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UPDATE (10/18/2013): Politicians overplay hand; turn fake crisis into real one

October 10, 2013

See also my blog post “China and U.S. Allies Firewall Themselves from U.S. Dollar and Debt,” October 18, 2013

Thanks to the Obama Administration’s Herculean effort to make an 17% government shutdown look like Armageddon, the world now thinks our government is so broke that it can’t even afford to bury our heroes who’re killed on the battlefield (footnotes 1, 2).

The fiscal crisis manufactured by our politicians has caused global jitters that may quickly evolve into a global panic.

According to business reporter Eunice Yoon on CNBC’s Squawk Box, October 10, 2013 (see http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?play=1&video=3000206400 and footnote 1 ) :

  • On October 9, 2013, the Hong Kong stock exchange devalued U.S. Treasuries which are used as collateral.
  • The Chinese people are upset with their government for holding so much U.S. debt ($1.3 trillion).
  •  Japanese investors dumped foreign treasuries (i.e., U.S. debt) at record levels last week.

On October 10, 2013, the European Union signed a currency-swap agreement with China to cut their exposure to the U.S. dollar and debt ( http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/10/news/economy/ecb-china-currency/index.html ).

This year, the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia joined dozens of other countries who’ve already signed-currency-swap agreements with China in order to cut their exposure to the U.S. dollar and debt.

On October 13, 2013,  China’s official news agency, Xinhua, called for the world to be “de-Americanized” and for the U.S. dollar to no longer be used as the world’s reserve currency ( http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/10/13/wall-st-elites-reason-it-time-for-de-americanized-world-china-news-agency-says/http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50157150n )

Worse, this week, China-UK signed a deal this week that internationalizes the yuan, (see http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-15/china-u-k-agree-on-yuan-pound-direct-trading-investment-quota.html )–laying the groundwork for China to take away our printing press.

In effect, China, its trading partners, and our allies have built a firewall between their economies and the U.S. dollar and debt so that when we collapse, they will limit the damage to their economies.*

Rather than quelling global jitters about our debt crisis, President Obama and Senator Reid steadfastly refused to budge from their “raise the debt limit to $18 trillion, with no plan to cut spending” position, which is unacceptable to not only Republicans but also to most Americans and world leaders (footnote 3).

Democrats were emboldened by the mainstream media’s and old-guard Republicans’ bashing of conservatives, particularly the Tea Party.

Democrats moved to dismantle the Budget Control Act of 2011 which, together with the >$600 billion in new revenue this year, is responsible for the significant deficit cuts that President Obama and Democrats have bragged about for the past 10 months.

Fearing that uncontrolled spending would result in the collapse of the U.S. dollar and our economy, the Tea Party Republicans dug in their heels on October 15, 2013, saying that the insanity of overspending and massive debt has got to stop.

Tea Party Republicans believe that the Democrats’ adding another pyramid-scheme entitlement, Obamacare, will . . .

  • become another form of corporate welfare; i.e., enriching insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and private hospitals while bankrupting working poor and middle-class families and adding trillions of dollars to the U.S. debt,
  • skyrocket insurance and medical costs (akin to what’s happened with healthcare after the implementation of Medicaid and Medicare and with government student loans which have motivated our universities and colleges to hike tuition rather than rein in spending) (see footnotes 4-5),
  • provide worse medical care for the vast majority of Americans,
  • improve the healthcare for the elite rich,
  • leave tens of millions of Americans still without healthcare but with an ever-increasing “penalty fee” (i.e., tax) for not having healthcare. In effect, the “penalty fee” that Americans would have spent on healthcare, will go to increasing the profits insurance companies and private hospitals’ profits,
  • be the entitlement “straw” that finally breaks America’s back and bankrupts us all (except, of course, wealthy Americans who have offshore bank accounts and will flee to their second, third, or nth homes).

No Democrats agreed with conservatives who want to stop America’s spending madness, so budget negotiations stalled.

On October 16, Democrats and old-guard Republicans quickly passed a deal that averted default on the U.S. debt for 90 days.

Oddly, some of our politicians seemed hell-bent on scaring the bejesus out of world leaders before and during the government shutdown:

President Obama, Senate leader Harry Reid, and other Democrats, such as Representative Nancy Pelosi, repeatedly labeled Republicans as “terrorists” (and worse) who want the United States to default on our debt–even though Republicans repeatedly have said that the United States should pay its bills and not default (footnote 4).

Our leaders’ game of economic chicken has created an opportunity for China to have its yuan (aka renminbi) become the world’s reserve currency within the next few years (“China, UK deal pushes London as next offshore yuan centre after HK,” October 15, 2013, http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/15/china-uk-rqfii-idUSL3N0I517U20131015?feedType=RSS&virtualBrandChannel=11563 ).

Like the United States, China wants the world to hoard its currency and buy its debt.

Our leaders’ creating a panic has made investors scared to hold U.S. dollars and debt and has ensured that investors will move toward the yuan, something that even U.S. allies have been doing.

