Understanding Entitlements

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Power lasts only within a framework of balance. It was the American Constitution that gave our country its chance to be great and prosperous and to become a Super Power This is because there was a natural balance between the Executive, Judiciary and the Legislature. The anchor of the system is free and fair elections, making sure that government occurs ONLY with the consent of the people. It was the Constitution that gave America a chance to vote out crime and corruption. It was the American Constitution that gave our nation the time to get its act together and make things work in America.

So what went wrong? Sadly, over time the gap between the rich and the poor grew wider. There has developed a break in reality between the Elites and the people.  The elites are now out of touch. This is what set the stage for the upset election of 2016.

There are those who look at this income inequality and envy & resent the wealth of others.  Their solution is for government to take from the rich and give to them (socialism) but it is not quite that simple.  For the last eight years we have had a government leaning LEFT, pushing a semi- socialist agenda and this did nothing to address the income inequality, in fact the gap between rich and poor widened with the banks growing even bigger. They were taking from he man in the middle, the hardworking forgotten man, and giving to the “useful idiots” the idle poor. Unemployment soared.

The way socialism survives is with a central bank printing all the money. Without this “manna from heaven” the system falls apart.  Do you now see why socialism has become so popular with the global banking elite who run the world of finance? Central banks have their own scam  a different scam, messing with the production cycle in order to create a false demand. Then they pass the costs along to the people in the form of creeping inflation. The people buy this, but only as long as it is done on gentle gradient. Runaway inflation is always accompanied by riots.

Socialism needs this unlimited supply of money to pay for their unlimited entitlements.

Congress has also entitled banks, giving them unfair usury rules. e.g. The whole student loan crisis falls apart if we abolish compound interest. There is actually no good reason for banks to charge compound interest on student loans or mortgages.

There is a lot that has been corrupt in government but can you isolate just one attribute that makes government bad; bad government is coercive. Bad leaders use the force and power of government to take from some to give to others.  Bad leaders seek to force their values on all the people and this without the consent of the governed. Bad leaders bypass “the power of choice” in their people; this power of choice is the essential attribute that fuels innovation.  Socialism is a scam & thrives on creating benefit for the “idle” rich while giving to the “idle” poor. Finally as Margaret Thatcher so aptly observed, you run out of other people’s money, and the system collapses in upon itself. We have many examples in history of a socialistic country falling into crisis and decline.

Without a government of force Socialism doesn’t work. And so we have:

  1. Controlled voting (voter fraud) The election is decided by elites before the voting.
  2. Fake News (Media conglomerates with a single message) If they all spout the same narrative we spot that they are fake. True reality is multi-faceted. Honest reporting will have many different messages.
  3. Freedom of speech squashed; the force of justice is misused to suppress free thought and free speech and bulldoze opposition.
  4. Force & violence are used on any & all who disagree.
  5. In a socialist-leaning regime you are likely to find a nasty trail of murders
  6. Then here are the ALINSKY Rules designed to keep the horrible, deplorable people subservient, while all the time bribing them with free services.

The communist Lenin created a set of rules to help keep the power for the elites. His ideas were codified by Saul Alinsky, a favorite of Hillary and Obama. Here is Alinsky’s advice to the crooked politicians who want to hold onto an elite and unfair privilege.

  1. Class Warfare:Divide the people into the wealthy & the poor, and all other factions. Pit one faction against the other. Easier to keep the people down, if you keep them busy fighting each other.
  2. Religion: Religion brings with it a Moral Code that is awkward for the crooked elite, and puts them in danger. Elites MUST take out God. People have to worship the State.
  3. Education– take control of what people listen to or watch or read. Also take control of the Education agenda; what children are taught will define the future.
  4. Welfare– take control of all aspects of welfare – if the people are beholden to the State they will be too afraid of losing their livelihood to revolt.
  5. Gun Control– you have to remove the ability of the people to defend themselves against an oppressive government.
  6. Increase Debt– in this way you can increase taxation, poverty and fear.
  7. Poverty– Increase poverty – poor people are far easier to control and keep under wraps. They will be too tired to rise up and turn against you.
  8. Healthcare– Control Healthcare and you control all the people

America rejected Hillary & Obama’s Saul Allinsky ideas, leaving us with a fight on our hands to restore the American Constitution & reaffirm American exceptionalism.  This is a gigantic war of ideas playing out in the American Republic. Socialism invaded our colleges, where snowflakes, overburdened by student debt, are ripe recruits for socialism. There is a better way

Central to the problem is a confusion regarding “rights” as defined in the American Declaration of Independence and “rights” as codified in the United Nations Bill of Rights. These “rights” mean different things.  

Jefferson affirmed that in a free society government is not valid UNLESS it is derived from the CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE to so be governed. This was a new and very radical idea, timeless actually, as applicable today as it was then in the seventeen hundreds.

Jefferson talked about natural rights, rights inherent in human nature and there was a reason for this. The King’s England justified their form of government on heredity, class, race, and wealth. To give a higher validity to his revolutionary argument than “the divine right of kings” Jefferson claimed God-given rights or natural rights for America, God being higher than a mighty king. It is this idea (often repudiated by the left leaning Academia) that has caught on in the world, with America shining the light of liberty, as a beacon and an anchor.

It is important to differentiate between the American Constitutional “rights” and the “rights” as listed in the articles of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a stable datum in the European Union. Could it be that this good document is actually flawed and wants correction; is this why the British decided to leave the EU and set a new direction for mankind? Is this why America rose up to reject global and embrace “America First” to reaffirm our commitment to Liberty?

Entitlements
The writers of the Universal Declaration of Rights saw that all men have equal rights that should be protected under law, but this declaration must have been written by envious men. These men tried to level the playing field by using the power of government to take from some and give to others (without the consent of the governed).

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Here is a child as she stands on the threshold of life, filled with wonder:

  1. Is she in any way concerned with Social Security?
  2. Is she concerned with education? Maybe so, but should such Education be of a Federal or Global nature or should it be local? e.g. She does not need to learn the same survival skills as a tribal child in Afghanistan, or how to milk a cow in Africa. And who should pay for this free-propaganda education?
  3.  Is it important to her to be able to have asylum from persecution, to transplant into other countries? And who will pay for this relocation?
  4. Should she have the right to free healthcare? Who is to pay for it?
  5. Are her gender rights a matter for global or Federal coercion?
  6. Does she have the universal right to rest and adequate leisure, and holidays with pay?
  7. Ought the government give her food stamps, free lodging, and as they now want to do in EU, a Cost of Living Allowance?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was a great effort but in it we find what is going wrong in the EU, and why there was a BREXIT. As the EU global and socialistic ideas penetrate America, we are left with a fight on our hands. In fact history shows us that Socialists will go on fighting us until we tame them. It is a PR war and they have lots of money, and they ahve had more than half a century to perfect their diabolic PR propaganda techniques. Did you know that Public Relations was actually created by Rockefeller? So why do they need to scam us and fight us? This is because they derive their energy from the efforts of others and so must steal.  It is a sad truth that such envious people cannot innovate, cannot build, cannot create their own wealth. They have to take from others by mis-using the force of government.

In 2016 America chose to go back to being a constitutional Republic and rejected the global views of the LEFT and socialistic views of the United Nations. America decided they wanted to function under the Constitution and the American Founding Principles where government is based on the consent of the governed and a constitution that polices corruption.

The declaration of American Independence affirms a spiritual component that is very beautiful:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

Thomas Jefferson

 

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Understanding the “Rights” of Man

Socialism, Useful Idiots, and Saul Allinsky

Power lasts only within a framework of balance. It was the American Constitution that gave our country a chance to be great and prosperous. This is because there was a natural balance between the Executive, Judiciary and a Legislature AND free and fair elections. It was the Constitution that gave America a chance to vote out crime and corruption. It was the Constitution that gave our nation the time to get our act together and make things work in America.

There are those who look at the income inequality and say, what happened was that greedy rich men got more powerful. If we want to make America Great we have to spread the wealth more fairly, take from the rich and give to the poor. We are making strides when we advance towards socialism.

Not quite that simple.

