August 8th, 2011
By Barry Secrest
It would now, almost posthumously, appear that America has had about all of the "Hope and Change" that She can ill-afford for the next good little while. As a large number of nations have now met in order to reach some sort of "blood in the water" consensus with regard to America's outrageous debt problem and what they should do about it, we did get a rare bit of positive news related to the economy, believe it or not. In fact, if we might dare to use the same type of fringe reasoning and cause and effect rationales that the White House and the Democrats routinely put on display, we would then feel confident in our breaking news report, that tropical storm Emily has been steered away from the US mainland by none other than Obama, the Meteoric Messiah's, bold efforts.
To explain, when the loosely formed eye of tropical storm Emily had coalesced to such a degree that it could blurrily peer at the viraling ill-effects of Obama's now estranged US economy, the storm quickly veered away and accelerated out into the safer environs of the vast and brutal Atlantic Ocean. To which we can only remonstrate, Bravo, Bravo Mr. President! Saved once again by Obama's redoubtably dubious economic efforts.
In fact, it has taken everything that we have not to finally and unequivocally blurt-out, "we told you this was going to happen, to Paul Krugman (and a host of others), and we said it some time ago," but... fortunately we are not predisposed to gloat about our unfortunate happenstance, unlike some others that we know. No doubt, a Nobel Prize will be just around the corner (Not!) for our having out-dueled the liberal economist in chief in our nearly three year-long effort at extreme prognostication.
When Hope and Change Becomes Despair and Chaos
To wit, and as predicted in a very recent column, on Friday August the 5th, 2011, America's gold-plated AAA bond rating was downgraded to AA+ status with a negative outlook, which was merely the first ignominious step for an increasingly beleaguered America. Unfortunately for us all, the painful progression of further degradations, which the US will be unnaturally forced to endure as detailed in earlier columns, will most likely be the rule rather than the exception for some time to come. All of this due soley to the mantra of change we can believe in, or put more succinctly, Change We Can Hardly Believe....
So, welcome to the now officially terrifying world of Obamanomics and yet another clueless foray into outrageous infamy for the Obama administration, where the act of being is overrated and the premise of seeming in all things is officially the rule of the day. Unfortunately for Obama, the Media and the now verifiably clueless Democrats, all of that has now changed, and seemingly for a long, long time to come, as the chain of America's vast financial trust between the government and the civil society has been irreparably sundered, if not at least for this regime, but probably for the next as well.
The United State's unblemished debt rating, which had formerly been at the highest of international debt rankings since 1941, is now history and soon, so too, will be Obama's overt popularity. You see, just as Bush will forever be remembered as the 9/11- Meltdown President, so will Obama now be historically ascribed as the absolute worst debtor President in the nation's history, a fact that Obama will be unable to escape, no matter how hard the annals of both academia and the media try. The pain deepens even further when we note that re-establishing a AAA+ rating with the various ratings agencies normally takes an average of anywhere from 9 to 18 years, based on the typical amount of time agencies require to repair a lowered credit standing.
The Democrats Become Debt-Mongers Anonymous
"So what now," many seem to be asking? The answer to that question, rather interestingly, has already been solved, in that before a problem can be attacked, one must first acknowledge that a problem actually exists, and we would all do well to remember that there was no such problem before, according to the media, right? Standard and Poor's was kind enough to handle this particular part of our "face the music" problem for us, rather than our awaiting the Democrat's impending Debt-Mongers Anonymous Meeting, no doubt, to then be followed by their International Procrastinator's Guild induction, which was rescheduled to some future date. Despite mountains of overwhelming evidence already very easy for most Americans to see, an almost pitifully clueless government and a shallowly liberalized media, could only celebrate the copious amounts of seemingly free government money being spewed about like Obama posters at a Communist Party convention.
Unfortunately for Obama and the Democrats, and despite being repeatedly admonished time and time again ad nauseum by critics both here and abroad, fully two thirds of our left-wing government were unwilling to realistically even acknowledge that there was an actual spending problem that required our immediate attention. Worse? Even now you will hear and read that a number of either very shady or very ignorant individuals, within both the media and our government, will continue in a concerted effort to deflect and detract from the fact that this painfully obvious problem actually exists, despite a now enormous amount of evidence to the contrary.
They will lambaste the Republicans for an unwillingness to raise revenues that could not have realistically even dented the amount that was being spent, they will rail at and demonize the Tea Party for being culpable, which could be tractable-- but only in the sense that they forcefully brought the problem to everyone's attention in the first place--and of course, the liberals will demonize the rich for not gifting virtually all of their income to the Federal Government in one fell swoop. They will heckle that outrageously slanderous Standard and Poor's organization for daring to cast aspersions on the White House's efficient spending, they will creatively skew all manner of both debt and unemployment numbers, as if everything were indeed rosy, while they will pitch vitriolic public tantrums in an effort to mask their now overwhelming culpability, if not criminal duplicity.
So Why Is All Of This?
