I respect Studdert for being forthright. He is also a very engaging speaker.
What he didn't say is this is the time for a man like Romney. Four years from
now may be too late.
WOW!! A little truth and warning in the newspaper. This guy is on target. Of
course, these are the same things that bloggers and others have been saying for
more than three years, some for many years. The comptroller general just
resigned after warning for years what's coming. That should scare you."Today the United States of America is a house of cards that could tumble at
any time," he said. "The elements of a perfect storm of destabilization
and crisis are all about us."You stick your head in the sand at your
Now is the time for a man like Ron Paul. Romney is more of the same.
Since when are these ideas new? Every since FDR, someRepublican has
predicted America's demise.
There is no more "power of the polls". In the 1970's, newspaper stories pointed
out that three out of every five people in the United States were dependent upon
government for their living. That would include welfare recipients, Social
Security recipients, and those employed by government in the endless
bureaucracies administering these programs. The two out of five in the private
sector will never be able to out vote those who want to maintain their
government paychecks. I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who said that
we would lose our freedom when people discovered that they could vote themselves
money from the government. And the government is not a producer; it must always
pass laws to take money from the producers to give to others who did not earn
it. I would like to see some in depth articles on how many people today
are depending on government money versus those who are producers.
This country for the past fifty years has been sold out to the higest bidder by
our elected officials in washington D.C.these same officials put their hands on
the holy bible and swore to uphold the constitution of the U.S.A.about the only
thing they have accomplished is lining their own pockets at the expense of the
taxpayers.it amounts to outright TREASON but none are held accountable.if this
countrys finances were fully investigated we as a country would be shut down
Where has this guy been hiding? This article should be posted on every desk of
every representative at every level of government. Someone with clout has
finally put in writing what has been so obvious for years to the american
consumers and the american people, at least to some of us. However, it will
require our representatives to stop thinking about self interest. It seems many
advisors to those makeing the decisions have not listened to. Why hire advisors
if they don't listen to them? Our highest leader, Bush, is more concerned about
being able to eaves drop on his neighbor and countrymen than the state and
stability of our economy. Bush never has shown any intelligence to lead a
nation, he acts more like a CEO for corportate america than the leader of a
powerful nation of people. When this country does crash, and every day that goes
by it gets closer, it will make the great depression look like a cake walk.
Every thing that was set in place to prevent the cause and effects of the great
depression has been overturned and nullified. The greatest national security
threat to our country is from within, not Iraq.
People are so worked up about terrorism and illegal immigration. All smoke
screens, this is the real issue of the coming election. We are going into debt
to the tune of 1 billion dollars per day to China. While national debt
accumulates, personal debt is also buring the wick on the other end of the
candle. Our greed and materialism are consuming more than is being produced. The
laws of economics dictate the bubble will be burst and a balance of equilibrium
will occur. It's just a matter of when, beause the dollar is already losing much
power. Quit buying cheap Chinese manufactuered goods.
Of course the day wouldn't be complete without some Rush O'Hannity whining about
his attachment to Mitt Romney. : >
Our necons would call this guy "from the drive-by media" or worse yet - a
traitor to America for suggesting that anything could be possibly wrong.
Living off debt is like robbing a bank. It works great until the robber
gets caught or runs out of money. Since the robbers in the USA are our
politicians (law makers) and their associates, running out of money is the only
real issue. The party will end in the USA when: (1) Foreign nations
will no longer lend (give) money to the USA.(2) The money supply can
no longer be expanded without causing hyper inflation which would be opposed by
WE THE PEOPLE.(3) A significant percentage of tax revenue is
required to pay interest on government debt. (4) A significant
percentage of other income is required to pay interest on non government
debt. Stimulating the economy by Debt Creation is a hoax. The
USA needs to focus on Wealth Creation.
Thank you George W Bush and Company.
I wonder if taxes will have to be raised simply for government bonds to keep
their AAA rating.
What if Saudi Arabia stops selling us oil. Many African nations would love to
replace Saudi Arabia. What if China holds trillions of dollars. Count the
number of Chinese. A one year crop failure divided by over a billion people who
would have to buy rice from us would settle the score. Nearly all Americans
know where we will sleep tonight and where our next meal will come from. Our
questions are should we vacation at the beach or the mountains. You have to be
in the dark to be afraid of this monster.
Bush did what he set out to do. There was a budget surplus. Bush's job was to
extract as much money as he could and send it along to his patrons. At that,
he's succeeded wildly. To the devil with the rest of us.Bin Laden
was a lucky break for him, giving him a means to frighten us while he emptied
I agree "Utah Resident" and Bob G. I've been, much less articulately, saying
the same thing and have been told I wasn't 'patriotic'.
What will happen when the world has grown tired of "America: World Police", and
they decide that WE are a threat and part of the "Axis of Evil"? Will we be
able to defend our homeland if half of our military is stationed in Europe, the
Middle East, and Korea? Bring them home, and let's focus on OUR
This trend toward self destruction started out of the great depression with the
administration of FDR and has continued with more and more people expecting more
and more money in some form from the government. The government has become the
controlling economic power in the country because of their ability to tax and
the penchant to win elections by handing out entitlements (bribes) to every
class of citizen. Until we reverse this attitude we will continue down the path
of economic collapse. It could start with each of us becoming more dependent on
ourselves by reducing or eliminating our personal debt and become self
sufficient and not having to rely upon the government although programs they
have passed like medicare require our older citizens to become dependent on
government and now Hillary want national health care which will end up really
bankrupting us. It is time to wake up and quit being complacent about what is
happening around us.
Definitely paints a bleak picture. And most of what he says is correct.Yah just can't vote for more of the same. You have to vote for someone
who will change this digging of the hole.
When are we going to do something about "term limits" on congressmen. Having a
Representative in Washington for years turns all good men bad and all bad men
worse. Get them in, get them out. It would be interesting to see if someone else
could do better. We will never know so long as we keep re-electing the same
guy.Is it time for change? Let it start there!
The government is just a reflection of the people. Unfortunately, we get what we
deserve. Government irresponsibility is a reflection of personal responsibility.
Thank you for the insightful slap from reality. It's not enough, I'm sure, to
wake us from our stupor of celebrities and immigrants, but it does draw
attention to what's really going to bite us. We want the war, especially
here in Utah. The four billion a week has to come out of someone else's pockets,
though. We want, and will only vote for, tax cuts. Trouble's comin'.
I and many others have seen this coming for years. We are no longer an
Independent Nation. As the article stated, we are too much dependent on foreign
countries for our financial well-being. Every time a mention is made, or
a step is taken, to help us become a more self-reliant nation, there arises
objections that, in the case of oil, 'it will harm the environment, and any
progress toward independence stops.The gentleman is correct. We need less
political correctness and more political responsibility.This year's
offerings for new Presidential Leadership is sadly lacking. I give blame for
this largely on our press and media in general for having no interest in
promoting the 'good of the nation'.
First, we should keep one thing in mind, and that is this gentlemans conflict of
interest. Much as we have chided our legislators for not having it.This gentleman has written a book which I have not read but the title
suggests, the more doom and gloom the higher the sales.This does not
mean what he says is wrong. It does mean we should keep that in mind as we
listen to him. A grain of salt.That being said, certainly we could
fix a great deal of problems by balancing a budget. Stop going selling bonds,
etc to China and Japan. We need to create an actual energy policy that must
include diversifying the sources of our oil. And we need real leadership. Take
Ethanol, that is a joke. Nothing but government to the highest bidder.I agree with the assessment that President Bush and company are horrible in
these areas. The tax cuts have helped significantly. What they did not do
everywhere else is more hurt than the tax cut help.The problem with
Romney, which guy do we get? The one who balanced Mass budget by increasing fees
$700+million, or the business manager extroidaner?
