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Are Americans Asleep?

by Ed Mattson

 

2012 is almost ready for the scrap heap of history. 2013 is just around the corner. Will America wake up or will it continue down the road to LaLa land? Will America stand up and take care of those who fight to keep it free, or will it succumb to the temptation to lavish benefits on those who just won’t take care of themselves in exchange for the votes to keep themselves in power?

If we step back and look around, anyone with a modicum of common sense would have to see things just aren’t right in the land of the free and home of the brave. The once greatest economic power in the world that defeated the communist Soviet Union in the Cold War, not by guns and bombs, but by overwhelming economic production and freedom, is now on the pathway to extinction as the world leader.

What triggered this article was an email I received over Christmas from a friend and mentor who came up with a great analogy that demonstrates the economic situation in the United States by comparing The Administration’s view of the country’s financial situation to his family budget in figures most logically thinking Americans will understand.

In April 2009 President Obama ordered the cabinet to cut $100,000,000.00 ($100 million) from the $3,500,000,000,000.00 ($3.5 trillion) federal budget over a 90-days period, as an intended signal of the president’s determination to cut spending and reform government.

I was so impressed by his sacrifice that I have decided to do the same thing with my personal budget…

I spend about $2,000 a month on groceries, household expenses, medicine, utilities, etc., but it’s time to get out the ‘ol budget cutting axe, go through my expenses, and cut back. I’m going to cut spending of my total budget at exactly the same ratio that the Federal Government is planning – 1/35,000, to show I too, can share in the suffering the rest of the nation will undergo in the process.  

After doing the math, it looks like instead of spending $2,000 a month, I’m going to have to cut that number by six cents. Yes, I’m going to have to get by with only $1999.94, but hey, that’s what sacrifice is all about. Like other Americans I’ll just have to do without some things, that are frankly, luxuries – six cents worth.

When Congress and the President talk about cutting the budget, it’s all smoke and mirrors if you understand the concept of base-line budgeting, and if we all understood the concept, we would have already gotten out a rope and found a tall tree somewhere on Capitol Hill.

“Baseline budgeting” is one of those Washington terms that sounds very dry and boring. In reality, baseline budgeting is one of the most sinister ways that politicians claim to cut spending when they are actually increasing spending. The Congressional Budget Office defines the baseline as the current budgetary policies or current services are continued without change. The baseline includes automatic adjustments for inflation and anticipated increases in program participation. Baseline budgeting (f or current services), therefore builds automatic, future spending increases into Congress’s budgetary forecasts.

Baseline budgeting tilts the budget process in favor of increased spending and taxes. For example, if an agency’s budget is projected to grow by $100 million, but only grows by $75 million, according to baseline budgeting, that agency sustained a $25 million cut. That is analogous to a person who expects to gain 100 pounds only gaining 75 pounds, and taking credit for losing 25 pounds. The federal government is the only place this absurd logic is employed.

Perhaps if the country had and education system in place that would teach how this concept is destroying the country, then maybe, just maybe, we would see some heads roll inside the Beltway.  From the mighty pulpit of the Rose Garden at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue where President Obama speaks eloquently to a subservient press corps and the mind-numb voters waiting breathlessly on every syllable; and from the mighty pulpit of the Congressional Chambers where rhetoric more often than substance, seems to flow like sewage to a city reclamation processing facility, we soak it all up faster than Sham Wow mops up a spill.

With the federal government spending at a rate of more than $4 billion/day (The federal government borrowed 46 cents of every dollar it has spent so far this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, according to the latest data the Congressional Budget Office released Friday), the numbers are so large, people become ambivalent to the financial calamity that awaits us in the near future. Looking it at from a different prospective…That tax revenue is up by $30 billion compared with last year, or about 10 percent, but spending is up even more — a staggering $87 billion, or 14 percent.

