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My Views On Politics And Everything Going On

July 15, 2009

Here are the paramount issues in politics which matter to me, and the changes I would like to see.

1. For the federal and state governments to operate within balanced budgets, and for everyday Americans to live within their means

2. For a complete overhaul of the financial world

3. To end the wars, and pull ALL of our troops home – Iraq, Afghanistan, and everywhere else

4. To provide universal healthcare to all Americans

5. To provide universal college education to all Americans who want it

6. To quit polluting the planet, and utilize modern energy technology

7. To stop the erosion of our most important liberties.  For the government to quit stealing our fundamental rights under the guise of “terrorism”

There are other issues going on in politics, which seem to capture the spotlight from time to time, but these things matter most to me.

1. For the federal and state governments to operate within balanced budgets, and for people to live within their means

Nobody has any concept of money anymore.  Spend spend spend.  Borrow borrow borrow.  We act like there’s no consequence to spending and borrowing.  There is.  It leads to economic slavery.  The bankers rule our lives.

This entire economic debacle you see is all rooted in mountains and mountains of debt.  People buried themselves in debt.  Our governments have buried themselves in debt. They’re currently, and have been, spending money they do not have to the detriment of us all.  There’s been no sense of priorities, and our wealth has been squandered.

People who have been responsible are having to now “bail out” all the corruption.  Taxes are rising higher and higher, both to pay for the interest of all this new debt we’re running up, and for more and more government expansion.

We’ve borrowed and borrowed until we can borrow no more, and now it’s finally caught up to us.

2.  For a complete overhaul of the financial world

All the borrowed money is really only half of it.  Our entire economic system is a Ponzi scheme.  Everyone has been trying to build wealth by juggling money around, instead of creating real value.  We need to be  creating new products, services, and innovations which make our lives better, not just passing money around.

The stock market is a joke, and everyone’s retirement plans and investments are being pumped into it.  It’s nothing but a Ponzi scheme.  Stocks are trading for many many times what they’re “truly” worth, if you evaluate these company’s book values.  Buying most big corporate stocks are like paying $1000 for a toaster.  Some stocks LITERALLY trade for 50 times book value.

The only thing that pushes stock values up is more people pumping money into the market.  This creates a market which is driven by psychological whims and emotions, instead of rationally evaluating the values of various company stocks, and buying stocks which are selling for a discount.

So what has been pushing the stock market up to these “pluto prices”? (As one promient economist called them)  Everybody has been pumping their money into these markets, hoping to make easy money.  Insurance companies dump their money in these markets.  Retirement plans, such as 401ks, dump people’s retirement moneies into these markets.  Bankers have been putting our savings and checking account funds into these markets, to earn us interest.

Under this system the stock market is like playing a game of hot potato.  Whoever gets stuck with it in the end loses.  Since it’s all based on emotion, everyone is trying to out-wit the others.  The only way to make money in this stock market is to buy a stock, and hope more and more people pump money into it.  Then you sell it back at a profit.  (there’s also dividends, and short selling, but overall this is how the ‘game’ is played).  So it’s inevitable someone is going to lose in this system.

The stock market cycles are really psychological cycles.  There’s no economic formula for stock market behavior because it’s really just a big conglomeration of mass herd instincts.  Fear and confidence, with swings rooted in things which are anything but rational, are what drive these markets up and down.

Considering there’s never been a sound economic formula showing the patterns of the stock market, and how various other factors contribute to its ups and downs, investing in it isn’t much different than going to Las Vegas and gambling.  Yet most people’s retirements are based on this unsound investment vehicle.  It may be there when they’re ready to retire.  Then again, it may not.

News outlets give us “reasons” for why the market goes up and down, but if you’re a serious student of economics, you see that these so called “reasons” don’t have anything in common.  One day they’ll claim that problems with oil refineries brought the Dow down for the day.  But two weeks later we’ll have problems with other oil refineries, but the market will be up for the day.  It has nothing to do with any of the so-called “reasons” these financial commentators say.  The market does its own thing.  It’s millions of people and their individual psychological cycles combining together.