What does Globalism mean to me? Let's begin with China...our national bank. We
allowed them to dump cheap products on our markets, manufacturers to relocate
there, multinationals, etc..the U.S. consumer can buy the 3.00 lamp at walmart
while the us worker gets layed off. Our products sit while foreign product
sell...DA who got bought off in congress?? China buys our TBILLS, Saudi's hord
US dollars...and we've successfully allowed ourselves to be extorted. Another
DAPoliticians, repubs and dems, spend billions on education, prescription
drug benefits, entitlements, and then we need to print more money while our debt
rises. Instead of investing in American production, we have essentially
sold out, spend more than we have, and then find ourselves in one big mess.Then, we allow anyone to invade our country to take all of our public
assistance for free for them, and at our expense. Plus, under the so-called
"multiculturalism" agenda, we have assaulted our Western heritage and displaced
it with relative irrelevancy. Hey Congress, forget Clemens and get
something done! Well folks, this is why I voted for Ron Paul.
Too simplistic to blame "George W. Bush & Company"for everything. If every person would look to theirselves, and how they are contributing to
the problem, there would be solutions to many of our ills.
it seems that many Americans have become obsessed with wealth and will happily
buy something cheaper made in China so that they can have money to pay an
outrageous mortgage on a large house, or make the payments on their Mercedes
Benz car. This is reflected in big business who can save
manufacturing costs and make a bigger profit by setting up their plants
overseas, and putting American workers out of their jobs. The Government
leaders have the same mindset, do whatever is necessary for re-election, without
any concern for the health and prosperity of the United States. In
days gone by, most Americans priorities were God, Family, Country. Today it
seems that what most Americans value is materialism at any cost.
I am afraid it doesn't matter who is voted in or voted out.The glory days
when America ruled the roost are over. Time to re-evaluate your prorities and
values.Less is more.The best things in life are free.Perhaps
there is someway I can serve somebody.
and their food storage and philosophy of getting out of debt. Mabey the time
will come when they will be thought of as the genious's they are...
Since when does this "Rush" alike become an authority on the future of the
United States? He, evidently, was a part of the "Reagan Revolution" which has
resulted in the state of affairs now. What has conservative politics brought us
to this point in time but housing crisis, a dead end war, Roe vs. Wade stronger
than ever, larger government and a loss in the confidence of America. If, this
man is going to through rocks, he should remember he was part of the "House Of
Cards" built by his cronies.
Wonderful article! Yet, America should stop blaming our elected officials and
government. We've chosen this course thus far. The change must now begin in our
own lives, in our own households. Personal debt and responsibility must begin
with us, including our own involvement with how our community, state and federal
government are run. We've been sitting idly by as a people. The ship is about to
hit the iceberg and we've had no desire to steer its course until panic sets in.
Massive change must take place now to redirect the course, if possible, but the
finger pointing elsewhere, should point to our own lives first and our choices
we have made to lead country down this path. Then take ACTION in our communities
and government to make the change.
And so a new day of revelation has dawned. We have a bureaucrat who has made his
fortune feeding at the Washington trough tells us all is (or was) wrong. Hello!
Are we that stupid?
Advisor to four Presidents?? In what position precisely.From what
I've heard of your part as the Chairman in the Fonix debacle, I can't imagine
what advice you could give that would either be uniquely informative or, more
Would anyone on this blog be interested in pushing for congressional term
limits? There's been much ado made about change in the current election round,
but changing the White House, in my opinion, won't affect a very broad or long
lasting change. Clip the out of control Congress wings with term limits and we
may really see some substantive change.
I wonder what currency the prophet of doom receives when he sells his book and
collects appearance fees. controversy without solution seems to pay. I prefer
the cllected works of "chicken little."
WASHINGTON - President Bush said Thursday that the country is not headed into a
recession and, despite expressing concern about slowing economic growth,
rejected for now any additional stimulus efforts. I don't know if I
should laugh, cry or throw-up?
I, too, am concerned about the mountains of debt and negative savings rate in
this country. One thing we do have, however, is political stability
(comparative, relative stability, that is) that accounts for the house of cards
still standing.You can draw a parallel to major league baseball; for
years many teams lose millions of dollars, but the owners can turn around and
sell them to someone else for more than the total of what the seller paid for
the team plus all cumulative losses. there's some intangible there.That's not to say we can just go willy-nilly on our merry way and everything
will work out. Nor does it mean we have to adopt Jimmy Carter's 1970's theme of
go without, reduce your standard of living, and accept that your are now third
rate. Make responsible choices about what you really need as opposed to want.
What do you really have a right to expect from others in the form of their taxes
as opposed to what services you are willing to pay for yourself? All of this
needs to be tempered with compassion for the disabled and the general good
(public education, law enforcement, etc.)
... declare bankruptcy as a nation and start over? It seems to work for those
who can't meet their obligations at the consumer and business level. Why not the
national level? Those that are hording our money will be bummed when the notes
they are holding are worthless. Those that are citizens can exchange their
current savings for "new" dollars. Man, I should be President. :)
Folks..read the IRS 1040 booklet under the federal budget and look at Interest
on the debt, entitlements, and military spending and then you'll see where the
money goes. Social Security should only be for when you retire, now it is an
umbrella. Bush increased the size of government by over 7% per year. The
problem is that the republicans and dems are run by big government types now..we
need a conservative party in power to fix things.
As an adviser to the past several administrations, it appears that Stephen M.
Studdert himself is more to blame for our situation than any single
president.Shame on you, Stephen M. Studdert! You are a BAD
adviser!So why should we listen to his "sky is falling" rhetoric??
And we as a State wanted ot want to continue to vote Republlican? Lets get
someone like Clinto who balanced the budget and paid down the debt.
Where was this man when he joined the Reagan team? Was everything great then and
now it's gone to ___ in a basket? Forget the house cards, if you could collect
all the books about what is or has been wrong with American and burn them,
you've solve the energy crisis. Thanks but no thanks to you, you offer
nothingof any help to this country.
This guy is spot on in the points he makes. As was mentioned we need to go back
to self sufficiency which has been redefined by the PC as isolationism. One point that never gets mentioned is the economic earning disparity.
I'm still seeking an intelligent argument as to why (if we are all created
equal) one guy who delivers an essential service or product to the market is
worth $10.00 an hour and another guy (irrespective of how many pieces of paper
he has on his wall), deliver the equivalent essential product or service be
worth $20,000 a minute. Is not government subsidy directly related
to the disparity of earning. Why is it that the medical industry can casually
charge fees that require insurance to pay the charges to begin with? Then
instead of asking them for a rational explanation we instead grow government by
stealing the fruit of the labor of those who are already under paid to pay those
who are over paid.It's been clear to me for some time that
capitalism without moral boundaries is a contributing factor relating to this
coming financial tsunami.
At least congress is working on fixing the steroids in major league baseball
Ever heard of the Nuclear Option? It has been discussed by top ranking Chinese
officials. It goes like this: China holds so much of our debt that if they
chose to dump our debt on the market they could destroy the dollar, and thus the
country. You might think that China is so intimately linked to our economy that
they wouldn't do such a thing. I hope that is the case, but China isn't exactly
known for doing what you would expect. If our relations with them become
strained, or they want to send a message they could easily exercise less than
the Nuclear Option, which would still be devastating.
To Nuclear Option | 9:56 a.m. How exactly does dumping US debt on
the market have anything to do with "nuclear" anything? Your comment makes no
sense. Please explain, if you are able.
Everybody, when you get your stimulus check from the IRS in a couple of months,
make sure that you look toward the west, because it is the Chinese who are
loaning you that so-called "free" money in the form of treasury bond
investments. One of these days the flow of investment money from China will
slow, and all of the sudden the lives of every US citizen will dramatically
change. The slowing of investment money from China is inevitable, even though
when it happens it will cause them pain as well. The only question is when.