“A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money.” — the late Senator Everett M. Dirksen

America is broken. Don’t believe me? Look at the facts and then you decide:

We just had an election where in we re-elected 85% of the Congressional and Senate representatives. The figures would have been if more astonishing had it not been for re-districting. The estimated number who would have been re-elected was thought to be closer to 90%, according to Bloomberg.  Imagine how unlikely these numbers are when Congress has only an 18% approval rating according to Gallup. We have certainly crossed the gap into the land of insanity, but then again, who would have thought the majority of the people would have voted for four more year of economic pain and 20+ million people out of work?

According a report from State Budget Solutions, the state of California is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy staring at $617 billion dollars in debt. The state’s debt burden comes out to roughly $16,400 per California resident. Most of the outstanding debt is related to unfunded pension liabilities. The report also looked at the fiscal year 2013 budget gap, unemployment trust fund loans and unfunded retiree health benefits. As an example of the waste the taxpayers of California have endured with no end in sight, is…

California Highway Patrol division chief Jeff Talbott retired last year as the best-paid officer in the 12 most-populous U.S. states, collecting $483,581 in salary, pension and other compensation. Talbott, age 53, received $280,259 for accrued leave and vacation time and took a new job running the public-safety department at a private university in Southern California. He also began collecting an annual pension of $174,888 from the state.

Union-negotiated benefits, coupled with overtime that can exceed regular pay and lax enforcement of limits on accumulating unused vacation, allow some troopers to double their annual earnings and retire as young as age 50. The payments they get are unmatched by those elsewhere, according to data compiled by Bloomberg on 1.4 million employees of the 12 states. Some, like Talbott, go on to second careers.

The chaos doesn’t just end with public-sector, union-negotiated wage and benefit packages our legislators so easily agree to currying favor with and securing the vote of Big Labor, we also see a never-ending cycle of waste and lack of oversight. According to the San Diego Union Times: More than 200 state employees were overpaid more than $500,000 by managers who deliberately broke state rules at the troubled California Department of Parks and Recreation, according to a report by the state controller.

The report is the latest blow to a department where employees were found last summer to have kept $54 million hidden in two special funds for more than a decade, even as dozens of parks faced closure. Results from additional investigations by the Department of Finance and state attorney general are expected in coming weeks.

The controller’s office found that managers broke rules and regulations to pay 203 employees about $520,000 in extra pay over three years. Several dozen other employees were also overpaid more than $63,000 because they worked more hours or in higher-paying positions than allowed.

Speaking of taxpayer money and a federal Santa Claus government waiting breathlessly to give taxpayer money away to countries, many of which do not like the US and in fact vote against us at every opportunity in the forum of the United Nations:

FY2010 Top 5 Recipients by Region of U.S. Economic Assistance (in millions)

Country                                                   2009             2010

Asia

Afghanistan                                              2,784            4,647

Pakistan                                                     1,327            1,940

Indonesia                                                      211                313

Mongolia                                                        37                235

Bangladesh                                                  171                227

Europe and Eurasia

Georgia                                                          593               420

Russia                                                             425               379

Moldova                                                           31               308

Kazakhstan                                                     90               304

Ukraine                                                          175               288

Latin America and the Caribbean

Haiti                                                                366            1,406

Colombia                                                       711               678

Mexico                                                           431                622

Peru                                                                140                189

Guatemala                                                    138                160

Middle East and North Africa

Iraq                                                              2,231           1,082

West Bank/Gaza                                     1,039               693

Jordan                                                           577              463

Egypt                                                              480              397

Lebanon                                                        155              156

Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia                                                        952              981

Sudan                                                         1,198              871

Kenya                                                            915              816

Senegal                                                         134              698

South Africa                                              567              566

…And talking about the United Nations, the U.S. is assessed 22 percent of the regular budget, which is nearly $567 million in gross contributions for 2012. The U.S. is assessed more than 180 other U.N. member states combined and 22,000 times more than the least assessed countries. Together, the top 15 contributors pay over 81.4 percent of the U.N. regular budget. Moreover, under U.N. rules, the 129 member states that contribute less than 1.3 percent can pass the budget over the objections of the countries paying over 98 percent…INSANITY!

