Bugging Out vs. Hunkering Down
January 19th, 2013
The Survivalist Blog
This article has been contributed by M.D. Creekmore of The Survivalist Blog.
The very idea of leaving the security of your home to “bug out” to the woods has never sat well with me – In nearly every instance it’s better to hunker down or “bug in” than to bug out. I mean, why leave the safety and familiar surroundings of your home, for the open and unforgiving wilderness.
For many people this is their first line of preparation against disaster, unfortunately, most will end up joining the multitude of other refugees freezing in a cave and eventually end up dead or wards of whatever government is still functioning.
…..There were no bailouts for the victims of this heist, but the banks were bailed out. The bankers, mortgage brokers and everyone else behind the scam retained the profits extracted as a result of fraud. Incompetent pension fund managers using other peoples’ money bought these toxic assets. They had a legally-binding fiduciary responsibility to act with prudence but failed to do so.
Yet, they kept their jobs after making these irresponsible and poorly thought-out investments.
And still, not a single one of the thousands of criminals responsible for this colossal charade is in prison. This highlights the sheer power of the Jewish Mafia. Perhaps even worse is that the scams continue to this day. Unfortunately, the Jewish Mafia will continue to defraud Main Street indefinitely because nothing has been done to prevent securities fraud. In fact, the moral hazard has been strengthened due to the absence of criminal prosecution.
The Reagan Libertarian Contract with America | Libertarian Party… (“I am a proud Reagan Libertarian. Ronald Reagan”)
posted by Wayne Allyn Root on Sep 22, 2010
A Detailed and Specific Plan to Save the U.S. Economy
“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”
I am a proud Reagan Libertarian. Ronald Reagan turned the worst economic slump since the Great Depression into the greatest economic turnaround and expansion in world history with one simple stroke of genius — the largest tax cut in U.S. history (ultimately reducing top marginal tax rates from 70% down to 28%). That tax cut benefited and motivated the groups that produce virtually all of the jobs and tax revenues in America — small business owners and taxpayers.
These are the very groups that President Obama chooses to punish, instead of reward. Obama redistributes money from taxpayers and small business owners to his voters — who create virtually nothing, pay almost no taxes, create no jobs, and ask for handouts and entitlements from cradle to grave. In short, Obama’s voters are bankrupting this once great country. This is precisely why the U.S. economy has fallen off a cliff. We are staring at the abyss — economic Armageddon, chronic massive unemployment, and worldwide depression. It is time for dramatic measures to stave off disaster, deficit, debt and depression.
As hard as it is to believe, it’s been only a little over three weeks since Election Day. But there are already plenty of signs that Republicans are learning many of the wrong lessons from that debacle. For starters, there’s been a lot of excessive emphasis on racial demographics, which actually changed very little from 2008. According to exit polling, the portion of Hispanic voters went up just 1 percentage point, the portion of Asian voters went up just 1 point, and the portion of black voters stayed the same. Meanwhile, the portion of white voters fell 2 points — largely because, as Sean Trende notes, Mitt Romney failed to turn out several million such voters.
Now Senator John McCain says that, when it comes to the life-or-death matter of abortion, Republicans should “leave the issue alone.” Well, it would be hard to have left the issue any more alone than Romney did, and what did it get him? On an issue on which Americans are typically split pretty much right down the middle, exit polling showed that voters favored the legality (59 percent), rather than illegality (36 percent), of abortion in “most” or “all” cases. This suggests that Romney’s silence in the face of Obama’s pro-abortion rhetoric caused some swing voters to shift their position leftward (as people are inclined to do when they hear only one side of an issue advanced) — while millions of pro-life voters apparently sat this one out.
The man you see before you as your President today bears a striking resemblance to the main character in a Greek tragedy. He so reeks of hubris. Every word that drops from his lips speaks a haughty derision of the lesser beings not benighted to be a cog in his political machine. All witness Obama the Magnificent, the conqueror of America, which was the world hyperpower, but is now the Sick Man of the 21st Century, en route to terminal illness.
What if there was a financial system that would eliminate the need for the federal government to go into debt, that would eliminate the need for the Federal Reserve, that would end the practice of fractional reserve bankingand that would dethrone the big banks?
Would you be in favor of such a system? A surprising new IMF research paper entitled “The Chicago PlanRevisited” by Jaromir Benes and Michael Kumhof is making waves in economic circles all over the globe. The paper suggests that the world would be much better off if we adopted a system where the banks did not create our money. So instead of a system where more money is only created when more debt is created, we would have a system of debt-free money that is created directly by national governments.
No need to wonder what went wrong with the “Right Nation”. Every thing that could go wrong with Americadid since Reagan aligned himself with Christian Evangelical Fundamentalists and their allies Jewish
Zionist and adoption of Milton Freedman economic policies of “supply side”.
Five years into the Long Slump it almost seems as if we are back to square one.
China is sufficiently alarmed by the flint hardness of its “soft-landing” to talk up trillions of fresh stimulus. The
European Central Bank is preparing to print “whatever it takes”to save Spain and Italy. Markets are pricing in an 80pc chance of yet more printing by the US Federal Reserve in September or soon after.
There’s a Crack in THE DOME. How’s it Going to End? (“Our only hope of escaping this B-rated bad movie known as our fate, is to vote him out of office on Nov 6th in an overwhelming fashion to account for the margin of fraud. There is no other way out of this nightmare we have been cast into without our consent. “)
Cameras in place, cue the lights, turn up the mics. And action. Into our view is the most elaborate stage ever seen for a political convention with the enormous Greek columns flanking the stage with two huge video screens displaying colossal images of the Democratic nominee, inevitably our new presidential American idol.
Indeed a monumental stage built in the image of ancient times for a Greek God overlooking his sacrificial sheep.
The plot thickened from that historic and gluttonous night like a Greek tragedy.