Oh, great. Another self-declared "authority" trying to give the Skousen
conspiracy clan more ammunition for their "end of the world" scenarios and panic
speach.What a fool this man is. Doesn't he realize HE is part of
several administrations that got us into the mess he is proclaiming?!If the sky is really falling the way he claims, then HE is to blame. And if he
is that stupid, then perhaps there is reason to believe that such stupid people
really have set us up for a meltdown...?
My comment makes perfect sense. "Nuclear Option" is the term China's own state
media uses to describe the scenario of China dumping our debt on the financial
markets. China threatened to dump our debt on the market last October when our
government threatened trade sanctions, in an effort to force the Chinese to
allow the yuan to float. You haven't heard much about our government trying to
force the Chinese to allow their artificially low currency to revalue to what it
should be. Why haven't you heard anything about it? Probably for the same
reason you can't boss your bank around. Here is the bottom-line
point in case you don't understand currency and debt markets: China could
absolutely devastate the country without ever firing a nuke. It is
true that China would be hurt by the Nuclear Option, but not nearly as much as
we would be. We "need" much more than a bike, a 400 sq. ft apartment for 7
people and a few cups of rice and vegetables per day.
Now all we have to do is get some real people like mr studdent run for office.
There is no one out there running for political office, locally ar nationally
that I would even waste my time to vote for. Two wrongs don't make a right.
Today, when Bush was asked about gas reaching $4 per gallon by spring, he
replied.."That's interesting. I hadn't heard that. ... I know it's high now."
This is the kind of president that Republicans wanted. God help us all.
I know Studdert personally and find him to be one of the most gentle, caring and
heart-felt individuals I've known, or leastwise that's what he projects.
However, he has one huge failing... he is a party line individual and will not
hesitate to sacrifice an individual to an organization's agenda even if the
organization is wrong. Does that make him bad? No! But it does tell something
of the veneer this person works from behind.He was and is still the
champion of Reaganomics. Reaganomics is a fantasy of disastrous
proportions and consequences. Reagan's tax break benefited only the rich and
privileged, which he offset with the single largest peace time social security
tax hike in history... to pay for his tax break... at the sole expense of middle
class Americans. We're still suffering from the residual of his fantasy-based
economics.Want to straighten out America's economy? ... get back to
giving middle class Americans a fair shake. Politicians (from both parties)
need to quit making economic war on middle class America. Maybe it's time to
scrap the whole tax code and implement the Fair Tax. For sure, middle class
America would be the primary beneficiaries to that one.
Time to start the wind mills, improve the efficiency of solar cells and develop
geothermal resources. If we can't or won't face up to the obvious it's going to
become necessary to face an even less desirable fact... that there will be a
renewal for the mining of uranium and developing and utilizing more Nuclear
power. Even worse we face the possibility of losing our National parks to allow
further oil related development. Utah, Colorado Wyoming and Alaska are the
states who will suffer the most. The development of our tar sands and shale oil
resources have already begun. Oil produced from tar sands is already being
piped into the United States for refining from Canada and several even bigger
pipeline projects have already left the drawing boards and will soon begin. It
won't be long until the same will be happening in Utah and it's neighboring
states. If we want money in our pockets and food on our tables then we
need to shut down Wal Marts all over the country and do away with the the North
American Free Trade Agreement. It's time for the CEO's of these U.S.
Corporations to tow the line and think American First!!!
When you do nothing but proclaim: "I am a conservative - nothing needs fixing" -
you become part of the problem.
I realize there are many perceptions of problems abounding at all levels of
government, particularly the Federal Govt. They seem largely rooted two
things:1) Money 2) PowerI agree with JH that term
limitations for all elected officials are a matter of prudence and of
constitutional reform. This will prevent to a large degree, career
politicians.I would go one step further, and propose a part-time
federal congress. Let them work for a living like the rest of us, and represent
much like other state legislatures do, part-time.I believe this will
deter power and money hungry individuals from political office. For there will
little of both at the federal level, when compared with the current situation.
at the next election we vote out all the individuals running for re-election and
vote in a new group of, Oh Wait, the new ones running for office are as bad as
the ones in office, Hmm. Maybe we start at the lowest level and vote out the
state legislature. Then anyone holding national office and keep doing that
until we get what we need and that is a group of individuals who understand if
we are to continue to exist we need individuals that have honor and respect for
the family, diligent work ethics, absolute values of right and wrong, honesty in
business practices, wholesomeness in leadership, respect toward authority,
moderation rather than excess, marriage as a prerequisite before having sex or
bearing children, believe in a family which consists of both a father and
mother, taking responsibility to provide for our own such as ones spouse,
family and children, and so forth. Course, Hmm, those people are
hard to find anymore.
I'm a little (maybe a lot) surprised that the Federal Reserve hasn't been
brought into this discussion. When you base an economy on fiat money, there is
nothing to back it except the vague concept of "consumer confidence." Once
that's gone, it's not worth the paper it's printed on. Bernanke and his cohorts
have been flooding the market with cheap dollars which make it more profitable
to borrow and invest in real estate, for instance, than to save. The fractional
banking system encourages debt and discourages saving. It's a sucker's game.
The blame Bush atitude is hardly fair here. This all started back with the
inception of entitlement programs. War on poverty anyone? Every Democrat who has
sought to increase entitlements and every Republican who cut taxes without
cutting spending has contributed to this mess. Both parties are to blame.Bush's claim to fame is that he has accelerated the process by adding
the prescription drug benefit to medicare and fighting for and passing tax
cuts.I would also like to add that the Democrats new messiah Obama
(the likely next pres IMO) hasn't exactly acknoledged the issue in any of his
platitude laden speeches. In fact, last I checked his entire platform was based
oodles of new spending. Change indeed, thats all you'll have left in your pocket
if he's done.
Maybe the folks here criticizing this guy for his 'doom and gloom' story should
take five minutes and do some research on the issue. Many government agencies
and think tanks (conservative and liberal) have been sayong the exact same thing
for years. It's not exactly news.I might also add, this is not a
Democrat vs Republican issue, it is a Democrat and Republican issue.Pull your heads out of the ground. We can't grow out of this mess.
It's all his opinion, and we all know what opinions are like.Shame
so many people jump on his bandwagon and then attempt to blame President Bush
for what's (in his opinion) happening. Anything to attack the president.
Ref: Nuclear OptionObviously many are unfamiliar with what you are talking
about. But there are some of us pre- Cold war fogies still around. The
Russians had nearly the same stranglehold over the U.S. up until the fall of the
Iron Curtain. F.D.R. under the Lend lease program had authorized the Treasury
department to issue a series of Gold Certificate printing plates to the soviets
during World WarII. There were several sets of these plates made. The Soviets
wore out several of the sets printing and stockpiling Billions of Greenback
Gold Certificates and secretly warehousing them. When we tried to get the
plates back only the worn sets were returned. The Treasury Department realized
the significance of the problem right off...... that much more currency had
been printed than accounted for. Intelligence sources later confirmed what the
Soviets were up to and that they still possessed two remaining near mint sets.
The last of the sets were smuggled out of the Soviet Union by British agents in
the 1960's. The soviets were never able to capitalize on destroying our economy
for several reasons. I'll have to continue this later since I need to go and
Sorry MTM -It must be difficult for you to witness the GOP (with The Bush
Doctrine at the head) - imploding right before your very eyes.The age of
critical thinking has begun - and there's no stopping it now.Then it's on
to the New Renaissance!
The man is right on the mark. The trouble is that even a new President can't
bring Congress and the Courts back in line. It would take hundreds of newly
elected leaders with the same platform to turn this mess around. The chances of
that are nil.
