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- Calvin Coolidge
- Calvin Coolidge
Will 2014 be the Year of Less Government?
Consider for a moment that so much of what we have been talking about during all of 2013, the overreach of government, disregard by the feds and even the states of rule of law, NSA spying and data collection, the intrusion of government into every area of our personal lives and the fact that both major political parties, Republicans and Democrats are really just two sides of the same coin, has reached a new level of public discourse…
Excerpts of what is in store for the coming years…thanks MaryAnn for sharing:
The Trends to Watch For in 2014
Government overreach, economic stagnation & civil discontent
Trend #7: Americans will continue to passively accept the rise of the Police/National Security State. This may eventually change, but for the next few years the existing motivations for passive acceptance of increasing centralization of power will continue to hold sway.
Trend #4: Middle-class income, purchasing power, and discretionary income will all continue to stagnate. Unless you define “middle class” as those households earning $150,000 and up (9.1% of households)—and if you define the top 9% as “middle” class, your definition has lost all meaning—what’s left of the middle class will see real and discretionary income continue to stagnate. The causes of this decline in labor’s share of the economy are structural and cannot be remedied by lowering interest rates to zero or jacking up the stock market: Zero-interest rates have deprived households of income, and few in the bottom 90% own enough stock to affect their wealth. (Source: The Distribution of Household Income and the Middle Class)
Outcome #2: Risk will continue to be transferred en masse to the public.
Outcome #3: Democracy in America is officially dysfunctional.
Outcome #4: Incentives will continue to be structurally perverse, and the rule of law will continue to be bent by individuals, enterprises, and the government.
It’s about time for us to uncover our eyes and take a hard look at what 2013 did to our finances.
Did you feel the pinch of the 13 tax hikes that hit Americans this year?
Before you review the list below, put these two on your watch list for 2014:
- Obamacare’s individual mandate. Beginning in 2014, it’s mandatory to purchase health insurance. If you don’t, you’ll pay a penalty that dramatically increases overtime. It starts at $95 or 1 percent of your income (whichever is greater). It rises to $325 or 2 percent of income in 2015, and $695 or 2.5 percent of income in 2016.
- Obamacare tax on insurance companies. If you liked seeing your premiums go up, you’ll love this new tax on health insurers—which they are most likely to pass on to you.
As you start reviewing your tax information for 2013, here’s what you’re contending with.
President Obama demanded these higher taxes, but they did nothing to address the actual cause of our deficit and debt problem: too much spending. The proper way to address this problem is through reforms to entitlement programs.
1. Payroll Tax: increase in the Social Security portion of the payroll tax from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent for workers. This hit all Americans earning a paycheck—not just the “wealthy.” For example, The Wall Street Journal calculated that the “typical U.S. family earning $50,000 a year” would lose “an annual income boost of $1,000.”
More at: The Heritage.org
Analogy of what is happening today.
A chicken gets killed and one of the other chickens yells “It was The Fox
that killed the chicken! Foxes control the chicken coop! Foxes control
the food supply! Foxes exploit us and feed on us!”
The rest of the chickens say “There are no such things as foxes. They are
mythological creatures. You are a conspiracy nut. If there were foxes
it would be reported in detail on TV. We have watched TV all of our
lives and there has never been a report that proved that foxes exist,
never mind that foxes kill chickens.”
The first chicken says “Where did you hear that there are no such things as foxes?”
The rest of the chickens reply “Fox News”.
You are a Prisoner (of your culture, independent thinking is banned)
The definition of cultural conditioning is the unconscious process by which we are socialized to adopt the ways of thinking or behaving.
Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
Don't Question. Don't Think. Just Obey!
Social engineering is a term that describes a non-technical kind of intrusion that relies heavily on human interaction and often involves tricking other people…the act of influencing a person to accomplish goals that may or may not be in the “target’s” best interest. This may include obtaining information, gaining access, or getting the target to take certain actions (think public schools and news media).
