Job growth down in the USA and more government assistance, Postal service close to default, concern over TSA behavior, Protecting yourself and being prepared, Mitt Romney losing credibility, Ron Paul:
Job growth down in the USA and more government assistance:
So for a short note I would like to mention how job prospects are looking worse and worse in the USA then they did before. I already mentioned earlier on how people are going for record amounts of time without jobs. In fact some of these times are longer then they were back during the great depression which up until now was probably the worst economic downturn we have seen. To add insult to injury our the last few months have seen little to no job growth and just last month in August the numbers of new jobs added opposed to those lost basically left was with zero job growth. Zero job growth with basically no new jobs being created is terrible. I read stuff like this and I wonder how people can honestly try to tell me and claim that the economy is finally making a recovery and so is the job market. More people are expecting that the housing market might crash again soon with barley any people buying and more and more loans getting ready to go into default still. Over nine million are still unemployed and millions more can only find part time work to try and meet their living expenses. Along with this we now have 46 million people on food stamps or almost fifteen percent of our population. One needs to think that when we have a little over 300 million people in this country and almost 50 million of them are on food stamps that is a lot of people getting government assistance. I have no problem with people getting help but the real point is these programs are unsustainable in a collapsing economy. The biggest problem is the unlimited printing of money by the federal reserve which continues to devalue our dollar. As the dollar goes down and things become more and more expensive it gives more reason to take ones business somewhere else. It’s concerning that despite how broken this system is people and even politicians like Mr. Cain claim that we need the federal reserve and we need to continue printing money. It’s a rather broken system. And even if we’re the worlds reserve currency right now it’s not a good enough reason to keep printing the money for in the end it’s the average American who continues to pay the price. Even worse I understand that places like China have questioned how stable American currency is and have begun buying gold and telling their citizens to stockpile gold in case of something similar to another great depression happens around the world. The biggest thing we need to do soon is stop printing money or our economy will continue to suffer.
USA becomes Food Stamp Nation but is it sustainable?: http://news.yahoo.com/usa-becomes-food-stamp-nation-sustainable-160645036.html
US unemployment figures shock with no job growth in August: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/sep/02/us-unemployment-no-job-growth
No Job Growth in August – September 2, 2011: http://www.valueline.com/Markets/Commentaries/No_Job_Growth_in_August_-_September_2,_2011.aspx
Unemployed Workers Face Tough Competition: Underemployed: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/04/unemployed-workers-unemployment_n_948478.html?icid=maing-grid7|aim|dl9|sec1_lnk2|92837
Postal service close to default:
Something else I figure that is worth mentioning is how the US postal service is nearing a default since they are facing a budget deficit of over 9 billion dollars. Honestly some factors are affecting this of course such as a weakening dollar and more people using things like email and less regular postal mail. But what I do find kind of funny is that almost eighty percent of the agencies expenses come in the form of labor while other delivery agencies have much smaller amounts paid in labor. Also keep in mind that USPS and FedEx deliver around the world and need to stay efficient to remain competitive and profitable. Stuff like this is just another sign of bad spending in a lot of ways by a government agency and either reform is needed or that agency should be privatized. What people don’t want to admit is that government agencies don’t face the same threat of going bankrupt and shutting down nearly as easily as private business’s do. Here’s a little excerpt from a group on facebook that mentioned this article.
“The Postal Service’s deficit will reach $9.2 billion this fiscal year. The postmaster general has proposed cost cutting measures, but decades of contractual promises made to employees mean that labor equates for 80% of the agency’s expenses as opposed to 53% at UPS and 32% at FedEx, the USPS’s two biggest private competitors. Do you believe the USPS should propose labor reform in order to become fiscally solvent?”
Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/business/in-internet-age-postal-service-struggles-to-stay-solvent-and-relevant.html?_r=2
Concern over TSA behavior:
I don’t really agree with our current security standards at airports especially major ones including taking naked pictures of people, being able to grope people and now having people who have a few minute conversation with you and if they suspect you of being a terrorist you can be pulled aside for further interview. Something which seems ineffective since many interrogation experts have even expressed their doubtfulness that such methods would actually catch terrorists. As terrorism continues to be a threat instead of looking for ways to better protect ourselves we continue to take away peoples personal freedoms in the name of security. Something which as I pointed out earlier the founding fathers already warned us about doing. Now some people are claiming that terrorists might begin implanting bombs under their skin and I can only wonder what the TSA will do next to find these. Below is an article which concerns overzealous TSA behavior which people continue to try and excuse instead of pointing out that no one should be allowed to behave this way toward average citizens.
The 12 Scariest TSA Stories of All Time: http://lewrockwell.com/rep2/12-scariest-tsa-stories.html
Protecting yourself and being prepared:
Although we do not like to talk about it the matter of the fact is that things are getting worse. And until if and when we get political leaders who will push for real change things will continue to get worse. With a record number of people unemployed people get desperate to feed themselves and their family and violence continues to be increasingly and option for them. We haven’t seen it yet but things such as the day long riots over in Europe show just how bad situations can get. Already there have been more reports of large scale violence occurring in city’s in America. The best I can advice is to simply be as ready as possible. I don’t think stockpiling so much is a good idea in these situations but instead looking to how people manage in times of crisis such as the great depression. Having weapons just in case is always a good idea I think because you never know when a neighbor might try and rob you if they are desperate enough. Along with this doing the best you can to supply yourself with your own food perhaps with a garden is probably a good idea and having a little bit of gold or silver handy as backup just in case if our dollar ever does become truly worthless. While it may take a few years the truth is more and more it does look like another true depression might come unless real changes are made in this country soon. Along with this I also think everyone should make an emergency survival kit. Hopefully one would never need this but you never know when a natural disaster or something else might force you out of your home for a period of time. So it’s better to be prepared and safe then sorry.
Flash Mob Epidemic: http://lewrockwell.com/rep2/flash-mob-epidemic.html
Are You Ready Series: 72 Hour Kits: http://readynutrition.com/resources/are-you-ready-series-72-hour-kits_04122009/
Mitt Romney losing credibility:
Despite Mitt Romney being claimed to be a top tier and the front runner candidate for the Republican nomination and many people claiming that he can win Tea Party Support there are those who feel otherwise. Freedom Works which is one of the largest groups to help represent Tea Party and ideals with over a million people keeping an eye on the group across the country has expressed many valid reasons why they can not support Romney. The full article can be seen below but I think some stuff that can easily stand out to me is how Romney seems fine with the federal reserve, wants to reappoint the current head of the federal reserve, how he supported TARP bailouts for banks and such and he basically supports the use of government force and law to force people to have healthcare even if they do not wish to do so.
The Issue with Romney is the Issues: http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/thale/the-issue-with-romney-is-the-issues?source=nl
Last but not least I’ll mention some things on Ron Paul. So far things have been looking good despite the media ignoring him. It’s funny because some people say that the media is not ignoring him or that he is being ignored because he is a fringe candidate. Both of which makes no sense. Multiple times now even with his placing second and almost first place in the last major straw poll in Iowa with thousands of votes some news outlets outright didn’t mention him instead mentioning people who got first and third place. Other news outlets have downplayed or outright not mentioned his fund raising despite his raising more funds from individuals and active duty military then most any other candidates. During the last few fun raising he’s usually raised the second or third highest amount of money. Also saying that he cannot get enough votes doesn’t make much sense either. So far not just in straw polls but even just generalized national polls he has been doing well. The last national poll putting him up in votes very close behind head runners such as Mitt Romney. It’s also funny because most people acknowledge that Bachmann especially with her record likely cannot win but she has been getting a large amount of media attention. Despite trying to ignore him though Ron Paul is still slowly becoming more and more popular. His numbers keep rising so I ask you to go ahead and read about him, spread the word and do what you can to help out. One funny thing just mentioned by core Ron Paul group which he feels is it’s funny how some politicians are saying that to pay for hurricane Irene along the east coast we’ll most likely need budget cuts. But the costs of fixing up Irene is equal to what we spend in one month in the middle east if not less then that. It seems that we’re always short on money and can cut it from everywhere except fighting wars overseas. So I ask you continue to help the spread and get ready for the next money bomb. The Ron Paul group has taken to using funds to directly spread his message for liberty, peace, less taxes and printing and smaller government and more people are joining the movement. People are feeling ready for a real change and improvement in our lives.
We Can Afford Afghanistan But Not Irene?: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/2011/09/02/we-can-afford-afghanistan-but-not-irene/
Ron Paul Campaign Releases Statement on Jobs Report: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/2011/09/02/ron-paul-campaign-releases-statement-on-jobs-report/
Ron Paul in Ames Straw Poll, Other Republican candidates, Raising of the national debt and downgrade of the USA credit rating, Supporting Ron Paul:
August 17th, 2011
So the Ames Staw Poll finished recently and the results were interesting. If you’re not familiar with it the Ames, Iowa, straw poll is basically a poll taken there by Republican presidential candidates to give them an idea of how popular they are. If you’re not familiar with them straw polls are held in a few different key states which will be the early states to vote during the actual presidential primaries to help a candidate get the basic idea of how popular he is and likely to be able to get the Republican nomination for president. It’s by no means a guarantee that if you do well in a straw poll that you’ll win the actual nomination but it can help give one an idea and also draw attention to yourself. So far Ron Paul has won the previous straw polls. Ames is the biggest straw poll before the presidential primaries. Michele Bachmann who has gained popularity recently placed first place with 4823 putting her in first place. Ron Paul placed an amazingly close second place with 4671. Now everything behind this straw poll is kind of funny actually. A few reasons why is because first of all Iowa is Michele Bachmann’s home state where she was born. So overall the Ron Paul campaign committee is quit pleased that despite a lot of the experts predicting that Ron Paul would probably do decently he basically tied with the person who had a home field advantage of sorts. People tend to favor someone who has come from their home state. The second part is that some people feel there are some missing votes. The reason why is because if you looked at the link here: http://blacksheepreport.com/ron-paul-2nd-place-in-iowa-poll-by-152-votes-218-votes-missing/
The total number of votes counted for all of the candidates with Ron Paul, Bachmann and everyone else equal up to 16,674 altogether. This doesn’t make sense though because the total number of votes for the straw poll altogether was supposed to be 16,892. So basically 218 votes seem to be missing. Which is funny since Ron Paul lost by less then 200 votes. Some people are calling foul play here, while I’m not sure if I think that is true or not I do find this to be interesting. The final part which is funny is that some people are saying that Bachmann basically bought her votes. See here: http://www.unelected.org/how-michele-bachmann-bought-the-ames-straw-poll
Basically she spent over $1 million dollars to pay for over 6000 tickets for a music show by a Grammy Award winning country musician Randy Travis to show up and play a concert. She also provided transportation for Randy Travis fans to come to the straw poll but they could only see the show after registering and voting for her. Funny enough even though she gave out 6000 tickets she got less then 5000 votes. There is a lot of mixed feelings here with some people calling it cheating to buying votes. I’ll agree that there is nothing illegal about this mind you but it does kind of disappoint me. While I can’t say that I support Michele Bachmann for reasons which I will show later when I first heard the results I figured she won the straw poll due to being popular. I don’t agree with her positions and her campaign doesn’t seem to be as well organized as Ron Paul’s but I thought support, media coverage and being in her home state worked in her favor. While a lot of Bachmann supporters will say otherwise with one guy in the comments section on an article saying that Ron Paul supporters are simply jealous that they hadn’t thought of that I’ll admit that I don’t agree with the tactic. Providing transportation and food for people at the straw poll is one thing. And I understand results aren’t perfect since you need to pay to get in so they can be influenced if people can even afford to go or not. But to me personally it seems like a big influence to bring in a hugely popular music star and say that people can only see the show if they vote for you. Whatever people say I fail to see how this wouldn’t influence the voting process in one way or another. Some guys are claiming that they would have voted for her regardless but honestly if that was the truth then why did she give out 6000 tickets and less then 5000 voted for her? Either way I would have preferred to see Ron Paul win but considering what happened I’m feeling pretty satisfied that Ron Paul did so well. Some people felt that if less people showed up to the straw poll between 10,000 to 13,000 or so the results might be in his favor. But the turn out was one of the biggest the straw poll has seen with almost 17,000 people and he still basically tied for first place. This shows that as far as Iowa is concerned he seems to be more popular then the other Republican candidates. National polls are also showing that his popularity as a whole seems to be increasing as well.
