The Ferengi Are Running Washington

June 6, 2013 05:49
The Ferengi Are Running Washington

Our “D-Day” will be the 2014 mid-term elections. If after the elections, the Ferengi have increased their numbers in Washington, we are lost – but if the number of Ferengi has decreased, we have started Lincoln’s constitutional process of amending our existing despotic government:


By Jack Beavers

If you are unfamiliar with the Ferengi, then Wikipedia has an excellent explanation that includes the following highlights:

“The Ferengi / fəˈrɛŋɡi / are a fictional extraterrestrial ferengi-rules-of-acquisitionrace from the Star Trek universe…. They and their culture are characterized by a mercantile obsession with profit and trade, and their constant efforts to swindle unwary customers into unfair deals…. Their home planet, Ferenginar, is the center of the Ferengi Alliance and is governed by the Grand Nagus and a Commerce Authority made primarily of the Council of Economic Advisors (formerly Board of Liquidators). Like most of their culture, their religion is also based on the principles of capitalism: they offer prayers and monetary offerings to a “Blessed Exchequer” in hopes of entering the “Divine Treasury” upon death, and fear an afterlife spent in the “Vault of Eternal Destitution.“

Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

Perhaps the most interesting part of the fictional Ferengi culture is their Rules of Acquisition – a set of guidelines intended to ensure the profitability of businesses owned by members of the ultra-capitalist alien race. Of the documented 285 known rules, the following are a few that American tax payers might find enlightening, since they appear to be the Rules of Governing currently followed by our federal government in its dealings with us, “the customers”…

“Every Ferengi business transaction is governed by 285 rules of acquisition to insure a fair and honest deal for all parties concerned… well most of them anyway.” – Quark of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 

1. Once you have their money, you never give it back.

5. If you can’t break a contract, bend it.

8. Small print leads to large risk.

13. Anything worth doing is worth doing for money.

15. Acting stupid is often smart.

27. There’s nothing more dangerous than an honest businessman.

28. Morality is always defined by those in power.

51. Never admit a mistake if there’s someone else to blame.

60. Keep your lies consistent.

76. Every once in a while, declare peace….it confuses the hell out of your enemies.

98. Every man has his price.

99. Trust is the biggest liability of all.

168. Whisper your way to success.

239. Never be afraid to mislabel a product.

266. When in doubt, lie.”

Evidence of Ferengi in Washington

two_wings_same_bird_vote-300x253Make no mistake – both Democrat and Republican leaders in the federal government are ultra-capitalist just like the Ferengi. They run a business – and we are their customers. For proof, I offer the following “deals” by our federal government as examples where one or more of the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition have been followed to improve the wealth and power of the government at the expense of us, the customers.

