Archive for January 16th, 2012
If most high profile Republican leaders and officials, salaried or not, do not shed their political arrogance and narcissism soon, 2012 November elections may be a repeat of why a high percentage of California Republican middle class voters refused to vote for many Republican candidates last two major election seasons. If any candidate’s only relevance to our lives is their Republican registration – not good enough, not any more. But the message remains elusive to local, state and national Republican Party officers and leaders suffering a severe handicap of arrogance, narcissism, and many lacking in social and people skills outside of impersonal blogs, websites and podium speeches. Federal prisons are full of dishonest lawyers and corporate executives which justify us more streetwise middle class voters to remain cynical and distrustful even of our own GOP leaderships.
Every time the majority of elected Republican leaders, local, state or national display condescending attitudes, arrogance, greedy self-serving agendas, and elitist demeanor toward whom they consider economic and intellectually inferior on the basis of modest incomes, they are further alienating an inevitable diversity of voters with potential common shared issues. Many of us, with the ability and the backbone to confront internal Party deficiencies and push for leadership reforms, are frequent targets of verbal assaults by titular Republicans with delusions of being earthly deity. God forbid if virtues of speaking truth and accountability are not just confined at Democrats. It remains the GOP (as in Going Old Party) tradition to discourage us plebiscites from openly (instead of some “quiet room”) exposing ineffective leaders; or to probe into some Republican candidate’s credibility by connecting the dots between current campaign rhetoric to his/her past performance. Embellishing resumes to expediently fit a believable profile of public leadership has not escaped intelligent voters’ observations. A demon is a demon regardless of partisan labels or religious claims which are no assurance of their personal integrity and humanity.
It takes profound intellect and expansive sociological sophistication, seemingly lacking in sufficient numbers within current traditional Republican ranks, to develop solutions of realistic substance. The Democratic Party is not alone in being inundated with intellectually hollow whiners. Attending state GOP conventions are bastions of mind numbing sound bites – stale, archaic, simplistic and lacking in public relations hospitality and other social skills to which the organizers seem totally and repeatedly oblivious, but then consider the sources.
Every political leader should be judged for re-election on the basis of how much legislation and policies have given benefit to the mass numbers of their constituents, not to a small percent of their deep pocket donors. Not all corporate titans give a damn about helping to preserve and improve the integrity of U.S. patriotism, as most have legally sanctioned privileges to protecting their profits by stashing their monies offshore; low wage overseas job outsourcing; and our U.S. military protecting corporate overseas assets. Legislative offices, supported by middle class taxpayers as well, are visited most frequently by corporate lobbyists, whose fees are a business tax deduction unavailable to us middle class. In fact, economic treason is a legitimate allegation to launch against many Republican and Democratic congressmen, U.S. Senators and their corporate donors. Isolating the ills of this nation just on Democrats alone is wearing thin, given the facts of bi-partisan complicity in playing us middle class voters and taxpayers like human yo-yo’s.
The problem why our GOP presidential candidates are not believable is that Newt Gingrich comes across a capricious and ego driven moral and ethical hypocrite whose criticism against Mitt Romney seems self-serving. On the other hand, Mitt Romney believes himself to be an American aristocrat whose rhetoric alone should be sufficient to justify voters’ support. Romney’s offensive references to “envy” and that tax policy disagreements be confined to “quiet rooms” among other verbal Freudian slips were not just poor choice of words, but reflective of how he defines us not of the elite. In his mindset, failing to achieve super rich status is the only value which passes his litmus test of intelligence. Rick Santorum is too culturally and socially unsophisticated to lead a nation where many admitted Christians, including Catholics, prefer government and legislative agendas be confined within secular boundaries. Ron Paul is just a magnet for Libertarian type advocating a anarchy.
