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Is America’s Economy Being Sovietized?

May 21, 2013 by  

Is America’s Economy Being Sovietized?
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The foundation of the Soviet model of trade and investment was centralization. The entire goal of communism in general was not to give more social and political power to the people, but to extinguish alternative options and focus power into the hands of a select few. The process used to reach this end result can vary, but the goal always remains the same. In most cases, such centralization begins with economic hegemony, and it is in our fiscal structure that we have the means to see the future. Sovietization in our financial life will inevitably lead to sovietization in our political life.

Does the U.S. economy’s path resemble the Soviet template exactly? No. And I’m sure the very suggestion will make the average unaware free market evangelical froth at the mouth. However, as I plan to show, the parallels in our fundamentals are disturbing; the reality is that true free markets in America died a long time ago.

The Tyranny Of Planned Economy

The characteristics of a free market society defy the use of centralized planning. Adam Smith’s original concept of free market trade stood as an antithesis to what was then referred to as “mercantilism,” a select few “joint stock companies” (corporations) monopolizing production while using government ties to destroy any new competition. Unfortunately, there are to this day economists and politicians who believe that corporate centralization is a “natural” function of a free market. In reality, corporate monopolies are an unnatural creation of collusion between governments and big-money interests designed to suffocate any entrepreneurship outside of their sphere of influence. Over time, as we now see in the United States today, government power and corporate power begin to hybridize, until one can barely be distinguished from the other.

The bottom line is that you cannot have planned structures, monopolized production or controlled capital flow within an economy and still claim it to be a “free market. There are no exceptions to this rule.

The Soviet system was the ultimate in centralization. Every aspect of financial life was dictated by the communist government, from industrial input and output to investment to food production and rationing to wages and retail prices. Some people might argue that this structure is a far cry from what we now have in the United States, but let’s look at the fundamentals.

Controlled Money Creation

One of the primary tenets of The Communist Manifesto was the creation of a central bank meant to keep tight controls over currency issuance. The existence of a central bank immediately disrupts any chance of a true free market. Central banking without competition allows an oligarchy, whether corporate or political or a meshing of the two, to manipulate interest rates as well as adjust prices through inflation. Lending standards (which the central bank determines arbitrarily) built on fractional reserve banking opens the door to murky debt instruments and toxic financial products that are further used to either fabricate a “high” standard of living (as we saw in the U.S. in the 90s and early 2000s) or execute a bubble implosion causing a lower standard of living (as the U.S. is experiencing today).

Since the establishment of the Federal Reserve through subversive collusion between banking interests and corrupt politicians in 1913, America has not had a free market system. From that point forward, every boom and bust, every interest rate disaster, every inflationary increase in prices has been scientifically engineered.

Dominance Of Industry

Soviet controls on industrial output are legendary. Every part of the resource allocation process became subject to bureaucracy, and this led to stunted manufacturing growth as well as a culture of misrepresented economic data. In the United States, the establishment has taken a slightly different approach but with the same end result.

Heavy taxation on business ventures within the U.S. against entrepreneurs not lucky enough to run in elitists circles has erased incentives for manufacturing experiments within our borders. In the meantime, members of the corporate glee club receive government subsidization while they simultaneously outsource industrial projects to Third World nations. Controlled industry within communist Russia was meant to force the population to depend upon the government for every means of survival. In the United States, dependency on government has been replaced by interdependency on the globalized model in general. Necessities are now compartmentalized, and only select international businesses with cooperation from government have the ability to bring all the pieces together to keep our domestic economy running smoothly. Our society has been so distanced from self-sufficiency that many people now consider the globalist dynamic indispensable.

Bureaucracy And Food Production

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, based on dubious junk science and often instituted on high without congressional oversight, further erode business possibilities, especially for young companies as well as private agriculture, while giving free reign to elitist entities like Monsanto, an organization the government actually protects through specialized legislation making it nearly immune to civil litigation.

While farms in the United States are not exactly “controlled” by the Federal government in the Soviet sense, many of them are subsidized through welfare on the condition that they grow only particular kinds of crops, raise particular animals or grow nothing at all. This subsidization is an indirect form of price control, creating engineered scarcity or abundance. At the same time, agricultural empires like Monsanto make private farm ownership increasingly difficult by using their government protection to harass and squeeze out independent food producers.

This destabilization of private resource management by common citizens has culminated in the passage of President Barack Obama’s executive order National Defense Resource Preparedness, which allows under a “national emergency” (which the President can declare for any reason) the confiscation of any and all private resources, including farms and businesses, to be redistributed by the government to ensure security conditions. This is the Stalinist model, pure and simple.

Centralized Control Of Investment

We now know that since at least 2008, the U.S. stock market, often presented by the mainstream as a paragon of free market prowess, has actually been propped up and inflated by Federal Reserve fiat. Both former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan and current branch head Richard Fisher have openly admitted in separate news interviews that the central bank spends considerable energy in “artificially sustaining” equity markets. This has been done, I suspect, with full knowledge of the U.S. Treasury and the Obama Administration.

The Soviet model for investment was to remove all uncertainties from their domestic markets, often in the name of preventing manipulation by “speculators.” The speculator rationale was generally a distraction away from the attempt to dictate the natural forces of supply and demand. The idea was that if the government could dismiss legitimate demand or lack of demand or hide excess supply or lack of supply, the perception of a balanced economy could be conjured for the population. This led to strict redirection of capital to areas where manipulation was needed to artificially pump up (or deflate) a particular part of the economy. The government became the sole investor of the Soviet system and, thus, the sole determinant of the success or failure of any particular market.

This is exactly what is going on in America today. Federal Reserve fiat is being printed and dumped into every financial mechanism that supposedly maintains our country’s fiscal health, including stocks, Treasuries and municipals, while trade volume remains low and private investment disappears. The Federal government now owes its very existence to the continued support of central bank dollars, and the Dow Jones does as well. If this is not the Soviet ideal, then I don’t know what is.

Labor Oppression, Dismal Living Standards And Government Dependency

Poverty levels within the United States are at record highs. Nearly 50 million Americans are now dependent on government-subsidized food stamps for their survival. Nearly 100 million Americans receive welfare (or Social Security) in one form or another from the establishment. That is almost one-third of our entire population that relies on the system for at least a part of their sustainment. If Obamacare is fully realized, millions more Americans will also be conditioned to become dependent on government-designated healthcare providers. The point is not to pass judgment on those people who get money or services from the government, only to make clear our progression away from freedom and into centralized servitude.

For a Soviet structure to thrive, poverty among common citizens has to be institutionalized. Dependency requires a constant state of desperation. In America, this has been accomplished through a combination of inflated prices and reduced wages in conjunction with the destruction of labor options.

At the height of the communist machine in Russia, employment was ample; but the kind of employment one could apply for was dependent on bureaucratic red tape and availability based on a worker’s record. Only the academic “elite” within the government-run cesspools of Soviet universities and military schools had their choice of employment; even then, they were often pressured into particular specialized fields, depending on the kind of labor the state needed done at that particular time.