Hope and Change is the mantra of the great idol. Yes we can is chanted from coast to coast, speeches are heard from the One like no other: ”This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal”. Commentators get thrills up their legs and can’t believe what a great orator Obama is and how he transcends race and time. The smartest man to ever run for office is elected President of the United States and is sworn in on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2009.
What is the second half of 2012 going to bring? Are things going to get even worse than they are right now? Unfortunately, that appears more likely with each passing day. I will admit that I am extremely concerned about the second half of 2012. Historically, a financial crisis is much more likely to begin in the fall than during any other season of the year.
Barack Hussein Obama promised to transform America with an ill-defined message of change during his 2008 campaign. As Americans discovered what that change involved, they began to reject it. It was a change to the Left, to liberalism, to socialism.
It is amazing how blind some liberal Democrats like CBS David Letterman and NBC Brian Williams are at being so out of touch with reality. They could stand in the middle of Yosemite Park and they would still be unable to see those magnificent redwood trees.
From Medicine to Crime and Back Again
…By Michael Chester
The US is engaged in many poorly defined “wars” such as the “war on terror,” the “war on poverty,” and many others, but the longest running “war” has been the “war on drugs.” (the term “war on drugs” was coined by Richard Nixon in 1971 but the “war” was in full swing long before it was formally named) It has also been one of the least effective and it is time to negotiate a settlement to the hostilities.
This is What Our President Wants… (“Enjoy it while it last, because if I geelected, this day is the closest it’s ever gonna be to the way you remember this country being.”)
RUSH: Snerdley just asked me an interesting question, and I want to pose the question to you in my own words. After 39 weeks of unemployment over 8%, after an unemployment rate that’s been higher for longer than any since the Great Depression — with only 115,000 jobs added — even if you are Barack Obama, don’t you care a little about your legacy? Don’t you want some improvement somewhere in real life, not just a rate drop from 8.2% to 8.1%? Don’t you want something that’s gonna add to your legacy, make you look good to the historians?
Now, what is the flaw in Snerdley’s question?
The flaw in Snerdley’s question is the premise.
To understand Barack Obama, you have to admit something, and it’s a very difficult thing to do. Not for me, ’cause I know. But it’s a very difficult thing for most people to admit, even though he said so in his own words (almost exactly the words I’m gonna use to you) that we’ve elected a president who doesn’t believe this country has ever worked. It’s been a fraud. All these great presidential legacies from the founding up until him are based on fluff and fraud. We have unjust foundings based on immorality and plundering the world for our own benefit.
He doesn’t believe this country’s been legitimately great. It’s been illegitimately great, and he is out to transform it. Watch the Julia slideshow. You’ll see what the ideal citizen is to Barack Obama. It’s a citizen dependent totally on government who has no independent thought, no independent life. Whatever is needed, there’s something in Washington where you can go to get it. You don’t have to do it yourself. You don’t have to do anything yourself. The flaw in the question is that Barack Obama is cut from the same mold as previous presidents.
At a time when America desperately needs to come together, we are becoming more divided than ever. The mainstream media and most of our politicians love to pit us against one another in dozens of different ways, and right now class warfare has become one of their favorite tools for getting us to hate one another. If you are struggling in this economy, you are being told that “the wealthy” are the cause of your problems.
If you have money, you are being told that the poor hate you and want to tax you into oblivion. Class warfare has already become a dominant theme in the 2012 race for the White House, and there will certainly be endless speeches given along these lines by politicians from both major political parties all the way up to election day. Class warfare will be used by both sides as a way to divide America and get votes.
And the frightening thing is that it is clearly working. There is more hatred between the poor and the wealthy in America today than at any other time that I can remember. But hating people because of how much money they have or don’t have is not going to solve anything. Instead, it is just going to cause more problems.The other day, Yale economics professor Robert Shiller told CNBC that the globe is already in a state of “late Great Depression“. The United States is heading into unprecedented economic and financial problems and we desperately need to pull together as a country and solve these problems.
Who do you think won the debate? Did stimulus (Paul Krugman’s position), debt liquidation (Ron Paul’s perspective), or something else end the Great Depression?
The county sheriff is being introduced to a maneuver that will gradually eliminate him by a merger with federal marshals. Already under threat by an Advisory group, the traditional American constitutional sheriff will be divested of his authority. He will lose his control over the jails and the courts, and all civilian law enforcement will be consolidated on the federal regional government level.
Billionaire investor George Soros has a new prediction for America. While it might be as dire as it gets for the financial wiz, this bet concerns more than just the value of the buck. According to Soros, there’s about to be an all-out class war.Soros, 81, previously bet against the British pound in the early 90s and made $1 billion off its collapse. In the years since, he’s remained active in investing, but also in advocacy.
He’s helped keep Wikipedia afloat thanks to impressive contributions and through donations to the Tides Center, has indirectly funded Adbusters, the Canadian anti-capitalist magazine that put Occupy Wall Street on the map. Speaking to Newsweek recently, Soros neglected to acknowledge his past successes, but instead offered a word of warning: a period of “evil” is coming to the western world.“I am not here to cheer you up.
The situation is about as serious and difficult as I’ve experienced in my career,” Soros tells Newsweek. “We are facing an extremely difficult time, comparable in many ways to the 1930s, the Great Depression. We are facing now a general retrenchment in the developed world, which threatens to put us in a decade of more stagnation, or worse.
The best-case scenario is a deflationary environment. The worst-case scenario is a collapse of the financial system.”Soros goes on to compare the current state of the western world with what the Soviet Union was facing as communism crumbled. Although he would think that history would have taught the globe a thing or two about noticing trends, Soros says that, despite past events providing a perfect example of what is to come, the end of an empire seems imminent.“The collapse of the Soviet system was a pretty extraordinary event, and we are currently experiencing something similar in the developed world, without fully realizing what’s happening,” adds Soros.Soros goes on to say that as the crisis in the Eurozone only worsens, the American financial system will continue to be hit hard. On the way to a full-blown collapse, he cautions, Americans should expect society to alter accordingly. Riots will hit the streets, says Soros, and as a result, “It will be an excuse for cracking down and using strong-arm tactics to maintain law and order, which, carried to an extreme, could bring about a repressive political system, a society where individual liberty is much more constrained, which would be a break with the tradition of the United States.”
