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America’s Financial Situation.

By: iremember54 Thursday July 28, 2011 12:08 am

                It seems most are worried about debt, deficits, and spending. Yet no one seems to be wanting to attack the real problems. Our fourteen trillion dollars of debt may have been run up by many bad choices, but paying it off won’t happen if we don’t fix the underlying problems. Some think spending is the problem and cutting spending will fix it, but every dollar cut is a dollar not goimg into our economy reduces the economy by a dollar.  The economy can’t grow if it’s growth is making up for the cuts first before it can show an increase. All this means less jobs, less growth, less economis activity, and a longer recession. It also prolongs the recovery and the paying off of the debt and deficits.

                We keep hearing that the intitlements are our biggest problem. Part of that fourteen trillion of debt is the 2.7 trillion they owe Social Security that no matter how they spin it they stole from the program.

                Medicade and Madicare’s problems are not so much in their basic systems, but they operate with in our for profit healthcare system that not only makes money off the sickness of our people, but extacts huge profits as an excuse  for providing care.  It is eating up a huge part of our GDP and yet providing less and less care by the day. It extracts money from our citizens in direct healthcare insurance costs, plus all they extras  from co pays to above insurance costs. All while it milks both Medicade and Medicare for every dime it can get out of the Government. Most know the answer is National Healthcare, but many oppose that by foolish beliefs the present system is to good to be ruined by the Government taking it over.

We will spend way over the fourteen trillion dollars we now are in debt for on two items one in the budget and one out in the next ten years. This is on top of increases healthcare costs and the intitlements. They are the defense budget and buying foreign oil. The defense budget although there are talks on some cuts will continue to eat the country alive  Because most suport it and fail to see that it really doesn’t defend or protect us but is used more for a political tool.  We are spread out all over the world and are powerless against our enemies and haven’t been able to stop conflicts, win wars, or influence much of anyone. Lack of positive results in everything our military has been tasked to do should give us a hint of it’s uselessness. Ten year wars in little peanuts of countries with no end in sight is a sign.  The cost is the problem. We have spent enough on our military to have paved our streets in gold and yet on the two times we needed it Pearl Harbor and 911 it failed us both times.

Getting off foreign oil everyone says is important including many past Presidents, but yet not one little thing has really been done to even start addressing this problem.  The people complain about high gas prices but keep filling their tanks. The Government uses the excuse it will take decades and we have to wait for new technology.  So we will for the unseeable future keep spending trillions on foreign oil. There is no cry to even begin to work on the problem.  There are viable fuels that could replace most of that oil from natural gas to Ethanol,( not made from corn) but we can’t buy them even if our vehicles can use them because the oil industry has kept filling stations to suppling only their products. The government had it’s chance with both GM and Chrysler to bail them out only if they agreed to make cars that used different fuels, but it didn’t do it. It hasn’t ask or mandated that fueling stations for other fuels be available. Even with electrics there are no provision for recharging stations. e will never get away from oil unless we start someplace.

There is no reason that there couldn’t be alternating magnet strips installed in our roadways couldn’t turn generators in electric cars to charge them on the go. This would solve the need for better batteries and the problem of how far they can go on a charge. This would make electrics not only viable but preferable to gasoline cars. Are huge companies Like GE working on this, NO. Is the Government funding research in this area, NO. They are funding research on better batteries and even windmills but nothing on something like this.

Water power is the cheapest way to generate electricity, but we haven’t built a dam in years. There is no such thing as clean coal, but we keep hearing there is. We keep building plants to use oil and natural gas to make electricty, which increases our demands for foreign oil because we are using those fuels up to make electricity. Like I have said before,” there is more power in the just running water of our rivers to generate all the electricity we would ever need.” We don’t see any water whells or turbines being installed anywhere. Windmill up the ying yang but no water wheels. A country that doesn’t use what it has, and take steps to supply what it needs as cheep, safe, and friendly is asking for problems. We are one oil crisis from total depression, but are not even comprehending it could happen.