This explains why so many member states are blasé about increases in the U.N. budget: The financial impact on them is miniscule and undermines incentives for them to fulfill their oversight role. This divorce of financial responsibilities from voting privileges is perhaps the greatest cause of the decades-long intransigence on U.N. reform.

So, not only is the United Nation a toothless bureaucracy steeped in unbelievable ineptness, but corrupt on top of that. Through your taxpayer money and our financial support of the UN we are the CHIEF ENABLERS.  Though not an isolated case of the UN in action, most of us will recall the Oil-for-Food Scandal that undermined the so-called diplomatic pressure designed to force Iran out of Kuwait after Saddam had invaded the almost helpless oil producing country.

From the Canada Free Press, recent years have brought a cascade of scandals at the United Nations, wherein the Oil-for-Food Scandal has been only the most visible. We still do not know the full extent of these debacles–the more sensational ones include:

  • The disappearance of UN funds earmarked for tsunami relief in Indonesia.
  • The exposure of a transnational network of pedophiliac rape by UN peacekeepers in Africa–and we may never know. What we do know is that an assortment of noble-sounding efforts has disolved into enterprises marked chiefly by abuse, self-dealing, and worse.
  • The free world is grappling with threats from the spread of radical Islam to North Korea’s nuclear blackmail and Iran’s pursuit of nuclear bombs. The UN, despite its trophy case of Nobel prizes, has failed so far to curb any of these, just as it failed abysmally to run an honest or effective sanctions program in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Currently it is gridlocked over matters as seemingly straightforward as cleaning up its own management department.

To pour salt into an open wound, the city of New York Department of Finance said UN diplomats had unpaid tickets totaled $16.7 million through the end of July 2011. Egypt topped the list with $1.9 million in tickets, followed by Nigeria with about $1 million and Indonesia with about $725,000.

We continue to re-elect those who have made all this possible. You know who they are…the politicians we send to Washington who are surrounded by hangers-on with their make-work jobs and mini-bureaucratic fiefdoms.

I know some will argue that point, but have you noticed that whenever a major weather storm is about to hit Washington DC, the government issues bulletins telling “only essential personnel are required to report for work”. Say what? “Only essential personnel are required to report to work”. That means all the rest…about 90% ARE NOT ESSENTIAL! Why in the heck are they even on the taxpayer’s payroll, sucking up paychecks larger than the private sector and building credit for a comfortable retirement and benefits while the rest of us get the a broken Social Security System, Veteran pension, and Medicare?

Still think things are all peaches and cream with our leaders… How about the President, First Lady and family welcoming Park Jae-Sang, better known as Psy, with all the pageantry and accolades reserved for heads of state? Most Americans are not aware of the fact that they are creating another “air-headed bimbo” with the laud and praise they have bestowed upon gangster rappers, musicians, self-centered Hollywood idols (Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, et al), and others, not worthy of a second thought.

In 2002 and again in 2004, Park Jae-Sang cut a track, which was a collaboration between himself and Korean rock group N.E.X.T, that was called ‘Dear American’, and included lyrics such as “Kill those f***ing Yankees who ordered them to torture… Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers… Kill them all slowly and painfully.” Knowing that he was going to be lavished additional praise by an out-of-touch White House, Psy apologized for the slam-dunk of all Americans, most notably our military, knowing that it was inappropriate and totally uncalled for regardless of the excuses he made.

It was the same military that suffered 128,650 killed and wounded fighting to end North Korean aggression in the Korean War that today enables him to bask in the lap of luxury complete with a US education at Boston University and Berklee College of Music. He could have well ended up as a citizen of North Korea under the thumb of Kim Jong-il, had he even been allowed to live.