But China has a massive property bubble looming (60 Minutes, August 11, 2013, http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57597600/chinas-real-estate-bubble/ ).

Therefore, China needs the yuan to become the world’s reserve currency NOW–before its property bubble bursts.

Otherwise, China may have to wait many years before it’ll once again be positioned to elevate its yuan. (The yuan’s becoming the reserve currency might actually help China avoid bursting that bubble.).

When China moves to replace the U.S. dollar with the yuan or with a one-world currency,* China and its trading partners will dump our dollars and debt, which will collapse the dollar, skyrocket interest rates, and decimate our economy.

Our creditors may demand hard assets or long-term concessions in exchange for the debt they hold. Our creditors won’t want to be repaid in worthless U.S. dollars.

Unlike the United States, China wisely has loaned money to struggling companies and myriad countries in exchange for long-term energy and mineral contracts, which bypass the open marketplace and, over the longer term, have given China much cheaper prices and considerable influence.**

If China is among the first countries to dump U.S. dollars and debt, China will be the least hurt and therefore the best-positioned country to lead the world for the rest of this century and beyond.

Then we Americans can blame only ourselves for believing the Big Fat Entitlement Lies our leaders have been telling us for the past 50 years.

Then even Democrats will kick themselves for re-electing President Obama who now focuses on his legacy rather than on the saving our collapsing country that he’s supposed to be leading (see footnote 5 for some ideas on how we could fix our fiscal mess and repair the conservative brand).

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*The Xinhua editorial also calls for a one-world currency and a world that needs the United Nations’ permission to go to take any punitive action against another country ( http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2013-10/13/c_132794246.htm ;  http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/10/13/wall-st-elites-reason-it-time-for-de-americanized-world-china-news-agency-says/ ). [Note: during Obama’s presidency, the U.S. dollar has lost its “the world’s reserve currency” status and is now only “a world-reserve currency” as countries have shifted away from the U.S. dollar in order to limit exposure to its deflation and our debt.]

Xinhua is China’s official newspaper, so the editorial reflects the opinion of the Chinese government.

China’s call for a one-world currency and for elevating U.N. authority is propaganda to placate America’s business leaders and liberal politicians:

  • One-world currency means corporate profits would no longer be impacted by differences in currency exchange rates.
  • U.N. governing is what many Democrats have wanted for years.
  • For decades, the goal of most Democrats and mainstream media has been to reduce America’s consumption and power; i.e., “share the wealth” with the rest of the world. (This was a great idea in the 1960s, before the Democrats’ unsustainable entitlement programs and the Republicans’ unfunded wars put us $17 trillion in debt , plus $100 trillion in unfunded obligations as 10,000 Baby Boomers retire each and every day.)

China’s propaganda encourages U.S. government and business leaders to sit quietly by–or even help–China step into the position as top superpower.

I believe, President Obama and most Democrats and the mainstream media have miscalculated the effect on the world once America is brought to her knees and her leadership role is replaced by China’s.

China has worked too hard and too long to give up the power and influence and vast wealth that goes with controlling the world’s reserve currency–whether that currency is the yuan or a new currency.

In any even, whether there is a one-world currency or whether the yuan replaces the U.S. dollar as a world-currency, the effect is the same:  All of the U.S. politicians who’ve arrogantly said that the United States will never default on our debt because we have a printing press and can just print more dollars–unlike Greece and Italy which use the European Union’s currency (i.e.,  euro)–will find themselves unable to print more U.S. dollars, because no one will take them.

That’s when we are worse off than Greece, because our savior will be China, not Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

**China used to ask for 5- and 10-year contracts.  Now, the contracts are much longer.  For example, China has 25- and 30-year oil and oil services contracts with Iraq.

Only since Obama’s presidency has China been allowed to buy critical assets in the United States.

Most Americans would be surprised to learn how much of America’s critical energy, mineral, and food assets are owned by that China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and their allies.

Is the unwise selloff of our critical assets due to concessions our government has already made to our debt holders?

Footnote 1:

Note: America’s situation is dire: I believe, this week marked the tipping point in America’s decline:  Nothing our politicians do will reverse America’s decline, because China, its trading partners, and even our allies have already begun the second stage of firewalling their economies against the U.S. dollar and debt{see ee footnote 1 of “China and U.S. Firewall Themselves from U.S. Dollar and Debt”). No fix can be effective enough and fast enough, because our debt is too high; our entitlement obligations are too massive; our economy is too fragile; and our citizens, documented residents, and illegally residing immigrants are too divided.  And the vast majority of our politicians and our media are too fearful, incompetent, or corrupt to do what’s needed to save America

President Obama, Senator Harry Reid, and other Democrats were brilliant in laying the groundwork to win every election in 2014–(see footnotes 2-4).

Unfortunately, their brilliant strategy to win elections in 2014 scared the bejesus out of world leaders and investors and gave them the motivation to dump U.S. dollars and debt.

Once again, political self-interests were placed before America’s needs, this time helping China move one step closer to being the world’s top superpower.

