00h UTC; FRIDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2012: I will acknowledge, reader, that the title does (howbeit satirically, or trying to) allude to The Pearl of Great Price, considered one of the Latter-Day Saints' quasi-sacred texts alongside The Holy Bible and what they regard as its complementary text, The Book of Mormon (not to mention the Doctrine and Covenants, which expounds on Mormon teachings, beliefs and general conduct expected of followers), as well as Frank Luntz' previous advice to conservative prolefeeders that capitalism be referred to as "economic freedom" "to make the concept [of capitalism] more acceptable to the masses," or so the explanation went.

So, then, on to business:
  • No doubt the Romney/Ryan crowd and their "Tea Party" drookies, with their Luscious Glory of insisting that only ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe can best "save" Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid by "personalising" such along a "people-centred" model, must be drooling approvingly (though stopping short of overt endorsement, AFAIK) over the announcements by Sears Group Holdings (as in Sears and Kmart) and Darden Restaurants (as in Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Capital Grille, Eddie V's and Seasons 52) that henceforth, employees will be paid to purchase their own health cover through an online interexchange. But: How do we know the targeted can be expected to make the right decision, the correct decision, the best such consistent with their own individual and family needs and experience? And how do we know such won't subject them to high-pressure sales tactics from participating insurers or otherwise steer certain "problem risks" to high-cost "pool" plans?
  • Staying with the Romney/Ryan campaign's Luscious Glory of ekonomesie vryheid, &c., being somehow integral to AmeriKKKan National Character and Identity, isn't it a little absurd to suggest that his election to the Presidency will "spontaneously" translate into major socioeconomic growth and jobs creation "like magic," as it were, without State intervention? (Cf. the Afrikaner Economic Movement's seeing ethno-national unity and cohesion, and appeals thereto, as the One True Foundation of achieving true socioeconomic prosperity for the Afrikaner, its guding principle being that of 'n Volk red homself ["a people rescuing itself"] reinforced by Volkseenheid ["organic unity of a people"] channelled unto Reddingsdaad ["rescue action"] through a "people-centred" form of capitalism, Volkskapitalisme by name and concept, expected to emphasise jobs creation and training over traditional capitalism's emphasis on simple wealth creation.)
  • If you're wondering whose Presidential agenda would be the better value for money in your circumstances, consider the free online tools and calculators at Politify.com in service to voter education and social welfare. (However, a caveat: Such estimates offered don't consider the likelihood of later inflation, dilution of purchasing power or Federal deficits.)
  • Better be on the right side of the law in Vaughn, New Mexico for the time being: Their police department is in a state of Limbo right now inasmuch as its chief of police owes child support in Texas to a rather substantial amount and his deputy can't carry firearms for the moment because he sold off a short-barrelled shotgun as was police property illicitly; hence, a police dog assigned narcotics duty otherwise is about the only law enforcement available in Vaughn at the moment (at least until the New Mexico Army National Guard is called in to serve for the nonce).
  • With conservative prolefeeders whining all the more about suspected "manipulation" of public-opinion surveys vis-a-vis Indecision 2012 to give an illusory advantage to President Obama (as per usual, absent any credible substance to their claims), perhaps we should note what some consider perhaps the single worst political opinion poll ever undertaken for sheer absurdity and inaccuracy, not to mention rather dubious to the point of flawed methodology: None other than The Literary Digest's 1936 Presidential Straw Poll, which had it (based on 24% of some 10,000 surveys mailed out actually returned) that the GOP's Presidential candidate, Kansas Governor Alf Landon, would soundly defeat FDR's chances for a second term (as it turned out, Landon was able to carry only Maine and Vermont, with FDR taking the then-remaining 46 states handily). One particularly fatal flaw here was its methodology: Their survey sample was culled from telephone directories and automobile registration records, too often favouring the more affluent in spite of the Great Depression's effects (which was also The Literary Digest's core readership demographic). Which, in any event, was enough to undermine its credibility to such extent that it was forced to merge with the Review of Reviews within six months, only to have Time purchase its mailing list not long afterwards.
Meanwhile, as the Surf Rat Patrol makes its way down Venice Beach, with boards in tow....

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