It is how schools today are operated where children are taught what to think, not how to think. Blindly accept the party/state line.
Social engineering in the United States began in earnest with the introduction of the income tax. In addition to its creation due to demands from bankers, the government found its system of reward and punishment aided its social engineering goals (helping certain special interests, fostering pet projects, etc.).
Today, the majority of the time and energy of the general population is spent on “making ends meet” or in the case of the American middle class, being “entertained”. They have neither the time, the education, the background, the training, or the inclination to perform social analysis, architecture, or engineering.
Human society is currently based on model of oligarchy (rule by a few)
The general population is controlled by installation of cultural programming which is then leveraged/manipulated by the psychopathic oligarchy through social control systems i.e. religion, media, political, military and police.
Primary control levers used by the psychopathic oligarchy to maintain control are fear, greed, and exploitation of installed personality integration programming (personal identity integrated with the existing social cultural mythology ).
The General population does not have the training, time, or inclination to see what is really going on.
I am pro privacy: My life belongs to me, not the Washington-Wall Street Cartel!
I have frequently criticized the work of the White House Task Force on the NSA surveillance program as stacked with Obama loyalists with a majority of surveillance hawks who feel Snowden is a criminal when in reality, the REAL criminals in this country work for the government.
When I taught marketing and PR at Cleveland State University, we offered an introductory session on the use of public relations and how beneficial it can be to a small business on a tight budget. The following is an excerpt about the two men who are considered the fathers of PR…Hitler and our government have become masters of manipulation using the techniques taught be these men.
Hitler and subsequent politicians discovered how easily the masses could be fooled, manipulated, indoctrinated and lied to successfully using the lessons taught by Ed Bernays. The Big Lie theory was used frequently by Hitler
The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.
Edward Louis Bernays (November 22, 1891 – March 9, 1995) was an Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, referred to in his obituary as "the father of public relations.
He felt this manipulation was necessary in society, which he regarded as irrational and dangerous as a result of the 'herd instinct' that Trotter had described. Adam Curtis's award-winning 2002 documentary for the BBC, The Century of the Self, pinpoints Bernays as the originator of modern public relations.
Other historians credit Lee with being the originator of modern crisis communications. His principal competitor in the new public relations industry was Edward Bernays and he has been credited with influencing Pendleton Dudley to enter the-then nascent field.
In 1914 he was to enter public relations on a much larger scale when he was retained by John D. Rockefeller Jr to represent his family and Standard Oil, ("to burnish the family image"), after the coal mining rebellion in Colorado known as the "Ludlow Massacre". Upton Sinclair dubbed him "Poison Ivy" after Lee tried to send bulletins saying those that died were victims of an overturned stove, when in fact they were shot by the Colorado militia.
Lee espoused a philosophy consistent with what has sometimes been called the "two-way street" approach to public relations, in which PR consists of helping clients listen as well as communicate messages to their publics. In practice, however, Lee often engaged in one-way propagandizing on behalf of clients despised by the public. Stop being a sheep, a slave: question everything!
True freedom comes from within the individual. You could be bound in a prison physically but still be free. Social freedom is useless if one is not free from the bondage of a tyrannical small self. The only way to achieve true freedom is to know yourself completely.
There are many other forms of deception the media is responsible for. The glorification of vices, drugs and alcohol, violence, promiscuity, material gain, the misinforming of the public done by newscasters, the subliminal messages of racism and discrimination that are prominent all over the media. All mass media publications and outlets are owned by corporations and the government.
Question everything. Get your answers from reputable sources. Read books. Wake up and realize the deception and lies. Free yourself from mental, physical, spiritual, medical, and emotional slavery that the masses are currently suffering from. Educate and enlighten others. Be aware of the harsh and grim realities of this world so you can avoid going down the self destructive paths and so you can prevent others from doing the same. Be proactive about bringing about change. Be the change you want to see in the world.
Free Will Isn’t Free-Get the free PDF on Self Awareness
It’s Who You know and Who you Blow-the government will gladly spend YOUR tax dollars to screw you…payoff to its Wall Street Masters.
