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Let the PIGS Get Slaughtered

February 19, 2010 by  

Let the PIGS Get Slaughtered

Will all those PIGS in Europe get what they deserve? And if they do, should we care?
Sadly, the answers are, probably not. And yes, we should, because what happens there will have a significant impact on those of us here in the good ol’ USA.

First, who are these PIGS (sometimes written as PIIGS and occasionally even as PIIGSTY)? Basically, they are some of the socialist countries in Europe that have gotten their budgets caught in a wringer. They’re facing all sorts of financial problems at home. And unfortunately, their habit of spending money they don’t have is having bad consequences for them… and for us. If that sounds familiar, it should.

The acronym PIGS stands for Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain. You can add Ireland to the longer version; and Turkey and Yugoslavia to the longest one. Right now, all of the attention is on Greece, so let’s begin there.

And let’s start with a dirty little secret no one wants to admit: When Greece was admitted to the European Union (EU) a while back, everyone involved knew that Greek authorities lied about the fiscal situation in their country.

Let me repeat that, to make sure you understand: Greece didn’t come anywhere close to meeting the incredibly lax fiscal requirements to become a member of the EU. The powers-that-be in that socialist consortium wanted Greece in; the socialists in Athens who ran the country wanted Greece in; and all of the kept media in Europe wanted Greece in. So everyone agreed to keep silent about the actual facts. With a wink-wink and a nod-nod, Greece was accepted.

If there was anyone bold enough to say that this emperor wasn’t wearing any clothes, his remarks were drowned out by the litany of “hoorahs!” from all the people who were oh-so-eager to get Greece on board. You can’t build the socialist super-state of Europe, otherwise known as the European Union, without them, you know.

So what happened? Remember the old axiom, if you want more of a particular behavior, reward it. If you want less of something, punish it. (Pardon an aside here, while I note that it has been the official policy of the United States government for most of my lifetime to reward laziness and incompetence, and to punish hard work and success. Guess which one we’ve been getting more of. Any wonder we’re in the mess we are?)

But back to our favorite baklava makers. Greece’s admission to the EU meant that her citizens and her government could go on the greatest spending binge they’d ever seen. Grab it while you can, guys! The money is free, free, free! We’ll worry about paying the piper when the time comes. If we’re lucky, maybe we can do what our cousins in the U.S. have done and foist all the bills off on our grandchildren.

Sorry, guys. We can do it, but you can’t. The boss of our central bank, otherwise known as Helicopter Ben Bernanke, can print or borrow all the money he wants. Heck, last year alone he created more than $2 trillion out of thin air. And you know what? The world still stands in line to loan Uncle Sam all the money he needs.

But Greece isn’t the U.S. and the drachma isn’t the dollar. Your day of reckoning can’t be put off forever. In fact, it’s here now. Nobody wants to loan you money anymore.

As a member of the EU, Greece was required by law to keep any deficits to an absolute maximum of 3 percent of GDP. This year they’re running four times that amount, with a deficit totaling 12.7 percent of GDP. No wonder cautious lenders are charging them more than double what Germany must pay to borrow money. That’s what happens when your creditworthiness stinks—as our leaders in Washington may soon find out.

For the past week, the biggest question in the international financial community has been who will bail out Greece? I’m betting it will be Germany. The reason I say so is that German officials have officially denied that they will do it at least three times. When government officials are this adamant about not doing something, I know it’s almost a sure thing. (Who was it who said, “Never believe a government policy change until it’s been denied at least twice”?)

If Greece gets bailed out, you can count on seeing a lot more PIGS line up at the public trough. Remember, what this is really all about is building a socialist New World Order. That was the modus operandi behind the creation of the EU in the first place. It is why every participant country was required to abandon their own currency in favor of something called the Euro. And it is why the standard for admission to the EU keeps slipping lower and lower.

By the way, that is also why you can expect to see Barack Obama start arm-twisting the State Department and Congress to “come to the aid of our Greek friends.” We’ve got it; they don’t; and in BO’s curious worldview, that’s all the justification he needs for taking your money and giving it to others. “From each according to his ability” (that’s you and your hard-earned assets, my friend), “to each according to his needs.” Anybody recognize the quote?

Yes, Barack Obama honestly believes that someone else’s need—even someone you’ve never met, living half a world away, and guilty of the most profligate misuse of what little assets he had—is a legitimate claim on what you have. It’s called socialism, my friend. Get enough important people to support it and you can call it something that sounds a lot better—like international assistance, or maybe the New World Order.

I could go on for pages, but I think you get the point. Just in case you don’t, let me end this diatribe with a very interesting quotation that reveals exactly what our financial masters have in mind for us.

This one comes, believe it or not, from the Wall Street Journal a couple of weeks ago. The editors gave Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton and one of Washington’s ultimate Insiders, nearly 200 inches of prime editorial space to tell us dummies what is really going on. Here’s what the stalwart Keynesian had to say:

“Look at President Obama’s budget proposal, spending freeze, jobs bill, stimulus, tax hikes on upper-income individuals, and proposed deficit commission. Also take a look at the fees he wants to impose on the biggest banks and his proposed regulation of Wall Street. Look at his stalled trade agenda. Now, explain the big picture.

“If you’re about to write, ‘more taxes and more spending,’ you’re either not thinking hard enough or you’re a Republican running for office this November.’”

Or, Bob (do you mind if I call you Bob?), you could be a Straight Talk reader who sees through all of your eloquent BS. You may be smart as a whip. But you’re not so clever that we can’t spot the baited hook that comes next:

“To see the big picture, you need to keep your eye on three big things. The first is the extent of government spending needed to offset the continued reluctance of consumers and businesses to spend.”

To read the rest of this folderol, see the complete article in the Feb. 5 issue of the Journal. Somebody in the editorial section must have a pretty good sense of humor, because the piece right next to Reich’s ramblings had the headline, “Washington vs. ‘Common Sense.’”

I’m sure I’ll have more to say about all of this in subsequent columns because the news won’t be good, my friends. The people who make monetary policy in the EU, like the ones who control the purse strings here, believe they have been endowed by their creator with the unalienable right to take your money to spend on projects they want, but know you abhor.

Welcome to the Brave New World of the socialist utopians. All it will take to make it work is your freedom and your wealth. Forgive me for pointing out that Barack Obama and his progressive friends think that’s a very reasonable price to pay.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

—Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • Conservative Carl

    FOX has been in the forefront on this story also and yet so many people in the United States likely have never heard of what is happening in those nations. Maybe they have heard and don’t think it will happen here. Our national debt and massive spending by the president and congress are both increasing by the day. So far the solutions to this problem have been to borrow from other nations and to print more money.
    China is talking of cashing in a load of T-bills as is at least one other nation. That won’t help our economy. Remember that the last great depression affected European nations as well as the United States. What happened in the states could have been prevented if the congress had reversed the actions of the thugs on Jekyl Island, GA who set up the Federal Reserve and had also killed the income tax and the uncaring greedy IRS.
    It matters not whether a Democrat or Republican has been in office because it seems our spending and taxation grow each year. Pork spending is done by both major parties. They’ve been spending more than they take in and they’ve raided the Social Security fund to help pay for this unwise spending.
    The congressional members are enriching themselves while they freeze and tax Social Security benefits, yet they themselves can find tax loopholes. Do they think they are royalty? Obviously they do as does Obama and his free spending wife who has spent lavishly since they took office.
    Where does the madness stop? Perhaps it will only get worse. Big brother government may be coming after us to implant chips to track our financial transactions and do away with currency altogether. Think about it.

    • DaveH

      So true and so depressing.

    • James

      Conservative Carl, the thugs on Jekyl Island didn’t end the income tax. The 16th Amendment of 1913 allowed Congress, for the first time, to “lay and collect taxes on incomes…without apportionment among the several States.” Prior to that amendment, Congress only had the power to lay a direct tax on individuals, and the tax could be no more than what the poorest individual could afford. That year, 1913, was the same year the Federal Resere Act was passed. With the 16th Amendment, Congress gained the power to graduate the tax on individuals.

      • Conservative Carl

        James, I didn’t proofread what I wrote. I meant to say that the income tax started about the same time as the Federal reserve or shortly afterward. It was supposed to read that they “started” the Federal Reserve and the Income tax, not killed it. Sorry about that. It messed up what I was trying to say. Must proof read in the future.

    • Norm

      Unlike Europe in it’s periods of great power, the United States has no titled royalty. But we do have our ultra rich. And make no mistake about it, they influence every law, and control government at all levels. They cross party lines and are virtually exempt from the rules that most commoners must adhere to. They also protect their own, and have many people convinced that they are the good guys and should be treated with respect.