In the last 100 years, every U.S. president who lost his bid for a second term did so because he abandoned his principal promise to the American people. If Republicans can persuade the public that Barack Obama similarly shattered the pledge at the very core of his presidency, they will succeed in denying him the new lease on the White House he insists he deserves.
Four elected chief executives in this century failed in their reelection campaigns—and each of them flopped by landslide margins. For William Howard Taft in 1912, Herbert Hoover in 1932, Jimmy Carter in 1980, and George H.W. Bush in 1992, broken promises doomed their chances for another four-year term.
Taft, Theodore Roosevelt’s hand-picked successor, based his first presidential campaign on guarantees that he would continue the popular policies of his ebullient predecessor, but voters in 1912 knew they’d been betrayed because TR himself came out of retirement to tell them so! Roosevelt not only challenged Taft for re-nomination but ultimately conducted his third-party “Bull Moose” campaign, handing victory to Democrat Woodrow Wilson and pushing the incumbent to a paltry 23 percent of the popular vote.
(“For the sake of our children and grandchildren, vote him out!”) Could 2012 be America ‘s Last Presidential Election? by
Could 2012 be America ‘s Last Presidential Election? by
World Press ^ | March 8, 2012 | Michael Savge
Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2012 11:49:22 AM by yoe
I’ve asked this question to a number of people and most them respond as if I were crazy for asking. They tell me that this is America , land of the free and that there will always be elections. I tell them that we are no longer the land of the free and that if Obama gets re-elected in 2012, that this just may be America ‘s last election. In the past three years, the Obama administration has been very carefully crafting the nation for a political take over by his Marxist regime and this isn’t just my opinion.
Popular radio talk show host Michael Savage is the son of Russian immigrants and is very familiar with Soviet and European history. Savage warned his listeners this week saying, “I have to tell you that if this man, God forbid, is the next president of the United States, we’re going to be living in something along the lines of – people say Europe. I don’t believe it’s going to be like Europe – I think it will be closer to Chavez’s South American dictatorship.
“This is the most corrupt, incompetent, dangerous tyrannical administration in American history. It’s not politics as usual. It’s not just Democrats versus Republicans. Obama has a long history of being at odds with American values and with America itself and the core principles of this country. They don’t want government-sponsored opinions. They only want government-sponsored ‘Pravda.’ That’s exactly what the government-media complex tells you on a daily basis – nothing but the government-media complex party line. Pay attention. Your freedom may be at stake..”
Over the weekend, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told a small group of people in an Iowa coffee house that, “Barack Obama is not incompetent, ladies and gentleman. He knows exactly what he’s doing and why he’s doing it. He sees America differently than you see America . [Obama] has gone out of his way to divide this country in a way I haven’t seen since the Great Depression when Franklin Roosevelt went around to divide his country. That’s his hero. What makes America great [in Obama's mind is that] the government takes money from somebody and gives it to somebody else. No, that’s what makes America , France .”
With his control over the Executive and Judicial branches of the government, the stage is set for a complete takeover of the government. Think about it. Since taking office, instead of helping the economy, Obama has purposely escalated the economic crisis by plunging the country into unprecedented debt. He has a number of programs that are designed to go into effect in January 2013, just in time for his second term of office. The economic burden and increased taxes on everyone will be enough to cause the final economic collapse of the country. As soon as that happens, Obama declares Martial Law and assumes dictatorial control of the nation……
How Obamaism works
In America we have a new three-headed monster to afflict us. It’s called Obamaism.
Some concepts in political science are so easy to explain, they can be stated as simple arithmetical equations. For example:
Government + Crony Capitalists = Fascism
Government + Unions = Peronism
Back in the golden years of the Great Depression, Benito Mussolini offered a panacea: get the government and the big corporations working together on everything, and presto—the trains run on time, everyone goes back to work, and all the intellectuals in Europe hail you as a genius for inventing a new way of doing things: fascism.
In Argentina—a country blessed with a pleasant climate, a great wealth of natural resources, and a well-educated, hard-working population—Juan Peron’s predatory government welded itself to powerful unions to crush opposition and render the country perpetually incompetent. Still toiling under the legacy of Peronism, Argentina to this day has yet to get its act together.
Today in America, we have a new equation:
Government + Crony Capitalists + Unions = Obamaism
Prison Planet.com » Are George Soros, The IMF And The World Bank Purposely Trying To Scare The Living Daylights Out Of Us?
The Economic CollapseJanuary 25, 2012Over the past couple of weeks, George Soros, the IMF and the World Bank have all issued incredibly chilling warnings about the possibility of an impending economic collapse.
Considering the power and the influence that Soros, the IMF and the World Bank all have over the global financial system, this is very alarming. So are they purposely trying to scare the living daylights out of us? Soros is even warning of riots in the streets of America. Unfortunately, way too often top global leaders say something in public because they want to “push” events in a certain direction. Do George Soros and officials at the IMF and World Bank hope to prevent a worldwide financial collapse by making these statements, or are other agendas at work? We may never know. But one thing is for sure – many of the top financial officials in the world are using language that is downright “apocalyptic”, and that is not a good sign for the rest of 2012.Right now, George Soros is saying things that he has never said before. Just check out what George Soros recently told Newsweek…. “I am not here to cheer you up. The situation is about as serious and difficult as I’ve experienced in my career,” Soros tells Newsweek. “We are facing an extremely difficult time, comparable in many ways to the 1930s, the Great Depression.
Prison Planet.com » Soros Warns of Violent Riots In America, Financial Collapse, Government Clampdown
From time to time we get a peek inside the mind of a true insider. George Soros knows a thing or two about destabilization and far from equilibrium situations. He’s been on the giving and receiving ends of both. From surviving the Nazi occupation of Hungary during World War II, to single handily crashing the currencies of entire nations, the experience he brings to the table should not be ignored.