That’s why we hear so often, “Don’t speak negatively.  If people get scared, we’ll bring a depression on ourselves!”  What a joke.  What will really happen is we’ll all pull our money out of the Ponzi scheme, and the rich and powerful elites won’t be able to make huge fortunes playing off emotional cycles of the people.

I can’t stand money jugglers.  People just throw money around into these fake markets, and make fortunes while the everyday person on the street loses everything they have.

Then there’s the banking system.  The Federal Reserve is the most corrupt entity on the planet.  They’re supposed to keep down inflation, and keep us employed.  They’ve been entrusted with various economic tools to help them do so.  But they’ve abused their rights to no end.  Instead of keeping down inflation, they instead create it.  They create bubbles and depressions by inflating the money supply, and then blame the “free market” for the problem.  You can’t have free markets when bankers are loaning out money which is nothing but air, cooked up in their books.  Loaning money that doesn’t even exist.  That’s not a free market.  You can’t have true free markets with fractional reserve banking going on!

But people who don’t know better think the “free market” created this problem.  Hardly.  The reason there’s mass home foreclosures right now, and everyone is struggling so hard, is due to banks loaning out loads and loads of money that was cooked up, out of thin air.  Yet at the same time, they’ve been charging people interest on these loans.

This system inevitably leads to depressions and recessions.  If you keep cooking up money, and loaning it out for interest, eventually you’ll drain the public pockets of all the money they have, and there won’t be enough currency in circulation for them to pay back their loans.  That’s what’s happening right now.

Then there’s all the people like Madoff, and other losers, running various schemes.  Everyone wants free money, without doing any real work.

And Obama isn’t helping any.  First he bails out the banks, which is just terrible.  Now he’s been rapidly expanding the powers of the Federal Reserve.  He’s given them the power to step in and possibly shut down any American company who they feel is a threat to the economy.  They can just step in and take over.  That’s begging for abuse.  We’ve given a private bank, not subject Congress, or the American people, that kind of power.

I think this issue alone is probably the biggest issue of mine.  It’s the reason why everyone struggles day to day to get by.  The problem of inequality of wealth is largely rooted in the world of finance.  Goons are making billions and billions of dollars, ripping us all off.  Impoverishing us all.

3.  To end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

We’re borrowing more and more cooked up money to fight a fake war, and  fight an enemy that doesn’t even exist.  The real reason we’re over there has nothing to do with the terrorists.  We’re installing military bases over there, and running pipelines to control the oil and other resources.  We don’t care about them.  It’s enough of a struggle for us to keep our democracy going over here, much less save someone else.  People like President Bush were abusing their powers left and right.  The power of our executive branch has been on the rise and yet we claim our government is so altruistic that we’re fighting over there to help those in the middle east.  They constantly rip away our freedoms with bills like the Patriot Act, then claim we’re in the middle east to save the freedoms of those over there? PLEASE.  Our government doesn’t care about us, and they don’t care about the people over there either.  It’s all propaganda.

If these terrorist networks were so dangerous, and so well funded and powerful, then how come they haven’t attacked us again?  We can’t even keep poor Mexicans out of country.  Mexicans cross our borders on foot, with little problem.  But constant scans at airports, and scaring us with lies about “shampoo bombs” is going to keep us safe?  Yeah right.

If they really wanted to get us, they’d be sneaking in everyday and blowing something up.  There’d be constant explosions, poisoning of water supplies, suicide bombers blowing up our schools — but it hasn’t happened.  NOT EVEN ONCE!  The only school shootings that are happening is our own kids, not overseas “terrorists”.

I saw a special on CNN a few years back.  A guy went to Mexico, strapped on a backpack with big letters which said “BOMB” on the back, and then drove his truck over the border.  He crossed through the desert.  He then pulled right up to a government building, ran up the steps, and pulled a cord.  Then he said, “See, the terrorists could get us so easily!”  But they don’t, because it’s all lies.

