May 20, 2017

The Vicious WalMart Cycle

Let us begin with the Vicious WalMart Cycle:

WalMart has been importing slave labor merchandise since the mid-1990s.  It was
in the mid-1990s when Sam Walton died, along with his motto of "Buy American."
The exploitation of foreign labor contributed to the loss of America's livable wage
jobs by the millions, as well as the accumulative half-trillion dollar per year United
States Trade Balance Deficit, and the loss of 60,000 manufacturing outlets.

The people who lost their livable wages jobs could no longer afford basic household
necessities above the lowest priced items.  Thus, those who lost their livable waged
jobs on account of WalMart and other exploitative corporations ended up becoming
dependent upon the same WalMart and similar exploitative retail outlets who caused
the unemployment, in the first place.

The Newt Gingrich Catch 22:  Tell this to the closest Sarah Palin follower

The more powerful WalMart became, the more unemployed the American work-
force became.  The more powerful WalMart became, in its exploitation of foreign
labor, the more dependent upon WalMart merchandise became the unemployed 
of America, because they couldn't afford anything else in America's retail world.
WalMart and other unfairly advantaged corporations caused the unemployment
in the first place.   

As a result, overseas workers became WalMart's slaves, as well as did the workers
stationed on the lowest end of the American totem pole.  This is the Newt Gingrich
Catch-22.  Gingrich was the Speaker of the House when NAFTA came into being,
resulting in America no longer being a manufacturing nation.  Of course, the law
of nature is that any nation the size of a continent (possessing temperate climate)
must be a manufacturing nation or it will become a coast to coast version of Oliver
Twist's England.  Except for Dick Cheney & George Bush II, no one caused more
damage to America than did Newt Gingrich.

As a qualifying statement, international exchange ... if it's fair and non-criminal ...
is good.  In fact, it's a necessity.  However, being an accomplice to labor exploita-
tion is NOT cultural exchange.  It's the suffocation of it.
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Due to the Gingrich-based Republican Party of the 1990s, as well as the president from
the former slavery State of Arkansas, humanity saw an Arkansas-based WalMart trans-
form from a "Made in the USA" corporation into the most nightmarish labor exploiter
in world history.  Slavery made its way back to Southern living, via proxy.  It was a
suspicious coincidence that an Arkansas corporation gained retail mogul status during
the presidency of an Arkansas native.

Bill Clinton, the least democratic of the 20th Century Democratic presidents, mocked
those who objected to the crime against laboring humanity that he signed into law.  He
described the conscientious objectors as isolationists.  Bill Clinton committed defama-
tion and set the stage for the Battle of Seattle.  He made these people sound paranoiac,
illiterate, and inbred.

There was no cultural exchange occurring in the trade practices that the Gingrich Con-
gress authored.  Nor was there economic exchange, being that the exploited workers
of Central American and Asia could not afford to buy American.  It was one-way im-
porting and one-way buying.

Americans were expected to furnish their own American homes with merchandise from
China, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, El Salvador, & Guatemala, as well as the cocoa
fields of the Ivory Coast.  But, workers from labor abusive nations were not expected to
buy American, in any type of fair exchange.  In as much, it was untold audacity to call
the new form of labor exploitation Free Trade.  Newt Gingrich and his associates need
to one day be brought to trial in an international court of law.  He and they need to be
Nuremberged.  He did nothing but destroy a lot of American dreams and created a lot
of foreign nightmare scenarios which even recently occurred in Bangladesh.

Wal*Mart's unfair trade advantage was the same unfair advantage given to all of the
U.S. corporations who ended up sending manufacturing overseas.  It was the same
unfair trade advantage that the slave-owning South had over the North.  That injust-
ice lead to an extremely bloody war.

The more powerful Wal*Mart became, in suppressing American workers' ability to
find livable wage work, the more dependent upon Wal*Mart became the cheated
American workers.  As far back as 2010, it was easily ascertainable that the five
principle Wal*Mart heirs held as much wealth as did the bottom 41.5% of Ameri-
cans.  In 2007, it was 30.5%.   The amount is approximately $89.5 billion.

The Wal*Mart heirs hold the money owed to underpaid sweatshop workers and cheat-
ed Americans who lost business opportunities and jobs.  Americans can't hired other
Americans at 85 cents an hour.  Incidentally, when slave labor importation began, it
began during the Reagan years.  The wage paid to the adult workers was 24 cents a
hour.  In 2010, Cantonese worker made 75 cents an hour.


One more thing:  A tree is known by its fruits.  If American corporate management
could get away with paying Americans as little as they do Bangladesh workers, what
makes you that they wouldn't do so?  The practice of paying extremely low wages in
America occurred throughout the 1890s and turn of the century.  The South spent a
number of centuries not paying their African workers.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/jul/31/bernie-s/sanders-says-walmart-heirs-own-more-wealth-bottom-/

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jul/18/business/la-fi-mo-walmart-heirs-20120718

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allan-brawley/outsourcing-death-and-inj_b_3249148.html

http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/05/01/problem-walmarts-hunger-games

http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2013/04/supply-chain-workers-tell-walmart%E2%80%99s-dirty-secrets

May 19, 2017

American Farm Subsidies in Review: Required reading, even for city slickers.


In the modern world, a phenomenon occurred where abundant harvests effected price
decreases to such a degree that the cost of production exceeded any fair market income
from the harvested produce.  There was too much supply for the domestic market, show-
ing how Supply Side Economics is utterly worthless when gauging a national economy.
Thus came the subsidy.  None the less, leftover produce can perhaps find a foreign mar-
ket.  However, the price would be based on demand in the foreign market, in relation to
whatever supply is not demanded in the American market.   Thus, produce surpluses
have a number of remedies.

But first, as an introduction to farm subsidies ...

... the primary purpose for any farm subsidy is to prevent price instability ... to safe-
guard consumers from wildly fluctuating prices ... to hinder drastic and sudden price
changes.

Approximately $30 billion in farm subsidies are targeted for elimination, over the next
ten years.  However, do not be deceived into thinking that the humble sized family farm
is what has been benefiting by agricultural subsidies.  We live in the era of the corporate
farm, and between the Years 1995 and 2010, 10% of the farms were given three quarters
of the $194 billion in farm subsidies that the U.S. federal government appropriated.