Ron Paul 2nd Place In Iowa Poll by 152 votes, 218 Votes Missing?: http://blacksheepreport.com/ron-paul-2nd-place-in-iowa-poll-by-152-votes-218-votes-missing/
Conresswoman Michele Bachmann Rigged Iowa Poll By Buying ‘At Least’ 4000 Votes: http://www.infiniteunknown.net/2011/08/14/conresswoman-michele-bachmann-rigged-iowa-poll-by-buying-at-least-4000-votes/
Stephen Colbert: Michele Bachmann bought the Ames Straw Poll [VIDEO]: http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/08/michele_bachmann_stephen_colbert_ames_straw_poll.php
Bachmann Buys Votes, Paul is Top Tier, Ron Paul Superbomb: http://theintelhub.com/2011/08/16/bachmann-buys-votes-paul-is-top-tier-ron-paul-superbomb/
How Michele Bachmann Bought the Ames Straw Poll: http://www.unelected.org/how-michele-bachmann-bought-the-ames-straw-poll
Bachman buys votes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vJXxIrLLVI
Other Republican candidates:
So some brief thoughts on the other Republican candidates and a lot of my problems with them.
Michele Bachmann: Her behavior at the straw poll honestly bothers me and is disappointing. The other things which concern me is first her voting yes on the patriot act. Basically her explanation was that within this new digital age the government needs more leeway in being able to do wiretaps and get access to business’s records more easily to fight terrorism. Honestly this seems like an excuse more then anything else to me. While I’m all future national security and fighting terrorism taking away protection of our private information to fight terrorism isn’t really a good excuse.
Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying “Those who would give up Essential Liberty, to purchase a little, Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” She would do well to remember this. Because sadly politicians keep giving more power to the government to look into our personal lives in the name of security without considering that Americans have a right to privacy.
Lastly is how I’ve heard that a farm that Michele Bachmann has ownership in gets subsidized by the government. I don’t really agree with using subsidy’s since they are the government interfering in the free market. It uses tax payer money, can give an business’s unfair advantages and manipulate an industry. For someone who believes in smaller government and less government intervention this seems kind of contrary to how it should be. I can’t support her and I only wonder what else we will find out about her as time goes on.
Herman Cain: I cannot say a lot about Cain honestly since I need to do more research but from what I have seen so far I cannot say that I overly could believe in him. At best he’s very unsure of his war stances seemingly to possibly support intervention in other countries through military action or preemptive moves to protect us. Which I cannot say that I believe in invading other countries to protect our security. Also he was formally a chairman on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas which plays a large role in making up the federal reserve system in America. This wouldn’t concern me so much but since Cain has gone on record saying that he does not believe an audit of the federal reserve is needed I really can’t trust this. The last mini audit which was done showed that the federal reserve had loaned billions of dollars overseas to foreign dictators such as Ghaddafi in Libya. That to me just makes no sense.
Tim Pawlenty has dropped out of the race which is probably good for him honestly. He made a bit of a fool out of himself at the last GOP debate. Especially when he tried to tell Ron Paul that Iran has been one of our biggest enemies since the 1970s and Ron educated Tim that part of the reason why Iran has a problem with us is because we’ve been intervening in the middle east and causing problems for places like Iran since the 1950s which is part of why they like so many other terrorists in the middle east resent America being in the middle east which encourages people to join them. Something which Tim had no good response to.
I figure that I will comment on Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney later on when I’m feeling less lazy.
Michele Bachmann betrayed tea party with PATRIOT Act vote: http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/02/michele_bachmann_tea_party_patriot_act.php
Why Did Michelle Bachmann Vote For [sic] “The Patriot Act”? Doesn’t She Know?: http://politicalvelcraft.org/2011/08/16/why-did-michelle-bachmann-vote-for-sic-the-patriot-act-doesnt-she-know/
Herman Cain, 2012 hopeful: “There’s No Reason To Audit The Federal Reserve”: http://www.dailypaul.com/153575/herman-cain-2012-hopeful-theres-no-reason-to-audit-the-federal-reserve
Herman Cain Exposed: “No Need To Audit the Federal Reserve”: http://theintelhub.com/2011/05/08/herman-cain-exposed-no-need-to-audit-the-federal-reserve/
Raising of the national debt and downgrade of the USA credit rating:
As most people have heard there was a recent very large debate over raising the national debt once we hit our spending limit. In the end the debt was raised and the USA credit rating was downgraded. What this means is basically the USA has a lower has a lower credit score. The long term effects of this could be that interests rates for borrowing money from other countries could go up which makes things here more expensive. The stock market has taken a large hit but only time will tell if interest rates are affected or not. One of the biggest reasons our credit rating was downgraded was due to all of the debt we’re carrying and adding without any real cuts in spending or plans to pay off our debt. Although I do not agree with raising the debt the sad thing is that Rand Paul and the Tea Party proposed a pledge known as the cut, cap and balance pledge which would raise the debt by 2.4 trillion dollars but cause immediate cuts in spending and strict limits on any future spending. Sadly the bill which passed through Congress raised the debt while doing very little to cut immediate spending or limit future raises in spending. As long as we continue run away spending though things will only become more difficult.
U.S. Loses AAA Credit Rating as S&P Slams Debt Levels, Political Process: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-06/u-s-credit-rating-cut-by-s-p-for-first-time-on-deficit-reduction-accord.html
Why S&P Really Downgraded US Credit Rating (vanity but linked to their report): http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2759466/posts
Ron Paul media blackout:
Last thing I’ll mention right now is how funny it is that the media seems to be trying hard to ignore Ron Paul. Some people were saying that Ron Paul supporters were exaggerating but it’s hard to deny now. At the last GOP debate despite Ron Paul getting the most votes by people watching the debate the articles written about the debate said Bachmann was the winner and failed to mention Ron Paul getting so many votes. At the same time articles written about the Iowa straw poll mention Bachmann and Rick Santorum but fail to mention Ron Paul almost tying for first place. Overall it’s rather sad and not a good idea since Ron Paul supporters are making a huge backlash against media outlets and spreading the word all over the internet.
Breaking: Fox News ignores and pulls post debate poll that Ron Paul WINS: http://theswash.com/2011/08/12/breaking-fox-news-ignores-and-pulls-post-debate-poll-that-ron-paul-wins/
Jon Stewart: Ron Paul Ignored by Mainstream Media [VIDEO]: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/198657/20110816/jon-stewart-ron-paul.htm
Poll: Is Ron Paul Being Ignored By The Media? Proof The Whole World Knows It!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBKJuYzw5R4
Ron Paul Scores Big in Iowa — but Ignored by Media
Read more on Newsmax.com: Ron Paul Scores Big in Iowa — but Ignored by Media
Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama’s Re-Election? Vote Here Now!
Stewart: Media-Ignored Ron Paul Like “13th Floor in a Hotel” : http://hypervocal.com/news/2011/stewart-media-ignored-ron-paul-like-13th-floor-in-a-hotel/
Supporting Ron Paul:
Finally I ask for everyone to support Ron Paul if possible. However you can is appreciated since he’s the only politician I’ve see who has been warning us for years that run away spending, printing and wars would ruin our economy and never achieve peace for us and he is right. By the day his popularity is growing. Four years ago he got fifth place at the Iowa straw poll and now he got second. National polls show his popularity increasing and his number of followers seems to be growing by the day. After the GOP debate his name was the most searched on google more then any other Republican at the debate. While there are no guarantees things are looking good. So if you believe in him do what you can to help please. Donate to his group, spread the word, join local groups in your area, make phone calls and be involved. I feel and hope that real change for our country cane come.
Let’s give Ron Paul a boost! Copy and paste this as your status:
Sign up for email updates or to be a volunteer at www.RonPaul2012.com
Subscribe to Ron Paul’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/RonPaul
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Join a local Ron Paul Meetup group at www.ronpaul.meetup.com
Also an idea on where our money being printed is going: Audit: Fed gave $16 trillion in emergency loans: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/07/21/audit-fed-gave-16-trillion-in-emergency-loans/
Groups to join and Cut, Cap, Balance, Pledge:
July 17th, 2011
First of all I want to suggest the three best groups to join to help network with other like minded people pushing for liberty, freedom, less taxes and smaller government.
Bill of rights defense commitee: http://www.bordc.org/
Campaign for liberty: http://www.campaignforliberty.org/
Freedom works: http://www.freedomworks.org/
Bill of right is a group dedicated to pushing against corruption or wrong doings and for the government to follows the rules laid out for them. Campaign for liberty is one of my favorites a group started by Ron Paul they track what the government is doing and fight hard against laws which should not exist such as the US Patriot Act. Freedom works is similar in that they also rally together grassroots support to push Senators and Legislators against such laws as well. These groups aren’t just Ron Paul supporters but Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians ad most everyone else. People who consider them self Tea Party join and watch these groups to help fight against wrong doings which are happening. The biggest is the massive push against raising the national debt with Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of. The bill number is H.R.2560. (The number of the companion Senate bill is S.1340.) I ask that everyone take the time to call, email, even if possible visit your local Senators or legislators. As I understand even people like Congress woman Michele Marie Bachmann who many grassroots people dislike due to her views has even signed onto the pledge. A majority of Republicans have already agreed to the pledge which shows just how effective the grassroots support has been. I think this a good time to push for an end to run away spending in bailouts, printing, on wars and other things. While this won’t guarantee victory it will be a big step in the right direction. So again please take the time to email but preferably call or visit your Senator, legislator or anyone’s office who will have a say in this and make your voice clear. Obama and some of the others which to claim that only by raising the debt ceiling can we pay social security. I think the answer is clearly to cut our spendign not owe more money to China. The vote for the bill will be on Tuesday so please act quickly.