And if you haven’t watched the videos on the internet, circulating all over about 9/11, you need to.  There’s no doubt in any of our minds — 9/11 was in inside job.  It was done by the Bush administration as a catalyst to take away our rights, justify this fake war overseas, and expand the empire of the elites.

4.  To provide universal health-care to every American

There’s all this talk about where to get money for universal health-care, and free college.  If we’d end the wars, stop bailing out cronies, and end this corruption in the financial world, people wouldn’t have such a hard time with the bills.

But I used to write medical software, so I know more about this whole industry than most.  It’s a mess.  I wrote software which handled claims to insurance companies, and it was so convoluted I had to study books and books just to figure out how to fill out a few forms.  They even have two year programs at various colleges which teach you how to do medical claims billing!  (I had to read all their course books, ugh) The software I wrote automated the process, and did a lot of checks, making sure everything was done correctly.

I want a health-care system like that of France.  I don’t want to see anyone who is sick ever turned down.  It’s inhumane.  With our modern technology it should be a basic right as a citizen in the civilized world to get health-care.  Same with medications you need.  A basic right.  As far as I can tell, most Americans feel the same way.  We may quarrel as to various details as to how to make it happen, but this is what we want, and we’re willing to pay for it.

Huge chunks of our paychecks are already being taken out for Medicare.  We need to get the big pharmaceutical companies out of the way, and get rid of the health-care lobbyists.  The system needs cleaned up.  So many people are being bankrupted by this corrupt medical industry.  I drive around a small town and see most of the buildings are run down.  Then I see they have a huge, brand new hospital, and this big fancy bank.  It’s ridiculous.

Where I live right now there’s mass foreclosures.  I see real estate signs outside of houses everywhere.  Everyone’s broke.  But the hospital just built a HUGE new building.  And there’s another big fancy clinic building springing up as well.  They apparently aren’t hurting.

5. To provide universal college education to all Americans who want it

You’d think with record deficit spending they’d have money to send people to college, but no.  It all goes to wars, special interests, and bankers.  I can’t stand it.

Too many young college students are being buried in debt before they even start their lives.  Young 18 year old kids, just out of high school, are told to pick a career.  Half of them are unsure so they just jump into the college system, because they’re told they won’t amount to anything if they don’t.  Not long afterward they find themselves buried in huge debts.  These debts push them around, as they know they have to move quickly or they’re going to get too many debts.  So they hurry through their education, and then go work a job to pay off their bills.   A lot of people end up in careers they hate just because of this stupid system.

I hate it.  Education is the most important thing in the world.  It shouldn’t be pressured.  It should be treasured.  When it comes to money, I’m normally very conservative, but there are things I don’t mind paying for, such as roads, treating the sick, and sending people to school and college.  We all benefit from people getting educated.  I don’t care if it’s some trade school teaching someone how to work on air conditioners, or nuclear physics.  People bettering themselves should always be encouraged.

I can’t stand seeing college students working several jobs AND going to school.  How are you supposed to learn when you’re that busy?  We all suffer.  Who cares about some stupid menial job.  Some guy training to be a scientist, and we’re making him work at McDonalds.  Why?!  Let the kid focus on his mathematics and physics, so he can build us new technology to fix our energy problems.  Get these financial worries off his back, so he can study.

And as for the debts, it’s smarter for us to get bankers out of the equation.  Let’s say you run up $50,000 in student loan debts.  You’ll have to pay back over $100,000 if you just make your minimum payments.  That extra $50~60k is just wasted.  It’d be a lot smarter if we funded college through taxation, and got these bankers out of the process.  Everyone always talks about helping kids get “student loans”… How about we get rid of student loans, and just have students, and leave them to their studies!

6. To quit polluting the planet, and utilize modern energy technology

I support Obama’s efforts to cut back pollution.  I support most anything to do with cleaning up the environment.  I find our cars primitive.  Pumping out pollution.  Factories and their pollution.  Smog.  It’s disgusting and we’re killing ourselves.