We have a White House at war with the private sector. They call it “taxing the rich” and chant slogans suggesting they “are not paying their fair share”, when nearly 50% of the population isn’t paying anything…as if forking over about 50% of what they earn in accumulated income is not a fair share! In reality the lexicon of words means we are to punish success, achievement, and hard work. The thought is that it was government which made America what it is and not the other way around.

The President can’t wait to rub shoulders with the rich and famous elite of the entertainment crowd and the Wall Street insiders so long as they continue to dole out money for liberal politicians and causes. He strolls around the best golf courses spending taxpayer money almost as fast as Benanke can print it, more so than any other President in history. The first family lives at taxpayer expense on a budget that would make Harry Truman, the 33rd president, blush. I guess old Harry was right when he said “My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.”

The worse part about the Hollywood types who cheer on the President for higher taxes are hypocrites beyond belief. Those who work really hard and earn their money, invested everything in a business or idea and create jobs for others, are now told they didn’t have anything to do with it. They are demonized and the stupid voters actually bought into this line of garbage.  At the bottom of the 1040’s, those wanting more taxation could select the box which allows all taxpayers to pay additional tax money if they so choose. If they feel so strongly about giving the government more money to waste, why don’t they fire their accountants, and either file the EZ1040 short form or write out a check for more than they owe?

Cities are now going bankrupt and states are following close behind. Instead of addressing the problem, cities like Detroit are demanding the federal government bail them out…that means you in Florida, me in North Carolina, and folks living all over the country may be asked to cough up more of our money to reward the bureaucratic pimps to suck even more money out of our budgets that have declined by $4000 the past four years. US families have seen a loss of family wealth by an average of nearly $40,000 since 2008, and come January 2013 it will probably get even worse when Tax Armageddon arrives.

I’ll close with a little tearful humor that is probably more truth than most will admit…

5000 years ago Moses said, “Pack up your camel, pick up your shovel, mount
your ass, and I will lead you to the Promised Land.”

5000 years later, F. D. Roosevelt said, “Lay down your shovel, sit on your
ass and light up a camel, this is the promised land.”

Today, the president “will tax your shovel, sell your camel, kick your ass,
and tell you that the promised land is somewhere else.”

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29 Comments for “Are Americans Asleep?”

  1. This is a great question and I can answer it by stating that Americans are wide awake but don’t give a rip what goes on as long as it doesn’t take away from their booze,cigarettes.drugs or food to feed an addiction.

    As an example I live in an apartment building with 27 units.Of those occupied there are three of us who take the newspaper.In the last election it was by mail only and again only three ballots were delivered to this address.The vast majority do not watch any news or subscribe to any informational magazines such as Time,etc.But talk to any one of them and they feel as though they are well informed.As long as ‘dancing with the stars’ and the ‘Survivor’ series is not interrupted they are seem to be OK with the world on the outside even though most are living from pay check to pay check.

    • Larry,

      At least they aren’t dead!. Yup, it is pretty pathetic what some folks consider IMPORTANT. Living day to day with no aspirations, no goals,and no future…caring less for their children’s future than their parents cared for theirs. Reality TV, I hate to inform them, is as phoney as the three dollar bill, which breeds TV series like Honey BooBoo, which is an insult to the intelligence of anyone with and IQ above 3.

      I imagine if you ask them who Dick Cheney is, they’ll tell you he’s a drummer in some rock band, and that the Supreme Court is a piss-poor rock group because they’ve never had a hit in the Top 10 or a gold album.

      I think the gene pool has been depleted and that most should be given “Darwin Awards” (see:http://www.darwinawards.com/legends/). Read a few of these will you, and you’ll see why the gene pool needs to be thinned!