In the United States anyone can certainly aspire to do whatever job he hopes to do. But again, options have been removed economically; and the same academic elitism pervasive in Soviet Union labor markets exists in America today. In a recent installment of his weekly radio show, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was better for “so-so” high school students to pursue a career in plumbing rather than go to college.

Though I rarely agree with Bloomberg on anything, my initial reaction was surprise at his willingness to steer American youth away from university indoctrination centers. However, upon further examination, it became clear that Bloomberg was not trying to save the next generation time and money. Instead, he is promoting a shift in the labor dynamic of the U.S. economy toward a Soviet-style foundation. Bloomberg knows well that the U.S. labor market will never return to its former glory, partly because he is a supporter of the globalist policies that ruined our economy in the first place. Instead of suggesting ways to reverse the trend of progressive poverty and the lack of high-end jobs that engender ingenuity and invention, elitists like Bloomberg are saying “forget your dreams and get used to being a drone.”

In a 70 percent service and retail economy, where job availability is increasingly degraded and independent business is discouraged, Americans will have two choices:  Excel in the world of federally funded and propagandized education and sell your soul just for a chance at obtaining a professional career in a field of influence or settle for the leftovers. For some people, being a plumber is a fine thing; but it should not be the only thing. In a true free market, a smart man can make his own way, even if he does not conform to the ideologies of the educational racket. In a Sovietized market, a smart man is prohibited from accomplishing anything unless he conforms to the ideologies of the educational racket.

In the end, the Soviet economy was so utterly fraudulent that the final collapse of the system came as a complete surprise to many in political and economic fields. Centralization is an absolute affront to the natural laws of supply and demand and an oppressive hindrance to the innovation that humanity thrives on. Such systems require constant theft from the populace in the form of reduced jobs, reduced wages, reduced resources, increased taxes, increased price controls and a highly ignorant citizenry in order to function even for a short time. Sadly, the United States is well on its way in all of these areas, lending itself to a global economic tyranny in which all of us work much harder, for much less and all for a government that uses our very labor against us.

–Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith

is the founder of the Alternative Market Project, an organization designed to help you find like-minded activists and preppers in your local area so that you can network and construct communities for barter and mutual aid. Join Alt-Market.com today and learn what it means to step away from the unstable mainstream system and build something better. You can contact Brandon Smith at: brandon@alt-market.com

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  • hippybiker

    America might survive Barry Soetoro. What we can’t survive are the people who were stupid enough to fall for his line of Bovine Excrement.

    • Bob666

      Wow Steven,

      “Bovine Excrement”, How impressive is that?

      • http://www.facebook.com/CapitalistAtBirth Greg Murphy

        You are a useful idiot?

        • Bob666

          Oh Greg,
          Useful yes, But I believe that you have long surpassed any level of idiocy that I could ever achieve.
          We have a new Binki for you-it is in pretty pink.

          • vicki

            Ad hominem and argument to ridicule. Nicely mixed.

          • Bob666

            Should I take that as a compliment?

          • vicki

            If you find it pleasing to do so then please do.

      • FreedomFighter

        Nobody cares about you
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi6XV8yBFoU

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

        • Bob666

          Oh French Fry made a funny.

          George Carlin was well ahead of his time!

    • chocopot

      I have very sadly come to accept the fact that this nation is in a downward spiral from which it is very unlikely to escape. The Left has finally triumphed over freedom.

    • FreedomFighter

      What we can’t survive are the people who were stupid enough to fall for his line of Bovine Excrement

      That’s why the powers that be, want to legalize 20 million illegal immigrants — more stupid voters for the democraps, more people easily manipulated, willing to vote their rights away and become totalitarian slaves for perceived safety and comforts.

      IMHO America may never see another election for president, at least never see a “real” election where the outcome has not already been determined.

      Laus DeoSemper FI

  • Elevenarrows

    Thank you, Brandon, for such a well-written article. As a mother of eleven children who will inherit this mess, I have been trying very hard to educate my children about these very things. We spent last year’s history class studying the “great” wars. Even my younger children were immediately able to connect-the-dots on events leading up to the Third Reich and Hitler’s agenda with what is going on in America today. We all need to get busy presenting an alternative to the brainwashing going on in government schools today or we will have no excuse for what the next generation brings us.

    • nc

      Elevennarrows. a young child can “connect the dots” from a government that preached and practiced the power of the white race to a government whose leader is black and publicly elected and re-elected without the benefit of the military? Are you teaching them or “brainwashing” them! Just who is “connecting the dots” for them??? Come on now and “fess” up! They “sort of believe” what you want them to believe! Right??

      • http://www.facebook.com/CapitalistAtBirth Greg Murphy

        Are you a useful idiot?

        • chocopot

          Yes – he is.

        • momo

          That would be a yes

        • WTS/JAY

          nc is a useful idiot on crack!

      • S.C.Murf

        nc you ARE a racist pig. Jesus said to respect ALL races

        up the hill
        airborne

        • Charlie

          Murf,,,
          Retreat! down the hill,,,The King Jesus of The Bible said at Matthew 15:24 and Matthew 10,,,that He discriminates… Give some Scriptures for you point……..

      • press pro

        Does it bother you she is educating her children about the tyranny unfolding via this marxist administration.

        • $8012302

          All of
          our children should be educated, in its proper context, about the horrors of tyrannical
          socialism and its eventual outcome of slavery and destruction. They must include the
          reason that the constitution was written to identify and prevent it. That is
          why our constitution must NOT be prostituted to be socially adapted to the emerging
          immorality of the world today.

          • vicki

            we must do the teaching cause the public school system has been teaching socialism for MANY years now.

      • Elevenarrows

        Absolutely, NC! I choose to teach my children my values rather than having strangers representing the government instill their values in my children. I’m sorry…is there a problem here?!

        • nc

          Eleven<i'll bet if you look they were born with heads of their own! Got any idea what they were was for? Have you ever given any thought that they may be happier making some of those decisions on their own instead of having to live the life that pleases you? You are smarter than every stranger they will ever meet?? Really!

          • NC

            Sorry eleven, Have no idea what happened here!

          • vicki

            There appears to be a “<" char in your post. If you edit it/them out the text should become readable. It is part of the html tag set and being incomplete the parser tries to make the individual words that follow be parameters or some such. It's happened to me too :)

      • vicki

        oooh and he plays the race card.

      • Michael Shreve

        A. Color is ENTIRELY irrelevant to the discussion. B. Hitler was legally elected to office.

        • $8012302

          Yes, after he failed to be elected president and corrupted the young to vote for him as Obama did using community organizar tactics. They discoverd their mistake too almost 6 years later.

    • rbrooks

      this mess was here long before you.

      did you ever consider how this mess would affect the 11 children you have?

      • Elevenarrows

        Yes, rbrooks, I did. That is why my children have civic duty, the Constitution, and other profitable things taught to them at an early age. They have helped me on campaigns for constitutional candidates. They know they are valuable members of our family and they feel positive about the impact they have now and can have in the future on our community and nation. Sorry, I don’t accept the “wring my hands in despair while doing nothing” mindset of some of you.