With his deep connections in economic and political circles, if there’s anyone who knows what’s coming next, it’s Soros.
We hear so much these days about the unemployment figures and the lack of good paying jobs for the disappearing middle class that it’s almost become the new normal. Combined with that, the plaintive cries from the OWS occupiers about the heavy burdens of oppressive college loans for graduates unable to find work have become a regular fixture in political discussions. Which is why it’s odd when we see the Wall Street Journal reporting on employers looking to fill relatively high wage jobs and having little to no success in finding takers.
Ferrie Bailey’s job should be easy: hiring workers amid the worst stretch of unemployment since the Depression.
But they require specialized skills—expertise in short supply even with the unemployment rate at 9%. Which is why on a recent morning the recruiter found herself in a hiring hall here anxiously awaiting the arrival of just two people she had invited to interviews, winnowed from an initial group of nearly five dozen applicants. With minutes to go, the folding chairs sat empty. “I don’t think they’re going to show,” Ms. Bailey said, pacing in the basement room.
Moe Lane jumps on this opportunity with a decision to send the kids to electrician’s school.
Or maybe it’ll be plumber’s school.
AND THE ADVANTAGES OF INDEPENDENCE
by One Pissed-off Vietnam Vet
(Nov. 21, 2011) — During America’s Great Depression, the people who lived on farms, even though they may not have had any money, always had food. And no, it wasn’t steak and lobster every evening, but they didn’t suffer the hunger pains as their city folk brethren did. During World War II, in the time of rationing, once again the best place to be was on a farm, where many a farmer traded coveted gas coupons for those of coffee, sugar and flour. If nothing else, a farm’s fruit cellar was packed with vegetables and preservatives, while the kitchen pantry in Cicero and Newark would remain bare.
The father of nuclear energy was perhaps the most irritating and caustic man ever to have walked on earth, but he was, without a doubt, one heck of a brilliant visionary, on par with the likes of Billy Mitchell and Curtis LeMay: Admiral Geroge Rickover. It was Rickover’s vision of energy independence that fueled his nuclear submarine dream. Just as a farm was independent of outside sources for long periods of time, Rickover’s boats could stay submerged and on patrol until food had to be replenished.
Rickover’s attention to detail and his totally uncompromising attitude towards safety never won him any friends in Congress or the Pentagon, but he sure was admired and respected by the sailors who manned his boats. It was Rickover’s taking of shielding to the “nth” degree which made him so many enemies. Over the years, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) has continuously lowered the safety standards of reactor design and shielding. The accepted amount of radiation exposure has increased throughout the years, while the accompanying cost of less shielding has been expectantly lowered.
Nation of Change ^ | 11/09/2011 | Robert Reich
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 10:06:59 AM by Responsibility2nd
The Court thinks corporations have First Amendment rights to spend as much as they want on politics, and Romney (and most of his fellow Regressives) think they need lower taxes and fewer regulations in order to be competitive.
These positions are absurd on their face. By flooding our democracy with their shareholders’ money, big corporations are violating their shareholders’ First Amendment rights because shareholders aren’t consulted. They’re simultaneously suppressing the First Amendment rights of the rest of us because, given how much money they’re throwing around, we don’t have enough money to be heard.
Obama: ‘Very proud’ of record
UPI ^ | November 8, 2011
Posted on Tuesday, November 08, 2011 4:47:26 AM by Zakeet
Speaking at a fundraiser at a private home in Washington, the president conceded he has “some bumps and bruises” from political battles but claimed credit for a string of successes.
“We were able to prevent America from going into a Great Depression,” he said. “We were able to, after a series of quarterly GDP reports that were the worst that we’ve seen since the Great Depression, reverse it and get the economy to grow again. We’ve seen 20 straight months of consecutive job growth. We were able to pass health insurance reform, Wall Street reform, end ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ end the war in Iraq — the list goes on.
“And so I’m very proud of our track record,” he said. “But what is absolutely true is that huge swaths of the country are still hurting. A lot of people are still struggling out there. And there’s no way in which America right now is fulfilling all of its potential.”
“Market stresses are currently far worse than after Lehman and the event which people are worried about has not even happened yet!”
“Despite this, perceptions about the possibility of the event are already driving markets to an unheard of level,” said Bloom.
When the event, whatever it is, does actually happen it will be very bad news for the global economy according to Bloom.
“Were the event to actually occur it would lead to the great depression Mark II,” said Bloom.
“Obama’s Fascist ‘Emergency Test’ He’s taking over all radio and tv to spread fear. ” ~ Obama’s Latest Scheme and Our Choice Between Freedom and Tyranny by Scott Lazarowitz
It seems that every day there is some new proposal or scheme coming from the federal government to remind us of the ruling class’s audacious craving for control. Well, here is a further example of the government’s fascism run amok, a scheme that has given me further reason to promote real freedom even more emphatically:
On Wednesday, November 9th at 2 PM Eastern, the Obama Administration will seize control over all radio and TV broadcast communications, to conduct a “test” of the Emergency Broadcast System. For the first time, however, there will be nothing any individual station can do to prevent it, and, unlike past tests which lasted for only roughly 30 seconds, this unusual test will last approximately 3½ minutes.
But, even though the government is supposed to announce that it is “only a test,” and, given that it is to occur during the middle of a weekday, such a “test” still has potential to cause panic. Could the Obama Administration be subtly planning to incite anxiety and panic amongst the population? The evidence includes Obama flunkies such as ACORN having been intentionally inciting agitation at Wall Street protests, and Obama himself having been accused of incitement. It is therefore valid to suggest that the Administration is up to no good, such as testing a plan for something illicit, such as martial law. I have addressed possible Obama martial law here.