  2. The Great American Hoax is starting to unravel… Everyone needs to research the act of 1871 which put a corporation in control of OUR country, not a real government. Media lies and actors running amuck sooth the intentionally depleted IQ’s by way of liquid crystals via channels and programming. Just the fact that most people think we are a Democracy and not a Republic speaks volumes. Yes Americans are asleep Ed but not by choice but rather it has been engineered that way. But I have noticed that in the last month many are starting to see the cracks in the matrix.

    • I sure hope you are right Dishman. The great awakening better begin before you and I become “land mulch”. An unfortunate situation is that Bernanke, Geithner and Obama are flooding the globe with US dollars which will be terrible on our children when the rooster comes home to roost. Our Veteran pensions, Social Security, Medicare, and other earned benefits to which we have paid-in will quickly become an abominable hoax portrayed upon the citizens of the US. We’ve already lost an average of $40k in family net worth since 2008, and wages/salaries are at a record drop of about $4k per family. With 20+ million unemployed and underemployed, we have a presidency that is living “the life of Riley” costing the US taxpayer $1.4 billion for their lavish lifestyle AND we even pay about $102,000/year for a handler for their family Mutt…that’s really IN YOUR FACE gall. As Marie Antoinette so aptly put it…”Let them eat cake”, and all the poor suckers who voter for four more years of this indulgence thinks he cares about their issues…right! The Royal Family on the other hand costs the Brits about $50 million.

      • Doubtful (or at least heavily disputed) Marie Antoinette actually said that Ed (or the French equivalent) but point taken – dishman puts it well, we are all in intended enslavement.

        • We discussed the “cake” in my French history class a million years ago. French weren’t really into cake as we know it. It was probably a Mille-feuille, which was a pastry of the well-to-do. We call them Napoleons these days, but it was to emphasize the arrogance of the ruling class which ironically resembles those in the White House as they spend $1.4 billion of taxpayer money including $102,000 for a babysitter for their fricking mut! The Royal Family spends “only” $50 million by comparison (that’s 40 million Brit Pounds I believe). Lasted Hawaii trip is up to $4 million so far!

  3. I have seen the $100 bill deal before and it does make one understand the kind of money we are talking about.

    As to our military…10-12 years of war is how badly our politicians have let this country cave in to political correctness. WWII was fought on every continent and our involvement was a little over 4 years. The only rules of engagement were “to win”. War is hell and it must be fought without Marquis de Queensberry Rules”. There must be a mark in the sand so you know when a war is won and never fight a war to settle in a “negotiate peace settlement” (Korea, Vietnam, Palestine-Israel). History is a great teacher which politicians just don’t understand. Every negotiated settlement ends up in future global conflict. Victory must be swift, brutal, and final to create good neighbors. Germany and Japan are shining examples.

    • We have NOT caved in to political correctness. How correct is our involvements with the Gulf wars and doing Israel’s bad deeds? War may be hell but it’s hell because we should not be fighting them all the time. Politicians DO understand history, they know how to go back to the well over and over in serving our yid masters. There are NO marks in the sand because it is the intent of the yids to demand ownership of the whole world and all the money with vassal serfs mowing their lawns. It sounds like you have never read Revilo Oliver. Korea never had a negotiated settlement, it had a standoff that is still churning. We did not win WW2, the Russians did. Their battles were far more stupendous with vast losses of personnel and property. We’ll not live long enough to see swift, brutal, and final victories, it doesn’t extract the most money for the purveyors of destruction. The 20th century saw the US at its absolute worst, serving peculiar masters. The great Rushmorean narcissist, Teddy Roosevelt, had grossly adverse feelings toward “the little brown men of the Phillippines”. Limbaugh espouses the land of exceptionalism, the poor guy is trying to scratch by on 50 mil a year just doesn’t realize we are working for HIS bosses, the good ol’ Bain folks headed up by Orit Gadeish, lo and behold, a Mossad operative. Such coincidence like I’ve never see before.

