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Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Tariff Soap Opera: Globalists want the USA to lose

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The Tariff Soap Opera: Similar to Policies of Herbert Hoover

   Here’s a different perspective on the trade war, one I do not fully subscribe to but I like to provide other theories which are plausible.  Just today I read how a Chinese maker/seller of a popular head lamp which was sold on Amazon was taken to court after a MD couple’s home burned down [caused by this defective product].  The couple tried to sue Amazon also but the court dismissed charges against the giant retailer…however, my point is Americans unwittingly purchase many defective Chinese products as I had pointed out previously [like Chinese wall board which contained black mold which were sold to builders in FL after devastating hurricanes a few years back]

As I predicted in my article 'Trump Trade Wars A Perfect Smokescreen For A Market Crash', published in March 2018, as well as in my article 'The Trade War Distraction: Huawei And Linchpin Theory', published in December 2018, the U.S./China trade dispute has escalated into an all-out war with no end in sight. The claims of many analysts and skeptics a year ago that the trade war would be over quickly and that China would fold to U.S. tariffs has been proven incorrect. The reason why these analysts got it so wrong centers primarily on their misunderstanding of the true purpose behind the events.

The goal of this war is not to balance the U.S. trade deficit or pursue more fair circumstances for U.S. exports and imports. The intention of the Trump administration is not to fight back against Chinese "exploitation" of U.S. markets. Nor is it Trump's intention to undermine globalist structures or agreements in order to bring back American manufacturing (a carrot held out to Americans for a long time to lure them into supporting destructive policies such as dollar devaluation).

 On the contrary, the real purpose of the trade war is to provide a distraction massive enough to cover for the controlled demolition of the U.S. economy and parts of the global economy by globalists and central banks.

The tariff soap opera and most of Trump's other foreign and domestic policies are eerily similar to those of Herbert Hoover just before the advent of the Great Depression. This is probably not a coincidence. The narrative for an economic collapse rivaling that of the Great Depression has been set, and the root circumstances are very similar.

Since the crash of 2008, the U.S. has been suffering a slow grinding decline in fundamentals (the collapse of an empire often takes time). The response of central banks has been to slow the crash using stimulus measures and near zero interest rates, but this strategy was not meant to reverse U.S. economic decline. The purpose of QE was meant to inflate an even larger bubble than before, one that would encompass every aspect of the economy including the dollar; a bubble that when popped would devastate the U.S. specifically and create panic around the world.

Now, the stimulus phase of the globalist agenda is over. U.S. M2 money supply growth has been decelerating and now hovers near 10-year lows, while stimulus measures have evaporated in most countries except China. Global dollar liquidity has been dwindling as the Federal Reserve continues to cut its balance sheet unabated.

This would explain why U.S. equities are struggling to stay afloat despite the fact that corporate buybacks of stocks have increased to historic highs in 2019. Central banks, most importantly the Fed, are no longer propping up the system; the life support plug has been pulled and the parts of the economy that have been dependent are taking their last breaths.

The trade war situation as it is now is not enough of a distraction in my view, however. At least one more major event with global ramifications (or perceived global ramifications) is needed by the elites before they can implode the 'Everything Bubble' without taking the blame for the consequences.

Trade war shock and awe

There are several powder kegs that exist today that would serve the purpose of occupying the minds of the masses while the globalists finalize the crash. As noted, I predict the trade war as it stands will continue to accelerate unabated until the plunge in fundamentals and equities is complete. We haven't seen anything yet as far as trade war chaos.

The U.S./China trade conflict has the potential to become an economic world war, with multiple countries beginning to take sides. Japan and the U.K. have opted to support U.S. interests, which is not surprising since China and Japan have hated each other for generations and the U.S. is the U.K.'s strongest economic partner in the wake of the Brexit. Already some people are declaring this to mean that the U.S. will gain the majority of global support and crush China.

But keep in mind, as I outlined and evidenced in my recent article 'America Will Lose The Trade War Because That Is What Globalists Want To Happen', the trade war itself is a farce on both sides of the Pacific, as both China and the U.S. are controlled by the same financial power centers (like the Bank for International Settlements). As this scenario moves forward, I believe many analysts will find themselves shocked as more and more nations start taking China's side in the conflict.