      • George

        Can’t argue with that.

  • http://gemstar.net Pmoore

    I do not understand how they can tax SS benefits when our money that is taken out of our checks and put in their for us has allready been taxed. Isn’t that double taxation?

    • Hello?

      Sure we have paid into the ss system all of our lives but you see, it is a social program, everyone pay into it and everyone that lives long enough gets to get a check out of it each month. It is definately double taxation but the key word is SOCIALISM, once our Government gets it’s hands on your money, then it is not yours.
      Some states do not tax SS but with the deficits looming in most states, I will bet they are considering it.
      WE CAN CHANGE A LOT OF THIS IN NOVEMBER OF 10 AND 12. I can’t wait.

      • http://Yahoo Dee D

        Hello – Everyone does not pay into Soc. Sec. And the term for the double tax is taxation without representation. which has been proven un-constitutional many times over if it’s fought. Where were the fighters when they were needed?

    • George E

      Sure, but that doesn’t matter to these scumbuckets. They just want to get your money anyway they can. Another example of double taxation (at least according to my common sense and logic) is business taxes. Those taxes are added to the price of the products and services we buy, and they are taxed again when you buy them. It goes on and on and on.

      • Alexander

        Your comment about double taxation is not 100% accurate. supplies and materials are not taxed until the final buyer purchases the product, in general. Taxes that a business pays is after recording profits and losses and so can’t be directly passes on to the consumer. BUT, you are correct in that there are many taxes that a business pays, indirectly related to production, that the business pays first that is passed on to the consumer. (e.g. tariffs and taxes on employment.)

        • George E

          Alexander,

          Thanks for the clarification. Don’t businesses include income taxes as an indirect cost when costing out their products to establish sales prices? If so, these taxes would be passed on to their customers in the price of the products, wouldn’t they?

  • TIME

    Chip, Great Blog. I was reading all of what you posted in WSJ too, I was not shocked by it when I was reading it due to our local as well national issues we all now face here in the US.

    We live on Long Island, where we have a classic example of out of controll spending.
    Our property tax’s have gone up year after year, in 09 it went from $29,900.00 to $39,650.00, Keep in mind that our homes value has also dropped by about 20%.
    Now our master minds of local goverment are wanting to push that up to $55K for 2010.
    Our county is bankrupt. Keep in mind, we are talking about millions of people who live in this area. We see business going down daily, weekly, monthly. How much longer can it go on?

    We are just one small area in this country, our friends out in Califorinia they are in far worse condition then we are here on LI.
    Look at them with what near $60 Billion in the red, year after year.

    Its obvious that the “Wellfare culture” is destroying the world.

  • Robin from Indiana

    Fellow Americans we need to be on our knees and praying. Praying that God will light our path and show us what needs to be done to bring our country back to the country our forefathers began and envisioned. Barry was put into office for a reason, and I believe it was to awaken America. We need to know about the corruption in Washington and we need to put a stop to it. Vote! Vote out the corrupt!

    • DaveH

      That’s a lot of voting.

      • TIME

        Dave, Can’t argue with that. I have yet to find anyone in New York that voted for Mrs. Clinton, yet look she got into office in New York.
        Hows that work?

        • DaveH

          We have the technology to set up databases of the votes so anybody can check to see if their vote was counted properly, and also check to verify the vote count. But Government isn’t going to willingly accept such loss of control, as evidenced by the Internet which is driving would-be dictators crazy. We need to lobby hard to institute such a fail-safe system.

          • George E

            True, but if I’m not mistaken, each state establishes their own rules for voting. There are no national standards that I’m aware of. This makes it easier for the entrenched party to retain power because they establish rules that favor themselves, or if that doesn’t work, they just allow people to skirt around the rules when that’s more convenient.

          • Norm

            DaveH
            The states and voting machines are very reliable. The amount of fraud that exists, if any, is so small it is insignificant. The losers of elections are always looking for some loophole to salvage their injured egos.

          • DaveH

            Norm,
            Can any citizen access those results to see if their vote was counted correctly?
            Can any citizen or organization count the actual votes from the database to see if the tallies were correct?
            That’s what I’m talking about, and it would be very easy to do.

          • DaveH

            Also, it would be easy to check the voters from a database to see if they really exist, are criminals, or have voted twice.
            I know Norm that your buddies at ACORN wouldn’t like that.

          • Norm

            DaveH
            All that cost taxpayer money. Are you willing to pay?
            As far as ACORN, I have no knowledge of it. I know no one who is any part of it. Saying that they can control an election, espicially one won by as big a margin as Obama, is foolishness.

          • DaveH

            It would be cheaper than the current system, and it would negate all the money wasted now in court battles over the ballot costs. Just as everything else that can be addressed with computers is cheaper.

            Foolishness, Norm, is to prefer complexity over simplicity. Like you Liberals prefer the complexity of Government people minding the business of the citizens over the simplicity of the citizens taking care of themselves.

          • DaveH

            I meant “counts” not “costs”.

        • vivian

          Say, where have you been looking. Won’t find them in the Hamptons. Certainly will find them at 125 and 7th and Morningside.

    • Patricia

      It going to get worse because G-d is that out of school and in the public place. They are trying to take G-d out of everything that our forefather has started. Soon our pastor will be arrested for speaking the truth against same marriage. Why? Because they call it a hate crime. We need to get on our knees and pray and stay there.

      • Pat R

        Please don’t be afraid to say the word “GOD”. If we are afraid to say the word “GOD”, why would he bother to answer our prayers and needs.
        That’s why we are in the shape we are in today. Some are afraid to say
        GOD or Jesus help us!
        Thank you JESUS for all our blessings! AMEN

        • Fed Up Gal in NM

          Pat R,

          So true….Thank You (and above all…God)!

          Fed Up Gal

          • libertytrain

            Fed Up Gal – good reply and hope all is well and good with you -

      • Alexander

        I believe it was Sweden were they did arrest a pastor for speaking out against same-sex marriage. He said it was against the Bible and was then arrested. they charged him with a ‘hate-crime’. Supposedly they have ‘free speech’ like in the U.S.

      • Rod James

        Stay on your knees and nothing will get done!

      • Peter

        Several things are relevant to this comment:
        1: Yes, the secular humanist and atheist extremists have succeeded in removing God from public schools and other public places. That doesn’t mean they’ve won.
        2: In the context of Chip’s arguments in this article, he asks why the US should give money to corrupt socialist regimes who’re just going to waste it. If we’re asking that with many conservative folks’ belief in God in the mix, we need to understand that God’s heart is very much for the poor of this world, no matter how corrupt their government or their fellow citizens are. Take Haiti for a prime example. Also read the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew. If you’re a God-fearing American, you can’t ignore the poor of the world on any basis. Not one American is truly poor by global standards. Nobody has to send their 5-year-old to the rubbish tip every day to scavenge enough to eat or sell. Count your blessings folks.
        3: Speaking purely economically, most people are in the same boat in the western world. Most western democracies have left-wing governments at the moment, and it’s evidenced by the fact they’re all in the top 20 countries who are suffering extreme debt per capita against GDP. Top country? Ireland – over 1000% of GDP as public debt. The US is only just over 100% & in 20th position. So why has it come to this? Greed. Purely and simply. The corporate and financial masters of the universe got so greedy and so powerful and dumped the whole world into absolute financial crisis, that the public saw no other option than to vote left-wing to try and reign it all in a bit. Stimulus and relief packages were driven by Government panic borrowing to try and soften the blow of what could have been another great depression, but thankfully wasn’t, although the danger still remains. Simplistic and generalist I know, but in a nutshell it’s true. Now we see the lobbying by corporate and Wall St interests kicking in again, with the publicity machine aimed squarely at BO’s head, whether or not that’s a good thing. Meanwhile China has bought very large chunks of US debt and virtually owns the country for bad or good (undoubtedly bad in my opinion).
        Friends, in truth we need a balance between left & right with consideration for Godly principals, but I can’t see it truly happening or likely anywhere in the world, especially not in the US. We need democracies filled with independent representatives who are not in the pockets of business, Wall St or the unions, but who can represent the people more fairly. Pie in the sky unfortunately. Vested interests will win, using the public as cannon fodder for their individual and collective greed. Here endeth the lesson.

        • J C

          When all those people “over there” learn to work as hard as Americans…when they learn to fight for their liberties like Americans…When they quit sitting around waiting far a handout…I’ll be happey to help them.
          Until then, I don’t see Americans as being “lucky” I see us as having forged our society and earned what we have.
          I say we lead by example and everyone “over there” can either follow the example of let nature take it’s course.
          There’s a huge difference between assistance and dependence and we need to recognize the difference.
          When did we get elected as the saviours of the planet anyway?