For the last eight years or longer Federal Education has pushed a socialist agenda. What has been omitted in the curriculum has been education about the Constitution.

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Is there one attribute that you could say makes government bad?  The answer is that Bad Government is Coercive. Bad government roughs up its people and bad government uses its force and power to take from some to give to others. While Socialism is sold as a system of sharing the wealth that rarely occurs. The State uses its might to benefit the few while pretending to serve the many. Socialism thrives on creating benefit for the “idle” rich while giving to the “idle” poor. The enemy of Socialism is the man in the middle; or as Trump calls them, the forgotten man.

In Socialism it is left to the State to distribute the wealth as they see fit. Historically Socialism has led to anarchy which is followed by a dictator. The difference between Socialism and Marxism is that one is mild mannered and covert, while the other is overt and nasty. They share the same goals.  In the both we see a loss of liberty. In order to keep the scam going, Socialism permits voting but this is controlled. The outcome is determined before the voting starts. It requires “the force of government” to take from some and give to others. Socialism is very attractive to the global oligarchies who think they rule the world.

The communist Lenin created a set of rules to keep the power for the elites. His ideas were codified by Saul Allinsky, a favorite of Hillary Clinton and Obama.

Here is Alinsky’s advice to the crooked politicians who want to hold on to an elite and unfair privilege.

  1. Class Warfare:Divide the people into the wealthy & the poor, and all other factions. Pit one faction against the other. Easier to keep the people down, if you keep them busy fighting each other.
  2. Religion:Religion brings with it a Moral Code that is awkward for the crooked elite, and dangerous to them.  Elites MUST remove God from all things public.
  3. Education– take control of what people listen to or watch or read. Also take control of the Education agenda; what children are taught will define the future.
  4. Welfare– take control of all aspects of welfare – if the people are beholden to the State they will be too afraid of losing their livelihood to revolt.
  5. Gun Control– you have to remove the ability of the people to defend themselves against an oppressive government.
  6. Increase Debt– in this way you can increase taxation, poverty and fear.
  7. Poverty– Increase poverty – poor people are far easier to control and keep under wraps.
  8. Healthcare– Control Healthcare and you control the people

Socialism in America crept up on us before we knew.

Central to the problem is a confusion regarding “rights” as defined in the American Declaration of Independence and “rights” as codified in the United Nations Bill of Rights. These “rights” mean different things.  See the diagram above as this underlies the partisan schism that exists in America today.

Jefferson affirmed that in a free society government is not valid UNLESS it is derived from the CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE to so be governed. This was a new and very radical idea, timeless actually, as applicable today as it was then in the seventeen hundreds.

Jefferson talked about natural rights, rights inherent in human nature and there was a reason for this. The King’s England justified their form of government on heredity, class, race, and wealth. To give a higher validity to his revolutionary argument than “the divine right of kings” Jefferson claimed God-given rights or natural rights for America, God being higher than a mighty king. It is this idea (often repudiated by the left leaning Academia) that has caught on in the world, with America shining the light of liberty, as a beacon and an anchor.

It is important to differentiate between the American Constitutional “rights” and the “rights” as listed in the articles of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a stable datum in the European Union. Could it be that this good document is actually flawed and wants correction; is this why the British decided to leave the EU and set a new direction for mankind? Is this why America rose up to reject global and embrace “America First” and reaffirms our commitment to the American Constitution?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was a giant leap forward for a world dominated by oppression. However, recognize that it isn’t on a par with what was given to us by the Founding Fathers. This is important, because certain international trade treaties were designed to replace the balance of power embraced in the American Constitution, elevating the ideas of the United Nations as higher than our heritage.

The writers of the Universal Declaration of Rights saw that all men have equal rights that should be protected under law, but they tried to  level the playing field by using the power of government to take from some to give to others (without the consent of the governed). The UN Bill of Rights is a form of Socialism.

cute-kidHere is a child as she stands on the threshold of life, filled with wonder:

  • Is she in any way concerned with Social Security?
  • Is she concerned with education? Maybe so, but should such Education be of a Federal or Global Agenda? She does not need to learn the same survival skills as a tribal child in Afghanistan, or how to milk a cow in Africa.
  • Is it important to her to be able to have asylum from persecution, to transplant into other countries? And who will pay for this?
  • Should she have the right to free healthcare? Who is to pay for it?
  • Are her gender rights a matter for global or Federal coercion?
  • Does she have the universal right to rest and adequate leisure, and holidays with pay?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was a great effort but in it we find what went wrong in the EU, and why there was a BREXIT.  As its ideas penetrate America they make us fight one with another.

We have to decide once and for all (one and all) if we want to be governed by a remote New World Order, or by the Constitution and the American Founding Principles where government is based on the consent of the governed, a constitution which thanks to a balance of power polices corruption.

The declaration of American Independence affirms a spiritual component that is very beautiful:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

 Quote for the Week

The Problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money

 Margaret Thatcher.

 

 

 

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Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.  The first is satirical about banking and the second, examines the conflict of our times, Globalism vs Patiotism. You can read more at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice or Blog/Grandma Thunder  or  Free Books by Grandma


Understanding Global (July Fourth 2017)

What does it mean to be American?

It means you love your country, and you understand your constitution.

It means you are willing to fight to keep your heritage.

It means you always put your country first.

statue-fireworksOn this special day, although there is not yet a civil war, there is a fierce PR war and each American needs to decide where he stands.

The global oligarchies with gobs of money, and mighty paid political consultants spin a fancy theme. Do your homework, be sure you find and fully understand the hidden agenda. Examine these mind blowing facts.and then make your choice.

Remember the choice is simple. Elite vs American Patriot. The truth is always hidden in complexity.

International Elite vs American Patriot

A little history; Our nation’s story began in 1776. and by 1900 American steel production had outstripped that of all other nations. The USA had over 200,000 miles of railroads by 1914, more than all the rest of the world put together. An abundance of American farm products and manufactured goods were being shipped abroad in American-made ships. A healthy balance of trade to say the least.

Sadly, the latter part of the 19th century a new corrupt aristocracy was forming, namely “corrupt captains of industry” bankers, traders and manufacturers, sometimes called “the Robber Barons”.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Big government was invented to bring “The Robber Barons”  to heel.  And so the progressive movement was launched. Move forward to the twenty-first century where under Obama it culminated in an out-of control nanny-state and  an out of control crooked, coercive progressive movement. Then along came Trump.

This is America’s third crisis, the first was when we won freedom from England and “might is right” corrupt royals.  The second was the Civil War and the third has been playing out for a long time. This is a systematic assault on our heritage and the fundamentals of the Constitutional Republic.  The fight is now out of the closet and America is waking up. It is time to re-evaluate where we are going? Digital (computers) have accelerated a movement towards a secret one-world government percolating for well over a century.

What is the New World Order? It is is a group of international elites who truly believe they know what is best for us, and for the world. Some are sincere, some favor it so they can keep an unfair privilege. In this second tier we find the companies who have  successfully sidestepped anti-trust laws Amazon, Google, Facebook, Montsanto and, yes Saudi Arabia. If you google New World Order you will find a list of all such oligarchies. You will also find them attending the CFR (Council for Foreign Relations) and the Bilderberg meetings.

Power corrupts and absolute Power corrupts absolutely

In a New World Order there would be an end to nation-states. Global oligarchies which already control the world, would begin to do so openly, now they still do it in secret. They would create obedient zones, North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, demonstrably corrupt and easy for global oligarchies to dominate.

At first glance the global idea may seem to have benefits for mankind, certainly it has an appeal to the international elite, the next strata down from the top one percent. These second-tier global players have accumulated wealth throughout the last century.  This is the strata of billionaire players who have learned to game the system in their better (often immoral) interests.

More than any other industry, international banking has profited from GLOBAL. Today (although they are declining in number) we have more investment bankers than lawyers, doctors, or those who build things. In order to make America Great e are going to have to do an audit of the banking investment rules.  Dangerous to our nation is the banking mis-handling of futures and derivatives.

The New World Order is being sold to all as a world without war, with equality and fairness for the benefit of all world citizens. When we look a little deeper we see that we are being played.