The answer that everyone appears to be seeking to explain all of this would be that at some point, we must all come to grips with a host of flickering truths that have haunted virtually every American, be it admitted or not, at intermittent stages within the recent past. These truths, much like a shy specter, seem to briefly materialize out of the corner of our eyes, only to elusively disappear when we try to peer directly at them. These unfortunate truths also have, in fact, been glaring balefully at us from partial cover for what now seems as an eternity, and yet only some few of us have been either gifted or cursed with the irrefutable ability to easily sense the apparent unnaturalness of an increasingly hostile environment that we now find ourselves in as faithful Americans.
Those of us who do see this phantasm of decimation will then shyly point in the direction of the disturbance that we can cognitively feel--and out of a sense of duty more than anything else--point out the malignancy to those within our immediate circles, hoping that they can perhaps see it as well, while we rather miserably then try to concoct a way to combat it, if not at least mitigate it, while also braving the occasional peel of deranged laughter directed at us.
Summarily speaking, at this juncture in America's history, there can no longer be any further doubt, nor can our suspicions now be laughingly written off as patently ridiculous conspiracy theories. America has, in fact, stumbled rather pitifully into the path of decline, but America did not stumble by accident, nor did She trip on some bit of economic flotsam unseen. America was forcefully pushed into decline, ladies and gentlemen, and by none other than those Americans who were entrusted to both caretake and enhance our governance for but a short time. And at this point there can be absolutely no doubt of who the ringleader of this fiasco was, none other than President Barack Hussein Obama...mmm...mmm...MMM!
The Inmates Running The Asylum Resort To Arson
You see, while even the most uninformed of individuals will easily understand that spending essentially double what one takes in, is a quick path to virtual ruin, even without the withering economic meltdown that drained our treasuries down to nothing--some other, otherwise sophisticated individuals, simply do not understand, and may never will, that placing blind faith in anyone or anything on this earth is never the ultimate answer. A phenomena that I have personally witnessed time and time again among the moderates, Liberals and Conservative Democratic denizens.
While Obama and his minions actually succeeded at convincing some few naively trusting Americans, to include the media, that their spending plan would work quite famously, they failed to convince the larger portion of Americans who had not yet been indoctrinated, and viola', the Tea Party was born, to virtually the entire left-wing's extreme chagrin, and to the establishment's extraordinary fear.
So, if some few Americans still wonder exactly why America has fallen so far and so fast, the answer can always be found both in history, and even better, within the weekly annals of this website, where a large number of ridiculous policy decisions have been documented at length, along with the conditions surrounding each of these executive and legislative policies and a mountain of villainous deceit as perpetrated by the radicals within our government.
If one does, but take the time, to go all the way back to the first article of this website, titled Mainstream Media's Holographic Reality , and pacingly read their way forward, it will all become quite crystal clear, while evincing the voluminous book War and Peace in the process. It would take at least three very hefty volumes to encase all of the articles written, and these are just of those in the Main section of this site, but they will incrementally explain everything in a chronological manner.
So Where Do We Go From Here and What Happens Now?
For now, the best way to determine both where we are as a nation and what lies ahead can quite easily be found right in our own grocery stores at present, in your favorite restaurant, or even in your fuel tank. The portions we American's have been used to for years will seem to be shrinking right before our very eyes, and no it is not just in our collective imaginations. When we look at the price of various food items, most frequent purchasers have already noticed a certain diminution of portions.
Food packagers will often lessen the amounts within a given item almost imperceptibly in order to keep prices seemingly even. Slices of bread will become thinner, items will become smaller wherever plausible, some even advantaging the intervals between the contents of the packaging. And, of course, the packaging itself will gradually become almost imperceptibly smaller, these phenomenon which have been in effect for about 12 months will now accelerate.
While other processors then slowly begin to raise prices, a certain uniformity will more or less take place, and the portions will remain the same, in large part, while the prices will incrementally increase. This, my friends, seems to be the way that it begins in the modern world. However, after the recent reduction in America's AAA rating, we can also expect inflation to increase even more, as the value of the dollar will diminish on the world market. Oh, and by the way, we would all do well to hope that the other nations do not decide to remove the US dollar as the world's reserve currency, because if that happens, the below chart will seem as a trip way,way back in time, in very short order, God help us all.
Unfortunately, it will not begin and end with food items, either. Construction materials, every day toiletries, household items all will drift upward incrementally. As these prices tick upwards, the natural costs of all services will then dutifully follow. We will see virtually everything under the sun increase in price, some to be measured in the space of days, some in months, others in a few years, but nearly everything will increase over time at a vastly accelerated and noticeable pace from what we have been used to in the past.
We will also view all manner of often strange news items that will slowly creep by our notice with regard to financial and other odd happenings both here and abroad. Tensions will continue to increase and flash riots and outright uprisings will occur more and more frequently. America will now be forced into seriously cutting back on its public spending programs as the public eye will shift severely in the President's and the legislators direction. We will probably see a number of dramatic movements by the US military, as a pullback must now occur in some diverse areas. The legislators have already slated US defense to be chopped in the short-term. The debt ratings changes will also, by default, effect both State and local Governments which were already hurting.