    • http://Yahoomail John J.

      I believe that the Us Constitution, and the Federalist papers were designed and written by God fearing men, and in that premise inspired by God; that having been said, it seems that by following the Constitution, we would be doing just what needs to be done to remedy the problems that we are facing today.
      Prayer is something that all of us need to do more of, in order to communicate with our Creator; but we also need to use our abilities to do something about correcting past mistakes, and determining future actions on our part.

  • Warrior

    It’s just amazing that the solution to the problem is as simple as to just stop unecessary spending. Stop patronage. Cut Government. Cut handouts. Stop illegals. Get out of education because you continually F it up. If your a drop out, your option is to take a job currently filled by an illegal or your welcome in the military. You will not collect one benefit for doing nothing. Let’s call it tough love for the good of the country.

    • DaveH

      Speaking of education, everybody who loves their children and wants the best for them should watch the John Stossel show on Fox Business Channel this week. He is explaining why public education fails and why the voucher systems succeed. We need to work hard to get the government out of our educational choices for our children. That is a large part of why we’re in this current mess. The Liberals have been very active in dumbing down our children in the Public School System. We need kids who don’t know how to sing “MMM,MMM,MMM, Barrack Hussein Obama”.

      Big Government is the problem, not the solution.

      • George E

        Yes in deed. Money is generally NOT the problem with public education. I believe state and local governments are also too often afflicted with this disease as well. I’m in favor of getting “all” government out of the education business. I just believe private education will offer better, less expensive education for our kids if we give it a chance, and allow schools to compete for our business.

        • Warrior

          Stossel is a must see this week regarding the subject of education in this country. Self interests are the order of the day.

      • Norm

        I dont’t want my tax money spent teaching bible classes in place of science.
        If people want to choose their kids course of study, I’m all for it. It’s called the private school system. And frankly, I think giving government money to private schools destroys the whole purpose of having them. Money equals control.

        • DaveH

          Oh, but you’re okay with parents paying for somebody else’s education through their property taxes (like mine did) while at the same time sending their own kids to private school paid also out of their own pockets? And I might add, spending much less for the excellent private education, then was spent educating and propagandizing those public school children.

          • Norm

            DaveH
            I had a very good public school education including high school science through physics, and math through trig. I realize that other parts of the country may have academic and decipline problems. These should addressed at the local level.
            The government (local) is mandated with providing education until, I believe, age 16, but continues through highschool. All people, even the childless, pay for this. If this isn’t satisfactory, there are plenty of private schools, and homschooling is also available. Of course it’s your choice and your dime.
            We all pay for police and fire protection as well as the criminal court system. I’ve been fortunate enough not to use these services, but I still pay for them.

          • DaveH

            Apparently your public education hasn’t taught you how to read very well. I said that currently people have to pay two bills if they want to send their kids to private school. And I provided a link to demonstrate that private schools educate the kids for much less money than do public schools. Of course, I doubt that you read it, as providing you with information to enlighten you is like holding garlic up to a vampire.

            With the money attached to the kids (vouchers) the schools either please the parents or lose the child, unlike the public propaganda schools which have a lock on the kids unless those parents want to pay twice to send their kids to private schools.

          • Joe H.

            DaveH,
            Good ole’ Norm is against teaching bible classes in school but I guess he’s not against them beginning history with a late 1800s president and not our founding fathers or even the colonies as I’ve never heard him gripe about what the NC schools want to do!!! Ofr course to him it’s a good idea, Don’t teach the kids about the founding fathers and the constitution and they won’t know to gripe about it when the government starts repossing rights!!!!

          • DaveH

            He doesn’t want to pay for somebody else to take religious courses, but he doesn’t mind the religious people paying twice, once for their own kids and once again for somebody else’s kids to be educated in the Public Propaganda Schools. Heaven forbid that they should be taught some morality instead of teaching them about why they should embrace Big Government.
            Our Founders would have crapped if they knew that we had let the Government control our childrens’ educations. Talk about a vested interest.

        • DaveH
          • Norm

            DaveH
            Talk to your local school board. These guys handle the money in conjunction with the school administrators. I agree there is much to be cut. But I’m aware of a Catholic elementary school in my area, that has low paid teachers, no extra curricular activities, very few computers, and limited science equipment. I’d call it substandard.

          • DaveH

            I went to a catholic school 1st through 9th and was much more advanced than the 10th graders I joined in public high school.

          • George

            Norm,

            I wonder if the Catholic school would be substandard if the parents had vouchers to give the school?

          • DaveH

            George,
            Surely you aren’t going to take Norm’s prejudiced opinion about the quality of their education?
            He’s just a Liberal Zealot who will stick up for anything that promotes Big Government.

          • George

            Dave,

            No, I’m not passing judgment on the quality of the Catholic school. I’m just “suggesting” that maybe Norm wouldn’t think they were substandard if the parents had vouchers to support their school. Personally, I believe money really makes little difference in the quality of education, anyway.

        • Conservative Carl

          Norm, I frankly don’t like my tax money being spend in public schools to teach sex. It is wrong to teach children to put condoms on bananas as a prep for safe sex. Yet our tax money goes for this nonsense. The schools do not even allow Bibles, much less teach it so I don’t understand your complaint. The only religions allowed in public schools are Wicca and Muslim and Atheism. Yes, atheism is the religion of man.

        • Meteorlady

          I attended a religious private school until the 8th grade. I then moved to public education and skipped a grade. I could have gone from 8th grade into 11th grade but my parents felt I was too young to do that so much of my high school classes were boring to me. It’s not that I have a really high IQ, it’s that the private school taught us faster, cheaper and better. We were allowed to be punished in school for acting up and disruptions in the class room. Once in public education I was never taught anything about God – in fact, while in the religious school I was not taught classes about the bible or God, we did that through the church on Sundays. My parents were not rich and my dad worked two jobs to get us educated in this manner.

    • DaveH

      Warrior,
      Speaking of joining the military, I was talking to my son about the greatest extent that the government should be allowed to help people. I think there should be military-like barracks set up with bunks and a mess hall for indigent people. They would have access to a library and maybe some electronic learning media to train for a new career. He told me that was an extreme solution. So now it is “extreme” to give people free food and shelter? That shows how “extremely” brainwashed our citizens have become. Somehow, we have evolved from a nation of people with equal opportunity and freedom to a nation of back-riders and their pack mules.

      • Warrior

        Dave, I couldn’t agree more.

      • TIME

        Dave, Good points, I came from a poor family, so I piad my way in college, I worked a full time job as well had a full load at school. I did the best I could do on 5 hours sleep per day for 5 years.
        I ate on the run if at all. I never asked anyone for help, nor did I expect any help from anyone, I did it on my own.

        Thats why I can’t understand why people have no drive anylonger.

        • George E

          People have been dumbed down and taught to expect the government to take care of them. This can be turned around over a few generations if we shut down the nanny state, encourage business development, fix public education (especially in the inner cities), and re-start a culture that rewards good citizenship based on merit and a common set of values (I prefer Judeo/Christian values). It would certainly help if the movie and music industries and the MSM would adopt and support this direction as well.

      • George E

        Sounds pretty good to me. I might add that we should give them the “opportunity” to provide public service to help pay for their accommodations, and possibly some level of training with apprenticeship programs to help them get back on the self-reliant citizenship ladder.

      • Norm

        DaveH
        Talk about government control!! You want the government to keep people in virtual prison and control what they eat, what they read, what they think….??

        • DaveH

          Whose controlling anything? They would be getting free food and shelter. They could leave and get a job any time they want.
          It’s you who don’t mind controlling people, stealing their hard earned money so that others who prefer not to make the necessary efforts can ride on their shoulders (slavery).

        • DaveH

          Keep grasping for those straws, Norm. It would be easier for you to comment on those Liberal sites where Hopes and Dreams prevail over Reality.

          • Norm

            DaveH
            Your the dreamer.

            By the by I don’t consider myself a liberal. I like to use the term centrist.

          • Norm

            That’s You are. I think faster than I type.

          • DaveH

            You’re a Liberal, Norm, as evidenced in your comments.

          • Joe H.

            Norm,
            LIB-ER-AL!!!!!!!!

        • JC

          Norm, that’s exactly what the public school system does.

