Archive for October, 2011

Harlem Tea Party

Posted: October 28, 2011 in Our community

Barbara, a Democrat from Harlem, talks at a Tea Party rally

Comment: It was never between democrats or republicans, it was always between stupidity and common sense. Personal Responsibility vs a Nanny State. These politicians are either our servant or our master. The government must either obey the laws they have enacted or this government can pick and choose which law they wish to obey and which they can discard. I would vote for this woman, don’t care whether she is a democrat or a republican, she is first of all AN AMERICAN

 

The corrupt Federal Reserve

Posted: October 26, 2011 in Economy

                         Article, which may totally shock you. I have no idea if this is truth or not. But if yes…

America’s greatest problem: Its debt-money system!
The corrupt Federal Reserve C
orporation

We now have this…

A Federal reserve note, issued as a debt 

…but we must have this!

A United States note, issued debt free
by the U.S. Treasury (note the red seal)

by Melvin Sickler, http://www.michaeljournal.org

If you would ask any American citizen what the Federal Reserve is, he probably would tell you that it is a government agency that creates all of the money to run the United States. This, unfortunately, is the misconception most American have: that the Federal Reserve is a government agency, probably because the word “Federal” is used in its name. And this is exactly what the Bankers want: ignorance among the population!

In the next few paragraphs, I am going to simply explain what the Federal Reserve is really all about, and how it is being used to control the United States. A good resource book that I am using is entitled “Billions for the Bankers — Debts for the people” by Sheldon Emry.

A private corporation

The first thing that must be understood is that the Federal Reserve Corporation is not a government agency, as most people think. It is a private corporation controlled by the Bankers, and therefore it is operated for the financial gain of the Bankers over the people, rather than for the good of the people.

When our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution of the United States back in the 1700’s, they specifically stated in Article 1 of this Constitution:

Congress shall have the Power to Coin Money and Regulate the Value Thereof.

It was the wish of the Founding Fathers that the power to create and control the money be in the hands of the Federal Congress, and not in the hands of private Bankers who could charge enormous amounts of interest, and who could actually then control the country by controlling the money. They understood the tricks of the Bankers, for what did Mayer Anselm Rothschild, the great European Banker, once say: “Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws…” It was their belief that all citizens should share in the profits of its creation, not just private Bankers, and therefore the national Government must be the only creator of money.

So what happened! For several years after the Constitution was signed, the money in the country was handled both legally and illegally, the Bankers having devised all kinds of tricks to try to take control of the nation’s money.

The Federal Reserve Act

But the final blow came in 1913, on Christmas Eve, when the Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act, which officially took the power to create the money to run United States away from the Congress, and gave it over to private Bankers, who called themselves the Federal Reserve Corporation. But note: they are private Bankers.

The passage of this Federal Reserve Act authorized the establishment of a Federal Reserve Corporation, with a Board of Directors (The Federal Reserve Board) to run it. And the United States was divided into 12 Federal Reserve Districts.

This new law completely removed from the Congress the right to create money or to have any control over its creation, and gave this function over to the Federal Reserve Corporation. The Fed printed “Federal Reserve Notes”, which are still accepted today as money among the citizens of the country.

But we have to understand that these Federal Reserve Notes, used as money in the country, cannot be considered as being constitutional money. Why, you ask? Because the Congress went against the Constitution of the United States when it passed this Federal Reserve Act, for it specifically states that Congress, and only Congress shall have the power to coin and regulate the money of the country.

Some might ask: “What does it matter if Congress or private Bankers create the money? It is accepted by the people just the same as a medium of exchange with which to perform business transactions”.

Yes, the Federal Reserve Notes are accepted as a medium of exchange by the people of the United States. But this is a debt-money, being interest is charged on every dollar that is created, but the interest is not created!, Let me give an example to illustrate this point.

To obtain the money

Let us say that the Federal Government needs $1,000,000,000 ($1 billion) more, after it collects the taxes, to continue financing its projects. Since it does not have the money, and Congress has given away its authority to create it, the Government must go to the Federal Reserve, which is now in charge of creating the money for the country. But the Federal Reserve does not just give its money away! The Bankers are willing to deliver $1 billion in money or credit to the Federal Government only in exchange for the Government’s agreement to pay it back — with interest! The Congress then authorizes the Treasury Department to print $1 billion in U.S. bonds, which are then delivered to the Federal Reserve Bankers.

The Federal Reserve then pays the cost of printing the $1 billion (about $1,000), and makes the exchange. The Government then used the money to pay its obligations.

Now, what are the results of this transaction! The $1 billion in Government bills is paid, but the Government has now indebted the people to the Bankers for $1 billion, on which the people must pay interest! And, of course, the interest is not created!

And, to top it all, on this $1 billion that the Federal Reserve received in bonds from this transaction, it is legally allowed to create another $15 billion in new credit to lend to states, municipalities, businesses, and individuals. Added to the original $1 billion, they could have $16 billion of created credit out in loans paying them interest, with their only cost being the $1,000 they spent for printing the original $1 billion lent to the Government. Is it diabolical? You bet it is!

“Creating” money

We should probably clarify the term “create”. When we use this term, we refer to the process used to bring money into existence. The Bankers create money out of nothing, simply by writing numbers in their ledger books, and then giving loans to the American people with this money, allowing them to write checks on the numbers written in their accounts, and then requiring payment with interest. Money is nothing but numbers, be it numbers in a ledger book, on checks, or on dollar bills. Using this process, most banks are legally allowed to lend out up to 50 times of what they have on deposit, creating the money out of nothing and then charging interest on it. You have to admit that it is quite a racket!.

And the Federal Reserve prints the paper money we use in circulation, the Federal Reserve Notes, by having numbers printed on pieces of paper of little value, since a few cents will print a $1 bill or a $10,000 bill (at the same cost). Money is very cheap to make, and whoever has the legal right to create the money in a nation can make a tremendous profit.

The national debt

The United States has plunged itself terribly into debt since the Federal Reserve Act was passed.

In 1910, before the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, the federal debt was only $1 billion, or $12.40 per citizen. State and local debts were practically non-existent.

By 1920, after only 6 years of Federal Reserve “shenanigans”, the federal debt had jumped to $24 billion, or $228 per person.

In 1960, the federal debt reached $284 billion, or $1,575 per citizen, and state and local debts were mushrooming.

By 1981, the federal debt passed $1 trillion, and was growing exponentially, being the Banker’s tripled the interest rates. State and local debts were more than the federal, and with business and personal debts, the total was over $6 trillion, 3 times the value of all land and buildings in America.

In October, 2005, the federal debt reached the $8 trillion mark ($26,672 for each U.S. citizen), and it is continuing to grow wildly out of control. (For the fiscal year 2004, the interest payments on the U.S. federal debt were $321 billion.) And that’s only the peak of the iceberg: the total debt (states, corporations, consumers) is over $41 trillion!