  4. Yes, Mr. Mattson we are asleep. We’ve been asleep for many decades, refusing to believe our elected (or otherwise,) leaders are doing everythign they can for the good of the country. We have been in a deep lull sin ce the last time we awakened, and took to the streets, demanding an end to Vietnam. Since those “leaders” do not want us doing that again, embarrassing and humiliating them as we did, they are doing everything possible to seal our fate. What they don’t realize then is they will have to fight their own wars and, of course there is a good thing to this, then these useless, baseless, idiotic wars without a reason or a meaning will suddenly screech to a halt. Since most of them are cowards in a most grandiose way, they won’t arm us for fear of us turning on them. We will one day awaken to their traitorous ways, and unpatriotic self-serving greed and shenanigans, but by then the new revolution will be much bloodier. This world without the United States is unimaginable. As we know about foreign countries, the majority of people do not want war, and are not aggressive. We are nto aggressive people, we do not want war. The people could get along without all this government war-mongering interference that has killed billions of people over the past few decades. “We the People…” will awaken someday and realize the people we trusted the most, have done us the most harm. From 1988 to 2008, those three presidents sold us out, sent jobs overseas, spent us into a deficit, created so much human tragedy it is almost unfathomable, yet we look at them today as heroes, give to their charities, and listen to their continued rhetoric that continues to favor everyone else but the American people. If I were a journalist, and could write a book, I would study the history from 1988, to 2008, and write a gut-wrenching book on how people began taking the legs out from under America, selling us out, sendign jobs overseas, and openly lying to the American people will spending us into oblivion. Night,

    • Sure a book it would be if written. I have been writing articles about the situation for years and receive a lot of flack, but I keep writing. We have been sold down the river with incrementalism and until the day of reckoning, will continue the slide to oblivion.

      • Ed, here is another camel quote i believe is appropriate to the aforementioned article ‘ Pray to Allah , but tether your camel first ‘ . Common sense is universally lacking, apparently uncommon . Keep stirring the pot .

  5. This guy is a walking advertisement for the crack industry.

    • This is your brain. This is your brain on FOX news.

      • Bring you facts to the discuss to repudiate the fact I have presented. That’s why I use hyperlinks so you can fact-check my articles.

        • I don’t dispute the facts you cite, Ed. In fact, I am just as outraged by CHP chief Jeff Talbot’s golden career at taxpayer expense as you are. This kind of ‘legalized’ corruption is rampant, endemic and unsustainable. Such is unionized government and it sucks. Literally.

          But your whole mindset regarding the so-called ‘war on terror’ is straight out of the neo-CON playbook and you are buying into an immoral LIE. You think that the 1967 attack on the USS Liberty was an unfortunate mistake. You believe that 19 Arabs with boxcutters brought down the three towers on 9/11/01.

          You believe that it was acceptable ‘for national security reasons’ for Michael Chertoff to have whisked the 5 dancing shlomos back to Israel after they had been arrested by the NYPD. You probably think that the Khazarian Jews are ‘God’s chosen people’ who have a God-given right to Palestine and are justified in committing genocide on its native inhabitants.

          You don’t doubt that the ‘underwear bomber’ had every intention of blowing up that plane, despite the fact that witnesses saw him escorted directly through security with no passport by a “well-dressed Indian looking man” (CIA) You won’t connect the dots that lead again to that hook-nosed prick, Michael Chertoff who made a ton of shekels selling naked-body scanners to airports.

          And I suppose you totally buy into the official narrative explaining the Sandy Hook school massacre. I think that you are a well-meaning patriot who, in your own mind, is fighting for truth and the future of your nation…but your overall world-view and paradigm are being held captive in an iron cage of cognitive dissonance and denial.