As an increasing apportion of taxes will go to pay interest, you will see Legislators crafting ways to raise taxes in a diversity of means. From storm water levies, to myriad excesses of collection, everything will be affected in one way or another. The Federal Government will be massively pressured into also reducing payouts to State governments which will then force even more pressure on the state governments to increase taxes, layoff workers and cut expenses even more. All of this to be thankfully laid at the feet of your President, your Senate majority leader Harry Reid, and the former House leader, Nancy Pelosi, all of the Democrats for the most part, and even some few moderate Republicans.
So, Is This How Obama Plans To "Win The Future"?
So, now to recount the chain of events that have led us to this point, we need only look back at several articles which both detailed and predicted the events that we find ourselves in right now. In an article written in April of this year, titled the Rise of Left-Wing Capitalism, we began detailing a disturbing trend that had come into very clear focus. Here we initially detailed what could be called an "engineered decline of America." In April, we also enumerated the fact that Obama was clearly on a ruinous spending spree and seemed to have no intentions of letting up. At this point we asked the question, "What exactly is up with Obama"? It was here that we also wondered about former Obama appointee, Vann Jones, and his increasingly disturbing diatribes regarding the Top Down, Bottom Up, Inside Out strategy of uprise and insurrection in America and how this was connected with the Arab Spring and Communists uprisings in the US and abroad.
It was in this article that we also repeated the most disturbing quote ever enumerated by Obama in which he stated the following: " Belief in Capitalism is Blind Faith,This philosophy of letting people fend for themselves has failed" ~President Barack Obama, October 2010
Now, when you consider the above quote regarding what is happening at present, you can begin to see that the President is not exactly crazy about individual self-determination, and therefore Free Market Capitalism, and therefore America's Constitution and ipso facto Her Liberty. The column ended with an entry of the 1963 Congressional Record by Rep. S.A. Herlong, in which a book called "The Naked Communist" was established into the public congressional record indicating a set of Communist goals.
The shocking part of all of this is that, as of right now, many if not most of these Communist goals have been realized, the main one being the overall destruction of America as we have known Her. But why? One of the answers to that important question comes from the left-wing, who say that America has become far too powerful and far too potent as compared to the rest of the world's Nations as a result of both Her gargantuan free market, Her potent military and still drearily dynamic economy. America is clearly an impediment to the goals of the Globalists and their worldwide agenda. Before globalism can come into play, America must be taken out of the way, or reduced in some fashion, as we have just seen in the last few days.
In our follow-up article titled Design of Darkness, we reviewed Obama and the Democrats' seeming desire to collapse and remake the entire American economy, based upon all of the indications at play,we were correct. We also identified the frequent and painfully obvious forays into obvious lies that Harry Reid, Obama and other left-wing legislators have told repeatedly. It was here, also, that we detailed one of Obama's main supporters, billionaire Globalist George Soros, and his stated designs that proved shocking to a number of our readers:
The Globalist's main goal is to have one centralized powerful governing body over one world. Make no mistake, all religious parallels aside, the Globalist's desire is to engineer and control both trade and humanity the world over.
There is one major factor that stands in the way of that goal.
In order to retain the authority and the power of a one-world globalist society, there can be only one major power. The United States economically, militarily and ideologically stands fully in the way of the globalists' centralized, inhumane goal. What better way to take Her down softly, while whispering sweet hope and change in Her ear than the way in which we are seeing at present.
It was also here, in April, that we warned our readers of Standard and Poor's warning that the national debt had to be dealt with, and quickly, in order for America to keep Her financial ratings intact, which was largely, if not totally ignored by Obama and the Legislators. In June, we offered up the column, A Significant Event, where we indicated the exact scenario that is occurring right now, today, and spoke at length on all of the reasons to act now and to do so decisively, but to no avail. So, as many are well aware of this site being openly followed by both Houses of Congress, and others, we did our level best to warn any and all of the hazards that lay ahead for these inner beltway types who are forever being seduced by the establishment in one way or another, and it wasn't just us. Virtually every member of the new Conservative media and business have let forth with cries in a wilderness to those who either think that they know better or who, even more likely, do not really care.
So, why not offer our government up a big round of hearty applause right there from your perch at the computer screen for a job in wrecking the nation's economy--extraordinarily well-done! Oh, and be sure to remember these miscreants at the polls in 2012, unless, of course, you really adore and want to see even more of this new America courtesy of Obama and the cluelessly deceitful Democrats on through 2016, God save us all.
That's assuming that America is still here in late 2012, of course....