News media have no idea the number of scams, deceit, lies and exploitation passing for GOP’s version of gratitude, respect and morale reinforcement to many of us grassroots active uncompensated Republican volunteers in California and beyond. Our first Bay Area regional Korean American Republican elected as GOP state senate nominee, Doo Sup Park, had to file a police report for a seemingly deliberate act of larceny committed on him last year by Luis Buhler sanctioned by his CAGOP allies, as the case remains ignored by the California Republican Party officers (all white Caucasian and most are social rednecks). However, such breaches of integrity and respect are prolific, mostly the rule, not the exception. We are no longer electing from high standards of public leadership qualifications, but out of desperation to lure candidates with disposable campaign cash, insatiable egos and under the delusions that simply attacking Democrats is synonymous with actual leadership performance. Unless we grassroots Republicans assert our mandates for higher standards, we will be stuck with the whims of some Tea Party movement; and politically ambitious individuals mistaking narcissism, aloofness and arrogance as social class. Maybe an acting course can help many of them effectively pretend to have charisma. Too many overpriced Republican campaign consultants and spin doctors seem to do a lousy job.
The problem is that many Republican official representatives and leaders, even at county levels, believe their role to just pontificate rules of behavior for others. They believe to be divinely or aristocratically immune from the need to exemplify role model behavior or be held accountable. Talking at us, not with us is a typical Republican tradition which is sowing Republican middle class warfare conflicts. It is the arrogance of many Republican officials, salaried or not, to presume that blind allegiance to the Republican Party ideals must transfer even to defective Party leaders. We have a moral and ethical right to support the ideological merits of being Republican without being crucified for refusing to pay homage to a growing number of politically ambitious Republicans whose only public leadership qualification lies in their embellished or fictional resumes.
Gail E. Neira
Lifelong conservative Hispanic American active Republican
San Francisco native, past publisher, managing editor, diplomatic embassy aide
… and that pretty colored thing you’re about to stick in your mouth, which came from the back side of the alleged unicorn, is not candy.
How many times do we have to go over this? How long will you, dear reader, continue to suspend disbelief and basic logic along with 5th grade mathematics?
Take a personal inventory on this MLK day. Let us presume that today, at 12:00 Noon local time, you are fired and discover that all of your credit (visa/mc/discover/amex/store cards/etc) have been revoked. The Federal Government comes up on the TV and radio, telling you that all social payments (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Disability, Unemployment, etc) have been suspended as there’s no money to pay them.
How bad is it?
Think about your car sitting outside at work. Is there enough gas in it to get home? If not, do you have actual cash in your wallet or in your bank checking account?
How much food is in your refrigerator and pantry? Again, how much cash do you have access to? Actual economic surplus — funds you earned and stored in some form or fashion.
How long could you pay the electric, gas and water bills? Keep food in the pantry and gasoline in the car? Take that honest assessment, right here, right now.
10% of the people reading this would not make it home. Their cars have less fuel in them than it takes to get there, and they have zero cash in their wallets and nothing in the bank. They literally would not make it to their house.
More than half of the people reading this would not make it through the first two weeks. They have insufficient food and supplies in the house to last that long and do not have enough money in their checking accounts to manage to pay the rent (or mortgage) gas, electric and water bills plus fill the refrigerator for two weeks.
If you want to know why the government has refused to address the problems we face, that’s a big part of the reason. They know — factually know — that this is the situation in front of us. They also know on a factual basis that Americans have become addicted to the government tit and despite the so-called claim of “rugged individualism” promoted by Reagan and others, almost none actually live this way.
It’s not really all that hard, by the way, to fix this over time. You need to decide that you’re not going to smoke that $5 pack of cigarettes or that $6 six-pack of beer, and will instead stash the cash. You will not go out and spend $30 on a dinner, instead you will spend $4 eating at home. You will not buy a new car with debt; instead you will find a used one at half the price or less and drive it, because transportation is more important than vanity. You will not take that expensive vacation because you can’t pay for it in cash up front without seriously damaging your reserves — or you have no reserves at all, and are forced to charge it.
After 2000, and especially after 2007, you’d think people would have learned. They did not. To the contrary; the newest “i-scam” is far more important to Americans than having three or six months of cash reserves at hand for when (not if) something goes wrong.
The problems facing Greece, and the imminent default there, should be a further wake-up call. It’s not. Yet Greece is not the issue with its relatively small stature in the world economy. Rather, it’s everyone else. Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland (again) and more — they’re all next. And behind them is Britain and the United States, both of which have made ridiculous political promises and are sustaining them with federal spending they are unwilling — or unable — to collect in taxes.
This must, mathematically, end. It will end. And when it does you’re going to hear much wailing and gnashing of teeth, along with the predictable complaints that we must do something “for the children” or that we must “correct the imbalances by taxing the rich!”