  6. Jackson,

    What do you want to do out there…fight them all on our soil? Unfortunately we are the global cop, like it of not, but we’ve done a hell of a lot more good freeing people than imprisoning them. Had we not stood up to Germany, Japan, the Soviets, you would probably have had to learn one or more of these languages and lived a life-style they live in Eastern Europe. You probably won’t agree, but that’s the nature of discussions. The point to make is that our government is spending us into oblivion through corporate welfare, cronyism, and there’s no oversight. They want one-world government with only a handful of people making all the decisions. The world has tried that before and it can never work. The way we are going people are being punished for hard work and for taking a chance to make more for themselves than mediocrity. When the government intrudes, there is little or no chance to break out of the norm as excellence will always be penalized.

    • Sorry on this one Ed, the ‘war on terror’ is bogus, therefore the argument of ‘fighting them on our soil’ is a non starter. Your statement that ‘unfortunately we are the global cop’ implies there is no choice in the matter, and while the military complex and that sort of attitude has and is robbing of us of the choice, soon at the end of a drone/gun, that is not/should not be the case. I did not sign up my life to pay for anyone to be ‘global cop’. That is a rip off of my life, and my life work/money. Also, you incorrectly site ‘standing up to Germany, Japan’ etc, which statement can only be based on false, revisionist history. Both WWII and Pearl Harbor were contrived by US/London industrialists (including fed reserve owners/families) still running things today. Roosevelt’s purposeful failure to warn the troops at pearl harbor etc. I’m surprised you seem to be unfamiliar with the utterly phony pretext for every phony ‘war’ the last century, and the needless tens of millions killed by it, all for profit and control of world resources, including now all peoples.
      The cronyism you write of is the military complex you also falsely defend. If you insist that you (and I?) pay for this bs ‘global cop’ ruse, then your freedom and your money will both be gone.

  7. Franklin Ryckaert

    Where is the name of Israel in that list of recipients of US foreign aid? Doesn’t that country get more than all the rest combined? Didn’t that country recently get some “extra money” for its iron dome system?

    • Franklin,

      Thanks for the response. To have been more precise I should have footnoted the article which I normally do for figures I used. It was an oversight. The correct footnote would have been to refer to http://gbk.eads.usaidallnet.gov/data/fast-facts.html. The figures used in my article were related to USAID “Economic Assistance” which is but a fraction of the overall total monies doled out by our government, including government monies for military, anti-terror, and strategic defense spending. But you are correct in monies to Israel, most of which is given in the later categories. To date, the United States has provided Israel $115 billion in bilateral assistance. It is currently the second largest recipient of aid worldwide, with Afghanistan now first.
      The fiscal year 2013 budget request “includes $3.1 billion in Foreign Military Financing [FMF] for Israel and $15 million for refugee resettlement. Within the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s FY2013 budget request includes $99.8 million in joint U.S.-Israeli co-development for missile defense.”

      • Yes Israel is a huge recipient which is incredible given their many attacks on the US. I wanted to add that the reason the debt continues to skyrocket is because as they see it, it is not the job of the insurgent corporate government to protect citizen interests, it is their job to create money for the US corporation and their personal interest in it, which at present includes the privately owned so called ‘Federal Reserve’ printing money and charging interest against citizen debt, while congress gets it’s payoffs from various corporate interests. Bernanke now putting 80 billion per mo on citizen debt, while they will own the real estate. The fattest hogs are the military industry, and with the health bill, now add the phony medical industry.
        Nothing is going to change until the masses figures out they have to give up their part of the ‘take’ whether it’s ridiculous union bennies or welfare doles. Then there is the immigration problem. And underlying all of it, the US Corporation on which this giant scam stands. It’s a mountain of a mess.
        For more info on that, cut/paste to browser
        pacinlaw.org/error/
        teamlaw.org/ see ‘historical outline’, note 1871, 1913, 1962 Bretton Woods
        realitybloger.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/who-owns-america/
        newtomorrow.us/main.html
        Then there is the massive rip off at the state level also. See CAFR at cafr1.com or realitybloger.wordpress ‘cafr school’. Trillions in unreported state funds, while Americans sleep, and the future is being destroyed.

