Name the five most important issues at stake in the upcoming midterm elections.
1. Jobs and recession.
2. Health care reform.
3. Banking reform.
4. Strengthening Social Security and Medicare.
5. Dealing with the deficit and growing national debt in a way that will allow the economic recovery to proceed.
Also, CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM. Big money influence on elections and politics is out of control!
Jobs, the economy, wars, veteran's care, and jobs! That about sums it up. Once the number of jobs increase, people will worry less and have some money to spend, thereby helping the economy. Sounds simple, but it isn't. Think that large companies are holding back on hiring because by doing so, people become more desperate and take anything just to survive. It is a way for big business to lower wages, offer less benefits, etc, and then that becomes the new norm. It is a cycle that this country has gone through before. I am old--my kids always ask what was it like having to hide from dinosaurs? I have seen this before and even though big business is sitting on money, they want to keep it. Always happens and there isn't anything govt can do about it.
1. Jobs. How to stimulate the private sector. All my streets are repaved. Doesn't seem to have stimulated the economy much though.
2. Immigration reform (and not what Obama has in mind).
3. Pension reform. Maybe you'll read my new hub?
http://hubpages.com/hub/San-Diego-Pensi … n-Near-You
4. The Nataional Debt and government spending needs to be brought under control.
5. American Excellence. We need to elect people who believe that the United States is the greatest country in the history of this planet. Millions of Americans have died to bring freedom to foreign nations. The American soldier needs to be considered the hero that he/she is.
Elections aren't about issues. The top 5 most important strategies for winning an election this November are:
1. Repeating over and over again how much you love America. Also doesn't hurt to say you love God and Jesus. Tell voters that God is on our side.
2. Promise to cut taxes and cut government spending. Lump all government spending under the term "government welfare programs" and make no mention of the government's biggest expense: the military.
3. Say you support the troops. Make this statement as vague as possible. Liberal voters will take this to mean that you're bringing more troops home. Conservative voters will take it to mean you'll spend more money for flak jackets. Repeat the line "God Bless America" after praising the troops.
4. Promise to create jobs. Lump this into your statement about taxes. If you tell voters that giving tax breaks to the rich will create more jobs, they'll actually believe you. Don't use the term trickle-down, because economists will attack you with large charts exposing your fallacy.
5. Blame the national debt that's been growing for 160 years on the administration that's been in power for 2 of those years. Say that you'll reduce the national debt, but don't tell anyone how you'll do this. That's your little secret. You might love America, but you aren't just going to give away your best ideas for free.
1. Abolish the Federal Reserve
2. Abolish the Federal Reserve
3. Abolish the Federal Reserve
4. Abolish the Federal Reserve
5. Abolish the Federal Reserve
Any reasons why you think the Federal Reserve should be abolished. Most people believe it performs a necessary and useful function.
What necessary and useful function would that be then?
You do know that it has nothing to do with "federal" and is in fact a privately owned company whose accounts are shrouded in secrecy, and which has NEVER been audited. Why?
Using it's power to control interest rates and the money supply the Federal Reserve is the country's first line of defense against runaway inflation and to combat unemployment and recessions like the current one. The precursor of the Fed was the National Bank established by Washington and Hamilton over the objections of Madison and Jefferson. To my knowledge there is no basis for challenging the constitutionality of the Federal Reserve and all orthodox economists, Republicans and Democrats agree that it's work is essential. You are entitled to your view on the matter, but you are way off the map on this and many of your other conspiracy theories.
I'm not sure what you mean that the FED is a "privately owned company." And it is independent for good reason, i.e., to shield it from having it's policies influenced by political motives from the White House or the Congress.
Contrary to popular belief, the Federal Reserve Bank has nothing to do with “federal”. This name was chosen deliberately to deceive. It is a private corporation owned by International bankers, which controls the money supply of the US.
As Mayer Amschel Rothschild said:
“Give me control of a nations money supply and I care not who makes its laws”
This corporation has never had its books audited, and Ron Paul amongst others is calling for this audit, so far without success.
Ralph, I urge you to watch this movie. All will be explained. If you dare to watch it, then it must raise a few questions even for you!
It explains who created the Fed, and how and why . . .
Movie: The Federal Reserve
"owned by International bankers, which controls the money supply of the US."
Wow, I wonder why they didn't teach that in my course in Money, Currency and Banking? My professor must have been part of the conspiracy or clueless.
Here's a little lesson for you about the FED:
The Federal Reserve System (also known as the Federal Reserve, and informally as The Fed) is the central banking system of the United States. It was created in 1913 with the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act, and was largely a response to a series of financial panics, particularly a severe panic in 1907. Over time, the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Reserve System have expanded and its structure has evolved. Events such as the Great Depression were major factors leading to changes in the system. Its duties today, according to official Federal Reserve documentation, are to conduct the nation's monetary policy, supervise and regulate banking institutions, maintain the stability of the financial system and provide financial services to depository institutions, the U.S. government, and foreign official institutions.