I had a big bus drive by when I was out for a walk the other day.  Black nasty smoke poured out the muffler.  I could barely breathe.  I thought to myself, “In this day and age, why is that junky bus still out on the road?”

We need to pump TONS and TONS of money into energy research.  TONNNSSSS.  End the war.  Shut down the banking Ponzi schemes.  Pump all that money into sending people to college, and funding research projects.  Healthcare, college, and science research.

And I’m not talking about military research.  We don’t need more WMDs, or chemical bombs, or man-made plagues.  Cut the military budget.  Cut it down to nothing.  Such a waste.

I think the biggest mass of our spending should be toward education and science research.  Paying professors, school teachers, and helping kids study. Curing diseases, new energy sources, all of that.  That’s where our money should be going.

Solar, wind, geothermal, utilizing the tides… whatever.  Pump tons of money into everything related to science research.

I think we can cure every disease, end poverty, and live in luxury — it all depends on science.  Research farming methods so every family table has food.  Research economics and have a flood of economists protesting every corrupt government practice.  Research space exploration so we can learn more about the universe.  Research new energy sources, so everyone has access to computers, electricity, and other nice things.

Instead of pumping our water with all these chemicals and drugs, they need to be inventing new water filtration and purification.  The other day at the gym I took a sip out of the water fountain, and it smelled like chlorine — pool water.  I thought to myself, “This can’t be good.  Who knows what’s in this water.”

We need new heating and air conditioning systems which use low power.  I personally don’t use a cell phone, but I like the technology which allows people to talk to each other from anywhere, whenever, wherever.

I support most all forms of science.  Even in forms most people find useless.  A lot of people don’t like NASA, but they’re the reason we have satellites and cell phones, and the internet.  You just never know.  What seems wasteful now, may turn out to create something wonderful later.

7. To stop the erosion of our most important liberties.  For the government to quit stealing our fundamental rights under the  guise of “terrorism”

President Obama is following in the steps of President Bush, supporting legislation, such as the Patriot Act, which is nothing short of police state garbage.

The government doesn’t need to be listening in to our phone conversations.  Keeping logs of all our internet activity.  Placing cameras on every street corner, linked to high tech software, analyzing all sorts of things.  We don’t need it.  Stay out of our lives.

I don’t like torture.  Stop torturing people.  Stop spying on people.  Get rid of the “domestic terrorist” database.  Over 10 million Americans in it.  It’s a joke.  End it.

Get rid of things like the Bank Secrecy Act, spying on our banking activity.  Flagging people who use cash as terrorists.  Get rid of the airport security garbage.  We don’t need all those stupid checks.  Those planes that were hijacked were an inside job by our own CIA and government.

Obama has been using these Guantanamo terrorists as an excuse to take even more liberties away from us.  Prolonged Detentions.  Obama… just stop, please.  We have a handful of terrorists in a prison, and you’re wanting to rewrite how our entire court systems works.  Just stop.

(Check it out for yourself:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/23/us/politics/23detain.html )

I like the idea that we’re innocent until proven guilty.  That our rights are unalienable and given to us by God.  That we have the right to remain silent.  That unless we’re proven guilty within reasonable doubt, we have to be released.  That our trial has to be done quickly.  That we’re tried before a jury of our own peers who decide whether or not we’re guilty.  I like that system.  And it should apply to everyone, including “terrorists”.

If you can’t prove they’re a ‘terrorist’ in court, then the true ‘terrorist’ is the one locking them up, without trial.

I don’t want Congress, or any sort of “experts” trying to determine whether or not I MAY commit a crime in the future.  Innocent until proven guilty.  That’s America.  Stay off of the bill of rights, and our constitution.

I have a clip on Youtube where President Bush calls the constitution “just a piece of paper”.  It’s not just a piece of paper.  It’s the most important document in our government.

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