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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Deep State Defeats the People, McCabe, The Wall

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Deep State Defeats the People, McCabe, The Wall

   Democrats and RINOS pulled the wool over the president and the nation with a last-minute BS budget that inserted several “bullets” that were hard to dodge but avoided a shutdown and had Speaker Pelosi smirking before cameras.

The bill provides lots of candy for illegals and not much for the American people but who really cares so long as it provides illegal votes for the Democrats and fresh meat…I mean cheap workers for the industries that support Democrats.  Perhaps that beats having to pay those Chinese workers assembling I-Phones a few bucks a day for Apple so Americans can shell out a $1,000 for a phone and Apple can continue supporting Democratic war chests!

After all, the Democrats have become the party of the rich, especially Silicon Valley…those limousine liberals must stick together.  Of course, what will they do with those gas guzzlers once the socialist greens finalize the take-over of their party?  Perhaps Silicon Valley will invent the electric limo by then.

President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a wall on the southern border demonstrates how much power Congress has given away, how much extraordinary power presidents have amassed.  I look at the so-called “Patriot Act” as an example of what Pres. George Bush enacted with the collusion of Congress  and how it robbed America of its rights, especially the 4th Amendment which virtually eliminated all privacy in this nation…few in Congress defended those rights!


Trump invoked both coequal branches Friday, citing the National Emergencies Act passed by Congress in 1976 in support of spending more money on a wall than Congress chose to provide. At the same time, he predicted that the question of his power to do so will inevitably rest with the Supreme Court.

A historic decision, then, may be approaching. Despite at least 58 emergency declarations since 1976, the high court has yet to confront the issues raised by them and the laws authorizing them.

Wherever the court lands it will make history: If it strikes down Trump’s action or upholds it, the justices will redefine presidential power; if it refuses to consider the merits of the challenges, deciding instead that it is a “political question,” the court could foreclose challenges against future presidents who go even further.

The long-term importance of this case deeply worries some, even me.

“Frustrated with Washington, President Trump believes he has no choice but to take this action today,” Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation, said in a statement Friday. “While it is strictly constitutional ... this creates a dangerous precedent for future administrations.”

Much of the land he would need to build the wall is in private hands, and “the president can’t take private property to build something” without the permission of Congress, said Robert Turner, a conservative lawyer and member of the Federalist Society. The president, he believes, is on shaky legal ground.

I’m unsure if eminent domain would apply in this situation.

“My sense is this is going to be a hard fight for the president,” he said. “I can’t say I’m certain he’s going to lose. But it would surprise me if he wins.”

Personally, I feel President Trump should explore other methods including cutting off welfare dollars to who provide such to illegals, imposing strict health examinations for those entering our nation to stop disease, etc.

Why our border needs a wall:

“Coordinated smuggling of large numbers of Central Americans is taking place daily here in Yuma Sector,” Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik said in a written statement. “They show flagrant disregard for the laws of our country and are exploiting our need for improved border wall infrastructure.”



Traitors Who Should be in Jail

Instead of writing and profiting from books, former disgraced FBI [many might say traitors] James Comey and Andrew McCabe should be wearing handcuffs for their attempted coup.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told CBS News' "60 Minutes" that he ordered obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations into President Donald Trump after a conversation with him immediately after he fired James Comey as FBI director.

McCabe, who was ousted from the bureau after becoming acting director last March following Comey's firing in May 2017, told CBS's Scott Pelley that he was concerned Trump would try to make the overall investigation into Russian election meddling go away.

"I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency and won the election for the presidency, and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage," McCabe said. "And that was something that troubled me greatly. 

 The Justice Department disputed McCabe's assertions in the interview, calling his recollections "inaccurate and factually incorrect."

"The Deputy Attorney General never authorized any recording that Mr. McCabe references," the department's statement said. "As the Deputy Attorney General previously has stated, based on his personal dealings with the President, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment, nor was the DAG in a position to consider invoking the 25th Amendment."

The 25th Amendment was created in 1965 [stemming from Woodrow Wilson’s illness when his wife reputedly ran the government]*.  So to use this as a pretext to undermine Trump’s new presidency was a crock of crap launched by the Deep State as a coup and this man belongs in jail in my opinion…indeed, he whined about being fired, asking that his termination be held off until his pension would kick in.

I truly thought McCabe and his wife were already facing criminal proceedings-how this was overlooked shocks me…just as it does that Comey has managed to bypass any legal repercussions for his divulging confidential material to the media while holding down his job, a clear violation of his duties and an  offense he should have been arrested for.

Watch his interview on 60 Minutes Sunday evening.