      • SiliconDoc

        DaveH, it seems to me the nanny state has beat you to the punch and done a much more expensive of it.
        It’s called public housing.
        It’s nice though, that the indigent and homeless outnumber the every increasing public housing wards, so there’s some real tough cases left over even after the churches who put them up fail in the overflow.
        Just be aware that any military camp type look will have the very people who claim to care up in arms and screaming you’re trying to create cannon fodder for another military excursion out of the post war syndrome insane and dangerous homeless veterans.
        Yes, of course the libtards will do it, and their entire constituency will believe it, and then the post Murtha takeover libs in Congress will repeat it as mantric fact.
        Good luck.

      • Rod James

        DaveH, Your idea sounds good to me but it also seems socialistic and isn’t it contrary to your usual thoughts on socialism?

        • DaveH

          Yes,
          The Libertarian beliefs are that it is slavery to force one man to carry another against his will. I would take whatever I could get in that direction though.

  • Flynn

    Yes, Robin, I agree with the knees and the praying part. Instead of taking God out of our schools, our courts, and out of our town squares, we had best put God in our hearts and pray for our country that we will finally find someone who can (and will) restore fiscal sanity. An amendment to require a balanced budget, accept in times of national emergency, will be a start. Another amendment, requiring that the only people who can approve a pay raise for our Congressional Leaders are the people themselves, is another. Another might be an amendment requiring a gold-based currency, but this one will not be necessary if we can only elect a fiscally responsible Congress.

    • Joe H.

      Flynn,
      I still say tie their pay to the economy! If it goes down it goes down. If it goes back up so does their pay!!! Right about now they would be working for free!!!!

    • http://Yahoomail John J.

      I’ll repeat my opinion on learning and following the guidelines of the Constitution in selecting and voting for our representatives in Government, be it Local, State or Federal; in doing so we would eliminate a good 90% of the problems that we face today.
      Finance, taxes, education, military policy, governance, and the rights of the people, to name just some, are covered by the Founding Documents. One really need to go no further for the answeres.

  • J. Patrick Wills

    We cannot continue to call ourselves “a nation of laws” while allowing ‘lawlessness’ to abound .. calling it the ‘law.’ Until America faces-up to this truth, we will continue to be led by “those having become as blind leaders of the blind ..”

  • http://www.chandostransport@eastlink.ca Graeme B

    Chip, it is like the pot calling the kettle black. The US is in the same mess, a house of cards waiting to collapse. The problem with Greece and the other PIGS is that they have a history of 25% grey market that never generates tax revenues. They also have a long history of corruption both business and government.
    You have to remember that these economies got caught up in the US banking madness and their economies are not big enough to absorb the chaos caused by the greed and madness. You only have to see all the earmarks that both parties add to the madness and gridlock that is Congress. They are at an impasse and seem unable to function. All the GOP can say is NO. That’s it NO.
    If the US doesn’t get it’s house in order, it will be added to the acronym PIIGUS and then the whole world will be brought down. The structural problems ie Wall Street and the banking sector have not been addressed and until they are, we will have the bankers making @100bn profits with no benefit and effect on GDP. It is pure greed gone wild.
    Germany by the way is Socialist and yet benefits from a strong industrial base. They did not foresake their base in search of greater profits offshore. Consider the effect that Walmart has on US GDP, approx 3.5%.

    • George E

      Graeme,

      The GOP is saying “no” now because they weren’t consulted in the crafting of the bills going through Congress, and they have some fundamental philosophical differences with these bills as they currently stand. Initially, the Democrats thought they could push these bills through without any GOP support, so they tried. As it turned out, they couldn’t get the 60 votes they needed in the Senate for healthcare reform, so now they’re trying to get GOP votes. The GOP is telling the Democrats that if they want GOP votes, they need to go back to square one and craft a new bill that includes ideas from both parties. Otherwise, the GOP isn’t going to help push through a strictly liberal Democrat bill. That doesn’t sound unreasonable to me.

      • s c

        George E, Graeme B and his ultraliberal progressive chums are too busy thinking and living ‘in the box.’ OF COURSE conservatives are in the habit of saying NO lately. On the other hand, ponder who is saying YES and just what it is they’re saying YES to, George E.
        Conservatives are shouting NO to higher taxes, elected career criminals in Washington, a goverment that claims to have answers when it is in FACT CAUSING problems, a useful idiot media that wouldn’t know the truth if it could sleep with it, a Congress that is better thought of as a congressional mafia and government agencies that Hitler would have loved to have in WWII.
        Who in their right mind WOULDN’T say HELL NO to such STUPIDITY and GREED and LUST FOR POWER and INSANITY ON STEROIDS? Let those LOSERS take their ‘hope and change’ and “YES” plans and SHOVE THEM SIDEWAYS! Vaseline is cheap, and I’ll mail it to those morons.

    • George E

      Oh, I do agree with you regarding the US needs to get its financial house in order. The situation is pretty dire, I think. The solution, however, is to cut spending, not increase taxes. Additional taxes will only encourage more wasteful and/or non-productive spending by our politicians.

      • TIME

        George, Your 100% right. We need to cut government spending by massive amounts.

        For every one here this is a basic example of how government works;

        We need a car, so we buy the car,
        BUT-now we need a driver so we hire a driver.
        But- Now we need someone to be sure the driver is doing his job so we hire a manager to oversee the driver.
        BUT- we need someone to oversee the manager, so we hire one.
        BUT then we need an other car for the manager and his manager so we get two more cars.
        BUT then we need to have a person to work on the now 3 cars. so we hire one.
        BUT- then we need an other driver due to our over worked driver so we hire one.
        BUT- then we now need an other manager to make sure the drive is working.
        Now we also need to get someone to oversee all this so we get 2 more managers.
        BUT wait now we also need a building to house all these persons.
        Now we need to have someone handle the basic office work so we hire one, but they need a day off so we get 1 more.
        BUT- then we also need 5 more managers to oversee the whole system.
        But then we find we now need 10 more cars, and 3 more workers to take care of all the cars.

        Then low and behold we now branch off in to three new departments, so each branch has its own special system to run its self.
        So Now we have to hire 20 more people to make this all work.
        Then we also have to have sub groups to manage these groups so each is not overlaping each other so we hire 50 more people to cover all this work.

        Soon what started out as we need a new car, is a mass of paper work run by a group of 200 people who all scored very low on IQ, but can follow orders to a tee, and will work only the aloted 40 hours per week, with all thier bennies.

        Who pays for all this; The American TAX PAYERS who are employed in NON Government jobs.

        But wait, we forget that all these persons need to have a working standard of living. Thats works out to $70K per year as low level and $150K per year for the managment jobs.

        PLUS they get an 90% Retirement package too.

        Now add all this up all to buy ONE SINGLE NEW CAR.

        Call me crazy, but our Government is out of controll on spending and has been for 100 years.
        Oh by the way Mrs Barry O, has 23 persons on her “Social Staff” alone, Plus her Own Hiar and Makeup persons all full time paid persons.
        No other Presidents wife has ever had more than 3 and that was Mrs Clinton.

  • Mikerr

    Please vote for fiscal conservative electors in the next election. Hold the elected to their vows. Barack Obama is doing what he said he would do but the liberal press praised his every step therefore brainwashing so many who fell for their tricks. Today the AP reported that the DEMS are almost finished with the healthcare bill and will now begin to push for passage. America better wake up as Barack is bankrupting this country faster than you can believe. Throw ought all who support the deficent spending and socialism programs that they keep advocating.

  • s c

    Other than Graeme B, everybody ‘gets it.’ He is, obviously, a willing part of the problem as he REFUSES to assign any blame – especially when it should be clear to most people by now that a “no fault” government is NOT FIT TO GOVERN. ‘Ooops’ is not an explanation or a defense, Graeme B.
    This is a great article, Chip. The main reason why people aren’t aware of the problems facing Greece is due to the NON-JOURNALISM war being waged against the American people by those who should have been run out of America generations ago.
    As for the idea of the pot calling the kettle black, consider the source of the comment. People who live in a dream world do NOT deserve good government – no matter how much MONEY they spend trying to BUY it.
    Ben the Boob Bernanke and Herr Greenspan are living proof that power tends to corrupt, and that absolute power corrupts asolutely. By the way, Graeme B, the Federal Reserve is a CORPORATION. It is a monopoly. Don’t ultralibs hate corporations and monopolies? Fess up, dude. Your HYPOCRISY is in
    plain sight, and it is stinking up America.

  • Rob Bonter

    Interesting how decent, rational, logic-based people have two extreme enemies, Terrorists on the right, and Marxist/Socialist/Atheist/ Academic/Homosexuals on the left. Being in the middle of these two rabid-dog foaming at the mouth extremes is one living Hell for the rest of us who have not been infected, one way or the other.