Who stands to lose most under a Trump presidency. Is it not those who profit from an unfair elite advantage? “America First” stands in direct opposition to the NWO with its open borders and the arrogant right to move people around the world like pawns in a chess game, and to block reproduction. In a global order there is no room for an American Constitution with its balance of power.

Patriots do not want war, especially a war that does not serve America. Therefore the new Trump era is presenting a challenge to Global and the corrupt Military Industrial Complex and the treasonous Deep State (who serve their global masters)  The rot at the FBI reached its highest levels under the Obama Administration and FBI Director Comey

It seems the New World Order is breaking up with the death of Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzenski, architects of the global order.  What remains as a threat to America is the fallout.  American Marxism/International Socialism is still being pushed by George Soros, Obama & Antifa. Also to be watched is Islam, Sharia has a global component and with its use of violence against civilians, must be called out as an immoral religion. Not all Muslims are bad but the onus is on them to progress as a group and a religion, beyond terrorism.

Socialism is very attractive to the global oligarchies who hold an inordinate amount of power in the world. Far easier to dominate and control. This is why “treaties” like the Paris Accord and TPP/TPA Trade deals are so dangerous for America.  HIdden in the small print are rules and regulations that have not been subjected to congressional oversight and the consent of the governed and tend to benefit corrupt global players. The Trade deals Trump rejected set up a whole system of courts that were given more power than our American  judiciary.

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And what of war? Both Obama and Bush and other presidents have bypassed Congress taking our country into a series of endless wars that have not benefited Americans.  There is a lot of international money in armaments.

NOTE WELL: Article One Section Eight of the Constitution says “To CONGRESS is given the power to declare war.” War may only be declared by Congress (after due investigation, inspection AND DELIBERATION of the facts. Hostilities against a neutral state are also seen as acts of war and not mere violations of neutrality. Under Presidents Obama and Bush the Executive violated the Constitution in its foreign policy and caused harm and yes, there have been consequences.

So the propaganda that global brings peace, it just doesn’t hold water. On the contrary. Patriots, working together and honoring our differences with no intent to DOMINATE and no coercive use of BIG GOVERNMENT, this is what makes for world peace. 

When we look back in history we see that we prospered when we followed our constitution. It is the constitution that polices corruption.

Could it be that when our lawmakers all learn and fully understand and follow the constitution that there will again be peace and prosperity?

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

For nearly a century, the world has depended on the protection and leadership provided by a strong, independent United States of America. Considering the corruption that absolute power always seems to bring, a powerful world government would be a catastrophe.

There has been a deliberate effort for over almost a century for global players to destroy our Constitutional Republic. Trump put the people front and foremost and promised  GOVERNMENT ONLY WITH THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED.

Conclusion
Thanks to this election, more Americans are researching, reading books, going to the Twitter feeds of our leaders, and attending rallies. Many have assumed a responsibility to find out the truth FOR THEMSELVES, and many more share their realizations with others in social media. They see we are under assualt.

My father was not an American but he would have loved America. He had a warm heart, a nimble mind and a free spirit. I could always rely on his wisdom during troubled times. Sadly thanks to the unchecked global corruption of the past fifty years, (four past GLOBAL presidents) America and the world has entered into troubled times. Can we trust the creators of the New World Order to have our better interests at heart?

Dad said, “In troubled times mend your relationships and reinforce your roots.”

With this in mind I signed up for this free online course on the American Constitution (one hour a week for ten weeks). There I found solutions. I also  found it liberating in these troubled times.  There is freedom in understanding what good government is. Guess what it is always only government with and by consent of the people.

What we don’t want is a global agenda where we are being played. We don’t want a movement operating in secret designed to keep for some an unfair and corrupt advantage. We don’t want a skewered system.

Much depends on Donald Trump and how well he and his Team-Trump understands global.

Quote for the week

 Seven things that will destroy us:

Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Knowledge without character
Religion without sacrifice
Science without Humanity
Business without Ethics

&
Politics without Principle 

lynn

 About the Author
Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) writes political satire. More at www.grandmathunder.com.  She writes about the conflict of our times: The Digital Revolution and its relation to the American Constitution.  You can follow at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice

More about the Tooth Fairy

Where did all the money go?

Broken Piggy bank coins everywhere

I remember the excitement of losing my first tooth as a child. My hardworking teacher- father made a big thing about it. He used this experience to teach me about money. I was to give up my shining, white tooth to a trustworthy tooth fairy who would give me in return, something valuable.

It was to be a simple transaction.  I give tooth. Fairy gives coin or note. As my father explained it to me – This is all about a fair exchange.

banking fairyMany of us believe the federal government (the Tooth Fairy) will take care of us from the day we are born until the day we die. We forget that we actually have to give something to the community first.  Why should we do that we ask, is the Tooth Fairy not omnipotent, is the State not all powerful, can the Government not print all the money it wants?

No actually it cannot because the truth is it is not our government that controls the money- it is the FED and cronies.

You don’t get it?

Hidden in the Omnibus Christmas bill, Investment Bankers once again tripped our tooth fairy and stole the shiny tooth.

You see, Bankers hate any kind of regulation that stops them from gambling with the money we give them in trust which they hold in depositor’s accounts!  Inadvertently ( or deliberately?) Congress has just passed  another pro-banking  law that would never have passed on its own merits had it not been gotten through with sleight of hand. A clause written by Citigroup was slipped into the Year End (2014) Omnibus bill, which again allows the banks to use our money to invest (read gamble) and take all the profits. Here’s the rub if they miss-call their bets and it all goes sour (as it did in 2008) Government (using our taxpayers money as collateral) is again forced by law to bail out the banks.

Note: of all the banks bailed out since 2000, Citigroup leads the bunch; getting 2.5 trillion of American taxpayer money. Foreign banks also made out like a banshee. All in all the FED bailed out to the tune of 16,000,000,000,000.00. Gag on it! Yes sixteen trillion is the enormous amount that was secretly given out to failing financial institution by the FED none of it debated openly in Congress. The GDP of the USA is only fourteen trillion. The typical year-end budget is only three and a half trillion.

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It would seem that banking in our American system has become privatized profits; but the losses are all now legally socialized.

The FED scam was a rotten system in 1913 when the Federal Reserve and Income Tax were were first slipped through also at Christmastime ( like now) with hardly anyone on the floor to discuss it..More historic data on the FED at: Creature from Jekyll Island. One hundred years later, banks like Citigroup are still up to their dirty tricks.

Note well: Not once has there been a full  audit of the Federal Reserve in the last hundred years and few if any of the big banking monopolies have ever been thoroughly audited or investigated. If transparency is a true measure of corporate or government well being, there is one load of dark and ugly secrecy in these financial monopolies.

Our American financial system doesn’t add up, except of course the debt; the debt which is getting bigger and bigger every day.

Ask yourself the question: if the government can print all the money it wants, why not just print money to wipe out the national debt?

This is how it really works.

  1. The Government  issues treasury bills (debt)
  2. The Government gives these to the Federal Reserve. (a privately owned corporation owned by international banking interests)
  3. The privately owned Federal Reserve is “legally” able to create money out of thin air which it then exchanges with our government.
  4. And just for good measure when the Federal Bank creates the money out of thin air which it exchanges with our government for the government bonds which are loaned to investors around the world.
  5. What of the interest on this money created out of nothing that is then owed to the FED?
    When the FED creates money out of nothing, it also conveniently  forgets to create the interest that has to be paid on the debt. The upshot? America never gets out of debt. It can’t.  Each year Congress is forced. to borrow more and more merely to to pay down the the interest on the debt.

Go back and read over the above six points.  Don’t feel bad. It really is not you! . This is all crazy, mighty crazy. It is all mighty confusing. Deliberately confusing.

We have imaginary treasury bills and imaginary money and somewhere lost in the middle of this complexity is a shiny white tooth and a tooth fairy who has now become as confused about  finances as all the rest of us.  Congress (the tooth fairy) like the banks has lost sight of the shiny white tooth, which we shall call the productivity of all good Americans.