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
August 1st, 2011
By Barry Secrest
I often wonder if, indeed, any beyond a select few have actually stopped to carefully consider exactly where America stands at present and why? Within the course of our condition as a nation increasingly divided, one must, at some point, strongly consider the fact that most of America has yet to simply pause and conduct a bit of inward reflection, putting politics completely aside-- if but only for a moment--to ascertain where the nation currently finds itself, while leveraging minimal amounts of common sense into the analytical process for a change.
Unfortunately, it now seems that a daunting number of individuals simply lack the neutrally charged intellectual honesty, if not the overall capacity, to initiate such a radical, soul-searching process. This experiment, if you will, being to at least try to gain a quick glimpse of the little used but ever-present knowing derived esoterically, rather than ideologically, from our latest of painful realities.
In that particular vein, and once upon a time, long, long ago, a great and extraordinarily learned man was poetically inspired to write the following:
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Interestingly, the preamble to Jefferson's Declaration of Independence, speaks to us across a multitude of thought-provoking fronts when considering these words under the varying straits of the human condition, if not polemic. So, what might the modern-day cause which will impel us to our political separation actually be? Could it possibly be our fatalistic governmental expedition into what is, unarguably, a mindless mountain of indefatigable debt unchecked?
An Enormous Debt Politicized
Could it further be that while one political faction fights to maintain and even worsen that debt, another opposing faction seeks to only mitigate the damage rather than entirely defeating it but out of "forgivable" political expediency?
And, for Heaven's sake, since when did a staggering mass of IOU's become politicized to such a degree that those, who will remain unnamed, but who have ordinarily shown what could be described as an extraordinary amount of wisdom and thoughtfulness, now set themselves to literally howling in abject denial of the truth that unimaginable debt is now a good and necessary thing, if not only for just a wee bit longer.
The simple fact is that a difficult debt is not a good thing--period--and a debt, be it good or bad, cares not for the various ideological sways one way or another. A terrible debt cares not for the way it was amassed nor the way that it was used, nor does it care for the way that it will be inflated or defeated, it simply exists and naturally grows, monolithically, in our case, until, by some various means, it doesn't, and this is what those few who do understand are painfully trying to rectify. Debt, in other words, is neither political or apolitical, it simply is--or at least it was.
We have heard from a considerable number of highly respected establishment Conservatives, who appear largely on the side of history's rubbish heap of thoughtfully inactive deliberation, that in order to ultimately defeat the Beast that is slowly devouring our nation, we must join with the Beast and, at least for a time, aid it within its sublime act of the destruction and eventual devastation of the wealth that has been built up within this nation for over two centuries.
They will tell us that we must "retreat and retreat and retreat" in order to survive the fight until another day, for the final and grandest of all victories over our cunning berzerker adversaries. But, here's a thought for consideration: What if the fight that simply must be won is the battle that we are currently within, and what if we miss the opportunity that could completely turn the tide of our nation's impending economic devastation?
The Safe Route
Our wizened senior fellows will hasten to further admonish us that "we cannot govern from one house alone," and will even go so far as to chasten both parties, and those legislators who would stop the nation's economic derailment, as (almost amusingly) being "counter-constitutional and self-destructive in practice." The argument that seems not to be in consideration is simply that, at some point, we must consider the fact that we may be even now at that tipping point of dissolution, and that our considerations of action should go to every possible length now rather than to impatiently wait for some vague latter day of "virtually assured" victory that may never actually come.
In a nutshell, what if time is a luxury that America simply does not have?
The Republican leaders of the US Congress have fought a brave and embittered battle, having actually conspired with the duplicitous adversaries of our current economic straits in triplicate, only to have each loosely agreed upon measure thrown back into their faces, like excrement. The Commander in Chief has been nothing, if not obstinate, in forcefully spewing the rhetoric of capitulation, while actively hamstringing each and every effort in turn, almost as if he were entirely malevolent about the entire process of finally solving the problem.
Our complicit media has ever sought to portray the entire event as a mirthful political exercise in mass entertainment, rarely asking the bold questions and never performing their true function of pointing out the flaws and the blatant hypocrisy of bureaucratic dysfunction personified.
As each plan has been put forth, only to be promptly tabled in a confusion of jaggedly protruding numbers and disheveled debt-years, we are left with the understanding of the one truth that has been evident throughout the entire process. The actions that each side has been arguing for, in an effort to mitigate the damage eventually, does not seek to actively correct the problem immediately. No matter which plan, be it Republican, Democrat or Presidential, no active plan will seek to decisively reverse the tide of money flowing out, nor the mountain of debt building up until at least ten years hence, and herein lies the mother of all problems if not the looming financial disaster. The Cut, Cap and Balance act that the House recently passed contained the only quantifiable hope that America's credit rating "might" be salvaged; however, the Senate tabled that particular bill without a vote.
The True Aim Lost In Translation
The major financial ratings agencies, which will actively determine America's future bond ratings, have recently indicated that the gold-plated AAA debt ratings that America has always charged for its treasury bonds--being borrowed money--will be reduced within three months if our legislative corrections do not immediately and conclusively reduce our spending and our future debt levels. None of the measures, as put forth by any of our political parties, will actively seek to decisively address the AAA rating concerns of these agencies.