United States National Debt (1938-2005)

Our people have become tenants and debt-slaves to the Bankers and their agents in the land our fathers conquered. Our children and following generations will be paying the debt for ever and ever!

We are coming to a point where, eventually, the Government will own nothing, the people will own nothing, and the Bankers will own everything! We are becoming enslaved by the financial institutions of the nation!

And to think that way back in the 1700’s, Thomas Jefferson had warned the American people about such a thing happening. He said: “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their private banks to control the issue of their money… the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (the banks) will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered!”

It is conquest through the most gigantic fraud and swindle in the history of mankind. And to think that the key to their power and wealth is simply their legal right to create money out of nothing and to lend it out at interest. If they had not been allowed to do that, they could never have gained secret control of the nation.

The Depression

Now it is predicted that a depression is to take place soon in the United States. You might be asking, “Does this have anything to do with the operation of the Federal Reserve?” You bet it does!

Let us go back to the 1930’s when some of you probably experienced what they called “The Great Depression”. During that time, America had skilled and willing workers, good farmland, a highly efficient transportation system, industries; all that was needed to form a rich nation – all except an adequate supply of money to carry on trade and commerce.

Few people knew that the Bankers had purposely withheld $8 billion from going into circulation by refusing loans to the population while, at the same time, demanded payment on existing loans, so that money was rapidly taken out of circulation and not replaced.

Because of this control on the money, America was put into deep trouble. Jobs were waiting to be done, goods were available to be bought, but there was no money. Food was thrown into the ocean while people were starving. Twenty-five percent of the workers were laid off. The greedy Bankers took possession of hundreds of thousands of farms, homes, and business properties.

Believe it or not, some of the economic experts of that time blamed the moon for bringing about all the economic hardship. Others blamed the politicians. Still others blamed the consumers for not wisely spending their money. But the truth is: the Depression was purposely brought on by the Bankers through their artificial control of the money.

To the end the Depression, the United States Government borrowed huge sums of money from the Bankers for military equipment, which put a new supply of money into circulation. People were hired back to work, industries began to blossom, farmers sold their produce, and the economy boomed.

The same Bankers, who in the early 30’s had no loans for peacetime houses, food and clothing, suddenly had unlimited billions to lend the Government for war purposes. The nation, which a few years earlier could hardly feed its own people, was now producing bombs to send free to its allies. Upsetting? You bet it is! And to think it is all because some private Bankers, who call themselves the Federal Reserve, have the legal right to create and control the money to run the country — as they so wish!

President Woodrow Wilson had this to say about the Federal Reserve: “A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world — no longer a Government of free opinion no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men.”

(Just before he died, Wilson is reported to have stated to friends that he had been “deceived” and that “I have betrayed my country.” He was referring to the Federal Reserve Act passed during his Presidency.)

Unbelievable corruption!

We know the Bankers, the hidden controllers of the countries, purposely instigate wars, financing both sides of the same war, to frighten the people into going billions of dollars into debt for national defense. They even finance Communism, and then turn around and have foreign aid sent to stop the Communism that they financed!

The tens of thousands of young people who are killed, and the hundreds of thousands who are crippled and morally corrupted from war, means nothing to them. In fact, it doesn’t even matter who wins or loses the war, as long as all the countries involved are in debt to these Bankers.

It was Henry Ford Sr. who once said: “The youth who can solve the money question will do more for the world than all the professional soldiers of history.” I think you can understand why!

The Bankers purposely try to corrupt the people so it be easier to control them, sweeping away anything that is honorable, such as morals, religion, family, love of country. They encourage drug use, alcohol, pornography, and crime. And they deliberately prevent real cures for diseases, stir up social and racial unrest, and work to degrade the educational system.

Many of our politicians have become agents of the Bankers, while our two political parties have become their servants. No matter who you elect into high office, Rockefeller and his agents will be running the Government behind the scenes — you can be sure of it! How else could something so diabolical as the Federal Reserve, something so destructive to the national interest of the people, be allowed to continue so long?

We know that the Bankers control all of the news media and information centers, even the financial writers, to prevent people from learning the simple truth about your money system. They blame the people for causing the increase in debt and the inflation of prices, when they know that the real cause is the debt-money system itself.

The ultimate solution

By now you must surely agree that the only real solution to solve our financial problems is to put pressure on the Government to repeal the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and to demand that Congress again be allowed to create and control the money of the nation, issuing interest and debt-free “United States Notes” as the legal currency. John F. Kennedy had begun to do this very thing just before he was assassinated!

With a reform in the money system, no private Bankers would be able to rob the people. Government banks, under the control of the people’s representatives, would issue and control all money and credit. A $60,000 loan made a build a house would require only $60,000 in repayment (with a little service fee), not $255,931.00 as it is now. Everyone who supplied materials and labor to build the house would get paid just as they are today, but the Bankers would not get $195,931.00 in usury.

A debt-free America would mean that mothers would not have to work but could remain home with their children. Juvenile delinquency would decrease rapidly. The elimination of the usury and debt would be the equivalent of a 50% rise in the purchasing power of every worker. The Bankers would no longer be able to steal billions of dollars from the people every year in interest. America would become the envy of the world, being prosperous and powerful beyond the wildest dreams of its citizens.

Take action now!

It is imperative to take action now! You must do your duty as a patriotic citizen. Love of country and concern for your children should make you deeply interested in this, America’s greatest problem. The future of the country depends on each one of you.

Order our leaflets (its free) on the Federal Reserve do distribute in your area, either on cars in parking lots or house to house. Speak to the various organizations in your community to alert them about what is taking place. Get everyone to subscribe to the “Michael” Journal to learn more about monetary system.

Write editorials in your local newspapers. Above all, write to your elected representatives in Government, and get others to also write, asking them to work to repeal this Federal Reserve Act.

And last but no least, get down on your knee to pray to Almighty God to free America from the yoke of High Finance, so that it can again become “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.

Melvin Sickler

(Note: I would personally like to thank all those who have done research to make the above presentation possible).

Source: http://www.michaeljournal.org/fedreserve.htm


Brooklyn doctor says NO to Obamacare

Dr. Vladimir Gressel, MD

Hi everybody, I was asked to put my 5 cents on this topic (but nobody asked us, doctors in practice, and our opinion about it before this became a law 2 years ago).

Ponzi- Madoff Scheme:

America is a “dream comes true” country for every immigrant for the last 200 years, regardless when you immigrated. Remember those Irish and Germans in the late 18Th century, or eastern European Jews in the beginning of 19Th, or Cubans who run out from Fidel. And, of cause, latest flow of Mexicans, Dominicans, Pakistanis…., do not forget about us, Russian Jews in 1980-1990Th. We all came for a dream, and we all got one. Yes, it was same dream for everybody: we all wanted a “good life”, not this miserable, poor struggle in our native country.  The only difference is that some of us achieved it here by working very hard as traditionally this country was built on, but lately we see that more and more immigrants start obtaining their dream by totally different way. They start to figuring out about how to “milk” the system, how to become a “taker” of free stuff. You can ask me “what system”?, America is known only for capitalism, which make it so great. How can you “milk” capitalism, which supposed to promote hard work and innovations, support individual responsibilities?