        • rbrooks

          your ‘profitable’ teachings do not actually produce any revenue.

          or to put it more simply, they do not produce a job.
          the problem is a lack of decent revenue streams, or jobs, in america. you have 11 children. we have fewer jobs every year.
          it is the reality of the situation.
          i have yet to see any solution from any you.

          • vicki

            Think Big. Think no more IRS. Vast improvement of revenue streams.

          • rbrooks

            ok. so how are you going to pay for the roads, schools, water, waste water, those two wars, etc.

            i have no problem with elected officials working for free.
            i doubt if many of the other public employees will be as willing.

            or were you going to do away with all of that?

          • vicki

            Roads are paid with gas taxes
            Schools are paid with property taxes
            water is paid for by consumers of water
            waste water is not a salable product
            wars are a waste of money

            I don’t see the funds collected by the IRS in there anywhere other than the foreign entanglements the founders explicitly warned against.

          • rbrooks

            the infrastructure was and is built by tax dollars. not just the revenue collected by usage.

            you can not be a good republican if you are not supporting the two bush wars.

          • vicki

            Since I am not a republican I don’t have to be a “good” republican. Btw if you don’t support the 2 bush wars why do you support the 3+ obama wars?

          • Big Richard

            and the military is paid for with??????

          • vicki

            The militia is us (see Amendment 2, US Constitution). Standing armies are another problem that the founders explicitly warned against.

          • Big Richard

            So, you will have your own air force with a buch of prop driven pipers and a Navy composed of a buch fishing boats?
            Boy, that would keep the commies out of our country.

          • Nadzieja Batki

            So why are you a commie? You are already here most likely born and bred here in this country, it would be a waste of time looking for commies coming in from outside the country.

          • Bob666

            Yo Nads,
            It would appear that he is commenting on border security and national defense, where do you see that he is claiming to be a commie??

          • vicki

            A rifle behind every blade of grass.

            Btw should you happen to study history you will notice that the locals have quite successfully defeated the mightiest armys in the world on a number of occasions. Some dates of note.
            1770’s, 1810’s, 1950’s, 1970’s, 2000’s

          • Frank Kahn

            Not sure where to classify you and your remark. It is not totally liberal in the classic sense, and it does push a personal greed agenda. However it does fall in line with liberals inability to grasp the true meanings of words.

            Profit / profitable does not have to mean “money making” or “job creating”, it can be personal profit of the moral and civilized kind.

            She means that her children will profit from their knowledge of our constitution, and be more self reliant in their lives due to their personal morals. Also, our community will benefit from them because they understand that they are responsible for their actions. That, what they do affects others and must be thought through before doing. Maybe she teaches them that, what is good for the community is good for the individual. That doing good is its own reward, even if you don’t profit from it financially. That, what others work for is theirs to keep, and you have no right to complain if they have attained more because of their personal labors. Maybe she has instilled in them the proper respect for natures laws. Told them that, they have rights that are theirs from birth, not handed out by someone in government.

            OMG, maybe she is a conservative! Now, we can’t have that, can we? Her kids might not march in lock step with the governments edicts.

            I applaud her for what she is doing, it is the parents responsibility to teach their children basic morals and social skills. It is also their responsibility to teach them basic survival skills.

            If a parent understands that there are personal consequences to all personal actions, then they are the best teachers for their children, not the state.

          • rbrooks

            well, that sounds good, but, i am tired of seeing a growing dependency on govt.

            sadly, we are a money driven economy. so, the question still remains.
            how did she plan for her children to be self sustaining. what affect does 11 additional individuals have on the economics of this country.

            it is amusing that so many immediately have to try and attach a conservative vs liberal label.
            this is about the reality of economics. today and in the future.

          • Frank Kahn

            I had to decide which of your posts to respond to. I selected this one and will address both your reply to her and to me in it.

            She did not need me to defend her, I was merely pointing out to you the errors in your idea of profit. The fact that she has a good moral compass and is trying to instill those values to her children is something that everyone should agree with. Your continuing to harp on making money and paying bills is off target.

            In the post to me, you make a couple really stupid remarks and/or ask stupid questions.

            I recall her saying that she is against people being dependent on the government for survival too, so what is your point?

            The first stupid question is about her children’s effect on the economy. If you had, even the slightest idea of what she is saying, you would not ask such a ridiculous question. She is teaching her children to be self reliant. What part of that causes you a problem? Strong morals and a good work ethic does not cause a drain on the economy, it makes it stronger. So, 11 new citizens, with a strong work ethic, will improve the economy and increase the available revenue for government projects.

            So we move to your statement about the reality of today’s economics. If she produces 11 new hard working citizens, they contribute to the economy in several ways. They will both produce and consume, thereby adding products or services for others and helping to support others in their jobs. They will also contribute to the government with both money and ideas. If she did not give them those qualities, they would be lazy self absorbed people that would live off the auspices of the government. Taking welfare in housing subsidies, living expenses and food stamps. This would not create any goods or services for others to consume. They would be contributing to others jobs by consuming but it would be at the taxpayers expense so it would not add to the overall wealth of the nation.

            This brings us to the final item in your post, liberal vs conservative labels. I am sorry that you feel offended by the labeling of the ideas. However, there are very specific and distinct differences in the two ideologies.

            Conservatism is more centered around personal rights and responsibilities. It promotes self reliance and good work ethics. It promotes the idea that you are, alone, responsible for what you earn, and are not required to share it with others. It believes that you are responsible for your own actions, and should be held accountable. It promotes natural law (morals from God). Parents are responsible for the education and behavior of their children.

            Liberalism is more centered around the government and socialistic ideas. It is the government that is responsible for you, to make sure that you attain the goals that they see as needed. The government has the authority to make sure that you are surviving, that you have enough to eat, a place to live and clothes to wear. It is societies responsibility to make sure that you are successful. If you make more than others you should be punished by having to give more of your money to others in the form of higher taxes. It claims that your rights are given by the government and can be limited or take away if the government desires. Children are owned by the state, it is the community that is responsible for their education and behavior.

            When you talk about the reality of today’s economics, you need to understand that the socialistic facets of liberalism is incompatible with a capitalistic economy. So, you cannot separate the ideologies from the economics of this nation, or the world.

          • Elevenarrows

            Thank you, Frank. It is so refreshing to see a gentleman defend a woman nowadays. It is also refreshing to find someone who understands what my husband and I are attempting to instill in our children. Too many people just don’t see the value in making the effort to go against the flow to restore some good, old-fashioned values in the next generation.

            We will all pay the price for parents turning impressionable minds over to a government that does not have our best interests in mind.

          • rbrooks

            being a woman in need of defense on a message board that you willingly expressed your opinion is a rather pathetic ploy to play. perhaps your values are not as strong as you portray them.
            you were one of the impressionable minds. seems you still are.
            the govt you rail against has been around a bit longer than just obama.
            i am still waiting for any of the ‘value’s’ to show self sufficiency.
            morals and principles will not pay the bills.

          • independent thinker

            “i am still waiting for any of the ‘value’s’ to show self sufficiency.
            morals and principles will not pay the bills.”
            It would seem from this comment rbrooks believes no moral standard or principles are neded as long as you rake it in hand over fist to pay the bills.