“We are keeping a very close eye on the administration to make sure they are following the law and following the Constitution. We have the ability to limit their use of funds to try to bring this administration to heel.” ~ Time for Boehner and House GOP to bring Obama to heel
Time for Boehner and House GOP to bring Obama to heel
Washington Examiner ^ | 10/29/11 | by Editorial
Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2011 8:24:08 AM by Evil Slayer
House Speaker John Boehner said something quite significant last week during an interview with Talk Radio Network‘s Laura Ingraham. Speaking of President Obama’s vow to take unilateral executive actions because, in the chief executive’s words, “we can’t wait for Congress to do their job,” Boehner offered this observation: “We are keeping a very close eye on the administration to make sure they are following the law and following the Constitution. We have the ability to limit their use of funds to try to bring this administration to heel.”
JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES and Friedrich Hayek. The names conjure opposing poles of thought about making economic policy: Keynes is often held up as the flag bearer of vigorous government intervention in the markets, while Hayek is regarded as the champion of laissez-faire capitalism.
Chosen to serve power, not popular interests, Obama wrecked America‘s economy to save giant Wall Street banks. He’s still doing it, despite claiming he’s been out in front doing all he can. By bailing out too-big-to-fail banks and waging multiple imperial wars, he intensified social misery.
As a result, Main Street is mired in protracted Depression. Economist David Rosenberg believes we’re in the “third inning” of hard times malaise. Four occurred in the 19th century. Until now, the 1930s Great Depression was America’s last severe downturn, lasting a decade, punctuated by failed bounces.
America’s Greatest Depression began in late 2007. Rosenberg calls is a “modern-day” one similar to what Japan experienced for over two decades. It’s still ongoing, boding ill for US workers if America replicates Japan’s experience. Depressions occur “once it becomes painfully obvious” that conditions don’t improve despite “repeated bouts of policy stimulus.”
Most of America’s went for banker bailouts, tax cuts for corporate favorites and super-rich elites, as well as quantitative easing money creation for speculation, not economic growth. In contrast to recessions lasting six to 18 months, depressions last years.
From 2002 – 2007, America’s economy was massively manipulated and levered. As a result, financial activities comprised 40% of profits. At the same time, household debt to income and assets “surged to unprecedented levels and the personal savings rate” was negative when the housing bubble peaked.
(Excerpt) Read more at english.pravda.ru …
via Obama’s Depression.
“Let Me Prove in 7 Days That I Can Make You a New Man!”
“The Insult That Made a Man Out of Mac”
“Hey, Skinny! Yer Ribs Are Showing!”
It’s an ad the majority of readers out there can easily conjure up in their heads. A cartoon of a skinny, 97-pound weakling who gets sand kicked in his face by a beefcake, uses the moment as inspiration to build his body, and comes back to the beach to give the bully his belated comeuppance.
The name associated with that image is just as familiar as the ad itself: Charles Atlas.
That these two images go hand-in-hand may have led you to see Atlas the man as a cartoonish caricature, or to view him in the light of the thousands of sometimes shady modern-day fitness hucksters who have taken Atlas’ old mail-order business model and ramped it up for the online age.
But Atlas was that true rarity, a man equal to the marketing hype – the real deal. He was a scrawny immigrant kid who transformed his body and launched a fitness revolution by creating a 12-lesson exercise course that was translated into seven languages and adopted by millions around the world, including King George VI, Joe DiMaggio, and Rocky Marciano. Even Mahatma Gandhi wrote to inquire about the program – no kidding! The mail-order business Atlas started has now been around for 82 years (although it’s currently run by others – Atlas died in 1972), and thousands continue to look to his program for a way to get in shape.
For the men who lost confidence in themselves during the Great Depression, Charles Atlas was a source of hope and inspiration. Today he remains a symbol of virile strength and vitality, and his life offers us several lessons in manliness…………
Actual Title:FDR Goes to War: How Expanded Executive Power, Spiraling National Debt, and Restricted Civil Liberties Shaped Wartime America
Reviews:”FDR Goes to War is a page-turning tour de force — and a scholarly one, at that — of the politics and economics of America’s involvement in WWII. Be prepared to rethink much of what you think you know about FDR, the war, and the post-Depression U.S. economy.” –Don Bordreaux, Chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University
“In New Deal or Raw Deal? Burt Folsom exposed FDR’s failed policies during the Great Depression. Now, in FDR Goes to War, he pulls the curtain back even further. Burt and Anita Folsom have produced a book that should be read by all Americans. This is the real history you do not find in textbooks.” — James P. Duffy, author of Lindbergh Vs. Roosevelt
“Few in the history profession have done more to shed light on the real Franklin Delano Roosevelt than Burt Folsom. With FDR Goes to War, Folsom and his wife Anita educate Americans on the facts we should have known but were never taught. You will find this book both shocking and refreshing.” — Lawrence W. Reed, president, Foundation for Economic Education
“A compelling look at a fascinating man in a devastating war. This is the FDR concealed for over half a century by liberal academics and biased journalists. You will learn a lot from this engaging and readable book.” — Paul Kengor, professor of political science, Grove City College, and author of Dupes
Product Description From the acclaimed author of New Deal or Raw Deal?, called “eye-opening” by the National Review, comes a fascinating exposé of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s destructive wartime legacy—
(Excerpt) Read more at amazon.com …
Massive default is best way to fix the economy
Massive default is best way to fix the economy:
You want to fix this economic crisis? You want to put people back to work?
There’s a way to do it. But you’re not going to like it.
The fastest way to fix this mess is to see tens of millions of homeowners default on their mortgages, and millions more file for bankruptcy………………………………
Newspaper column: Obama a disaster, living nightmare ‘Leading the American empire – and rest of the world with it – into a dark abyss’ Read more: Newspaper column: Obama a disaster, living nightmare …
President Obama campaigning for other Democrats in 2010
Yigal Walt of Ynetnews says Obama “is solidifying his status as the worst president in American history. The leader who promised us a bright future of peace and fraternity is leading the American empire – and the rest of the world with it – into a dark abyss.”