Ref: Nuclear OptionContinued from Part I:Poor old Harry
Truman. First he had to be told about the Atom Bomb after FDR died in office
and had to make a rather hasty decision to use them. Then looking at
re-construction and all that would be needed to begin rebuilding Western Europe,
he's finally told of the the Soviets plans to flood the world economy with
legal U.S. Currency backed by gold. (NOTE: Under FDR the U.S. had been taken off
the Gold Standard in the 1930's and it was actually illegal to own or possess
gold.) Fortunately for Harry, he lost his bid for election and so Dwight
Eisenhower inherited this problem of the Gold Certificates. For Utahns and for
members of the LDS Church this is where the story gets interesting. Ike
carefully began filling his cabinet and looking for key advisors to help solve
the re-construction issues and many issues with the emerging New Soviet Union
The Soviets thinking of what the post war world was going to become was far
different than the perspective of Great Britain, France the U.S. and all of
their allies. The Soviets were fearful of not being included in World affairs
Ditto to "SamHill" This guy is just trying to sell books. After watching what
he did at Fonix, I am not sure I would trust any opinions that he has.
Read Studdert's Book, America in Danger. Surprised that Jasen Lee did not
mention that Studdert was talking about the book during his address to The
Hinckley Institute of Politics. Look around, you can find it if you are
Must feel pretty good to use the power of censorship on someone you don't agree
I am conservative, but joe Lieberman is one of the few in politics that can be
called a statesman today.McCain, Clinton and Obama are
politicians... Power hungry, more of the same... politicians....We
are turning into a 3rd world country in fornt of our eyes....Hope we all
have talents to raise our own gardens or have the foresite to have a storage of
food supplies.... Read about the great depression... we will most likley
suffer the same.
I read nothing new in this article. Everything Studdert says is true and has
been for as long as I can remember and that is many years, it is always scary
when it is put in front of your face like this article and probably his book.
Studdert and his ilk report all that is wrong with America but give only vague
solutions to the problems, mostly gloom and doom. If you think that
America is the only country living on credit and running up tremendous debt,
every westernize country is doing the same thing, it is a global problem.
Answer, quit spending and start saving, not just the countries but each and
every one of us. We are all part of the problem so we can be part of the
solution.As LDS we have been told to be prepared in all ways and that
includes financially, get out of debt and stop all unnecessary buying.Immigration and terrorism are not the biggest threats to this country, we are
with our out of control spending.
It doesn't take a Ph.D in Economics to see how the U.S. economy is in
trouble.Today the President of the United States stated (or should I say,
as he read from the usual pre-written speeches given to him) "we are not in any
recession." What dark days for America.Is it November yet?
If Studdert had any original thought it would die of loneliness. His outlook is
real, but very, very outdated. Give us something new, PLEASE!!
He is absolutely correct with every point.Those of us who are informed and
aware know this to be true !
Ref: Nuclear Option Continued from Parts I&II:The Soviets fear
was so great that before the war ended they took several drastic measures.
Thousands of Allied soldiers were taken prisoner including hundreds of
Americans. They held them prisoner in Goologs in far remote areas such as
Siberia. Many Soldiers were released as deals between the Soviets and the other
Allied nations were concluded. Many American Soldiers however, were held for
many years and the Soviets continued to use them as bargaining chips until
sadly, our own government allowed them to be forgotten. This whole story is not
one that our government wants revealed. A movie about the Gold Certificates and
the recovery of the plates used to print them was made in the 1960's and shortly
after the first screening all copies and the original were confiscated.Getting back to the time of Eisenhower's selection of Cabinet members......
There were several members of the LDS Church who were selected for various under
post positions within the Eisenhower Administration. However, one LDS man by
the name of Ezra Taft Benson....as Secretary Of Agriculture, would secretly help
the United States Government develop a program that would stop the Soviets plan.
Apologies to Jasen Lee -- he did mention the name of Mr. Studdert's book. Ooops.
Mr. Studderts ability to take what he has learned through service to OUR country
and then to speak out - is admirable! From some of the comments I've viewed, I'm
seriously concerned with the inability of folks to think one advisor can
constitute or be personally responsible for what a nation continues to do. I
give him kudo's for saying it like it is with regard to the state of affairs in
Washington and our country. Perhaps reading the book will give us a more in
depth understanding of how we got to where we are today. Let's try to assess the
damages and hopefully we can bring back some control in our government and in
our personal lives. This is a direct and cumulative result of years and years of
wreckless, riotous spending, and back scratching in our political arena. I
believe this behavior is conspicuously evident - we TOO have adopted it in our
personal lives. EVERYONE in America is to blame for what has transpired today,
so let's figure it out and try to make some changes. Magninimoty is not an
outdated word either. We need to embrace it a bit more in my book.
Live within your means,folks Because the TV has an ad for "a new and better"
thingy,actually means,buy me sucker. Simple really,save for your
future and the future of your kid's,heck they will need all the help we can
offer. We all have to "purchase" goods,but "shopping" is for the
stupid. If you need it buy it,if you want it, wait a week,bet you
will not buy half the junk(re:made in china:) you thought you wanted. Only one way to change "our" governments,starve them. If it can
be taxed, DO NOT DO IT. Trade with your friends and your enemies.
It is good to hear these wake up calls. Who are we to think we can live on
decadence and debt, trading in our freedoms for a little security.However
because Bush proclaims himself a "man of God" we all will allow our republican
leader to strip our freedoms away and chain us with debt.Maybe Ezra T.
Benson, David O McKay and Skousen were right after allMaybe all is not so
well in zion.Oh well we might as well just flip back on the tube and let
someone else worry about this, or better yet, lets just call the guy who wrote
Better not delay, take heed of the warnings that have been given. Prepare to
get your year's supply in play.... :-)
Not to worry.The President of the United States today said we were NOT in
any recession.So come on everybody - go out and max out those credit
cards!If you don't - you must hate America and the troops.(er ...
sorry,... never mind about the troops thing)
@ Not Scared. Did you wake up from that dream yet?
Ref: Nuclear OptionContinued from Parts I,II,& IIIImmediately
after World War II, with most of Europe including Russia, lying in shambles.
Food.....or rather the shortage of food became the greatest threat to the
survival of the people of war torn Europe and Western Russia. Agricultural
commodities became almost non existent in Western Europe. The United States,
with it's production capabilities completely intact, and men swiftly returning
from the war to farms and factories, production of everything needed for our own
use and to send to our needy allied friends in Europe picked up and began to be
shipped. The rebuilding of Germany would also soon begin.......until the
Soviets made a move to divide Germany by isolating the Eastern portion of the
divided Capital city of Berlin. The Soviets had only a modest capability to
sustain themselves, but their eagerness to seize the rich fertile plains and
valleys of Eastern Europe catalytically put the world into a tailspin.
The rampant and unrelenting movement within the U.S. away from the foundational
secular underpinnings established by the strict separation of Church and State,
as laid out by this nation's founding fathers, has essentially undermined the
thoughtful discourse and reason, once a hallmark of a rational America, and
contributed to blatant intellectual dishonesty. Sound science and evidential
decision-making has been replaced by Creationism and magical thinking. Rational
discourse about the environmental destruction wrought by overpopulation of the
human race has been replaced by severe limitations on public support for sex
education and birth control options. The consequences of allowing extreme
religious voices to dictate the course of public policy has been disastrous and
will only get worse, unless the people of the U.S. elect to make a fundamental
change in the direction of this country. We need to course correct now.
THis problem was in the making long before BUsh ever thought of the White House.
Goes back to FDR. Your comment is glib and sophmoric.
We have a society based on greed, materialism, violence, only the strong
survive, get all you can while you can at any price, war, arms manufacturing.
And at the head of those values are George W. Bush and the Republican party.