The most powerful option China has at its disposal is the dumping of U.S. Treasurys and the dollar as the world reserve currency. China has established very close economic ties with key nations over the past decade, including Russia, Germany, India, Australia and even Saudi Arabia. Do not be surprised if most if not all of these nations support China in the trade war.

China has yet to fully retaliate against the latest increase in U.S. tariffs. When it does, the attack will be far larger than cutting off purchases of U.S. agricultural goods. The next escalation could be the trigger than sends the crash into overdrive.

Iran war looming

War with Iran at this time makes no sense whatsoever unless you look at it from a globalist perspective. The globalists are the only group that stands to gain from such catastrophe as war with Iran would seal the fate of the U.S. economy. The most immediate threat would be the potential shutdown of the Strait of Hormuz by Iran, which would take nothing more than sinking a few large cargo vessels along the narrow and more shallow portions of the straight, placing mine fields or staging anti-ship missiles within striking range. The subsequent explosion in oil prices would be devastating to the global economy and the U.S. economy in particular.

In the longer term, complete destabilization of the Middle East would result beyond what we have already seen, and the costs to taxpayers as well as the cost in American lives would be high. Beyond this, the distraction would be epic and very effective. This event coupled with the trade war would fulfill the globalist narrative that the Trump administration and the conservatives that support him are a "menace" to global stability. Any financial crash at that point would undoubtedly be blamed on Trump as well as his supporters.

Currently, the mainstream media is very quiet on the Iran situation despite the sudden shift of U.S. military resources to the region, which leads me to believe that a conflict is being planned in the near term.

Brexit finalized

This event may not be concluded until the end of this year, but I still maintain as I always have that the Brexit is a staged distraction that will be exploited by globalists. The "rise of the populists" in Europe and the U.S. at the exact same time that central banks began withdrawing liquidity and at the exact same time that fundamentals began to plummet is no coincidence.

I believe the Brexit will conclude and that the U.K. will indeed leave the EU. The latest announcement of Theresa May's resignation seems to indicate that this will be the case. Sovereignty activists will cheer the outcome, and then things will start to go horribly wrong. European markets will tank, and major banks will announce insolvency. The panic felt in 2008 will return and hit the EU and the U.K. hard, and the Brexit movement will get the blame while central banks escape any culpability.

Only one of these events is needed to initiate the next stage of economic collapse, but it is likely we will see all three occur in due course. While the current crash started at the end of 2018, the year of 2019 will probably be the one that is most remembered as the beginning of Great Depression 2.0.

To truth and knowledge,

Brandon Smith 

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Yours for smarter living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’




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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

No Socialist Presidential Candidate is Coming to Save You

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Socialists Asked Who Pays for “Free” Stuff — Their Answers are Funny

There has been a constant drumbeat of news that young Americans are turning to socialism, which has become the conventional wisdom.

Venezuelans are eating dogs, cats and pigeons. The lucky ones get some supplies (after waiting in line for hours on end, that is). They may have water (rain water, I guess), but the food is gone, not to mention other supplies.


How did this happen in a country that has the largest oil reserves in the world?


The price of oil dropped, that's how. But that doesn't mean things were peachy before. They had troubles for years. Culprit? The socialist regime.


   As we know a college education today is seldom worth the sheepskin it is printed on…those of us old enough to recall real late night comedy hosts like Jay Leno and his humorous sketch ‘jay walking’ will recall his interviews with college kids posing questions about American and world history and current events to which most were completely in the dark about [not even able to answer who won our Civil War]!…a shameful revelation about how poorly educated our young have become.

Socialist policies are swiftly becoming mainstream in the Democratic Party. Several of the 2020 Democratic hopefuls for president enthusiastically tout things like Medicare for all, free college tuition, and free housing daily on the stump. Self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders is leading some polls including the latest University of New Hampshire Granite State Poll.

Socialism is especially popular with younger voters. They love the concept of free stuff. Unfortunately, many millennials don’t have a clue as to how the country would pay for it. Last year, Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips asked millennials in Astoria, New York about socialism. This particular location was significant because it’s the home of insanely popular and outspoken freshman U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat. Like the Representative, the young people Phillips interviewed in her district said, without hesitation, that they supported socialist policies. But, when Phillips asked them who would pay for all of the “free” things, their answers were revealing.