We are a country that hasn’t solved a single problem we have or even tried to hard, and yet we wonder why we aren’t doing better. We are becoming lower in almost everything compared to the rest of the world, and yet doing nothing about it. Our infrastructure is not just falling apart, but we aren’t building anything new let alone fixing the old. There is a worldwide building boom from skyscrapers roads and bridges, to dams, high speed rail, and highways. Everywhere but here.

The Government should be borrowing like three trillion dollars and asking our people companies and corporations to get us off foreign oil and rebuild the country. This would build and assure our future and put the country back to work. It is the best and only way to pay off our debts and assure we can grow to new heights as a country and people. If this sounds out of the question then why could we afford for the Fed to do this for the Banks. We have see that wasn’t very well spent because the Banks may be paying it back, but have done nothing good for the country since they were bailed out. Ther’s an old saying You must spend money to make money and it’s true. If one never puts up the money to start a business they never will have a profitable business. If you don,t fix a flat tire You can’t drive the car. If we as a country keep waiting for a miracle or someone else to fix things for us we are doomed. Hoping that Our Congress or a President will solve our problems is just as loony, because these are the people that caused every problem this country has.

 

Top Kill Failed

By: iremember54 Saturday May 29, 2010 6:26 pm

I have been pointing out for some time that from the start all of BP’s attempts to shut off the oil; have been attempts to catch the oil.
Now that Top Kill Failed, and was destined to from the start. Pumping mud into a pipe with an open end, and expecting the mud to be forced down the well, was quite a stretch to believe. It was an attempt to get people off their backs while they readied this next attempt to catch the oil.
What better way to pay for all of this, than to catch the oil while the relief wells are being drilled.
Our Government and all those people we pay well from the Coast Guard to the Cabinet Secretarys, and including the ones with with the Degree’s and Nobel Prizes are suckers for what BP tells them.
Rememeber that pipe they stuck in the end of the big pipe to catch some of that oil. Those robots had to stick that pipe, which was attached to a mile of pipe being held up by a surface rig into that pipe. This was ten times harder than it would have been to install a valve on the well, or figure out how to plumb the Blow Out Preventers Rams to a surface pressure supply forcing them closed. After all that’s what the BOP’s rams were supposed to do had it have worked. I’m sure between the BOP’s manufacturer and all those Scientists and Engineers they could have figured out a way, had someone thought of it, or wanted it.
BP in this News Conference, and past News Conferences is given credibility by our Government fools being at their side. BP is using these boobs just like they use everybody, because they have no idea of anything but what BP tells them.
I don’t make this statement lightly, but I think BP with-in a matter of days could have shut this well off even at a mile down but really didn’t want to.
James Carville on CNN said He still believes BP wants to shut off the well, but so do most people, our Government, and all the Officials that are charged with watching over them.
The world believed for many Centuries the World was flat. We still believe our Military can win WARS and protect us. Yes WE believe our Government and the People in it know what their doing.
So it is a proven fact that people believe things that are wrong, and especially if it’s spun to them by BP.

The President on Immigration.

By: iremember54 Wednesday May 19, 2010 1:52 pm

The President Barak Obama laid out in his speaking today what He thought was needed for illegal immigrants to be required in immigration reform.

Yes we heard it before, and He said it again.

I have a simple question I wish someone would answer?

How can anyone be said to go to the back of the line?

When their in the theater door and got thier ticket, been to the consession stand, got thier popcorn a drink and candy, entered the theater, found a seat, and are already watching the movie.

Saying go to the back of the line is impossible, just as they seem to think these people starting over is.

No matter which side on the immigration debate one might be on, or whether You believe it needs fixed or not.

One thing should be abundantly clear that Our President like many in the Congress, and way to many advocation for reform think the American People are so stupid that they actually think we believe these people will end up going to the back of the line.

It’s pretty hard to go to the back of the line when Your alrady in the door.

A Final note Caldarone put His two cents into immigration today with President Obama. His words should have constituted an act of WAR, because He basically told us we should not uphold our laws and should just allow any Mexican who wants to do as they please.

