I've had something stuck in my craw the last couple of days and just can't seem to get it out. Something I've been trying to say but don't just know exactly how, only it was forty five degrees yesterday in Minneapolis Minnesota. Sort of like snow drifts in Miami, and it reminded me of my earlier years in Georgia. In the mid nineties our weather was pretty average, then we had a drought year and then another. Droughts happen, I understand that, but the following year we had record rains followed by another year of drought.
When I came here to Minnesota I was astounded by the water usage, my years in Georgia had conditioned me to water restrictions and it was very disquieting to see sprinklers and hoses running. So far this winter, Minneapolis has had two snow falls. There are banners across the streets advertising an upcoming cross country ski festival next month only, there isn't any snow, none.
There was a story on Yahoo news which was basking in the glories of the great economic numbers for December, only, it was bullshit. For all of 2011, there were 1,570,000 new jobs created. For all of 2011, 2,040,000 new workers joined the economy and yet, the unemployment rate remarkably fell. Of course it did, you must have a job and lose it before you can be counted as unemployed.
Now remember, Yahoo is the bottom of the barrel for news and for reader comments. The comments are partisan and usually filled with calling Obama childish names, the partisan Democratic comments called those who cried bullshit to the Yahoo news story, Fox news viewers or haters and unpatriotic. Their strikingly similar tone and commentary would make me bet money that this was a boiler room operation, AKA, spin control. The tone of Democratic leaning comments are no different from "You're either with us or with the terrorists."
The Republicans blamed Obama, the Democrats blamed the Republicans, but who is about the business of fixing the economy for working Americans? Obama's domestic policy has been pure unadulterated Hooverism.
"Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body - the producers and consumers themselves" - Herbert Hoover
Obama is further to the right politically than Ronald Reagan, Obama has proposed more tax cuts than Ronald Reagan and more tax cuts than Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John Kennedy combined. Obama reauthorized the Bush tax cuts and supported the Bush wars and will support the coming needless war with Iran. Obama is a continuation of the Bush catastrophe. There was coup d'e'tat in the United States in the year 2000 and Barack Obama was brought to you by same people who placed Bush in office.
Ad valorem taxes once accounted for 40 percent of all Federal revenues, ad valorum taxes are also know as tariffs on imported goods. We the American people were once promised that by eliminating those taxes, which were paid by importers that it would create jobs and expand our economy. Who told us that would happen? George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Al Gore and despite the massive dislocation which this policy has created in our economy, which politicians in Washington are in favor of changing it?
Cricket sounds, it is a complete non starter, not one Democrat and not one Republican will address the single greatest domestic threat to the United States in our history. Instead, they play their little parsimonious games which have little or nothing to do with the facts on the ground. In 2010, revenues from ad valorem taxes accounted for just 1.2 percent of the Federal budget. Only 30 percent of goods brought into this country even qualify for tariffs of any kind.
Our economy is sick, it is anemic. Wages are down 1 percent this year and inflation was 3.4 percent for 2011. The new jobs aren't paying as much as the old jobs, so where is the road home? The sad truth is that when you run a monthly trade deficit of thirty to forty billion dollars there is no way home. The poor and unemployed do not earn enough to mend the budget deficit and the rich have the political power to make certain that they will never be forced to pay their share.
"Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress toward more pain."- George Orwell
There are no more Liberals and there are no more Conservatives, there are no more Republicans and no more Democrats. Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson votes with the Republicans when it suits the stage managers. Anthony Weiner before his resignation took to the house floor and cried, pleading, fighting for healthcare benefits for 9-11 first responders. Only, this was just six weeks after Obama's comprehensive health care reform package.
Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership added taxes on overseas corporations to the bill guaranteeing that Republicans would vote against the package. Then just to be certain, Pelosi by a procedural move required a two thirds majority for passage. Remember now, this legislation was supposed to help sick people, instead sick people inside the government decided to use the suffering of others for their own political benefit.
For four years the banks have been supplied with free money courtesy of the Federal Reserve. Today these banks can borrow one million dollars with an interest rate of 0.10 or one tenth of one percent or one million dollars delivered up for $1,000. The American tax payer will be billed $30,000 for each million which the Fed's free money policy dispenses. These banks have pumped this money into Wall Street; they've reaped huge profits and called it a day.
Meanwhile, massive investment in Asia guarantees our depression will continue. Returns on money loaned in Europe and North America net the bankers three percent. The same money invested in Asia will net the bankers nine percent; the Federal Reserve is floating the currency to feed the bubble in Asia. This is the reason for the sudden and announced need for austerity. The banks must wring out the sponge which is losing forty billion dollars a month.
Out here in the streets, it is perhaps easier to see, I see the unemployed all around me. I see these desperate and hungry people struggling to make each day. Like me, they are looking for something and not finding it. I have found no difference in the situation north or south, the stories the poor tell me are all the same.
The media lies, they don't lean left or right but lean corporate. They are stage managing a presidential election contest which is nothing more than a sham. Mitt Romney the investment banker and arbitrage king versus the candidate from Goldman Sachs. Obama will be recrowned in November there is no doubt about that. I had predicted last year that if the campaign was close Sarah Palin would split the Republican ticket and guarantee Obama's reelection; instead Ron Paul is now talking about a third party run.
I don't support Ron Paul, but I support his supporters because they realize that the two party system is a fraud and they are looking for someone to say the things they would like to hear. I don't support Ron Paul, but I sure do wish someone would come along and take side of the people.
Is Ron Paul a racist? The media says he is, is he homophobic? The media says he is and anti-Semitic as well! Of course, this is the same media who told us George W. Bush had served honorably in the military and questioned John Kerry's war record in Vietnam. The same media who told us Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and that Osama Bin Laden orchestrated 9-11 from a cave in Afghanistan.
It was John Kerry you might remember who conceded a Presidential election before all the votes were counted. Similar to news reports of building seven having collapsed before building seven actually collapsed. Similar to news stories of economic recovery as the economy actually collapses.
"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power." -- George Orwell