According to TheBlaze, one individual replied, “Some of it should come from taxes, but the government should pay for it.” Phillips aptly pointed out, “But the government is funded by taxes.” In comment to this statement, the girl simply said, “Yeah.” One guy seemed to have more confidence in Congress than most Americans do. He told Philips, “I don’t know where the money would come from, but they can figure it out.” This same individual also shared that he felt socialist countries are “doing really well.”

Another guy believed that “with a good idea and a good reason to spend their tax money, people wouldn’t actually mind paying more taxes.” Phillips’ interviews concluded with someone saying, “I’m liberal. I don’t know exactly, like, where I stand, but I know, like, Democratic socialism is better than conservative … it’s the better option.” When Phillips asked how it was indeed better, the girl bizarrely answered “Um, when I think of it, I just think of, like, more open-minded people, people that aren’t, like, as economically conserved.”

Last month, Phillips again tackled the idea of socialism with students on the campus of Florida International University in Miami. When interviewed, most of the students revealed they preferred socialism to capitalism. During this particular outing, Phillips used a clever illustration to show the millennials how socialism could personally impact them. He inquired of them how they’d like to “share” their GPAs and “spread the wealth” with fellow students earning lower grades.

Unsurprisingly, the students thought the idea was a less than stellar one. One individual said, “I’m all for helping; I wouldn’t give some of my [GPA] points. … I’ve lost a lot of sleep, I don’t know if it would be fair.” Another stated, “I sacrifice a lot to get my GPA … so, no, I wouldn’t sacrifice my own things.” One student remarked, “That’s completely different. I’m studying all day for my grade.” Another stated, “I guess it would be kind of, like, hypocritical for me to say ‘no.’”

In an effort to gain votes, politicians have a habit of promising pie in the sky policies like “free” healthcare. Sadly, these things won’t be “free” for the hardworking individuals who will have to pay for them through exorbitant taxes and other means. According to an Investor’s Business Daily editorial, “In socialism, all roads lead to disaster. Or, as Friedrich Hayek, the late Austrian economist, might say, to ‘serfdom.’ All forms of socialism are the same: they replace consent and personal freedom with government power on behalf of the ‘people’.

The piece went on to say, “Millennials need to rethink their youthful allegiance to socialist ideology. It will bring them less income, worse inequality, insecurity, hunger, despair and a loss of freedom.” This certainly isn’t the rosy, sunshiny view of socialism the 2020 Democratic contenders are painting. Conservatives need to expose the harsh realities of socialism before the 2020 election. If they don’t succeed, America may never be the same.

Most surveys I’ve seen indicate the real majority of Americans want practical solutions to the challenges this nation faces which include our power grid and infrastructure.  Each time government grows [under Democratic plans] the people lose something, usually money and rights as they have a history of poor stewardship of managing both.

Source~ Conservative Zone

--Is it any wonder our Middle Class is vanishing?

 Part II below:

No One Is Coming to Rescue You—Especially Not a Presidential Candidate

By Brittany Hunter

We are only a few months into 2019, and already the 2020 presidential election season is well underway. Each week, it seems that more candidates are entering the race, especially in the Democratic field.

And as the country cycles through its political flavors of the week, social media has become overrun by passionate posts that read more like stump speeches in support of a given candidate.

Nearly every single person has an opinion about who this country should be supporting. And nearly every single one of them believes that their lives will be significantly better, or worse, based on who occupies the White House.

But this gives politicians far too much power.

In order to truly better our lives, we need to rely less on political talking heads and more on ourselves. Only then can we begin to make a bigger difference and change the world.

Politicians Can’t Save You

Every four years, it is the same old song-and-dance as Americans make a pastime of rooting for political candidates in the same way they root for their favorite sports teams.

Instead of merely holding the position of a civil servant, modern-day politicians have stepped into a celebrity role in which their brand speaks louder than their actual voting records.

Beto O'Rourke and Bernie Sanders, for example, have the “cool” factor, which attracts young people willing to drop everything and campaign despite not fully understanding their stances.

These cults of personality are dangerous and they elevate politicians to an undeserved status. The more we place politicians on pedestals and believe that they can personally make our lives better, the more we relinquish our own sense of personal responsibility. And to be perfectly clear, that is the only way we can hope to better our own lives, or anyone else’s for that matter.