A debt-based financial system is unsustainable, because it creates debt bubbles and the next one Grandma predicts going to pop will be derivatives. Be warned. (More on this in another post which will explain derivatives.)

There is a solution:

The house  passed an “Audit the Fed” bill before the last election, they passed it  by an overwhelming majority with surprising support from both parties. The bill was stopped by Harry Reid in the Senate but there was a watered down effort.  A partial audit was done and the results of this was pretty bad, and not published widely. What we really need is not a whitewash, but a complete audit  with all the facts and figures and explanations posted on the web.

Then we need honest reform off all the big banking monopolies, not Citibank breaking the piggy bank again.

NOTE WELL Since its inception in 1913 there has never been a full  audit of the FED. Before he went off post Fed Chairperson, Ben Bernanke said that such an audit would “be a nightmare” and hello, Janet Yellin has also promised that no audit will ever be held.

What exactly are they hiding?

First: So what we all need to do is get behind the Audit the Fed bill which I predict will be brought to the floor early in 2015.

Second: If a thorough investigation is done it will be reveled that bad legislation is being hidden in big omnibus bills that well meaning politicians have no time to study or investigate. We have to get this changed “One bill, one subject”  and severe penalties for not reading the bills.

Also please support Downsize DC for they make it easy for you to educate your elected officials.

One final question for you: do you still believe in the tooth fairy? Do you trust government?

To fix the money in America we need a system based on true exchange. One tooth , one shiny coin. We want to concentrate on  the shining tooth, which stands for the productivity of all good Americans; your own productivity and what you give to others.

We have the right to exchange our true production for legal tender.

losing a toothWe need to get the banks to stop stealing from us. We owe it to our children.

Let’s keep our children smiling.

Quote for the Day

Any banker will tell you that there is a fool in every trade, which is why you must always know who the fool is, because if you don’t, the fool is probably you.

JL Banking Blog   

Politics IOU

A World on the Tipping Point

This political novel is a work of fiction, yet it gives insights into our political history, our future and our constitutional process. It focuses on what is precious in our heritage.

The book has a touch of sex, a touch of violence and is sometimes funny.

Right now as we advance into an Inauguration of a President loved by the people, slandered by the LEFT and feared by the Global Elites, the parallels are scary.

The government we get is a reflection of our collective reality.

Why is this pertinent at this time?

This is a story of a little rotund man called Corkscrew by the opposition.  He is the president of the largest and most powerful nation in the world, yet (from his view) he is being treated unfairly because he is not eligible to run for a third term. He wants to be Emperor or perhaps even a global oligarch. The majority are beginning to realize that in the eight years that he governed, he didn’t really make their lives that much better. Yet and here is the rub: he is supported by the mighty rich global elites who are loath to lose an unfair advantage.  

This book is relevant because one week away from the inauguration of Donald Trump there are some very disturbing parallels.  False flags abound. What is being hidden? What don’t we know that we should know.

Definition of black propaganda – with lies and innuendo seeking to falsify perception, or to create a false reality, to justify a criminal act.

“derogatory information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.”

In America what is surfacing on social media is that there is NO evidence to support Russia having successfully influenced the American 2016 elections.  The LEFT lost because they chose an arrogant, inept and crooked candidate, Wikileaks exposed the DNC corruption. Assange has said his source was NOT Russian.

We can figure out that if Trump and Putin become friends, as both are AGAINST THE N.W.O. that the global game of open borders and regime change from above is over. Jacob Rothchild has said that Donald Trump is a danger to the N.W.O.

This book (Politics IOU) was written to raise awareness of how a hidden influence can tear apart the fabric of a culture. We lose our heritage only when we let others set out to exploit and divide us.

How we are controlled

In 2017 what is of concern is that:

  • That this election was fought bitterly and after the fight the nation has failed to heal. This shows us that somebody is still subverting us.
  • That false narratives being spread to de-legitimize the Trump presidency get debunked and disproven but then they pop right up again. As each lie is debunked, it seems to go away, but within a day or two the same old stale discredited narrative is resurrected on some different channel.
  • As the CIA baits Russia and Obama amasses troops on the Russian border what stands out loud and clear is that somebody wants World War Three but that it is definitely not the American people.
  • ONE BIG COLOSSAL outpoint:
    Nowhere is there any evidence of bad intent by Putin. He hasn’t eaten babies, he hasn’t been rude or nasty, he hasn’t assassinated an American president, or any other president of a sovereign nation, and no, he hasn’t even made a lewd or dirty pass at Michelle Obama. In fact as hostilities wind down in Syria, it is Russian boots on the ground, feeding and protecting the children and fixing the minefields to make it safe there again. Is it time to rethink good guy/bad guy?

    We are a constitutional republic. If nobody interferes with us we can agree to disagree and sort out our differences in the voter booth every four years.  That is the sane way to handle differences. It is a good system making for a smooth transfer of power. It only breaks down when those who favor “Might is Right” muscle in and try to subvert the system and sow seeds of unrest.

    Problems arise when the population is uneducated. Reading Politics IOU is an easy and pleasant way to remedy this problem and to figure out what is really going on. The best thing is it is FREE. Here is your free download. Politics IOU.

    America stays free if we refused to let ourselves be divided.  We have much in common whichever side of the aisle fits best with our reality.  We don’t have to let the oligarchies divide us.  We are all Americans first and foremost. We are all special.

 Some stable data:
  • That Russia is and will always be an opponent. Fair enough.
  • Putin has led Russia away from communism; that being friends with Russia may well be to our advantage in dealing with the communist China and the N.W. O.
  • That Putin supports Christianity, says he likes the moral and spirituality of a church.
  • That Putin expelled Soros from Russia
  • That Soros was/is Obama’s puppet master
  • That Putin opposes the global NWO and has cut the Russian economy free from centralized banking.
  • That the only gain from the Iraq war that cost us so much was a new Central Bank one of the first in the Middle East.
  • That the Syrian war was ILLEGAL, was never declared by Congress.
  • That the rebels causing the atrocities in Syria are set up and funded by Saudi Arabia, supported and armed by Obama & Clinton.
  • That ISIS was created & armed on Obama’s watch.
  • That this has all culminated in a Lame-duck president going rogue and signing an executive order to expel 72 Russian diplomats; a clear act of aggression. The big danger here is an American President who for some time has been acting like a king.

Liberals are still hurting because they lost the election. The press is very adept at putting a spin on things.  Political consultants aim to “smear” the political opponent and the press (guardians of the truth) are letting them get away with it. The art of the attack ad was created by GOP Karl Rove in daddy-bush days, but perfected in 2008 & 2012 by the Democrats. The attack ad gives political  power to special interests.

Definition of black propaganda – with lies and innuendo seeking to destroy another’s reputation.  Dr Ben has faulty memory, Trump is Hitler, Trump is anti-women, Trump is too-much-for women, Trump is racialist, Trump is anti-Muslim, Lying Ted, Low Energy Jeb, Crooked Hillary. These labels are GENERALITIES and like all GENERALITIES the clever voter spots that they are partly or largely FALSE. Things are never quite the way they seem.

The CIA, CNN, WaPo, Times, have come out in support of Russo-phobia. Why is this? That we have this much turmoil as we go into the Inauguration, is disturbing.

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America is a constitutional Republic and Donald Trump is our president elect, so the popular vote is irrelevant. Where it becomes important is when half of the population don’t see this, and buy into “the injustice of it all”. They simply do not understand the electoral college. However know that it is questionable if Donald Trump even lost the Popular Vote.

 

Read Politics IOU – its FREE and may you never see your Politics in the same way again.

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Quote for the Week

Interference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.

Haile Selassie

 

Why it is so important to Protect our Civil Liberties

Is it not the job of every American to protect our heritage? 

If you look at his map you will see that, although the USA is flawed, we are still among the luckiest people in the world.

Map of Freedom

In the United States we enjoy many rights that we hold dear: the right to worship freely, the right to think freely and to voice our opinions. Note that this system bequeathed to us by our founding fathers is in no way perfect, but this map shows us that we are still far ahead of the rest of the world. South America is not yet free but it is coming along.