    But what happens when the world is divided between the two extremes (and we in the middle have been swallowed up and exterminated)? What a showdown that will be as the macho righties annilate the pansy lefties in 10 minutes. So much for “Can’t we all just get along over tea and cookies in the Rose Garden?” The answer is NO! We cannot all just get along with enemies sworn to butcher us while we are smelling the flowers and running “Man seeks Man” and “Female seeks Female” ads all over the place. The society of men who are men and women who are women will trump the society of men who are women and women who are men, every time.

    • DaveH

      Sorry, but I disagree with your assessment about the Right triumphing easily over the Left if it comes to violence. The Left have one huge advantage – Lack of Morality. That has enabled the Socialists to step on the Non-Socialists in country after country.

      • David Hall

        Mr.DaveH, your right but in our Nation as you already know many, non-
        socialist including myself, will uphold our 2nd Amendment Rights. Sir,
        might be a blood path! Ain’t nobody, unless I’m totally SURSPRISED,
        going to take my fire-arms. I probably will get shot dead, so-be-it,
        but I’ll die being FREE! Plus, I’m pretty good at shootin acorns out
        of an Oak tree. They better be wearing bullet-proof face masks!

        • http://Yahoomail John J.

          David, I totally agree with your choice of primery target area; however, if they should be wearing helmets, the groin area is usually hard to protect, and would be the source of major distraction for the owner. If any of this should fail, one or two shattered knees, even with a 22LR, would effect mobility long enough to pick a few more dibilitating areas, or to effect what may be called a significant event.
          Of course, understand please, any of you who are reading this; that all of this opinion is strictly predicated on the affrontatation of a clearly billigerant and murderous foe. Innocents go free.

          • David Hall

            Sir, reads well with me!

    • http://Don'thaveone Sally

      The time when the clash will happen is very very soon! It is called the tribulation. The middle is mostly made up of believers that are snatched out of the world. Right at the moment thay are the only ones holding back the onslaught.

      • Conservative Carl

        Sally, a lot of us evangelical, bible believing Christians are said to be right wing extremists by leftists in Hollywood and leftist politicians like Hillary Clinton. Believe me, there are a lot of us on the right because we believe in traditional moral values, freedom of religion for all, all the freedoms in the Bill of Rights, very limited government and even more limited government spending on the federal level. According to the liberal Democrats we who believe like that are on the right and not in the middle. I’m not an extremist and would certainly not commit violence but I am accepting the right-wing label that the Taxed Enough Already (TEA)people are being called now.

      • http://Yahoomail John J.

        Your assesment is pretty close, but rather than being “Snatched” out of the world, it will be more of a “Being led to a safe place”, before the onslaught.(The woman being led to a safe place in the dessert) The “Rapture” only happens just before Christ comes to smite the unfaithfull and the misinformed, at the end of the tribulation.
        If you don’t believe me, read the Book again,”Literally” this time.

    • George E

      Rob,

      Interesting. I’m curious, why do you put the terrorists on the right? Is it because conservatives tend to be more concerned with fighting terrorists than liberals/socialists, or is it because you see terrorists as representing a right-wing political movement? If the latter is the case, I beg to differ with you on that. Terrorists may have a different philosophy from most socialist, but they are trying to dominate those who resist them. In both cases, total control, and subordination is the goal. That’s definitely not a conservative model for government.

      • Jana

        George E,
        You are correct when you say the terrorists are not on the right. That is a grave misnomer. I am glad you caught that. They may be right of the leftist, but they are still way to the left of the actual Right.

        • SiliconDoc

          It’s worse than that, Osama had all sorts of save the poor and opressed programs to win the favor of the electorate’s equivalent in those countries he hung in.
          Remember one of our liberal democrat congresscritters stood up and started proclaiming Osama’s care for the little people in Afghanistan…
          Same way that terror group voted in that replaced the PLO fallout had a string of lib welfare policies to remain in favor.
          Osama “buys votes” the same way the democrats do.

  • jwe3142

    Dear fellow Americans,
    HOW sad is OUR state of affairs? For years the quiet majority sat by and watched the Socialists and Liberals take control of OUR country and did nothind about it. The Silent Majority sat quietly while ONE discontended,and loud mouthed (SQEAKY WHEELS GET THE GREASE)frak made YOU give up YOUR RIGHTS and your children and grandchildren’s rights by pushing her own agenda of NO PRAYERS in school. So what happened there…chaos…. Then WE sat by quietly (for we dare not offend anyone, even when they do so to us)and watched the Gay Faction dictate to all of us what they want…. again the few dictating to the majority…… When are you all going to wake up and tell OUR Goverment that MAJORITY RULES not the other way around.I am not a reliogeous freak nor am I a Gay basher. We all have rights but I’ll be damned if I will sit by and have Laws crammed down my gullet and just take it…. NOW ie the time to take back and start massive repeals of many one sided laws. Stop our Governing body from pissing in our face and telling us it’s raining. 2010 is the year the SILENT MAJORITY speaks and let’s itself be heard in the VOTING ARENA, for that is exactly what it is, and ARENA for battling for our RIGHTS….

  • DaveH

    There is only one Political Party that understands true freedom and thus the Downsizing in Government that we need to get us back to the Ideals that our Founders embraced. That is the Libertarian Party:
    http://libertarianparty.org/platform

    • Strawberry Shortcake

      Dave I am in total agreement, all the Republicans we end up voting for in November will only buy us time at best. I think people need to become more familiar with Libertarians, like Ron Paul. I was glad to see his son is running. I think it’s a mistake that the “Tea Party” movement will end up becoming swallowed by the GOP. Republicans are merely the lesser evil, if you will. We need “Libertarians” in office to produce real change I think, in addition to no more career politicians. Sorry. Power breeds corruption and it can happen to even the most well intentioned if they marinate in it long enough…..

    • Conservative Carl

      I think you might add the Constitution Party to your list of those that believe in limited government, fiscal sanity, and traditional values usually called Judeo-Christian values. CARL

      • DaveH

        That’s true Carl, but I believe with its religious orientation the Constitution Party is much more inclined to dictate morality on others (such as vice-crime laws). Libertarians believe the Government has no business in protecting people from themselves. Notice that we have no problem whatsoever with religion. We just believe it shouldn’t be institutionalized in Government.

        • George E

          Dave,

          I’ve got a couple of questions about the Libertarian Party. 1) As you understand it, does the Libertarian Party think all drugs should be legalized? (I’ve heard some say they think they should.) 2) To what extent do libertarians think morality should be legalized? How do you think this position differs with a conservative position? 3) It’s my impression that libertarians think we need to downsize central government. Conservatives agree with that, but can you give me some examples of government services, regulations, and/or control that you think libertarians would cut out that you don’t think conservatives would?

          I’m just trying to understand the differences between conservatism and libertarianism. Thanks,

          • DaveH

            George,
            First of all we don’t believe in immorality, we just know that it is futile for Government to legislate things that the vast majority of people don’t embrace. For instance very few people would argue that we have a right to murder others at will, or steal their money, or trespass on their property. But for those moral issues that involve only what a person does to themselves their is widespread disagreement. That’s why Prohibition didn’t work. It just enriched the most evil segment of society (organized crime) and we all know that money is power. And it didn’t stop people from enjoying the vices they wanted to enjoy. Add to that the cost of the Government enforcement both monetarily and personally (people caught in the middle).
            Read this George:
            http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=11019

            Your third question, George, would require more of my time and thought then I willing to go to at this time. But you can study writings from Cato.org, Reason.org, and Mises.org to gain some light on those issues.
            A Lite answer to your question 3 is that we would get the government out of issues that involve crimes that a person commits on himself or his own property (prostitution, gambling, etc.).

          • George

            Dave,

            Thanks for the thoughtful response. I will study the references you’ve provided in my spare time. I really am curious what the differences between libertarianism and conservatism really are, both theoretically and practically.

            Regarding your answer pertaining to crimes on ones self, don’t you expect (especially evangelical) Christians to have a problem with this libertarian position?

          • DaveH

            No doubt some will, George. There are controlling people on the Right as well as on the Left. While I embrace most of the morality taught by religion, I also recognize that forcing it on people makes them resentful and rebellious.

          • George E.

            Dave,

            I agree with you. I’ve observed that Liberals seem to fear or resent Christian conservatives, especially those that are most outspoken in their beliefs, most. It seems to me that this is the group that they proclaim to be the “radical” right.