Here’s my idea for a new bill


Since term limits never seems to gain any traction perhaps we should entertain the idea of zero pay for elected officials after their third term in office…give them their office, expenses, health insurance while in office and a living allowance only=much like our Founding Fathers and see how many decide to remain in office.


* In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President ...

This provision is ambiguous as to whether, in the enumerated circumstances, the vice president becomes the president, or merely assumes the "powers and duties" of the presidency. It also fails to define what constitutes inability, or how questions concerning inability are to be resolved.[3] The Twenty-fifth Amendment addresses these deficiencies. [Wickipedia]



California’s new governor made two announcements this week:  Its high-speed rail system is broke, being halted after spending billions and taxpayers are once again left holding the bag on another huge flop.  Within the same breath nearly, he then announced his government did however, have enough cash to launch a lawsuit against the Trump Administration if he should decided to declare a State of Emergency and forge ahead with emergency dollars to build a wall on the southern border in CA.   So many of these flatworms must be drinking the same Kool-aid, wasting our time and tax dollars.  It’s a never-ending story of stupidity.

More than 44% of Americans pay no federal income tax

Yours for a more secure future,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man!’

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Job openings have outpaced hiring since December of 2017, which shows that employers are having a difficult time finding enough workers to fill all the positions they have available. There have been more open jobs than unemployed people since March 2018.

People often prioritize car loans because many need to drive to get to work and earn a paycheck, The Washington Post's Heather Long reported. The fact that a record number of Americans aren't making those payments is "usually a sign of significant duress among low-income and working-class Americans," Long wrote.

The most direct way of discussing 4GW is to say that it describes any war between a state actor and a non-state actor. This is also known as asymmetrical warfare, but it’s not the only difference between 4GW and other, earlier forms of conflict. Asymmetrical warfare does, to be sure, blur the lines between combatants and civilians. This is in part what made the Bush-era “war on terror” so difficult and complicated: The war was against a set of ideas rather than a nation or even an extra-national army.

The Federal Reserve is supposed to maintain the value of the currency and encourage full employment. They proclaim their importance while they extract wealth from savings and transfer that wealth to the financial and political elite. Lobbyists and congresspersons are supported by the Fed, so the Fed is protected.


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The 75 most populous cities’ total unfunded debt is approximately $330 billion. Most of this debt comes from unfunded retiree benefit promises, such as retiree healthcare debt and pensions. Unfortunately, one of the ways the cities help make their budgets look balanced is by shortchanging public pension funds.


Gold’s move come as the Federal Reserve is expected to strike a dovish tone in its monetary policy statement and in central bank chair Jerome Powell’s ensuing press conference. Central bank officials, including Powell, have been hesitant to signal further tightening in monetary policy following its December hike. In two events at the start of the year Powell said that because of low inflation pressures, the Federal Reserve can be “patient” on interest rate hikes. According to media reports, the central bank could also signal a slowdown in its balance-sheet reduction program, which Powell has previously described as on auto-pilot.

When asked what his current top commodity pick is, Global Head of Commodities Research in the Global Investment Research Division at Goldman Sachs Jeffrey Currie doesn't hesitate: "Long gold."

Many workers assume that Social Security will suffice in retirement because their living expenses will go down once they stop working. The reality, however, is that things like housing and transportation tend to only drop modestly, if at all, during retirement. The reason? While many seniors enter retirement with their mortgages already paid off, as homes age, they tend to require more repairs and maintenance, the cost of which can be enough to offset an absent mortgage payment. The same holds true for owning a car -- though retirees don't have commuting costs to contend with, they still have to worry about insurance and auto maintenance, which can be far more expensive than filling up a vehicle's tank twice a week.



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Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Mean Season-Will Buying Gold be Outlawed?

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The Mean Season-Will Buying Gold be Outlawed?

We are witnessing a raging Socialist movement in America today. Just for starters...

  • Three U.S. Senators have proposed a new plan to guarantee every American a government job…or an income even if you don’t want to work [which would suit my brother-in-law perfectly].

  • America's new political star and economics 101 dropout, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is pushing for free medical care, free college, and 70% tax rates and an unworkable ‘green’ energy platform which would indeed bankrupt an already bankrupt nation.

And a recent Gallup poll says more Democrats now have a "positive view" of Socialism (57%) than Capitalism (47%)…Despite the majority of them being multi-millionaires-Pelosi, for example, is worth $297 million [yet her so-called non-profit group makes zero donations to anyone that I could find].

But what no one's really talking about in the mainstream press is WHY this is happening... and WHERE it's all headed.

A full 10 years after the Great Recession, the recovery we’ve had also has left millions of people behind with little to no savings.  Apparently, those $1,000 I-Phones and $45,000 SUVs and big truck payments really beat up a budget.


