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A Nation of Serfs in the New World Order
We’ve become a nation of lowered expectations. For the first time in several generations we no longer believe our children will live a better life than we do.
At no time in our history have so many citizens held such a low view of Congress and our national leaders. Voting, for the most part, has been a waste of time for the past 50 years.
Despite endless political promises from either party, we’ve seen our rights diminished, the cost of living increase dramatically and a never-ending crush of costly and unjust rules, regulations and laws which have robbed us of our privacy, our world ranking in free enterprise and the American way of life.
For the most part there is no longer a social contract between corporations and workers and many Fortune 500 firms don’t even pay their fair share of taxes. They have shifted that burden to what is left of the middle class while parking record profits overseas.
The following is my opinion on how our nation works today.
The Fed, Bankers [multi-national and federal chartered]
· Controls the money supply. Formerly, the Treasury Dept. controlled our money. Now the Fed ‘loans’ the government fiat money and charges interest, creating an artificial national debt and inflation. We’ve lost 40% of the value of a dollar since 2005 and 95% since the Fed was created.
· The IRS and the income tax on individuals [created at about the same time]. The IRS acts as its collection agent. After the IRS was created, most states duplicated the process to collect money from citizens. Citizens are collateral for the money the Fed lends to the government which is why we’re all assigned a Social Security number at birth.
Corporate Cartels-An average of five corporations control everything.
FOOD=Nestle, General Foods, Kraft
PHARMACEUTICAL=Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Astra Seneca
MEDIA=Time-Life Warner, ABC
The Military-Industrial Complex controls the defense industry and the surveillance industry [both domestic and international], aircraft, etc.
When profits need boosting, we wage another war or the equipment and spy technology is further sold to governments to be used against our own citizenry.
Beginning in the 1960s corporations managed to ‘persuade’ politicians to shift the tax burden from corporate America to the Middle Class. By the mid-1980s corporations began shedding their social contract with workers by offshoring jobs and factories and eliminating pensions and other perks and by lowering wages.
Corporations such as WalMart and McDonalds’ subsidize their profits by offering low wage jobs and by encouraging its workforce to apply for government assistance [food stamps, medical care].
The Political Elite
Politics have proven very profitable for many. Insider stock trading among members of Congress has been very lucrative. Perks provided by special interest groups are often lavish and there has been no slowdown in this form of bribery despite rhetoric to the contrary.
The Decline of Entrepreneurship in the USA
One path to financial independence and job creation in the United States has been small business. Unfortunately, government red tape and over regulation has discouraged business startups here and we’ve actually dropped to number 13 in terms of free enterprise. New Zealand, and several Asian countries now lead in small business creation.
What’s left of living wage middle class jobs?
During the time that blue collar and white collar jobs are being decimated, we’ve seen a large rise in the working poor, families who are working, often two jobs but unable to afford the high cost of living now associated with the United States. In California for instance, it is estimated a bare-bones lifestyle for a family of four is nearly $47,000.
Frankly, I find it disgusting that we live in such adversarial times, us against them. I suspect our children are deliberately being dummied down [despite large expenditures] in our public school systems. Today, few college grads are able to pass school exams routinely given to 8th graders from 1912.
Coming next: Government Stupidity: The Never Ending Story
Yours for a life fulfilled
[or,is the future useless]?
Bruce ‘the Poor Man’
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