Specifically, it was 74%.  The other 26% of subsidies went to 28% of the other American
farms.  In as much, 62% of American farms received zero subsidies ... according to the  Environmental Working Group.

http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2012/01/farm-subsidy-research-and-analysis/

The Equation of Near-Economic Disaster, in review

The Trade Balance Deficit had damaging consequences upon America, to the tune of
$500 billion yearly for the past ten years.  In addition, the George WMD Bush tax rate
cuts cost the U.S. federal government $1.8 trillion in lost revenue, between 2002 and
2009.  Plus, Bush incompetently executed two costly wars, one of which was entirely
unnecessary.  Meanwhile, the former employer of Vice President Dick Cheney, name-
ly Halliburton, received no-bid government contracts, despite the conflict of interest.

Add to the equation the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act which used to protect pensions
and the such.  Toss in Phil Gramm's unconscionable Enron Loophole, and throw in the
fad of predatory house loan processing, and voila,  you have the 2008 economic crisis.
In fact, there is something known as the 2007/2008 World Food Price Crisis.  U.S. farm
subsidies didn't prevent food prices from rising more quickly than yeast.  After all, farm
subsidies firstly seek to prevent price crashes.  It then seeks price stability.  The contra-
diction was in the Corn/Ethanol subsidy which resulted in fructose corn syrup replacing
more expensive sugar.  The feds pay the difference in the price discrepancy., none the
less.  Now, it is always important to have safety nets for small business operators and
private citizens.  However, a certain type of corn subsidy had a dominoes effect which
hindered economic growth in the agro department.  When you are hindering markets,
you are preventing a Renaissance from transpiring.

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http://farm.ewg.org/region.php

The Types of Agricultural Subsidies  

Direct Payments, aka Market Transition Payments

This type began in 1996, as part of the Freedom to Farm bill.  It's presently targeted for
extinction.   It has cost approximately $5 billion per year.  It was intended to replace the
traditional subsidies which began in the 1930s, and then, it was intended to be phrased
out in the Year 2002.  It never phrased-out.  In addition, the payments made under this
program were not in parity with any production or market conditions.  It was to be the
subsidy to end all subsidies.  It then became yet another subsidy.

Counter-Cyclical Payments, aka Market Loss Payments

Very simply, the federal government calculates recent historic crop yield and price
averages, followed by it setting a projected price for a commodity.  The farmer then
plants and harvests the commodity.  If the actual market price is less than the deter-
mined average price, the farmer is paid the difference.  For example, if the average
price for a bushel of wheat was determined to be $8.40, and the market price drops
 to $7.20, then the farmer is paid $1.20 for each bushel of wheat sold.

Marketing Loans

These are cash advances for harvests to be sold in the future.  Without this type of
subsidy, a farmer would have to sell a harvested crop immediately, regardless of the
price.  If a farmer can wait, perhaps he can sell his grains or non-perishable crops
at a higher price.  Thus, a marketing loan lets the farmer wait.

Disaster Payments

Self-explanatory, be the crop-destroying disaster a tornado, drought, pestilence, etc.
This subsidy had yearly payments in the approximate $1 billion range.

The Crop Insurance Program

Only certain crops in the locale in question apply, being that some crops in some
locales don't stand much of a chance to grow in healthy proportion.

Average Crop Revenue Election, cleverly called ACRE.

This was vetoed by Bush in 2008, yet his veto was overridden.  It serves as an alter-
native to the Counter-Cyclical Payments.  Electing to be part of this program results
in lower direct payments, by 20 or 30%.  This program guarantees a set revenue for
a farm, based on the average crop yields for the State where the farm is located and
the national market price.  Yet, the payments are based on the average crop yield of
the farm combined with the average State yield.  It's known a State-level and Farm-
level planted yield times the national market price for the crop in question.
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There are many creative solutions to the present economic situation of the United
States.  The congress, if it's members were not owned by lobbyists, could do much
better, even to the point of bringing forth new ideas.  However, a politician ultimate-
ly votes for whatever gets him re-elected.  A politician only votes for the benefit of
those who fund his/her campaign.  So, they will implement and perpetuate the same
old thing, even if it caused severe damage to the nation, because the ones in financi-
al power want the process to remain which made them the principle holders of the
wealth.  There are much better way to remedy the financial jeopardy where Ameri-
ca finds itself.  The congress put America in its state of jeopardy.  The congress, the
congress, the congress IS at fault.  NAFTA and the repeal of Glass-Steagall are con-
gressional products which caused a lot of damage to the United States.
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May 18, 2017

U.S. military spending of recent years

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, on the Subject of Military Spending

Before all else, keep in mind that the ridiculously high price of U.S.miitary spend-
ing is nothng more than a jobs program and income sources for the utterly worth-
less and uncreative politicians who happens to be Souther Democrats in Republi-
can clothing.  Interestingly enough, before the racist South made an egress from
the Democratic Party, shortly after all of the Civil Rights Enactments, the true
Republican Party Platform was LOW MILITARY SPENDING.  This was even
Richard Nixon's platform.

As well, keep in mind that the reason was Dwight Eisenhower choose Nixon as
his running mate was that Ike knew the tragedy of war and Nixon was a Quaker.
The Quaker religions, aka the Society of Friends consolidated in William Penn's
Woods, is the most anti-war religion to the Western European mindset.  In as
much, today's Republican Party and the Republicans of the 1950s and 1960s
is entirely unrecognizable to each other.  The older version of the Republican
Party described itself as the Loyal Opposition.  Today's Republican Party is
sheer lynch mobbery.  I was once a Republican.  No more ... and never again.
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It is important to once again take to heart what was spoken by President Dwight
D. Eisenhower, the man most experienced in war and its tragic aftermath.  In
1953, fifty years before Bush II began his course of taking the US to the brink
of its own economic destruction, Ike said the following:

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, and every rocket fired signi-
fies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed;  those 
who are cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not spending money,
solely.  It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, and
the hopes of its children.

The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this:  A modern brick school in more 

than 30 cities.  It's two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000
in population.  It's two fine, fully equipped hospitals.  It's some fifty miles of 
concrete highway.  We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of 
wheat.  We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed 
more than 8,000 people.

This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has 
been taking.  This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense.  Under the 
cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

Take note that Ike's 1953 Iron Cross speech isn't his famous January 1961 Military
Industrial Complex speech.  He knew the devastation of war.  He was aware that
exorbitant military spending is assault and battery on the nation doing the spend-
ing.  American military spending of the 1950s was proportionally higher than it is
today, in as far as concerns spending as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product.

 However, in the 1950s, America was a manufacturing nation that was erasing
its post war debt, on account of the many well paid taxpayers.  Furthermore, the
outrage of the $695+ billion per year military budget consists in that the U.S.
has spent, in one recent year, as much as the next 23 highest spending nations
combined.  Plus, there is the matter of environmental red flags in this era of de-
pleted uranium ordnance.  This means that conventional warfare is no longer
conventional.