“Ever since he settled into the Oval Office, Obama has been hopping from one disaster to the next, making every possible mistake, boosting enemies and disregarding allies while ruining everything he touches in the process,” Walt writes.
He says Obama was silent when the masses hit Iran’s street and threatened to topple the ayatollah’s regime.
“Why should he support a struggle waged by freedom-hungry citizens against a radical Islamic dictatorship and chronic human rights violator? And so, a rare opportunity to change the face of a state that today constitutes the gravest threat to world and regional peace slipped away.”
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With the US and European economies having slowed markedly according to the latest data, and with global growth continuing to disappoint, a reasonable question increasingly arises: Are we in another Great Depression?
The easy answer is “no” – the main features of the Great Depression have not yet manifest themselves and still seem unlikely. But it is increasingly likely that we will find ourselves in the midst of something nearly as traumatic, a long slump of the kind seen with some regularity in the nineteenth century, particularly if presidential election-year politics continue to head in dangerous direction.
The Great Depression had three main characteristics, seen in the United States and most other countries that were severely affected. None of these have been part of our collective experience since 2007.
First, output dropped sharply after 1929, by over 25 percent in real terms in the US (using the Bureau of Economic Analysis data, from its website, for real GDP, using chained 1937 dollars). In contrast, in the U.S. we had a relatively small decline in GDP after the boom peaked. According to the BEA’s latest online data, GDP peaked in the 2nd quarter of 2008 at 14.4155 trillion and bottomed out in the 2nd quarter of 2009 at 13.8541 trillion; a decline of about 4 percent.
Second, unemployment rose above 20 percent in the US during the 1930s and stayed there. We experienced record job losses for the post-war US, with around 8 million jobs lost. But unemployment only briefly touched 10 percent (in the 4th quarter of 2009; see the Bureau of Labor Statistics website). Even if we include the highest estimates – which include people discouraged from looking for a job, thus not registered as unemployed – the jobless rate reached around 16-17 percent. It’s a jobs disaster, to be sure, but not the same scale as the Great Depression.
Third, in the 1930s the credit system………………..
Let me hasten to make it clear before the Secret Service kicks the door in: we’re not speaking of the three-dimensional, physical Obama, but the image of Obama created by the DNC, the media, and assorted political mercenaries to sell him and his agenda to an unsuspecting nation. We need to rid ourselves of Obama as an influence, as an example, as a lens through which to view the world, as a figure to look up to, admire, or emulate in any sense.
Simply put, there must be no “Obama legacy.” Obama the man is avidly digging himself deeper into his own personal hole and will soon vanish into the depths of the earth. It is Obama the legend that must be buried.
Every liberal president fails. The more “successful” he is, in the sense of actually putting his policies in place, the more clearly he reveals the emptiness of that bastard combination of socialism, Marxism, fascism, and Progressivism that goes under the name “liberalism.” Franklin Roosevelt triggered a second dip in the Great Depression in 1937, delivering America to the same wretchedness in which he found it upon…
Of course, a little reworking is required in order to make the narrative fit the circumstances. FDR was lucky enough to have WWII, which made it appear that his policies had in fact worked. For a half century and more the myth that Roosevelt’s policies ended the Depression and saved the country were taken as a given on all levels, and still prevails among the offhandedly educated. Only in recent years has the story of the false recovery generated by deficit spending followed by the collapse of 1937 and the ensuing double-dip been excavated. (Does this sound familiar?) The war saved FDR, and also saved the myth of American liberalism…
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com …
via Burying Obama.
In his latest quarterly Trends Journal (Summer 2011), Gerald Celente provides us another “history of the future,” in which he discusses global economic, monetary, and political events as they happen and what their consequences will be for months, years and decades to come. As he has said before, it is only a matter of time before a major terror attack is executed in a major Western nation. And once it happens it will send shock waves throughout the world, leading to mass global panic and a further tightening of the noose around the necks of the populace:
What will another major terror strike mean? Should an attack hit one of the major NATO nations, the effects, this time, will go global. Bank holidays will be called, the US and other fragile economies will crumble, gold and silver will soar, and already-troubled currencies will crash. Economic martial law will be declared. Introduced as a temporary measure, once in place it will remain in place (like the curfews and draconian security precautions installed by despots and dictators everywhere). Civil rights will be suspended and, particularly in America, Homeland Security, already intolerably intrusive, will achieve an Orwellian omnipresence.
College Park, Md. (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama said that Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) – the president best known for establishing a welfare and regulatory state in America – was “fiscally conservative,” in response to a question about how to keep the economy going.
Obama was referring to spending-cut measures Roosevelt took in the middle of the New Deal that lasted from 1933 to 1940.
“FDR comes in, he tries all these things with the New Deal; but FDR, contrary to myth, was pretty fiscally conservative,” the president said Friday during a town hall meeting on the campus of the University of Maryland.
“And so after the initial efforts of the New Deal and it looked like the economy was growing again, FDR then presented a very severe austerity budget,” Obama continued. “And suddenly, in 1937, the economy started going down again. And, ultimately, what really pulled America out of the Great Depression was World War II.”
Obama used this to illustrate why the political leaders should tread carefully in cutting the deficit.
“Some have said, I think rightly, that we’ve got to be careful that any efforts we have to reduce the deficit don’t hamper economic recovery, because the worst thing we can do for the deficit is continue to have really bad growth or another recession,” Obama said.
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Forewarned Is Forearmed… “What we are about to witness is already starting to unfold before our very eyes. The intensely vitriolic demonization of…”
”If their goal had been to absolutely destroy America, everything Barack Hussein Obama has done might be considered a resounding success. We’ll assume for the sake of this discussion, on this day, that this was not their goal.”
One year ago at this time the Democrats and their über liberal, socialist progressive extremist fringe, were a scant handful of major legislative items and a few presidential pronouncements (Hussein’s executive orders have taken on the tone of despotic fiats lately) away from reducing what was once the greatest nation in the history of mankind to a Third World banana republic.