Clinton Surplus Myth, Obama supporters having trouble, New debt tax, Interesting articles, Government war on being open and whistle blowers, Ron Paul going strong:
July 17th, 2011
Clinton Surplus Myth:
So the first thing I want to mention briefly is the myth about President Clinton. Now everyone talks about how run away spending during the Bush administration got us into this mess and that Clinton left him with a surplus of cash. Granted I fully agree that Bush was a bad president and that most of Congress have failed us the people time and time again in not preventing wars or run away spending. But the truth is the Clinton did not nearly pay off the debt or anything along those lines.
For a full and impressively detailed explanation you can check it out here: http://www.craigsteiner.us/articles/16
Or a short version here: http://www.craigsteiner.us/comments/147
This guy deserves major credit for all of the hard work he did.
The short version is that Clinton basically borrowed money used from the money for social security to pay down the public debt but this of course raised the government debt. Somehow from this along with smoke and mirrors he was able to claim that he was making a profit when in reality he was simply borrowing money which he would have to pay back later. You can verify this by going to the US treasury website and seeing the fact that the entire time he was president the overall national debt continued going up well leading up to when Bush became president. So again Bush was not a good president but Clinton did not save the country financially like everyone believes he does. He was just more slow at leading us down a bad financial path.
Obama supporters having trouble:
Currently a debate is raging in Congress over the fact that we have literally hit our spending limit of 14.3 trillion dollars and can no longer spend anymore. Not unless Congress either raises the debt or cuts spending across the board. Basically Obama is saying that we need to raise the debt ceiling now or else we’ll default on our loans which will affect the country’s credit rating as a whole. Bad credit rating make it harder for companies to borrow money from overseas which makes interest rates locally go up. Naturally this is all a problem. What I find interest is that I’ve openly been asking people why is it that no one who supports Obama is coming out and criticizing him for having us in Libya for over ninety days now. US troops are still doing the larger part of the attacks and we’re spending millions a day for a war which we should not be in and polls prove that a majority of Americans do not want us in Libya. Yet Obama has kept us there burning through millions but he’s coming out and saying that there might not be social security next month. Yet there’s money to fund his endless wars. I find it to be very disturbing.
I want to take a moment to encourage everyone to sign this petition to motivate Congress to cut spending across the board instead of raising the debt ceiling:http://www.ronpaul2012.com/pages/debtceilingbetrayal2.html?pid=008e
While Obama is claiming that he will make a deal to raise the debt and later on cut spending by 4 trillion dollars there’s nothing which will force him to do. There is nothing he is going to sign to show he will be legally bound to cut spending but simply giving his word that he will do so after the debt is raised.
Since Obama became president he signed the The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law is estimated to have been worth somewhere around $787 billion, quantitative easing programs which consist of the federal reserve creating new money out of thin air and using it to by up private assets has been somewhere in the ball park of $700. Tax payers are recorded as having lost $14 billion dollars in money which the government loaned to GE and Chrysler. There is also the millions upon millions spent in the Middle East now including Libya. The record of our leader and most of Congress (aside from a select few such as Ron Paul) to try and stop this run away spending is bad. It disturbs me how everyone keeps saying that we need to tax the rich when clearly the answer is not to tax the rich but to cut spending all across the board and pull the federal government back to a more sensible basis.
With a debt of 14.3 trillion and a deficit of over a trillion it has been shown that even taking all of the money of everyone rich person in America wouldn’t completely pay off the current deficit. It also concerns me Obama can keep us in Libya when polls show that a majority of Americans do not want us here. But when I’ve gone to point this out to Obama supporters on why I do not feel he is a good leader no one has been able to give me any good answers. It seems that people almost wish to ignore wrong doings or mistakes if they want to believe in someone.
In the end instead of scaring people about social security checks not going out, which I doubt will ever happen he should cut spending. The US government spends ten times as much money on our military as most countries do. Yet we keep pushing for more spending and printing of worthless money. Not less.
Quantitative easing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantitative_Easing
Stiglitz to Obama: You’re Mistaken on Quantitative Easing: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2010/11/11/stiglitz-to-obama-youre-mistaken-on-quantitative-easing/
How the world paid the hidden cost of America’s quantitative easing: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/jun/29/how-world-paid-hidden-cost-america-quantitative-easing
High Gas Prices? Obama’s Monetary Policy Adds At Least $0.56 Per Gallon. Adds To Cost Of Everything.: http://www.michaelbrowntoday.com/2011/06/high-gas-prices-obamas-monetary-policy-adds-at-least-0-56-per-gallon-adds-to-cost-of-everything/
http://www.dailymarkets.com/economy/2010/11/09/obama-and-bernanke-defend-quantitative-easing-but-the-rest-of-the-world-are-displeased-about-it/Obama, Bernanke Defend Quantitative Easing, But Everyone Else Hates It
The Real Cost of Quantitative Easing: http://www.senseoncents.com/2010/11/the-real-cost-of-quantitative-easing/
Taxpayers Lose $14 Billion on Bailout of Chrysler and GM: http://lonelyconservative.com/2011/06/taxpayers-lose-14-billion-on-bailout-of-chrysler-and-gm/
GE Doesn’t Pay Taxes — Taxpayers Pay GE: http://speakoutca.org/weblog/2011/03/ge-doesnt-pay-t.html
The United States is still flying hundreds of bombing missions in Libya: http://americaswatchtower.com/2011/07/02/the-united-states-is-still-flying-hundreds-of-bombing-missions-in-libya/
Majority of World population opposes US war of aggression against Libya: http://presscore.ca/2011/?p=1768
Obama Lies About Social Security: http://thenewamerican.com/opinion/sam-blumenfeld/8221-obama-lies-about-social-security
Air Force, Navy aircraft still flying Libya missions, AFRICOM says: http://www.stripes.com/air-force-navy-aircraft-still-flying-libya-missions-africom-says-1.148032
Ascertaining Reality in Libya: http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/91149.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed
One Third of Libya Marches to Demand End to NATO Bombing: http://www.strike-the-root.com/one-third-of-libya-marches-to-demand-end-to-nato-bombing
Sixty-Four Tea Party Groups Sign onto the “Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge” During FreedomWorks Grassroots Boot Camp: http://www.freedomworks.org/press-releases/sixty-four-tea-party-groups-sign-onto-the-%E2%80%9Ccut-cap
New debt tax:
Showing just how desperate times have gotten Congress has a new bill many of them are honestly considering which is basically a pay off the debt tax. If the bill passed it would be optional but workers could optionally opt to have however much of their money taken out of their paycheck and applied directly to the national debt. I don’t really need to say how bad it is if Congress is getting desperate enough to resort to measures like this. Why this is even worse is because our debt should have never gotten this bad to begin with. Instead of cutting spending some people in Congress which to only make minor cuts here and there but overall continue to boost our spending higher and higher. This new tax is not only a bad sign if it passed but would make life harder for business’s which would have to follow a whole new set of tax laws and keep records of this only increasing their expenses even more.
Boiling frog alert: Congress wants automatic wage deductions to pay down the debt: http://www.sovereignman.com/expat/congress-wants-automatic-wage-deductions-to-pay-down-the-debt-HR-2411
Also interesting articles here to read about how law enforcement have begun searching peoples facebook information without ever notifying them at all and how more and more people are pushing for the CIA legal chief in Pakistan to be tried over the high number of civilians kileld in drone attacks in places such as Pakistan.
A new U.S. law-enforcement tool: Facebook searches: http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110712/tc_nm/us_facebook
Campaigners seek arrest of former CIA legal chief over Pakistan drone attacks: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jul/15/cia-usa
Government war on being open and whistle blowers:
Another disturbing trend is that ranging from people like Bradley Maning who is believed to have leaked the large number of cables and files to Wikileaks close to 700,000 although the government has no proof of this. And other people who have exposed government wrong doings or wasteful spending whistle blowers have been getting hit harder and harder. Despite during his campaign with Obama calling for a more honest government our administration seems to be working harder then ever to hide our mistakes or wrongdoings in places such as Guantanamo bay.
Obama Increasing Secrecy With New Rules for Gov’t Information: http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2011/07/11/obama-increasing-secrecy-with-new-rules-for-govt-information/
Obama chains himself to Bush terror policies : http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/07/20117128188225408.html
Is the US government at war with whistleblowers?: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14171312
Ron Paul going strong:
Something I will also bring up is a new ad by Ron Paul showing how committed he is to this campaign and helping the country. Currently it is showing in Iowa and New Hampshire. I ask everyone to watch this video, comment and share it with your friends and continue to spread the word about Ron Paul.
Stopping the rising debt, Ron Paul doing well, Ten Years After Decriminalization, Drug Abuse Down by Half in Portugal:
July 8th, 2011
Stopping the rising debt:
So recently I had a debate with a friend on facebook about raising the national debt. I figure I might as well blog some more on my opinion on it to make my thoughts clear. The short part is that our government has had run away spending which has been out of control for years. The rule of thumb is generally that things being done by the private sector tend to be more efficient since the private sector has competition so they have to do good. When something is completely government funded and basically has unlimited money they don’t have that problem.
Along with this government organizations tend to balloon into places much bigger then they should be and are run on taxpayer money. One simple example is how places like the EPA have grown much larger then they were ever intended to be with there spending an annual 9 billion dollars in money a year. Our department of education now spend one hundred times more then we ever used to but America still ranks the lowest in overall education. Part of the problem here is that people fear without the EPA the environment will be doomed.
What most people don’t know is that despite all of the money put into these places very little in constructive achievements is done. One example is how the EPA felt it necessary to work on passing regulations which allow them to regulate milk in a manner similar to oil due to the small amount of dairy fat in it and that farmers would be required to set up expensive prevention equipment. Or how subsidizing of ethanol to be used in gas has done little good since it drives up the prices of corn which is already used for a great deal of many things, does not increase gas mileage and can actually damage car engines. Another example of mismanagement is how the FDA has been under fire for conducting a raid on an Amish Farmer who sells raw milk. Something good to remember to see is our national debt counter.
Debt counter: http://www.usdebtclock.org/
Currently we are 14 trillion in debt with a deficit of over one trillion dollars and it is rising fast with every passing moment. All of these things are done top of the endless money which we have been printing. In no surprise millions of dollars which have been printed were even sent overseas to dictators like Ghadaffi. Ironic since we’re trying to expel him from Libya currently. The truth is that a real change needs to be made in our current system. The federal government has been running a system of endless spending and to fund our spending we simply print more and more money. Thankfully people like Rand Paul have been calling for audits to the federal reserve to see just how much money they have been printing and where it has been going. Such as what large corporations have been getting no interest loans and which overseas dictators have been getting money. Along with this Rand Paul has been been at the forward of a bill which has gotten support from about one hundred legislators and a few senators to put an end to current government spending, call for major cuts and overall balancing of the budget. People like Obama are trying to argue that we need to raise our debt limit instead of defaulting on own loans but what they fail to mention is that the more money we print the more worthless our dollar becomes due to inflation. Our economy is currently on the verge of collapsing and we’ll suffer major damage if we do not implement real changes and reduction in printing and spending. Something which our president and many people in Congress seem to refuse to understand. I’m going to encourage anyone and everyone who reads this to read the articles, look at our debt, and think about signing the bills to support an audit of the federal reserve and a balance of our budget.