  1. In 1974, the US Congress enacted the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Following the implementation of the Act, federal budget deficits and the national debt began to rapidly increase due to an astonishing fact: The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 established a federal budget process designed to perpetually increase spending without any consideration of the available revenue (income).Therefore, any plan claiming to “balance the budget” is suspect – until it is proven to be a process that balances with the current revenues. If it does not it will not stop government growth and money borrowing/printing – and it clearly represents continuing fiscal infidelity by the government. The “balanced budget plan” is a mislabeled product, a lie that omits revenues in order to balance this year’s actual expenditures against last year’s actual expenditures after adding increases for inflation and population growth. Thus the Ferengi in Washington perpetuate the lie that continues to grow the wealth and power of the federal government.
  2. In 2007 the passage of the Energy Independent and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) gave the EPA expanded and extended power to make and enforce Energy Policy. The legislation gave the EPA the power to force U.S. gasoline producers to use uneconomical and energy deficient “renewable fuel” components in their gasoline blending recipes. They mandated that “grain alcohol a.k.a. ethanol” was the renewable automobile fuel, and that going forward, all US transportation fuels would contain a minimum volume of a “renewable fuel”. In fact, the EPA’s Renewable Fuels Standard requires “renewable fuel” to be blended into transportation fuel in increasing amounts each year until the annual amount reaches 36 billion gallons by 2022.However, ethanol and hydrogen are not “sustainable renewable fuels” – but they are “acquisitions” that increase the power of the government.
  3. Volumes of “fine print” legislation such as Obamacare, Cap and Trade, Stimulus Act, Bailouts and Dodd-Frank are aimed at redistributing the wealth from those that work for a living – to those that vote for a living.
  4. There are volumes of unrequested solicitations from Ferengi Political Action Committees (PACs) and/or Institutes for Legislative Action (ILAs) for money to lobby both Washington and the “uninformed voters” regarding a cause that usually needs no lobbying – it is not in question since it is protected by the Bill of Rights (free speech, free press, religious freedom, gun ownership, etc.).
  5. The countless scandals and cover-ups (Fast-and-Furious, IRS, AP, Benghazi, etc.) – involving incompetent federal agencies infringing on our individual freedoms in the name of national security, equality, free choice, equal opportunities, etc.  have no parallel in America and they serve as a is a clear indication that the federal government is operating by despotic rules instead of constitutional rule-of-law. Examples of government incompetence and/or overreach include:
    • The government’s refusal to respect and defend the individual freedoms set forth in the Constitution, especially those guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.
    • The government’s continual attempts to infringe on the individual freedom of personal protection and the right of States to regulate militias.
    • The government’s fiscal irresponsibility with entitlements, especially the programs to recruit and entrap more dependency.
    • The recent political targeting by the IRS and the DOJ of people and organizations that oppose the despotic regime currently in power.

Current Status

For the comprehensive list of the government’s Rules of Governing, go to Wikipedia’s Rules of Acquisition. For an answer to how we managed to get in such a position, refer to Alexander Fraser Tytler’s The decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic (1776). Tytler explains it pretty well:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can Get_invloved_angeronly exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over a loss of fiscal responsibility, always followed by a dictatorship.

The average of the world’s great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence:

    • From bondage to spiritual faith;
    • from spiritual faith to great courage;
    • from courage to liberty;
    • from liberty to abundance;
    • from abundance to selfishness;
    • from selfishness to complacency;
    • from complacency to apathy;
    • from apathy to dependency;
    • from dependency back again to bondage.

Thus it would appear an oligarchy is rising and we are in the grip of dependency – and the government’s Rules of Governing are really the precursors to those of bondage.

The Hope

Hope springs eternal – and can only be fulfilled if all honest men step forward. (Acquisition Rule No. 27)

Yes, we are sliding deeper into dependency, headed for bondage – but there are many unknowns yet to be revealed and experienced. There still may be hope in these shifts:

  • A mass media that is starting to remember their role is to represent and protect the people of the “Third Estate” – not the elites of the Ferengi First Estate;
  • A military that is disillusioned by its cowardly, incompetent and self-serving Ferengi Commander-in-Chief who had no problem in first deserting and then leaving men behind In Benghazi;
  • A people who are learning leadership is measured by results – not Ferengi political rhetoric that continually excuses failure as being the result of sabotage by imaginary hobgoblins;
  • A population angered by out-of-control Ferengi government agencies, like the IRS and DOJ, which willingly violate law and ethics to advance the self-serving agenda of the Ferengi.
  • An awakening of patriotism that rejects all political correctness and ideological agendas – and returns America to the individual free will that made it great.

If we have time, we can stop this slide into bondage, but as the old Indian medicine man advised, “Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.”

Get-Free-440x439Our “D-Day” will be the 2014 mid-term elections. If after the elections, the Ferengi have increased their numbers in Washington, we are lost – but if the number of Ferengi has decreased, we have started Lincoln’s constitutional process of amending our existing despotic government:

“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.” — Lincoln’s 1st Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861




Jack T. Beavers is an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Consultant with a BS in Chemical Engineering (BSChE), a Professional Engineering (PE) license, a Certification in Business Management (CBM), and a Certification as an Internal Control Specialist (CICS). He has previously held a Certification as an ISO-9000 Internal Auditor – and his work history includes Enterprise Risk Assessment responsibilities as a Manager of Internal Audit. Please email your comments to


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