But there isn’t enough money held by the rich to correct the imbalances by taxing them. The rich, for better or worse, simply don’t have it. Nor does cutting defense spending solve the problem. Nor does eliminating “fraud, waste and abuse” resolve the issue, never mind the obvious question — since all politicians are always against “fraud, waste and abuse” why is it still taking place and why haven’t they stopped it?
The truth is much more sobering than anyone wishes to accept: We made political promises on a global scale that we cannot keep. We must accept this and each nation and her citizens must have a public and honest discussion and debate about the scope of government limited to that which the people of that government are willing to pay for with current tax revenues.
This means that on balance and on average everyone’s standard of living will shrink.
It cannot be otherwise as on balance we’re all spending money, either directly or by proxy, that we do not have and did not first produce with economic output.
As for previously-contracted debts taken unsecured (which all sovereign borrowing is) either pay it down over time or default it. Pick one. This means contracting the size of government to that which is fully funded by tax revenues less a paydown amount.
Those who argue they “paid into” some government program are simply wrong. You did not. You paid a tax. I know you think you did something else, but what you think you did and what really happened are two different things. It doesn’t matter what you think happened; what matters is the truth.
The truth is that you paid taxes and they were immediately spent on other things — things you demanded and voted for. The argument that these funds were “stolen” is specious — you demanded the immediate spending and you got what you voted for. The money was diverted with your explicit consent and by your explicit demand and as a consequence what is to come is your responsibility.
I know you don’t want to hear this, but it doesn’t matter what you want to hear. What matters is what is, and this is the truth.
Like it or not.
The necessary adult conversation and acceptance must happen now.
The Pampas of Argentina or the backwaters of Paraguay were the preferred location for those who openly professed their reprehensible loyalty to the Führer principle. However, do not blame all those ex-Nazis for selecting the shores of the Americas for their new domicile, their seeds were planted long ago in the offices of Wall and Broad Streets. Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will saga shares more, than what one wants to admit, about the dark side of American History.
Do not be confused. National Socialism is an abhorrent notion to most Americans. Nevertheless, the political foundation of that false ideology is based upon pure Fascism forged in a marriage of the Corporate/State that produces this demented offspring. The systematic destruction of the essential purpose and motivation for the American Revolution is undeniable with any objective examination of the regretful legacy of domestic tyranny.
This record of monocracy is one of a criminal class, as opposed to the iron fist of a single man. If you belief this is an erroneous assessment, consider the following chronicle.
From the beginning of the Republic, the Federalists conspired for the illegal passage of their central government constitution in order to form a competing world empire with their British cousins. Their leader was Alexander Hamilton, who championed making individual states subservient to the original crony capitalists. When the Father of our Country, George Washington admonished about the dangers on entangling alliances, the world was warned that the drive towards independent liberty was compromised under this new Federal system.
When Andrew Jackson rallied frontier populism against the establishment elites of his era, you had an opportunity to restore some of the former glory of the Revolution of 1776. The conflict over the abolishment of the National Bank symbolizes the eternal struggle that continues to this very day.
The Manifest Destiny of the U.S.-Mexican War demonstrated just how far the country strayed from the fundamental concept of independence from England. The expansionistic campaign had more in common with the Crown than the Boston Tea Party.
The early 19th century fascists looked to their next defender Abraham Lincoln, the lawyer for the railroad corporatist cabal and the worst of all despotic presidents, to complete the task.
Myth #1: Lincoln invaded the South to free the slaves.
Myth #2: Lincoln’s war “saved the Union.”
Myth #3: Lincoln championed equality and natural rights.
Myth #4: Lincoln was a defender of the Constitution.
Myth #5: Lincoln was a “great humanitarian” who had “malice toward none.”
Myth #6: War was necessary to end slavery.
The significance of the War of Northern Aggression is that the principle of independent sovereign states under the precepts of constitutional law died. With the prevention of secession, the liberty of a voluntary union was betrayed for the rule, under a loyalty oath, to an Amerikan Reich.
The next False Flag excuse was the Spanish-American War and the “Remember the Maine!” slogan that pushed the country into a “Pacific Imperium“. Those NeoCons, like Senator John McCain, who revere Theodore Roosevelt as a model for imperialist jingoism, draw their psychopathic lusts from the same bloodline as Reinhard Heydrich and Heinrich Himmler.