Study shows EPA regs will cost, not create, jobs: http://hotair.com/archives /2011/06/20/study-shows-ep a-regs-will-cost-not-create-jobs/
Cost of EPA rules will be extraordinarily high: http://thehill.com/blogs/c ongress-blog/energy-a-envi ronment/168953-cost-of-epa-rules-will-be-extraordinarily-high
Lieberman’s Plan to Fix Medicare Just Kicks the Can Down the Road: http://www.thenewamerican. com/usnews/health-care/806 8-liebermans-plan-to-fix-medicare-just-kicks-the-can -down-the-road
Budget 2011: Education Spending Skyrockets: http://blog.heritage.org/2 010/02/01/budget-2011-educ ation-spending-skyrockets/
Are Americans Stupid? – Statistics, Studies and Research: http://www.abytheliberal.c om/internationalism/are-am ericans-stupid-statistics-and-research-data
Wasteful spending by postal service: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/postal-service-spent-thousands-on-pro-sports-tickets-auditors-say/2011/03/23/AGv1e9oH_blog.html
FDA takes heat over controversial raid on Amish raw milk farmer Dan Allgyer: http://thebovine.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/fda-takes-heat-over-controversial-raid-on-amish-raw-milk-farmer-dan-allgyer/
MILK! It’s Unnatural According to the EPA.: http://madmike59.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/milk-its-unnatural-according-to-the-epa/
EPA fears the next big “oil spill” will be in America’s dairy land: http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread656634/pg1
EPA regulations make things worse: http://www.lewrockwell.com/caruba/caruba17.1.html
Millions given to Gaddafi?: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100011665/why-is-hillary-clinton-giving-millions-to-gaddafi/
Cut, cap, balance the budget pledge: http://chooseliberty.org/dcpledge.aspx?pid=nd1
Audit the federal reserve: http://www.auditthefed.com/
Ron Paul doing well:
On the liberty front for anyone supporting Ron Paul things are looking good. While I suggest that anyone who wishes to follow his campaign check out his campaign web site and follow him via twitter or facebook I thought I would mention a bit here. First is how another state Representative in New Hampshire has officially endorsed Ron Paul long before we have reached the actual voting time yet. Secondly is how in a poll conducted of 800 active Republicans voters in Texas which is one of the most important states to capture a majority vote in Paul won the Paul by over twenty percent. And finally is how interestingly enough the TV show known as the morning Joe failed to somehow report Ron Pauls earnings in campaign contributions. This is interesting since Ron raised more money then anyone else aside from Mitt Romney who had a large amount of money come from large corporations or people with large sums of money and ties to them. All of Ron Paul four and a half million dollars came from small contributions from Americans all over the country. I find it almost funny how mainstream media seems to keep somehow forgetting to mention Ron despite that he is overall performing better then any other Republican candidate currently.
Paul picks up another N.H. endorsee: http://www.boston.com/Boston/politicalintelligence/2011/07/paul-picks-another-endorsee/XDk0dsgOtCbtr8rElrFpnK/index.html
Morning Joe Censorship on Ron’s Q2 Push: http://www.dailypaul.com/169900/morning-joe-censorship-on-rons-q2-push#comment-1791751
Who are the Top GOP Contenders in Texas?: http://www.azimuthpolls.com/?p=11
Ten Years After Decriminalization, Drug Abuse Down by Half in Portugal: http://breakthematrix.com/health/ten-years-decriminalization-drug-abuse-portugal/
This article sums up what I want to mention here but I almost am curios to see what anti-drugs advocates would say to this. For years upon years people have argued about the war on drugs. Like I mention the US just dumped millions more into the war on drugs as well all because of how they will destroy society. Yet in Portugal after only ten years of legalizing all drugs drug use in the country has dropped by almost half. I cannot help but enjoy the irony in this since freedom advocates like Ron Paul have been talking about for years how drugs need to be legalized and people said that it would doom society but yet there is real world proof right here that it works. This is just another example how freedom does indeed always trump control and that people should not be dictating how everyone else may live their life.
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Thank you again and comments, Julian Assange, Japan disaster, China gaining advantage in cyberspace, tax codes burden companies, economic trouble puzzles Fed chief:
June 27th, 2011
Once again I wished to put forward my gratitude and honest thank you to everyone who has read and commented on my blog. I greatly appreciate the genuine comments and support. Please always feel free to come back and read more and of course share my blog with your friends. Generally speaking I’ll be trying to update the blog about once a week if possible. In responding to comments I will do so when I can. It might take some time due to my using my free time mostly to blog when I can so if you have a question you want a quicker response on please feel free to use the contact us page. Also I understand some people are having trouble viewing the website with certain browsers sometimes or subscribing to the RSS feed. I’ll be trying to see what I can test on my end and see what I can do to help with both of these problems and maybe set up an easier way to get an RSS feed. Now on to the current topics.
So my first topic is about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who has about fifteen days left until his court appeal. I have already made it clear that overall I don’t approve at all how the situation with Assange has been handled thus far. While the guy is far from perfect I find it wrong that the Obama Administration wishes to brand him as a terrorist and spy for revealing the truth about wrong doings and mistakes on our part. If anything we should be thanking the many and working to correct our errors not hide the truth. Either way he is under heavy fire right now. Assange who is actually fairly rich has had all of his money and assets frozen and is fighting a extradition charges to be taken to Sweden. People are trying to brand him a terrorist and rapist which all is rather wrong honestly since it has already has been shown that the people making the accusations have a very weak basis they are coming from. Really the story just doesn’t add up. The fact that they waited a week to report him and when the acquaintance of Assange asked if it was okay to keep him around the girl he was staying with said it was fine. Most people are comparing the trial to a show trial which I can honestly agree with. At the very least extradition is not needed. He’s currently under strict house arrest and Wikileaks has been busy gathering money from supporters for his legal expenses. I think the cards are stacked against him in an unfair manner but I do hope that he will come out on top. If you wish to donate for his legal defense or keep up to date on what is going on you can check out the defense web site below.
For a full idea of what is going on it is probably easiest to check out wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster#Reactors_status_summary
Long story short there hasn’t been much news after the situation became a lot more stable. From what I understand things have of course remained dangerous but basically much more under control at this point. The Japanese workers have been working to cool the fuel rods and filter out the air inside of the plant of radiation to allow more workers inside. Long term they wish to fully cool down the fuel rods and then move them so they plants can be decommissioned. A lot of people are questioning how well this will work but only time will tell. There is a large amount of water which has been contaminated with radiation and one needs to wonder what can be done with all of the water which already has radiation in it along with what has leaked out into the ocean. While it sounds like they have avoided a full nuclear meltdown they still have a lot to deal with. The Tsunami and now this nuclear crisis will likely be felt for years to come. I’m unsure of how the regular Japanese people are holding up since it seemed like a lot of people were not getting as much help as they should since the nuclear plant was getting a majority of the focus. Hopefully the survivors are doing good and can begin rebuilding soon. I give the Japanese people credit because unlike most parts of the world and even here in America when you hear of disaster striking you hear about people robbing and killing to try and survive. Funny enough I’ve read a lot less about that and more just about the average Japanese person helping each other out. Maybe it’s just the nature of the disaster or perhaps it’s a cultural thing.
China gaining advantage in cyberspace:
Generally speaking most people agree that China seems to have gotten a distinct advantage of America in cyber warfare. Although China claims that they are not the ones attempting to hack Government information or American based company’s and that this is the work of independent Chinese hackers I have a hard time believing this. China is a very regulated country down to an internet system which is tightly controlled to help keep the people from revolting against the government. Certain web sites like facebook are banned and instead have Chinese versions which are used in their place. That and the nature of the world is simply that world governments wish to keep an edge over each other. Once considered a third world country China has jumped ahead within less then twenty years to have the worlds second largest economy right behind America. The only difference is that while the American economy is heading toward a depression the Chinese economy is expanding even if it has slowed a bit. While it isn’t admitted openly American based companies have also found themselves under attack more and more often from locations originating in China. As much as people hate to admit it unless there is some real change in our country China is getting ready to pass us as the worlds largest economy in the very near future. Along with this I think they will continue to keep an edge over us in cyberspace. Both of these things look badly for us. I do hope that we can get a leader like Ron Paul in office though. For only a free country can truly thrive in the long run while anything which is bound by bureaucratic rules and politics will eventually collapse in on itself.
No cyber war with US, says China minister: http://www.omantribune.com/index.php?page=news&id=94657&heading=Asia
Chinese hackers seek U.S. access: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/computersecurity/hacking/2007-03-11-chinese-hackers-us-defense_N.htm
Google says hackers based in China accessed U.S. officials’ Gmail accounts: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/google-says-hackers-based-in-china-accessed-us-officials-gmail-accounts/2011/06/01/AGwgRmGH_story.html
In Cyberspy vs. Cyberspy, China Has The Edge : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/14/china-us-cyberspy_n_849016.html
Tax codes burden companies:
Generally speaking most people and company’s these days find taxes to be cumbersome and a problem. Over time as our spending has increased and our dollar has lost its value federal and especially state governments have been looking desperately for new ways to bring in revenue. Generally raising taxes is one way but since people do not take to this well they of course try and avoid that. Interesting articles demonstrate how there seems to be a general connection between increasing taxes on business payrolls to become the preferred way to tax business’s and how more and more jobs seem to have gone overseas as a result. While I think there are more factors then this is one of them. Another thing is how some business’s have pointed out that the American tax code can be overly complex and complicated making it discouraging for other companies overseas to which to invest in the USA. More and more I think we can say that a majority of our problems with jobs and going overseas has been created by to many of our own regulations. People like Ron Paul have already pointed out that by greatly scaling back on the current federal government taxes across the board could be greatly reduced and stop burdening everyone so much.
The Unintended Consequences of High Payroll Taxes : http://seekingalpha.com/article/276338-the-unintended-consequences-of-high-payroll-taxes
Nestle, Dassault Executives Tell Congress to Simplify Tax Laws: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-23/nestle-dassault-executives-tell-congress-to-simplify-tax-laws.html
Economic trouble puzzles Fed chief:
A funny thing to bring up briefly it seems that even the federal reserve is at a loss as to why the US economy is recovering so slowly (or not even really recovering at all) and that this downtime could last longer then they expected. It’s sad honestly that the people who continue to print the money which is making our dollar lose value either do not understand this or pretend ignorance on how we are destroying the value or our money every single day.