Our Government and the Oil Spill

By: iremember54 Monday May 17, 2010 2:44 pm

The Politicains almost daily tell us their job is to protect us. Yet everyday we find they aren’t protecting us, but are protecting big business.
Every new crisis or disaster we again are shown that our Government can’t, won’t and isn’t acting like it’s supposed to.
The Exon Valdez the Government did much the same as with the present spill, and said to Exon it’s Your spill You clean it up. Then allowed Exon to do it their way, and pay as they saw fit.
Now it’s BP and again they are basically leaving all the calls up to them.

What amazes me as we are content to pay for aircraft carriers, crusers, distroyers, submarines, even mine sweepers. We have robotic subs for exploration and sub rescues, and a host of all ther kinds of equipment. Not one oil sucker, Mine sweepers, but no oilsweepers.

Our Military tells us they are the greatest in the world at everything, yet when that russian sub sunk the Brits and Danes were the ones who had the equipment to help not us.

We can kill the world and most of the people in it, but can’t handle a crisis such as this, Katrina, The mortgage crisis, or the banking crisis. Everything from floods, earthquakes, fires, tornados, and valcanos the Government has to stop and think about how to react, and never jumps into action.
During the second world war and the cold war Germany, Russia, Briten, and other Countries built bomb shelters for their people. Ours built bomb shelters for memebers of Government, but none for us.
The Saudi’s used tankers equiped with scuppers when they had an oil spill and they cleaned it up. Our Government left that decision up to BP. They weren’t intersted in that, only the oil.
So here we are always telling everybody we are the greatest Country in the world, greatest Government, greatest Military, greatest People, and economic powerhouse, and we can’t even handle a crisis in our own back yard.
Osama probably is still laughing today that we couldn’t by now have rebuilt those towers they knocked down.
Those communist countries in Europe have high speed rail, wind farms, and many things we just think about, and most of them have healthcare for everyone. Yet we look down on them as old Europe.
I’ll bet that not one of those Countries would have sat back and let that oil spew out without being on BP ass, and their Governments not taking charge. We have a coast guard Admiral saying OK to everything BP wants to do.
Only in America, to we talk big, brag, and then show what fools we really are. Ah! To have a Government that works and can handle anything thrown at it. Actually cares about us, our enviorment, the Planet and does their best to protect us and those other things.
Is this oil spill enough to wake anybody up? I doubt it.

BP oil disaster in Truth and Fiction

By: iremember54 Sunday May 16, 2010 3:26 pm

We all have a basic idea of how this spill happened, and was caused by failures of People and Equipment.

We also know that huge Quantities of OIl are being leaked into the Gulf causing danger to the enviorment, People, and wildlife. Lasting Damage will be there for decades.

We know the Companies involved, and the Governmental Agencies who pure and simple failed in their jobs.

We know from our President on down that the Government can or will do little to really help with the situation, and probably not much to keep it from happening again.

We know from past experiences that even if paid for some of the damage no one will be made whole for it.

We know alot but what we don’t seem to know is that, it is being allowed to become worse day by day while BP finds a way to catch that oil.

Anyone should have been able to see from day one that no attempts are being made to stop the spill, by crushing the pipe or perminantly plugging the leak.

All of the attempts and Ideas are on how to capture that oil, right down to them inserting a smaller pipe into the leaking pipe, and that it will be all most another week before they can get a pipe hooked to syphon the oil up.

The Congress held Hearings which from past experience we should have known were a waste of time.

The President showed outrage at the problem and people.

The Coast Guard is monitoring and trying to help with the spilled oil. All which one must note while the spill continues.

We are told that all of our Government is on the job, and doing everything they can. They are going to fix the failed agencies, and see that things are better controllable.

All this being fine but that oil continued to spill while all of this was happening.

It’s continuing to spill while I am writing this.

No one is asking why they built the Top Hat, that Mini Hat, and even the insertion pipe, but could not build a pipe pinch off tool.

Blowout Preventors are just that pipe pinch off tools. A pipe is like a steel hose and can be pinched off relitively easily. It can be crushed shutting off the flow, and even the oil and gas would not have the pressure to push the closier open.