          • vicki

            Chicago Politics at its best. So of course they need no morals as long as they get the money. This is the way of the thief.

          • Elevenarrows

            Self sufficiency??? You know nothing about me, rbrooks! If you did, you would know that we raise our own meat and vegetables. We deliver our children at home ON OUR OWN. We educate our children at home ON OUR OWN. My husband requires our sons to apprentice themselves to our business for at least one year. He has taught them to build their own homes, build their own businesses and create their own income. our oldest son has owned his own business since age 16 and is now 25. Our second has done so since age 19 and is now 23. Our third son (age 19) has managed the family farm since age 14. Please don’t preach self sufficiency to me.

            As for your definition of values, you obviously value the dollar (despite its collapse) over human life so there is no common ground for us to meet upon.

            As for “railing against” the government, I am not railing. I am exercising my constitutional right to protest when they are failing miserably.

            Yes, I was once an impressionable mind and, thankfully, had people who cared to instill a strong moral foundation in my life.

            As to “needing defense on a message board”…I don’t think anyone here would feel I NEED defending, but I think you might have bought into the faulty reasoning of feminism. I, for one, do not feel threatened or diminished by a man opening the door for me, supporting some of my views, helping me across a street, holding an umbrella for me, or pledging his heart to me for life. I find real men to be a fantastic resource that we are quickly losing. Hurrah for the real men who can value real women without feeling threatened…as you obviously do.

            And yes, America’s problems go far back…decades before Obama. By the way, I am not Republican. I protested as loudly against Bush’s “patriot act”.

            One area we can agree on is that yes, importing cheap labor has damaged our economy. There are easy fixes, but the powers that be (and many of the employers) do not wish to do the right thing. I am proud to say that I have gone out of my way to never use illegal immigrants on any of our jobs….and believe me, there have been times it would have saved us a lot of expense!

            I noticed you haven’t addressed any of my questions…

          • vicki

            morals and principles will not pay the bills.

            They most certainly do pay the bills. No one will hire you or buy from you if you do not have them.

            Of course the thief (or Chicago politician) has no need of morals or principles. Such people have force as their moral.

          • Elevenarrows

            rbrooks, since you have no information to go on from the brief post I did earlier, I find it antagonistic that you assume what I teach my children is not profitable. I also think you and I probably define “profit” much differently from one another. Since my husband and I have paid thousands in taxes over the years and have NEVER taken a dime from the government’s efforts to “redistribute” the wealth, we, unlike many others in this country, actually are an asset rather than a liability. As for few jobs available, I suggest you fight that battle by supporting efforts to secure our borders rather than implying hard-working Americans are not “profitable”.

            I have to wonder if you are one of those gullible “population control”, Kool Aid drinkers…..?

          • rbrooks

            lol. do you think you are the only ones that have paid into this corrupt system?
            the border is not and has not ever been the problem. stop importing labor we are not in need of. go after those that employ the immigrants. it will stop.
            i was never in wonder at your lack of understanding of population density and it’s affects.

            like so many of the idealistic, you have yet to show any viable solutions to the various problems.

            just curious. is the moral conservative who lives off welfare good for the country? do they improve our economics? does that makes us stronger as individuals, a society, or country?

          • vicki

            The border is not a problem? Have you bothered to ask ICE about that?

          • Nadzieja Batki

            We read of no solutions coming from you, rbrooks. What are you doing to create jobs for the future generation? Are you working to cut out the government approved monopolies or the government agencies that stifle and meddle.

          • $8012302

            Jobs are available, that is why this illagal import of labor is going to happen. Parrents need to forget that their children must be lawyers an admit that they would make better ditch diggers. At least they wouldn’t be bumming from them without a job. Started off as a field hand at 14, educated myself and retied at 48 with a considerable retirement income. Work is an effective tool for success if you use it properly.

          • Native Blood

            That was then and this is now. Working your way up without an education is a 1950s dreamwalk. Your Kids will need to be paying 21st century level bills to make ends meet and the cost of living is much greater than minimum wage will bear. (unless you, of course are willing to finance their way through life) The illegals are here because the remaining industries that did not make it to China, are able to pool resources and move multiple workers in cramped quarters, use raw materials to eat and shop at thrift shops and garage sales for what they need. The Industry is not responsible for an illegal’s health care, food , cost of rent or anything else. They are not responsible for any of the cost of paying social security, taxes for federal level (paid under the table), or other benefits. That expense is shouldered by the taxpayers for feeding, medicating and education. See how the companies that hire illegals get by cheaply and you and I support them with EIC refunds and other jackpot bonuses like anchor babies? They are getting a heck of a lot more than a teenager who would have otherwise taken the job seasonally and YES, some American was doing that job before the Illegal Invasion. What really gets bad is that most manufacturing jobs are gone, gone , gone and now our kids are screwed unless you want to go into debt for a few hundred grand on a tech degree.

    • http://batman-news.com samurai

      You have 11 children? You must be pretty busy. We only have 4 children. I agree with you that it is well written, but don’t expect those to the left of center to understand. Here are some sources that are part of this growing problem.
      http://www.westernjournalism.com/irs-audits-prayers/
      http://www.freedomoutpost.com/2013/05/disabled-veterans-have-checks-stolen-by-irs/
      http://www.teapartyeconomist.com/2013/05/16/u-s-government-siezes-bitcoins-bank-account/
      There are many others, but I’ll post them later. Keep up the good fight fellow patriot. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
      You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
      “We recognize no sovereign but God, no King but Jesus.”
      John Adams
      Founding father
      2nd U. S. President
      Devout Christian

      • Elevenarrows

        Thanks for your comments, samurai. I agree with them. Yes, we have eleven…and lost three more before birth. God has richly blessed us. Yes, I am quite busy. I run multiple businesses for my husband, oversee our farm and educate our kids. Don’t say “we only have 4″! These days, that is a rather large family. People like KG fear our kids will use up all earth’s resources, but I, for one, don’t live in fear. Perhaps KG and others buy into the garbage Mother Earth News and other such publications preach about population growth. Probably believes he came from a monkey, too.

        • http://batman-news.com samurai

          Well said fellow patriot. As far as your comments about KG? Ha, ha, ha, ha! True that! True that! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
          You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
          “A patriot must be a religious man.”
          Thomas Jefferson
          3rd U.S. President
          Founding father
          Orthodox Christian

  • KG

    Centralization, or consolidation, is always bad for people, but it’s OK if capitalists do it for “efficiency” .
    Most of what Agent Smith wrote about, the real American people want. Americans want a “planned” economy. Americans want controlled money. What Americans don’t want is to actually pay for these things. That’s what the Tea party is all about: we want the good things we get from Government, but we do not want to pay for any of it.

    I’m sorry , agent smith, but you lose again.

    • Elevenarrows

      Uh, no, KG. As a mother, as a farmer, as a business owner and as a person able to generate an original thought, I do not want anything from the federal government except protection of our borders. Frankly, I can not think of any other purpose they could serve. And, alas, they have proven to be completely incapable of providing protection at our borders.