Economic trouble puzzles Fed chief, too: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20110622/D9O16AK02.html
Ron Paul and the others:
So I figure that I will take a brief moment to touch on the topic of Ron Paul and the other politicians. I would like to thank my friend Anna who helps me with this blog for this idea. Basically everyone knows several times over why I support and favor Paul over everyone else and I would continue to do so. Interesting facts I should mention is that also served in the military for about five years and was a doctor before becoming a politician within a time in which he delivered over four thousand babies. Ron Paul has been fighting for smaller government and more freedoms and less taxes for close to thirty years. Pretty much the entire time his message has always stayed true and that aside the guy is very fair and honesty. Not being a fan of abortion Paul admits that on a personal level he does not approve of abortion but recognizes in a free society that it is not the federal governments job to make abortion legal or not. As far as he is concerned it should be legal or if people wish to vote on it then they can vote at the state level but it is something the federal government needs to stay out of. Honestly you must respect the man for staying to his principals even when it is something which he does not like.
Now a brief mention and comparison to other poplars in the political field. Obama is the simplest one to compare since is the current president and the favored Democrat currently. I’ve already listed a lot but really the problem with Obama comes with the fact that he changed. His pushing was change was correct in that he himself has changed. As I said before when he was a senator he called for things such as a withdrawal soon from Afghanistan, revisions to the patriot act, supporting whistle blowers to help fight government mistakes and corruption and other such things. Since becoming president he has completely changed his chance on all of these things and as president he seems do everything he can to do what he wishes without getting the okay of Congress such as Libya being the simplest example. People are now pointing to the troop withdrawal in Afghanistan but honestly it is to little to late. This is something which we should have been doing a long time ago. The truth is that the withdrawal is fairly pointless too since the Obama administration has actually been discussing with the Afghanistan government the possibility of setting up US military bases to keep soldiers there long time. Along with our omitting ourselves to other wars. Already Afghanistan is costing us millions of dollars a day and we’re only committing ourselves to more battles which we have no place in.
The other guy I will comment on his Mitt Romney who was one of the favored Republican candidates last time and this time as well. He seems to be the second most popular next to Ron Paul. Now I’ll admit that I actually like Romney a bit more then I used to but the main reason for this is simply because he is starting to suddenly sound a lot more like Ron Paul which is funny. But some reasons why I could not support this guy over Paul can be seen in the link below which uses a litmus test to see where a Republican candidate would stand in helping to fix our economy by auditioning the federal reserve, eliminating taxes such as the income tax, balancing the budget and other such things.
As you know they find Ron Paul wins overall in being the best candidate for civil liberties and sound country and economy. Gary Johnson and Michele Bachmann also got mentions as being close in second behind Paul which I thought was interesting.
Funny enough both Romney and Obama scored poorly in almost everything including an interest to return us to any kind of gold standard, auditing the fed, eliminating income tax or balancing the budget. Keep in mind this isn’t some kind of definitive end all test but it gives a basic idea on where these candidates stand in personal freedoms and money.
While Romney is changing his views on somethings a lot of things are overall shaky. He seems to feel that places like Guantanamo are good to keep around to help fight terrorism. He also seems to support the war on drugs as a good thing. While better then Obama he is nowhere being a Ron Paul yet.
A good web site for info is: http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm
Which can help give you information on the stances a politician takes on most any topic. Lately with Ron Paul and his ideas gaining popularity more and more Republicans for the first time are calling for changes. Ending our wars sooner, auditing the federal reserve, supporting letting states legalizing marijuana and other such things. All things which Paul has been advocating and pushing for years now. I’ll admit that even if Ron Paul does not become president in a way he has already won because regardless he is becoming a powerful force in Washington. Still I think it’s clear that he is the best person to vote for and support in a man who sticks to his principals and will better our economy and protect our freedoms.
Minor Afghanistan withdrawal:
I know a lot of people had heard about the start of a withdrawal from Afghanistan but I wouldn’t read to much into this. Currently only a few thousand troops are to be pulled out and honestly this is happening much later then it should be. The only real reason why Obama seems to be doing this is because of mounting pressure from both party’s to end the war sooner since his original idea was to keep up the troop surge in Afghanistan. Even worse is that apparently there has been discussion between the Obama administration and the Afghanistan government of setting up military bases to keep troops stationed in Afghanistan long past the complete withdrawal date of 2014. The war in Afghanistan has been a loss and was a failure the moment we entered into it. Going after a known terrorist is something which you use information gathering and send in small teams to take our specific targets. There are also better options such as Letters of Marque (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letters_of_marque#21st-century_American.2C_possible_renewal_of_Letters_of_Marque ) where you could offer bounties or pay large sums of money to factions within that territory to hunt down that person for you. An entire army invading a country to get one man is a hopeless endeavor and despite what people think our presence in these countries has done little to help make us safer. In fact with plans for NATO withdrawal from places such as Afghanistan violence from terrorists groups has only been increasing which shows that we cannot fight terrorism by invading countries and fighting within them. Innocent people are caught in the crossfire which only makes them resent us and good American soldier lives are wasted in drawn out wars when they should be at home protecting American soil.
Minor Withdrawal in Afghanistan, War Continues: http://news.antiwar.com/2011/06/22/minor-withdrawal-in-afghanistan-war-continues/
In Afghanistan, Drawdown Doesn’t Ring True: http://news.antiwar.com/2011/06/22/in-afghanistan-drawdown-doesnt-ring-true/
Under Obama, U.S. Casualty Rate in Afghanistan Increased 5-Fold : http://cnsnews.com/news/article/us-casualties-afghanistan-have-increased
Iraq Violence = Pullout. Afghan Violence = Stay Forever.: http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2011/06/21/iraq-violence-pullout-afghan-violence-stay-forever/
Countries giving up on Libya:
Italy is the latest country to refuse to fight any longer in Libya. Germany and Poland have already refused and China has withheld from using military means as well. A majority of the American population do not approve of Libya and the support from other countries is quickly dwindling. Already millions of tax payers dollars being used weekly if not daily to help fuel another pointless war. American is not the only ones suffering sadly as Britain is also spending huge amounts of money on the war in Libya. A situation which looks like it could drag on for months on end since the two sides are in a stalemate and the war is one which we have no place in as well.
Italy Demands Immediate End to Libyan War: http://news.antiwar.com/2011/06/22/italy-demands-immediate-end-to-libyan-war/
Scores of U.S. Strikes in Libya Followed Handoff to NATO: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/world/africa/21powers.html
Libya mission may cost UK £260m – defence secretary: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13882274
US pledging more money to war on drugs:
Another note on the war on drugs. Despite the fact that a panel of former president recently admitted that the war on drugs is a failure the current administration still claims the war on drugs is working. While they might have had some success in stemming the flow of drugs from certain parts of Latin America they fail to mention that the war on drugs has also pushed violence deeper into Latin America and escalated violence in there several times over. Sadly instead of admitting what a mistake on the war on drugs is though the government recently promised $300 million more dollars to central America to continue the ongoing war on drugs. It is funny that people are unwilling to learn from history since back when the prohibition of alcohol was done in America it was deemed a failure which only led to increased violence over alcohol and made it so alcohol was legalized again. While we learned this with alcohol we seem to be unable to learn the same about other things such as drugs.
US Pledges $300 Million More for Central America Drug War: http://news.antiwar.com/2011/06/22/us-pledges-300-million-more-for-central-america-drug-war/
Pentagon’s Massive Spending on NASCAR, Wrestling Sponsorships Raises Eyebrows: http://news.antiwar.com/2011/06/20/pentagons-massive-spending-on-nascar-wrestling-sponsorships-raises-eyebrows/
Prohibition in the United States: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prohibition_in_the_United_States
Wasted money by pentagon and endless wars:
Our war machine is something which we need to look at. Many people within the Pentagon claim that our military budget is undersized and cannot be cut at risk of losing the current wars which we are in despite the fact that America spends almost ten times as much money on our military compared to most other country’s around the world. Along with this the US is fighting about six wars altogether in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and The Global War on Terror along with all of the money which we keep putting into the war on drugs. The Pentagon also spends hundreds of millions each year on advertising for people to join the military despite how strained our economy is. I think I honestly don’t need to explain the problems with what is going on here.
America in six wars now: http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2011/06/14/american-militarism-is-not-a-fairy-tale/
Pentagon’s Massive Spending on NASCAR, Wrestling Sponsorships Raises Eyebrows: http://news.antiwar.com/2011/06/20/pentagons-massive-spending-on-nascar-wrestling-sponsorships-raises-eyebrows/
Less civil liberties:
Finally worth mentioning is the disturbing trend under the current administration how more and more personal freedoms are ignored. Such as the Patriot Act giving the FBI much easier leeway to seize cell phone usage information or to read peoples emails. Things which should be protected or acts which Obama once questioned are now going through office without so much as a question by him or his administration. It actually has been private groups like Campaign for Liberty who have been pushing back hard for proper needs such as warrants to seize peoples private information and Senator Rand Paul who pushed hard for amendments to the Patriot Act if it could not be defeated. We need to pay close attention to what is happening to our freedoms here. More and more personal freedoms are being given up in the name of security which is not what this country needs.
New Patriot Act Controversy: Is Washington Collecting Your Cell-Phone Data?
Stopping the Government from Reading Your E-Mail: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2074797,00.html
For now I think that is enough. In the near future I might try to actually blog about some health related information though. Again I wish to thank everyone for all of the feedback and encourage everyone to keep reading and learning new things. If you support any type of freedom please support Ron Paul and feel free to let your friends know about my blog if you wish to let them find an easy way to read about this type of information.
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My version of right and wrong, the failure of sex education, Ron Paul (again), times are changing, comments on Obama, views on state and federal government:
June 23rd, 2011
My version of right and wrong, the failure of sex education, Ron Paul (again), times are changing, comments on Obama, views on state and federal government:
My version of right and wrong:
Something I got caught in talking with my friends was how one of the problems these days is how everyone has what I like to call, “my version of being right,” which is where people feel that it is okay to tell people what to do as long as you approve. This is where a lot of problems come from honestly. One perfect example is drugs. Yes, most drugs are usually bad for you and for a majority of people end badly, so people feel like this justifies making them illegal. They wish to use force and laws to make someone be a better person which as I have said before cannot be done. The simple truth is that as long as a person is only hurting themselves and no one else they should be allowed to do whatever they want. I might not agree with your doing drugs but as long as you do it in the safety of your own home and only to yourself then you have that right. That is what freedom truly means that even if you do not agree with something that you let that person do it because that is their born right by god or whatever higher power you believe in. It is not your place to be dictating for people right and wrong as long as they are not infringing on other peoples life, liberty and their pursuit of happiness. This is the core essence of freedom and what being American should stand for. I feel like more people need to remember this and return to our roots.
The failure of sex education:
So we have already talked failures of war on drugs, war on terrors, now let us look at home at the war on sex. Yes sex education is failure another thing which I spoke with my friends about. Why? Well really because like earlier you’re trying to make people be what you think is a better person and do the right thing. Sex classes teach abstinence and try to keep kids away from sex which is a rather big failure. The truth is that parents should be the ones teaching kids what they believe is the proper way to go about having sex and when. Not the school, government or anyone else really. The only thing you should teach kids about is proper safety and safe sex. You can’t correct a social problem of kids getting knocked up to much by trying to tell them what they are doing is wrong in a school setting it just does not work. People have been saying this for a long time now and they will keep doing it until we wise up and realize that this isn’t the way to help protect our kids when it comes to sex. The parents need to do their job. From there it is up to the kid to make their own decisions as they get older.