These agencies have also indicated that current plans to reduce spending by $ 2 trillion over the next 10 years, including the Republican plans, are simply not enough. This will then mean that Americans, as a result of their Government's gross ineptitude, and perhaps even impeachable excesses, will see their personal costs for any and all forms of credit increase due to global market functions.
This will include increased credit costs for our already severely strained businesses that depend upon credit markets to smooth out cash flows and increase manufacturing capacity. This will further increase America's interest on the debt costs exorbitantly, taking an even larger bite out of our tax revenues, which have been waning since the advent of the Emperor of All Ill's regime.
Despite all of this, we have the dizzy denizens of the extreme-left cheer-leading the guaranteed demise of the nation's credit standing and, by rote, their own credit costs, as if both were a grand and wondrous accomplishment for the President and the Senate Leader in toppling our industry to defeat the Republican's efforts. In addition to that, we have the various members on the Right, and virtually all on the Left, enjoining us to shut-up and accept the fact that nothing immediate can be done, when in fact, something can in truth be done but it will be hard for some few and divisively unpopular to some others.
Kill The Bill
The questions we should be asking ourselves throughout these debates on the various bills and measures is simply the following:
- Will this particular bill or measure guarantee that the cost of the nation's credit or borrowing will not increase?
- Does this particular bill or measure reduce our spending significantly and immediately to the point that our national debt is not increased but rather decreased in short order?
Unfortunately, these are not the questions actually being asked; therefore, no one is actively trying to solve the true problem. Rather, we have two political parties engaging in the politics of expediency while completely ignoring the problem that is gazing at them hungrily, and with a designedly ravenous contempt that bears nothing but ill for America in the immediately foreseeable future.
But this then brings us all the way back to our first question with regard to why does the US all suddenly find itself in this unenviable position and with no actively corrective solutions in play? Well hold on to your hats, because you're not going to like this next point at all.
In 2009, the $ 800 billion dollar stimulus was passed and added to the US budget as a one time massive payout "designed" to get the economy rolling again, but it's what you didn't know about the 2009 stimulus that should and most likely will enrage you, if not drive you totally insane. The Federal Government budgetary practices are predicated upon taking each previous year's total budgetary layout and tacking approximately 7% on for the following year, no matter what. Therefore, in 2010, Obama's budget, that was submitted, but never passed by Congress, automatically included the entire amount that was paid for the stimulus in 2009.
In effect we actually duplicated and spent a second stimulus that was not an actual stimulus at all. Even worse, mega-ditto' s for "fiscal" 2011, as well, another amount equal to the budget-busting stimulus was funded but not spent on stimulus by the Democratic legislators. So, in other words, your President has thoughtfully included the one-time charge that we were leveraging for the supposed one-time stimulus into each successive budget year.
It is in fact the gift that keeps on giving year, after year, after year and its also why America is effectively broke. The other thing to remember is simply that the amount of the stimulus is almost equivalent to the total that America pays in individual income taxes every year. So the question would logically then become, how could we not be broke after all of this, especially including all of the mysterious payouts from the economic meltdown? The next question would therefore have to be, "how do we distinguish these egregiously over-burdening non-budgetary amounts from a true Cloward-Piven derived strategy," as previously written about in an earlier article?
Putting Government To Work For The First Time
Interestingly, the one thing that would essentially force America into cutting off its "crack-addict-like" dependence upon borrowing would be for the Republicans to simply throw up their hands and allow the current law, which is in place for a reason, to take over. The US Treasury and the Federal government would then be forced into using the beyond considerable amounts of governmental assets on hand, in addition to our current humongous revenue streams, to fund our required outlays while being forced to reduce its unsustainable spending.
This would also creatively inspire a tremendous number of legislators and government workers to, for perhaps the first time in eons, depend upon themselves for creatively finding revenue and assets rather than some bloated bureaucrat in a foreign land needing a "safe investment."
This would further inspire the governmental bureaucrats to get serious about cutting waste and fraud and, of course, the ever-present abuse. Would it be unpopular? Well now, this is where it becomes truly interesting. Most Americans, I believe, would be moved into support of our government in defense of the cause that America's citizenry has been navigating through since the economic meltdown. We would guarantee our seniors and our military and our debt interest payments first--and in that order. The ratings agencies would most likely be giddy to see that a ponderous American bureaucracy is finally moving to take extreme action in getting its house in order.
I have always found it to be amazing at how many things a select grouping of determined individuals can accomplish when left with few choices beyond their own creativity. Nothing motivates like necessity, and perhaps that is what is finally needed to make Washington, once and for all, feel the pain of its people, rather than just providing crocodile tears and lip-service for said discomfort. This would also, quite naturally, take care of the President's predilection to spend America into oblivion. Amazing how constructive and appealing "doing nothing" for a change actually sounds, isn't it?
