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Astonishing Incongruities: Is It Time to Bail Out of the US?

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Inflation would kill the dollar as well, leaving the US unable to pay for its imports.

All the Obama regime sees is a "credit problem." But the crisis goes far beyond banks' bad investments. The United States is busted. Many of the state governments are busted. Homeowners are busted. Consumers are busted. Jobs are busted. Companies are busted.  

And Obama thinks he has the money to fight wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Except for the superrich and those banksters and CEOs who stole wealth from investors and shareholders, Americans have suffered enormous losses in wealth and income.  

The stock market decline has destroyed about 45% of their IRAs, 401Ks, and other equity investments. On top of this comes the decline in home prices, lost jobs and health care, lost customers. The realized gains in mutual funds and investment partnerships, on which Americans paid taxes, have been wiped out.  

The government should give those taxes back.


Americans who have seen their retirement savings devastated by complicity of government regulators and lawmakers with financial gangsters should not have to pay
any income tax when they draw on their pensions.  

The financial damage inflicted on Americans by their own government is as great as would be expected from foreign conquest. While Washington "protected" us from terrorists by fighting pointless wars abroad, the US economy collapsed.  

How can President Obama even think about fighting wars half way around the world while California cannot pay its bills, while Americans are being turned out of their homes, while, as Business Week reports, retirees will work throughout their retirement (which assumes that there will be jobs), while careers are being destroyed and stores and factories shuttered.  

Americans are facing tremendous unemployment and hardship. Obama doesn't have another dollar to spend on Bush's wars.  

Taxpayers are busted. They cannot stand another day of being milked by the military-security complex. The US government is paying private mercenaries more by the day than the monthly checks it is providing to Social Security retirees. 

This is insanity.

The banksters robbed us twice. First it was our home and stock values. Then the government rewarded the banksters for their misdeeds by bailing out the banksters, not their victims, and putting the cost on the taxpayers' books.


The government has also robbed the taxpayers of $3 trillion dollars to fight its wars. About $600 billion are out of pocket costs, and the rest is on the taxpayers' books.

When foreign creditors look at the debt piled on the taxpayers' books, they don't see a good credit risk. 

Washington is so accustomed to ripping off the taxpayers for the benefit of special interests that the practice is now in the DNA. While bailouts are being piled upon bailouts, wars are being piled upon wars.  

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Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here. His latest book,  How America Was Lost, has just been released and can be ordered here.

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a low tolerance for bluntly-inflicted pain not to ... by Richard Mynick on Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 8:11:34 PM
That passage stuck with me, too.  A brilliant... by UncleSim on Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 8:21:25 PM
I'm no economist, but I believe the Democratic... by Perry Logan on Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 7:37:17 AM
But without the money to pay for the jobs created,... by UncleSim on Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 8:04:32 PM
"Meanwhile, the Dems and Repubs have voted on... by William Whitten on Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 1:34:31 AM
When things do not follow the conspiratorial parad... by Perry Logan on Sunday, Feb 8, 2009 at 6:16:10 AM
No matter what either the Democrats or Republicans... by Jerry West on Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 6:31:19 PM
The government keeps trying to redistribute the we... by UncleSim on Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 8:05:47 PM
Not in my definition of wealth, it isn't. ... by Jere Hough on Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 10:46:06 PM
?????????????????????????????WTF??????????????????... by William Whitten on Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 1:21:29 AM
Still???????????????????????WTF!!!!!??????????????... by William Whitten on Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 1:23:37 AM
In the real world, rising home prices are a bad th... by wagelaborer on Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 7:13:31 PM
"My caddy's chauffeur informs me that ban... by UncleSim on Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 8:08:24 PM
That is your key question, Paul.  Here is you... by Jere Hough on Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 10:59:16 PM
Jere...I didn't see anything but a smorgasboar... by William Whitten on Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 1:30:36 AM
That's why they re-wrote the Constitution in 1... by Mark Watterson on Saturday, Feb 7, 2009 at 1:09:54 PM