Of course, it is true that the American military budget is merely a jobs programs.
Circumstantial evidence consists in the fact that there was the congressional push
to place more tanks in the U.S. arsenal, despite the fact that the Pentagon already
stated that it needs no more cavalry tanks.  Thus, there would be the maintenance
cost of something viewed as a burden on the military.

Years ago, in a political science class, the professor informed us that Southern con-
gressmen, as a matter of course, use the military budget to get taxpayer dollars into
their low income constituencies.  Therefore, this disingenuous habit of Southerns
was recognized decades ago.  All in all, the military budget was a way to get money
into the economically backward South.  This budget has little to do with "patriotism."

As a qualifying statement for the right winged paranoid, a $480 to $520 billion milit-
ary budget or so would be rational, if the United States congress would put a stop to
the runaway Trade Balance Deficit that empowered a ruthless Maoist China via the
by slave labor profiteering of the Walton clan of Arkansas and numerous other self-
seekers.  It's when the budget exceeds $550, $600, and $650 billion that such spend-
ing becomes a future count in a future Nuremberg-type trial.  Such spending literally
becomes criminal, especially depending on the medical verdict of depleted uranium
upon health and the environment.

The fatal error of Southern politicians is that they think that they will be immune for
the privation they have caused America.  This includes the Obstructionist 112th Con-
gress which was the most do-nothing congress in U.S. history.  Republicans need to
study history, as in the Cromwell Regicide trials, Andersonville, Nuremberg, Tokyo,
and even the recent trial of African war criminal Charles Taylor.  So, think.  Reading
Ayn Rand is not the answer.  Reading on how Atlanta was burnt by northerners who
were be undercut economically by the South's no-wage workforce would help too.
If the Republicans insist on remaining functionally illiterate, they who relive history,
as opposed to make history.  Even as the DowJones rises, one can't but help to notice
further diversionary tactics on the part of the Republicans on air and in congress.
Overspending results in too much rust. 
Republicans display chicken hawk contempt toward youths who don't help increase
the United States' run-away national debt which is augmented via exorbitant military
spending.  The irony today is that the newly enlisted youths who take the oath to de-
fend this nation are helping to destroy it with the amount of military spending that
a heavily indebted and non-manufacturing-based United States is forced to accrue,
on account of the stereotypical Republican Gun-toting TEA Party supporter.

It's predictable to see chicken hawks such as Limbaugh, Boehner, O'Reilley, Gingrich,
Beck, Cantor, Hannity, and Dr. "I'm Banned in England" (who never spent a minute
in boot camp) get on the megaphone and then badger America's youth to do what the
chicken hawks avoided doing.  Those youths are merely pawns in a money making
scheme.  This brings us back to Ike's fatherly warning to America, as in the warning
about the Military Industrial Complex.  Ironically, he was a Republican.  Yet, the Re-
publicans ignore him.  Of course, they only ignore him because they are Souhern
Democrats at heart.

The oxymoron is that, when enlisting to protect the United States, an American youth
ends up financially pounding the final nail in America's coffin.  Due to George WMD
Bush and his Republican cohorts, America can no longer afford GI Joe.  The Republi-
cans weakened a nation by acting tough with the blood of others for consecutive years
at a time.  Soldiers of the National Guard were being forced into foreign tours of duty,
a couple of continental plates away.  However, the National Guard is designed to al-
ways stay home and be the last line of defense for a nation.  It shouldn't be traveling
over an ocean.  In fact, the National Guard is that well formed militia mentioned in
the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, so designed to prevent the government
from becoming a tyranny.  It didn't work.  The tyrant George Bush sent the National
Guard packing to a desert far far away.

In addition, American soldiers of the regular armed forces were forced into two and
three tours of duty thousands of miles from home.  This was ruthless, and as a result,
Corporate Bailout Bush drained and weakened the United States by playing the role
of Mr. Bring-it-on.  Eight and ten years of wasted time were spent on two theaters
of war, along with $1.6 trillion spent.  Yet, there was not a single tank battle or naval
encounter throughout that entire time.  There wasn't even a single aerial dog fight.  In
fact, the Aussies and Americans ended up finding Iraqi aircraft in poor condition, on
the ground and even under the ground, buried.  So, why was all the money spent?

Despite this fact, those two wars accounted for one quarter of the national debt that
has accumulated since 2001 ... according to the Christian Science Monitor.  Iraq has
accounted for 4,487 American deaths, while Afghanistan accounted for 1,863.

Then comes wounded military personnel.  Even in December of 2011, casualties in Af-
ghanistan were mounting.  In the Year 2010, while America was watching TV house-
wives and certain celebrities of no particular talent, 700 United States soldiers died in
Afghanistan.  Americans act as if they don't even care.  Maybe it's because they don't.
In the same time span and at the same theater of war, 5,000 U.S. troops were wound-
ed.  Young men of America, listen:  Don't die for ungrateful people who obsess them-
selves with Botox Barbies.  And don't die for the sake of someone's war profiteers. 

The Enduring Cost of a Freedom that Didn't Endure

Then there is the cost of the aftermath of war, for years to come.  The same Christian
Science Monitor stated that $600 to $900 billion in long-term medical care and disa-
bility compensation is already owed by the United States to the veterans of both pro-
longed wars.  In 2008, U.S. Medicine reported that 600,000 Americans were treat-
ed at Veteran hospitals.

In the failure of the George Bush War years, one needs to be reminded that he and his
staff violated every premise of Sun Tzu's Art of  War.  Sun Tzu would never have wat-
er boarded anyone, in the first place.  Secondly, the terrorists were criminals and NOT
soldiers.  This is because, if they were soldiers, then they violated the Rules of Engage-
ment and became criminals in the process.  They let civilians be targeted.  Stated for
the record, you're not permitted to target civilians, including those in New York sky-
scrapers.

There was another costly after-effect of the Reagan Close-down-industry Complex.
Reagan manipulated the economy in such a way that the only way in which a number
of young Americans could get a job was to join the military.  This now translates in-
to highest of all government price tags ... the pension ... both government and military.
the bills which sent America's manufacturing base to Sweatshopville were the United
States' suicide notes.  American manufacturing employees paid much more tax and
spent more on multiplier-effect enhancing products than do coffee shop barristers
absorbed in college loan debt.