Footnote 2:

I’ve begun to believe that our fiscal crisis was completely manufactured by our politicians in order to win elections in 2014 and to create a panic that will enable our politicians to pull a Greece–quickly slash unaffordable entitlements by at least 70-80%–while being able to blame the Tea Party rather than old-guard Republicans, Democrats, and President Obama who ultimately held all of the power to keep government open and who’ve created and then exacerbated our fiscal mess.  (Only in America could the party that’s been sounding the alarm about our unsustainable debt and pyramid-scheme entitlement programs be the party who’s blamed for the Democrats’ and old-guard Republicans’  fiscal mess.)

President Obama and Congress had five months to avoid a fiscal crisis and negotiate the debt ceiling, which was hit in May–not October 17th–according to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Meet the Press, October 6, 2013 (see 2 minutes, 42 seconds location at  http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3032608/vp/53200915#53200915 ).

The Obama Administration juggled the books until the budget negotiations and the Obamacare rollout

I also believe our politicians miscalculated (see my blog post “Tea Party Becomes Blame Game Patsy”):  China will not give them the time to fix our economy, even if or when our politicians finally use creative destruction to quickly dump entitlement obligations and debt.

Besides, unlike some Democrats and most Republicans, President Obama is disinterested in reversing our escalating debt and reforming our broken entitlement system–as shown by his adding the massive Obamacare program rather than fixing Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid which are bankrupting the United States.

As America burns, President Obama has pivoted to focusing on his legacy, which includes reforming immigration–which ultimately will add tens of millions of more low-wage earners to our entitlement programs:  Citizenship is not necessary to be enrolled in our entitlement programs  (e.g., I know from friends who are immigrants that legal status and working at least 40 quarters entitled them to Social Security, Medicare, etc.).

Once given legal status, the low-wage immigrants are eligible to bring their families, thereby adding tens of millions more potentially low-wage workers to compete with America’s young people and immigrants for entry-level jobs.

This is why some politicians are pushing for citizenship to not be a requirement for voting. They know that by adding tens of millions of new voters, they can secure political power for themselves. Such politicians are putting their own self-interests before America’s survival.

In fact, we all are putting our own self-interests before America’s if we aren’t willing to give and do anything and everything necessary to save our country.

Footnote 3: 

The Obama Administration used its myriad lawyers to find a way to make the world think that the U.S. government is so broke, it can’t even bury its dead heroes:  It narrowly interpreted Congress’ intentionally broadly written military-funding bill–in order to deny paying for the death benefits and burial of our active-duty military who died during the shutdown. (No human being with an iota of decency or common sense would label our troops who’d died on the battlefield as no longer working and therefore inactive and not entitled to the benefits he or she had been promised while alive.)

Rather than firing those lawyers and our Defense Secretary who let grieving families think for days that their country had turned its back on them in their darkest hour, our Commander-in-Chief added insult to injury by refusing to sign an Executive Order to pay for death benefits and burial of our heroes–just as he’s signed Executive Orders for myriad issues related to the EPA, Obamacare, ICE, immigration, etc. Instead, President Obama let a charity, the Fisher House Foundation, pay for the burial and death benefits of our fallen heroes.

Only after considerable political pressure did President Obama rectify the deep wrong that he and his team of lawyers had inflicted on the grieving families. This incident reveals the true character of President Obama as well as Senator Harry Reid who didn’t want the House’s bill to go to the Senate floor.

Footnote 4:

Most Americans would be surprised to discover that they actually agree with what most Tea Party patriots want our government to do (from my blog post “The Tea Party’s ‘Dangerous’ Agenda”):