If we are all to win the influence has to go from North to South and not the other way around. And as far as the rest of the world we need to make sure that the influence goes from West to East and that we do not accept totalitarianism.

Ours is not a fast system. Where we have erred is in trying to enforce our reality on others, to make them accept democracy too quickly.  These maps show clearly the advantage our system has in the world and given time and good leaders other countries will come to see this also. The problem is one of education, not war and the Internet is helping.

It has taken a long time for our politics to become inclusive. Society has had to grow beyond the bad idea of excluding certain segments of the population, like blacks and women. There are two more battles still playing out along these lines and these are gay rights and the rights of illegal aliens. Give it a little more time and these problems will also sort themselves out. We can’t short change the process We cannot prevent discrimination or even exploitation, but we are not all that far from making all people equal under the law.

Politics has been evolving in one other significant way. This is in a growing ability for the people to demand honest politicians. Finally we have the technology to demand transparency in government. At little or no cost we are now able to track the actions of our elected officials via the Internet. There is a simple truth and that is that corruption and evil cannot survive when the light of day is shone upon them.

Transparency International defines corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It may surprise you to find that we in America enjoy relatively clean government, for there is a correlation between democracy and corruption. That said we still have a way to go. You can play your part by taking on the civic duty of watching your elected officials and writing them whenever they get out of line.

THE MAP OF CORRUPTION

Map of Corruption

With the unique opportunity afforded us by the world wide web we are now able to hold our elected officials accountable. Power corrupts and the truth is that it is we who keep our policies in line but only if we are vigilant.

I laugh when I hear of Congresses low approval rate. Hello! Who is to blame? I don’t think I have the right to speak out or complain, except when I am doing my job to keep them in line. I think that is why the founding fathers blessed me with freedom of speech.

I write regularly to my representatives and have been gratified by observing positive change. It is easy to communicate regularly with your elected officials via

Downsize DC (https://downsizedc.org/)

Popvox (https://www.popvox.com/)

Popvox tries to bridge the gap between the input the public wants to provide and the information U.S. Senators and Representatives want from us.

Downsize DC wants to downsize and decentralize the government by restoring constitutional limits and the Bill of Rights.

Both sites make it easy to communicate to elected officials and both sites are informative.

We have had another election and this time there has been a major shift in power. Now Obama wants to turn back the clock. In no way a good idea.

Quote for the Month

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer;

 Let us not seek blame for the past;

 Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

John F. Kennedy

Grandma Thunder is political commentary that seeks to educate and go behind and beyond conventional thinking. With the country observably near a tipping point, is there something you can do to help to keep us prosperous and free?

Tipping Scales

Understanding Quantitative Easing

Negative Interest, Negative Gain

(An excerpt from “Politics IOU” by Grandma Thunder The Libertarian Norman McClosky is speaking.)

 

debt on stilts over a rough sea

All is under control although we all know we are still hurting financially: Why is this? Well don’t we have quantitative easing?

Duh?

Do you understand this magic that banks call quantitative easing? There is obfuscation in this arena but I do understand it and I do owe it to you, you the taxpayer, to try to explain it. Let me warn you though, that this is not going to be easy for there is craziness in the banking lore that we have all come to accept. So hang with me as I try to help you to sort it all out.

Banks use quantitative easing to control the supply of money in a country. In the good times, banks suck the extra money out of the economy and in the bad times they pump more money in.

Now do you understand quantitative easing?

Duh!

Once upon a time a little bank used to be able to deposit money in a big Central Bank and get paid an interest in the same way that long, long ago you were able to deposit your surplus earnings in a bank and get rewarded with accumulating interest. That was before banks got things back to front and decided it was good for you to spend your money and bad for you to save, so very good for bankers when we are all in debt, right?

The truth is that it is the old traditional values of hard work, thrift, balancing the budget, and saving that lead to liberty, and it is liberty that leads to happiness. This is the foundation of the American Dream and they are trashing it.  It was sound money and simple, transparent banking that gave us our past prosperity. This is what took us up to being the foremost super power in the world.

This quantitative easing, the idea that you can spend into prosperity is actually a big lie, and it is what is taking us back down again.

So what if they are giving out negative interest in the old world; what does this have to do with you or me? Why should it have any effect on our ability to flourish and prosper? Unfortunately in a world with a global banking system, the whole world bears the cost of quantitative easing whether it happens here or over the seas and far way. With old world banks being charged negative interest rates does this affect you in any way?  You bet it does!

Here is how it works:

You are industrious and you earn more than you spend. You take your surplus and you give it to a bank for safe keeping. What should happen is that your bank should lend your money to the nation’s entrepreneurs, so that businesses can flourish; any bank that rewards production creates prosperity. Thankful entrepreneurs then pay your bank and your bank pays you. For your industry and thrift you should be rewarded; when you put your deposit in a bank; a grateful bank should be there to reward you and to service you.  That’s right they definitely shouldn’t be there to charge you. They owe you for your industry and your thrift, you don’t owe them.

Should Old World banks not also be rewarded when they put their money in the Central Bank? Actually no! The old world banks were putting the money gotten from depositors in a Central bank when they should have been lending to the producers and the innovators in their land. So by charging negative interest rates the Central banks are actually forcing the old world banks to do their job. They are making it more profitable for banks to lend to entrepreneurs. The real problem with the old world is that it has bought into socialism and we all know that socialism sucks the money out of an economy; this has been proven over and over historically.  We don’t have socialism in our world, not yet we don’t, but our country is fast heading in that direction.

What is quantitative easing? This is when banks try to solve economic problems by increasing liquidity; The problem with this is that if you increase the supply of money without increasing productivity THERE IS GOING TO BE INFLATION and everyday prices are going to go up.

What we now have is the problem of a centralized, global economy where if quantitative easing is being done anywhere in the world, the prices all over are GOING TO RISE. Inflation is about to hit on a global scale.

Let me go over this once again and explain how this works. When a central bank creates money out of nothing and turns it into debt and pumps this money into the economy, there is more bad money chasing product than is healthy, and prices are going to rise.  Pricing is set on demand and supply. Lots of money WHETHER IT IS GOOD OR BAD MONEY increases demand and the prices go up.

What of all the cheap goods coming in from the third world, does this not offset the inflation? For now this is a factor for which we can be grateful. The problem is that creating money out of nothing is unnatural and as such these central banks that operate above national lines, are not creating a stable order. Ask yourself the question how is it that tissues and toilet paper made in the old world with all that distance and all the cost of transport can be cheaper than tissues and toilet paper made right here at home? The unnatural order can only be maintained by a gargantuan military presence. Hello!  The sad news is that if you think it through you will see that eventually the force will fail, and we will have that  global economic crisis that negative doomsayers keep warning us about.

Will your bank follow the example of the Central Banks in the Old World and start charging you when you deposit money with them, is this likely?

Unfortunately it is very likely.  Most of a bank’s deposits come from an exploding public sector. What the politicians want is for them to spend not to save. So yes it is very likely that banks could follow the lead of the Old World Central Banks and begin to “charge negative interest” on savings; all approved by your happy politicians who want you to spend and not to save.

Of course our New World Banks won’t call it negative interest, it is all going to be reflected in higher bank charges.  Actually this is happening already. Banks specialize in floating fees and interest rates, another way they fool you. Go check your last bank statement and you will see the increased charges, a little here and a little there.  You will find it all in the small print that nobody ever has the time to read.

Once upon a time banks paid you to put money in their bank, and now you are paying them, a little bit her and little bit there and lots of little bits that you never have the time to notice! What I am sure you do know, though, is that they are not paying you to put money in their bank, right?

So let’s take a good, new look at the global quantitative easing as demonstrated by the old world banks:

We have a bad situation in the rotten banking sector of the old world. They have made some pretty bad loans over there and their finances have been mismanaged for over a century. And what is our unregulated Federal Reserve doing to protect us from this Old World Banking Crisis? They have cut their own currency swap rates to prop up the Old World Central banks, those banks who without your FED support could not charge negative interest rates. That is right it is YOUR FEDERAL RESERVE that is compensating the old world banks for their losses on negative interest. Without being propped up by our Federal Reserve  the Central Banks in the old world would not dare to relinquish their source of revenue from the old world banks.