      • Deerinwater

        Well hmm ~ The US spend 5 times more money than any other nation on earth protection your borders. ~

        You have elected to ignore the work of the CDC, the FDA, CIA. the FBI, NIO and a host of other government works ~ that serve you both directly and indirectly in hundreds of ways that make your life pleasant.

        As a Daddy and a Farmer I say ~ you don’t miss the water until the well runs dry.

        KG is correct, ~ in saying We all want and need these things ~ but some of us seem to be expecting nature events to provide then like they might be “air” that you take for granted.

        While I hate to go there, ~ but the Right Wing Christian Collation got it’s Two UNFUNDED wars. ~ Two years of Federal Tax Breaks , without making a single attempt to scale back ambitions of the Administration that it voted into office and supported heart and soul.

        I find myself with Ron Paul on this matter ~ if you want to pay less be prepared to do with less. Our ambitions needs to fit inside the money we as a nation are prepared to spend.

        This Benghazi incident would not have occurred if we had less ambitions and the money to match smaller ambitions.

        ~ Vicky asked me, “So you are claiming Benghazi happen for the lack of “funding” ~ I say “NO!, from the lack of security due to the lack of funding” ~ due impart to 290 million dollars missing from a security budget for security matters ~ without the downsizing of 290 million dollars worth of national ambitions.

        These bloated national ambitions is not matching the collected revenue ~ This taking for granted all the many function of government that makes life pleasant ~ and think that you don’t need it. ~ It a very short view. ~~

        The American Baby Boomers have became spoiled rotten ~ and now this “Rot” is being reflected in our political parties and our government.

        There is no free lunch! or at least there should not be for those that can care for themselves.

        • Elevenarrows

          Darwan, I didn’t forget about the CDC, FDA or the other NONESSENTIAL agencies you mentioned. I’m sure you will find this hard to believe, but I do not find them necessary or useful. In fact, they rob me of valuable time that I have to spend sending emails and protest letters to most of what they do. Clearly, you are blissfully ignorant of what these agencies do and you appear to not possess even a basic understanding of the Constitution and its limits upon government.

          I find it ironic that you mentioned supporting Ron Paul on these matters…I worked for both his campaigns and don’t think you and he would agree on ….much of anything.

    • Vigilant

      “…we want the good things we get from Government, but we do not want to pay for any of it.”

      While that’s true for a disturbingly high number of Americans, it has been the fault of government in fostering and encouraging that attitude. The Utopians thrive on creating those dependencies to broaden and deepen their power base.

      It has been through the purposeful efforts of socialists such as KG that America has strayed from the most successful experiment in the history of the world, to become a quasi-welfare state that sucks the lifeblood out of its citizens to support the political/corporate elites.

      The “greatest good for the greatest number” has been achieved in history by our Constitutional republic. Nothing else has matched it. The cancer of statism is killing it.

      Sorry, Comrade KG, you have ALWAYS been a loser.

      • chocopot

        Very well stated. Now you can expect the Leftists like KG to come back at you with the usual nonsense and non sequiturs.

      • KG

        Ask Northrup Grumman, TRW, Exxon, Shell and Haliburton how their “dependencies” are doing.

        • Vigilant

          You obviously suffer from either myopia or terminal stupidity. In the phrase I used, “to become a quasi-welfare state that sucks the lifeblood out of its citizens to support the political/corporate elites,” you missed the word “corporate,” old man.

          • KG

            It seems as though you support the very people who allowed that to happen i.e. the Republicans, Libertarians, and conservatives.

          • Vigilant

            If it seems that way to you, then that’s proof you haven’t read my posts.

          • Vigilant

            ‘Twould appear that your confusion knows no bounds, KG. Quote me from this site anywhere just one Conservative or Libertarian who has supported the corporatocracy. JUST ONE!

            Reminder: it’s the people of YOUR ilk who incessantly advocate big government.

      • nc

        Vigilant, the Preamble to the Constitution list the reasons for establishing the Constitution! “Promoting the general welfare” by the federal government was just as important as “providing for the “common defense”
        Not having starving citizens especially children is very vital to the public welfare! Clean air and clean water is very vital to the public welfare as well as other reasons for having it!
        The America I am seeing is a more concerted effort by the conservatives, not the statist, to fight government’s obligation t to provide for the general welfare!
        You know” the greatest good for the greatest number” not the greatest good for the greatest wealth.!!

        • chocopot

          Like so many others who have no understanding of the Constitution and the terms and phrases used in it, you are putting your 21st century interpretation to it incorrectly. You need to read The Federalist Papers so you will understand precisely what The Founders meant and intended when they used certain terms and phrases in the Constitution. Like all languages, English is constantly evolving and what a term or phrase once meant centuries ago may no longer be how it is understood today. “Promoting the general welfare,” as an example, was intended to mean that the federal government was to create and maintain conditions such that citizens could freely go about their business without interference and have the opportunity “to do their own thing.” It had nothing to do with modern-day concepts that have created institutions like welfare and food stamps and the like, for which there is no provision, or even a suggestion, in the Constitution. Another example of how terms and phrases evolve in meaning is the phrase from the Second Amendment regarding “a well regulated militia.” “Well regulated” in those days meant “well trained,” not subject to regulations. You need to read The Federalist Papers or you will be spouting off more of the sort of ignorance you did above.

          • Vigilant

            You’re right, and nc can’t think of anything new so he drags out the same old “general welfare” canard again and again.

            He is congenitally unable to read and understand history. I’ve quoted Madison’s comments on the dangers of socialism to him, but he puts his fingers in his ears and hums every time.

        • Vigilant

          “Vigilant, the Preamble to the Constitution list [sic] the reasons for establishing the Constitution! “Promoting the general welfare” by the federal government was just as important as “providing for the “common defense”

          And the Founders intended to do that BY KEEPING GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE WAY! And stop putting words in the mouths of the Founders. “Promoting the general welfare” by the federal government” is a nefarious twisting of words. The general welfare of the nation is guaranteed by the Constitution, NOT the federal government.

          If you had an ounce of historical knowledge, you’d know that a war was fought, called the Revolution, precisely to get government out of our personal business, and the Constitution which followed was written to LIMIT the central government, not establish a socialist utopia.

        • vicki

          Even without looking into what the founders exactly meant by “promoting the general welfare” It is clear that they did NOT mean steal from the producers to buy votes from the parasite.

      • Michael Shreve

        The U.S. Constitution does not EMPOWER the federal government to operate as a charitable organization.

        • Nadzieja Batki

          But the Federal Government deliberately took on that job to create for itself a dependent class so it can manipulate the rest of the population.

    • Dean C. Jones

      Sorry KG, Socialism just does not work comrade…perhaps you would like to move to Venezuela or Cuba..you will not be missed

      • http://www.facebook.com/CapitalistAtBirth Greg Murphy

        I will contribute to a fund to supply KG, flash, Bob666, and anyone else of their stupidity, one way tickets out.

        • KG

          I’m sorry, but I am an American. And I still believe in America, unlike some of the traitors here who think that living in Costa Rica is “patriotic”. However, I believe in an America where EVERYONE has a chance, not just the privileged few.