A funny thing happened on the way to the fundamental transformation of America promised us all by His Presumptuous Eminence. The sleeping giant awoke. The silent majority found their voice. The Tea Party was born, and America will never be the same. Or should I say, and America now has a chance to remain the same. The same shining beacon of freedom and prosperity to the rest of a beleaguered world which it has held forth as for the past 2+ centuries.
November of 2010, while a surprisingly good month for America’s patriots and constitutional conservatives, was pretty much Waterloo for Obama, his lapdog media and the Marxists, tax cheats, militant homosexuals and domestic terrorists which round out the bulk of his cabal. A virtual tidal wave of Tea Party-backed Representatives swept into the House and swept out the Democrat stranglehold on America’s future as a sovereign constitutional republic.
Most sitting presidents facing a general election will pulled together a team to start assembling the list of kept campaign promises and legislative successes which have contributed both to the well-being of the state of the union and to the reelection chances of that pol. Unfortunately for Mr. Obama, his list is one of unkept campaign promises and badly failed administrative ministrations which he could not use were he trying to be reelected as dog catcher.
Well over two years into his first term, his promise to close Guantánamo rings hollow in the ears of the faithful. His oft’ repeated promise to slash the deficit by 50% in his first term sits as a yawning gulf of credibility between him and his constituents. His sworn commitment to going through “the budget” line by line with a scalpel, carving out all needless waste sits in the same trash heap with his other promises. In fact, his party haven’t even passed a budget in over 800 days. His promise to remove the troops from Iraq and Afghanistan turned into an increase in the troops in Afghanistan and a new military action against Libya, absent the constitutionally mandated congressional approval.
His feckless attempts to have an impact on the economy, to be generous, have not turned out as he likely would have hoped. While I remain unconvinced of its absolute veracity, I would like to believe that the Class Warrior In Chief had not intended to completely derail any hope of financial recovery with his ridiculous spending, massive expansion of the federal government, and repeated suggestions that we raise taxes in the middle of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Nonetheless, that remains a discussion for another day… albeit a discussion that we will have. If their goal had been to absolutely destroy America, everything Barack Hussein Obama has done might be considered a resounding success. We’ll assume for the sake of this discussion on this day that that was not their goal.
Suffice to say, as this president faces the coming 2012 election, with The Tea Party snapping at his heels, and their Femme Politicale, Sarah Palin, poised to make mincemeat of his attempts to be given four more years with which to destroy this country, Obama most certainly cannot rely upon those stratagem traditionally employed by past presidents. As he is wont, Obama will have to devise a new and different game plan.
Based upon the fact that his first two successful bids for elected office were given wing by the fact that he succeeded in having his opposition removed from the ballots, we have a pretty good indication of the direction the Teleprompter in Chief will take this cycle.
First, we can count on him using the Ted Kennedy ploy, affected with such great success during his tenure as “The Lion of the Senate.” It traces its roots back to “Law School 101,” which goes like this:
“If you have the facts on your side, hammer the facts. If you have the law on your side, hammer the law. If you have neither the facts nor the law, hammer the table.”
What we are about to witness is already starting to unfold before our very eyes. The intensely vitriolic demonization of…………………..
Any private entity operating like our government does now would likely be considered a criminal enterprise.
Since the1930′s our federal government works in many respects much like Ponzi schemes made famous by many notorious figures who devised underhanded ways to help themselves to the fruits of other people’s labor for profit to themselves. Politicians figured out long ago that public accountability was lacking at certain times, especially when their own party enjoyed immense political power. Tricky wording and emotional appeal could be employed to get enough visible public support to advance ill-advised policies and programs so they could be incrementally implemented with minimum resistance from the people, most of whom would never consider the long term implications. So they promised the American people the world, the stars and the moon! Unfortunately many believed that there was such a thing as a “free lunch!” The politicians then pocketed their political profits…at our expense.
So many wild promises have been made to Americans for decades now by these politicians in the name of solving one “problem” or another with vague assurances as to the benefits compared to the true costs. This selling by incremental steps has a ratcheting factor too (rarely, if ever, reversed) that has allowed the politicians of the federal government to create incomprehensible, mammoth-sized money drains on America’s productive. A continuing series of power usurping moves by these so called representatives or by supposedly impartial judges with agendas (public servants entrusted with upholding the duties and responsibilities required by the US Constitution) has also successfully reversed the role of our federal government in relation to the people.
Increasingly the media
President Says Tornadoes May Be a ‘Blessing in Disguise’
President Says Tornadoes May Be a ‘Blessing in Disguise’
A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 30 April 2011 | John Semmens
Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 2:17:46 PM by John Semmens
While commiserating with those who lost loved ones in the recent tornadoes that ravaged much ofAlabama, President Obama urged that “we not overlook the positives of this tragic event. Every structure that was damaged needs repairs—that means jobs. Every piece of personal property that was destroyed will need replacing—that means jobs. Every injury that needs tending, every body that needs burying—means jobs. So, in a way, these storms may be a blessing in disguise for the region’s economy.”
“On top of this, there will be ripple effects that will be felt throughout the nation as the spending on repairs and purchases of materials and supplies trickles into the stream of commerce,” the President added and likened the event to “the economic stimulus of World War that brought America out of the Great Depression.”
Austan Goolsbee, the chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers seconded Obama’s remarks and blamed the anemic 1.8% economic growth for the most recent quarter on “insufficient government spending.
It is essential that individuals’ and businesses’ caution in the face of economic uncertainty be offset by government’s boldness. Concerns about cost and return-on-investment that intimidate the private sector can be brushed aside by government. If disaster and destruction are what it takes to get Congress to loosen the purse strings then, indeed, these tornadoes are a gift from heaven.”