So here we have them at it once again: Who is going to be paying for this? I have to tell you, sadly, it will be you and I and of course our children and maybe even our children’s children.

 

Kid on Pot with newspaper

In summary:

Your FED is creating money out of nothing and turning it into debt, so that at some time in the future you and/or your children will have to bear the cost of this negative interest, and all in order to prop up a banking sector in the old world that has many corrupt and inefficient banks that should be left to fail. The collateral the FED is using as it creates new money through bonds to lend out, believe it or not, IS YOUR TAXPAYER MONEY.

Did they ask you whether you wanted to bail out the Old World Banks? Did they ask you whether you agree to having every dollar that you earn or spend become worth less? Did they ask you whether you wanted to prop up socialism in the old world; did they ask you whether you wanted to invite socialism into our free land?

No sirree!

The Federal Reserve operates above even the Federal Political System. It is a global banking Big Brother. Our founders warned us about BIG, BAD Government. Actually they warned us about BIG, BAD Banking also. Our complex banking sector has it rigged so that banks and investment firms are able to keep the profits during the good times. Yet when things get rough, bank losses are being socialized through inflationary bailouts which now have no national boundaries or protective measures. What does this mean to you and your family? It actually means you are going to have to pay for the Federal Reserve’s decision to bolster the Old World banks.  The loss is going to be passed on to you via global inflation.

Not many people are able to think this through and connect the rising prices on gasoline, milk, eggs, and clothing and other basic costs to the dishonest policy of Quantitative Easing.

Banks and corporations that manage our money badly should be allowed to fail. Then the good and honest banks can rise up and we will all be rewarded with a better system, a transparent system.  This is yet another banking scam and it is you and I that are going to be the losers.

Fiat money is causing this crisis and a flood of more make-believe money is not the answer. We don’t need any more quantitative easing and we don’t need any more  bank bail-outs but most of all we don’t need to be left paying for the quantitative easing of the Central Banks of the old world.

What we need is transparency and real monetary reform. When other countries mismanage their finances we need to be able to put protective controls in place, strong gates that keep us out of their mess.  What we really need is sound money.

Quote for the Week

There cannot be stable money within an environment dominated by ideologies hostile to the preservation of economic freedom

Ludwig von Mises 

When all Else Fails there always Welfare!

Socialism and Welfare (excerpt from Politics IOU)

The night was chilly when Spider and Ginsee arrived at the fast food restaurant. They had arrived early but their good friend Parker was there ahead of them  sitting on a rigid metal chair.

Parker was a wizard with wood; he could make anything with wood. In the better times he had made household knick-knacks, organizers and furniture, each unique piece more beautiful than the last.  Spider and Ginsee sometimes sold some of his exquisite wall planters and lamps at their art shows.  Since the crash with the cost of raw materials skyrocketing, had had to resort to making model airplanes which he sold to the military. As he said, “It’s  a living.”

“Can’t compete with the dollar on the dime store?” asked Spider.

“Don’t want to,” said Parker.

“Too tacky,” said Ginsee.

“Yep!” said Parker.

He had been hit harder than most by the Shadow County betrayal, losing many accounts; the only vendor who had had more county accounts taken was the hotheaded jeweler Noah who had lost 39 venues. Noah had been going into every little County facility that had ever existed.

”Where is Troy?” asked Ginsee.

”Let him go,” Spider looked up at Parker in sympathy. Troy was Parker’s long time helper.

 “Was it the insurance?”

“Yes that was the final straw.”

“How much does it cost to have a helper in these days?” asked Ginsee.

Probably time and a half.  If you pay a worker ten dollars an hour there is easily an extra  $5 (maybe more) for the government, the city, for the workman’s comp, for FUTA and and any other acronym the politicians and bureaucrats can dream up. And now with the Care Bill the small business man has to also to pay the medical. If the minimum wage is ten, maybe more than fifteen I don’t know Ginsee. It is obfuscated. It is all very confusing.”

“Yes that is what is so wrong.” said Ginsee. “Corkscrew promised transparency.I don’t see it.”

“Troy was a good worker,” said Parker.

“You been together a long time?”

“Yes. nearly twenty years.  I always paid him paid him more than minimum. The trouble is, what with only the planes making any kind of money . . . I would really have liked to keep him on, and I put off letting him go as long as I possibly could, but I honestly can’t afford him anymore. Heck I can hardly afford me right now. .  I really held on as long as I could, Spider.”

“I know you did.”

“I will miss Troy,” said Ginsee. She had been fond of him.

“What about you two, are you still going to do the shows?” asked Parker. He had changed the subject because he didn’t want to show just how much he also missed his helper.

“I won’t let Spider quit.”

“Do you need any help, parker” asked Spider.

“I‘ll get by.”

“Sticking?” asked Ginsee.

“It’s what I know and what I do best.”

Like Zafia and like Fred ( their framer) Ginsee knew that Parker would survive. He was an innovator. He was also a survivor. His products had been – well they were just uniquely beautiful and totally functional.

 “And what of Troy, is he going to be okay?” she asked.

“For now he is on welfare.”

‘Oh yes, when all else fails there is always welfare,” said Spider.

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“Hey Spider!”

The Six Dollar Twins came waltzing through the door. Of all the vendors they were making the most of this strange economy. The twins rolled in eight display racks to their corporate shows, all filled with Six Dollar items.  They were supremely organized, upbeat and insouciant and so they were popular.

‘Hey Parker, you applied for food stamps yet?” asked Ben.

“What !!” blurted Ginsee.

“Gotta work the system,” said Ken, ‘the food-stamps don’t make up the shortfall from all the county crap but it sure helps. . . “

“You on food stamps?” asked Spider.

“Uh–huh”

“I don’t think Spider is going to qualify,” said Ben.

“You make  more money than we do,” said Spider surprised.

“Ah but that is not how they see it. You gotta figure out the system and work it,” said Len.

“Parker would qualify, he lost more county accounts than we did.” suggested Ben

Parker was quiet. He would rather starve than go on welfare.

“Seriously Parker, every little bit helps.” said Len.

“It is not about pride, Parker, it is all about beating the system,” said his twin. “You either sock it to them or they sock it to you!”

Parker was silent.

stealing

 “Have you’all been to the Hospital Headquarters yet? You still go there?” asked Spider keeping the peace and changing the subject.  ”We are going there next week..”

”Be ready for a shock.”said Ben.

”Not another new manager?” asked Spider.

“Yep, third in a row, but this one decided to remodel the Cafeteria, “ said Ben “Now she allows us only two small tables way at the back of the room.”

“Oh no,”  said Parker “that isn’t going to work.”

“Go figure.”

“Is she also a mean one?” asked Ginsee thinking of Pearl and the volunteer strike.

“Yes” said Ben.

‘No,” said Len.

“Well which is she?” asked Ginsee

 “Well it is like this, she is not really mean, just socked into her own little world. Cafeteria looks real fancy but the truth is Ginsee, there is nobody goes there no more,”

“And I expect the room can’t be used for fundraising or meetings or classes any longer?”

“You got it.”

Spider sighed. So typical of the new breed of managers. Managers or employees for that matter, were no longer judged on their performance statistics. It was all about the image.

“So where did you sell, no way you can only use only two small tables with your set up?” asked Parker

“We went out on to the patio.”

“Better take string  Spider – that patio is breezy.” said Ginsee

“Did you make as much money as before?” asked Spider.

“You gotta be joking!”

“If I don’t as make any money there I am going to go apply for food stamps.” said Spider goading his little wifey.

“Over my dead body,” said Ginsee rising to the bait.

When all else fails there is always welfare.

foodstamps

“Hey Parker, what are you trying to do?” asked Len.

Parker was fiddling with the fast food restaurant’s table. “These things are bolted to the floor and I can’t move them together.” At the restaurant they had always taken over with four long tables and much revelry. One year there had been over fifty vendors attending.

I have some little folding tables in the van,” said Len, “shall I bring them out?”