Americans have a dismal savings rate as evidenced by the recent shutdown where even those families with good government incomes barely lasted two weeks before requiring the assistance of food banks.  As indicated in this blog people in Japan who are fastidious savers, were horrified at news of Americans eating cans of spaghettios after just two weeks of going without a check…EVERY financial planner in the nation has told Americans to have a six month financial emergency cushion and apparently, that text got lost on their I-Phone while sipping their latte at Starbucks.


Globalists Are Already Preparing to
Blame All the Chaos on Trump

It’s no secret the global elites hate President Trump.

His nationalistic agenda is the exact opposite of the globalists’ hidden agenda of world government, world money and world taxation.

Trump believes in “America first,” not globalism…

He believes in immigration control, not open borders.


If you watch the media or live on social media however, you know of course, EVERYTHING wrong in the nation is the fault of Trump…he’s the favorite whipping boy of the Left and is probably the cause of the Great Flood and the Great Depression if one listens to their eternal mass whining.


I grew up in the 60s when the Black Panthers were in vogue and racism was a more prevalent issue.  Today, that term is bandied about so often it is nearly meaningless and lame-brained professors do an injustice to the strides which have been made by calling for “whites” to step aside or be murdered forgetting the sacrifice that hundreds of thousands of white Union soldiers made on behalf of Black people during the Civil War.


A “wall” along our southern border is not racist or immoral despite what these morons label it-it is prudent security when considering the drugs, human trafficking, disease, contraband, and other crimes which need to be addressed.


I lived in Arizona for years and was a volunteer deputy sheriff and witnessed how ‘coyotes’ brought illegals, young women for the sex trade, drugs, guns [in and out of Mexico] into the state and even how an illegal killed a Phoenix police officer and once set fire to a female sales clerk at a check cashing store after robbing her.


Day workers massed along street corners despite warnings from shop plaza owners and police to disperse, intimidating area workers on lunch breaks, often engaging in illegal drug trafficking but our local sheriff was accused of ‘profiling’ when he busted these groups [even though area residents applauded these efforts] by a weekly Left-wing newspaper.  Latino gangs took over a park in Mesa across from a Mormon Temple for awhile and scared away residents until the Sheriff’s Department cracked down but that too was labeled as profiling.


We were appalled at the number of Californians who fled that state to move to AZ in order to escape any number of problems brought on by its politicians…


According to a brand new survey, 53 percent of those living in California are considering leaving the state, and there are certainly lots of reasons to hit the road and never look back.  The cities are massively overcrowded, California has the worst traffic in the western world, drug use and illegal immigration both fuel an astounding amount of crime, tax rates are horrendous and many of the state politicians appear to literally be insane.  


Tell me again Ms. Pelosi why it is OK for you to have a fence but it is somehow “immoral” for America to protect itself?


In other news…is the government making gold harder to buy?


Politicians don’t care that we’re living beyond our means and neither do your fellow citizens.  I’ve reported earlier that CitiBank has said most citizens are at record levels of credit card debt again and most credit card firms are not issuing new credit cards…many are upside down in their auto loans too!

I mean, look how enamored people are getting with the unbelievably boneheaded “Green New Deal,” for instance. We’re headed for a cliff and people are cheering to push down even harder on the accelerator.

As of this week, we can now report the U.S. consumer appears to be "tapping out" as well...

Yesterday, the New York Fed released its latest quarterly report on household debt and credit...

And the headline numbers for the fourth quarter of 2018 continued the same trends we've been following for the past several years...

Total household debt rose for the 18thstraight quarter – to a new record of $13.54 trillion. It's now $869 billion (or 7%) higher than the previous credit-cycle peak of $12.68 trillion in the third quarter of 2008.

Likewise, consumer debt – which includes student loans, auto loans, and credit-card debt – rose again. Student and auto loans each hit fresh record highs of $1.46 trillion and $1.27 trillion, respectively. And credit-card debt jumped to $870 billion, matching its 2008 peak for the first time.

In short, according to these figures, consumers continued to binge on debt through year-end.

The report also noted that the number of credit inquiries within the past six months – which is an indicator of future consumer credit demand – didn't just fall last quarter... It fell to the lowest level ever seen in the 20-year history of this data.

This is concerning... It suggests consumers are becoming unwilling (or unable) to take on even more debt.

And it confirms similar data from the Federal Reserve's quarterly survey of bank loan officers last month, showing a significant slowdown in demand for loans – as well as tightening lending standards – to both households and businesses.