  • Quit overspending so that our dollar and economy don’t collapse (see footnote 1; the U.S. dollar already was damaged by Fed’s decision in September 2013 to not to begin scaling back its $85 billion/month bond-MBS buying program ( http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-14/dollar-downgraded-as-standard-life-predicts-damage-currencies.html ).
  • Stop promising entitlements that our fiscally insolvent country can’t afford and that dishonest leaders know will be cut. (Our government has reneged on many of its promises to our veterans and their spouses, so our government will renege on Obamacare and Social Security just as it’s been doing with Medicaid, Medicare, the Prescription Drug Program, etc.)
  • Cut existing entitlement obligations (e.g., means test current recipients, raise the retirement age, etc.). Ultimately, we need to phase out our pyramid-scheme entitlement programs and phase in a new system that promotes and rewards personal responsibility; e.g., individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, etc.
  • Cut redundant government agencies and programs (footnote 2).
  • Let local and state governments keep most of their money to run their agencies, programs, and schools–rather than wasting hundreds of billions of dollars funneling money to redundant federal agencies and corrupt politicians who use that money for pet programs, special legislation, and tax cuts for their rich cronies. (Our leaders see how inefficient China is with too much centralized government control, yet they wear blinders about America having this same defect, which wastes hundreds of billions of dollars annually and hurts Americans and our economy.)
  • Fix our crumbling infrastructure.
  • Give our young people and our immigrants the opportunity to get educations and jobs and homes before our government adds millions of new low-wage immigrants who’ll compete with our young people and immigrants for resources and jobs. (When will our politicians realize that their +40-year plan to add tens of millions of low-wage immigrants to our tax and payroll systems can’t save our government’s pyramid-scheme entitlement programs, which have instead bankrupted our nation?)  Most Republicans want America to be so strong and successful that we can draw the world’s brightest and most innovative people and so that we can really help citizens in need and new immigrants who are fleeing oppression.
  • Get government’s deep pockets out of higher education and healthcare so that universities and hospitals have to charge what we can afford to pay rather than what our government can afford.  Before Medicaid and Medicare, even the working poor could afford to pay for their own healthcare.  Before government hiked student loan money every time universities lobbied for more, even the working poor could afford to pay our own way through school. I was a single parent who worked full time and put myself through college in the 1980s and grad school in the late 1980s and early 1990s–without needing student loans.  Today, college students must indebt themselves with student loans–unless their family is upper-middle class or rich.
  • Get unions out of our government and our schools so that pyramid-scheme pensions and retirement health plans can be replaced with 401 Ks and health savings accounts.  And so that lousy government workers and lousy teachers (and lousy administrators) can be easily fired, and good government workers and good teachers and good administrators can be well-paid and treated with the respect they’ve earned.
  • Use second-chance schools and online education for unruly children.  Give every child three chances per year to behave, then boot them out to the last-chance schools and, if necessary, then to online education.  Every year, give every student a fresh slate and three more chances to succeed. Failing to educate some of our unruly children is far better than failing to educate 30-60% of our children. (I would like to see us use Judge Judy Sheindlin’s idea of requiring parents to prove that their children are attending school regularly in order to claim them as dependents on income tax forms.)
  • Give our classrooms back to our teachers so that they can be creative, adapt to the needs of each classroom, write their own curriculum, set their own rules, and discipline unruly students.  Let new teachers and new administrators learn from good teachers and good administrators.
  • Get rid of tenure so that bad teachers (and bad administrators) can be easily fired. and good teachers and good administrators can be well-paid and treated with the respect they’ve earned.
  • Get politics and ideology out of grade schools and middle schools. Parents–not teachers–should be the first to influence our children’s beliefs. Those teachers who want to create more Democrats or Republicans or Libertarians or vegetarians should have more of their own children or, preferably, adopt.
  • Teach U.S. history and the U.S. Constitution and its amendments in all of our schools. America has no unifying dream that brings us together in a common goal, because most of us don’t even know America’s history much less its foundation.  (The rewriting of American history had a noble purpose:  It enabled historians to include or elevate voices that had been silenced or diminished throughout America’s history. But for the past 30 years, the rewriting of American history has devolved into the dis-teaching of American history in our schools, and into the Liberals’ and mainstream media’s intentionally elevating Liberal voices and silencing contemporary voices, particularly conservative voices of people of color, young adults, and working women–thereby aiding Liberals in their false narrative, “Conservatives are a bunch of old, irrelevant white men and middle-aged housewives.” I believe, silencing another’s voice is as vile today as when it was being done to women of all color, native Americans, African-American slaves, Irish immigrants, Italian immigrants, Asian immigrants, etc. Yet far-Left Democrats and mainstream media use this vile tactic every day in order to complete the dis-transformation of America; i.e., accomplish their agenda of reducing consumption and weakening America in order to redistribute her wealth and power in the world–a goal one would think they’ve accomplished by now).
  • Teach our children to be proud of America. For more than three decades, our schools have taught our children to be ashamed of America, because of awful wrongs committed by Americans who are dead. For almost 25 years, our universities and colleges have taught student teachers that all Caucasians are inherently racist (e.g., Critical Race Theory)–even though for more than three decades, the vast majority of American children of every race have emulated heroes who’re usually Black and, more recently, Hispanic. To right historical wrongs and to control the power structure in America in order to complete the dis-transformation of America, the far Left and the mainstream media have silenced and distorted the voices of the vast majority of Americans, who are not racists. Despicably, the far Left and the mainstream media have intentionally elevated the voices of racists or dredged up events that happened decades ago in order to prove that racism is rampant in America today. Over the past decade or so, Democrats and mainstream media have ridiculed and silenced the voices of conservatives, particularly conservatives of color, in order to redefine the Republican Party as a bunch of old, irrelevant white men; wacko, white anarchists; and middle-aged housewives.  How will Americans react when they finally realize that their country is on the brink of destruction because a relatively small group of elitist, arrogant Liberals chose to intentionally weaken our country in order to reduce consumption and redistribute America’s wealth and power to the world?
  • Teach our children how to compete.  When China is the world’s top superpower, it won’t be giving our children and future generations ribbons just for showing up. Our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren will work hard and sacrifice much if they’re to save America from becoming China’s footstool.
  • First and foremost, follow the U.S. Constitution and its amendments.  Leaders who violate the U.S. Constitution and its amendments are lazy, ignorant, or corrupt in their belief that they are above the Law.  No one should be allowed to stomp on the very foundation of our country–not even a President who’s doing end runs around Congress in order to amend his signature legislation, which he didn’t help craft much less read before he signed it into law.