          • Vigilant

            “However, I believe in an America where EVERYONE has a chance, not just the privileged few.”

            Yes, old man, it’s called “equal opportunity,” not “equal outcomes” that you socialists are so hell-bent on providing.

          • KG

            Where has it been said that “equal outcomes” was the goal? You probably think that when you see a black man in a management position, that it must have been Affirmative action that got him there. Well, daddy Bush used his ‘affirmative action” to install his son into the presidency. No, you want to keep your boot heel on the “undesirables” so you look better than them.

          • Vigilant

            “Where has it been said that “equal outcomes” was the goal?”

            Your post just proved it.

            Affirmative action is discrimination, period, for the purpose of facilitating equal outcomes.

          • momo

            ” Well, daddy Bush used his ‘affirmative action” to install his son into the presidency”
            And you don’t think Bill Clinton is going to do everything in his power to get Hillary installed as president?

          • Vigilant

            To be clear, it’s not affirmative action, it’s “political pressure.”

            Come to think of it, political pressure DEFINES affirmative action.

          • Frank Kahn

            Well, you racist pig, you have again spewed your hatred for everyone but yourself.

            Twisting in the wind, would be an appropriate description of your post.

            I fail to believe that you are really stupid enough to not know better than this insane post.

            I do know that you are stupid enough to think that racism is the sole impetus for our disagreement with the terrible policies and actions of the current administration.

            I also know that you are ignorant enough to be incapable of seeing the reality of affirmative action.

            Equal outcomes is a by-product of political correctness not affirmative action. The no child left behind is a prime example of equal outcomes. Although this was instituted during a supposed conservative administration, it is decidedly liberal / progressive in its core belief.

            It does not matter how well, or how poorly, you performed, you are all winners. We, as teachers, don’t care that you can’t read, or perform math and science at an acceptable level to compete in the world, we are going to give you a passing grade anyway. We don’t care if you are unqualified to graduate, we don’t want to hurt your feelings so we will let you go. This concept is universal, it is not just minority children, it is also white kids that get a free pass to fail in our society.

            Advance concept to real life working. Hello Mr. Smith, I have noticed that your performance is not up to par, but I know you wanted to be manager so I am promoting you.

            Now, lets go to the racist part of your post. Affirmative action. This is a very racially motivated program. It was, in fact, instituted for the sole purpose of advancing blacks in society based on race alone. It predates the no child left behind program by many years. It contained the same edicts that are present in the no child left behind concept, except it only applied to blacks. It even expanded above and beyond the educational system and into the real life work force. Instead of saying “I know you wanted to be manager”, it says “Since you are black I will promote you to manager”. That is an extremely racist policy, and for white people to object to it is not racism.

            Also, your stupid remark about daddy Bush must be addressed. Bush is not black, he is not even in a minority, so affirmative action laws do not apply. You might site nepotism or favoritism in the action but affirmative action can’t be sited by any intelligent interpretation of the definition of the term.

            Obama is not a bad president because he is black. He is a bad president because he does not know how to lead. He was not elected because of his abilities and accomplishments, he was mainly elected because of his color. Ask the minority voters why they voted for him. Ask the white voters why they voted for him.

            Ask yourself why it is that his administration always plays the race card when people object to his actions.

            If you want to see true racism in this debate, you only need to look at who (what party) is constantly bringing up the color of his skin. Republicans say “we will not accept higher taxes without spending cuts”, the democrats say “the republicans just can’t accept the fact that a black man knows better than them”.

            So, tell me who is the racist there, the republicans for calling for spending cuts, or the democrats for saying Obama is right because he is black.

          • Elevenarrows

            KG, do you mind if I ask if you are gainfully employed? I just find myself wondering if you are one of those under-privileged, mistreated guys sitting at home waiting for someone else to work hard and send you a check.??? If you DO still believe in America (not Amerika), then you should love what she is supposed to be instead of trying to shape her into something that her founders never intended.

            The truth of the matter is that all of us have the “chance” to work hard and hopefully excel at what we attempt to do…within the confines of a tyrannical government that has grossly overstepped its boundaries. Sitting at home, wringing your hands in despair because someone else got the last cookie out of the cookie jar is…well, pathetic.

          • Frank Kahn

            Actually, KG, you are constantly spewing forth support for a select few. The main difference is that your select few are liberals, whereas our select few are conservatives.

            To believe in the United States, is to adhere to the founding principles. To follow and applaud liberal and/or progressive ideals is completely anti-founder principles.

            Most, if not all, of the current government programs are against what was viewed as proper government pursuits.

            Ignoring natures laws (morals) is totally against the original intent of the founders.

            Using our national defense resources, to attack foreign nations, is against our founding principles.

            The progressive income tax system is not only against the founding principles, it was unconstitutional until an illegal amendment was put into place.

            Using the Supreme Court to interpret the Constitution is against the founding principles of separation of powers and checks and balances.

            Government interference in religious pursuits is against both the founding principles and the constitution.

            As a liberal, you tend to think that everything is subject to your desires and interpretation. You believe that the meaning of words and phrases can be redefined to suit your personal agenda. This is not true, it is insane to believe that you have the right to redefine a word or phrase in a manner that makes something wrong, suddenly become right.

            Many liberals say that using the federalist papers to explain the meaning of the words in the constitution is wrong. That since they are not a part of the constitution they have no legal standing. Well, that is, again, a liberal tactic to confuse. The beliefs stated in the federalist papers helps to define the meanings of the words and phrases used in the constitution, and the bill of rights. Without them, the liberals can make up whatever lies they want, to make the interpretation of the constitution say what they believe.

            If you want to know the true meaning of something, that a person has written, the best source for that interpretation is the writer him or herself.

          • Elevenarrows

            Well said. I applaud your efforts to educate the masses, but in some cases, I suspect you are (as my Nana would say) casting pearls before swine.

            I enjoyed your articulate defense of our founding fathers vision for America. How much would you like to bet KG will mumble something about Jefferson “not counting” because he owned slaves?! Progressives have attempted to rewrite history and they can’t stand it when the rest of us actually READ the founding documents and other writings of the founders instead of embracing what they tell us to believe about history.

            I’m going to spend the rest of my evening with those eleven kids that horribly drain American resources…according to KG!Have a good night!

          • Nadzieja Batki

            You are not concerned about EVERYONE having a chance, your ideology is to get your hooks into people and then control them. Each Individual is responsible for themselves to make their way in life.

        • Big Richard

          Did you get beat up a lot as a kid?
          Big mouth-small mind.

          • Nadzieja Batki

            Greg Murphy has a kind heart to even offer to start a fund for the mentioned commentors to depart this country. But who is to say that any country would take them, those countries would rather see the stupids inflicting their misery on America and are cheering them on.

          • vicki

            ad hominem

        • Bob666

          Yo Greg,
          13 generations here and my gene pool has fought in every military campaign since the French-Indian wars.
          So please take this Red-White & Blue Americans personal invitation for you to engage in procreation with out the benefit of a partner.

          • macgyver1948

            LOL….. your know Bob666, your suggestion could present the end of the line for those who think only their ways of thinking are the Right ways. That kind of thinking, as we have been saying, will never work in a free society so I hope your suggestion and to who flourishes, LOL….