Why was so much taxpayer money wasted on the military industrial mind set?  The
Bible which used to be read in America stated, "Blessed are the peace makers;" not
the war makers.  Yet, Reagan had the audacity to call a nuclear missile a peace mak-
er.  Well, it didn't make peace.  It merely delayed a more concentrated and devastat-
ing series of wars in the future.  Meanwhile, Chicken Hawk Reagan let many neglect-
ed things eventually blow up in the face of society.  He left behind a land mine of so-
cial ills.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2011/0908/US-response-to-9-11-contributed-to-causes-of-current-debt-crisis

At present, the United States is in need of research engineers and environmental ex-
perts who can benefit health and daily civilian life, in the States and American terri-
tories.  If there's no appreciable life for millions of indebted civilians, then what is
there left to defend?  It's the 1% who destroyed the American Dream.  Giving your
military service toward those greed-stricken people would translate into a nightmare
for you.  Ask the three-tour Iraq/Afghan vets.

When military expert Wesley Clark said "re-deploy" to a place outside of Iraq, pushy
Chicken Hawks of gutless wonder called him a sissy.  You need to be reminded that
General Clark was the commander of the NATO alliance, and unlike chicken hawks,
he did attend boot camp.  He knows what thousands of chicken hawks don't know.
However, he was ever so coincidentally a democrat.  Thus, he was bashed, despite
the fact that he had the money-saving and life-saving answer at the moment of chaos.

America needed to save its ordnance and dollars for a real war.  The Bush II years
were the ones that were slowly making the United States defenseless, in the name
of Patriotism and "free market" economics.  The Bush version of  "free market eco-
nomics" resulted in a lot of people losing their freedom in foreign labor camps.  In
the process, he elevated military spending via two wars, all the while lowering the
tax rate for those rich made their money through the ultimate form of parasitic con-
duct ... namely, of off sweatshop laborers cheated of the rightfully due wages.  Thus,
Bush did what it took for America to be unable to pay for war against an enemy
that had zero navies, zero air forces, zero armored divisions, zero paratroopers,
etc.

So, where is Bush now?  In Paraguay?  In Uruguay?  Actually, he didn't act like the
Nazis, as much as the Tammany Hall crowd.  For war criminal George WMD Bush,
it would be the Tammany Hell crowd.  Yet, Dick 'the Waterboarder' Cheney insists
that America had a valid reason for invading an Iraq which no longer tolerates any
type of Christianity.

You need to know that Iraqi Christianity was NOT the Ann Coulter-type thereof.  For
those of you who don't care ... or who are clueless ... Iraqi Christianity is known as the
Chaldeon Rite of Catholicisim.

Oh oh.  I said Catholicism, and I have endured soooooo much anti-Catholic hatred, to
the point of psychotic/delusional conspiracy theories, dating back to 200 and 300 AD.
Well, it's time to grow up.  Mother Theresa was a devout Catholicism.  So, curb your
hatred and/or distrust of Catholicism for the sake of a Mother Theresa who opened
hospices for AIDS patients.  I'm Italian (and Danish/Irish).  You would be surprised
how non-judgmental we 'Italians' are once disaster struck a person's life.  If you have
AIDS, it doesn't matter how you got it.  We have the moral obligation to come to your
aid, no pun intended.  The operative motto is --- Kill pain and NOT people.  The bot-
tom line here is that the Johnny Reb, Southern Baptist, Moonshine still, white hood
variety of Christianity is a farce.  Thus, never equate Christianity will the white trash
of humanity.

All that the Republicans accomplished by invading Iraq was to have true Christians
on this earth persecuted to literal car-bombing death.  Incidentally, the authenticity
of Iraq's Chaldean Christianity comes from the fact that it can be traced to the origi-
nal apostles who were NOT money-grabbing TV evangelists whose ancestors saw
many a black man left hanging deader than death on tree branches located near lead
infested moonshine stills of brain damaging fame.

The Similarities Between
the Territory-grabbing Nazi Party and Money-grabbing Republican Party

There are further parallels between the Nazi Germans and the American Republicans.
Whereas the Nazi Germans sought to take the infirm to concentration camps, the Re-
publicans seek to take them off Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.   Whereas
the Nazi Germans sought to dumb-down its citizens by book burning, the Republicans
seek to do so by cutting education and even by deleting the Department of Education
itself.  This is typical for a party whose candidates include those who were unable to
name one Supreme Court case, who could not remember the cabinet positions desig-
nated for axing, and who could not refrain from cutting a State fire fighting budget dur-
ing a drought of Biblical proportions which torched a landmass larger than the entire
State of Connecticut.

Finally, whereas the Nazi Germans used the radio to spread its lying propaganda, the
Republican Party uses the radio to spread its one-line slogans and multiple diatribes.
In sequence, whereas the Nazi Germans sought to eliminate all opposing radio voices,
the American Republicans cut off National Public Radio from government funding.
The only thing that has kept the Republicans from entirely destroying this nation is a
few remaining checks and balances in the U.S. Constitution. Even at that, there is the
Florida case where a person testing the voting machines found that his votes for dem-
ocratic candidates registered as votes for Republicans.

As far as goes the socialist element, it was the Republicans under Bush II who gave
$700 billion to the corporate cronies known for donating money to Republican poli-
ticians.  In fact, the Republicans were actually bailing themselves out.  Now, as far
as goes the word Socialist in Nazi German title, there is nothing social about taking
the disabled to gas chambers.  Nazi Germany wasn't very socialist.

The Napoleon Maneuver

The Nazi Germans were draining their nation's economy through military spending.
The game plan was to steal the wealth of the nations that its troops would conquer.
This included the oil fields of Ploesti Romania and the art of Europe.  In as much,
the road that Republican America has been traveling is the same one that Nazi Ger-
many traveled.  The United States was on the brink of bankruptcy during the years
of Bring-it-on Bush, when two wars were being waged and when unneeded tax cuts
were enforced for the very greedy who caused an elevation in the chronic trade bal-
ance deficit that continues to drain American money into a Communist dictatorship.
This ensured that there would not be the revenue needed to pay for two wars which
endured twice as long as the Second World War.  When an army's congress stops
delivering it paychecks, what does that army do?  Throughout history, pillage and
plunder was the modus operandi of armies.  Napoleon was infamous for it.

When the marching band music begins to echo off the buildings of Main Street, and
when the majorettes start to twirl their batons, you can rest assured that in very close
proximity will be a Republican politician equipped with warmongering diatribes that
we in America can recite in our sleep.   You can also rest assured that lobbyists will
be equally near the Republican politician, waving his flag on Main Street for him.  So,
if the Fuhrer's black boot fits and if his propaganda minister's monocle shines like fine
crystal in the book-burning moonlight ... 
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May 16, 2017

The multipler effect, the SNAP food stamp program, and the TEA Party's mask of religion in condemning food stamps.


