Decouple

Advocating for the financial decoupling of government and business.

No more bailouts.  Let the free market function.  Educate, not regulate.

Education Not Regulation

2009-12-28 08:39:43

The purpose of government is to protect the population.  And while our government has served this purpose well over the last 200 years, it has now gone too far.  It’s time that we take back the responsibility to protect ourselves.  We no longer need the government to watch out for us.  In the past we were too busy or ignorant of banking systems and healthcare to make informed decisions for how to spend our money.  These days, with the level of education that most of us have, and the widespread use of the internet in which information flows freely, we are more than capable of protecting ourselves and our families without big government ‘help’.  In fact, the problems that our nation faces today in banking, healthcare, and other areas are a direct result of our desire for government to take care of us.

 

Our government (along with private enterprise) should be more focused on educating the population about making the right decisions, and not trying to make the decisions for them.  The best we can do is hope that people will make the ‘right’ decision based on the information supplied.  But people must be responsible for their own decisions.  If we leave the important decisions about healthcare and finances up to the government, we will have to suffer the consequences of their poor decision making.  It’s not rational to believe that suddenly the government will start making good policy decisions.  Furthermore, even if they do, they will be overturned by the next administration.

Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction

One example of this is the mortgage tax deduction.  There are many good reasons to encourage people to own homes instead of renting them.  It improves property values and reduces crime.  It strengthens the community.  On the other hand, there are good reasons to rent.  Not everyone is able to make a commitment to live somewhere for the rest of their lives, or even for a significant period of time.  Many people need to be mobile – to move to where the jobs are, for example. Continue reading Decouple

Addiction: The Compulsion is Real

Some people think that addiction is a moral failing, while others are certain it is a progressive disease of the brain. In fact it is neither: addiction is a built-in compulsion with roots in adverse childhood experiences that is triggered chemically by drugs and alcohol later in life. Excessive drug use is not in itself a bad thing – it is just a ‘short-circuit’ attempt to restore the mind to its natural state of symbiosis and equanimity in society, even if the material ‘price paid’ is very high. If not caught in time, however, the compulsion takes on a life of its own and can spiral out of control – resulting in overdose, death, or worse. Continue reading Addiction: The Compulsion is Real

How to Solve the Opiate Addiction Crisis

The opiate addiction crisis is killing kids across the country.  Over a hundred young people are dying every day from opiate addiction.  This crisis affects rich and poor alike, and both successful people and failures.  Recently Prince died of a percocet overdose.  He was known to have started developing an addiction recently.  His death shined a light on the problem.  Can anything be done?

Yes! Lots! Continue reading How to Solve the Opiate Addiction Crisis

Addiction is a Disease!

I always claimed that addiction was created by AA.  However I’ve discovered proof that it existed as a disease well before.   Here is a quote from an article in the prestigious British Journal of Medicine from 1880 entitled “Chronic Morphinism”:

Chronic Morphinism is, it seems, a vice which appertains peculiarly to the medical profession in Austria.  Quite an incredible number of Dr Obersteiner’s colleagues have fallen victim to it; and he hints, not obscurely, that in his view there is poetical justice in the fact that this depraved and fatal taste should work most havoc among the class of men who, by carelessly prescribing the drug and instructing in the use of the hypodermic syringe, have been mainly instrumental in disseminating it. Continue reading Addiction is a Disease!

Exposing the myth of drug addiction and alcoholism