Those things are admired in our society. People who espouse welfare(one of
Christ's doctrines by the way), equality, compassion, sharing, generosity, are
mocked in the US today. What does this society expect? That God will come down
and save us because we're his chosen people? What is happening in the US is a
reflection of how we are as a people, our values, what we have done, and we're
going to pay a price for it. And guess what. Going to church on Sunday, but
worshiping the dollar Monday through Saturday doesn't cut it anymore.
When your neighbor loses his job, that's a recession.When you lose yours,
that's a depression.When your wife loses hers, that's a panic.Sorry
for the attempt at humor on such a serious topic, but I couldn't resist.
worrying. President Bush says there is no recession on the horizon. Everything
is OK now. I'm also very proud of our pre-emptive strike on Iraq. What country
can we invade next.
is a major part of our national debt. Let's stop pretending its the
overspending liberals and accept that Bush's illegal (immoral) war isn't the
The way things are going - I'd say man is on his way out.
Ref: Nuclear OptionContinued from Part IVThe stage is set, the
Eisenhower administration is deep into re-construction, the Berlin Air lift is
over and ideas and plans to stop the Soviet threat to flood the world's economy
with Gold Certificates are under way and being developed. The Russians are
having a great deal of trouble with feeding their people and are asking the U.S.
for economic aid. Secretary Benson is sent to the Soviet Union to assess the
Agronomic situation. He reports to the President, upon his return, that the
entire Soviet agricultural environment is grossly antiquated and their systems
of production, harvesting, processing and distribution are so inefficient that
nearly half of their production doesn't even make it out of the fields. Their
technologies are almost non-existent and the government takes it's share without
the remotest sense of helping their own farmers to increase production.........
We begin to sell grain to the Russians and under our close supervision and
monitoring the Greenback Gold Certificates are eliminated in huge quantities as
partial payment. We sell them Combines and Tractors and Gold Certificates in
huge amounts are again eliminated. On and on and on...... They finally ran
WASHINGTON, DCWhile speaking to a group of White House reporters, President Bush
fended off questions about the weak state of the dollar, the expected long-term
deficit caused by Social Security and Medicare payments, and a faltering housing
market by assuring reporters that the U.S. economy's ability to have such a
widespread negative impact on the world only further proves it is "easily the
best." "Our recent credit crisis alone has been enough to depress
share prices in Japan, Rome, China, and Brazil," a smirking Bush said during a
press conference Thursday. "Sounds to me like our economy is still
pretty powerful." Bush later added that he was equally proud of the impact U.S.
foreign policy has had over the past six years, adding that only a truly great
president could be capable of fostering so much hatred across the globe.
The republicans are entirely to blame for this mess. It began with
insurmountable deficits during Reagan/Bush 1.The current budget proposed
by Bush 2 will include the largest debt in the nation's history.Republicans have ruined this once great nation.
WASHINGTON, DCFielding questions from reporters at a Tuesday press conference,
President Bush defended his adherence to the principles of deny-side economics.
"Nope," the president said. "I keep hearing people say that the U.S. economy is
troubled, but that isn't true. Our economy is strong. We just have to keep on
doing what we're doing, and everything will work out." Leading economists say
they are curious to see whether the president's optimism will trickle down into
the public consciousness
Don't shoot the messenger. Forget about who this guy is or what he has done Or
if he is to blame. Read the article! What he is saying is absolutly true. We
are buying crap at the store. What was once made of metal is now being made of
plastic. You take it home and it lasts for a few days. You could go down and
buy parts for your old products but now you just throw them away. It is greed
plain and simple. It is people buying 4,000 square foot homes with no children.
It is people eating out every night and paying 15.00 bucks a plate. I can't
believe how prices have gone up. Gallon of ice cream 1 year ago 4.99 one year
later 7.99. Inflation is so bad but no one is saying a word. When inflation is
high you raise interest rates. Nobody wants to do the hard things. we all want
someone else to do it for us. Pay down your debt, buy a used car, live in a
modest home, and get prepared cause its coming whether you like it or not.
The prices of U.S. homes fell by 8.6 percent in the second quarter, the steepest
in 20 years.Does this mean I'll be able to buy back my foreclosed home
WASHINGTON, DCAmid growing concerns about the faltering stock market and
deepening recession, President Bush vowed to tackle the nation's economic woes
head-on Tuesday, assuring the American people that he "will not rest" until
Saddam Hussein is removed from power."Our nation's economy is
struggling right now," said Bush, delivering the keynote address at the National
Economic Forum. "Our manufacturing base is weak, new home sales are down, and
unemployment is up. Millions of our people are suffering. That is why I stand
before you tonight and make this promise: Saddam Hussein will be stopped." Added Bush: "This man tried to kill my dad." Shortly
thereafter, an aid told the president Saddam Hussein had already been disposed
Today the president of the United States told us we are not in a recession.Hang on, I want to mention this to the guy repossessing my couch.
During the Great Depression the song "Buddy can you spare a dime?" was
popular.I wonder what happy jingle will surface for the Great Depression
It is time for an american revolution to over throw the capitalist rich and
establis a new social worker's society of justice and equality for all citizens.
What ever is good enough for our elected officials should be available for all
our citizens: medical care, retirement, etc. It is time to bring back the unions
and organized labor.
WASHINGTON, DC According to a Labor Department report released Monday, Americans
who lost their jobs in the past year are doing little to aid the recovery of the
nation's economy. "Unemployed Americans are neglecting their patriotic duties by
spending far less than the gainfully employed," the report read. "Until these
laid-off workers start pitching in and buying things, America's economy will
continue to stagnate."
A consumption tax, such as a national sales tax, could benefit the nation's
economy.As a man with a massive income that I only spend on necessities,
this sounds like an ideal plan.
WHERE THERE IS NO INSIGHT, THE PEOPLE PERISH! AND WHOM THE GODS WOULD DESTROY,
THEY FIRST MAKE MAD!
It's more than a little dismaying to see the representatives of our government
are more interested and focused on determining (for example): if a brain-dead
women had the right to be allowed to die, whether baseball players took (or
didn't take) human growth hormone or steroids (completely legal substances, by
the way), whether an elected representative had an affair while in office; and
the list goes on. These are things a tabloid publication might be preoccupied
with, but not the government. Why do we allow our elected government
representatives to get away with such rubbish? Why don't we, as the people, hold
them accountable for their actions? Why don't we demand proficiancy and
accountability? Why don't we require complete transparency? Why don't we demand
checks and balances? Maybe we are simply asleep at the switch. Maybe we just
don't care. Perhaps we're brainwashed by religions that demand complete
obedience to figures of authority and have conditioned a sheep-like attitude,
resulting in a loss of critical thinking. Maybe we're too hooked on soft drinks,
junk food and the American Idol and have lost our capacity for rational
thinking. Wake up people and get a grip. Quickly. Before it's too late.
Prepare. We got sold out.
Si, el presidente said we are not in a recession.One month ago he
told us we had to spend borrowed money in order to head off the recession!It must have worked!! Hallelujah!!!But wait a minute, the
checks have not been sent out... Huh?No wonder no one
will buy a used car from this guy.The Shadow Knows.
There is nothing wrong with the economy.This is just something the
liberals conjured up.You know how those trouble-making do-gooders are.
Always trying to draw attention to something that need no attention. Always
wanting change. Always wanting progress.
Anonymous, I'll tell you what today's neo-cons would have to say about this
guy's concerns. He is right on. Government is too big and tries to
do much, meddling in too many lives, too many businesses, and in too many
arenas. People who want the government to provide them with things are finally
going to realize there is no such thing as a free lunch. The government should
have been paying billions in Social Security payments to wealthy retirees or to
anybody who is capable of working. The government should not have wasted
billions wastefully, not only in the military but in almost every other facet of
its operation. People should say, let's scale back governmental spending except
where it is actually needed. Then let's cut taxes so that people can invest or
save their money how they see fit. Many of us used to be producers and got
tired of paying all our profits to the government. The government should be
promoting business, not fighting it and sucking it dry at every turn.