Ron Paul (Again):
Yes, I love this man, lol. And I will probably never stop beating people to death with information about him. I’m going to include web sites below to keep up to date on Ron. I’m clearly a very strong supporter and fan of Ron Paul and I’ve made it clear. Simply because I feel like he is the best shot at helping our country move in the right direction. If you believe strongly in more freedom, less war, less debt and less printing of worthless dollars then please support him. On the upside things are looking up for Ron Paul so far. Across the board Republicans are supporting his ideas, he is winning popular vote at the GOP debates, straw polls and a majority of online polls.
Ron Paul 2012: Web site to support Ron Paul and keep up to date on him. Money bombs to collect funds for him to help his campaign are collected here. If you can donate anything even a small donation helps him since all his money comes from average people. It will help him advertise and run his campaign against Romney and the others who get money from large corporations. If you can give money during the money bombs that is always appreciated. One of the best sites to check to keep up to date on Paul. http://www.ronpaul2012.com/
Run Ron Paul: http://runronpaul.com/
Another great web site to keep up to date on things relating to Ron Paul.
Iowa for Ron Paul: http://iowaforronpaul.com/projects.php
A great way to support Paul at the moment by spreading info and donations here as well. The Iowa straw poll is coming up in two months and is a major victory for any Republican candidate to win. Hopefully this will be another victory for Paul.
Also facebook groups to join to keep up with Ron Paul info:
Great ways to interact with other people.
Ron Paul petition: http://www.ronpaul2012.net/
Just something to sign which will be sent to Paul to help show your support for him.
Ron Paul tip bomb: http://www.ronpaultipbomb.com/
A great idea by Ron Paul supporters are these small cards which you can print and leave with your tip whenever you eat out. It just briefly tells about how Ron Paul feels that tips from being waiter (like most other taxes) should be abolished so more people can keep there money. A great way to spread his name.
A very neat article on Ron Paul by someone who doesn’t even support him.
Time poll: http://www.time.com/time/gopbracket/
There are a ton of polls out there but if you can cast a vote for Ron Paul it is appreciated. It is interesting since Paul was winning by seventy percent and now it is fifty percent. Although he is still winning. Either way Paul winning in time magazine would look good. And it looks like that he will win since he has been in the lead the entire time. One guy commented in an article that Ron Paul supporters work fast on the internet which he is right since we do. Although it isn’t just the internet where we tend to work quickly or be in large numbers.
If you can’t donate then just do what you can please. Facebook Ron, Twitter Ron, and talk to people about Ron. I support him so strongly for a honest reason that I believe in what he has stood for about thirty years now.
Times are changing:
I honestly think times are changing which is a surprise but it is nice. I largely give credit to things such as all of the growing support for Ron Paul, more people thinking of freedom as it truly is and groups like the Tea Party thanks to the internet. I won’t say that regular media is completely controlled but I will say that they are biased. Despite Paul clearly getting more support at both GOP debates articles from main stream news places like CNN kept claiming that first Pawlenty and they Romney were more popular then he is. Now with Paul winning Straw Polls major news stations are for the first time in years all suddenly giving reasons why straw polls aren’t accurate.
I don’t mind if you favor someone but this is just silly. I think this all comes around because less and less Americans are relying less on TV news for information and going to the internet which is shown by declining viewership for most news stations despite a growing population. But funny enough polls for a major company which conducts polls find interest results including that generally speaking that people support Ron Paul in his running against Obama and that a Republican candidate would do well against Obama. More and more people disapprove of wars overseas such as Libya.
I think it just goes to show that times are changing and so are people which I am glad to see honestly. The internet has worked well in connecting people who are like minded not only across America but across the world.
Comments on Obama:
A brief thought on Obama I know that a lot of people wished Obama was going to be the change we want and need but he is not. And people need to realize this. I find one of the hardest things for people who support him to admit is the things which he does wrong. It is not fun to admit when you feel that the person you supported is not living up to what you hoped for but it is best to admit and move on. I’m afraid that his supporting wars, endless printing of money and other things will not bring our country back to where it was.
Views on state and federal government:
A final comment is my thoughts on the difference between state and federal government. My simple opinion is that the federal government is meant to represent us as a country to the world and that is mostly it. People talk about legalizing gay marriage, debating on abortion, etc. The truth is that none of these things are things which the federal government needs to worry about. Again this goes back to making decisions for everyone and in that we should not use one entity to push our will upon other people. The federal government should have certain roles in dealing with other countries, keeping a small standing military and a few other things. But it is not up to them to dictate how peoples lives are run. I know that a lot of people believe that it is okay to give complete power to the federal government as long as the person in power is a good person but I do not agree with this. This is why even Paul in running for president says that the federal government needs to be strongly limited in what they can and cannot do. You should not give a majority of power to one entity no matter who is running it. Let the federal government do certain things, get them out of abortion, marriage and other such things. Let people do what they want as long as you are not hurting anyone or if you truly want to vote on something then vote at the state level. But one person should not force their will upon an entire country of people.
My thanks to everyone and also open to ideas
June 22nd, 2011
I just wanted to give my thank you to everyone for all of the positive feedback. I’m debating on what I feel like blogging about next and I have a few ideas. But I also wanted to ask if anyone has any ideas which they would like to suggest or anything they would like my opinion on I welcome you to contact me. Again, thank you everyone for the positive feedback and I’ll be posting up more information soon.
Obama vs Ron Paul and random information:
I figure that it is time why I set the record straight once and for all why I cannot really support Obama and make it clear to everyone. Back during the last election cycle a lot of people cited that Obama would bring change and I warned everyone that things would remain about the same. And I was right. Things haven’t really changed at all. Our personal liberties are something which we must still protect, we are going into more wars, and despite what people think our economy is growing worse. It is time to put some things to rest once and for all some of things which Obama has done which he used to be against.
The Patriot Act:
The first thing I’ll address is the US Patriot Act which is basically a law which gives law enforcement agency’s much larger leeway in what information they may search without a warrant. The real problem here is back when Obama was able to vote on it he seems to have been one of the few people who wished to have revisions done to it to help keep the bill more under control and make it less invasive to Americans. After he became president though he had little to no concern about the bill. Rand Paul was the one in office pushing to have the bill revised to make it less intrusive for Americans and Obama never said a thing about it or wished to amend it in any way. You can see why this concerns me.
Whistle blowers worse off under Obama:
Obama had expressed how he felt that whistle blowers were important to help stop corruption but under his administration things have been harder then ever for whistle blowers. Bradley manning has been in jail for nearly a year without a trial, Wikileaks was nearly taken off of the internet and Juliane Assange is being investigated to try and be charged for espionage among other charges which should not apply to him. Places like Guantanamo bay have also remained open. It is disappointing when someone will express the need to fight wrong doings with information but not believe in it’s importance when the mistakes of your own administration are shown.
War rules do not apply to his administration:
By now everyone has heard about the war in Libya. Being a NATO led movement with mainly US troops doing a majority of the work we currently have been in there bombing them for close to two months now. If you’re just catching up the war in Libya is basically a civil war with a rebel group trying to overthrow the local corrupt dictator. NATO entered and has been bombing the dictator in a bid to help protect civilians. While their aims might be good our being there is wrong since we should leave country’s to deal with their own problems. Less then thirty percent of the American population currently approves of the war in Libya. But what is more concerning is that when the attacks in Libya first began the Obama administration began the attacks without approval from Congress and said they had the authority to do so since the attacks would last for less then sixty days. The law clearly stats that the president must get approval from Congress within sixty days for the US to stay in a war. Sometimes this can be extended to ninety days but again you must get Congress approval. Since we are well past the sixty day mark and no approval of any kind has been given by Congress the administration is now claiming that they do not need Congress approval for the attacks in Libya since it is a NATO led operation and not a US led one. Regardless this shouldn’t matter since it is a war we should not be in and some estimates say that we’re spending two million dollars a day in Libya. Most people are agreeing that without ground troops it might be months or even longer before the current dictator is overthrown. What is even more concerning is that there are now talks about sending US ground troops into Libya as well despite out already being tied up in other Middle East countries. It has gotten so bad that some members of Congress are now filing a lawsuit against the president.
As I have already said before national healthcare is a noble idea but a broken system. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and there is no such thing as something for free. Trying to make a service free for everyone will only add more strain to an already broken system. Along with that the bill addresses none of the real problems we have to begin with such as a lack of doctors, limits on school, people being forced to buy pharmaceutical drugs from within the US only and other such problems. People claim Canada and Europe as a model for US healthcare but most statics show that healthcare in such countries is actually getting worse just like it is here in America.
While I do not believe that Obama is a bad person I do not see him going about things the right way. I’m surprised by how many people I talk to friends and strangers keep saying to give him a chance and that he is trying. They try and tell me about his doing the right thing such as repealing the Don’t ask don’t tell policy. I’m sorry to say but Obama is not the change which we all hoped for or which people make him out to be. Most people just need to accept the fact that in many respects his administration is continuing what the last one did and he is not addressing the heart of our problems such as our ongoing wars or printing worthless money. Perhaps his mind changed due to his new position and he can see things from a different side now. I don’t know. But I cannot support someone who has changed his mind on things and who is not addressing the true problems which are weakening our country.
Now I will address a few of the myths surrounding Ron Paul. I’ve already ranted about him multiples times. In short the man has stuck to his guns for over twenty years for not going into needless wars, to stop printing fake money and to get the government out of our lives. Now I’ll dispel some of the myths surrounding him.
Ron Paul does not support gay marriage: This is a bunch of nonsense. People believed because Ron Paul voiced his support for a bill for the state level governments which explained marriage as being a union between a man and a woman that he does not support gay marriage. Paul clearly said that he believes government should not be involved in marriage at all and that it is a matter between church, people and god (if god is included) and that he only supports the bill since it gives more control over marriage to state governments. Either government should not be involved in marriage or at the very least it can be voted and debated on at the state level but the federal government should keep out of it.
Ron Paul is a hypocrite who talks about term limits even though he has been in Congress for close to thirty years: Again more nonsense. Ron Paul does support term limits but until term limits are implemented I do not understand why people seem to believe that Paul should stop running. The only way he has been able to help spread the ideals of more personal freedoms has been by being involved in politics and voting against bad laws for such a long time. I’m sure when and if term limits are implemented he will be more then happy to follow them. Until then he has no obligation to remove himself from being involved for such a silly reason.
Ron Paul supports terrorists, Iran having nuclear weapons, etc: Nonsense again. Ron Paul believes strongly in keeping to our own business which means that we do not invade country’s unless they attack us first which makes complete sense and that we do not send in entire army’s to kill one man. He in no way supports terrorists or Iran attacking us. If Iran ever attacked us (which they would not) we would respond but Iran like any other country has a right to have nuclear weapons if they so chose to do so. Our job is not to police the world. Also in getting Bin Laden it is our job to cooperate and get the okay from other countries to send armed military into their country. Not simply charge in without getting permission. People try and twist his views of treating other country’s just as we wish to be treated in some kind of Anti-American movement of his. I find it sad how people seem to try and twist the facts.
