, public bathroom policies, health coverage and insurance, college rape adjudication policies, proper light bulbs, water use, appliance efficiency, fuel mixes, the bureaucrats feather their nests.

America’s 2.1 million career civil service workers make on average 78 percent more in total compensation than private sector workers, according to new data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
The total compensation average for federal workers is $119,934, including the value of leave, insurance and other perks, or 78 percent more than the average total compensation for private sector employees of $67,246. The BEA analysis excluded U.S. Postal Service workers.
The 2014 average federal salary in 2014 of $84,153 compared to $56,350 for all private sector workers. The 2014 salary average represented the first annual increase since 2011 when a partial pay freeze was implemented in a budget deal between President Obama and House Republicans.

Congress is even more lavish in awarding itself benefits as it turns over more of its Constitutional prerogatives to regulators.

For example, it treats itself and its staff to special treatment under ObamaCare:
Congressional leaders from both parties quietly and gratefully accepted the special deal from the administration’s Office of Personnel Management. It gives legislators and staff “Gold Level” ObamaCare coverage with a 75 percent subsidy paid by taxpayers or even the option of opting out and retaining their previous heavily subsidized plan. The income of members and staff is simply not counted.  
This is in direct violation of the specific language of the law Congress enacted. The White House broke its own law to provide Congress ObamaCare gold and then fraudulently administered it through the District of Columbia’s Small Business Healthcare Exchange. In order to get their waiver, representatives of the House and Senate signed documents, under penalty of perjury, that each body employed no more than 50 people. To date more than 13,000 members and staff have signed up with the help of another gift -- a dedicated team assigned only to Congress.

Both Congress and federal employees receive generous pension benefits and Congressmen receive generous other perquisites of office. 

One thing is clear -- both the EU officialdom and ours are wiser than voters only in their ability to feather their own nests, not in making us safer, richer, or happier. Many predict that if the UK exits Brexit, other European countries will follow, Maybe one of the attractions of Trump is that the distaste for the regulatory state run by elites is spreading across the Atlantic.