[Fresh article to add on]
The Dow Jones index closed above 17,000 just before the American Independence Day holiday weekend. Also occurring was the publication of a massive amount of regulations from the folk at Health and Human Services; the same helpful people that implement the ACA and Medicare.
Just what do these two things have in common? Damn if I know for sure, but let me take a guess. Money? Okay, let’s go with that. In one hand, the shining star of capitalism breaks its own record, based on lots of data points. One point in particular was the unemployment numbers, that had gone down – a good sign. In the other hand was a very, very large collection of edicts that will (hopefully) guide the medical and insurance industries in the proper ways to earn money while spending tax dollars.
So far, so good. When money changes hands, it seems to create more money, defying the laws of physics. But the headlines belie the whole truth. Yes, total unemployment is down – thanks to the increase in part-time jobs; that do not have benefits (medical). Which links itself to the latest health care regulations issued by the government agency.
Now I don’t know about you, but there has to be some sort of conspiracy around here. If the government says one thing, does another, and then tries to stick you with the bill… okay, maybe not at the level of conspiracy, but definitely at the level of a scam – both of which are illegal, right?
If the “gangsters” have the capital, (to create jobs lessening unemployment), the elite controls the government (to create regulations as to where the money goes), and the great unwashed are left to walk around with empty hands (for want of a job and/or paying ever more for health care); what is anyone to expect when rumors of discontent surface?
Idle hands are the devil’s workshop, so it’s said. But fomenting revolution is against the law (Smith Act). Protests are fine and well when you want to bring attention to a cause. When action is demanded – that’s the fine line, determined by the rulers, where might makes right. What’s to do when the individual is at risk? There’s another saying – there’s safety in numbers (except when outnumbered by the police force).
But, here’s an idea that might work. Just as with a disease, identifying and naming it is a good part of the battle. The syndicate (I.e., anyone not an individual), is attempting to rig the game. Big Data, and the sifting of it into identifiable threats, are well ahead of the individual. There’s that safety in numbers theme again (there’s a pun in there, please ignore it).
“For it is a truth, which the experience of all ages has attested, that the people are commonly most in danger when the means of insuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion.” – Alexander Hamilton