World War I produced the infamous Woodrow Wilson internationalist treason. No longer will America be a society governed by elected representatives. The only coup to come out of his administration was won by the banksters. The fate of a proud people, sealed with the creation of the Federal Reserve, the establishment of the income tax and the permanent foreign military intervention abroad is the basis for the final destruction of the country and the horrors that befell our nation in the last century.
World War II inflicted the Franklin D. Roosevelt curse that guaranteed the imposition of socialism on the American people. How ironic that the Hitler bogyman’s regime, the scourge of Western Civilization and the reason for defending democracy, ultimately lead to similar collectivist policies, now adopted in the United States.
Just look to the ignominious involvement of Prescott Bush’s involvement with the funding of Adolph Hitler. Even FAUX news cannot hide the relationship in Bush’s Grandfather Directed Bank Tied to Man Who Funded Hitler.
“Prescott Bush was one of seven directors of Union Banking Corp., a New York investment bank owned by a bank controlled by the Thyssen family, according to recently declassified National Archives documents reviewed by The Associated Press.”
So what can and should a “reasonable man” conclude from these examples from history? The essential lesson is that the pristine fairy tale of the federal government’s noble role as defender of righteousness, that politicians want to accept and often die for, is a fictional myth.
Power politics always serves the interests of the banking elites, who control the political process, own the financial capital and manipulate the media viewpoint of events. This reality is pure fascism. You live under this system, so grow up, and admit it . . . it is the lamentable truth.
“Now let’s take a quick look at Germany in the 1930′s and 40′s as the Nazis reared their ugly heads. Here was a country that was financially crippled with a massive budget deficit owing billions of dollars to the rest of the world. Just like the USA.
In the 1930′s Germany was a country where the burning of the Reichstag, engineered by Hitler and his henchmen, was used to create external enemies and to exert internal control over the German people. Hitler then used the media to lie, frighten and deceive the population, allowing a bunch of vicious, extreme, right wing megalomaniacs to gain power. Just like the USA.
In the 1930′s Hitler was surrounded by a group of unelected officials whose sole objective was to take control of Germany for their own ends and with the use of their military might, take control of the assets and prosperity of other, weaker countries. Just like the USA.
In 1939 Hitler embarked on a series of pre-emptive attacks on sovereign nations in the name of “freeing the people” of that country. Just like the USA.
In 1940 the German hierarchy started building special “camps” or detention centres in which to incarcerate and eventually execute those people considered to be “against” their regime. Just like the USA.”
The Fourth Reich did not originate with Operation Overcast, the initiate name for Operation Paperclip. The classic book Fourth Reich of the Rich, by Des Griffin deserves another read.
“Some 150 years ago, in a speech at Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln acknowledged the fact that “no foreign power or combination of foreign powers could by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years.”At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us it must spring up from among us, it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die of suicide.”
Are we committing national suicide? Webster’s Dictionary (1828) defines suicide as: “Self murder; the act of designedly destroying one’s own life.” For that to be true on a national scale, the decisions leading up to our national self-destruction would, of necessity, have to be made by those who govern the country Congress, or “the government.”
Much of the German population was captivated by Hitler. The “presstitute” Goebbels’ media holds out Obama as a shining example. His manners are a composition of every tyranny to grace the scorched earth of despotic government. Will the America public come to their senses and make war against this Amerikana version of the Fourth Reich? You need not look for the Boys from Brazil to find today’s Nazi’s. They do their business in New York City, run their international institutes from London and order their bombing from Washington, DC.
Sieg heil! to the New World Order is the modern definition of national suicide.
“ECB’s Draghi says banks reluctant to buy Greek bonds because afraid they won’t be repaid.”
Why would Greece borrow if it had the ability to tax that which its citizens want in services?
See how easy this is folks?
Reduce it down to basic logic and it all makes sense.
Governments borrow because what the people voted for they were unwilling to pay for via taxes. Rather than tell the truth the government then commits fraud upon everyone in the investment community, in concert with the banks (commercial and central) and “sells debt” that they have no intention of ever paying off.