Unfortunately, we ourselves created another system for the last century which allowed those who does not have desire to work hard have this wonderful American Dream anyway.

This system was sold out to us by politicians the same way as Mr. Ponzi did it in early 1920s: promise great returns for small investment in your future. More than that, they promised it GUARANTEED by the government! Social Security-failed, almost bankrupt, Medicare-already bankrupt, Medicaid-all in red ink. There is not, I repeat, not even one federal program in existence right now which is financially solvent and delivered what it was promised to do. But results of those “experiments and deviations from capitalism” are devastating for our kid’s future: almost 100 trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities for above mentioned programs and tens of millions of people who are become dependent on those programs.  I should mention also food stamps, housing programs, free education, extended unemployment benefits, welfare and on and on…..

It is all done with one purpose only. Government can grow only if it controls your life as much as possible, through taxes, regulations and…Benefits, so called free stuff. When you become addicted to free stuff, you will beg your government (as an alcoholic) to give you more,…. in exchange for your freedom.

If anybody could tell me that Obamacare will be somewhat different, it is a joke. It is again and again, same Ponzi- Madoff-type of lie, but this time it is much worse than you think.

Myths vs reality:

Let’s review some facts. What was the main “selling points” of Dems and president Obama two years ago

1. New law will decrease cost of private medical insurance.

False. Last year, even though main components of Obamacare will start only in 2013, average cost of private insurance increased dramatically by average of 12-15%. Why? Because, insurance companies started hiring large legal teams just to figured out how to comply with new, more than 2400 pages monstrosity. You right, only people who will benefit from this Obamacare are lawyers. And again, you right, who were the major supporters and lobbied this in Congress-LAWYERS, not doctors. By the new law, if you not comply with myriads of new regulations, your insurance company can be kicked out of business. Also, last year all insurances were forced to insure so called “kids” till age 26 for free (before it was till age 21). They also will be forced to insure everybody regardless of his/her medical history for the same price. Let me ask you “are you as a business owner would run your business without profit?” Of cause, not, you will increase price for premiums for everybody to cover your losses with sick insured people. Even my teenage son understands it, but our politicians pretend that they are not.

2.    New law will provide medical coverage (or force to have insurance) to everybody, which will again (in theory) will control overall cost of healthcare. The argument was, that by insuring everybody we will dramatically decrease number of ER visits; that generally those people will have access to regular checkups and by early prevention we will safe tons of money on hospitalizations.    

False. Besides the fact, that it is unconstitutional for federal government to force somebody to buy product (insurance), insuring everybody means only one thing: now patient can go to see a doctor without paying out of pocket. Those 32 million uninsured Americans consist of two separate groups: ones who obtained coverage as a free gift from the government and others who must buy it as they have income. Later group is young working people who did not have to spend money on insurance as they are again young and healthy. Now, since they invest their hard earned money in health insurance, they will come to see doctors as many times as possible, demanding expensive services, just to make sure their good health still “very good”.

Some of them will pay penalties for not buying insurance, calculating it is cheaper and, anyway, “I can always go to ER”, as before.

But it is even worse for those in the first group, they can do anything they want since it does not cost them anything, but it will cost tons of money for taxpayers, as we see it with Medicaid.

3. New law will dramatically improve quality of medical care

Another idiotic joke. How in the world we can improve it with sudden influx of 32 million new customers, but no new providers of this service. Actually, now we have significant shortage of doctors in this country. More than that, 46%(! ) of physicians considering leaving private practice medicine or work part time only, if Obamacare will be implemented. Do you want to be seen by a doctor, who does not even have time to look at your face, since he will be already writing on the computer your visit note to EMR (electronic medical record). News for you: your EMR should and will be available for governmental agencies reviews without your consent, and do not forget about computer hackers, if they can get into the files of Pentagon, it is a piece of cake to still your medical record.

4. Our senior’s Medicare program will not be affected, it will be even better.

How? By cutting it’s funding by 500 billion dollars? By cutting doctor’s fees by average of 25% in 2013? In 10 short years we expect 30% more Medicare recipients due to demographic changes (people live longer, plus huge number of baby boomers). Who is going to take care of them? More and more doctors thinking to opt out from Medicare, since it pays less and less, and they have to spend more time with those patients as they get older.

5. Nobody will be telling your doctor how to treat you

Another lie. Actually, very scary one

Most of you do not even know that Obamacare is already a part two of healthcare reform. First part was sneaked in in almost 1trillion dollars stimulus bill early 2009. In this bill 1,1billion dollars was allocated to create a Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. Just three days after passage of Stimulus Bill, Obama appointed all 15 members of this Council.

The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.

In 2006, a U.K. health board decreed that elderly patients with macular degeneration had to wait until they went blind in one eye before they could get a costly new drug to save the other eye. It took almost three years of public protests before the board reversed its decision.

Later, in Obamacare bill, another new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, was created and should monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions.

Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important, but enforcing uniformity goes too far. More than that,

hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties.  “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the bureaucrats at Health and Human Services Department, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time”.

What penalties will deter your doctor from going beyond the electronically delivered protocols when your condition is atypical or you need an experimental treatment? The vagueness is intentional. It is just another appointed body with vast powers to make the “tough” decisions elected politicians won’t make.

6. Doctors support Obamacare

Not true. Obama’s administration pointed out on American Medical Association, who endorsed it, but membership of this organization dropped dramatically for the last 10 years. AMA does not represent physicians long time ago; it became another lobbing entity for special interests.

You might ask me about solutions, what you would do to improve health care and make it more affordable.

The answer is always in a free market, not in governmental bureaucracy

Just about 60 years ago there was no health care insurances, no Medicare or Medicaid and 85% of Americans were able to afford their doctor and hospital admissions. People understood then that they have to do priorities for their budget: either to do savings for future medical care or just spend money on entertainment, travel, extra clothing and etc…

Personal responsibilities were taught by parents and in schools. Now we are hearing something like “right to have free medical care”. I am aware of only three unalienable rights from our constitution: right to live, right for liberty and right to have property. We already ignored constitution when we proclaimed free government-sponsored education, which is declining ever since.

Give consumers (patients) power to choose which doctor or hospital to attend and let providers of service (doctors and hospitals) freedom how much they want to charge.

Remove thousands of regulations and policies and those charges will drop dramatically.

You would argue that to go back to simple times when nobody was standing between doctor and patient is unrealistic. Sadly, I agree with you.

But some common sense changes without spending a single penny of taxpayers must be done immediately to avoid disaster.

Suggestions:

First, Obamacare should be repealed RIGHT NOW

Second, allow to purchase insurance for everybody across state lines

Third, stop greedy lawyers who sue for everything and scare every single doctor in this country. Doctors are ordering multiple and unnecessary tests just to protect themselves from lawsuits. Malpractice insurance for OB/GYN specialist in NYC about $180,000.00 a year!