In September 2013, a well-fed
and highly paid Republican U.S.
House members voted to cut the
SNAP allotments of the disabled,
the elderly, the working poor, and
children by $39 billion/10yrs, all
the while doing nothing to lower
food prices or to create jobs.

Having the poor endure the George
Bush II economy wasn't enough
suffering for them, apparently.
The present state of affairs show that the only effective thing that TEA Party Re-
publicans are doing is turning the lower economic strata of America into an out-
casted population of Acceptable Loss.  Yet, all that they have to do is end the on-
going rise in the Trade Balance Deficit that has been rising to the tune of a half
trillion dollars per year for decades.  It's done by bringing back to America or its
territories the lost 5 million jobs and 60,000 lost manufacturing enterprises that
vanished at the hands of Newt Gingrich, George Bush, and other Republicans
who served the very rich at the expense of the very poor, the working poor, and
those one step from poverty.

None the less, macro-economic behavior is such that a food stamp program takes
zero dollars out of any national economy.  Rather, such a system serves as a stim-
ulus program, on account of a mathematical phenomenon known as the Multiplier
Effect.  It's one of the first things taught to college economics students. 

November 1, 2013:  An automatic decrease of $5 billion in food stamp allotments
went into effect.  It was the result of a 2009 stimulus feature expiring.  Therefore,
it was a matter of reducing a percentage of the SNAP food stamp budget to the tune
of 5%.   Now, this decrease is in addition to the $39 billion SNAP budget reduction
which still needs to be passed by the US Senate and signed into law by the president.

U.S. House Republicans failed to cooperate with the Senate in passing any jobs bill,
and they simultaneously neglected to do what is needed to trigger a decrease in food
prices that rose during the Great Recession and remain hovering at a level too high
for the present American Economy.  Yet, in keeping with their economic incompe-
tence, as if to be purposely sabotaging the U.S. economy for the sake of those who
fund their re-election campaigns, House members succeeded in getting food stamp
benefits cut, as if no one really needs food for survival.  All the while, the reduction
will reduce grocery retail incomes.

An Illustrated Version of the Multiplier Effect
The multiplier effect involves the dominoes effect of spending the same one
dollar and how much that dollar travels in a string of consecutive purchases.
It is the flow of money in a society, resulting from spending.  It's measured in
relation to a change income and a responding change in what is known as the
multiple propensity to consume; the MPS.  Translated into English, the MPS
is the repeated likelihood of a certain percentage of your income being spent,
as opposed to being saved.

The formulas involving  this are reminiscent of hieroglyphics, at first look.
But, the concept is simple logic and it permeates throughout economic math.

The multiplier effect of the food stamp program is such that, for every food
stamp dollar spent, $1.74 in economic activity is generated.  This translates
into business income being generated.   Thus, businesses throughout Ameri-
ca will lose approximately $8.5 billion in income, on account of the Novem-
ber 1 food stamp allotment cut.  Grocery stores lose out when food stamp al-
lotments are reduced.  Thus, food stamp cuts reduce a nation's GDP.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505145_162-57609936/millions-on-food-stamps-facing-benefits-cuts/

Now, former Reagan budget director, David Stockman, pointed out that the
congress appropriated far too much money on military spending, even to the
point of saying on-air that America can defend itself on $400 billion a year,
instead of the $689 and $633 billion plus CIA, NSA, & HLS costs of recent
years.  This $400 billion mark was the usual budget during the Clinton years.

During the Bush and TEA Party years, however, the military price tag became
obscenely high, equaling the accumulative military budgets of the next 22 high-
est military spender nations, as I illustrated in 2011 research on military spend-
ing.  In as much, the proper compromise between TEA Party spending and
economic expert David Stockman's recommendation would be $500 billion.

Incidentally, all that you need to know is entry-level economics, in order to see
how erroneous the Republican Party platform on economics is.  Only when it
comes to derivatives, juxtaposing ratios, and advanced Cost Accounting do you
need an advanced prowess in econ.  None the less, you don't have to be an eco-
nomics expert to understand the overall picture of a nation's economy.  He only
have to be a man of goodwill, a person with a sense of decency, someone in
possession of a conscience.

None the less, the Southern congressman who went on national TV and claimed
to have been an economics expert on account of having raised a family was en-
tirely asinine.  This is because there are different phases and categories of eco-
nomics, such as Macro-economics, Micro-economics, and International Eco-
nomics.  Running a household in micro-economics.

Economics expert, David Stockman, knows economics efficiently and he under-
stands the mechanism of the multiplier effect on an economy. The SNAP food
stamp program increases the multiplier effect.  Meanwhile, tax cuts given to the
greed-stricken wealthy takes money out of the circular flow of currency such
that the money which ended up in overseas tax havens and foreign sweatshop
investments cost America 5 million jobs and 60,000 manufacturing outlets.

In memory of the Pittsburgh steel industry which dissolved in the smelter of Reaganomics.
The obvious on-air liars of the Right Wing, such as Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly,
and the Glen Beck who admitted that he does ZERO FACT CHECKING, kept
stating that food stamps go to lazy able-bodied people who have large TV sets,
autos, cell phones, etc.  Well, the vast majority of recipients are children, the
elderly, and the disabled, as well as those who do work but are underpaid.  In
fact, 5,000 active-duty military personnel were reported as being food stamp
recipients.

Concerning children on food stamps, there are red state regions where the per-
centage of them are high ... according to PBS.    This is especially the case in
Rush Limbaugh's native state of Missouri.  In as much, red state TEA Party
voters are sabotaging their own businesses, especially their grocery stores.
There are simultaneously being vicious to children, the elderly, & disabled.
Below is a very partial list from the pertinent PBS publication found at:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/interactive/patchworknation/stats/food-stamps/percent-children-food-stamps/

              Percentage of children dependent upon food stamps

The $39 billion food stamp reduction vote:

The vote of September 19 was very close; 217 to 210.  The House of Reps voted to
delete $39 billion from the food stamp budget for the next ten years.  Ironically, the
farm subsidies which yearly range from $15 to $35 million will be kept in tact.  The
hypocrisy is that the Republican Party did ZERO to reduce the cost of food which
started elevating during the Bush Recession.

The estimate is that approximately 3 million Americans will become ineligible for
any food stamp allotment, and 850,000 will have their allotments reduced.  Furth-
ermore fifteen Republicans actually voted against the cuts.   Due to the sequester,
the Meals on Wheels program already was reduced. 