          • vicki

            poorly hidden ad hominem

          • Bob666

            Oh Yes Vicki,
            The “very Selective” ad hominem enforcement. When you want to slam someone, but lack the creativity for a witty response.
            Very Sad.

          • vicki

            Why waste a witty response on a poor ad hominem?

            I do find it amusing that you and Flashy and Eddie47d (and probably others) think that I am your enforcement arm. You’re a big boy. Do it yourself. (you are a grown up, right?)

          • Bob666

            Oh Vicki,
            You seem to be the self apointed ad hominem enforcer. I am a liberterian-live and let live. You make your own rules and live by your own rules.

          • vicki

            You make your own rules and live by your own rules.

            That is the path of anarchy not libertarian.

      • Michael Shreve

        The problem with liberal, progressive, socialist, communist government is that it ALWAYS fails. The time to failure may vary depending on leadership and public expectation, BUT the failure is inevitable.

    • http://www.facebook.com/CapitalistAtBirth Greg Murphy

      When have you been a member of any party other than the Fascist/Communist party? You have no idea what the Tea Party is about. You are nothing but a lying useful idiot.

    • macgyver1948

      KG… Are you thinking/speaking for “most Americans”? It could be why you are wrong about so many of us. We have plenty so called Americans who claim to be in favor of Liberty do that and they are generally wrong too.

      Whenever you suppress the masses and the Soviets did it will humanly fail. The Chinese have been “westernizing for a couple of decades now because they know commie will no work.

      I have to wonder, given the pic you are using and your initials. Could you have left off a third and final initial on purpose, like a “B”? Just asking. You do know Communism is a failed mess, just like fascism.

  • Vigilant

    “Centralization is an absolute affront to the natural laws of supply and demand and an oppressive hindrance to the innovation that humanity thrives on.”

    There can be few more cogent expressions of the difference between the bankruptcy of the socialist model and the ideals of the Founders.

  • Deerinwater

    A good write up Brandon, a topic I was asking Mr. Livingston about only late last night. But comparing the Fed with returning just some of ones own money in the form of SS with government handing outs, welfare and food stamps is not exactly a parallel that most of the people that live long enough to enjoy it would agree with.

    When does returns on invested contributions constitute a hand out? I’m not suggesting the system is by any means perfect or that there might well be occasions where this fund is used to assist survivors that did not actually make these contributions themselves but non earning dependents. That on occasions this fund is misused by offering some entitlement ~ when no or little contributions were made but I do believe this is rare and not the rule. ~My personal experience, I found the Social Security office to be rather tight with letting go of my money.

    That this fund ~ has been assimilated into the general fund might allow people to view it in such a way ~but assure you ~ it’s my money that I am getting back none the less and I/we hold government responsible for securing these funded contributions.

    With the Federal Government holding 1.25 million dollars of my money ~ above and beyond what I’ve paid in Federal Income Taxes, I feel inclined to be deserving of it’s return and i don’t feel that I’m alone with this belief.

    I was 12 years of age when I applied for a Social Security Card and if I recall was not offered an option.

    But back to your posting, ~ How is free market “Supply & Demand” forces left to react to an eminent national threat? As I fail to understand how it could without some Central government involvement.

    How is the protection of our wetlands and aqua filtering system to be achieved with only the “supply and demand” forces of free market systems?

    How might we replace the power of the combined “Collective” with “Supply & Demand” to aspire to engage grand projects that require half of a single man’s lifetime to achieve? Where is the incentive, when the returns on any investment in the far distant future exceeding one’s lifetime how can supply & demand forces be depended on for such matters of national concern and common good?

  • Motov

    This situation is by far the most threatening to the USA since the Civil War.
    Washington DC (District of Criminals) is destroying (or has destroyed) everything that made this nation the envy of the world.

  • Oliver_K_Manuel

    The transformation of the USA into the USSA started on 24 Oct 1945 with the formation of the United Nations. Here’s the rest of the story on the change of the scientific community into a propaganda machine, beginning with misinformation on the composition and source of energy in the Sun that Fred Hoyle published in 1946:

    http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Peaceful_Resolution.pdf

    The injection of liberalism bias in academic institutions assisted the insidious change of the USA into the USSA without conscious awareness of the transformation by the public.

    With deep regrets,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

    • vicki

      It probably started earlier than 1945. They just didn’t have the name in 1913 and 1860’s

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Vicki, the Populist movement was officially recognized in 1891 and this is the precursor of Communism in the US but it had its beginnings earlier and in fact the groups were causing trouble after the Civil War and what I mean by trouble is agitating the populace and social services.

  • rbrooks

    a well written story. it is too bad that so many who have read it are unable to comprehend. this is not a republican vs democrat. or liberal vs conservative.

    it is how the population has been manipulated by the wealthy.

    the radicals of both sides continue to obscure the issue with their constant diversions.

    both sides blame the other. both are correct. both are too ignorant to understand that.

    • vicki

      The wealthy have no incentive to manipulate the population when government stays true to Constitutional principles.

  • Dagger

    The name of this country should be changed to:

    . . . . . . . . . . The United Socialist States of America . . . . . . . . . .

    Freedom, Liberty and individual rights have been thrown under the bus.

    Already, Mr. ‘O’ is consolidating his dictatorial powers through the use of federal agencies to attack anyone and everyone who disagrees with his agenda. Now, there is news that he has an underground system of local “spies” who report on anyone deemed to be a ‘threat’. How much longer will it be until American citizens begin disappearing never to be heard from again? This country is beginning to resemble the old Soviet Union in more ways than one. Nikita Khrushchev declared at the United Nations that “we will bury you without firing a shot”. That day has now arrived!

  • Stuart Shepherd

    If anyone is reading Mr Smith’s articles for the first time, go directly to his “library” and “download” (in some fashion- you can highlight, copy and paste into a word document or do a pdf convert program) EVERYTHING HE’S EVER WRITTEN for your own edification! I already owe him several full tuition payments! He is INCREDIBLY knowledgeable, insightful, and DEAD-ON with the truth in a way that is fully comprehensive, because truth is ultimately a spiritual principle and everything in this world is a battle between good and evil played out both between and within people. We are called to never give up the fight, for in standing up to evil we are doing God’s work.

    • Alex

      You don’t read much, do you, Stu?

      If you think Mr Smith has educated you, you must have gone to school in Texass….

  • hungry4food

    I bet Obama and Co. are drooling over this HOPE and Change for America !!!!!!!!!

    Thousands of French Households Taxed 100%

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/thousands-french-households-taxed-over-062530348.html

  • Wambli525

    Big Federal Government equals less individual freedom. More taxes means less individual financial independence. Obamas BIG SPENDING insures “FINANCIAL SLAVERY” for generations to come. The current size and reach of the FED his boundless and emulates the Fascists of Nazi Germany. We are now part of the “COLLECTIVE” serving the STATE.