The Federal Reserve System's structure is composed of the presidentially appointed Board of Governors (or Federal Reserve Board), the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks located in major cities throughout the nation, numerous other private U.S. member banks and various advisory councils. The FOMC is the committee responsible for setting monetary policy and consists of all seven members of the Board of Governors and the twelve regional bank presidents, though only five bank presidents vote at any given time. This division of responsibilities of the central bank falls into several separate and independent parts, some private and some public. The result is a structure that is considered unique among central banks. It is also unusual in that an entity (the U.S. Department of the Treasury) outside of the central bank creates the currency used....
According to the Board of Governors, the Federal Reserve is independent within government because "its decisions do not have to be ratified by the President or anyone else in the executive or legislative branch of government." However, its authority is derived from the U.S. Congress and is subject to congressional oversight. Additionally, the members of the Board of Governors, including its chairman and vice-chairman, are chosen by the President and confirmed by Congress. The government also exercises some control over the Federal Reserve by appointing and setting the salaries of the system's highest-level employees. Thus the Federal Reserve has both private and public aspects. The U.S. Government receives all of the system's annual profits, after a statutory dividend of 6% on member banks' capital investment is paid, and an account surplus is maintained. The Federal Reserve transferred a record amount of $45 billion to the U.S. Treasury in 2009.
The primary motivation for creating the Federal Reserve System was to address banking panics. Other purposes are stated in the Federal Reserve Act, such as "to furnish an elastic currency, to afford means of rediscounting commercial paper, to establish a more effective supervision of banking in the United States, and for other purposes". Before the founding of the Federal Reserve, the United States underwent several financial crises. A particularly severe crisis in 1907 led Congress to enact the Federal Reserve Act in 1913. Today the Fed has broader responsibilities than only ensuring the stability of the financial system.
Current functions of the Federal Reserve System include:
* To address the problem of banking panics
* To serve as the central bank for the United States
* To strike a balance between private interests of banks and the centralized responsibility of government
o To supervise and regulate banking institutions
o To protect the credit rights of consumers
* To manage the nation's money supply through monetary policy to achieve the sometimes-conflicting goals of
o maximum employment
o stable prices, including prevention of either inflation or deflation
o moderate long-term interest rates
* To maintain the stability of the financial system and contain systemic risk in financial markets
* To provide financial services to depository institutions, the U.S. government, and foreign official institutions, including playing a major role in operating the nation's payments system
o To facilitate the exchange of payments among regions
o To respond to local liquidity needs
* To strengthen U.S. standing in the world economy
Here's a little lesson for you about the Federal Reserve - primarily
from a Harvard professor . . .
FIAT EMPIRE - Why the Federal Reserve Violates the U.S. Constitution
This documentary excellent primer for the citizen who wants to get an understanding of how money is created and why the U.S. government is in partnership with the elite banks.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid … 9002339531
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid … 7860424204
I didn't take the time to watch the entire videos, but they clearly express minority views, Ron Paul is not an authority on the Constitution. The issues he raises have been resolved long ago in favor of our current banking system. Chaos would result if his views were adopted which is highly unlikely,
But at least you now understand why the Federal Reserve and the fractional reserve banking system is at the root of ALL of the economic woes of the USA. And why it's bigger cousins, the IMF, the World Bank and the BIS create the same problems for the rest of the world.
This is the issue. It's not about Ron Paul or any other personalities.
Sorry, I understand no such thing, There is no single simple answer to our current problems--political polarization, too much unidentifiable money sloshing around in Washington, inflammatory talking heads on Cable posing as news casters, an activist majority on the Supreme Court, mindless, unquestioning dedication to free trade, among others.
dont worry, sanny,
I agree with you. As do millions of americans.
WOW! I thought I was the only person who knew anything aout the Fed, to the point I thought maybe I was crazy, and here I find a very intelligent discussion between two people, presenting arguments for both sides. Again, WOW!
But anyway, I look at what change the Fed has had on American foreign policy. Since the Fed was created, America has been used and abused by England, everything from fighting their wars to cleaning up their oil spills. Prior to the Fed, America snatched up the pieces of European empires as they crumbled and got rich selling arms to both sides of European land wars.
Were it not for the Fed, England would have sold Cananda to the US to fund WW1. Instead, they borrowed the money from the fed, paid America with its own money to fight their war for them, and then paid off the debt with inflated money. Because of the Fed, America is nothing but a piggy bank for England.
By jove sir, me thinks thou has an anti British sentiment!