Ignoring the Multiplier Effect:  The TEA Party Way

Despite the existence of the Multiplier Effect in the universe of mathematics, Ted
Cruz, Michelle Bachmann, the overpaid & airheaded Sarah Palin, Stephen Fincher
and other TEA Party politicians ignore it.  Interestingly enough,  the aforementioned
persons all adhere to the "Evangelical," "Born-Again," "Fundamentalist," "Southern
Baptist," "Neo-Confederate," "Tent Revivalist," "Saved" religion of the extremely
backward, crass, isolated, segregationist, anti-federal, and rural culture of White
Anglicized America.

In this religion, its adherents believe that each one has the power to interpret the
Bible on his/her own.  So, they decided to take out of context one sentence of the
Bible, as an excuse to take away needed food from the needy, while not reducing
their own congressional pay checks and/or speech fees by even a penny.

As if to be establishing a religion ... namely the religion of Southern slave owners,
cross burners, lynch mob coordinators, and segregationists ...  they also made sure
to keep active the subsidies that gained for Southern Congressman Stephen Finch-
er $3.48 million.

The quote Fincher and Bachmann blasphemously used out of context came from
Saint Paul.  He was writing to a community whose members included people who
believed that the End of World was a few days to a few months away.  This belief
was erroneous, because it contradicted the prophecy that the Faith spread by Peter
and the apostles would first be spread throughout the entire world, before the world
would come to an end.  So, Paul wrote that he did not advise that anyone who was
unwilling to work should be a part of the dining tables ... until they stopped believ-
ing that the world was soon to come to an end.

Concerning the true Christian religion, and NOT the one disfigured through the
centuries by those who broke away from original Christianity, the following is
what the Son of Man will say to those consigned to eternal damnation at the end
of the world, after the Resurrection of the Dead. It directly hits at the heart of the
miserly mindset of the TEA Party Republican:

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the
eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  For I was hungry and you
gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you
gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, 
and you did not care for me.’

Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?'
He will answer then, "I tell you solemnly, what you did NOT do for one of
these least ones, you did not do for me."  And these will go off to eternal
punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” 

According to the Bible, therefore, Stephen Fincher, Michelle Bachmann, and oth-
er TEA Party Republicans are on the road Hell.  At this point, keep one more thing
in mind:  The Bible, the Fathers of the Church, the Doctors of the Church, and the
Papal teachings always refer to Jesus the Nazarene as Christ the King and NOT as
Christ the Republican.  That's King and NOT Republican.  In fact, Christ is surely
not referred to as Christ the TEA Party Republican.  Thus, the TEA Party claim
that Christ was the quintessential TEA Party Republican is literally blasphemy,
according to true Christianity, and NOT the grotesque caricature of it that accom-
panied Cross Burnings, Lynch Mobs, and the 2013 shutting down of the United
States government.

Bill O'Reily and his Doctrine of Hatred

Bill O'Reilly was wrong in his audacious assessment of Christ.  In fact, he claim-
ed that Jesus never said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
Well, contrary to non-physician O'Reilly's assessment, crucifixion does not cause
suffocation.  Roman crucifixion results in hypovolemic shock and the complica-
tions involved with it.  If it involved suffocation, then Roman convicts wouldn't
have lasted days on their crosses, at times.  O'Reilly, filled with the hated with
which he is, denies that Christ has mercy.   So, he called the Gospel authors liars,
as if he is now the true voice of truth.

O'Reilly calls himself Catholic, but the center of Catholicism is the Mercy of God.

Thus, in denying that Christ ever said, "Father forgive them," O'Reilly lies. He
lies, due to the hatred that consumes him.  In addition, Bachmann and Fincher
misinterpreted one Biblical sentence, as a ploy to intimidate the public into think-
ing that giving Stephen Fincher $3.48 million is the will of a God who will crush
you, if you don't give Fincher $3.48 million taxpayer dollars.

Concerning this, a FoxNews regular went on air, and as a propaganda ploy, he
asked if food stamp recipients feel shame for using food stamps.  This ploy sug-
gested that food stamp allotments are a disgrace.

ANS:  Food stamp recipients feel a number of things.  They feel hungry and/or
wracked and/or drained and/or burdened and/or one step away from destitution
and/or relief.  Food stamp recipients also feel the cancer and/or the aging and/or
the severe-level asthma attacks and/or the muscle weakness and/or the back pain,
and/or other physical pains.  Yet other food stamp recipients feel their tininess and
frailty, concerning those in the childhood age group.  The children felt hunger too.

One thing is for certain:  The FoxNews people,  morbidly obese Limbaugh, the
admitted alcoholic Glenn Beck who equally admitted to having done ZERO fact
checking all feel no one's pain.  Let it be repeated.  They feel no one's pain.  They
are the ones in the state of delusion.

Of course, the Republicans, dating back to Ronald "Rust Belt" Reagan, stereotype
food stamp recipients as blacks driving Cadillacs.  The truth is that 36% of the food
stamp recipients of America are white.  One point to make at this point is that food
stamp money goes back into the American economy.  Romney's money went to the
Cayman Islands and Switzerland.  Thus, what Romney did damaged America in its
time of need.  What food stamp recipients did was spread money amongst the groc-
er industry.  Incidentally, over 60% of Republicans were indifferent to the idea of
the United States defaulting on its debts.

A couple weeks of the TEA Party way cost America $24 billion.  They should, by
law, be required to reimburse America.  This is because what they did was intention-
al blackmail.  One would state that they are immune.  However, in the presence of
malice, there is no immunity.  What they did was malicious ... or so stupid that they
have the moral duty to resign from their posts, being that they proved that they do
not do what they are doing.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/09/19/house-gop-food-stamp-cuts/2839343/

May 15, 2017

The Reagan Presidency = Deficit Spending Every Year.

I was having a conversation with the executive of a very well known corporation
whose commercials are on TV and whose products are probably in your home.
This individual has an MBA, and we've conversed on a regular basis, whenever
she would fly-in from Chicago.  This is because she is one of the officers of the
moderate-sized construction corporation for whom I work.

Yours truly:  This is where I had the conversation with the
corporate vice president of a very well known corporation.
Incidentally, construction trailer offices can look very "lived in."
Well, shortly after New Year's Day 2015, she flew in from Chicago as she often
does, and we got to talking.  She suddenly said that the Reagan presidency had
budget surpluses.  I then explained to her about Reagan tripling the national debt
and other economic misfortunes that happened under Reagan's watch.  We then
changed the subject.