      • Ed. Thanks… Israel is the largest recipient of US tax dollars and private contributions in the history of the US or any other country. An estimated $ One Trillion of US tax dollars went to Israel since its creation with billions more in private Jewish contributions, contributions which are tax exempts and most of the money goes to swindle, rob and evict Palestinians of their homes. Tens of millions of Bingo, Gambling and Prostitution money goes to Israel to fund Yashivas that teaches hate and bigotry and racism, fund settlements and land theft, and sponsor recreational activities for the IDF and there is more to it and see the eye.

      • Sure I fudged the reports you fool. That’s why I use hyperlinks to qualify and quantify the figures I use. I don’t just make this stuff up and don’t pull them out of a hole in the ground. Do a little research my friend. I Mark Twain once said, “It is better to let people think you are a fool, rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt”.

    • Bronco,

      The only “brink” Mr Obama will bring us to is the fiscal cliff. Maybe you love 20+ million unemployed, the government making decisions for you…the same government that made Veteran promises regarding VA benefits, and the mis-truths about serious issues (Benghazi et al), but Obama certainly is headed in the wrong direction and that will be abundantly clear when 2014 rolls around and the price of goods and services go through the roof with inflation. Obama’s idea of economic recovery is to confiscate peoples’ hard-earned money and get every one dependent on government. Maybe it’s time to go get your GED and learn something about life.

  8. I am afraid with the language you use you couldn’t get your ideas published in anything but Hustler, but they too have standards.

  9. “its not political correctness thats to blame, its lies, propaganda and greed mixed with fear and apathy.”

    Close as can be. In fact, it’s not political correctness per sethat’s to blame. Politically correct actions follow Natural Law, NOT lines of Convenient Fiction. Lao Tsu pointed that up plain as day in his Tao te Ching masterwork, long time ago now.

    But fer sure: It certainly IS lies, propaganda and greed (on the “Governance” side) Liberally (means Greedily”* mixed with media-induced fear and consequent apathy on the part of Just Everybody Else who is thus quasi-plausibly lied-to, media-brainwashed 24/7 and, having thus been media-forced into a lifelong state of abiding fear and Learned Helplessness, is robbed blind with ease by the Governance Gang amid much gloating and the occasional belch.

    (* Same as “Conservative” actually denotes “war-profiteering wastrel” in practical present-day reality)

    Which net effect is considered by the criminals as being by far the most “Politically Correct” outcome of all.

    In truth, the criminal takeover of the USG is pretty much a done deal, it seems, but for one little detail – the Top Perps are now pretty much just as cash-broke as the Rest of Us! That, one suspects, why that gang now turns to the UN for Gun Confiscation, the EU for [UGLY!] synthetic biotech compounds to spue out the arse-ends of the Chemtrail Jets (producing some of the weirdest and most debilitating artificial diseases ever to be denied recognition at the Doctor’s Office) and to chattel-property claims against OUR “Biological Property” (bodies) as COLLATERAL with which to “secure” the out-of-thin-air Rothschild-fiat “debt” now incurred and held high all over the Telly-Vision as YOUR liability and MINE.

    Never theirs. (“Lucifer control and farfend that such a thing should ever be! Send MORE Flying Monkeys NOW! amen.”)

    But wait, there’s more! Here’s one:

    Putting the word “SUBMIT” on every frckn “SEND” Button on the Web sure helps ‘em all, from the Psyop POV, now don’t it just? Lots of folk could just sorta’ start ax-dentally thinkin’ of where to “SEND” the perps when clicking-out to publish their stuff (as we all do here), if they were not consistently instructed to “SUBMIT” with every click . (Webmaster, you reading this, pls? Save two bytes of precious bandwidth with every load-up of every such clickable button! Why NOT?)

    Best lay off now afore I really get started… I don’t like fraud either, not one little bit. Gonna’ SEND this to the Web Site now. ‘Submit’ is for oh never mind. So that (for now) is all. 0{:-|o[

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