Of course the Brits see it slightly differently... they see the 'yanks' entering both wars late and charging them extortionate rates of interest to sell them weapons so they could fight a world war that made America rich after a recession, but I guess folks opinions vary according to where they are looking from!
By the way, If you want Canada, you are welcome to it!
However there is substantive evidence that the UK establishment do actually control your money supply, or rather your right to print money. Can't be bothered to source that, but look on any website you probably already follow (guessing you follow conspiracies)and it's there to tread and see!
now now, we all love one another - let's not be anti-anything (except racist, i suppose... HA!)
The simple fact remains - the Fed has made the money supply of this country expanded the money supply 36 times over since ONLY 1950, they have TRIPLED The money supply since 2000, and have DOUBLED it in the past 2-3 years.
Don't you wish YOU could do that? Imagine: some privately owned institutions actually WORK for their money!
There WILL be consequences for this reckless behavior. It's impossible to think there won't be. There is 3 times as much money in our economy as there was 10 years ago. something HAS to happen. It won't be pretty.
I'm still trying to figure out why being a "bircher" is a bad thing.
Bircher=far out right wing nutjob.
Republican mainstream unhappiness with the Birchers intensified after Welch circulated a letter calling President Dwight D. Eisenhower a "conscious, dedicated agent of the Communist Conspiracy." Welch went further in a book titled The Politician, written in 1956 and published by the JBS in 1963, which declared that Eisenhower's brother Milton was Ike's superior within the Communist apparatus and alleging that other top government officials were also communist tools, including "ex president Truman and Roosevelt, and the last Sec. Of State John Foster Dulles and former CIA Director Allan W. Dulles." Conservative writer William F. Buckley, Jr., an early friend and admirer of Welch, regarded his accusations against Eisenhower as "paranoid and idiotic libels" and attempted unsuccessfully to purge Welch from the JBS. Welch responded by attempting to take over Young Americans for Freedom, a conservative youth organization founded with assistance from Buckley.
the first line of defense against runaway inflation?
Now, come on, Deeds, I didn't think you'd argue that! No matter HOW much you think the Austrian Economists are whack-jobs, you simply CAN'T deny the fact that 1 dollar is worth about 4% of what it was worth when the fed was instituted.
It might not be "runaway" inflation, but that's pretty horrible. The fed HAS done it's job - produce money for the politicians to create artificial booms, and then socialize the busts to the public instead of those responsible for poor investment.
Creating money out of thin air (or, today, out of electrons by simply pushing a button) is a horrible power, and it should belong to no one.
I just want to ask the people who believe that the rich people give people jobs. If that is true and the Bush tax cuts haven't yet expired, then where are the jobs?
That is the theory after all isn't it? The rich give people jobs and letting their tax breaks expire will cause people to lose their jobs right?
So where are the jobs?
No tax increases have taken place.
No one has had to fund anything yet.
I'm curious as to why it would be that the jobs haven't been created... in america...
minimum wage laws? that makes sense.
Regime uncertainty? yeah, that makes sense... the federales have their eyes fixed on destroying the "monopoly" of Google. Sick, isn't it?
http://www.betanews.com/joewilcox/artic … 1266994170
This is one reason why a company might not hire new people: the federales are just gonna tear you apart "because the american people are too stupid to type 'yahoo.com' into their computer". This kind of stuff REALLY pisses me off.
Bailouts? Yeah, that makes sense: make bad investments and then get rewarded for them at the expense of the entire nation. That sounds like a recipe for crappy entrepreneurs.
... Anyway, I think these three things can easily show you that "tax cuts" alone aren't the most important factor in creating jobs, and that government causes horrendous disturbances throughout the market in countless ways
1. Why McDonalds stops serving breakfast so early.
2. Why there are always 50 workers walking around Walmart, yet never enough at the registers.
3. Why a person would choose Diet Coke over Diet Pepsi.
4. Why anybody interested in purchasing a computer/laptop wouldn't buy one from Apple.
5. Why the movie Mean Girls never won an Oscar.
Just kidding... Just wanted to lighten the mood
2- abolishing the fed
3- government spending out of control
4- impending dollar collapse
5- the constitutionality of legislation.
Only your #3 is an issue worth losing sleep over.
#3 and #5 are worth losing sleep over.
1,2 and 4 are easy to solve - just buy gold and silver.
OKAY, I AGREE THAT LEGISLATION SHOULD BE CONSTITUTIONAL. THE SUPREME COURT WILL TAKE CARE OF THAT.
no, because in so doing the court will be acting unconstitutionally.
The court can only decide the constitutionality of certain highly restricted cases.
not "the entire country at once", for that would be an act of legislation.
Article 3, section 2 (which was altered by the 11th, but not in any way pertaining to our argument): "The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases..." CASES!!! CASES!! CASES!!!
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