The fact that they took the time to build all these huge and fancy tools to catch the oil that have not worked, just proves the point they had no intention of just stopping the leak.

Their intentions are one thing and that is to find a way to catch that oil so it can pay for the expenses the spill caused. What better way for it to cost them less than getting that oil to pay for everything.

Had our Government fined them ten billion day as long as the leak continued, it would have been closed off in a day or two.

How many crisis’s will the Country have to endure, and watch our Government let the people who caused them off easy, while we all suffer from them.

Many!!!!!! Because we have let it get to the point where we have little to no control over our Government, and have let them cater to all the Big Money interests at all our expense.

They even failed so far to raise the liability limit to a mere ten billion dollars for all the damage this has caused. If like the Exon Valdez it may be twenty years before people get final payment if then.

As much to blame all these Companies are, none of it could have, would have, and should have happened if our Government was on the ball.

This should be looked at not as just this problem, but a systemic problem of our Government not doing it’s job. The Housing Crisis, the Banking Crisis, and this Crisis are all directly attributable to our Governments failures.

Add on the Wars, the Debt, the Deficits, the Unsustainability of many of our Programs, the Economy, lack of JOBS, Immigration, and several hundred more problems, and we have a Country on the verge of even larger crisis’s to come.

The people are great bitchers about all of these things, but then in the next breath support the Parties, Politicains, and Our Government that is behind all these problems.

Just like this spill. None of our problems will be stopped or solved by letting the people who caused them try to fix them.

Gas Prices

By: iremember54 Tuesday April 6, 2010 3:49 pm

The Government did absolutly nothing to the speculators last time. So it was inevidable that they would do it again.

There is no crisis or drop in the oil supply to justify the rise in prices. This means they are raising them just to make money from the suckers one more time.

The Republicans who want smaller Government think we should just let these people rip us off every year or so by raising prices, and the Government to just let them do it. Yet out of the other side of their mouths they say Governments job is to protect us. Protecting us means protecting us from the unscrupulous, the rip off artists, and the crooks just as much as it does the Terrorists.

When Dick Cheney said they kept us safe. He didn’t mention that they failed to act on the speculators on the oil prices, failed to act on the rip offs of Wall Street, failed to hold contractors to account, failed to catch the Bernie Madoffs until it was to late. So they didn’t keep us safe, but left us open to be taken to the cleaners by everybody. Much of this cost us more, and was more damaging to life and limb in this country than a Terrorist attack.

All that aside I have been warning people that some kind of oil crisis, even if it’s just much higher prices were going to hit. In answer people more or less put off what I was saying, as if it couldn’t happen here.

Guess what? Republicans and Democrats are going to be paying those high prices and hurt by them much the same.

The people now bitching about the possible offshore drilling will I’m sure keep bitching while paying those high prices.

If You think the Recession is bad now, and prices are also bad now, wait and see what all that will be at four or five dollar gas.

Good Government, not size matters. Good Government would protect us from the speculators, and not manage but control those who would just raise prices just to make enormous profits at the cost of Country and People.

The American People will someday wake up. They became up in arms over healthcare, but let the last run up in gas prices just slide. They didn’t even bother to badger their Representatives about the speculators the last time, and just ate the high prices.

Maybe this time with the Recession they won’t be quite so quiet when the prices start to eat into their way of living.

America Has Nothing

By: iremember54 Sunday April 4, 2010 1:31 pm

America is left with fast talkers and manipulators.

OIl which the world runs on was basically found and made into what it is by us. Now we are at the worlds mercy for it.

Steel was basically iron before Bessemer, invented the process to cheaply make steel out of it. We were the worlds leaders.

Shipbuilding although others built ships by riviting. We in WWII showed that welding was the new age in shipbuilding. Now most of the World can build ships cheaper and faster than us.

This is true thoughout almost everything we used to do the best, and now we can’t even compete with backwards countries abroad.