The Average American Family Has Been Broke Down, Beat Down, Busted And Disgusted By This Economy
The Average American Family Has Been Broke Down, Beat Down, Busted And Disgusted By This Economy
The American Dream ^ | 4-17-2011 | TAD
Posted on Monday, April 18, 2011 2:24:02 AM by blam
35 Statistics That Show The Average American Family Has Been Broke Down, Tore Down, Beat Down, Busted And Disgusted By This Economy
April 17, 2011
The economic statistics that you are about to read are incredibly shocking, but they are also very, very real. Tonight there are going to be millions of men and women all across America that cannot sleep because they are consumed with anxiety about their financial problems.
Even as you read this, there are a lot of parents out there that are trying to figure out how to explain to their children why their homes are being taken away. There are also hordes of very hard working Americans that are incredibly frustrated because they have sent out thousands of resumes and yet they can’t seem to get a job interview. Have you ever been at a point where you couldn’t pay the mortgage or put food on the table for your family? It can be an absolutely soul-crushing experience.
In fact, there are some cities in the U.S. that have been so utterly devastated by this economy that it seems as though virtually everyone has had the hope sucked right out of them.
The mainstream media is trying to convince all of us that we are in an economic recovery, but that is a lie. The truth is that we are in the middle of a long-term economic decline and the greatest economy in the history of the world is dying right in front of our eyes.
The average American family is under more economic stress right now than at any other time since the Great Depression. Just check out the following statistics…………………
America’s worst generation ~ “did America’s greatest generation give birth to America’s worst generation?”
I just finished reading Ayn Rand’s, The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution which is a compilation of articles she wrote in the late sixties and early seventies. In these articles she takes dead aim at the drug induced hippie movement and dissects them with her unique philosophy, objectivism. While she was recounting the debauchery and horrors of Woodstock, I was left wondering; did America’s greatest generation give birth to America’s worst generation?
Tom Brokaw coined the term for those who came of age during the Great Depression and then went on to fight in World War II in his book America’s Greatest Generation. There have been several great generations in America’s relatively short but storied past and arguing which one is the best is not my intention here.
While reading the book I scribbled the following note on my bookmark (I always use a 3×5 card for a bookmarks so I can scribble notes to myself): America’s greatest generation may have prevented the world from speaking German but they gave birth to a generation of lost souls who aim to impose the same kind of tyranny on the world.
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Historically there is a single group of people who can not decide what to call themselves. Depending on circumstances of the day they have tried socialist, progressive, liberal, community organizer, and one popular in the early 1900s through the great depression, WWII, and 1950s, communist.
With each new branding came a new grandiose name for their singular purpose, that is, to control the lives and think for all those too stupid folks incapable of any meaningful thought. Would you be at all surprised to learn that anyone not accepted within their circle of intelligentsia is relegated to that of morons who cling to religion and their guns?
More to the point of naming those within their anointed group, Denier(s), is some consideration of their fascination with denying, i.e., lying about everything they say and do. A United States fourteen (14) trillion dollar debt is not a national catastrophe, easily overcome by additional spending, Sovereign States have no right protecting their citizens from death and mayhem inflicted by illegal aliens, voter fraud does not exist, killing unborn citizens by any diabolical method is not undesirable, that the despicably crippled educational public school system they established is perfectly fine for all the morons (but not their own), that all it requires is more money, and the Constitution is nothing more than a piece of paper devised by a group of dead men with no force or meaning in the new world order.
Dave Hodges — Betrayed “…the Obama administration is not merely incompetent, selfish and greedy, they are actively committing high treason against the very people who elected them. “
This betrayal of the highest order could very well result in the destruction of America.
If the international bankers have their way, the contrived multiple crises in the Middle East will serve to ultimately obliterate the U.S. dollar and pave the way for the ushering in of a one world currency which was “coincidentally” called for two weeks ago by the International Monetary Fund IMF and the Obama administration is lining up to serve the malevolent needs of these international thugs…………….
…Doug Walden, who lost his job during the onset of the recession, and now spends a good portion of his time helping others who are out of work or facing dire economic straits through his loosely-based organization called the Great Depression Enterprise Group explained it best when he described the desperate situation facing average Americans: Here on Earth, outside the distorting intellectual gravitation field that is Washington DC, conditions are deteriorating for increasing numbers of Americas. The middle-class is being eroded from the bottom, as more people fall into poverty and outright destitution, and from the top, as more people find they cannot maintain their debt-financed pseudo-rich pre-2005 lifestyles.
Recently, Doug spent a day in one of the many “tent cities” popping up around America. These modern equivalents of the Hoovervilles of the 1930′s were believed to be relics of a different time – a time where there existed no social support structure or regulatory oversight of financial markets and banking institutions. After the Great Depression, the extreme poverty experienced by millions in post-1929 America was all but forgotten.
For most in today’s generation, the thought of living without 21st century amenities like on-demand electricity, sewage, refrigeration, air conditioning, heat, and the other conveniences of suburban lifestyles does not even enter into the sphere of thought. It is a different time, and such a thing can’t happen today.The reality, however, is in stark contrast to the dogma of a debt driven, consumer-based society…………
Have you ever heard of mob robberies? What happens is that dozens of young people storm a store at the same time, take whatever they want, and then storm out as powerless store clerks watch helplessly.
Most of the time these “mob robbers” end up getting caught, but unfortunately “group crime” is a trend that is rising.
Is it a sign of the times that large groups of people are starting to recklessly invade retail establishments? Is this the future of America? As I have written about so frequently, the U.S. middle class is being destroyed by this economy and large numbers of our young people are losing hope.
Frustration and anger are rising from coast to coast and millions of Americans are losing faith in the system. The thin veneer of civilization which we all take for granted is already starting to disappear.
So what is going to happen when the economy collapses? As our economic system fails, mob robberies and rampant looting are only going to become more common. Let us hope that the economy can hold together for at least a couple more years, because once society falls apart things are going to get really, really ugly in our major cities.Are you prepared for what America is going to look like during the next Great Depression?
It isn’t going to be pretty. Over the past couple of decades we have gotten hints of what America is going to look like when society breaks down, and those hints have been very frightening.This first video is a news report about the mob robberies that have taken place in Minnesota recently. What would you do if you were a store clerk in this situation….