This is black-letter fraud from top to bottom. If you or I did this, that is, borrowed with the intent of never paying off the debt, we’d go to prison. It’s a felony — bank and securities fraud — to do that. Go ahead and ask any bankruptcy attorney what happens if you borrow a bunch of money intending to never pay it off either through conscious act or through willful and intentional disregard for the fact that it was impossible for you to ever pay. He’ll ask what size you wear in a striped orange jumpsuit and whether you’d like your handcuffs in metal or plastic zip-tie form.
Therefore, by the very act taken by any sovereign to sell “debt” for other than a temporary, documented purpose that will be retired that sovereign has declared an intent to defraud the lender and by buying said debt with full knowledge of this fact the bank or other institution has knowingly participated in the fraud as well.
Incidentally this means that all of you who in America who claim you’re “owed” some entitlement, like Social Security or Medicare, where you voted for something that you knew damn well was not funded via taxes, committed fraud upon yourself and everyone else in the nation, including your children who had no vote and thus are the only innocent victims of this scheme. You voted for politicians (in the 99th percentile — either “D” or “R”) who promised and then did enact spending programs that were not funded via current taxes and had no mathematical possibility of being funded by taxes in the future.
You thus in fact actively participated, condoned and demanded these frauds and as a consequence are owed exactly nothing.
In short, to everyone involved both here and abroad: Stop acting like petulant children – the game is up.
“Let the Euro Die” Candidate Trails Sarkozy by Slight 2 Percentage Points; Will Sarkozy Survive the First Round Vote? Eurozone About to Become Unglued
As a refresher course in French politics, presidential elections are a two-stage process. In the first round, voters select from candidates of all the political parties. The second round pits the top two vote getters against each other.
Never before in history has a sitting French president polled so low 100 days before the first round of votes.
The video is as of January 13. The first round of elections is April 22, 2012. Here is the pertinent snip.
“Sarkozy’s ratings compared to previous presidents make grim readings. Sarkozy is not shown leading the first round of voting. We’ve never seen a president is such a weak position in terms of public opinion. If polls are to believed come May 6, the country will have a new head of state”
“Let the Euro Die” Candidate Trails Sarkozy by Slight 2 Percentage Points
Bloomberg reports Sarkozy Just Ahead of Le Pen in French Presidency Election Poll.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is just two percentage points ahead of anti-immigration candidate Marine Le Pen less than four months before the presidential election, an Ifop poll for Paris Match showed.
In the first round, to be held April 22, Socialist candidate Francois Hollande would finish first with 27 percent, followed by Sarkozy with 23.5 percent and National Front candidate Le Pen on 21.5 percent, the poll published today showed today.
The top two vote getters then go to a decisive run-off on May 6, in which Hollande would beat Sarkozy 57 percent to 43 percent, according to the poll. Ifop polled 943 voters Jan. 9- 12. No margin of error was given.
Will Sarkozy Survive the First Round Vote?
Bloomberg reporter Gregory Viscusi depicts Le Pen as “anti-immigration“. Yes, that is true. However, Viscusi failed to mention Le Pen’s main claim to fame.
Le Pen is running on a platform to “Let the Euro Die” as I commented on September 8, 2011.
See link for Le Pen’s comments. This is what I said at the time.
German Chancellor Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero, Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi, and Greek President George Papandreou will all be gone after the next set of elections.
French President Nicholas Sarkozy may bite the dust as well, and if he does it may be to a vehemently anti-Euro candidate.
All it takes is one government to say “to hell with this” and the whole mess unravels.
The current set of politicians all want to “save the Euro”. But what did the Euro buy Greece, Ireland, Spain, or Portugal except misery?
Even German and Finnish voters wonder what it bought them.
Zapatero, Berlusconi, and Papandreou are now gone. You can kiss Merkel and Sarkozy goodbye as well.
Le Pen would not likely win a runoff with Hollande. Socialists dominate French politics. However, Sarkozy will not survive and Hollande has vowed to rework the Merkel-Sarkozy agreement.
Think that is going to fly? In what timeframe?
Eurozone About to Become Unglued
All of the agreements hammed out by two arrogant but tough-as-nails and widely respected leaders of Germany and France will fail. Whoever replaces Merkel and Sarkozy will not have the same respect and both will soon be gone.
Politics suggests that the Eurozone is about to become unglued.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock