Wake Up, America!

Sometimes the Europeans are correct about Americans.  Take the recent election for example.  In spite of the fact that Congress had a 15% approval rating, an overwhelming majority of House members were able to win reelection.  We tend to suffer from “battered spouse syndrome” when we vote.  While we are able to recognize that Congress is seriously flawed, we deny that our representative is responsible for the ills in Washington.

The time to change the tide is now.  We have to quit electing Democrats and Republicans if we want to restore what made our country great.  I would like to see the third parties get together and join forces in fundrasing.

The sooner the facade that the two corporate parties represent mainstream America is exposed, the sooner we can save our country.

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The Bailout – Will it Work?

In the last month, it seems like every financial giant was on the verge of failing.  Lines of credit began to freeze.  There were claims that the financial world is about to crumble unless government acted.  We were warned by President Bush, Treasury Secretary Paulson, and congressional leaders from both parties that if the government didn’t act, credit lines would freeze.  

Last Monday (September 29), the House failed to adopt the bailout as was presented to them.  The Senate added tax breaks for wooden arrow makers and rum producers to help the plan pass.  After much arm twisting, the House passed the plan on Friday.  

It is important to know that the financial sector throws in over $100 million in PAC money every year to both parties.  Many financial experts have been saying that the bailout plan will do little for the economy.  Buying bad debt will liquidate markets, but will not necessarily make it easier for small businesses to get a loan.

Credit lines were beginning to loosen on October 1, two days before the bailout bill was passed by the House and signed into law by President Bush.  They started to tighten again as soon as the bill was passed by the House.  Wall Street soon realized that the bill would not help most sectors of the economy and the bill would not do what it was intended to do.

What would have happened if Congress were to do nothing until after the election?  Credit lines would have gotten tighter temporarily, until the banks had enough capital generated from the loans it was collecting from.  The capital would have opened lines of credit because the banks need to give out loans to make money.  

The media did not tell the consequences of a bailout:  Since the treasury had to borrow money, it had to create $700 billion to loan to the financial sector affected by failing banks and corporations.  The end result is inflation.  Prices will continue to rise because the dollar is weakened because each dollar created by the treasury weakens the value of the dollars in the marketplace.  Precious metals like gold and silver rose iin value, mostly due to a weaker dollar.  The bailout bill did nothing to relieve what caused the root of the problem:  Congress mandating banks take sub-prime loans.  The government assured that the losses would be covered.  Foreclosures were happening at a faster rate than the government was expecting and soon the banks had so many bad loans, they did not have liquid assets to offer loans for anybody else. 

We need leaders.  We don’t need people who react in a panic mode when something goes wrong.  John McCain and Barack Obama both panicked and voted for the bailout package.  This is not the leadership we need to get us out of the economic mess that government caused.

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A New Way to Name Tropical Storms

 People are offended when a hurricane bearing his or her name causes massive devastation.  There has been a massive decline in girls named Katrina.  This proposal changes the naming of tropical systems from names of boys and girls to names of politicians.  Not only does it keep the self esteem of boys named Ike, but it also gives politicians what they have always wanted.  Something named after them.

In order to show bipartisan fairness, there are two lists alternating between Democrats and Republicans. 

  • The first tropical system will be named after Democrats in odd years and Republicans in even years. 
  •  The names shall alternate between parties.
  • New names shall be used as old politicians retire or die.

Proposed 2009 Names:

Akaka

Boehner

Clinton

Dole

Ellison

Foxx

Granholm

Hunter

Israel

Jindal

Kuchinich

Linder

Proposed 2010 names:

Alexander

Biden

Crist

Dodd

Ensign

Feinstein

Guiliani

Hoyer

Inouye

Jackson

Kyl

Lautenberg

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Wake Up, America!

If you ever watched presidential debates from the past, one of the things you will notice is that many of the issues they were debating then are being debated today.  The two parties take turns playing “Good Cop, Bad Cop.”  The Democrats play the “good cops” by promising social programs.  The Republicans play “Good Cop” by offering tax cuts.  The two parties take turns playing the “bad cop” with our civil liberties.

Once upon a time, the United States had the best health care and the best education system in the world.  Then government got involved, and we have been in a downward spiral since.  Why has our education and health care systems gotten worse even as we throw more money towards them every year?  The answer is “Human Nature.”  The more one has, the more one wants.  

Another problem is that there is no accountability with government.  Some elected officials get caught in scandals.  Even when they are caught, little is done.  While Americans want to make a politician from an opposing party pay for his or her crimes, we make excuses when our officials fail ethically.

With less than two months until Election Day, the cable news network has been giving extensive coverage to the mainstream presidential candidates.  In spite of the coverage, little is known about their policies.  The media is too fixated on such urgent topics like lipstick on a pig and Obama’s middle name to spend time on the issues affecting America and the plans Obama and McCain plan to offer.  The two parties have stripped many of our liberties and have run up a $10 trillion debt. 

There are alternatives to the stranglehold the Republicans and Democrats have had on our country.  People will tell you that other parties don’t have a chance.  This is no excuse to give the Republicans and Democrats another chance.  Choosing between a Democrat and a Republican is like choosing between cyanide and arsenic as a health supplement.

Another problem is that both parties say one thing and do another.  Republicans claim to be fiscally conservative, but spend more than what is brought in from taxes.  Democrats claim to be against the war, but continue to fund it because they want to look “patriotic”.

The sooner we kick both of these anti-American parties out of Washington, the better chance we have of saving our country.

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“Vortex of Freedom” Radio Show

The radio show returns Saturday 9/20 at 11:00PM Eastern Daylight Time. 

I will review what has happened in politics in the last two months as well as explain my whereabouts. 

Call-in number is 347-215-7969

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The AIG Debacle – A Precursor to U.S. Federal Budget Woes

When will we learn?  Will we learn at all?

Fannie Mae, Freddy Mac, and AIG should be a lesson for us all – too much debt can wipe you out in a bad economy.  They needed major infusions of cash to save themselves. 

The United States is currently running a $10 trillion debt.  Who will save the United States if the government cannot pay off its debts?  What will happen to American sovereignty?  Why is the debt not being addressed by the media nor by the presidential candidates.

We need a balanced budget.  The best way to balance the budget is to cut spending.  Abolish or privatize all non-essential government services.  The government will be fine limiting itself to constitutionally essential functions.

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Where is Bob Barr?

“Vortex of Freedom” Radio Show – Saturday 6:00PM Eastern

Where is Bob Barr? Vortex of Freedom will take a look at the Bob Barr campaign and why he isn’t being mentioned anywhere in the mainstream media.

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