No one supports Ron Paul and he is a long shot: Silly again. Back in 2008 people didn’t want to admit it but Paul did surprisingly well in the Republican primary with how much support he drew seemingly out nowhere. Since then his name has spread and with groups such as The Tea Party Movement and Campaign for Liberty growing not to mention outright Ron Paul supporters his network has grown rapidly. Unlike most politicians all of his support comes from grassroots average Americans like you and I. His campaign funds come completely from average people not large corporations and almost all people who support him do it for free because they believe in him. Ron Paul has been hitting hard. Despite the claims of CNN Ron Paul got eighty percent of the vote on the CNN poll after the latest GOP debate. On almost every major online poll Ron Paul has been leading. In the latest poll in Time Magazine he is also currently leading with seventy percent of the vote. The truth is that he might be a long shot but he is the best long shot there is and his chances are quickly looking better. Already two key Iowa politicians have pledged to vote for Ron Paul for the Republican Presidential nomination. I keep challenging anyone to show me a politician who has stayed more consistent then this man and I have yet to see it.
Finally random articles about problems which we must continue to deal with.
The Price of Prohibition: http://reason.com/archives/2011/06/15/the-price-of-prohibition
Drug War Wreaking Havoc in Latin America: http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2011/06/15/drug-war-wreaking-havoc-in-latin-america/
End The Costly War in Afghanistan: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/06/10/end-the-costly-afghanistan-war.html
Afghan Resistance Triggers NATO Retreat: http://original.antiwar.com/Qazizai/2011/06/14/afghan-resistance-triggers-nato-retreat/
Citing War Strain, Pentagon Warns Against Spending Cuts: http://news.antiwar.com/2011/06/15/citing-war-strain-pentagon-warns-against-spending-cuts/
GOP debate/Ron Paul and America in other countries:
June 15th, 2011
So first I would like to talk briefly about the latest GOP debate. In case you ever wonder what GOP means it stands for Grand Old Party which is what some people refer to the Republican party. CNN just had the latest debate on TV with all of the big Republican candidates including Ron Paul of course. Now for the debate itself I did enjoy it. What is disturbing to me though is that after the debate in CNN’s own poll and in an article written by someone at CNN which had a poll Ron Paul got more votes then anyone else. He also got more applause then anyone else during the actual debate. Despite this CNN used results from a different poll which only fifty people had voted on opposed to other polls which usually have hundreds or thousands of people voting and then used these results from only fifty votes to claim that Mitt Romney won the debate.
Now usually I’m not quick to cry foul but even I have to say that there is something very wrong here. There is really no way for them to claim that they are not manipulating the numbers not only to make Romney look good but to make Ron Paul look kind of bad. It’s sad really. Most experts are still calling Paul a long shot which is very likely true but the funny part is that overall he seems to be the best long shot there is. In the last election cycle of 2008 Ron Paul gathered a surprisingly large amount of support getting large money bombs and more votes then anyone had expected for someone who seemed fairly unknown at the time.
In the end he lost the Republican nomination sadly but since then Ron Paul supporters have been working hard. Most people credit him as the unofficial god father of the Tea Party movement which has helped give Republicans a lot of support and power in office once again. Most people guess his following this time around to be much larger since most people figure his supporters were a few million in 2008 now some are guessing that it might be as many as ten million or so active supporters. He also been winning over eighty percent of every major online poll he usually gets the most votes or second place. People hate to admit it, some people even in the Tea Party call him nuts, but this time around Ron Paul is gathering a lot of support. I think he stands the best chance at getting the nomination currently from the Republican party but only time will tell.
As always I encourage everyone to support Ron Paul. Why? Well I’ve always listed the reasons but basically he is the only man who has stuck to his guns of smaller government for over twenty years. Never raised taxes, never sent us into wars which we do not need, wishes to end the federal reserve, IRS and such. Funny enough people keep pointing to Mitt Romney who has a lot of support to but something I wonder is why even Romney gets most of his money support for his campaign from large company’s and wealthy people while Ron Paul is the only candidate who his campaign is run purely on private donations from your average working American. Not to mention last election cycle he had more support from military family’s then any other candidate. I think that says something.
Ron Paul handily won GOP debate according to applause : http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/06/ron-paul-won-first-gop-debate-according-to-applause-.html
GOP Debate: Ron Paul and the Pandering 6: http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/nation/gop-debate-ron-paul-and-the-pandering-6
How Many Ron Paul Supporters Are There Now?: http://www.dailypaul.com/166893/how-many-ron-paul-supporters-are-there-now
Search for CNN Skews Ron Paul Poll Numbers! On youtube by CaptainBerz
America in other countries:
Also I’m going to include an article which is very good. It explains how our presence not only in the Middle East and Latin America (the war on terrorism in the first and the war on drugs in the second) have achieved very little results but in the bigger picture our maintaining an empire around the world threatens our security. Currently we have 865 military bases in other countries. The total cost of all of these bases is $102 billion annually. And this is not counting new bases such as the ones which we are establishing in the Middle East at this very moment. We need to ask ourselves how we would feel if China maintained military bases in our own country. You need to treat people how you wished to be treated. Not only is this a huge waste of money which could be used back home but it does little to ensure our safety. Again I always say that American soldiers should be at home protecting our soil not station far off in foreign lands.
Around the Globe, US Military Bases Generate Resentment, Not Security : http://www.thenation.com/blog/161378/around-globe-us-military-bases-generate-resentment-not-security
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Crisis in Japan/Nuclear Power, Wikileaks and the Middle East, along with Libya, Why I do not support national healthcare and why I support Ron Paul
Crisis in Japan/Nuclear Power:
I’ve been lazy in updating due to personal drama in my life keeping me down, I guess I will try to not let that happen again. This blog is about more things then usual so I’m going to attempt to keep it shorter. First of all, let me just say that my heart goes out to the people of Japan. I know this isn’t the first time we have seen a terrible natural disaster hit a place in the last few years. Still, the scale of the damage is hard to comprehend, and now they must deal with nuclear fallout as well. I’ll probably donate what money I can at some point to whichever organization I think will benefit them the most. I know that nothing is going to make this better but they all have my condolences and my wishes for the best. Now, more then ever I appreciate how lucky I am even if life isn’t always perfect. Hopefully the Fukushima plant workers will be successful in stopping the radiation leaking soon and I hope none of them suffer long term effects from radiation exposure.
For anyone who is interested about information relating to protecting yourself from radiation there is an interesting article on one of the political web sites I frequent titled Iodine for Radioactive Fallout ( http://www.lewrockwell.com/miller/miller37.1.html ) for anyone to lazy to jump over to it right now the basic idea which he explains is that natural iodine taken in sufficient amounts to build up in the body will help protect you against radiation exposure. I would advice reading the entire article if you’re interested in knowing more since he gives a very good explanation about it.
This comment about Nuclear Energy will be a short one as well. Nuclear energy has long been a source of power which draws a great deal of controversy. Supporters of Nuclear power can easily point out the fact that despite any accidents it has had which are well known the industry has a whole has a pretty good track record. And that is has much lower carbon emission then any other widely used form of power. In fact some people say that it is even comparable to renewable energy such as wind, solar power and such in how low the carbon emissions are http://www.world-nuclear.org/education/comparativeco2.html
Most people have heard or read about some of the most well known Nuclear accidents in history such as Three Mile Island, the Chernobyl disaster which is rated as the worst Nuclear accident in history and now the current Fukushima I nuclear accident in Japan which has also become one of the worst fallouts so far. The events in Japan are bringing up the debate over Nuclear power again now. My two cents honestly is that Nuclear power is simply to dangerous to use. I’ve talked about both the pros and cons with friends and family and pointed this out, but in the end to me it just seems to be to dangerous. While it might be much cleaner then current forms of energy which we use there are other alternatives we can consider even if they are costly to implement. My concern with Nuclear energy is that while it has a good track record overall and we can do many things to make it safe (ensuring the buildings are safe, not building near fault lines or areas prone to natural disaster, etc) my problem is the fact that we cannot control or truly predict nature. The power plants in Japan have been running for years without major incident and this tsunami has thrown everything into Chaos. While a tsunami won’t hit inland here at a place like Ohio, that does not that another natural disaster of some kind could not ruin the power plant and put us in a similar situation. One other major concern is high-level radioactive waste from power plants. You can read about it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power#High-level_radioactive_waste (gotta love wiki) but the basic idea is that a small number of nuclear waste is highly radioactive. These highly reactive fuel rods must be safely stored but they stay radioactive for long periods of time. Even if modern reprocessing methods are done the rods will still be dangerous to human health for 300 years. This is the one major problem with nuclear energy since the US alone has a great deal of spent nuclear fuel.
“As of 2007, the United States had accumulated more than 50,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel from nuclear reactors. Permanent storage underground in U.S. had been proposed at the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, but that project has now been effectively cancelled – the permanent disposal of the U.S.’s high-level waste is an as-yet unresolved political problem. “
I can only imagine how much spent nuclear fuel France is trying to store currently since they rely more on nuclear energy then just about another other country in the world. There are a lot of advantages to nuclear power but in the end I think the risk outweigh the benefit. In the long run I think we will be safer to continue to explore alternative avenues for power for the world.
Wikileaks and the Middle East, along with Libya:
As everyone knows a revolution of sorts has been sweeping the Middle East in which multiple country’s have been protesting the current Government. A majority of which are more dictatorship then anything else. Exact details can be read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010%E2%80%932011_Middle_East_and_North_Africa_protests
Long story short revolutions of overthrowing the current Government have happened in Tunisia and Egypt while major protesting has (and in many places is ongoing) in Iran, Yemen, Syria and other countries. Along with a actual civil war in Libya. These protests have often been violent with people being openly killed by authorities in Yemen. The whole reason why this began were due to secret cables released by the whistler blower site Wikileaks relating to corruption in Tunisia.
One needs to understand that Tunisia like any other country has a large number of poor people who are suffering. A large number of people there live on about $9.00 a day. Unrealistic numbers have also been given about the level of poverty there such as commented in this article:http://www.subzeroblue.com/archives/2007/08/tunisia_747_thousand.html
While the people knew of the corruption the cables by Wikileaks pretty much showed hard evidence of the corruption within the Government. Anger mainly came from the fact that while many people live poverty and can barley make ends meet many of the people who were connected to the ruling family in the Government stood above the law along with getting financial assistance. Here is a simple example:
“The same cable revealed that the first lady of Tunisia benefited personally from a 2007 real estate boom. She received a valuable piece of land and $1.5 million in assistance from the government for the construction of the Carthage International School, which she later sold to investors from Belgium for “a huge, but undisclosed sum,” according to the secret cable. “
This information came from this article here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/01/wikileaks-reveal-what-made-tunisians-revolt.html
Evidence of the truth pushed people of the edge causing the open revolt which eventually toppled the current Government. This also encouraged countries all across the Middle East to openly revolt against corruption. The end result of all of this remains to be seen. While I am concerned that the new Governments which will take control will be just as corrupt as the old ones since these regions are prone to such dictatorship. My hopes are that things will become better for the people living down there and I applaud them for taking a stand against those who would oppress them.