This didn’t happen by accident. It happened because smart Americans found they could make more money doing nothing, than doing something. They could buy stuff cheaper from others than make it themselves. This seems like the perfect business model make lots of money, by putting less effort into doing it.

You see Wall Street not only caused the last crisis, but the crisis America has in it’s worth to the world. They took the art of making money off other peoples money to the max.

This took America usefulness along with it. They make big money, but don’t do anything worthwhile in doing it. Any Person or Country can do what they do. Now many people and Countries are much better at what they do than even they are.

Our Government bought into Wall Streets therories, and actually made things work for them at the cost to the Country.

Much of the world is doing much better than we are in many cases, because we not only allowed them to do it, but begged them to do it for us.

So ask yourself some simple questions.

What can we still do that other Countries can’t?

What can we make that other countries can’t?

What do we have that the world needs and can’t get anywhere else?

Even our agricultural production although still great can’t totally feed us, and be sold to the world also.

We have gone from a Country the World needed, to a Country that needs the world.

To recover as a Country We need to become much more independent and self sufficient. Where our Politicians keep telling us we need to be part of the Global World. What is really needed for us to become independent from the World. The world won’t help us rebuild our economy, stop selling us stuff, or rebuild us. They look out for themselves like all smart people would do.

So we have basically become a useless Country to ourselves and the World. You will here the bullshit that can’t be true, because people still want to come here. When they come here and find out it is harder everyday to make it in this Country, and the American dream is just that, "A DREAM," they most likely will stop coming.

The policies that led to all of this are not only still being promoted but expanded on. We see that people are happy that WAll Street is up, and all the markets associated with it are doing fine.

Even our President mentioned that exports will possibly be the answer to recovery and growth, and trade will make things better again. Trade policies brought on our problems, and more bad trade policies won’t fix the damage already done.

When people wanted to buy American, they were told this wasn’t right for our Country and the World.

America First is what is needed. If every Americans was working we still could hardly make everything we need. So we might aught to give it a try. Nothing should be allowed to be imported unless it can’t be produced here. Not judged by cost, because almost everything can be gotten cheaper from some where else, but on it’s ability to be made here.

You would here the cries this would start a trade war, what are they going to do refuse to sell us their stuff or buy ours. This is exactly what we need, being forced to make our own goods. We are the worlds market place they make things just to sell us, so if they want to sell us stuff do it on our terms not theirs.

The most important thing for our Nation, is for our Nation to become our Nation, and not the depository for all the worlds goods so they can make big profits on us, at our expense.

The big business and Government, and even the so called wise men will argue till the end that being protectionists is bad and that we need the World. If we fall into depression or bust the world will say, "Wam Bam Sorry Sam," and pass us off as just what used to be.

You see we are only good to them when they can use us. When they could no longer use us we will be even more useless than we are now.

The Country should collectively use their brains to think about this, and quit listening to Politicians, Business, and Market People about what this Country needs. We have listened to them and watched our Country being sold to the world, at our expense.

Security Boloney

By: iremember54 Thursday January 7, 2010 2:44 pm

The Administration would have us think, that the failures to connect the dots was the problem with the underpants bomber getting on the plane.

The true reason He was able to get on the plane is He was given a Visa to do so.

This means someone in the State Dept. employ gave this guy a Visa to enter the United States. They must not have even looked at His passport, because it would have showed the traveling He had done to States like Yemen.

They are plainly covering their butts at our expense. Even while saying there were failures they keep saying everything was working great.

The main reason that the terrorists were successful on 911, wasn’t that they wanted to commit the attack, or even that our intelligence failed so miserably, but because they were also given Visa’s to freely enter the Country.

We allow people into the Country, and have no system in place to even know what they are doing, or might want to do.

So the truth is our Government and most of the people in it, and even up to our Presidents won’t admit that it is their allowing people to get Visa’s is the problem. A visa is an open invatation to enter our Country with little in restrictions. If one is a terrorist or not they will likely not be questioned much with that invatation in hand.

Trusting our Government will get it right next time when they won’t even talk about what the real problem is stupidity.