Sunday, October 07, 2007

The State of the Union Is Strong-MY ASS IT IS

The State of the Union is Strong....NOT!!!!

Neal Ross

October 6, 2007

Every year as per Article II, Section 3 of our Constitution, our President stands before the Congress and delivers a State of the Union address. It is almost guaranteed that, whoever is president, will open his speech by saying something along the likes of, 'the state of the union is good', or 'the state of the union is strong'.

BULLSHIT! Anyone who has been watching the news lately knows that our housing market is in serious trouble. Foreclosures are up and many new homes are sitting there empty because people cannot afford to take on the added burden of a mortgage payment. The U.S. dollar, or the Federal Reserve Dollar to be precise, is in a downhill slide in value. Wages in this country have stagnated and the money people do earn don't go as far as they used to. Life isn't rosy for the majority of Americans.

Just awhile back the FED lowered interest rates in the hopes of stimulating our economy and helping people out who are trying to hold on to their homes. The problem with that is that is the FED itself is a good portion of the problem. Thomas Jefferson warned us about what would happen if we gave banks the power to control our currency, "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (around the banks), will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

The FED is not my reason for writing at this time. I would like to return to how every president gets up and announces to Congress that the state of the union is good. Whenever they do that, they should be cuffed and arrested for telling a bold face lie to the people of this country.

The CIA, yes, that's right the Central Intelligence Agency, maintains a website that has some very interesting data on the financial status of the majority of the nations in the world, including the U.S. It is a kind of like a peek into the checkbook ledger to see how well each country is doing financially. Here is what it says about the United States:

Out of 120 countries listed, the United States is 30th in the world for public debt, with our public debt being roughly equal to 64.7% of the Gross Domestic Product.

Out of 147 countries listed, the United States ranks 124th for investment back into the country with only 16.6% of the Gross Domestic Product being reinvested into our country. We are behind such countries as New Gu inea, Kenya and even the little known country of Togo invests more of its GDP into its country than we do.

Out of 153 countries listed, the United States ranks a respectable 15th in reserves of foreign exchange and gold, with $ 69,190,000,000. Not bad for the supposed superpower and industrial giant we are supposed to be. We are only surpassed by Italy, Algeria, Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia, Japan, and China, who has a whopping $1,034,000,000,000.

Now this is where it gets interesting, and where you should be upset that your president has had the unmitigated gall to stand before you and openly tell you a bald faced lie as to the state of our union.

Out of 163 countries listed for their account balance, the amount of money they have on hand to spend, we rank dead last. That's right, we are 163rd with a balance of

$ -862,300,000,000. Of course we are not the only one with a negative balance, but look at China who ranks number 1 with a plus balance of $ 179,100,000,000. You can thank all those Wal-Mart shoppers for propping up Chinas economy for that one.

Finally we have the total debt, this is the amount of money a country owes to someone else. This is where we take first place out of the 203 countries listed we owe a whopping $44,610,000,000,0 00.

That is a huge amount of money to be owing people. Guess what, it is your taxes, the taxes upon your children, and their children that are going to be paying the intereset upon that debt for years and years into the future.

If we do not finally come to realize that our government is not there to take care of our every need from cradle to grave, at the expense of the taxpayer, then they will continue to dig us deeper into financial ruin.

I would like for you to read a segment of an article entitled the Downfall of America, by Don Stott.

"What was America like before Roosevelt? It was wonderful! America was the manufacturing capital of the world, the richest nation on earth, and the happiest as well. There were no abandoned houses and cars in wrecked neighborhoods. Schools turned out graduates who could do math in their heads without calculators. There weren't any calculators! It you wanted to drive, you had to know how to shift gears, and if the wife wanted to prepare meals, she learned to cook, not defrost, microwave, or add water. Mom and Pop both working, was not even thought of, as the man of the house made enough money to support his family. Taxes were microscopic. There was no Social Security, Medicare, welfare, public housing, or handouts of any kind. You prepared for retirement by saving, and the dollar was as firm as a piece of granite. Not only were the coins made of silver, but the dollar was backed by gold, and people carried gold dollars in their pockets. We were the invention capital of the world. No nation had come close to out inventiveness and prosperity."

That is what our country used to be like before FDR introduced a system upon which Americans began to rely upon our government to provide for us from cradle to grave, before they began taxing us and borrowing money to finance their unconstitutional spending sprees. It is an America that Congressman Ron Paul is trying to restore.

I want you to think about these things when you cast your ballot for the next president. Think about all those promises they make and then ask yourself this, "How in the world are they going to pay for that?" After all, it is your money, via the taxes they steal from you, that will be paying for it.

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