Anyway, I realized that the lies of the Republican Party are still being reiterat-
ed throughout corporate America and even corporate executives are believing
the lies in good faith.  Therefore, it's time to once again ring out the statistical
truths of the Reagan Years which were an encompassing act of sabotage upon
the United States economy, except where the inflation rate was involved.  We
will re-begin with the fact that 100% of the Reagan Presidential Years were
marked with record DEFICIT SPENDING.

Here is where I had the enlightening conversation
with the Chicago-based corporate exec.

We will adjourn to a work of gentlemen from the University of California at
Santa Barbara.  Their names are Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley.  They
are the compilers of the American Presidency Project and their statistical
outlay of surplus/deficit spending per president can be found at:

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/budget.php

Out of respect for copyright law and ethics, I only copied and pasted the stats on
Ronald Reagan.  When you do study him as I did, you find that he is the Great
Republican Lie ... the Republican Con Game ... the Republican Sham.  Present-
ing Reagan as the God of the Universe was the result of diverting from Ameri-
can memory the hideous presidency of George Bush II who literally can be de-
fined as a War Criminal, pursuant to one of the six counts of the Nuremberg
Trials, namely War of Aggression.

If Reagan were the god that the Republican Party made him out to be through-
out the 2008 and 2012 elections, the Republicans would have been singing
Reagan's praises before the Bush Years.

When surveying the national debt through the years, the important statistic is
the budget deficit as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product.  That stat was
lowest during FDR's first five years, George Bush II's second, third, and fi-
nal year in office, and Obama's first three years in office.

At this point, the following excerpt is to prove that Reagan most certainly had
wall-to-wall deficit spending.  In fact, all of the years of deficit spending sur-
passed the one hundred billion dollar per year mark, and no other president up
to that time ever surpassed $79 billion in deficit spending.  In conclusion, you
cannot believe anything that the Republicans say about Reagan.  You have been
duly forewarned.

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/budget.php
             
Ronald Reagan

                    G.D.P.
        ReceiptsOutlays       Surplus
 or
Deficit
ReceiptsOutlaysSurplus
or
Deficit
       

1982617.8745.7-128.03,223.719.223.1-4.0
1983600.6808.4-207.83,440.717.523.5-6.0
1984666.4851.8-185.43,844.417.322.2-4.8
1985734.0946.3-212.34,146.317.722.8-5.1
1986769.2990.4-221.24,403.917.522.5-5.0
1987854.31,004.0-149.74,651.418.421.6-3.2
1988909.21,064.4-155.25,008.518.221.3-3.1
1989991.11,143.7-152.65,399.518.421.2-2.8

May 14, 2017

Trickle-down Reaganomics is Oligarchy; NOT Democracy

The United States government was
designed to be a bicameral federal
republic; two legislative chambers
in two tiers --- state and nationwide.
It's foundation stones were electors
& representatives who were meant
to check and balance the senate.

The US government was never de-
signed to be a democracy.  Nor was
it designed to be a corporate dictator-
ship of lobbyists.  Decision-making
was intended to involve more than
1%.  Reaganomic Trickle Downism
is unAmerican.  The idea of wealth
trickling from a few is repugnant.
It leaves the majority of Americans
unable to steer their own destinies.
The trickle-down mindset only values a human life according to each individual's bank
account holdings.  The trickle-down theory reduces life's goal to nothing more than the
ringing-up of a cash register, thereby showing how uncreative, vain, lifeless, and void
of personalities the present-day wealthy are.  All that they can think of is getting a hand-
ful of surrogates with loud and disrespectful mouths to badger and harass the middle
class and poor who already have more than enough burdens to carry in life.

In addition, the George WMD Bush years proved that Trickle-down Reaganism does
NOT work.  The trickles went overseas, to places such as Mitt Romney's Swiss and
Cayman Island bank accounts, as well as to numerous low-waged nations, for the sake
of giving an unfair benefit to a few who leech off of burdened sweatshop workers
who operate as slaves throughout the earth.

It's extremely anti-American to limit the decision-making process to a mere 1% of the
population, all the while expecting hundreds of millions of North and South Americans
to be powerless sheep, subject to the whims of ultra-rich people who, in reality, only
hold ultra-wealth because they either profited from underpaying workers and/or over-
charging customers and/or unfair commercial advantages that only they were granted.
The bottom line is that the rich hold the wealth owed to underpaid workers and over-
charged customers.  This is why Nuremberg-type trials continue to emerge.

In a previous article, I mentioned the thesis statement of the truly successful:

You don't have to work hard, you have to work smart(ly).

Well, there is one more feature that separates the successful person from the
non-successful one.  It goes as follows:

It's not what you know that counts.   It's who you know that does.

The diatribes of those who spoke for the wealthy, in contempt of the burdened in
society are the diatribes of those who leech off of the wealthy, in the form of cor-
porate media payroll checks. These people do not go on air and assassinate the
character of the burdened for free.  Also keep in mind that the head of FoxNews
is a repulsively obese individual who shows himself to be as lazy as laziness itself,
in said obesity.  That is to say that FoxNews people work for a pig ... literally.
 
In fact, Republican politicians cow-tow to the rich, only because the burdened
middle class and poor can't as easily fund their re-election campaigns.  In similar
fashion, the same middle class and poor can't as easily pay the ridiculously high
salaries to radio talk show hosts, television commentators, and similar operatives.
Therefore, right wing bully pulpit radio talk show hosts go about lambasting and
ridiculing the burdened,  assuming that they personally don't get any self-seeking
benefit from the poor.

It's the poor and middle class who work for the holders of wealth.  Therefore, it's
the working poor who make wealth for the wealthy.  The rich don't create more
jobs.  The working poor do so, in enabling more sales and consumer demand.  In
as much, the right wing radio talk show host who lambasts the working poor has
been benefiting from them, in that the talk show hosts' paychecks are signed by
those who benefit from the working poor.  This is the ultimate ingratitude.  In fact,
this is why things such as the French Revolution occurred in the past and is in the
process of reoccurring in the present tense, on an entirely different continent.

Keep in mind that the Tunisian Revolution already came and went, having started
the ball rolling.  The Occupy Wall Street movement was the warning shot fired
across the bow.  The rich of today, like the aristocrats of Louis XVI's court,
paid no heed.