Nothing but nothing motivates like necessity.
July 31st, 2011
The Conservative Refocus book " A Perfect Liberal Storm," Has Been parked in the top of each of its respective categories for several months now as sales continue to increase. So why is this book, which was published over one year ago, still in the top of its categories? The answer is fairly simple, the book predicts all of the chaos which is happening now, and the book was initially written beginning in early 2009, over two years ago.
A Perfect Liberal Storm actually chronicles our experiences of the first year of the Obama Administration, as interpreted by web columnist Barry Secrest, and offers up a number of predictions, all of which have proved to be startlingly correct. Secrest has proven himself to be a prognosticator of rare accuracy while columnists of the mainstream media have proved to be shockingly incorrect with their own interpretations of history.
Doutful? Then check out this gem written about the Arab Spring In February of 2011:
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July 25th, 2011
By Barry Secrest
The hypocrisy has been beyond maddening, the rhetoric embarrassingly dramatic, and the warped Statist stupidity teetering on a par with what one might typically find in any Gilligan's Island episode. All the while, in the background static, the Democratic mantra of Statism echoes insanely both in our minds and the economic devastation we increasingly see unfolding all around us. "More, More, More...how do you like it, how do you like it, More, More, More, How do you like it, how do you like it?"....the syrupy tune of collectivism, like a breathy Homeric siren song, magnetically luring America's increasingly befuddled economic navigators closer and closer to the treacherous shoals of default and the lengthening shadow of nationalized poverty.
Song idea courtesy of arch-conservative Michael A. Stein, from the Rush Limbaugh show
So, How do we like the Statist's love? Um, not so very much, it turns out, as much of a formerly honeymooning America has now whiffed the smelling salts of Obama's rather extreme form of perverted change. Being jolted into wakefulness by the sharp sensations of unfamiliar pain emanating from our collectively violated rear ends was not exactly what America had in mind in 2008. But, while well better than half of all Americans look on in a growing cloud of disbelieving anxiety, a smaller clique sitting in extreme left-stadium can be heard cheering the leering insanity onward, as if some great and honorific good will eventually be hatched from the noxious excrement of Socialism's detritus. In that vein, the Liberal Media's leaders, seeing their final opportunities undergoing severe implosion, have charged in to rescue their near-panicked, torporific man-child's impending deal with America's ultimate defeat.
Liberal potentate Paul Krugman, after a long hiatus in wonk land, has finally gone on the attack, and in my most favorite of all provinces, the battleground of ideas. To begin, Krugman lays forth with the following in his recent article Getting To Crazy:
"There aren't many positive aspects to the looming possibility of a U.S. debt default. But there has been an element of comic relief - of the black-humor variety - in the spectacle of so many people who have been in denial suddenly waking up and smelling the crazy."
The truly odd, if not comical element, with regard to this loopy paragraph, is that Krugman is referring to GOP craziness rather than to the Obama Spendocrat's complete insanity. Now, first we must point out to Krugman that, despite his mythical illusory economic prowess, there are in fact absolutely "NO" positive aspects to a US default, except of course to the President, who has seemingly been aiming at default from the start. Perhaps this is what Krugman means when he states "aren't many" instead of using the words "are none." An odd choice of words for a supposedly learned economist, to be sure. But then Krugman goes on to point out the mental state of his disillusioned sanitarium compatriots by noting, "a number of commentators seem shocked at how unreasonable Republicans are being. 'Has the GOP gone insane?' they ask."
To this we would simply remark that these must be the same commentators who have cheered the devastation of a mired economy, the incessant ticker tape parade of foodstamps generously showering down on a disheartened populace, and the continuing spiral of US industry, as if a stealth recovery of epic proportions has somehow been underway ever since the oceans receded during Obama's inauguration ceremony.
The Fourth Estate Versus We The People
The media is now clearly, if not unabashedly, within the President's red corner. These Mainstream Media match coaches provide a quick stool, a dash of refreshing unholy water blessed by none other than Karl Marx himself, and a decidedly unlearned bit of quick fighting advice each time the Bamster finishes a bruisingly brutal round against the American people. Consistently urged on with dreadfully tacky slogans and expletive-laden rejoinders to hasten the Economic Mangler back up into the fight every time the President staggers back to his copiously padded turnstile for a breather.
"it's the culmination of a process that has been going on for decades. Anyone surprised by the extremism now on display either hasn't been paying attention, or has been deliberately turning a blind eye."
Now, the extremism to which Krugman rather sophomorically refers with regard to the GOP, can be seen as none other than deft pragmatism in the face of left-wing, debt-defying, cluelessness. When we , in fact, have ratings agencies the world over stating that the US must see a $ 4 trillion dollar draw down of its national debt over the next three years in order to avoid a disastrous downgrade from AAA status for the first time in the nation's history. This downgrade, which will occur no further than three months from July of 2011, is not subject to either Krugman's lagging sanity nor his bloviated opinions. When Krugman speaks to some brand of madness and extremism within the GOP, he is disingenuously deflecting from the true left-wing government extremism that has clamped down on the nose of the wildly struggling bull market and refuses to turn lose.