We’ve all heard the promises political candidates make when it comes to improving the lives of their constituents: Andrew Yang is going to help the little guy get ahead by providing a universal basic income. Bernie Sanders is going to be the first person in history to make socialism work and create true and lasting equality. And Elizabeth Warren is going to personally save every woman from misogyny by becoming the first female president. These are, of course, no different from the promises we have heard in the past.

Donald Trump was going to save the American middle-class and the businesses sector. Barack Obama was going to save our health care system. And, at the risk of sounding repetitive, Hillary Clinton was going to save us from misogyny and create seamless gender equality by becoming the first female president. But when the ballots have been cast and all is said and done, few people’s lives are dramatically impacted based on who sits in the oval office. And most of the problems that existed before the four-year term begins will exist afterward.

If anyone has any doubt of this, ask yourself if the health care system in the post-Obama world is really any better than before he came to office. It goes without saying that the “if you like your plan you can keep your plan” promise went out the window as soon as the realities of Obamacare made themselves known. Oh, and insurance policy premiums also skyrocketed.

Likewise, it would be equally false to believe that Trump somehow managed to save our health care by undoing all the damage caused by the Affordable Care Act with the snap of his fingers.

And if you do believe this to be true, ask yourself: why were so many people shocked to find they still had to pay the individual mandate penalty on their taxes this year?

Additionally, no matter how many promises have been made to completely withdraw the troops from Afghanistan over the years, we still hear of American military casualties occurring in regions we should no longer be occupying.

Even the recent tax cuts that were supposed to help all of us were not as impactful as we had once thought they would be.

While corporate tax rates were slashed—and this is a good thing—individuals saw only small decreases when it came to their own tax rates. (And a small percentage saw their taxes go up.)

From a policy front, our lives change very little depending on who is the president. But there is a deeper issue here than one of just policy. In fact, it’s almost as if we view politicians as our personal saviors.

In Utah, when Mitt Romney was a 2012 Presidential candidate, many Utahn’s referred to him as the “white knight,” who had come to save our country and our Constitution.

While this is the extreme of the cult of personality worship, it highlights the seriousness of the problem. The “white knight” reference implies that we need someone to come save us instead of realizing that we are capable of saving ourselves.

A politician cannot save us, not in the policy realm or our personal lives. But as individuals, we have nearly unlimited power to do this for ourselves.

We’ve Got to Save Ourselves

Objectivist and renowned American psychotherapist Nathaniel Branden cautions against waiting on someone else to come rescue you from your problems. In his book The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, Branden writes:

No one is coming to save me; no one is coming to make life right for me; no one is coming to solve my problems. If I don’t do something, nothing is going to get better.

At first glance, this might seem like a bleak statement. But in these words rests the immense personal power we need to transform our lives. No politician can save you, just like no parent or friend can save you. If you really want to fix your life and be a tool for change on a grander scale, you’re going to have to learn how to save yourself.

As a young person in my 20s, my life revolved around getting Ron Paul elected. In my humble opinion, I still believe he would have been the best president this country has ever known, but that doesn’t negate the fact that in pursuit of getting him elected, I stopped trying to work on myself and improve my own life.

During that 2012 campaign season, I stopped talking to family and friends who disagreed with me, I routinely made excuses as to why I didn’t have to be kind to someone who supported another candidate, and I abandoned all self-improvement endeavors in pursuit of getting Dr. Paul elected. At the time, I truly believed a Paul presidency would fix all my problems.

Instead of starting small and fixing whatever I could in my own personal sphere, I looked to someone in Washington to rescue me. I made the mistake of abandoning everything right in front of me. My four-year relationship was on track to escalate to an engagement, but my preoccupation with the campaign resulted in a nasty breakup instead. Additionally, lifelong friendships deteriorated because I couldn’t seem to see past our political differences. And when it came to my family, I stopped attending Sunday dinners and holidays because I didn’t have time for anything that wasn’t centered around my political pursuits. Additionally, my own health was beginning to deteriorate because I couldn’t find the time to sleep well or eat properly.

And when the election season was over, and my dreams of a President Paul had not come to fruition, I was left with the harsh realization that my personal life was a complete mess. I had tried so hard to change things in Washington—something I truly had very little control over— that I completely neglected to fix what I could control. I did not realize at the time that I was capable of saving myself.

