A TECTONIC SHIFT – updated 2014

A TECTONIC SHIFT – updated 2014

Circa 2014: The original article to follow was written in early 2009. In it I mentioned concern over the national debt being out of control at 11.3 Trillion. I suggested that we must get this surging debt under control. Sadly that has not occurred. As of todays date in 2014, the national debt is over 17 Trillion and growing in leaps and bounds without hint, comment or restraint. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite.

It’s almost like this is the “ideal scene” for some, with cheers of success going on behind the curtain of deception. How can we otherwise explain letting the ship of state to go down without any attempt to right it? It must be an intended action. There is no other explanation. This observation is self-evident if only one would look at what is going on without being blinded by reasonableness, prejudice, greed, and self-interest.

I fear even more strongly that the country (as we have known it) will not survive two more years under its present “leader.” As the old saying goes regarding insanity by the esteemed Albert Einstein,

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

We do indeed need a change, and at this point a tectonic shift in the right direction, if we are to survive the treacherous slide toward a police state, dictatorship and tyranny. The current indicators are that this will come to be in our not too distant future. Still, as grim as it sounds, all may not be lost just yet. It will, however, take a serious wake-up call to shake the people of America into the awareness of what is being intentionally, if covertly, forced upon us.

In a previous writing, I wrote about “Economic Seduction: The Boiled Frog.” Well, the pot is boiling and we’re simply explaining it away without even looking at why this might be happening. Simply, there is no way we can or should expect a different result from our government by continuing to do the same thing that got us in this trouble to date.

If I’m able to write an update on this scene in 2017 when the next president is elected in the U.S. (should that still be an option available to the people), I hope to have a more upbeat report. – Daniel Jacobs, February 4, 2014.

A TECTONIC SHIFT – circa 2009

Partisanship sentiments and emotions aside, we have to admit that a political tectonic shift took place in America on November 4, 2008. The following morning we woke up to a different country and a different world. History was made yesterday with victory of a new president-elect, Barack Obama.

I have always considered every day to be a great day to be an American and to be a citizen of the world. But, with the changes proudly being introduced to America by our new President, I believe we may be witnessing the beginning of the end of American culture we have known for over two centuries.

This event reminds me of another one that occurred two years shy of fifty years ago. It was the election of President John Kennedy in 1960, an event I recall very well – I also remember his death in 1963 as I was privileged to be in the honor guard for his funeral as a member of the Navy Band in Washington, D.C.

That president made an impression on me because of one dominant characteristic that set him apart from the crowd. He was genuinely interest-ed in the people, in politics, in America and the world, he didn’t appear to be just trying to be interest-ing – as most of the “look at me” politicians do. Kennedy seemed genuinely interested in us – a welcome change from the previous administration. And he definitely got our attention and excited our imagination.

I do not see this characteristic in our newly elected president. Yes, while he conveys the appearance of being interested and he has captured the attention of the country, I have lingering doubts. My hope is that a positive change has begun, but my fear is that we will soon experience the opposite.

I feel the country needs someone as a leader who is not only fixated on getting elected four years hence, who has the integrity and strength to remain true to the ideals and principles put forth in our constitution. Sadly, I have severe reservations about the true intentions of our current “leader” and that the true colors of our new president will be revealed, and we won’t like what we see.

So, what now?

Well, for one thing, and arguably the most important thing, we have to start talking about the elephant in the living room. The elephant that is not being talked about is the fiscal reality of the national debt expanding exponentially out of control. It’s like the consumer who pays his current credit card debts with a new line of credit he just received in the mail. Throwing gasoline on that fire won’t put it out!

Economic problems are foremost in the mind of the people of America, if not the world. In my opinion the first thing that should be done is to go over to the U.S. Treasury and (metaphorically) count the money. I’m afraid he will find far less than expected; exclusive of political leanings, the economy is not looking good; it’s been running without effective leadership or management for too long.

The New America – in which most have never experienced true scarcity – seems to accept the idea that you can stimulate the economy at will by printing more money – carefully ignoring the dire consequences that this inevitably guarantees – and that inflation won’t occur. But the current national debt of $11.3 trillion – and growing – will not just go away by itself; and spending us further into debt is not a good idea. We must rein in this habit fast or a bankrupt country is not far away.

Hey, here’s a thought. How about stopping the hemorrhaging by starting to get the current spending under control? And then how about reducing costs of financing the national debt, as the interest alone one of the largest expenditures of the budget? Or how about knocking off being the lender of last resort for the world, as a common practice rather than only in an extreme emergency? And, maybe I’m missing something here, but how about this? This is something that would bring about a positive change the economics of our country overnight.

Why not just nationalize the Federal Reserve? – as we’ve been doing to major banks and other institutions in the country. We can print money (meaning make computer entries) as well as they can, can’t we?

After all, the Federal Reserve is private organization that was brought into being by mandate of the United States Government in 1913. Why should we go through via of having the Federal Reserve loan us money (at interest) when we could just print the money ourselves and save the interest? Exactly why do we give them all that anyway? That system never made much sense to me, except to line the greedy palms of the puppeteer’s behind the curtain, gathering an obscene amount of money and power in their control with under the table, smoke-filled, back room, shady dealings of the money changers.

Maybe it’s time to throw the money-changers out of the temple.

History has shown over and over that money and power concentrated in the hands of a few has led to corruption, greed, avarice, arrogance and disdain for the common men and women of the country. To those in power, we are just unwitting slaves to be used as they see fit, to serve their own selfish purposes. If that sounds strikingly similar to where we are today, then you’re getting the idea. This quote from Thomas Jefferson says it best as a clarion call to people to come to their senses and do something:

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

Why not unilaterally and summarily cut off them off at the pass? If they’re addicted to the easy money flowing into their coffers by blind politicians and hypnotized masses, we can help them out with tough love and an intervention program to get them “clean and sober” (and honest).

Yes, there are other priorities that must be addressed, but unless we get the economics of the country back on solid ground, under our control, nothing else matters as the base on which all else is founded will not be there.

To being with, if we all can get the idea that “something can be done” then we can turn it into, “something MUST be done!

Just an idea . . . but, it might just work.

daniel w. jacobs
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