“And I have some fancy lace table cloths!” said Ginsee entering into the spirit of the evening. Together the five old friends set about making the place festive despite all the setbacks.

”No liquor but they do have great coffee! Here taste this!”  Pleased by what Parker and Ginsee had created, Spider approached them with a tray full of coffee in paper cups. Only eleven people showed.

Next to join them was Nancy and Russel with a very sad tale to tell.

“We’re here but we ain’t in business no more. This is our last time, Spider!”

“You’re quitting?” Of all the vendors Ginsee had not expected this of them.

“We don’t have a choice, Ginsee, we no longer have any stock,” said Nancy.

“How so?”

“We got robbed.”

“What?”

“Selling East in Shadow County and staying over in a motel.”

“Lots of agriculture there,” said Spider. “Rich place”

“Rich and poor!”

“It wasn’t good?”

”It was a disaster,” said Russel.

“Because?”

“In the morning I went out to get the trailer in the motel parking lot … “

Nancy interrupted him,” He came back with eyes as big as saucers. She mimicked his deep voice,  ‘The van is there but there ain’t no trailer!’ ”

“No trailer?”

 “They stole the trailer, sawed it off just before the lock.”

“ They took it all, Spider, fixtures, signs, easels, clothing racks and everything.”

‘That is just awful,” said Ginsee “Were you insured?”

’For the van, but not for the trailer and its contents. I guess that was silly, “said Nancy.

“Insurance had been going up and up. I just couldn’t keep up,” said Russel.

“What about the City police, couldn’t they help you?” asked Ben.

“The police, hah!” said Nancy. “Fat lot of use they were.”

fat cops

Russel went on, “You do know Spider that our clothing is original. We get the cloth and then Nancy prints her own designs. Only then do we make our own unique outfits. There is nothing else quite like what we sell on the market.” Nancy was an artist in her own right and Ginsee loved the dresses she had bought from her.

“I called the police and reached a helpful clerk. I explained to her I had done a photo shoot of all the products just the week before for a new catalog and I had digital pictures of everything that was stolen. The helpful clerk was able to put my photos on the city police intranet.”

“So of course they got your dresses back?” asked Ginsee.

“Nope!”

”But all they would have to do is go to the street corners and swap meets on the weekend, find your dresses and that would lead them to the trailer?”

 “That’s exactly what I told them.”

Nancy called the policeman in charge of the case (theft of our trailer) “said Russel “After several failed efforts to reach him over a period of weeks, with us getting more agitated by the day, she finally got him on the phone only to be told nothing could be done.  He didn’t work on the weekend; he worked only Monday through Thursay.

“What!” Spider was flabbergasted.  To recover their stolen merchandise was an easy task, but the police had to be on to it almost immediately. A delay of a few weeks and the stuff could be shipped anywhere. Here was Nancy working 24/7 which she had done for over twenty years. She was an incredible artist but she also had a short leg so it couldn’t have been easy to go on doing shows.   “Did you ask to speak to a supervisor?”

“I talked to the Chief of Police. He told me he no longer dealt with stolen vehicles. They had closed the department”

“What is their tax rate?”

“Nine and a quarter, top tax rate,” said Ben.

“Go figure, “ said Spider.  “And what hours was the Chief working; did you think to ask him?”

“Yes,”  Russel gave a lopsided smile. “Their Chief of ol Police works Tuesday through Friday and he said he had not worked a weekend in his life.”

”Didn’t I read that that City is attempting bankruptcy?” asked Parker

“You heard right and we have decided to do the same,” said Russel.

“You are declaring bankruptcy?” asked Spider, appalled.

“We filed last week. We really had no choice.”

“What will you do to live?” asked Ginsee.

“I have a couple of months before I am eligible for Social Security, “ Russel answered, “ and we found out that with her short leg, Nancy can get disability.”

“And what about all your beautiful dresses?”  asked Ginsee

“All gone!” said Nancy cheerily.

When all else fails there is always Welfare.

 welfare

They drank coffee together and ate hamburger and shared old stories.  Once upon a time they had shared goals and dreams at these events.

”Just one thing, where was Noah, I had expected him to at least be here,” asked Spider.

“You hadn’t heard?”

“Heard what?”

 “Noah’s is in jail. “

“Oh no,” said Spider, “what happened?”

 “He was out protesting in the park when the cops rounded them up. Don’t worry Spider he’s got a lawyer brother who will get him off. “said Parker.

”I don’t know, “said Spider slowly. “The rule of law is crumbling.” He was concerned.

”Poor Noah,” said Ginsee,” bet he was just protesting the County affair.”

 “Actually Noah was able to slip away, he was there for a short while but he wasn’t caught in the park,” said Parker.

“So how come he is in trouble?”

“It was that niece; you know the one he has been helping.”

“The one with no husband, but always getting pregnant?

“That one,” said Parker.  ”She ratted on him to the police.”

“After what he has done for her,” said Ginsee appalled.

 “How many kids now?”

“Four”

“And still no husband?”

”Not a whiff of one.”

“Great welfare checks when you are a single parent,” said Parker

“Go figure?  And was this not the type of family strife typical of insipient socialism. .

When contraception fails there is always abortion or welfare.

Quote for the Week

God works in mysterious ways but at least he works, he’s never on welfare in a mysterious way.”  Stephen Colbert

 

 

Lost Prosperity

Small Business Trends
(Excerpt from  ”Politics IOU” by Margaret Lynn Verhoeff AKA Grandma Thunder}

Spider didn’t want to go out for fast-food!  It reminded him too much of his early, humble beginnings.

Their fancy restaurant was closed. After thirty years in business it had closed it doors. Had it been open, few vendors attending their annual get- together would have been able to afford the fancy meal they had all so very much enjoyed in better years.  The vendors had been meeting together at the same restaurant for six or seven years. He was sorry to see the restaurant go under for it’s superb style had meant something to him.  He and his young wife were still going to be getting together with their friends to welcome in the New Year, but maybe for the last time.  Spider wondered how many vendors would come, surely fewer than the prior year, and definitely a much smaller number than in the good years when it was still possible to make a living as a vendor.

Would he and Ginsee meet with them the following year? He really had no idea.

closing down

Spider had grown up on the streets in Workingman’s City. He understood  what it took to keep a small business afloat during the hard times. As a street urchin, he had been fed and helped by some of the kinder Workingman City small shop owners.  As he had grown he was too proud to accept a hand-out, and he had worked for his keep, doing whatever he could do to help those who had helped him.. A few shopkeepers had discovered that he was good with numbers and that was how he had come to learn the small business, economic model.

Later he had had the good fortune and the smarts to escape Workingman’s City, to get himself a degree in economics, and to enter the corporate world. That didn’t work out for he was too much a free spirit to adapt to the corporate hierarchy.

He had quit the corporate world after he had met the ethereal Ginsee. She was as light and white as he was dark and wiry, twelve years younger than he.  They had agreed to start a small business together and for ten years they had made a good living selling art, while visiting some of the more prestigious offices and hospitals, helping with fundraising and bringing a little cheer to the corporate employees. After marrying they had purchased a cabin on the edge of the high protected forest in the mountains of Shadow County from where they traveled out to do their shows. The terrain was as different from Working Man City as Spider could find. His favorite sport was rock climbing; he loved to hang halfway between heaven and earth. It was his agility as a rock climber that had earned him the nickname, Spider.

He loved his young wife deeply, and they very rarely quarreled; both upbeat souls, they seemed to agree on most things. But as they got ready to go to the fast food restaurant where they were meeting the other vendors, a fight was starting that was shaping up to be a doozy.

“You are planning to quit aren’t you, Spider? “ She made the accusation in a tone laced with make-wrong. She was right, he had been figuring on how to frame an elegant exit strategy from the game he and Ginsee had played for over ten years.

He was silent for a beat, he hadn’t told her, she had guessed. “I’ll be honest with you, Ginsee I have been looking at it,” he said.

“You mean you are actually thinking of stopping the mobile gallery?” she asked with narrowed eyes.

“Not ever leaving you, just quitting the business,” he said and smiled. It was said to reassure her but it didn’t have the required effect.