This Statist extremism has taken over industry after industry, shackled the mortgage lending and college loan providers in government's musty dungeons, and even chained the entire marketplace to a now daunting Statist bible of regulations. All of this even while encapsulating our entire medical industry within a padded cell of government dysfunction, while also short-circuiting all forms of viable energy production pursuits. Is it not truly amazing, if not awe-inspiring, that a punch-drunk America still stands, bruised and battered, but gamefully swaying on its feet?
Quantifying And Scoring Insanity
So, is this 'double-our-income' spending madness not the true insanity of expressiveness? Or, perhaps Krugman would, once again, care to piously whine for yet another round of disastrous stimulus that would really set the world's financial rating agencies to raging. Krugman goes on to remark that Obama has used the newly dreaded words, "Now let me be clear," which, in Obamacode, actually means, "Now, get ready for some extreme bullshit" when Krugman states that the President indicated his undying willingness with regard to the following:
- Obama intends "to sign on to a deficit-reduction deal that consists overwhelmingly of spending cuts"
As of yet, totally unenumerated by his highness, the Emperor of All Ills, we must point out...along with the CBO, which recently refuted a concerned budgetary congressional commission on Obama's veracity, with the words "we cannot score a speech." Krugman also indicates the following:
- Obama intends to "Include draconian cuts in key social programs, up to and including a rise in the age of Medicare eligibility."
A horridly long list of two give-ups, to be sure, by the Messianic man-child, no doubt, these such cuts to exclude inner-city dwellers of the Democratic Party, Union members, cooperative flash rioters, SEIU club-thugs, and of course anyone employed within the national education system. Last but not least, the unincluded will by rote encompass any and all blue states granted an Obama 'Draconian Cut Waiver Card,' eh Mr. Krugman? Point being, we are not completely vapid, we Right-Wingers, and we do indeed learn pretty fast, although being not nearly as slick as our Democratic opposites, as a whole. Further, we are now fully cognizant of most of the contents held within the Manual of Democratic Demagoguery. No, and thanks, being the appropriate response to disingenuous promises (delivered in falsetto panic) of which the President blithely noted the following in this particularly glaring quote:
"I expect to be judged by the promises I kept, not the promises that I made"
To be sure, Obama will indeed be judged--albeit Carter-esquely--to be even more sure, welcome back's are in order, by the way. But then Krugman points out that The New York Times has stated that "the president has offered deals that are far to the right of what the average U.S. voter prefers - in fact, if anything, they're a bit to the right of what the average Republican voter prefers!" Smooth in principle but erroneous in fact. The NY Time's has obviously been "peering at the people's mirror" would be the reverse-image rejoinder here, as if the New York Times has even a tittle of understanding as to what most normal Americans desire. You see, the radical President's so-called deals are subject to the copiously cunning Senate Left-Wingers who sent the President back into the fray demanding nothing less than a $ 1.2 trillion dollar increase, which would equate to wildly left-of-center at this point in the game, and by the way, also sent Speaker Boehner packing in total disgust out of the talks, to his credit.
Shellacking The Gluttons
The interesting thing, within all of these debates, is the simple fact that the President is employing certifiable brinksmanship into a problem that he himself authored in the liberal Democrat's unchained melody of beyond- reckless spending in the first place. Now he is trying to add more taxes into the mix, during a recession, while promising to draw down no more than $ 4 trillion dollars over 10 years. We should also bear in mind the fact that the President has stated, not once but at least twice, that "raising taxes during a recession is not a good idea." However, this fact pales in comparison when we note that we are currently spending approximately $ 1.6 trillion more than we are bringing in on an annual basis, making the overall over-spending amount, over a 10 year span, contrived to a cool $ 16 trillion per decade in additional national debt.
If we stick to the typical Obama-White House inspired dieting plan that we have previously seen, thanks also to Michelle, we will still be increasing our debt by over $ 12 trillion dollars in ten years, in addition to the current $ 14.5 trillion dollar national debt figure that we currently hold. The question, therefore, then becomes, "how is this helping the problem?" The painfully obvious answer being, "it's actually worsening the problem," and therein lies the mother of all rubs.
Truthfully, We The People spoke very, very, loudly in 2010, and even the President noted that the Democrats were subjected to an electoral "shellacking." The point we should bear in mind is what the President actually stated after his victory in 2008, and during the rancorous stimulus debate--that being:
The inverse need not apply, one would suppose, at least not in the disingenuous world of the Demagogic party. But then Krugman sees fit to deluge us with a complete collection of unoriginal Democratic talking points, as follows:
- Republicans are threatening to force a U.S. default.
- Republicans are trying to create an economic crisis.
- This was entirely predictable.
- The modern GOP does not accept the legitimacy of a Democratic presidency.