Ooops. The government should NOT have been paying billions in SS payments to
people who could have got by without it.
Who are these people that are dragging this guys past business ventures into the
equation? I dont even know what Fonix is but come on this article is about
taking a stance from the status quo. Not a botched business deal. You got a
beef on that, take it up somewhere else. You got something constructive to say
about the greatest nation on the earth digging a shallow grave, please pipe in!
Loved the article, agree one hundred percent.
WASHINGTON, DCResponding to the nation's worst unemployment rate since the
Hoover Administration, President Bush addressed the nation's 8.2 million
unemployed workers in a televised speech Monday. President Bush
urges America's jobless to get off their duffs."The economy has been on
the rebound for months, but 5.6 percent of you are still out of work," Bush
said. "Come on, people: Get a job! Don't just sit there hoping that you'll win
the lottery. Turn off that boob tube, get off that couch, and start pounding the
pavement." When the number of people taking part-time jobs because
they can't get full-time work is factored in, the unemployment figure approaches
15.1 million, a number Bush called "unacceptable."
""I was appalled to see the United States Congress spending so much time,
resources and energy over the issue of steroid use by professional ballplayers,
when there are weighty issues that affect not only the country today but the
country's existence for generations to come," he said."Hear hear!
Have any of you blaming the war ever even bothered to look at the national
budget and how much we spend on entitlements? More importantly, do you have any
idea how much we have promised in future benefits?Even if the war in
Iraq had never been started we have really spent less so far on it than we spend
IN ONE YEAR on entitlements. You see, the issue here is not the war
or how much you hate bush and Mormons. It is what is going to happen in ten
years of kicking the can further down the road. Fine, mock the guy all you want.
It's your kids that will suffer.
Re: The War -"... hating Bush and the Mormons..."What utter
Re: The WarNo, it will be your many kids that will suffer because of
who you elected to the White House. If you don't want to take responsibility,
fine, don't. As for Bush, mockery is too good for him, and I find it amazing
that so many people are willing to give him a pass on running up the biggest
trade and budget deficits in the history of the US. Giving tax breaks to the
most wealthy. Selling government to big business. Starting an unnecessary
immoral war that has/will cost us trillions, and ruined our reputation in the
Mr. Studdert deservees applause for speaking the truth! As for his role at
fonix a dozen years ago, if you remember it did well until he left and then his
successors ran it into the ground. So get off the guy's case. I just bought
his book and I'm loving it! Long overdue!!
"Starting an unnecessary immoral war that has/will cost us trillions, and ruined
our reputation in the world."Ever heard of something called the
"World Trade Center?"Ever head of something called the "Gulf
War?"Learn you history before you make another stupid comment like
that. The current war in Iraq is in part a carry over from the first Gulf War.
That war never ended. There was a cease-fire, not a peace treaty. Saddam
Hussein violate the terms of the cease-fire, so hostilities recommenced.
Whether you agree with the recommencing of hostilities or not, those are the
facts. As far as Afghanistan and the current fight against Al-Quaida and other
terrorist groups in Iraq, perhaps two airplanes being steered into the World
Trade Center had something to do with that. Or are you one of those nut jobs
who believe that was an inside job?BTW: tax cuts for the rich?
That's ludicrous. I'm not rich, and I got a tax cut. At the time, I was
making about $20,000 a year. I went from paying very few federal income taxes
to paying nothing. I make more than that now, but my tax bill is still next to
I heard the speech -- what a fantastic tribute to America. This gentleman is a
real patriot who loves our country. His remarks were a warning, sound and well
reasoned and full of supporting facts. I hope he keeps speaking out about what a
mess our national house is. We are not living today in a house of order.
Re:Spanky,Nut jobs believe that it means nothing that structural
girders in the basement of the WTC were cut at an angle with molten metal
running down the side. Nut jobs believe that Building 7 fell down all by itself
when it was barely damaged.It's amazing that LDS who believe in " a
secret combination to overthrow the freedom of all people" reject out of hand
the warnings of Ezra Taft Benson when he said this self same secret combination
was gaining power in our country.Ostriches!!It's
monstrous. It's uncomfortable. But it's true.
As a nation we are walking on VERY thin ice. Reading some of the
unconcerned Utahn's comments lead me to believe that the economy in Utah is
doing better than the rest of the nation, until I remembered that Utah is one of
the leading places for pay-day loans. Out in Illinois (where I live)
poor people (making less than 20K per year) are driving around brand new cars
costing them $500/mo and talking on the newest cell phones. They then drive
their expensive car home to a beaten down 1940's apartment, turn on their 60"
plasma screen, and throw away their Medicaid bill without opening it.Lenders are responsible for this mess!!! Extending credit to people who will
irresponsibly max it out then end up being unable to pay for it is placing our
economy on VERY thin ice.Creditors need to clamp down for a LONG
time and stop extending credit irresponsibly to pad thier own wallets.Don't get me started about pay-day lenders...
In your heart of hearts,have you truly not understood this was coming? You with
your heads in the sand will be the first to scream for government to save your
irresponsible butts and you know it. So get up,go down to the welfare office and
get in line so the rest of us will know who you are. LDS folk,did you
listen to what your leadership told you to do all these decades? You'll make it
through OK if you did. Everyone else,have you used the good sense you
were born with,or did you succumb to greed and the need for instant
gratification and the hunger for status? As a nation,we have
consistently voted people into office who serve only themselves,and keep us off
their backs by robbing our future to give us crumbs for today. IF we are very
lucky,we may yet have time to throw the bums out,ALL OF THEM,and restore the
Constitution. Take a good look at Ron Paul and see for yourselves if he isn't
our best shot at a future that isn't a wasteland for us and our children and
grandchildren. Time to THINK people!
The flood is upon us. The US is being flooded and we can't do anything about
this. Our future will be a third world country unable to care for our own. We
will be a nation of poor, depressed self rightoues individuals who can only
think for themselves. The masses will spoil in the quagmire and stiffle those
who have tried to keep this nation free. Our house of cards will not stand
unless change is made. To make change, use the tool provided and that is the
power to VOTE. Several people I know said they will not vote this election. This
attitude is what will keep us in the present. Change the people in office, that
will bring about change in our society. We as a nation need to stand up and
voice our opinions and concerns on the direction we are being led. Lets hope our
children have a better presence of mind when its their turn to run this country.
This country will change after 11 MAY 2008. Our indebtness to foriegn countries
will keep us hostages for decades to come.
Studdert is exactly right. He is not blaming any particular president or single
politicians for this mess, he is simply stating the facts and that it is
America's problem. He did advise four presidents, and held the title as
"Special Assistant to the President" while serving with Reagan and Bush. His
book is simply stating the facts and does not point fingers. It is a wake-up
call to all of us. Thanks Mr. Studdert for standing up! Just bought his book
The problem, as I see it, is two-fold. One: Economics is not taught in any
significant way in American High Schools. Two: Civics is ALSO no longer taught.
How else can you explain anyone voting for politicians who fully intend to
raise taxes and also intend to spend more than they bring in? The people making
these unbelievably bad decisions are Ivy League educated. The know better than
this, yet they continue to persue the same course. My belief is that they know
they will have passed away beforre this becomes a real problem. The current
group of national leaders, Republican AND Democrat, will not be treated well by
history. But the American people who allowed this will also shoulder the blame.
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
It may take a very serious economic downturn to wake up the country and get a
guy like Romney elected. This is so reminiscint of 1976. Be prepared for 4
years of economic misery.