Forth, reform Medicare ASAP, before it completely collapsed

Prediction:

My prediction for the next 10-15 years, if we will stay with Obamacare, is very pessimistic:

1. Most of the specialists will stop seeing patients with any insurance, including Medicare, accepting only private payments.

2. Most of the primary care doctors will be forced out from private practices and will work only for big hospitals or government-sponsored clinics.

3. In about 15-20 years public will demand from government access to specialists and doctors generally, as it will be tremendous shortage of physicians.

In response, and it is the only way, government will employ all doctors (and all other medical professionals with license) to order to provide all medical need of population. If you, as a physician, disagree to work for them, you license will be suspended. Do not forget, that it is a State who granted Medical License for Physician

Advice:

My advice for everybody: hope for the best in 2012 elections, but prepare for the worst as your American dream could be a nightmare of socialism


Brooklyn GOP Vice-Chair David Storobin: The banks did not bailed themselves out. Politicians did.
By Ilya Galak, Ph.D.

Mr. Storobin, why are you a Republican?

Because I believe in small, efficient government. The government should provide the necessary services without “overcharging” taxpayers. We all need government services such as roads, police, schools and when we are older, Social Security. These services need to be protected, but they can’t truly be protected if we waste money on useless programs and fraud. We also can’t allow the economy to grow if we tax businesspeople until it is no longer profitable for them to invest.

Why did you decide to run for the position of a vice- chairman of Brooklyn Republican Party?
In 2009, Brooklyn Republican Party Chairman Craig Eaton was looking to build a team of young professionals. He reached out to me and to other Republicans and asked us to participate. It is obviously a great honor, but that is particularly so at this point in history. The Republican party in Brooklyn took tremendous leaps forward since 2007 when Craig Eaton took over. We now have a full time office, excellent leaders, active volunteers, a great Young Republicans operation.
In the last 12 months, two Congressional seats that are partly in Brooklyn were won by Republicans Michael Grimm and Bob Turner. Mr. Turner actually lost the Queens part of his district, but because he won the Brooklyn side by a margin of 2 to 1, he’s now a Congressman.
We also saw Nicole Malliotakis win an Assembly seat that is partly in Brooklyn. With her victory, Democrats no longer have a super-majority in the Assembly, so it was a very important win. We also expect that in 2012 we will win the State Senate seat currently held by Carl Kruger, who has been indicted in Federal court on criminal charges.

David Storobin

Speaking of replacing Carl Kruger, several news sources reported that you may be the Republican candidate. There is even an active “Draft Storobin for Senate” campaign with hundreds of people signing in support of your candidacy.

I am honored and humbled that Republican and community activists are asking me to run for public office. I’ve been asked to run before, but always rejected it, preferring to help recruit other candidates. But if a corrupt politician like Carl Kruger runs for re-election or if a leftist radical like Lew Fidler, who is rumored as the Democratic candidate, runs for this seat, then we will definitely need a strong candidate. I will have to consider whether I am the strongest candidate because we really can’t afford to be represented by an indicted defendant like Kruger, nor by an extremist like Lew Fidler who voted for every possible tax hike, who not only supported Gay Marriage but was the leader among City Councilmen who supported it, and who otherwise completely does not fit in with this moderate-to-conservative district. If the Democrats pick someone as liberal as Fidler as their candidate, it will be nothing short of an insult to our community.


David Storobin. AJC Global Forum 2011

Craig Eaton was just re-elected as the Republican Party Chairman in Brooklyn. Can you please tell few words about him?

Craig is easily the best Chairman the Republican party has had in a long time, probably in my lifetime. I am not just saying it because he’s my friend. If you look at the facts, it’s not something that any reasonable person can deny. We were not in good shape when he took over and things have radically changed. It’s not just because of the anti-Obama bounce. Even in 2008 and 2009 when Barack Obama was very popular, the GOP was growing in Brooklyn. We have more money, we actively help campaigns with volunteers and fundraising, we have vibrant and diverse leadership, we have an office and a radio show run by Gene Berardelli, we have observers at polling stations on election days. Quite simply: we now matter. All of that is due to the efforts of Craig Eaton. None of that was happening before him.
I honestly can’t imagine that Bob Turner would have won his Congressional race without Craig. First, it was Craig who took the lead in trying to draft Mr. Turner. He took him for an interview on national television as soon as the Anthony Weiner scandal broke. Then he insisted that Brooklyn and Queens unite around the Turner candidacy and not others. And when it was time to campaign, Craig regularly organized dozens of volunteers to come out for Turner. Without a Chairman like Craig Eaton, it would be impossible for a Republican congressional candidate to win over 66% of the vote in the Brooklyn side of this congressional district. After all, Republicans are still outnumbered 3:1 by Democrats in these areas.

Left to right: David Storobin, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Chairman the BrooklynRepublican party Craig Eaton

What do you think about the political activity of Russian Community in Brooklyn?

I think a lot more people need to get involved. Many people have an aversion to politics from their Soviet days. But this is America, this is different. Three out of four main officers in the Brooklyn Young Republicans are Russian, and I’m proud to say that I recruited all of them. But we need much more. We need to get businesspeople involved. We need journalists. We need professionals. We need more college students. But it’s not merely that the Republican party needs these people – the Russian community needs the Republican party also. The Russian community needs to ask itself, “why does every other community participate in politics?” There must be a reason businesspeople, professionals and college students of all other backgrounds participate.
We are glad to see more Russian-Americans vote, not just because they mostly vote Republican, but also because we believe every community should participate. Without the Russian vote, both Michael Grimm and Bob Turner would have lost their elections. Russian-Americans are key to the Republican renaissance in southern Brooklyn. And this community would be well-served by getting engaged. We welcome everyone, regardless of their ethnic background, to come join us every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Brooklyn Republican Party Headquarters located at 7620 17 avenue. Just come over. Everyone who shows up is our friend as soon as they introduce themselves, so don’t worry if you don’t know anyone yet.

Congressman Bob Turner

What is something most Republicans in Brooklyn don’t know about David Storobin?

We meet at least once a week, on Wednesday nights, and usually more often than that. The leaders of the Republican party have seen me in every possible situation so I am not sure what they don’t know. I doubt there’s anything.

Mr. Storobin, we are both from the former Soviet Union. We know what the “war with the rich people” is. In Russia we had it in 1917. Result is poverty, GULAG, KGB. What do we have to do in order to stop this war?

You came here as an adult and I came here as a child, but we both have very striking memories of the dysfunctional Soviet system. Even as a child, you couldn’t help by pay attention to the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. There was a shortage of everything: food, clothes, you name it. I’d walk into my classroom and most students had nothing to write on because all the stores were out of notebooks and it was dark because there wasn’t a single light bulb for sale in a city of half a million residents. Then the government began legalizing private business and like magic things would suddenly appear in private stores.

In Eastern Europe, nobody wants to fight the rich anymore. In the 1980s, someone commented that in a normal country, the government fights to make sure that nobody is poor, but in the Soviet Union, they fight to make sure nobody is rich. East Europeans are done fighting the rich. The goal should be growing the economy. Everyone should have more.
Leftist extremists say that business owners, if left unchecked, will take advantage of everyone with high prices and low quality. But that’s false. Imagine you were opening a business today. What would your first question be? It’s obviously, “why would someone buy from me?” The only answer to that is that you are able to provide something of better quality and/or lower price than your competition. This is why American products made by private enterprise were always superior to Soviet products made by the government.

This is why I am opposed to “crony capitalism” where the government bails out failed corporations. I repeatedly stated on TV and other media that I am opposed to the bailouts when they were being proposed. If a business fails, it should disappear and another business will succeed in its place. The government should not be in the business of giving welfare to corporations. But we should remember that corporations did not give themselves these bailouts. Politicians on both sides, Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama, as well as others in Congress, were the ones who decided to give welfare to corporations.

I am an American first and a Republican second. If Republican politicians are wrong, we should not be afraid to condemn them. And those Republicans who voted in favor of bailouts were wrong! But it was even more wrong for Barack Obama to come back with more and more of these bailouts, under all sorts of different names. In the end, Obama’s “bailouts” and “jobs bills” turned out to be mislabeled old-fashioned leftist wish-lists. Obama used the crisis to promote the far-left agenda, under the false guise of trying to save corporations and create jobs.

Some people believe that people born poor no longer can move up in the United States and those who are successful are just privileged. That’s why they should pay more. What do you think?

The radicals want to vilify business owners and other successful people. “People make too much, it’s not fair!” Well, I’m a business owner. I was raised by a single mother working for $5-$6 an hour from the time we came to the US when I was a child and until I was already in law school. We didn’t have electricity our first two or three months in New York. I only had used clothes from flea markets until I was a junior in college. When I was 25, I started my business by maxing out my credit cards because nobody else would give me any other type of loan. But now that I have multiple people working for me, I have to hear from radicals how I’m a bad, overly-advantaged person. Really? Was I really that privileged?

Mr. Storobin, as you well know, many Russians in Brooklyn and on Staten Island aligning with Republicans. How do you explain that?

Because people who experienced the War Against The Rich know what it leads to. Additionally, most Russian immigrants are Jewish and very Zionist. They are deeply troubled by the policies towards Israel by Barack Obama and other liberals. Even Bill Clinton, a moderate Democrat, attacked Russian Jews for being too Zionist in one of his articles last year. In all the polls, Republicans are twice as likely to say they support Israel as Democrats. In fact, surveys show that non-Jewish conservatives are more likely to say they support Israel than liberal Jews. Over the last couple of decades, support for Israel has more and more become a right-wing issue.

Republican presidential candidates. Your thoughts?

I think it’s a very talented field. Mitt Romney is a successful governor and businessman. Rick Perry created more jobs than any other governor during his term. And Herman Cain is not just a very success entrepreneur, but also seems like a great all-around person. It’s great to have candidates who actually have a record of success before running for office, and not just running on empty slogans about hope. The truth is that hope comes from having leadership that knows what it takes for a business to succeed, expand and hire more people.


The poll found Cain topping Obama by a narrow 43%-41% margin, with 15% saying they had no opinion.

Cain’s 9-9-9 Tax Plan Isn’t Perfect—But It’s Better

By: Larry Kudlow
CNBC Anchor

Herman Cain is the only GOP presidential candidate who wants to kill the tax code. That’s right. Put a knife in it. Junk the entire system. And people are cheering as he rises in the polls in his quest for the nomination.

Cain’s 9-9-9 plan is not perfect. But then again, the good should never the enemy of the perfect.

Congressman Paul Ryan gives the plan a thumbs-up.

Supply-side mentor Art Laffer tells me it would be “far, far better than the current system.”

And Chris Chocola, president of the free-market Club for Growth, calls it “a truly revolutionary tax reform that would amount to a massive job-creating tax cut on investments, savings and income.”

As the world now knows, 9-9-9 translates to a 9 percent income-tax rate, a 9 percent value-added net sales tax rate on business, and a 9 percent national sales tax overall.

Like many conservatives, I am troubled by the national-sales-tax piece. It reminds me too much of Europe. It could start low and then build on top of the other taxes. But I totally support the first two nines on personal income and business. In my view, these are vast improvements.

For his part, Cain argues that the sales-tax nine would pick up revenue and help to lower the rate for everybody, especially the middle class. His economic adviser Rich Lowrie told me in a CNBC interview that the sales tax is a replacement tax, not an add-on tax like you’d find at the state level. This is a key point. Lowrie said, “All we are doing is pulling out taxes that are invisible. We’re cutting the rates. We’re putting them back in at lower rates.”

Lowrie is referring to the payroll tax, which in the Cain plan will go from 15 to 9 percent. That constitutes a net tax cut and a good deal more transparency regarding costs and prices that are embedded in the current code. I’m not sure I buy into this point entirely, but it’s an interesting argument.

Liberals oppose the sales tax because they say its regressivity will hurt middle- and low-income people. But the Cain plan partially deals with this by exempting everybody below the poverty line. Cain also states that sales of existing goods would be exempt. I have no knowledge, however, of the treatment of services, and I am somewhat skeptical about enforcement complexity overall.

Nevertheless, a mammoth drop in marginal tax rates for individuals (35 to 9 percent, or 18 percent including the sales tax) and for businesses (also 35 to 9 percent) would supply an incredibly strong economy-wide growth incentive.

Lowrie argued further that the 9-9-9 plan will add $2 trillion to U.S. GDP, create 6 million jobs, increase business investment by a third, and lift wages by 10 percent. “And if you fold all that growth together,” said Lowrie, “federal revenues go up by 15 percent.”

I’m still a flat-tax guy, and I can’t vouch for these numbers. But I can vouch for the proposition that greater marginal incentives will drive economic growth into high gear. I know there are many skeptics on this. But as always, I point to the Harding-Coolidge-Mellon tax cuts of the 1920s, the John F. Kennedy tax cuts of the 1960s, and the Ronald Reagan tax cuts of the 1980s.

Remember, too, that the Cain tax plan would eliminate the double-tax on saving and investment by removing capital gains, estates, and dividends from the tax code. All this would throw off strong economic incentives.

Given the current economic malaise, which in large part can be traced to the weakened balance-sheets and net – worths of families suffering from the multi-year slump in stock prices and home values, increasing returns to saving and investment through a much lower marginal tax rate will boost asset values. Just what the doctor ordered.

As for businesses, not only would they get a globally super-competitive 9 percent tax rate, but they’d receive 100 percent expensing for new purchases of capital equipment.

Former Treasury hands Gary and Aldona Robbins priced out the Cain plan on a static basis and discovered it to be revenue neutral. Essentially they found a $26 trillion tax base yielding $2.3 trillion in revenue for a 9.1 percent overall rate. Hence, 9-9-9.

In essence, the Cain plan combines the flat tax (with its single marginal rate) and the fair tax (which uses the national sales tax). I don’t know if this is really possible. But in terms of first principles, throwing out the tax code, lowering marginal tax rates, getting rid of the carve-outs and deductions that make the current code impossible to understand, and providing an economic-growth tonic to heal our current funk, it makes a lot of sense.

That Herman Cain is rising in the polls is no surprise.

http://www.cnbc.com



Occupy Wall Street. Photo Ilya Galak

Q: Why do leftists wear condoms on their ears?
A: They’re afraid of getting Hearing Aides.



Here is just a few that stick out for me.

45 Declared Goals

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.
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Most of these have already happened..

I give up

Posted: October 16, 2011 in Entertainment


Sometimes, when you give up on someone, it’s not because you don’t care anymore, but because you realize they don’t

 



This is a pro-Bolshevik view of the 1917 revolution :The Tsar, the Priest and the Rich Man on the Shoulders of the Labouring People, coloured lithograph by A. Apsit, 1918.

Here is a photograph depicting a street protest:

It is 1917 a granddaughter of Decabrist (old revolutionary – see ‘”Decabrist Conspiracy” below) sits at her home and suddenly hears about unrest on the street. She asks her aid Anushka to go and check what is happening.

When Anushka comes back she gladly proclaims: “Lady, there is a revolution!!!!”

Lady: “Oh that is great, my grandfather wanted a revolution! What do they want? What do they desire to change?”

Anushka proclaims in happy and excited voice :”Lady, they want to get rid of the Czar, and they want to get rid of all these rich people, so there is going to be no more of them!!!!”

Lady becomes really sad and utters: “That is disappointing, my grandfather dreamed to make sure that there are no more poor people”

America, 2011

America, 2011

Marcus Santos for Daily News. The ranks of the Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park show no sign of shrinking.

Decabrist Conspiracy

Huge parts of Siberia’s history are associated with the Decabrists. In December 1825, Russia’s metropolis St. Petersburg had an incredible revolt organized by parts of the aristocracy and army against the autocracy of the czar and against peonage. In November 1825 czar Alexander I suddenly died. Till the coronation of the new czar Nikolaj I a vacuum of political power developed. His older brother cut out the throne. At the day of coronation the rebels wanted to use this vacuum to bring down Nikolajs I. Ideas of the French revolution influenced many Russians to change the antiquated Russian circumstances. Before, these revolutionaries fought against Napoleon and pursued him to France, where they got in contact with the ideas of the French revolution. Within the Russian elite different secret alliances had been founded with the aim to bring down the czar, abolish peonage and change the country into a republic. On December, 14th, they put their plans into action and went down in history as Decabrists, named after “dekabr” (English – December). Unfortunately the revolt was organized very bad. The czar was already informed when a group of 2000 men met. His guards were ready to surround the rebels.

In the afternoon the revolt had been put down bloodily and many people had been arrested. The revolt of the Decabrists was the first revolutionary movement in Russia. Czar Nikolaj I had no mercy with them. It was a revolt with far-reaching political demands, so Nikolaj had to show his power. A number of 579 persons were called to account as relatives of the nasty society, 131 were judged by the court of St. Petersburg. Five leaders of the movement – Kondratij Ryleev, Pavel Pestel’, Sergej Murav’ev-Apostel, Michail Bestueev-Rjumin and Petr Kachovskij – were executed. Some death sentences were changed into forced labor. 121 members had to go to Siberia. At the same time a law was decided, that said women of exiles are regarded as widows. They could marry again without divorce. But eleven wives, among them two French women, followed their husbands to Siberia and annoyed the czar once more. These women became the real heroines of history, because they put up with loss of their state and possession.

Beyond, they had to accept that their children, born in Siberia, are serfs of the state of Russia. In 1826, deportation took place. Silver mines of Nercinsk and Akataj east of lake Baikal were the first destination for the Decabrists. The following year they were transfer to the prison of the fortress Cita, where they influenced the planning of the city very strongly. The next stop was Petrovskij Zavod. Countless petitions and obedience to warders in prison resulted in the possibility to have a certain influence on the choice of the exile. Usually they wanted to go to Irkutsk and its neighborhood. Prince Sergej Trubeckoj (1790-1860) was one of the founders of the first secret alliance “union of rescue”. He was one of the thinkers of the revolt and at the same time author of the manifest of the Decabrists. If the revolt would have been successful he should have been temporarily the leader of the state. His death sentence was changed into forced labor for life, because he didn’t take part in any armed conflict. His wife Ekatarina Trubeckaja (1800-1854) followed her husband as the first of all wives. After 20 years in different cities and mines they got the permission to move to Irkutsk. Prince Sergej Volkonskij (1788-1865) descended from an old Russian nobility. At first he also should have been killed, but later he was amnestied to 20 years of forced labor. His wife Maria Volkonskaja (1805-1863) was the granddaughter of the scientist Michail Lomonosov. She followed her husband against the will of her family. Between these two families a close friendship developed. It was forbidden for exiles to join public life. That’s why they took the public life home. Their houses became centers of high standing in the society of Irkutsk. They organized meetings, readings, concerts and theatrical performances.Thirty years later, Czar Alexander I amnestied the Decabrists in 1856. Sixteen of Nineteen Decabrists, who were still alive returned to European Russia. But admittance to Moscow and St. Petersburg was refused to them by Alexander I. The Decabrists became the epitome of the spirit of freedom towards czaristic absolutism.

http://www.geo.tu-freiberg.de


“Occupy Wall Street”: A  list we all can agree upon…

Photo and comments by Ilya Galak

Yes, unfortunately this is a revolution as a result of total government corruption

Politicians to be sold to the special interest groups. No doubt. Big Oil, Big Labor, Big Pharma, Big $$$ - almost all the politicians represent them first.

Absolutely. Be a President. Start to work for the people, not for the special interest groups only. I understand, you need the Soros, GE, Goldman Sachs, Unions money. But we THE PEOPLE still can vote. Stop campaigning and ask the people what to do. I also understand that you are a college professor. You know how to talk, not how to listen. But....

Yes, these are very important issues. And.... a long way to go

"Obama called on Americans to have more grandchildren. Probably so there's more of them to pay off our debt" - JAY LENO

Eric Holder. Shame on You. AGREE!!!!!

If this kid is thinking about the Federal Reserve Bank or too much government - I am with him

Everything today is a Ponzi Scheme. But somebody always pay. In our case - the taxpayers and our children and grandchildren

I have no idea what does it mean, but looks cool

I just love people and.... money. But people I love more. Money simply can make the life better. Of course, if it is hard earned money. "Easy money" never make people happy

Truth hurts. How can we argue with that?

Bear market. I do not know what is this, but definitely not the Milton Friedman's type of market. We do not have a capitalism today. We do not have a free market. We have a very strange and dangerous mutant

US Constitution. The best document ever. Unfortunately almost all our politicians did not read it or simply ignore. They like green paper and the power much more

Really far from the New Deal

Please ask president Obama and president Bush. Make more sense

Absolutely. The first issue of the Tea Party movement in 2009 - against banks bail-outs

This is true. But... if you do not want to play with your money on Wall Street - do not play. Use traditional IRA or similar programs, like I do. I am in private business, I do not have the huge retirement plans like municipal workers. Just be conservative ...

Absolutely! This is the main source for all our problems. People must "occupy" Washington, and that may fix all the "Wall Street" problems

Me too... But our politicians like them very much. Our politicians need their money. Big Oil, Big Labor, Big Pharma, Big $$$ are always welcome in Washington

Bloomberg must protect the Wall Street. You may not like to hear that, but 20% of the NYC income is coming from there. Again - try to "'occupy" Washington. And the Wall Street will be fixed automatically

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' Ronald Reagan

Me too... But I think I know

Agree. Let's keep the corporation's CEO and union leaders out of the political process. That may help a lot

100% agree. But not only the rich. And not 90%. Many people simply do not understand the basic economy. Tax me 90% - I will close the business, lay-off employees and start to look for a government job. Why do I need the headache, work 24/7 in order to feed a Big Government. Guys, let's be fare! And smart! 50% of the American people do not pay taxes at all. More - they get government assistance (read - taxpayers money). Welfare, Medicaid, food stamps... Let them also pay their "Fare Share". Equal opportunities, not an equal salaries. If , god forbid, you are disable or a senior citizen - this is a different story. But the young healthy people must work . By the way - job is the best and easiest way to get money from the rich

And I am with you. We are not politicians. we do not have to kiss anybody else's ass in order to get re-elected

I wish.... I wish to have a Government for the People. Read US Constitution

100% agree. That is exactly what our founder - fathers wanted

Correct. Ronald Reagan said: "Government is not the solution to the problem. Government IS the problem."

Not only "financial" criminals. All the criminals!!! "Political" criminals also

I am happy some of the people understand that Obama is the huge part of the "corporate greed". I would say - the major part. Remember that in 2012. Vote for the people, not for the corrupted career politicians. 9-9-9




Old Russian Joke

It is 1917 a granddaughter of Decabrist (old revolutionary in Russia, 1825) sits at her home and suddenly hears about unrest on the street. She asks her aid Anushka to go and check what is happening.

When Anushka comes back she gladly proclaims: “Lady, there is a revolution!!!!”

Lady: “Oh that is great, my grandfather wanted a revolution! What do they want? What do they desire to change?”

Anushka proclaims in happy and excited voice :”Lady, they want to get rid of the Czar, and they want to get rid of all these rich people, so there is going to be no more of them!!!!”

Lady becomes really sad and utters: “That is disappointing, my grandfather dreamed to make sure that there are no more poor people”

Back to 1992. To the NY Times Editor:

I strongly disagree with Andrew Schotter in “Improve Capitalism. Use Some Socialism” (Op-Ed, Feb. 29). He calls for more socialism to deal with poverty and health care problems. Mr. Schotter gives us an excellent example of a mother of four, stating that “the economic battle for her is probably lost.”

I think Mr. Schotter does not know what real poverty is. I lived for 35 years in Russia, where my next door neighbor was Anna Uskov, a mother of six children, who lost her husband in World War II. The family lived in a single room with a kitchen shared with four other tenants, no water supply and no bathroom.

Most of the time the kids were hungry, and they ran barefoot in the snow because their mother was unable to provide shoes for them. When the oldest daughter married, for years she slept with her husband and two small children in the same bed. There was no welfare for that family because the fathers of socialism Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels decreed, “If you do not work, you do not eat.”

The streets of our suburb were infested by crime, yet all the children in my neighbor’s family became good and decent citizens. The mother worked hard as a janitor, and in the most important corner of their tiny apartment hung a traditional Russian icon, the symbol of God. The love and strong belief in moral norms, not Government programs, gave them the key to success.

In no country in the world has socialism, even in small portions, made people happy. Not in Russia and not in Sweden, which has the highest rate of suicides in the world. Our problem is not that we don’t have enough socialism; it is that we have too much of it.

The way socialism works is this: By distributing the wealth, it does not make all the people rich. It makes all the people poor.

JEFF MANEVICH Cliffside Park, N.J., Feb 29, 1992


Kids have a good time

Photo: Ilya Galak

From Wikipedia:

Main Street is the metonym for a generic street name (and often the official name) of the primary retail street of a village, town, or small city in many parts of the world. It is usually a focal point for shops and retailers in the central business district, and is most often used in reference to retailing and socializing.

In the general sense, the term “Main Street” refers to a place of traditional values.
From Wikipedia:

In the North American media, “Main Street,” or the interests of everyday working-class people and small business owners, is sometimes contrasted with “Wall Street” (in the United States) or “Bay Street” (in Canada), symbolizing the interests of corporate capitalism.

Main Street was an extremely popular term during the economic crises in 2008 and 2009: the proposed bailout of U.S. financial system, the 2008 presidential campaign, and debates.



Photo: Ilya Galak, Citizens Magazine

“Occupy Wall Street” Has an Anti-Semitism Problem

As Abe Greenwald of Commentary Contentions bluntly states:

A quick sampling of the anti-Semitism on display among the Occupy Wall Street set yields the flamboyant and aggressive protester who yells,“You’re a bum, Jew” at his yarmulke-wearing interlocutor; the conspiracy theorist  who laments that “Jewish money controls American politics,” and warns the Russians not to let the Jews take over Russia too; and  the self-described Nazi with the swastika tattoo who regrets that America has been handed over to “other people.” Ah, people power.


The Jew-hatred among protesters and sympathizers is diverse and unapologetic. It is, in fact, atmospheric. Tune in randomly to live television coverage of the spectacle and you’ll see—as I did—placards scapegoating Israel, Zionism, or “Hitler’s bankers.”  Check out the continuous flurry of protest-supporting tweets and blog posts, and you’ll get more of the same.


Does anyone recall how hard the media worked to portray the Tea Party as bigoted? The false accusations of racial slurs, the cropped photograph of the gun-wielding Tea Partier—who turned out to be black, the tortured racial interpretation of the Tea Party’s desire to “take the country back”?

Despite the press’s efforts there would be no denying that in the 2010 midterm elections the Tea Party supported a multi-ethnic set of candidates straight out of a Benetton ad. And while Occupy Wall Street enumerates classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in the name of progressivism, Herman Cain has become a Tea Party favorite, beating Mitt Romney by 41 percent to 7 among the movement’s supporters.


Where the Tea Party couldn’t be tagged as racist no matter how hard liberals tried, Occupy Wall Street protesters are literally boasting of their Nazi credentials. This striking distinction speaks to the core asymmetry of the two phenomena. The Tea Partiers held up signs that read, “Don’t Soak the Rich”; Wall Street Occupiers’ placards counter: “Soak the Rich.” The purpose of the Tea Party was to get government out of all Americans’ lives. The point of Occupy Wall Street is to scapegoat fellow Americans. And wherever political scapegoating takes place, anti-Semitism is sure to follow.

In a November 2010 COMMENTARY article, Ruth Wisse observed that “the doctrine of anti-Semitism arose in the 19th century not to address the realities of the Jewish situation but to meet the political needs of others and to satisfy the political ends of others.” In the 21st century it serves the same purpose. Wisse wrote:  “Anti-Semitism works through the strategy of the pointing finger. Through political prestidigitation, the accuser draws attention away from his own sins…by pointing to the Jews, whose demonically inflated image and luridly portrayed wickedness make them a plausible explanation for whatever ails his regime.” Welcome to Occupy Wall Street.

Anti-Semitism is the preferred medium of the pitchfork crowd. And today as the Manhattan mob heads uptown to protest at the homes of American business leaders (for their “”willingness to hoard wealth at the expense of the 99 percent”) there can be little doubt that that’s whom we’re dealing with.

Outside of immigrant-rich America, class warfare is often synonymous with ethnic prejudice itself. The Jews or the Gypsies or the Southeast Asians simply constitute the class to be held accountable. Class warfare is the pointed finger as economic philosophy. It eats away at the national project, lays waste to the self-reliant citizen, and disguises prejudice as justice. Liberal pundits and leftist intellectuals are at pains to impose upon the protesters a thoughtfulness that just doesn’t exist. In the New York Times, Todd Gitlin wrote, “This new protest style is more Rousseau than Marx.” But in truth there is no new protest style. What we’re witnessing is dumb, ugly, dangerous, and very old. And we will see a lot more anti-Semitism as this toxic swarm grows.


A thief stuck a pistol in a man’s ribs and said, “Give me your money.”

The gentleman, shocked by the sudden attack, said “You cannot do this, I am a congressman!”

The thief said, “In that case, give me my money!”

FEUDALISM

You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

PURE SOCIALISM

You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in
a barn with everyone else’s cows. You have to take care of all the cows. The
government gives you a glass of milk.

BUREAUCRATIC SOCIALISM

Your cows are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You
have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken
farmers. The government gives you as much milk and eggs the regulations say
you should need.

FASCISM You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care
of them, and sells you the milk.

PURE COMMUNISM

You share two cows with your neighbors. You and your
neighbors bicker about who has the most “ability” and who has the most
“need”. Meanwhile, no one works, no one gets any milk, and the cows drop
dead of starvation.

RUSSIAN COMMUNISM

You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the
government takes all the milk. You steal back as much milk as you can and
sell it on the black market.

PERESTROIKA

You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the Mafia
takes all the milk. You steal back as much milk as you can and sell it on
the “free” market.

CAMBODIAN COMMUNISM

You have two cows. The government takes both and shoots
you.

DICTATORSHIP

You have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.

PURE DEMOCRACY

You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY

You have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to
tell you who gets the milk.

BUREAUCRACY

You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you
can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them.
Then it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the
drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing
cows.

PURE ANARCHY

You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or
your neighbors try to take the cows and kill you.

CAPITALISM

You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.


Why there is no “Debt Crisis” in America 

By Michael Califra

We need to stop the spending! The country is broke! We’re passing on a crushing burden of debt to our children!

How many times have you heard those words over the last few years? How many times have you recited them yourself? They do sound logical.  After all, the country has a trillion-dollar deficit and a 14 trillion-dollar national debt. So the need to slash government expenditures is just a simple fact of life, right?

Wrong.

The problem is that most people think of government finances in terms of households or companies.  When households or companies pile on too much debt they have to tighten their belts; another phrase we’ve been hearing a lot lately.  But government finances are nothing like those of households or companies.  Governments don’t have a limited working life during which they have to save for a (hopefully) lengthy retirement.  Nor do they have to earn ever-increasing profits or worry about share prices. Governments also have the ability to print money, raise taxes and control interest rates – something households and companies cannot do.

And there is one more important distinction: households and companies have to pay back the money they borrow. Governments don’t.

Yes, you read that correctly.  A government does not have to pay back the money it borrows. Not in the traditional sense.

When governments incur debt, that debt automatically gets smaller in relation to the economy as the economy grows. Think of a nation’s economy as an inflating balloon that gets bigger and bigger over time as the amount of debt gets correspondingly smaller.

The United States borrowed twice its GPD – nearly $30 TRILLION in today’s dollars – to fight and win World War II. The result was a Debt to GDP ratio much higher than anything we know today, (the debt was 125% of GDP in 1946). Yet economic expansion, with help from inflation, eroded that debt, so by the 1970s it was negligible.  The government simply had to keep paying the interest until the principal just about disappeared. And today, the demand for US Treasuries is so high that the government’s borrowing costs when adjusted for inflation are effectively zero.

But what about Greece? Isn’t Greece buried under a crushing mountain of debt? The answer is yes. But profligate spending in Greece is nothing new. What is new is the euro. When the Greeks gave up the drachma, they also gave up the ability to inflate their way out of debt by weakening the currency. That’s a problem the United States cannot have as long as we keep the dollar.

Does all this sound too good to be true? No. It’s just basic macroeconomics that you can read in any textbook.  Textbook economics aside, try to imagine the economic hell this country would be if we hadn’t been deficit spending on things like unemployment insurance, FDIC insurance and Medicaid over the last three years. Millions of American families would have been made utterly destitute by the Great Rescission, losing not just their homes, but their bank deposits and their health.

So the next time you hear a politician or talking head screaming about a “debt crisis” and all the things this country can no longer afford, you should know that they are either being deliberately ignorant or deliberately deceitful.  And usually it’s both.

Balance the fucking budget!

Posted: October 10, 2011 in Economy

The United States national debt now stands at more than $16 trillion dollars. Under the Obama administration, that debt has increased by more than 35 percent. The Congressional Budget Office confirms that the national debt is already nearly two-thirds the size of our economy and could equal an unimaginable 90 percent in the next 10 years.

The man has a point

Comments

“Stop being and dick head and balance the fucking budget” i love it lol

I agree with this guy. Lead by example. Balance the budget. Quit worrying about your special interests. Do the right thing-pay the bills. Cut the budget. Work together because you’re representing AMERICA! Not just your lobbyists and special interests! Great video.

“How am I gonna tell my daughter how great capitalism is, when we’re borrowing all our money from the biggest communist country in the world!!!” Now that’s funny.

Thanks for saying what we’re all feeling…

Brilliant! :) Pay ya f*kin* bills on time! Haha!

Guys…the fed can print money. You don’t need to balance your books

We NEED you at OCCUPY WALL STREET!!!! Can you make it??

It sounds like we have to figured out the whole mess with the government. Not just Obama but our entire congress and our entire senate, entire political system.

This man for PRESIDENT! He got my vote!