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Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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We Great Americans Are Headed The Way Of The Great Romans

I was amazed last week to find that no less than ten TV reporters, the Associated Press and New York Timesnewspapers were trying to get ahold of me for a comment on the death of a former employee of my Florida community newspaper. It made news all across the country when home grown Bill Sparkman, Jr., a census taker and part-time teacher who had moved to Kentucky was found hanging from a tree outside a cemetery.  It was even on the network talk shows and fueled speculation on internet sites.  The man who found the body said it was definitely murder and the man added he could not sleep for five nights.

In the county my newspaper is in, I have known no less than five people who have been murdered.

This week, a teenage high school student in Lakeland, Florida, five miles from my newpaper office, was raped by one of the football team players on the way to school.
And in Texas a couple of weeks ago, a student murdered a teacher at school. Is this the United States of America....or is this some sixth rate country thousands of miles away?

When I was a boy growing up in Ohio, I was shocked when my grandfather told me that in Mexico, a man was murdered over a 50 cent robbery.  I wondered how human beings could act worse than animals.

And some of the killing is being done by the government.

A local boy from our high school was killed in Afghanistan.....and for what reason?  Money and geopolitics is my good guess.  Power and ego of those who say they represent us.  Afghanistan was also the apple of Russia's eye---oil, no doubt.  Russia was defeated, and our generals say we are headed that way. 

Why are WE preaching to the rest of the world, trying to tell other cultures and other religions how to live when our own society is out of control?

Watch TV lately?  This was not the TV of the 1950s and 1960s.

David Letterman, wealthy late night TV comedian who recites jokes written by paid staffers, was forced to admit because he was involved in an alleged blackmail attempt that he had sex with some of the women on his staff.  The response of the audience: applause and laughter.  What has happened to our country?  This would ended the career of such a person just a few decades ago...someone who evidently took advantage of staffers lower on the totem pole than himself.

Our Crazy “Consumerism” Has Not Made Us Happier


Our fake prosperity rides on keeping the hot air balloon rising  and as it spring smore leaks, the more we haveto keep frantically pumping.  In time, it seems all we are doing is trying to stave off the thing from completely collapsing.

My office is one highway off the latest "landfill" in our county, and I see truck after truck after truck daily hauling some of our wild "consumerism" to the landfill to be buried for thousands of years.

All of this unbacked paper Federal Reserve "funny money" with no value other than its PERCEIVED value, has not made us happier.

Rome had its version of "funny money," too.  Historians have documented how Rome, in attempts to try to expand its military to distant points, increase trade and live beyond what it earned "clipped" coins.  Coins that had been silver, for example, were replaced with cheaper metals with only a partial amount of silver. As things went on, less and less silver remained in the coins until some coins had no silver at all. Sound familiar?

 It is this unbacked Federal Reserve paper version of fool's gold that has put us on this course where we are so addicted to spending many women no longer want to have children, or maybe one.  It is believed we have reached the point where citizens born here are not keeping up with the death rate which will be increasing as the "baby boomers" die off.   Historians say as the Roman empire kept focusing more and more on the material world, some women did not want to ruin their figures by having babies and left that job to the slave women.

But ask some of our talk show hosts.  We are the best, the greatest and the smartest people who ever existed in history.

Yes, we preach to the rest of the world, "We are the great Americans."  One out of every two marriages ends in divorce, and many today don't go through the motions of getting a license.

The rest of the world sees our hypocrisy, friends.  They see some of the trash that goes out on TV and in the movies, and they want no part of it. But, as the song from the 70s goes, "Money, money, money." There is nothing wrong with value that you have earned.
 But much of our Federal Reserve "funny money" has not been earned, but has been created out of thin air for the very social experiments that are making our country resemble a pig pen in some areas.

A reputable news service reported recently that tens of millions of Americans are chemically dependent in one form of another, from prescription drugs to illegal drugs to excessive alcohol use.

 Suicide is one of the leading causes of death of our young people. Where are we going?

 Jim Cook has the right number when he asks what have all of these easy money government programs given us?

 The more and more government has tried to run our society, the more it seems to be running out of control.

 Government, in this country and in others, gives select banking institutions favored status and even a monopoly to print "money," and said bankers are always ready to provie the "money" for a series of wars we have been in almost constantly and social programs that are destroying our society.  England has been one step ahead of us with banking magicians and now we are following England's loss of real wealth and our global standing.

You are witnessing a great loss in world prestige and power for the United States.  We are being bankrupted by two competing bands of politicians, one favoring the welfare state, the other the corporate warfare state to make the world safe for Wall Street and its international investment bankers.

Can't you see the insanity?  At some point, you have to say while we love our country, many of our institutions are ripe with corruption.  As an old French proverb notes, "Dear God, save us from the ravages of prosperity."  And that includes our "prosperity" on steroids and the Federal Reserve's bag of drugs.

Polls show many citizens unhappy with the direction of our country, under both poltiical parties. They, as the Federal Reserve Bank, mainly have muscled their way into U.S. life.  Neither party existed whwn this nation was founded.

I have predicted the eventual collapse of the Federal Reserve Bank.  It will collapse by its own doing, nothing I have anything to do with.  It will be both sad and tragic, as when many lifetime perceptions abruptly change.

People will wonder how they were fooled so long; some will want to kick themselves.
I am tempted to think of an old French expression than when an over-ripe fruit is about to fall off the tree, it almost deserves some help.

We are headed for a financial earthquake of historic and world-changing proportions.  And as with earthquakes, it will happen without a whole lot of warning and untold changes will take place in a short time.

But after the our modern day Ceasar is shown to be of paper and reality sets in with the monetary system, a lot of Caesar's friends, imitators, disciples,  hangers-on, dupes and fellow travelers will also be shown to have been mostly perception from the beginning.
You see in recent Federal Reserve induced bubbles how naive the general public was, rushing in just before the bubble was popped.  Today, tens of millions are jobless or have taken lessor jobs; tens of millions more have lost money in the stock market.

You have only seen the opening acts.