Originally this all really moved into motion thanks to the information of wikileaks. I will probably dedicate a blog entry to them leader. While I may not agree with everything in how wikileaks or Julian Assange operate ( things will address another time) in the end I strongly believe in exposing corruption everywhere including here right at home. While people do not want to admit it any Government including our own is prone to make mistakes which they then try to cover up. These mistakes must be addressed and corrected however. We cannot simply ignore wrongful actions and wish them away.
The Middle East and Libya are a good examples of mistakes. I will detail my exact feelings on our foreign policy at some point in the future. Everyone has heard of the current civil war in Libya along with the US/U.N. intervention. Personally I more then anyone would like for the rebels to overthrow their corrupt leader and start anew, but I cannot agree with our intervention in Libya. Largely because it is a civil war which we have no business in. The original goal was said that we (being the USA and the UN) were not going in to support either side but to protect civilians form Muammar Gaddafi’s forces. While this does sound noble after our initial attacks more talks have been discussed such as how to force Muammar Gaddafi out of the country and possibly supplying the rebels with weapons.
Aside from the fact that I do not think that we should continue to involve ourselves in the business of other countries there is also a problem that a majority of dictatorships in the Middle East are country’s which our Government has given funds to including Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Libya. For example,
“ Between 1987 and 2009, the US military signed $349 million in military sales agreements with Ben Ali’s government. Last year, the Obama administration asked Congress to approve a $282 million sale of 12 “excess” Sirkorsky military helicopters to Tunisia, with engines by General Electric.” (http://www.warisbusiness.com/2488/news/tunisia-before-the-riots-631-million-in-us-military-aid/ )
“An important pillar of the bilateral relationship remains U.S. security and economic assistance to Egypt, which expanded significantly in the wake of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty in 1979. U.S. military aid to Egypt totals over $1.3 billion annually. In addition, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided over $28 billion in economic and development assistance to Egypt since 1975. Early assistance focused on.”
“ Libya isn’t the only repressive Arab regime benefiting from U.S. military aid. Obama wants $120 million for Yemen next year, including $20 million for a military accused of brutally putting down a popular revolt, and $11 million to promote democracy and human rights, something critics say doesn’t exist in Yemen.” (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03/24/did-qaddafi-deserve-funding-foreign-aid-scrutiny-amid-mideast-unrest/ )
The problem is that clearly very little of this aid ever actually reaches the people as shown by the extreme poverty in Tunisia, Egypt, and many other countries in the Middle East. Regardless of our intentions we have funded dictators in such places. In the long run we not only support people who crush human rights but also give such places reason to dislike us once they finally overthrow their repressive Government and realized that we helped to fund them. For a simple example of how much money we give out each year one can google foreignassistance gov to get a map which shows how much money is being requested of us each year.
Why I do not support national healthcare:
I actually recently had a debate of sorts on facebook relating to national healthcare and why I not agree with it. While that also deserves a blog entry of its own I’ll go into a short version of it. My biggest problem with the current national healthcare is like most other things it does not fix the root of the problem. Very often a problem might be caused by a law which was passed. The problem is though instead of repealing these laws we make new laws to fix them and this is one of those times.
The basic idea of national healthcare is that everyone must have health insurance. Those below a certain poverty level will have it paid for them. Along with this doctors are encouraged to form “Accountable Care Organizations” to better coordinate patient healthcare and passing along patients to save them time and money. If they reduce costs to healthcare systems the doctors can keep some of the extra money. It also limits the amount of profit which insurance company’s are allowed to make off of insurance premiums and makes it by law that they must return a certain portion of the unused money back to the customer.
While there is a lot I can get into about our medical system one of the biggest problems goes much further back then people realize. Back in 1910 the Flexner Report (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexner_report ) was published. This had many effects on helping to shape our modern day healthcare system. One of the probably biggest mistakes was the fact that at the time there were a large number of doctors and school which they could train at, but after the report came out state medical boards closed down a majority of these school.
“Closure of many medical schools
According to Hiatt and Stockton (p.8), Flexner sought to shrink the number of medical schools in the USA to 31, and to cut the annual number of medical graduates from 4,400 to 2,000. A majority of American institutions granting M.D. or D.O. degrees as of the date of the Report (1910) closed within two to three decades. (No Canadian medical school was deemed inadequate, and none closed or merged subsequent to the Report.) In 1904, there were 160 M.D. granting institutions with more than 28,000 students. By 1920, there were only 85 M.D. granting institution, educating only 13,800 students. By 1935, there were only 66 medical schools operating in the USA. Now many students choose to go to private medical colleges in the Caribbean and abroad.
Between 1910 and 1935, more than half of all American medical schools merged or closed. This dramatic decline was in some part due to the implementation of the Report’s recommendation that all “proprietary” schools be closed, and that medical schools should henceforth all be connected to universities. Of the 66 surviving M.D. granting institutions in 1935, 57 were part of a university. An important factor driving the mergers and closures of medical schools was that all state medical boards gradually adopted and enforced the Report’s recommendations.”
While the report had some advantages this was one major disadvantage of it. Since a majority of the medical schools have been closed very few new ones have been opened. The problem is this relates back to supply and demand. More doctors means more competition among them and cheaper healthcare. It is a well known fact that USA has a shrinking field of Doctors. On the list of number of Doctors per patients the USA is no longer even in the top ten anymore http://bigthink.com/ideas/21237
As our population continues to grow we need more doctors to help the growing and aging population. The continuing lack of doctors continues to keep up the price of healthcare and will only push it up even further as we have less and less doctors versus patients.
Many people talk about healthcare in Cananda but people do not realize that the wait times in Canada are long and only getting worse.http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2007/10/15/waittimes-fraser.html
“A typical Canadian seeking surgical or other therapeutic treatment had to wait 18.3 weeks in 2007, an all-time high, according to new research published Monday by independent research organization the Fraser Institute.”
It is easy to see my concerns about our already badly damaged healthcare system ending up this way. While the new healthcare law might have good intentions it does not address the root of the problems such as lack of doctors or monopoly of US based pharmaceutical companies.
Why I support Ron Paul:
Finally I wish to touch on why I support Ron Paul and encourage everyone else I know to do so. Ron Paul is a Republican Congressman of Texas. The reason why I support him is simple, because he is one of the only politicians who is honest about what needs to be done.
I ask any of my friends to point one politician besides Ron Paul (and possibly his son Rand Paul who just recently entered politics) who calls for smaller Government, little to no taxes, a non intervention policy overseas, abolishing groups such as the TSA, repealing the US patriot act and abolishing the Federal Reserve and our fact money system. So far I haven’t found any but if anyone can point out someone like this I would actually like to find out more about them.
For the 2011 year alone President Obama asked for $56.8 billion in foreign assistance, and this is only for one year. No one has pushed harder for personal freedoms, to get us our of other countries and never voted to raise taxes like Ron Paul has. He may be far from perfect but currently I see him as the best politician we have in office who has a proven track record for never voting to raise taxes or expand Government size and spending.
I hope that more people will read about him and decide to support him in the long run. I feel as if our country is still suffering. Right now both Democrats and Republicans are arguing over Government shutdown over a few billion dollars when we spend millions daily overseas and our national debt is in the trillions. Unless we choose leaders who want real change in the way of cutting back Government things will continue to be difficult for the average person.
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Finally random articles about problems which we must continue to deal with.
The Price of Prohibition: http://reason.com/archives/2011/06/15/the-price-of-prohibition
Drug War Wreaking Havoc in Latin America: http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2011/06/15/drug-war-wreaking-havoc-in-latin-america/
End The Costly War in Afghanistan: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/06/10/end-the-costly-afghanistan-war.html
Afghan Resistance Triggers NATO Retreat: http://original.antiwar.com/Qazizai/2011/06/14/afghan-resistance-triggers-nato-retreat/
Citing War Strain, Pentagon Warns Against Spending Cuts: http://news.antiwar.com/2011/06/15/citing-war-strain-pentagon-warns-against-spending-cuts/
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My best to the people of Japan, Information about Mexico and The growing national debt and what needs to be done
My best to the people of Japan:
First of all I wish to give my heart and prayers to the people in Japan once again. Although there has not been a nuclear meltdown yet they are still struggling day by day to get the situation under control. And one can only imagine the long term effects of all of this but most estimates put the costs of rebuilding well over $300 billion. That aside one can only imagine the hardship which the people are going through with over 100,000 people without electricity or running water still.
Information about Mexico:
Also something else I figure worth mentioning is an article here about Mexico.
It is very interesting. While I always knew that Mexico was fairly modernized even for someone like myself it was kind of an eye opener to hear just how up to date they are in most respects. If you want a better idea of what Mexico sounds like aside from drug wars and poor homeless people everywhere I would suggest giving it a read.
The growing national debt and what needs to be done:
I will probably keep this one a bit shorter but there has been a lot of debate and talking about the national debt.
This here gives a good graphic idea of how every second the debt is increasing. Currently we’re over 14 trillion with a deficit heading to be well over a trillion dollars. Something which disturbs me is when the Government almost shut down Congress was still going to be paid but armed forces will not. Now everyone knows that while I support American lives I do not support the wars, regardless I don’t agree that you can continue to get money but your men do not:http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2011/04/why-soldiers-wont-paid-obama-will-during-shutdown/36449/
Legislation has tried to pass to change this but never has done so successfully. I don’t think this is right. As we all know a Government shutdown as averted but most people agree and believe that the current spending cuts will have little effect on the trillion dollar deficit.
Currently Obama has proposed an idea to help cut back on the national debt.
I haven’t seen the exact details yet but it basically outlines includes a mixture of tax hikes, drastic spending cuts, reductions in the Pentagon’s budget and smaller entitlement reforms. The aim is to help reduce the overall deficit by 2015. I would need to take a look at the specifics behind this idea which while not sounding bad isn’t what we really need. We shouldn’t be raising taxes for anyone wealthy or not which is a big aim of this. Truthfully, we need more like cutting out Government agency’s which are no longer needed.
Personally I prefer the plan laid out by Rand Paul (Ron Paul’s son) to help cut the budget.
The biggest thing with this idea is cutting out Departments of Education, Energy, Commerce and Housing and Urban Development which would reduce spending by $4 trillion dollars and by 2016 we would actually have a surplus. Some people might want to debate why all of these departments are needed but I’m willing to do so and point out that they are not. Not even the departments of Education. People were learning long before such Government organizations existed and countries with privately run education system are shown to do just fine. I do hope that he is able to get enough support to pass this idea because we really do need something to be done to actually control our run away spending. And by done I do not believe we need to simply cut some spending and leave taxes where they are at. We need to cut out entire Government agencies all together if we want real results.
This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 at 9:33 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.