According to the Fed, as of December, more than 7 million Americans were "seriously delinquent" – defined as 90 or more days past due – on these loans. This is the highest level ever reported... And it's roughly 1 million people more than at the end of 2010, the peak of the last default cycle.

As predicted, this trend is being led by the least credit-worthy borrowers... So-called "flow" into serious delinquency among subprime borrowers – that is, the number of loans that were current or less than 90 days late in the previous report that have now become seriously delinquent – is now growing at 8%, which is also the fastest rate since 2010.

Given all this, what can you do?

Owning physical gold is the only way to prevent the government from having total control over your financial life.

Today, nearly every transaction is tracked by the government. Every time you withdraw money, deposit money, buy something, sell something, trade a stock, cash a check, or make a wire transfer, the government tracks you.

This makes it easy for the government to control and tax every aspect of your life.

Gold is the only asset outside the control of central banks like the Fed.

Gold is not an investment asset… it’s money.

It’s Getting Harder to Buy Gold

During the Great Depression, the government made it illegal to own most forms of gold. President Roosevelt claimed that people “hoarding” gold were making the Great Depression worse. The penalty for not turning your gold in to the government was a $10,000 fine and 10 years in jail.

Finally, in the mid-1970s, the average American could buy gold again. Americans piled into the metal as protection from the collapsing value of the dollar.

But since the 1970s, the government has enacted a series of laws that have made owning gold more difficult, more costly, and less private:

·         The Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 required financial institutions to help the government detect and prevent money laundering. To get around this law, some criminals laundered money by purchasing gold bullion and coins.

To help crack down on this illicit cash, the IRS created Form 8300in 1984. It requires merchants to report certain cash transactions over $10,000. Essentially, Form 8300 forced coin dealers to comply with burdensome rules that were originally written for banks.

·         Then came 9/11… and the Patriot Act. Among other things, it allows the government to collect bank and credit reporting records on Americans in the name of national security.

The Patriot Act made Form 8300 universally accessible to the government without a warrant. What used to be a tax collection tool is now available to all law enforcement. Merchants filling out Form 8300 also have to send a copy to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) database.

FinCEN is a branch of the U.S. Treasury that collects and analyzes information about U.S. financial transactions to combat domestic and international money laundering, terrorist financing, and other financial crimes.

But that’s not all. Merchants also have to fill out a Suspicious Activity Report and submit it to FinCEN whenever they suspect a customer of making multiple transactions to avoid a Form 8300.

·         The Hobby Protection Act restricts how dealers can, or can’t, sell replica coins made from gold or silver.

·         The Dodd-Frank Act, passed after the 2008 financial crisis, created new reporting requirements for bullion dealers, which don’t allow smaller dealers to “hedge” the price of gold.

Recently, some state governments have gotten even more aggressive in cracking down on gold…

In 2014, the state of Minnesota required any coin dealer selling to citizens of the state to first obtain a surety bond (a promise by a third party to pay a certain amount if an obligation from the coin dealer isn’t met) before conducting business. Many dealers couldn’t comply with this rule and abandoned customers in the state altogether.

A new Louisiana law prevents gold dealers from buying precious metals with cash. Now they can only write checks to selling customers. State authorities want to know about all of these check payments via a special form.

$6,000 seems like an arbitrary number. And 48 hours seems even more contrived. This is a sign of the times.

The Fed claims all these restrictive laws are in the name of safety, security, and fairness. The government says criminals use gold to avoid the banking system. But the laws rarely seem to ensnare criminals.

For average citizens, owning gold isn’t about avoiding taxes or laundering money. It’s merely about ditching the liability that comes with owning dollars.

When the government makes a law protecting something, it often ends up taking that thing away from you. For your own good, of course.

We think the government’s real intention is to keep all U.S. money in the banking system. There, it can be traced, tracked, and most importantly… taxed.

And keeping all U.S. money in the banking system means keeping money OUT of gold.

We’re likely just seeing the beginning of these laws. As the economy continues to slow, government tax revenues will suffer. When that happens, we’ll see more of an obsession with tracking – and taxing – money.

That’s why now is the time to buy gold. Gold is one of the best ways to dodge the Fed’s next radical monetary experiment and ensure your wealth. But with all of these new laws, the opportunity to buy is quickly closing.


While everyone was chatting about the 2018-2019 United States government shutdown, House Democrats introduced a universal background check bill H.R. 8 on January 8, 2019. More »



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You’ve got 2 hours until disaster strikes. Are you prepared?

If you’ve watched any apocalyptic movie ever, you’re familiar with the grocery store scene. You know which one I’m talking about. Anxious dad rushes isle by isle gathering water and canned food for his family while everyone around him gradually turns from innocent customer to aggressive looter.


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