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"It [the State] has taken on a vast mass of new duties and responsibilities; it has spread out its powers until they penetrate to every act of the citizen, however secret; it has begun to throw around its operations the high dignity and impeccability of a State religion; its agents become a separate and superior caste, with authority to bind and loose, and their thumbs in every pot. But it still remains, as it was in the beginning, the common enemy of all well-disposed, industrious and decent men. "
-- H. L. Mencken
-- H. L. Mencken
Confidence in our System Continues to Drop
I’ve written about the decline our country for years and it is due to the greed and corruption of what I’ve termed – The Washington-Wall Street Cartel who have little regard for the condition our country has fallen to…or the social contract that used to exist. Elections certainly don't ever live up to the glib promises made...instead, we continue to lose our rights and the value of our dollar.
A new Gallup poll has found that already low “confidence” in our system of government, our economy, the media, banking, big business, religious institutions and watchdogs is further eroding.
“Americans’ confidence in most major U.S. institutions remains below the historical average for each one,” a Gallup spokesman said in a news relea
All in all, it’s a picture of a nation discouraged about its present and worried about its future, and highly doubtful that its institutions can pull America out of its trough.
There is plenty of good reason, with evidence uncovered daily, weekly and consistently throughout the years of the hypocrisy and failures of government, the failed promises of politicians, the lies and spin of the mainstream media and newspapers, the greed and exploitation of the financial sector and the “just us” mentality of above-the-law enforcers who are supposed to uphold justice.
Just check out how little faith remains in the structure of, well, just about any institution in America, by the numbers:
Only 8 percent have confidence in Congress, down by 16 points from a long-term average of 24 percent – the lowest of all institutions rated.
33 percent have confidence in the presidency, a drop from a historical average of 43 percent.
32 percent have confidence in the Supreme Court, down from 44.
28 percent have confidence in banks, down from 40 percent.
21 percent have confidence in big business, down from 24 percent.
24 percent have confidence in organized labor, down from 26.
24 percent have confidence in newspapers, down from 32 percent.
21 percent have confidence in television news, down from 30 percent.
What else can be said, but that the system is broken?
Obviously it bears little resemblance to the one envisioned by the founding fathers and their emphasis on separation of powers and limited government.
None of the three branches of government are trusted by even close to a majority of the American populace… maybe that’s to be expected, with frequent media criticisms of political figures in a polarizing two party system.
But other pillars of society have lost their backing of the public, too – in astonishing numbers that show not only that the American dream is dead, but that private institutions are widely perceived as being just as corrupt as public ones (or worse).
To top it off – this perception is entirely deserved. The aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis consolidated the power and wealth of the big banks, and gave the Federal Reserve ultimate power over the economy, while average Americans suffered greatly.
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Secret Safe from old CD's
Don't throw away those old CD's or DVD's. There might be be another use for them.
In this Instructuble, I made a secret safe from old CD's/DVD's.
Wind Turbine Model
This is a great way to understand wind turbines. It is simple, easy to make, and helps one build the confidence to build their own large scale turbine.
This is a great classroom model to show transformation of energy. Wind, Mechanical, Electrical, and Light are all shown in this one easy to make model.
Free Money: An individual development account, or IDA allows low-to-moderate income earners to save money for a specific goal, such as a down payment on a house or starting a business AND get matching funds from nonprofit groups, corporations and government agencies.
Many IDAs provide a dollar-for-dollar match.
Visit IDAnetwork.org to learn more.
Lower your energy costs. The federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program [LHEAP] helps renters and homeowners get financial assistance and energy services to cut heating and cooling costs.
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