Guess which industry was among Obama’s biggest financial supporters in 2012 – the Surveillance Industry.
Back in September, we learned the NSA had cracked most of the Internet encryption protocols we take for granted.
The little padlock symbol you see in your Web browser when you're on a "secure" site? The NSA can pick the lock. As long ago as 2000, the NSA "began collaborating with technology companies in the United States and abroad to build entry points into their products," The New York Times reported.
We pointed out the problem at the time: If it's easier for the feds to crack encryption codes, it's also easier for foreign governments... or terrorists... or organized crime... or run-of-the-mill hackers sitting in their boxers in mom's basement
To achieve its aims of purposely degrading Web encryption, the NSA paid $10 million via a secret contract to RSA -- "one of the most influential firms in the computer security industry" as described by Reuters, which broke the story.
NSA’s spy gear: ANT is a secret weapon that hacks electronics worldwide
The tracking of financial transactions within America has been documented for years. In 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported on “so-called 'black programs' whose existence is undisclosed.” Many of them “began years before the 9/11 attacks but have since been given greater reach. Among them, current and former intelligence officials say, is a longstanding Treasury Department program to collect individual financial data including wire transfers and credit-card transactions.” If one government agency has the data, then they all do.
Do Americans want to be monitored 24/7? You betcha! Americans will give up their privacy in a heartbeat for the perception of security (despite the fact agencies like the TSA have never caught a single terrorist!) You will be regardless of what you want…
Learn how to protect yourself with CASPIAN:
President Obama is spending his trip to Hawaii reading a 300-page report from his commission on how to reform the surveillance state. The Daily Beast’s Daniel Klaidman reports that the president is irritated with the intelligence community and seems inclined to end the NSA’s controversial collection of metadata next year. [Remember, Obama also has plans to restore Middle Class jobs]…
Love It Or Leave It: The End Of Government As The Problem
Faith in the free market leads many to believe that government is the problem. Conservatives claim that if we could only get the government to stop interfering in our economy and in our lives, then market forces would solve the problems plaguing us today. While politicians offer them the fantasy of ending government through government, this book proposes a simple, realistic plan called the Total Freedom Act that would make it possible for individuals to choose a life either with government or without it.
Download the eBook here:
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Another outstanding, WAKE UP AMERICA issue!
Terrific stuff but probably too intellectual for the masses who have been dummied down by public schools!
You touch on all of the key points threatening the stability of our country. It's pretty easy to let that mess with your head and keep you up at night. Especially if these are new ideas to you. I do not disagree with anything you have said. But, for the casual reader or someone who is just "waking up" today, I'd like to point out 4 reasons why I think that this could be a huge year for freedom.
1. Even the most staunch liberals can see that The Affordable Care Act is a huge mess and a miserable failure. Many of them will start scrutinizing their politics and asking important questions. When this happens discourse and change can begin after years of political gridlock.
2. It is now popular to give a gigantic middle finger to the government. Because the it has become so huge and so socialist leaning, people are starting to see how this is a REALLY BAD thing. Again, this opens up intelligent non-partisan discussion.
3. Mid Term elections. Talk to anyone, and no matter what their political leanings are, they are pissed at a gridlocked and sloppy congress and they are tired of some pale NSA geek in an undisclosed location looking at the minute details of their life.
4. Social Media is maturing and coming into it's own. More and more people are taking to the internet to plant the seeds of free thinking and self sufficiency. We are starting to organize and produce quality information that even people who don't consider themselves politically active are able to participate in and learn from.
Now, the full on collapse of our US currency is incredibly likely. The government enacting stricter control in its death throws is almost a given. Don't let this get you down. There is time to prepare, there is time to read and educate yourself, and there is time to spread the word. The years ahead may be hard, the battle may seem insurmountable, but this is an unlikely nation to begin with. It is in our blood to do hard things and come out victors. It's not going to be all right, but it is going to be okay.
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