  • hungry4food

    Oh How CONVENIENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rep. Schakowsky ‘Unaware’ Obamacare Reg Requires Offering Free Sterilizations to Teens
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/rep-schakowsky-unaware-obamacare-reg-requires-offering-free-sterilizations-teens

  • macgyver1948

    Very interesting article by Brandon Smith and he is pretty accurate when it comes to the Soviet model of communism. Basically the few in government were to be in control of everything for their benefit and not much benefit left over for the masses.

    In the long run what we are seeing here is similar. Control and benefit
    for the few who are in control but here it will be called Plutocracy
    instead of Communism. It really wont make a whole lot of difference
    to the masses here what we call it if the Plutocracy folks get their
    ways because we the so called “99%” will be screwed as the so
    called “1%” get their ways – just like the masses in the Soviet
    Union were. When you are in control like this GREED is your God,
    whatever you call it.

    Yeah, I know it is not exactly “99%” and “1%” but those are just
    so we know who we are talking about but the real percentages are
    not a lot different. The Founders warned us about the Corporations
    and big money influencing Government but this may be our
    punishment for our not taking the Founders seriously. Hopefully
    there is still time to win back what we are losing to the Plutocs
    and their elected and appointed properties. By the way, putting
    all the blame on the other side of the aisle is a good way to hide
    what is really going on and what those who support the Plutocs
    really want of us – division. As we do this isn’t it so nice that we
    are better helping those who have little regard for us? It is so
    past time for us to think for ourselves and not be programmed any
    longer so we need to do our own research.

    I prefer to go by the issues as I see them then to automatically
    believe any political party. How has automatically believing what our
    chosen party says to us so far helped us as we forget the
    representatives are doing/saying what their huge campaign
    contributors want of them? But let’s keep that a secret as Citizens
    United and the SCOTUS want.

  • Michael Shreve

    We have been sliding down the slippery slope of liberal, progressive, communism for over a hundred years. The process has generally been slow enough for people to accept the compromised. Liberal, progressive, communism does NOT compromise. The question is how soon we reach hell, because the PEOPLE’S indoctrination is nearly complete.

    • macgyver1948

      Oh
      Michael Shreve… I see you, as with many from your Right side, still call those
      on the Left Commies. This continues to polarize the country but good
      for you. Since they are no more commie than you I wonder how it
      makes you feel to pass on the BS for those who want you to think that
      way. Cheerio Comrade, or is it seig heil? I never could remember which with
      you false name throwers.

  • WTS/JAY

    (WND) — Barack Obama is not the only one feeling the heat from a series of recent scandals.

    Apparently, news media generally sympathetic to the president’s agenda are plunging as well.

    According to Deadline.com, “after double-digit gains during last year’s presidential election, May 13-17 saw the progressive-aligned [MSNBC] hit new lows as the IRS scandal erupted and revelations that the Justice Department secretly obtained AP records became public.”

    MSNBC recorded its least-watched and lowest-rated total-day results of the year last week, with 350,000 viewers on average and 94,000 in the adults 25-54 demographic.

    According to ratings data from Nielsen, that was also the lowest total-day demographic result the network experienced since the week of June 26-July 2, 2006, when MSNBC attracted only 83,000 viewers among adults 25-54.

    MSNBC’s total day results last week plummeted 17 percent in viewers and 22 percent among the demographic from the comparable May 14 to May 18 week of last year.

    And during primetime viewing in the evening, the picture was even worse, as MSNBC’s steady decline from the start of 2013 continued.

    “The network had 570,000 total viewers and 159,000 in the demo from 8-11 PM from May 13 to May 17, 2013. That’s the lowest-rated week of the year so far for MSNBC in terms of viewers and the third-lowest of 2013 in the demo,” reported Deadline.

    “The week of May 6-12 was worst in the demo with 148,000 viewers when the network had 604,000 viewers on average. These latest results come as the news network’s recently launched and struggling ‘All In With Chris Hayes’ hit a new viewership low of 396,000 and its second-lowest demo audience of just 88,000 on May 14. It also comes on the heels of MSNBC falling in April ratings from its second place ranking of the year before.”

    Meanwhile, the news is much brighter for the top-rated Fox News Channel, which brought in 1.491 million total day viewers and 283,000 in the demo last week.

    “That’s Fox News’ second-most-watched week of the year after the week of the Boston Marathon bombings,” said Dominic Patten of Deadline.

    “FNC had 2.396 million total viewers and 356,000 among adults 25-54 in primetime from May 13-17. That’s a 1 percent demo drop in total day and a 10 percent drop in primetime compared to the same frame last year. However it is a 31 percent total day viewership rise and a 17 percent primetime audience lift over the comparable week of May 14-18, 2012.”

    Continued…
    http://www.wnd.com/2013/05/obama-scandals-killing-his-minion-media/

  • $8012302

    Socialism is easy to identify whatever the current socialist tyrant wants to name it. Linen called it Marxism, with Hitler it was Nazism, FDR called it Social Security, we call Obama’s version Obamacare, the so call Affordable Care Act that has already become unaffordable. The names mean nothing the system is call Social slavery which becomes a physical slavery. Ours has already started that direction with circumvention of the constitution which frees us from social slavery. It has been the failure of every civilization since Adam. There is always a person or a group of people that are obsessed with making everyone socially equal. The cave men never made it work and the communist of 20th an 21st century hasn’t made it work. Wars of every imaginable size and nature have been fought for and against it. Hopefully this administration will recognize its failure and avert any kind of conflict that will destroy this country with violence.

  • Ken

    BECOMING!?!?!? Try finalized, signed sealed and delivered. When an economy is centrally controlled, every item manipulated, small business is virtually illegal without extortionary fees, licenses, codes, etc., etc.,. No, not becoming, let’s be frank, when gold and silver markets are cornered, oversold on paper and shorted by the financial elite, when real estate is artificially controlled (holding back foreclosures to pump up the sellable real estate’s prices) you have soviet style, central controlled, police state, militarized perfection. Welcome to Ameristan!

  • disqus_UBGoxMXh0L

    Since the 1970 the government has intruded and got away with a list you cannot control or put on 500 pages. 4 dead in OHIO, 4 dead in Benghazi, Forced searches in New Orleans and gun grabs in LA, and CA. Searches in Boston for two guys in a boat not a house. Nixon knew foreign affairs but domestic was a disaster. Took us off gold. Reagen’s reach with Casey on CIA work. Read history and get sick.

  • village idiot

    Once again Brandon has nailed it. I love reading your posts as it makes me realize that there is intelligent life on this planet after all. Thank you for a really good read!

  • Deus

    I wanted to let you know about a new petition I created on We the People,
    a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov, and ask for your support. Will you add
    your name to mine? If this petition gets 100,000 signatures by July
    01, 2013, the White House will review it and respond!

    We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama
    Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets
    enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.

    You can view and sign the petition here:

    http://wh.gov/lqARj

    Here’s some more information about this petition:

    Implement impeachment proceedings against anyone known to have
    Violated their Oath to Defend the Constitution of the U.S

    Remove Representatives of the American People in the Government from Power whom have violated their Oath to defend The Constitution by voting for any legislation that infringes on the rights of the People or undermines the
    sovereignty of The United States.

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