Obviously the Iraq War is a problem. When Bush/ Cheney took office, the debt was
5 trillion. Now it is 9.3 trillion, and increasing by 1.5 billion a day! That is
crazy.Iraq is a mess, and I believe we should clean up our mess there, but
I don't think we can afford to follow McCain's policy of staying there
indefinitely. Barack Obama will get us out so we can start taking care of things
here at home. We have got to get our bus out of that ditch. It will be tough,
and we can't just leave the Iraqis, but it's time to get out of that squalor.
I am one of the nuts who believes the world trade center was an inside job. I
agree with the post above. The real nut jobs are the ones who believe
otherwise. I've heard of killing 2 birds with one stone, but bringing down 3
giant steel buildings with 2 birds=ridiculous. It's so funny to hear people
like the 2 guys from popular science who wrote their debunking book say how hard
it would be to bring those buildings down as a demolition. Nearly impossible
they say. You can't even believe the thousands of pounds of explosives it would
take, and the 100's of men who would have to work around the clock to pull off
such an incredible feat they say, yet they believe a few uneducated Muslims who
have barely ever flown an airplane before can do it. God help us. Repent fast.
He's the only one who can save us. The Elite in this country are the ones who
are in government, and they want to conquer this nation. They purposefully have
weakened us by spending us into oblivion. Can't anyone see they are trying to
get rid of guns, freedom of speech, and religion?
James Madison said "crisis is the tool of the tyrant". That is what Al Gores
global warming is all about. Remember McCarthy and Benson who were made out to
be fools because they said our government had communists in it? Well, they were
right, and now the communists (or elitists) have taken over. If you want to
know who they are, look to see which politicians push the global warming agenda.
Huntsman the younger, Arnold, Rocky Anderson, the governor of Arizona, most
democrats in congress, President Bush, and on and on. These people are the
elitists who are trying to overthrow our government. We need to arrest them
immediately. They purposefully are trying to bankrupt us (Bill Clinton=we need
to let the economy slow down to save the environment) so they can let their
chinese/russian allies march in here while we are down after the economy
crashes. Why do you think Giuliani/Bloomberg tried to outlaw guns over & over
(and still are). Our government has been hijacked at every level. These people
have trillions. The US has......debt enslavement. Repent or be destroyed. God
is the only one who can fix this mess we're in, and only if we repent.
The answers to our problems are all contained in the Founding Documents. Number
1, a military for a national defense (nothing mentioned about our "interests.")
along with a caveat regarding foreign entanglements. The Founders would never
have sold out our production capabilities and they would not have accepted
foreign loans to support our debt. They would not have created the
entitlements, no income tax, etc. What you have now is rampant Treason and
Corruption. When former Sen. Bob Dole represents Dubai, Sec. James Baker..the
Saudi Arabian Gov't. and Bill Clinton making deals with the Chinese during his
reign, not to mention the current Obama who is tied to racists individuals and
organizations, such as Farakan,...well folks..throw into the mix the horrible
acts of violence in this country, probably attributed to prescription drugs,
AKA..anti-depressents..you have a country that is in a moral, spiritual, and
political abyss. The answers lay in the Bible and the Founding Documents.
Mahershal(whatever) is no doubt a member of the John Birch Society.The
most paranoid and self-absorbed group in the country.
All you people who call him a "prophet of doom," you should read the book before
making such statements. And those who blame him as "part of those
administrations"? Get real. One man, particularly an advisor (largely on
foreign, not domestic, policy) is not responsible for the state of the nation.
You need to absorb the point of this book which is Personal Responsibility. The
government is a reflection of the will of the people, who are also irresponsible
as a whole. No one man, even the president, is solely responsible for our
economy. Bush is not solely responsible for the current problems, nor was
Clinton solely responsible for the prosperity during his terms in office. The bottom line is, take responsibility for yourself, get yourself out
of debt and dependence on foreign countries and oil, and THEN demand that your
government do the same.
Politicians and the Media are killing us and we keep voting for them and
believing them.Latest Example: They are fighting over the whether or not
we should be able to wire-tap the bad guys( DuH) We continue to grant
citizenship to children of illegal aliens born in this country and give them
welfare/food stamps and Medicaid to help them make a living in this country
illegally. ( Duh)Our troops shoot back into a home that is firing on them,
and it is reported that they killed some civilians who also happened to be in
the home ( DuH)We continue to buy oil from our enemies and fund the war
against us instead of building oil refineries( complete with all the pollution
controls) it would actually cost us less and stimulate our economy. (Duh)Gas prices are causing the economic ressession. ( Duh)We don't do enough
manufacturing in our country( Duh)America quite watching to see what
Brittney spears is going to do next and get involved in your country. Every
incumbant politian should be voted out of office the next time we get a
chance.Let's stand up for this country.
people get the government they deserve,don,t look for a leader to get you out of
this mess.do your home work,democracy will not survive if it has an electorate
who is completely ignorant of political and social issues and be willing to
share a little don't always think in terms off what's in it for me!
Ad-hominemRed HerringFamiliarize yourselves with these terms
and call people out when they use these devices. Otherwise there can be no
productive discourse.That is all for now. Feel free to resume
feeling superior to everyone else.
OH! You mean someone who was the man who made sure the chairs were set up for
the Pres. is now aware of the problems in American. This man was the advance
party man for the "Big Honcho" in the white house. He nevermade a policy
decision or was in on one. His biggest task was to make sure the lights
We will get leaders who will do the right things when all the crowds at campaign
rallies are chanting "Less, Less, Less!"Our politicians are
constantly advised about what should be done for the long term good of our
country. The advice gets dismissed immediately as political suicide.
The conservative mind is resistant to change. Afraid of change. Terrorized of
change.Yet change is natural and inevitable.In doing nothing,
putting up roadblock after roadblock, these conservatives become a part of the
problem.Is it November yet?
Adam Obrey, Ha! Ignorance is bless for the likes of folks like you. If you
only had a clue.
Who has created this "House of Cards", Mr. Studdert? Are you acquainted with the
CFR, the Trilaterals, the Bilderbergers, who, since 1921 (when the CFR was
founded) have worked relentlessly on the destruction of America? Learn about
them, Mr. Studdert, and you will see that these people provided the string
pullers behind the Government.Just as a side note, I haven't voted for a
SINGLE President or pres. candidate since Barry Goldwater. These neocons have
sabotaged the candidacy of RON PAUL! He is the only one who could change the
course this country is going. But, he's not "anointed" by the establishment!!!
You, as former Stake President, should know better!
The phrase is ignorance is (Bliss)
The liberal mind is nothing to be proud of either. You all should read get a
clue from above. He is right on.
I believe the biggest problem in America, is a sense of entitlement. People
think they deserve this or they deserve that. Some people are more willing to
commit crimes than earn an honest living. Some people are more willing to live
a meager lifestyle for free (off of the taxpayers) than to get an education and
work for a living. Somebody commits an accident, and the "victim" feels
entitled to millions and never having to work another day in his or her life.
Hard work and earning it for yourself is what makes our country great. Many
people think they deserve to own a nice home and 2 or 3 nice vehicles. They
think they deserve an all expense paid retirement and free health care. News
Flash, those producing are carrying the load. The freeloaders are worthless.
Work hard, spend less than you earn, invest the difference, get an education,
and obey the law. If everyone did those simple things, we would be much better
off. I think our ancestors would be ashamed at how slothful we are and how much
time we waste watching TV, playing video games, and eating out all of the time.
Funny about entitlements. Oil companies selling oil for over $100 a barrel feel
entitled to not pay royalties. Conservatives feel entitled to wars without
paying for them. Ranchers feel entitled to grazing right at below the market
rate. Contractors have convinced Bush they are entitled to immunity for loosing
billions in Iraq. Niel Bush, of failed S&L fame, felt he was entitled to a 12
million dollar contract for educational CD's as his part of hurricane relief.We have seen the largest transfer of wealth in American history.Conservatives still blame the poor, elderly and the handicapped. You
widowed mother's Social Security check for $819 is he problem, the veteran at
the VA hospital is the problem? The child born into poverty is the problem.The problem has been working Americans voting for lap dogs of the
wealthy. "The wealthy pay more taxes!" The question should be who benefits more
from government? The rich get the loin's share of government benefits. Who
educates their workforce, defends their economic interests and control air
traffic and builds highways to enhance commerce? Who developed the computer, the
Internet, Jet engines and micro electronics?