During an appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast, psychology professor Jordan B. Peterson spoke of the importance of fixing your own life before you try to take on bigger tasks. He said:

“…don’t be fixing up the economy, 18-year-olds. You don’t know anything about the economy. It’s a massive complex machine beyond anyone’s understanding and you mess with that your peril. So can you even clean up your own room? No. Well you think about that. You should think about that, because if you can’t even clean up your own room, who the hell are you to give advice to the world?”

In my quest to elect Dr. Paul, my proverbial room had grown chaotically messy.

And instead of doing what I could to fix it, I was out campaigning, attempting to tell other people what to do when I truthfully did not even know how to handle my own life. As Peterson also says,

“My sense is that if you want to change the world, you start from yourself and work outward, because you build your competence that way.”

Peterson’s sentiment actually echoes similar words written by Plato in a passage from The Republic, in which he writes:

“But in truth justice was, as it seems, something of this sort; however, not with respect to a man’s minding his external business, but with respect to what is within, with respect to what truly concerns him and his own. He doesn’t let each part in him mind other people’s business or the three classes in the soul meddle with each other, but really sets his own house in good order and rules himself.”

During that campaign season, I had ample opportunities to take small steps in rescuing myself, but I never did. Instead, I thought that I could bypass saving myself in pursuit of something greater. But this is not possible. You cannot run without first learning how to walk, and in order to be capable of great change, you have to first fix yourself. This doesn’t have to be some grand gesture, you can start small by cleaning your room, or even begin by simply organizing one small corner of your room. Eventually, as Peterson says, you can take on bigger tasks.

…and then maybe you’ll learn enough by doing that so that you can fix up your family a little bit, and then having done that, you’ll have enough character so that when you try to operate in the world, at your job, or maybe in the broader social spheres, that you’ll be a force for good instead of harm…

Imagine what you could do if you got your own life in order? This seems like a small step, but maybe by cleaning your room and getting your own life together you could start a business and create jobs for others. Or maybe you could be a more effective activist if you first did all you could to work on yourself before petitioning for larger change.

If you want to live in a world where women have more opportunities, don’t elect another woman to office; become the female who is bringing that change to pass in her everyday life. We make the grave mistake of assuming politicians are qualified to save us. But how many political candidates have actually made the effort to “clean up their own room” before attempting to save the country? The answer is probably very few.

All You Can Do Is Start With Yourself

We would each do well to remind ourselves that an election season will not make or break us as individuals. Unless you are willing to take the steps needed to clean your room and be your own savior, you cannot expect someone else to do it for you. So instead of arguing back and forth on social media in favor of this or that candidate, do something that will help you change your own life and, thus, better prepare you to make bigger changes.

As Confucius says:

To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.

No one is coming to help you, so you might as well stop waiting and start fixing your own life today.

Yours in Self Reliance,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

P.S.  We hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday weekend.  Ours was filled with work at our cabin and as it turned it out, we were delayed a day practicing the art of capitalism where we made a tidy sum and acquired some nice inventory [both personal and for resale] at an incredible savings the old fashioned way – not online!

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Despite repeated advice from financial planners to ‘plan ahead’ with a cash cushion…

Certain communities were more prone to economic hardship in the event of missing a paycheck. Roughly two-thirds of households earning less than $30,000 annually and Hispanic households would be unable to cover basic living expenses after missing more than one paycheck, the researchers found.


We’re losing our freedoms for one simple reason: most of us don’t know anything about our freedoms. At a minimum, anyone who has graduated from high school, let alone college, should know the Bill of Rights backwards and forwards. However, the average young person, let alone citizen, has very little knowledge of their rights for the simple reason that the schools no longer teach them. So grab a copy of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and study them at home. And when the time comes, stand up for your rights before it’s too late.


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Friday, May 24, 2019

Thankful for our Military and My Own Training

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Thankful for our Military and My Own Training

   Although it has been decades since I was in the military, I still practice many of the skills and concepts that I was taught, even somewhat inconsequential things such as using either Dial or Zest bar soap as it doesn’t leave a film in your shower.  Since I served in the Navy I was also taught how to take a short shower to save water.