“You want us to just quit!”

“Uh-huh.”

“Because?”

“Because we are losing money.”

“And we don’t have enough to ride it out? “

“Of course we do, but that is not the point.” he had spent his money on property and invested astutely.

“What is the point?”

“Are you sure you don’t want to just stop, Ginsee.?” She was surprising him. It had been hard on her too of late.

“You can quit Spider but I for one am not going under.” It was said with a firmness that was quite unlike her and he was caught flatfooted by her reaction. While he could or not have their small business, he was stunned to see that she was emotional about losing it. He decided that like a house sacrificed to the mortgage crisis, there is a lot of feeling invested in a small business, especially a family business or one lasting several years like theirs.

”You don’t want to go do something new? There are lots of things we can do.”

‘“Absolutely not!”

It was said with such firmness that he stood there just looking at her.

“So you’re a quitter Spider?”

“I am not a quitter,” he said.

“You quit the corporate world and now you are quitting small business”  It came across as a make-wrong and put him on the defensive.

“You need to wake up, Ginsee, times have changed.”  He said it with a touch of patronization that he instantly regretted. She always reacted badly to that, knowing that she wasn’t as well educated as he.

“I don’t care!”  She had tears in her eyes.

He back pedaled and said patiently “With the volunteer strike we lost our biggest account, the hospital.  Add to that that there are just too many Corporations leaving Shadow County. You have to admit Ginsee that our accounts have been dwindling. We are operating in a playing field that is contracting.”

“I know that Spider.”

They had recently gone into a large office building, one of their bigger accounts, only to find that three office wings had been evacuated. The lights were off and the wind was howling down the corridors.

“Where are all the people,” she had asked.

“They have all been shipped  to the Third World,” said a loyal customer, one of the few who had staid. In the Third World corporate employees could be had for ten on the dime.

“What about the Shadow County fiasco? It could happen again,” he said.

The County Supervisors had axed what had been a win-win activity. For almost thirty years vendors had gone into the Shadow County offices to create events, partnering with the Shadow County Employees to support charities. What sat in Spider’s craw was that he knew that the popular vendor events served the county employees in many ways that the supervisors didn’t even begin to appreciate.  It brought them unusual products and gave them a worthwhile game.  What Spider had most hated was that shortly before the guillotine had fallen, he had spent over two thousand dollars to fill special orders for a County facility where he could now no longer go. There had been no warning.

What he had loved about their County events was the spontaneity. In one company an inspired worker had adopted a family and helped them celebrate the Year-end. Soon the other employees had jumped aboard to where he found that their commission was helping over a hundred families in the community. Spider loved that. When you donate to big charity it is the bureaucrats who get the money.  Furthermore he understood that when the public sector failed to support the private sector, the tax base began to shrink and that was what caused government layoffs and the beginning of a dwindling spiral. How Spider hated BIG government in bed with BIG corporations and now also in bed with BIG charities.

“The dice is loaded against small business; think of Fred and your pool.”  He was still trying to win her over to his point of view.

Fred Kent was their framer; a man who had been very much a part of the success of their business. When the economy had turned down Spider had gone to him to ask how much he owed the banks, fearing the worst because Fred had undergone a big expansion just before the slide. The framer had been a prudent man, and now owned his property outright. When he told Spider that he owed nothing, Spider had hugged him.  With this framer on their supply lines, Spider had known they could prevail whatever government chose to do with the economy.  Yet they had just heard that Fred had, had to layoff some staff and cut his warehouse-space in half, renting out the part.  He didn’t have big business debts but there were always the operating costs, costs that were going up due to inflation. Ginsee’s physical therapist had also layed off staff and closed the pool, she said too many silly regulations for the pool, and heating costs were prohibitive. She was also operating with half the space she had enjoyed before in the better times.

“But they are not quitting, Zafia is not quitting, and Fred is not quitting.  They offer so much that I know they will survive. What I don’t like is that you are wanting to quit, Spider.”

“What is going on here Ginsee, this is not at all like you?”he asked. Usually she meekly followed his lead.

 “What I don’t like is that It is all Corkscrew’s fault; we quit and he wins.”

“What?” He was still smarting from being called a quitter, and still hadn’t figured out what the conversation was about, so he said, “Yet you voted for him.”

Corkscrew was a little rotund man, with indeterminate color and big ears.  He was their elected President. Spider, a strong supporter of the Constitution had gone to the president-elect’s website and had been able to read the socialist agenda that was couched between the lines and had not voted for him. Many innocent voters like Ginsee had been taken in. This had been before they were married.

“Yes damn you Spider I did vote for him and I regret it. That was before you educated me. I have come to see that this president is bad for the New World,”  Spider inclined his head. It was the first time she had acknowledged his views on Corkscrew.

It was their friend Jamboree who had given the devious President the name Corkscrew in her saucy blog, ”Pink Salt”. The post had gone viral and the name had stuck,.

satirical on corruption

“I wouldn’t worry Ginsee, the cadaverous senators supporting the man are already half dead. It is just a matter of time before they all go down.” Ginsee didn’t smile.

“Seriously Spider, the man has far too much power.”

“You think?”

“Yes.”

“And what has this to do with our business?”

“What is it we sell Spider?”

“Framed art.”

“No. Think about it, what do we advertise all the time?  We advertise ‘quality of life’. ”

Spider had to concede that what she was saying was true: for their tagline was ‘Quality of Life that is Affordable.’

“Think back to your horrible life in Working Man’s city.”  she continued intensely.

He looked at her now fully engaged, remembering tract upon tract of drab square government houses.

“So?”

“So what happened in Working Man’s City is happening right here and now in Shadow County.  Did you see what they have done to the foothills? They are scraping off the tops of the hillocks to level the ground.  At least in Working Man’s City it was flat to start with.”

“They are trying to make everything flat?” He hated that.

“That is right. You didn’t know? ”

“No.”

“It is all going to be all flat and ugly here.” She was still teary..

“Socialism is ugly.”

“Socialism is the big equalizer, I know how you hate that.”

She smiled at him and he smiled back. They were talking again.

“He is screwing with us, Spider, but that is not why I don’t want to quit.  We make aesthetics and quality of life affordable for the ordinary man. It is now hard times, and I don’t want to also take that away from our customers. Going on is the least we can do. I don’t want to take a quality of life away from the people that we have served for over ten years.”

Spider got it. He finally got it. He went over to her and hugged her.

“I understand.” How far his fairy princess had come since he had married her. She was amazing! She was awesome!

“”And we will stay in business and flourish and prosper?”

“Yes.”

“To flourish and prosper we are going to have to handle Corkscrew.”

“That too.”

 Quote of the Week

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. 
Mahatma Ghandi

 Excerpt from  ”Politics IOU” by Margaret Lynn Verhoeff AKA Grandma Thunder

 

old woman walking on water.

This is a blog post from Grandma Thunder

 

Socialism

Proof that you cannot Multiply Wealth by Dividing it!

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked, and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

picture of skunk looking at new flag for USAThe professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism ”
… All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (Substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

This story was forwarded without the original source. Grandma did not write it.  She thought it great, and so is sharing with you.

This is Grandma’s take on Socialism

  1. When the people get the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
  2. When some of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, that is also the beginning of the end of the nation.
  3. Government cannot give to anybody anything what the government does not first take from somebody else.  When politicians perfect the art of taking from producers, it is the beginning of the end of a nation.
  4. Oligarchies, Monopolies and Crony Capitalism does this better (i.e.Stealing from the people) than even Big Government.  When the idle rich and the idle poor get in bed with the force of Big Government with intent to steal from the people (in other words to create Socialism) the end is very nigh.
  5. Socialism destroys society and local communities. It is mostly embraced by those who seek unfair advantage over others. It is also attractive to victims, those who do not take responsibility. Give such people power and that is the beginning of the end of a nation.

This is a blog post from Grandma Thunder. Can you think of a single reason for not sharing this classroom story? Neither could Grandma! So she has shared it with you. Please do also share!

Quote for the Week

The Problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money
Margaret Thatcher

old woman walking on water.