Personally, I believe our tax system needs to be overhauled in a manner that gets rid of most of the IRS and de-corrupts our leaders so that they can’t write tax loopholes for their good buddies:

  •  a low national sales tax or
  • a low, tiered, flat-tax system for individuals and businesses (with no tax deductions for anyone or anything; otherwise, within 10 years, we’ll have the same massive, corrupt tax code we have now).

Footnote 5:

Conservative Strategy

The Democrats, mainstream media, and liberal comedians speak with one voice, so no matter what message they’re delivering–even an intentionally false one–voters believe the message.

Conservatives haven’t even ensured that our poor and middle-class families have access to conservative voices on television.

Please phone your cable provider and your congressional leaders and demand that cable packages include FoxNews and all CSPAN channels because . . .

  •  FoxNews is the only television media that does not censor conservative voices, and
  • CSPAN channels are  taxpayer-funded–and yet the Republican-controlled House’s CSPAN channel is blocked in some cable packages.

Fiscal conservatives must speak in one loud, clear voice that cannot be misinterpreted, redefined, or silenced by others:

  • Give Americans a dream that will unite us, motivate us, and move us forward (e.g., saving America which is the only dream right now that can save us all.  America has little time left for politicians to fix our fiscal mess–before China begins to determine our destiny:  The week of October 14, 2013, marked the second stage of China, its trading partners, and our allies’ firewalling their economies against the U.S. dollar and debt (see “China and U.S. allies Firewall Themselves Against U.S. Dollar and Debt”).
  • If Democrats continue to lie to Americans about America’s fiscal crisis, then educate Americans about the relatively small group of elitist, arrogant Liberals who’ve chosen to intentionally weaken our country in order to reduce our consumption and redistribute our power and wealth to the world.
  • Better explain that Republicans are for implementing spending cuts before allowing Democrats to raise everyone’s taxes.
  • Republicans are not against all revenue increases:  In fact, President Obama got $640 billion in new revenue in 2013, and despite sequestration cuts, he has added another $1 trillion to our debt since 2012 and he’ll add at least another $1 trillion of debt in 2014.  At the current rate of spending, President Obama will have added at least $10 trillion in debt by fiscal year end 2016.
  • Republicans oppose Democrats who want to spend, spend, spend and tax, tax, tax Americans and America into bankruptcy:  If Democrats succeed in their tax-and-spend plan that destroys state and local government and individual responsibility and independence, then all of our states, counties, cities, towns, and citizens will be as indebted as the U.S. government is now.
  • To save our country and get its spending under control, politicians must cut waste, fraud, and abuse; get rid of obsolete, redundant, and wasteful programs and agencies; and cut or reform entitlement programs.
  • In order to transform how some politicians, such as Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid, perceive government spending (i.e., they currently think that even wasteful spending is good spending, because it can increase our GDP), we should change how the U.S. government calculates GDP; i.e., exclude government spending from GDP calculations–except for the interest and principal that we pay on the U.S. debt.  Including government spending as part of our GDP calculation only encourages math-challenged, commonsense-challenged politicians to spend more on pork and entitlements in order to raise our GDP–as well as to misplace billions, waste trillions, and suck more trillions from the private sector in order to grow Big Government.
  • Republicans should educate voters that, in order to increase tax revenues and to reduce America’s consumption, Democrats want a federal tax on all of our assets, similar to the  local governments’ property tax.
  • Short-sighted politicians who push for toll highways and mileage taxes in order to pay for roads (which are supposed to paid for via income taxes) are ultimately paving the way for a tyrant to isolate and control our states and their individuals.
  • President Obama’s, Attorney General Eric Holder’s, and governmental agencies have paved the way for tyranny via their end runs around Congress and the U.S. Constitution.
  • Government should provide financial aid to only those who can’t help themselves–rather than the U.S. government’s systematic crippling of all Americans, so that we limit our dreams to what our government will allow us to have. (More and more “government crippling” will happen as programs are means tested and the non-recipients must pay for services whose prices are set by government’s deep pockets rather than by supply, demand, and competition.)
  • We should let supply, demand, and competition set the market’s prices–rather than letting our government limit competition (e.g., the U.S. government should let insurance companies compete across state lines).
  • The U.S. government’s deep pockets have artificially raised prices for student tuition (due to student grants and loans) and healthcare (due to Medicare, Medicaid, and now Obamacare)–making them unaffordable to most Americans without government help. Because of decades of stagnant wages, our tuition and healthcare prices should be very low–not artificially high.
  • President Obama and the Democrats–not Republicans–shut down the government and made the 13% government shutdown look like Armageddon to the world, putting our economy and our national security at risk, so that Democrats can win more elections in 2014 and control both house of Congress in 2015-16, thereby fulfilling the Democratic dream of cutting consumption and redistributing America’s power and wealth to the world.

NOTE ON OBAMACARE:

Some Democrats cite statistics revealing that healthcare costs have dropped for since the passage of Obamacare. They’re lying.