We see things differently. I believe an even bigger problem is the "us versus
them" mentality that seems to have evolved in America. We seem to have
forgotten that "we're all in this together."People in America SHOULD
feel "entitled" to basic services (police/fire protection, education, emergency
health care, food if we're starving, or shelter from harsh weather) as long as
there is any way at all that America can afford it.Everyone, even
the wealthy, needs to care more, and to be willing to sacrifice if necessary. I
honestly think our war efforts would be more successful if EVERYONE joined in
the sacrifice.We need political leaders who can inspire us to work
harder, care more, and yes, even share more. (Good points about
working hard, getting educated, investing, and obeying the law.)
I do not think we are on the Brink Of Anything. Right Wing Talk Show Hosts
Aside. We are a Blessed Nation. Chosen to be the place where The Gospel was
Restored. Plus the place where The Last Dispensation Began. I think we will be a
Less Blessed Nation if we continue to allow Abortion. Also Alternative Life
Styles might be a bit hampering. I fear for America that we do not have enough
Trained and Equipped Military to handle all possible Domestic and Border Issues.
Another Million Men/Women Under Arms would not hurt a bit. A Draft would focus
young people, if to do nothing else then to avoid it, by doing something. Many
Vietnam Vets are Collecting or are going to Collect Social Security another 10
years and they will really begin to die off, just from Old. I like the Idea of a
flat sales tax and no income tax. I get large refunds but its my and my wifes
money and I'd rather not pay it in the first place. Sales Tax is fair and equal
covers everyone. My biggest fear aside from getting old. Is Abortion goes
unchecked and Sherrill Law becomes excepted.
John Wayne said it best..."I will give you nothing and you will not
give me nothing. I hire men to do a job, for which in return, you will provide
me with a good days work. Then, I will not have given you anything and you will
not have given me anything."I'd like to see a politician say this
and mean it!
Studdert helped create this mess. Working for Reagan, spending ourselves crazy
on defense while cutting revenues. Steve, you're a little late with the
critique... look in the mirror, you Reagan guys set the pattern. If I told my
wife I was going to cut our income and go into debt for a safeload of guns,
she'd have me committed. That's what we should have done with you.
The whole Liberal vs Conservative debacle is a joke.Americans
arbitrarily pick sides, blaming the other for all their woes. Liberals in this
state feeling that they know all there is to know because they listen to NPR,
and Conservatives hanging on every word of Glen Beck.Take a look and
see who all was there when NAFTA was signed into effect ensuring the slow death
of America's middle class.The major players on both sides are owned
by the same special interest groups and think tanks. They pretend to be opposing
forces, but behind closed doors they are sleeping in the same bed.
wow.... that's an optimistic fellow... I think I'll go see if I have a garden
hose that I can attach to my tailpipe....
To What makes us fail? | 9:18 p.m.Your narrow view is astonishing.
Didn't the Great Depression teach you anything? There are economic forces at
work that are larger than individuals. Those economic forces provide jobs (or
not), prosperity (or not), and peace (or war). Key groups and individuals in
government and social organizations make decisions that affect the lives of the
masses who, through no fault of their own, suffer from the decisions of others.
It doesn't matter whether they want an entitlement or want to work hard - it is
beyond their control. Hopefully, you can have the opportunity to become educated
about how societies work. It is unfortunate that you have failed to do so to
Dr. Mr. Lee, Thank you very much for quoting Stephen Studdard's remarks, "U.S
called 'house of cards' on brink." I am age 81 and have observed the increasing
federal debt over many decades, with one excuse after another. I has always
disturbed me that our Social Security money was not put into an account to be
returned later. We are storing food and preparing for the consequences which we
agree are most likely to follow. Thanks again.
Bush is irrelevant, who is elected next is irrelevant (if it's not Ron Paul),
and who is in Congress is irrelevant, as the true Kings of our nation remain the
same, no matter who is in government. Our government is outdated, as it has
been transcended by the multinational Corporation, an institution which
transcends sovereignty and boundaries and has no morals. Corporations are
excellent at concentrating wealth, and with the government's help (by
manipulating legislation) are unstoppable. National media is owned by only 6
companies...pay attention to the radio, television, and newspaper, and you'll
hear the same stories over and over again.Liberal and conservative,
Republican and Democrat, rich and poor...words all designed to divide us and
think of people in terms of groups instead of individuals. I for one, am an
AMERICAN, and that's really all that matters. There is no difference between
the elephant and donkey anymore, as they have the same major goals. "Global
Warming"? The "War on Terrorism"? They are both unwinnable, and are
manufactured ideas to give us an enemy (no matter how vague). We are ruled by
the Rockefellers, Rothschilds, and Morgans of this world, and THEY can't be
voted out of office.
We need to resurrect the Continental Congress and start over. The government is
so corrupt and self-interested that it no longer serves the people. It will
destroy itself and us, so the sooner we get started, the better.
And the alternative to Bush was $40 a gallon for gas be/c of carbon taxes for
the coldest and wettest winter during global warming. Everybody's comments here
today show how uneducated all of you are. The House of Reps holds the purse
strings to our government and no President ever has. Look back to when we had a
balanced budget and see the person and group who did it. It was not a President
nor was it a party. The people in Congress (party doesn't matter) have run this
country into the ground, financially. As long as we sit and talk about it and do
NOTHING else, we will continue on the course. It's like the wall building
against illegal immigration: if we truly wanted it, we would build it. The
majority don't so it won't be built. The majority don't care about our situation
so they won't change it. Look at our only electable candidates for President and
tell me we really want change. They are all of the same mold. When crisis hits
we will effect change and until then the sky will fall. No pain, No Gain
It is too late to make changes, who ever wrote the article is only partially
informed. The system is beyond repair because of DEBT, DEBT, and more DEBT.
Since it cannot be repaid, it cannot be repaired, and anybody that thinks
differently is delusional. The hyperinflation rout will only be another short
term band aid. The cost will be paid back in poverty, hunger,and a drastically
Where there is no insight, the people perish! The ignorant and
clueless Amerikans will now $uffer a terrible karma for $ellecting George W.
Bush (and his neocon moron cronies) in 2000. Old Coyote Knose that the corp-rat
profiteering $cams of the IRAQ-NAM invasion and occupation is only the beginning
of a complete and total economic collapse of the United $tates.
Tis true,...China could dump our Debt,and since they own All of our national
Debt they can do as they please. However, what has been missed is the FRNs your
spending are only worth 2 cents now...alas thank you FDR , and the Large bankers
assoc. called the Federal Reserve. Congress through a underhanded political con
job authorized the Fed to print money. (Circa 1930s) and Congress was the ONLY
body authorized by the Constitution to print Money to begin with. Along with
this deception came the removal of our currency and it's Gold backed base. Then
came the overlording of IRS which was only intended to collect from Business
gains, and US "aquired" Territories(circa 1930s) and not from Citizens Income.
When Gold was removed from the "Standard of our Backing the USA began the
destructive decline it is in now. Then came the credit influx and checking
accounts(credits and debits) another destructive convenience for greedy
Americans.So here we are.
Drew has it down to a T. I agree. All going along as planned so many years
ago.Get ready for the chip, and the concentration camps, and or survival outside
of the system............if you can. As for Ron Paul..If indeed He is what he
claims,He will be shot in the first month. I agree with most of his ideas,