Monday, February 25, 2013

Lies!




“In our country, the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State” 
 --Alexandr Solzhenitsyn 

So wrote the great Russian novelist Alexandr Solzhenitsyn of his country, the former Soviet Union. In our country, the United States of America, the lie is not just a pillar of the state. It has become the State! Everything issued out of Washington is a lie. The unemployment rate is a lie. The inflation rate is a lie. Social Security and Medicare are lies. The "war on terror" is a lie. Even our money is a lie!

President Obama looks squarely into the television cameras and solemnly warns the nation that teachers, police, and ambulance crews will be unavailable unless the crisis is resolved on his terms. He suffers no political consequences for these stupendous lies because many of his "low information" supporters really do not know that these services are not among Washington's required responsibilities. Other members of Obama's Cult of Personality know better but they do not care. Anything that advances The Cause is "socialist truth" insofar as Saul Alinsky's disciples are concerned and nothing else matters.

For their part, the Republicans present an artfully divided front. One faction argues forcefully that compromise is essential to avoid imperiling America's national security. They fear that the the U.S. might find itself compelled to bring home some of the troops that now "defend our freedom" in more than 130 countries around the world. Another faction takes the more fiscally conservative position that the deficit and the ever-growing national debt must be dealt with, even if it means suffering the "terrible pain" of sequester.

Every bit of this is a lie. Democrats and Republicans are united in a decades-long effort to keep the public focused on the deficit. Every tool in the propaganda arsenal is dedicated to defining the deficit as "The Problem" because that problem can be cured by simply raising taxes!

                    Receipts                Outlays                    Deficit
2013$2,901,956.00 $3,803,364.00 ($901,408.00)

The deficit, bad as it is, is only a side effect of the real problem: the explosive growth of federal spending.  The graph below tracks that growth, decade by decade.
                                                                                                                                                                                  

 
Since 2008 the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve have created trillions of dollars out of thin air through "TARP" (the "Troubled Asset Relief Program") and numerous rounds of so-called "Quantitative Easing" and poured them into the "too big to fail" banks. Then came "the sequester".

The sequester has been hysterically described as a mutual suicide pact for both Democrats and Republicans. The official version is that when Washington's factions could not find common ground on an approach to reduce the deficit in 2011, they agreed that unless and until the "two sides" could identify some combination of tax increases and spending cuts totaling $1.2 trillion dollars over the next 10 years, $85 billion dollars in "cuts' would be automatically imposed in early 2013. A "draconian cut" of this size, we are repeatedly told, will produce catastrophic results, putting the nation's entire economy at risk.

This entire charade is designed to continue the massive fleecing of the American people and it is as false as it is absurd. In fact, federal spending has more than doubled in real terms since 1993. It has increased by more than two-thirds in just the last ten years alone! The threatened sequestration does not reduce spending. It only slows the rate of increase. Washington will actually spend more in 2013 after sequestration than it spent in 2012. To put this in perspective, $85 billion dollars is only enough to fund the government of the United States for eight days!

The two competing wings of the Welfare/Warfare State's establishment are in a struggle for control. Both are committed to the growth of the State's power. Obama and his socialists want to use that power to enforce equality and destroy private property. This requires the destruction of the middle class, the nationalization of all industry and enterprise and the total subjugation of the people. For their part, the neoconservatives who control the Republican Party want to use that power to grow and govern an Empire that will impose their vision of the future on the world. This requires the establishment of a police state, never-ending wars of aggression, and the virtual silencing of any effective opposition.

Lost amidst concern about the economic consequences of the federal spending explosion is a public understanding that money is a symbol of power! To the extent that the State's control of money expands, so does the State's power. To the extent that the State's power expands, the individual is diminished and liberty dies. The monstrously corrupt governing apparatus that rules every aspect of American life long ago forfeited any claim to constitutional legitimacy. So confident of its power has Washington become that it no longer pretends to care whether its lies are believable. It has abandoned even the pretense of moral authority.The American nation and what little remains of individual freedom are being systematically destroyed. The ruling establishment has effectively declared war upon the American people.



FJB


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