Democrats ignore that the declines in healthcare costs are due to insurance companies hiking policy prices, deductibles, and co-pays so much over the past three years in anticipation of Obamacare’s new regulations that millions of insured Americans can’t afford to use their healthcare policies.  Instead, millions of Americans are delaying or not seeking treatment and are not filling prescriptions ( http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/us/a-limit-on-consumer-costs-is-delayed-in-health-care-law.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 ; http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/26/news/economy/health-care-cost/index.html ).

It’s critical that Americans understand that Obamacare . . .

  • redistributes healthcare so that only America’s elite will receive excellent or even good medical care–as indicated by the 36,000 jobs added by private hospitals and the 41,000 jobs cut by public hospitals so far this year ( http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/10/13/hospital-job-cuts/2947929/ ), by the Obamacare insurance policies that don’t cover certain life-saving tests and treatments and have high deductibles  and co-pays,  and by the myriad doctors who are refusing to treat Obamacare, Medicaid, and Medicare patients;
  • is another form of corporate welfare program (i.e., enriches insurance companies, and corporations that dump most or all of their employees onto the healthcare exchanges);
  • is another pyramid-scheme entitlement program that’s bankrupting America; and
  • is another pyramid-scheme entitlement system that help re-elect Democrats who put their own self-interests before America’s.
  • What Americans like about Obamacare could have easily been included in a few simple laws that help some Americans–rather than the Obamacare behemoth that hurts all us except, of course, our elite, our government leaders and their employees, and Big Business.

FINAL NOTE:

Personally, I believe, Republicans should have raised the debt ceiling and done a continuing resolution to fund the entire government–immediately after Senator Ted Cruz’s filibuster which educated Americans about how Obamacare is damaging our economy, is turning us into a part-time nation, will be the tipping-point entitlement that will bankrupt  our nation; and ultimately will hurt the healthcare of millions of middle-class families.

Senators Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Mario Rubio were heroic messengers who elevated the conservative message.

Unfortunately, old-guard Republicans enabled President Obama and Democrats to shut down the government, trash the conservative heroes’ message, and then blame them for the shutdown–while diverting everyone’s attention from the disastrous Obamacare rollout.

But what’s done is done.  It’s time to speak with one voice and provide workable solutions to the most critical problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most Americans would be surprised to discover that they actually agree with what most Tea Party patriots want our government to do (from my blog post “The Tea Party’s ‘Dangerous’ Agenda”):