- Republicans are automatically against anything the President wants.
- Republican Mitt Romney's health care plan became a tyrannical assault on U.S. freedom when applied to the Federal Government and lovingly administered by Obama.
Now, the main point here being, when reading the above list, is that it becomes painfully obvious that Krugman must have either received the talking points from one of his eternally prepubescent metrosexual liberal admirers, or perhaps even a panicked Atlanta schoolteacher who scored extraordinarily low on the critical thinking curve, such is the dramatically unoriginal, if not contrived, content. Krugman goes on to make the rather intellectually challenged point that if any Republican President had managed the same things that Obama is offering, it would have been a Conservative triumph, but since these are from a Democratic President, it is but a plan to tax the life out of the US economy.
To which we point out two things, the first being that Conservatism as a whole has undergone an excruciating makeover since the latter days of Bush, much to Krugman's regretful chagrin, because we have gained leaps and bounds of formidable knowledge since that time. Point number two would be that we Conservatives could say much the same thing about the Democrats, especially noting the ironic facts of the last several Bush debt ceiling increase debates. In those particular contests, we quite unremarkably will find that each Senate Democrat currently in office that is voting for the debt ceiling increase now, including Obama, voted against the raising of the debt ceiling in 2006. In 2007, it was more or less much of the same, Democrats telling us how irresponsible it all was, "a failure of leadership," to quote Obama.
It was under a Republican president, that the Democrats railed against raising the ceiling, only to now tell us how utterly responsible it is--if not a life and death situation--now--when the debate falls under a Democratic President. Now one can say that the reverse could also be true, however, remember the word proudly emblazoned across the top of this website. Not so with the Conservatives and this is a major area where Republicans and Conservatives are at odds oftentimes.
The Democrats Deep Doodoo Economic Plan
Krugman then repeats his oft-heard mantra, "voodoo economics has taken over the GOP." Indeed, it should be noted that most critically thinking individuals will take what Krugman calls voodoo economics over the Democrats' "Deep Doo-Doo economics" any day of the week, and even on the planet Venus where one day lasts almost 3/4ths of a year here on earth. Krugman then stumbles into making the fatally amusing comment that seals the fate of his consistently in error column, completely and in finality, when he states that the Reagan era, Laffer Curve, principles of the Bush tax cuts did not result in increased revenue, but rather reduced revenues into the Government. Below is a chart from the US Office of Management and Budget, read it and weep Paul:
In the above tax revenue chart from the OMB, please take careful note of the years beginning in 2003 and on through 2008. The Bush tax cuts began in 2001 and were completely in place in 2003. From 2003 and onward, one can clearly note a dramatic increase in yearly revenues right up until 2008 when the financial meltdown occurred. In fact, in the years between 2004 and 2008, income revenues actually increased by over a half a trillion dollars. You might also note how remarkably revenues declined from Krugman's Keynesian spending exercises after 2008 and beyond. So, if this is what Krugman refers to as craziness, then we obviously need much, much more of it, bearing in mind that craziness from the Right works remarkably more effectively than the now lamentable zaniness from the Left.
Which then brings Krugman "to the culpability of those who are only now facing up to the GOP's craziness." Krugman ends with the following:
Those within the GOP who had misgivings about the embrace of tax-cut fanaticism might have made a stronger stand if there had been any indication that such fanaticism came with a price, if outsiders had been willing to condemn those who took irresponsible positions.
But there has been no such price. George W. Bush squandered the surplus of the late Clinton years, yet prominent pundits pretend that the two parties share equal blame for our debt problems. So there has been no pressure on the GOP to show any kind of responsibility, or even rationality - and sure enough, it has gone off the deep end. If you're surprised, that means that you were part of the problem.
Where, oh where, has your litle brain gone, dear, dear Mr. Krugman. If we replace the words GOP in your last few paragraphs of your article, at least within its final death throes, it would finally bear some mere pittance to a resolute accuracy. In fact, we need only look at the the tremendous amounts of spending and the fact that we are now in quite a fix indeed, under Obama, and under Krugman's failed Keynesian policies with our AAA rating teetering.
The entire world is now close to seeing America as a veritable has-been in only three very long ,short years, and you, Paul Krugman, somehow blowing within the vast empty chasms of your mind, can actually come to the conclusion that George W. Bush and the Republicans are the authors of this Pandora's box of mayhem. The Democrats have been in full charge for over two years. A Democratic Congress, having been in control even longer, extends those two years to over four years. You know better, Sir, and yet you persist in your illusions.
Krugman's article, as with most members of the Axis Press, seeks to deflect the stunningly obvious facts with the artifice of smoke, mirrors, and extraordinarily contrived demagoguery. Unfortunately for the entire Left-wing, the game is up and the collective gentle giant that is the American people has been startled into a terrible brand of wide-eyed wakefulness and indomitable willfulness, a state of being not entirely seen since World War Two.
And we all know how that ended.