          • J C

            George, I’ll see if I can help shed some light as well.
            1) Should all drugs be legalized? Yes. I think it’s not only immoral to tell people what they can and can not take, it’s hypocrytical of government to give license to Big Pharma to use us as Guinea Pigs.
            Especially when the Big Pharma is the largest lobby in Congress.
            There’s obviously a conflict there. However I feel that hard drugs, Heroin, Cocain and all the new generation bathtub drugs are indeed a danger on the unsuspecting. Therefore a program of genuine education needs to be implemented to warn people, especially children, of the dangers. And under a system of justice perhaps we could charge dealers of this garbage with murder and a 25 to life minimum sentence if they cause a death as opposed to trafficking and a revolving door system of “laws” that puts them back on the street in no time at all.
            I look at it this way…if I hand a loaded gun to an eight year old and he shoots himself, I as the adult should face stiff penalties for my actions. Same with dangerous drugs. But if someone wants to smoke crack until he is hiding in a closet, that’s really none of my business until he breaks into my home to support his habit. At which point I will shoot him dead and problem solved.
            2) How do you legalize “morality”? Either it is ingrained in a person or it isn’t. Hopefully it is, but if not an actual “Justice” system would should serve a sufficient deterrent to immorality that leads to crime.
            3)The Federal Government should have but three functions:
            A) Defend our borders, defend our soveriegnty.
            B) Provide a Judiciary based on Justice.
            C) Provide a “civil” police force.

            All other services and infrastructure will be accounted for at State, County and City levels.

            The closer to home government is, the more accountable it must be.

            There is more to it (much more) and it is quite a study to get the overall ideology, but I believe in it amd I think the Framers were thinking very much along the same lines.

            Just my opinion.

  • jwe3142

    Dear fellow Americans,
    HOW sad is OUR state of affairs? For years the quiet majority sat by and watched the Socialists and Liberals take control of OUR country and did nothind about it. The Silent Majority sat quietly while ONE discontended,and loud mouthed (SQEAKY WHEELS GET THE GREASE)frak made YOU give up YOUR RIGHTS and your children and grandchildren’s rights by pushing her own agenda of NO PRAYERS in school. So what happened there…chaos…. Then WE sat by quietly (for we dare not offend anyone, even when they do so to us)and watched the Gay Faction dictate to all of us what they want…. again the few dictating to the majority…… When are you all going to wake up and tell OUR Goverment that MAJORITY RULES not the other way around.I am not a religeous freak nor am I a Gay basher. We all have rights but I’ll be damned if I will sit by and have Laws crammed down my gullet and just take it…. NOW is the time to take back and start massive repeals of many one sided laws. Stop our Governing body from pissing in our face and telling us it’s raining. 2010 is the year the SILENT MAJORITY speaks and let’s itself be heard in the VOTING ARENA, for that is exactly what it is, and ARENA for battling for our RIGHTS….

  • http://www.tonisopinions.com Antoinette L. Knowles

    I agree with your assessment of Europe but I think you give President Obama too much credit about his beliefs. I believe that he cares very little for people but is greedy for more and more power. Witness his threat of executive privilege to get his own way. The wimps in Congress namely, Harry Reid, who sees his lost of power, and Speaker Pelosi who thinks of more power, rush to stay in his good graces. His contempt for Congress is plain to those who open their eyes. One only has to open their ears to his campaign speeches, compare them to today, to realize this man is not being honest. Or perhaps, his conceit is so great that he forgets promises of yesterday for his greed of today.

    • Jana

      Antoinette, You hit the nail on the head on this one.

  • http://Don'thaveone Sally

    Greece has always been economic suicide as far back as anyone can remember. Even before the Olympics they were almost bankrupt. Remember they tried to sell off their government owned Airlines Olympic Airlines (once owned by Aristotle Onassis). They couldn’t even get that done properly and still own it. I forget howmuch every month they were loosing and the EU had come down on them then. The whole problem by the way guys of why it was loosing so much money UNIONS. Some of the employees never showed up for work and still got paid. Sound familiar? Just today, the whole country is on strike – every thing is closed down because of their daddy EU, not going to give them any more money. Remember the old saying Hogs get fat and Pigs get slaughtered. We should send emails to Congress stating not to give them one penny. We have nothing to gain but to make ourselves poorer than we currently are especially with the Chineese now selling of our Treasuries.

    • Pal

      Greece has not asked the US to bail her out…so stop getting crazy.
      Unfortunately for Greece the number one lobby is not American Hellenic Institute but AIPAC…you should be pissed off about all the money the US GIVEs to Israel sine its birth…more than all the aid given to subsharan africa.

      Greece never attacked the USS Liberty and does not sell our secrets to the Chinese…unlike others.

      The problem in the US, and Greece and everywhere is that the people do not control the currency but private banking cartels.

      End of story. Return to public banking is the solution:

      The only state in the US that can balance its budget and has low unemployment is the State of North Dakota
      because it has its own state owned bank.

      Go to :: and wake up::

      http://www.webofdebt.com

      • Joe H.

        Pal,
        While I’m not completely heartless, I do have to ask, what have the people in subsaharan Africa done to try to better their lot in life? The money sent there goes to the hiarchy and the people get nothing! We send money after money there for what? To make criminals richer! At least Israel has made a paradise out of their country thst once was desert! Also, most of the money we give them is spent here so we benefit from it! can you say the same of the money we send to African nations? And let’s not forget the billions sent there from American charities!!!

        • Pal

          I suppose you mean they created a paradise for some people…

          But thats another story…Point here is that Greece should do what Argentina did to its creditors and tell them to bugger off.. we know who is behind this foisting of private banks controlling nations issuance of currency. i.e. the evil Rothschilds and partners banking cartel.

          There is NO reason that nations should borrow money from private banks..they should all issue their own currency and only borrow for trading with nations that wont accept the local currency.

  • http://victorbarney@embarqmail.com Victor L Barney

    Let the PIGS Get Slaughtered February 19, 2010 by Chip Wood:
    “Remember, what this is really all about is building a socialist New World Order.” This is not new, either! USSR Premier Khruschev said this in the UN in I believe 1962, letting the cat out of the bag, as they say and soon was removed from being Premier in the USSR after saying that the grandchildren of the current generation would be communist without the USSR even firing a shot! That’s history folks! Some remember! I’d say Islam remembered this agenda and they too then educated a child in Islam and schooled him to become the President of the United States after they conditioned America, especially women, to be politically correct and elect him as the “savior!” He now is quickly finishing off our economy, which his terrorist brothers were not able to do even after destroying the two world trade centers buildings in NYC! In short, we’re (USA) soon to join the PIGS “UNION”! PS” Great information Chip, Thank you!

  • John

    When are the AmeriKan people going to stop talking ..and do something about it. we have to elect all new people OUT WITH THE OLD & IN WITH THE NEW> I dont care if these new people know anything about what they will be doing,anything will be better than what we have now. and if they dont preform as the people believe they should replace them in the next election untill the lawmakers get the message.

    • George E

      John,

      I’d probably say it a little differently. I think we ought to vote out all of our representatives that cast votes for the healthcare reform bill and cap & tax and other such things we don’t like. I believe we ought to reward the representatives who vote against such bills by cssting our votes for them. This is the way of building a majority that votes like we want them to.

    • Joe H.

      John,
      Also, America is spelled with a C, not a K no matter what you think of the crooks in Washington!!!! At least My America is!!!!

  • Mikerr

    We better pray the people get out and vote their hearts and will to change this country to what our founders envisioned. Nancy Pelosi and the Harry Reid types have to be defeated at all cost. We must encourage our friends and neighbors to vote and convince the brainwashed to the facts of what is happening to our wonderful country. Lets ask our GOD to move in our behalf and repent for our apathy for allowing our country to become in the state it is.

  • winperk

    Pray all you want, however, take immediate action : Impeach Obama
    and recall all polititians who vote in the big government, givaway manner. Don’t wait do something now because our current goverment don’t care a thing about what you want or think, marxists never do!
    Actions is what they are afraid of.

  • George E

    My gut says “let the PIIGS get slaughtered,” but I’m afraid if they aren’t propped up to keep out of default, these countries will be just “dominos in a line” that will start falling and eventually drag us down with them, especially since we’re living on the ragged edge anyway. However, if we do come to their rescue, we need to attach conditions to our help that gives us some assurance that 1) they’ll pay back the loan, and 2) will reform their financial system.

    Do you think this problem will devalue the Euro and strengthen the USD? If so, wouldn’t this be a good thing for the US?

    • Joe H.

      George if you check, you will find very few countries have paid in full what they owe the U.S.! what makes you think they will now???

      • George E.