  • Quit overspending so that our dollar and economy don’t collapse (see footnote 1; the U.S. dollar already was damaged by Fed’s decision in September 2013 to not to begin scaling back its $85 billion/month bond-MBS buying program ( http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-14/dollar-downgraded-as-standard-life-predicts-damage-currencies.html )).
  • Stop promising entitlements that our fiscally insolvent country can’t afford and that dishonest leaders know will be cut. (Our government has reneged on many of its promises to our veterans and their spouses, so our government will renege on Obamacare and Social Security just as it’s been doing with Medicaid, Medicare, the Prescription Drug Program, etc.)
  • Cut existing entitlement obligations (e.g., means test current recipients, raise the retirement age, etc.). Ultimately, we need to phase out our pyramid-scheme entitlement programs and phase in a new system that promotes and rewards personal responsibility; e.g., individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, etc.
  • Cut redundant government agencies and programs (footnote 2).
  • Let local and state governments keep most of their money to run their agencies, programs, and schools–rather than wasting hundreds of billions of dollars funneling money to redundant federal agencies and corrupt politicians who use that money for pet programs, special legislation, and tax cuts for their rich cronies. (Our leaders see how inefficient China is with too much centralized government control, yet they wear blinders about America having this same defect, which wastes hundreds of billions of dollars annually and hurts Americans and our economy.)
  • Fix our crumbling infrastructure.
  • Give our young people and our immigrants the opportunity to get educations and jobs and homes before our government adds millions of new low-wage immigrants who’ll compete with our young people and immigrants for resources and jobs. (When will our politicians realize that their +40-year plan to add tens of millions of low-wage immigrants to our tax and payroll systems can’t save our government’s pyramid-scheme entitlement programs, which have instead bankrupted our nation?)  Most Republicans want America to be so strong and successful that we can draw the world’s brightest and most innovative people and so that we can really help citizens in need and new immigrants who are fleeing oppression.
  • Get government’s deep pockets out of higher education and healthcare so that universities and hospitals have to charge what we can afford to pay rather than what our government can afford.  Before Medicaid and Medicare, even the working poor could afford to pay for their own healthcare.  Before government hiked student loan money every time universities lobbied for more, even the working poor could afford to pay our own way through school. I was a single parent who worked full time and put myself through college in the 1980s and grad school in the late 1980s and early 1990s–without needing student loans.  Today, college students must indebt themselves with student loans–unless their family is upper-middle class or rich.
  • Get unions out of our government and our schools so that pyramid-scheme pensions and retirement health plans can be replaced with 401 Ks and health savings accounts.  And so that lousy government workers and lousy teachers (and lousy administrators) can be easily fired, and good government workers and good teachers and good administrators can be well-paid and treated with the respect they’ve earned.
  • Use second-chance schools and online education for unruly children.  Give every child three chances per year to behave, then boot them out to the last-chance schools and, if necessary, then to online education.  Every year, give every student a fresh slate and three more chances to succeed. Failing to educate some of our unruly children is far better than failing to educate 30-60% of our children. (I would like to see us use Judge Judy Sheindlin’s idea of requiring parents to prove that their children are attending school regularly in order to claim them as dependents on income tax forms.)
  • Give our classrooms back to our teachers so that they can be creative, adapt to the needs of each classroom, write their own curriculum, set their own rules, and discipline unruly students.  Let new teachers and new administrators learn from good teachers and good administrators.
  • Get rid of tenure so that bad teachers (and bad administrators) can be easily fired. and good teachers and good administrators can be well-paid and treated with the respect they’ve earned.
  • Get politics and ideology out of grade schools and middle schools. Parents–not teachers–should be the first to influence our children’s beliefs. Those teachers who want to create more Democrats or Republicans or Libertarians or vegetarians should have more of their own children or, preferably, adopt.
  • Teach U.S. history and the U.S. Constitution and its amendments in all of our schools. America has no unifying dream that brings us together in a common goal, because most of us don’t even know America’s history much less its foundation.  (The rewriting of American history had a noble purpose:  It enabled historians to include or elevate voices that had been silenced or diminished throughout America’s history. But for the past 30 years, the rewriting of American history has devolved into the dis-teaching of American history in our schools, and into the Liberals’ and mainstream media’s intentionally elevating Liberal voices and silencing contemporary voices, particularly conservative voices of people of color, young adults, and working women–thereby aiding Liberals in their false narrative, “Conservatives are a bunch of old, irrelevant white men and middle-aged housewives.” I believe, silencing another’s voice is as vile today as when it was being done to women of all color, native Americans, African-American slaves, Irish immigrants, Italian immigrants, Asian immigrants, etc. Yet far-Left Democrats and mainstream media use this vile tactic every day in order to complete the dis-transformation of America; i.e., accomplish their agenda of reducing consumption and weakening America in order to redistribute her wealth and power in the world–a goal one would think they’ve accomplished by now).
  • Teach our children to be proud of America. For more than three decades, our schools have taught our children to be ashamed of America, because of awful wrongs committed by Americans who are dead. For almost 25 years, our universities and colleges have taught student teachers that all Caucasians are inherently racist (e.g., Critical Race Theory)–even though for more than three decades, the vast majority of American children of every race have emulated heroes who’re usually Black and, more recently, Hispanic. To right historical wrongs and to control the power structure in America in order to complete the dis-transformation of America, the far Left and the mainstream media have silenced and distorted the voices of the vast majority of Americans, who are not racists. Despicably, the far Left and the mainstream media have intentionally elevated the voices of racists or dredged up events that happened decades ago in order to prove that racism is rampant in America today. Over the past decade or so, Democrats and mainstream media have ridiculed and silenced the voices of conservatives, particularly conservatives of color, in order to redefine the Republican Party as a bunch of old, irrelevant white men; wacko, white anarchists; and middle-aged housewives.  How will Americans react when they finally realize that their country is on the brink of destruction because a relatively small group of elitist, arrogant Liberals chose to intentionally weaken our country in order to reduce consumption and redistribute America’s wealth and power to the world?
  • Teach our children how to compete.  When China is the world’s top superpower, it won’t be giving our children and future generations ribbons just for showing up. Our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren will work hard and sacrifice much if they’re to save America from becoming China’s footstool.
  • First and foremost, follow the U.S. Constitution and its amendments.  Leaders who violate the U.S. Constitution and its amendments are lazy, ignorant, corrupt, and/or sociopathic in their belief that they’ are above the Law.  No one should be allowed to stomp on the very foundation of our country–not even a President who’s doing end runs around Congress in order to amend his signature legislation, which he didn’t help craft much less read before he signed into law.

Personally, I believe our tax system needs to be overhauled in a manner that gets rid of most of the IRS and de-corrupts our leaders so that they can’t write tax loopholes for their good buddies:

  •  a low national sales tax or
  • a low, tiered, flat-tax system for individuals and businesses (with no tax deductions for anyone or anything; otherwise, within 10 years, we’ll have the same massive, corrupt tax code we have now).

Footnote 5:

CONSERVATIVES’ STRATEGY:

The Democrats, mainstream media, and liberal comedians speak with one voice, so no matter what message they’re delivering–even an intentionally false one–voters believe the message.

Conservatives haven’t even ensured that our poor and middle-class families have access to conservative voices on television.

Please phone your cable provider and your congressional leaders and demand that cable packages include FoxNews and all CSPAN channels because . . .

  •  FoxNews is the only television media that does not censor conservative voices, and
  • CSPAN channels are  taxpayer-funded–and yet the Republican-controlled House’s CSPAN channel is blocked in some cable packages.