I was taught the essentials of firefighting and first aid and over the years have taken refresher courses in first aid and CPR and have maintained several kits to accommodate current trends.  I know this doesn’t extend too many veterans but our CO demanded [for several specific reasons I won’t cover here] but we warned off on getting tattoos [because of the unit I was in and I sure am glad that I never got any] in those days, our hair was always kept too short, military standards.  I find I use a lot less shampoo and it is easier to maintain as a result [better to have short hair in a fighting/altercation situation]…

The concept of situational awareness was drilled into us and I still practice that  and have instilled that into my wife as well-a useful skill more people should learn…sure beats having your nose glued to cell phone 24/7 and walking into traffic!

Over the past two decades America has participated in too many wars and too many servicemen and women have suffered the consequences of these wars…some of which we have featured in this blog along with dozens of examples of helpful charities.  We routinely donate to several veteran related charities and you’ll find a related message directing you to additional charitable outlets at the bottom of this post.

Enjoy this Memorial Weekend but keep in mind why and who think of when you flip that burger or toss that beer!

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There are many barriers and fences to choose from for defense and establishing property boundaries. Keeping in livestock is another goal for many in the prepping community. This post is going to cover a variety of barriers, fences, and fortifications for your property.



Keep Your Power Going with a Grid-Tie Inverter

My greatest challenge for power-out backup electricity has been how to keep the side-by-side refrigerator-freezer in my kitchen going after the grid goes out. The issue is how to produce 6.5 Amps of 120VAC for the appliance on a 24/7 basis.

I’ve looked at a number of possible solutions and each has an associated cost-benefit. Solar works only when the sun is shining. Deep cycle batteries require ventilation and monitoring for safety – which means vacation trips would be short or someone staying in my home to monitor battery condition. Backup generators require fuel to operate. And I don’t have sufficient wind or hydro resources in this area to produce enough electricity for the application.

One of the biggest complaints among new preppers is the cost of getting started. Building a bug out bag, acquiring emergency supplies, and stocking up on survival food can be very expensive. Most people can only do a little bit at a time.

If you're in that situation, you might feel stuck, like there's nothing you can do until you have more disposable income. This isn't true at all. There are lots of things you can do to prepare. For example, you can learn and practice survival skills.

In this video, City Prepping talks about eight skills you can learn right now without spending much money at all...


Prepping can be expensive if you're buying huge boxes of freeze-dried food and the latest survival gadgets. But if you buy a few small items every week for several years, eventually you'll have everything you need to survive a disaster (short of something apocalyptic like a nuclear war).


In this article, I'm going to prove my point by listing 50 items for less than $5 each. Many of these aren't normally thought of as "preparedness items," but nonetheless they are things you'll want to have during a long-term disaster, so even if you already have some of them, it can't hurt to have extra.


The new year has just begun, so here's what I suggest if you're a brand new prepper. Every week, buy one of these items along with a day's worth of food for your family...



Send toiletries to troops

If you can spare travel-sized hand lotion, cotton swabs, deodorant…send them to Cape Cod Cares for the, a non-profit that will include them in care packages to deployed troops.  Mail to POB 1444, Harwich, MA 02645 can direct you to more than 80 reputable groups geared to military organizations.  Click ‘Hot Topics,’ then Military and Veterans Organizations to select from non-profits like Wounded Warriors Family Support to help troops and their families.


Here are my ideas for new bill [s] to improve government


>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.


>Perhaps we need to resurrect a new version of ‘war’ bonds, perhaps calling them “government bailout bonds” to help pay off our national debt and/or to help pay for our massive deficits and proposed new spending projects since fewer foreign nations are buying our debt!

>An idea I've suggested before:  Eliminate ALL city/state & Federal taxes on the 1st $25K of income for all people. 41% of citizens pay no Federal tax, many city/state taxes are killers for many. Tax laws that encourage more US manufacturing/jobs & elimination of red tape would help too.

Yours for a more secure future,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man!’


Free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom!


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You Can’t Buy Life Insurance After You’re Dead-Prepare NOW for Emergencies…

Finally, grab an emergency power cell or solar/battery radio weather radio!

Having the Patriot Power Cell on-hand for emergencies keeps your essential electronics up and running in case you need to call for help. 

“The Cell is a workhorse of power — it’ll charge your phone soup to nuts 3 to 8 times… I think of the Patriot Power Cell as “everyday prepared.” Awesome for travel or avoiding inconveniences while saving your bacon in an outage. It’s a MUST HAVE for your survival lineup."

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