        Joe,

        They may not repay America for our “loans.” One can only try to establish agreements with conditions that are favorable to the US, I suppose. The main thing I’m thinking about is that the financial institutions are linked very closely around the world nowadays, and if you let the wrong piece fail, you could be faced with a string of failures that get increasingly worse (domino theory), making the problem ever more difficult to resolve. Personally, I’d prefer letting any country, company, or individual that makes bad decisions, just fail. That way, it’s less likely that anyone would plan on getting bailed out after they’ve taken unreasonable risks. That would be the right thing to do according to classical economic theory. I just don’t know if we can do that in our complex world today without going down with all the bad guys. To be sure, I’d surely let the European Union deal with this before we get involved.

  • Save America Susie

    The BIG problem is the Federal Reserve. It is the major thing that is costing us all the unbelievable debt our descendants can never repay. It is out of control. That & Big government that intrudes into our lives unnecessarily. And people who want to control us like “Big Brother” from 1984. Our only hope right now is to vote conservative in 2010 & 2012. Leftist policies that lead to Socialism result in slavery. The only people who should accept help from the government are the elderly, handicapped, and the physically & mentally disabled. We should start mostly manufacturing in our country again, and stop borrowing from China. Stop lending to foreign countries as we can’t afford it. World Relief should be obtained through personal charity, not government handouts.

  • http://gmail High Plains Pat

    We could get out of debt and out from under China if the green evior nuts and some rep., like McCain and all dems would get off the kick of batteries and global warming. The USGS will be releasing info in the next few months of the Williston Basin oil find. It is 25 times bigger than Prudue Bay find in 1968. We have known about the oil there since the 60′s but as the left wing tree huggers and caribo crowd stopped and impeeded drilling. Not to back for a drilling area that was only supposed to last 3-5 years. The Williston Basin has a pipe coming out of Canada going to the gulf which the oil in Eastern Mt. western ND western SD and Wyo. could have enterance points to put our own oil on the open market and reduces and pay off our loans. But the demsand Oby and his ilk would make a cheap deal to the chinese and continue to screw the American people. Most all our elected officals buy into this green crap a continue to not look what we have under our feet. The 1.2 million acres that was mad3 into a park in Wyo. last years has oil and gas under it. But as a wilderness area you cann’t build a road or control out of control forst firers. We have more land in governement control under trained morons that just go to school and don’t have a clue how businesses or productivity is use or created.Take Obee as a prime examole and his administraton, home grown terrorists and theorists. Never did anything useful but live off taxpayers.

    • George E

      Pat,

      I really believe you’re correct. If the government would open up these public lands for exploration and drilling there’s no telling how many jobs we could create, not to mention the reduction in our trade deficit (which should strengthen the USD), and potentially lower the price of crude oil on the market. This is one of the industries we could develop here that can’t be exported to China or other low wage country.

  • blackhat

    For those of you that are still stuck in the “third party will fix this” mentality, relax and take a deep breath. First, “right” thinking conservatives and libertarians can see through the ills plaguing our country, and have no problem with solutions. Most of you could (were you king/queen for a day) get it right the first time. So, I will not bore you with my thoughts on that. But, my point is that we conservatives and libertarians are always at odds when it comes to candidates. The left does not have a problem, a Dem is a Dem to them. There is no such thing as a “moderate” Dem, just one who forgets his progressive roots from time to time. So go ahead conservatives and libertarians, complain about the Rep party and moan about the past sins. But, we are all doomed to failure, and the progressives will win. I have been a life long Rep, and yes I am POed with many things in my party. But, the independant’s that were the keys to success in Va, Nj, Ma and Pa should at least consider that taking over the Rep party is a real possibility. And a possibility that many Rep’s like myself will support and assist in, because we need to return to our small govt, strong natl defence, low taxes, let the states decide roots.

    • DaveH

      Blackhat,
      The Republicans have had about 100 years to get it right. Instead we just kept getting more Government. How much more of that kool-aid can we drink before it kills us?

      • Warrior

        Come on Dave, they stray a little just like tiger.

        • Norm

          Warrior
          Great analogy. The once admired (by me) republican party has reached the level of a wife cheating, prostitude/pornstar chasing, self centered A–hole.

          • DaveH

            Indeed Norm, Tiger committed a crime in the context of marriage, but that is something that can be remedied easily by the wife if she so chooses.
            Not so easy to remedy is when Liberals steal our money to spend on their pet causes.
            Nobody forced Elin to tolerate Tiger’s behavior, but you Liberals are trying your best to force people to do things they don’t agree with (Healthcare Bill) and to spend our’s and our children’s money as if it were your own.
            Liberals are just common thieves who are trying to hide their immorality behind the cloak of Big Government.

          • Norm

            DaveH
            I guess Bush and Reagan were liberals as well, because they ran the 2 biggest deficits up until now.

          • DaveH

            Actually Norm, I do think Bush is/was a Liberal.

      • George E

        Dave,

        You’re right, the Republican Party isn’t perfect. However, no party is, nor do I expect any will ever be. The main thing is that we need to stick together to vote out the Progressives/Socialist before they wreck our country. I don’t care if the banner is the Republican Party, Libertarian Party, Constitutional Party, Tea Party, or what….. Let’s just stay focused on driving out our common adversary before we self-destruct into multiple political parties.

        • DaveH

          I’m with you on that George.
          Actually, few Republicans could stand up to the morality that I embrace. I rarely drink, I don’t do drugs (only one puff on one joint in my life, but I did inhale), I don’t cheat on my gal, and I’m a health food nut. I just don’t think I have any business forcing these life choices on others.

          • JeffH

            DaveH, did you get to watch any of GB’s address/history lesson at CPAC today? I caught about 20 minutes and from what I heard, this guy(Glen Beck) pretty much nailed it. He ripped both parties as being proggresive. Also, in a straw poll at CPAC, Ron Paul was the winner as the Republican presidential candidate for 2012…just a straw poll and way to early.

          • DaveH

            Jeff,
            No, I didn’t see that. But I do watch Glenn often. I like him, but I like John Stossel better. John doesn’t do all the clowning around that Glenn feels is necessary to get his audience’s attention. It makes me cringe when Glenn does that, as I think it just gives his Liberal detractors ammunition. I much prefer the straightforward and comprehensive delivery that John gives. Go John Stossel!
            It would be cool if Ron got in, but I think he’s getting a little old. But maybe Rand can step in and fill his shoes.

        • denniso

          George E…you’ve got things completely backwards…the Repubs and Cheny/Bush already wrecked the country..who was in power when the collapse happened? Who started the totally unnecessary Iraq war and then couldn’t finish it? Who doubled the national debt in 8yrs? You’re right, Cheny/Bush! Obama is trying to save our arse and all you can do is blame the wrong person. Why don’t you try a little honesty??

          • Joe H.

            In both cases it was the dem controlled houses AND Bush/cheney!!!!

          • DaveH

            “Obama is trying to save us”. That’s rich. Obama is trying to pad the nest for himself and his fellow Liberal Leaders. That is all. If he cared about the citizens, he wouldn’t be pursuing the failed policies of Socialism. Luckily for him, he has the devout following of his Hoping and Dreaming Useful Idiots.
            So, apparently Dumniso believes that we should correct the problems caused by Big Government with more Big Government.
            Definition of Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

          • George E.

            Denniso,

            I just call them like I see them. I believe the current economic problems are largely the result of too much debt in all sectors, and many have contributed to the problem, including politicians from both political parties, the federal reserve bank, businesses, unions, special interest groups, government at all levels, and the public at large. It is way too simplistic to lay the blame on one person or one political party, in my opinion.

            Regarding Iraq, I believe you can objectively argue that Bush shouldn’t have gotten the US into that war, or that he mismanaged it, but I don’t see how you can objectively argue that he didn’t do what was necessary to get us out. The war was stabilized when Obama took office.

            Regarding the national debt, Bush did not use his veto pen enough to keep Congress from over-spending. Personally, I have to cut him a little slack on that because he had a divided Congress and he was letting them spend like crazy to get their support for the war on terror, which was his top priority. History may tell us that he made a bad decision in this regard, but I think that I do understand it.

            I blame Obama for not adopting sound classical economic policies, increasing public debt to unsustainable levels, favoring government programs over private sector, trying to force an unpopular healthcare reform program on the American people, pushing unwise environmental regulations, his handling of terrorist that we’ve captured, his lack of transparency and bi-partisanship, and his lack of leadership by example. Regarding this last point, I’m specifically thinking about the fact that his administration and the Congress have excluded themselves from the healthcare reform bill that they are pushing on the rest of us. They also publicize many events where they spend our money lavishly when the rest of us are struggling to make ends meet. I don’t know if the administration had anything to do with Congress increasing its pay this year, but that’s just another example of our politicians not leading by example.

            So, I understand that you may not agree with my opinions, but they are offered honestly. I am open to your opinions as well.