Fiscal conservatives must speak in one loud, clear voice that cannot be misinterpreted, redefined, or silenced by others:

  • Give Americans a dream that will unite us, motivate us, and move us forward (e.g., saving America which is the only dream right now that can save us all.  America has little time left for politicians to fix our fiscal mess–before China begins to determine our destiny:  The week of October 14, 2013, marked the second stage of China, its trading partners, and our allies’ firewalling their economies against the U.S. dollar and debt (see “China and U.S. allies Firewall Themselves Against U.S. Dollar and Debt”).
  • If Democrats continue to lie to Americans about America’s fiscal crisis, then educate Americans about the relatively small group of elitist, arrogant Liberals who’ve chosen to intentionally weaken our country in order to reduce our consumption and redistribute our power and wealth to the world.
  • Better explain that Republicans are not against revenue increases; Republicans gave Obama $640 billion in new revenue this year.  Republicans are for implementing spending cuts before allowing Democrats to raise everyone’s taxes.
  • To save our country and get its spending under control, politicians must cut waste, fraud, and abuse; get rid of obsolete, redundant, and wasteful programs and agencies; and cut or reform entitlement programs.
  • Americans need the Treasury to change how GDP is calculated; i.e., exclude government spending from GDP calculations–except for what we pay on the U.S. debt.  Including government spending as part of our GDP calculation only encourages math-challenged, commonsense-challenged politicians to spend more on pork and entitlements in order to raise our GDP as well as to misplace billions, waste trillions, and suck more trillions from the private sector in order to grow Big Government even bigger.
  • In order to increase tax revenues and to reduce America’s consumption, Democrats want a federal tax on all of our assets, similar to the  local governments’ property tax.
  • Government should provide financial aid to only those who can’t help themselves–rather than the U.S. government’s systematic crippling of all Americans, so that we limit our dreams to what our government will allow us to have. (More and more “government crippling” will happen as programs are means tested and the non-recipients must pay for services whose prices are set by government’s deep pockets rather than by supply, demand, and competition.)
  • We should let supply, demand, and competition set the market’s prices–rather than letting our government limit competition (e.g., insurance companies can’t compete across state lines) and rather than letting government’s deep pockets artificially raise prices as has happened with student tuition (due to student grants and loans) and healthcare (due to Medicare, Medicaid, and now Obamacare). Because of decades of stagnant wages, our tuition and healthcare prices should be very low–not artificially high.
  • President Obama and the Democrats–not Republicans–shut down the government and made the 13% government shutdown look like Armageddon to the world, putting our economy and our national security at risk, so that Democrats can win more elections in 2014 and control both house of Congress in 2015-16, thereby fulfilling the Democratic dream of cutting consumption and redistributing America’s power and wealth to the world.

NOTE ON OBAMACARE:

Some Democrats cite statistics revealing that healthcare costs have dropped for since the passage of Obamacare. They’re lying.

Democrats ignore that the declines in healthcare costs are due to insurance companies hiking policy prices, deductibles, and co-pays so much over the past three years in anticipation of Obamacare’s new regulations that millions of insured Americans can’t afford to use their healthcare policies.  Instead, millions of Americans are delaying or not seeking treatment and are not filling prescriptions ( http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/us/a-limit-on-consumer-costs-is-delayed-in-health-care-law.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 ; http://money.cnn.com/2013/04/26/news/economy/health-care-cost/index.html ).

It’s critical that Americans understand that Obamacare . . .

  • redistributes healthcare so that only America’s elite will receive excellent or even good medical care–as indicated by the 36,000 jobs added by private hospitals and the 41,000 jobs cut by public hospitals so far this year ( http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/10/13/hospital-job-cuts/2947929/ ), by the Obamacare insurance policies that don’t cover certain life-saving tests and treatments and have high deductibles  and co-pays,  and by the myriad doctors who are refusing to treat Obamacare, Medicaid, and Medicare patients;
  • is another form of corporate welfare program (i.e., enriches insurance companies, and corporations that dump most or all of their employees onto the healthcare exchanges);
  • is another pyramid-scheme entitlement program that’s bankrupting America; and
  • is another pyramid-scheme entitlement system that help re-elect Democrats who put their own self-interests before America’s.
  • What Americans like about Obamacare could have easily been included in a few simple laws that help some Americans–rather than the Obamacare behemoth that hurts all us except, of course, our elite, our government leaders and their employees, and Big Business.

Personally, I believe, Republicans should have raised the debt ceiling and done a continuing resolution to fund the entire government–immediately after Senator Ted Cruz’s filibuster which educated Americans about how Obamacare is damaging our economy, is turning us into a part-time nation, will be the tipping-point entitlement that will bankrupt  our nation; and ultimately will hurt the healthcare of millions of middle-class families.

Senators Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Mario Rubio were heroic messengers who elevated the conservative message.

It’s more than unfortunate that old-guard Republicans don’t remember that and, instead, enabled President Obama and Democrats to shut down the government and trash the conservative heroes’ message, blame them for the shutdown, and divert everyone’s attention from the disastrous Obamacare rollout.

But what’s done is done.  It’s time to speak with one voice and provide workable solutions to the most critical problems.

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