  • Annie Ladysmith

    Thanks for this great information. I know there are actually some people out there who have decided, or are contemplating, a move to Greece to escape from the clutches of our government mafia and their Blackwater thugs, so think twice before jumping into that fire. The riots that Greece has seen (including food riots) of course is a sample of coming attractions here, but they are taking that country into anarchy fast. It’s a template for the NWO. Point is: you cannot go to Europe and escape anything, in fact, they are further down the road to the cattle cars than we currently are. Rev. says THE WHOLE WORLD will worship the Beast.

    • denniso

      The global recession has nearly bankrupted Greece and the European Union may bail them out…so what? We are not going to use tax $$ to help Greece,so what the hell is the paranoia all about?
      The only ‘Beast’ that exists is lust for money and power,and that’s been w/ us forever,nothing new at all.

    • Joe H.

      Annie,
      any of them that don’t have the intestinal fortitude to fight for their rights, liberty, and country are WELCOME to go to Greece!!!!

      • J C

        Greece, where people are fighting for their rights. I wish them luck. Annie is right they’re just a preview of things to come world wide.

  • Mikerr

    I agree with Annie, just read the signs of the time. The Godless rule our country with deception, aborting babies, and strife. The Bible states where there is envy and strife there is every evil work. This defines Washington DC and we can only pray for our God to receive our repentence and heal our land.

  • myrton woolen

    well look at the piggs in the united states you should be cleaning our back yards before damming others countries for the greed right here look at the failing corpation that got to use the tax money called it otrage bailout and you think those that got bailout for thier greed was still alright to get a bonuse .the way i look at is it’s okay lets get rich the goverment will bail us out if we fail it was your corpation that caused the ecomney to fail not the goverment politians but again they just looked the other way so now the little people that have so little to pay you rich buzzards out poncy sceems of the 2001 college educated

  • HHH

    The sky is falling!! The sky is falling!!! Chip, you better take something for your diarea!!! But then again, maybe that is why you want to keep your powder dry?????????

  • James in New Mexico

    Goldman Sachs intentionally encouraged Greece to continue to hide the problem, providing Greece money knowing someone would bailout Greece and repay Goldman Sachs with interest. Goldman Sachs is an enemy of the United States, a terrorist of the worst kind, who should be prosecuted for treason.

    • Rod James

      James, I totally agree!! Just look at the Ex GS employees are in the past and present administration (H.Paulson,T.Guithner,L.Summers to name a few). It is plain to see who is pulling the strings and runnig the country.

  • JC

    As ususal and as expected…central banks and fiat currency lead to disaster…every time.

  • http://none george Blan

    Dear Chip Thanks for everything.Laughing and crying about our situations and colorful comments of some of your readers.So here is my two cents comments and observations. First you must be smarter than the comrade and fuhrer O’BAM who stated in 2008 “One Billion Chinese and700 hundred Million Indians”only about 600-700 Millions mistake.That much Or as he says “dat”from a Harvard (un)educated B.O.My half white “brother”.Back to your comment in Europe…….Yugoslavia????????????What is that? Or where is it???????Was yes !but no more.Unfortunetlly When the only “smart”commie Marshall Tito who was more capitalist than the bozzo we have now,died ,Yugoslavia was gone,Go back and read the real History. God Bless America! (to hell with some “amerikans”)

    • yeswedid

      SHAME ON YOU….THE PRESIDENT DESERVES RESPECT AND YOUR IDIOTIC REFERENCE IS UNWARRENTED AND UN-PATRIOTIC.

      • J C

        Yes we can yes we can yes we can….zeig heil, zeig heil, zeig heil.
        These people are a bunch of mindless morons and so is their imported talking head leader.
        I think I’ll remain patriotic to the America that was paid for with the blood of real patriots.

  • DaveH

    Here’s a typical ignorant Liberal telling us we have no clue what Socialism is. What an arrogant doofus:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM922N3BBZk&feature=player_embedded

  • June Gagnon

    Hey guys and gals – -whatever our political affiliation, religious (or non-) beliefs, we all seem to have one interest in common and that is SAVING THE GOOD OL’ USA from the current “mafia administration”!! Personally, I can pray standing up, as well as kneeling; I can also do it while “multi-tasking”. This is a mid-term election year; let’s start by researching our candidates and voting wisely. I’m all for making every elected official sign a legal document (witnessed) vowing to work for US-NOT FOR WASHINGTON!! We can start TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK right now; don’t be afraid to email, write, telephone your own reps and tell them exactly what you expect them to do. At the same time, advise them that your vote DOES COUNT and if they choose not to listen, the can kiss their political careers (and pensions) goodbye. Less talk and more action – -I love the bumper sticker: “I’ll keep my guns, money and freedom- -you can keep the change”!

    • DaveH

      The “working for us” part is the problem. So many citizens have come to expect the Government to have the right answers. They don’t. Witness the mess that is Medicare, and Social Security, and Public Education.
      The best way they could work for us is to get out of our way! They are wasting our financial resources and our talent.
      Big Government is Not the Solution, It is the Problem.

  • TRUE PATRIOT

    Has anyone ever studied Fascism? If you want to learn about what is going on in America today read these definitions by the great Architect: “Mussolini”! It seems that our Gov. or the ones that pull the strings of Gov. love Fascism and want the US to model it! The only official definition of Fascism comes from Benito Mussolini, the founder of fascism, in which he outlines three principles of a fascist philosophy.
    1.”Everything in the state”. The Government is supreme and the country is all-encompasing, and all within it must conform to the ruling body, often a dictator.
    2.”Nothing outside the state”. The country must grow and the implied goal of any fascist nation is to rule the world, and have every human submit to the government.
    3.”Nothing against the state”. Any type of questioning the government is not to be tolerated. If you do not see things our way, you are wrong. If you do not agree with the government, you cannot be allowed to live and taint the minds of the rest of the good citizens.
    The use of militarism was implied only as a means to accomplish one of the three above principles, mainly to keep the people and rest of the world in line. Fascist countries are known for their harmony and lack of internal strife. There are no conflicting parties or elections in fascist countries.
    Nazi Germany was extreme Fascism, better examples of fascist countries were Mussolini’s Italy, Iraq, Iran, and many middle eastern countries.

    • Rod James

      True Patriot,Very good comments! He also stated that he would also call fascism corporatism. Buisness provides for the people (wages,food,clothing shelter etc.) so they deserve profits but in bad times, if there is a loss that is spresd over the tax payer.(BAIL OUTS!!) This ideology has many commonalities with what has transpired in the USA in last few years.(Bailouts,Patriot Act,Presidential power over Congress etc.)America has to take back the country from Banking Cartels and their Facsist Stooges in Government.

    • J C

      And let’s not forget the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto.
      The 5th plank is Central Banking and Control of the issuance of currency. Sound Familiar? The what the (Non) Federal (No) Reserve does.

  • Scott Betts

    I think you have a lot of nerve to equate the European
    Union with Socialism! It is NOT so simple!
    Your readers may like to hear such simplicity, but I do not!
    I live in Sweden!

    • DaveH

      There are many degrees of Socialism. Of course, in pure Socialism the Government controls all means of production. However, what most of us call Socialism is the redistribution of wealth that occurs in a nanny state. And Europe is definitely guilty of that.
      Inevitably, in any degree of Socialism, whether weak or strong, Crony Capitalism rules the market. To see the results of loss of economic freedom click on the country links for the countries with the least economic freedom and ask yourself “Would I want to live there, or even visit?”:
      http://www.heritage.org/index/Ranking.aspx

    • J C

      Sweden. That great bastion of free enterprise?

  • J C

    What we’re seeing in Europe is the result of free spending by irresponsible governments who’s economies are choked by government controls. Combine that with the expectation that “someone” will bail us out and you have the perfect storm.
    Germany and France simply can not carry the weight of the rest of the so called “Union”.
    And as Thatcher said, “The problem with socialism is what do you do when you run out of other people’s money?”
    The whole idea of a Union controlled by NGO’s is ludicrous, it simply doesn’t work. Butr then it was never meant to, was it?

  • http://www.endgraincuttingboard.net/ Libby

    We just need to get people back to work. I don’t care how he does it. I would like to see large taxes placed on imports.

  • G.. W.

    Take a few minutes and read ALL of this article, including comments.

  • Dean C

    And he causeth all… both great and small, rich and poor… free and bond to receive a mark in his right hand or forehead,that no man might buy or sell save he that had the name or number or mark of the beast.Let him who has wisdom count the number of the beast,for it is the number of a man and that number is six hundred threescore and six.

    • Dean C

      count it, Vicarius filii dei- add the roman numerical values ,= 666

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