The bottom line is that anything which shrinks the number of people involved in
America's decision-making processes is un-American, anti-patriotic, & treason-
ous to the ideal of We, the People.  America is supposed to consist in We, the
People, and NOT We, the 1%, along with an entourage of our loud mouthpieces
who hog the air waves as much as possible.  This means that Ronald "Triple the
National Debt" Reagan, George "WMD" Bush, Dick "Waterboarder" Cheney,
NAFTA Newt Gingrich, Rush "Viagra Smuggler" Limbaugh, and Mitt "Cayman
Island" Romney have thus far been the most anti-American & unpatriotic people
you've seen and heard in the past 34 years.  They have been antagonists to the
vast majority of Americans  ...  for decades. ____________________________________________________________

May 13, 2017

Ronald Reagan, the Great Liar ... not great communicator.

Hundreds of millions of Americans need
more than a Reaganomic trickle.  They all
need the main stream.  The rich never create
jobs.  Only shoppers do ... only an increase
in demand does.

The Communist Sweatshop Dictatorship of
China has proven that it's falsehood to state,
"If you built it, they will come."  The dozens
of newly built Chinese Ghost Cities prove this
to be so.  Reagan is the one who opened trade
with Communist China, claiming that it would
become a capitalist nation.  Communist China
only become more ruthless & irresponsible.
Even though Establishmentarian & Closet Republican Hillary Clinton would have
been far worse as president, at best, Ronald Reagan was a very mean April Fool's
joke.  At worst, his numerical record tells the tale.  The worship of Ronald Reagan
was false-advertising hype, for the new conservative Republican Way.  It was/is a
way where only the rich who need no help are helped all the more.  Meanwhile, the
working poor were left to endure all the more heavily weighted burdens.

Incidentally, keep in mind that Hillary was a Goldwater Girl, she was the loudest
advocate of the economic crime against humanity known as NAFTA, and she did
not believe in due process of law and fair trials, as it applied to Northern African
heads of state whose overthrows literally resulted in anarchy and a slave trade in
that Northern African nation.  In as much, White Anglo-Saxon Protestants such
as Hillary Clinton and George Bush mangle nations when they intervene in them.
The wrongest people have been in power for too long a time.

Keep in mind that the original Republican platform was low military spending.
The Republican party of Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Gerald Ford was
completely different than that of today.  Today, a Republican is locut eating
up the land.

Contained herein are links to a number of newspaper articles written about Ronald
'S&L Crisis' Reagan during the actual Reagan years.  Those articles are journalism
at point zero range, chronologically speaking.  They constitute journalism complete-
ly free of time distortions and altered historical accounts.  They serve the function
of the evidence that Reagan was neither the great prophet, nor the enlightening sage,
nor the fearless warrior that the right wing world made him out to be ... that he was
NOT Mount Rushmore material, to state it politely.

Reagan caused a lot of harm to Americans who weren't the richest of the rich.  He
caused so much harm to America that the Reagan years consisted in picking up the
pieces of American wreckage, after he signed something into law or set forth an
executive order.

            By his life and by his deeds, Reagan taught us one thing:
. . . that the exceptionally stupid lie an exceptional amount of times.

For those of you brainwashed into believing that Ronald 'O-Ring" Reagan was the
greatest man to ever live, the following links will provide you with an eye-opening
and mind-liberating education.  Reagan was a chronic liar during an era when there
was no internet fact checking capability.

The news articles linked from this page are in the Must Read status.  Included are a
few commentaries written around the general time span of Reagan's 100th birthday.
They mostly concentrate on how much of a liar Reagan was.  Those added articles
are also Must Reads.  They'll answer all questions but one:  When did Reagan not 
lie?  If you were there, in the Reagan years ... and if you were not a yuppie ... you
would understand.

As an added preparatory section:

Under Reagan, in 1985, the U.S. became a net debtor nation for the first time since
1914.
          http://www.nytimes.com/1985/09/17/business/us-turns-into-debtor-nation.html
_________________________________________________________________
In fact, in 1985, the United States became the largest debtor nation on earth.  Yet,
when Reagan entered office, the U.S. was the largest creditor nation on earth.

In contrast, under Gerald Ford, the United States was the second largest exporting
nation in the world.  Plus, under Gerald Ford, the number of Americans living be-
low the poverty line diminished.  Despite this successful economic state of affairs,
Reagan ran against Ford in 1976, as if there were cause to do so.

http://articles.latimes.com/1986-06-24/news/mn-21190_1_foreign-investments

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1291&dat=19860319&id=VwtUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=kowDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6642,6797126

Under Reagan, from 1981 to 1983, the number of Americans living below the
poverty line went from 31,822,000 to 35,303,000.  The comfortable Ronald
Reagan was NOT one of them.
                                                   http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0104525.html
_______________________________________________________________
In 1987, the U.S. was still the top debtor nation on earth.  Reagan kept making
America weaker.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=D5AbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=51EEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7251,6267900&dq=reagan+america+largest+top+debtor+nation&hl=en
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In 1988, Reagan's last year in office, the U.S. remained the top debtor nation.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8WYVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XAsEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4833,121573&dq=us+world%27s+top+creditor+nation&hl=en
___________________________________________________________________
The Ronald Reagan propaganda machine made it sound as if the state of the Ameri-
can economy was consistently improving with time.  Well, Reagan entered office in
January of 1981.

1} The worst unemployment rate since the Great Depression emerged.  2} As was
previously mentioned, in 1985 the US turned from top creditor nation to top debtor
nation.  3} What wasn't mentioned yet was that, also in 1985, the first of many S&L
bank failures occurred.  It resulted in a bank holiday being declared in an Ohio where
the deposit-insurance reserve had been drained.  4} Then came the following year,
when the Tax Reform Act of 1986 was signed into law, along with the repeal of a
real estate investor's "passive activity deduction" which turned the Ohio S&L Crisis
into an eventual national phenomenon, in combination with fraud, deregulation, and
Reagan's obsession with decreasing inflation, while not keeping the prime interest rate
down.  5} The piece de resistance of the Reagan Years occurred on October 19, 1987.
That was when the Stock Market Crashed.

This leads us to the ultimate and quintessential question for the Reagan Propaganda
Machine:  What Reagan Recovery?

Black Monday: 25th anniversary of 1987 stock market crash; ABCNews, 2012

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/national_world&id=8852839

Reagan's Leadership, Too, Was Questioned After 1987 Stock Market Drop;
NPR News, 2011

http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/08/09/139237597/reagans-leadership-too-was-questioned-after-1987-market-drop

A Brief History of the 1987 Stock Market Crash with a Discussion of the Federal
Reserve Response;  issued by the Federal Reserve Board, 2006

http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/feds/2007/200713/200713pap.pdf
___________________________________________________________________
The Savings & Loan Crisis began on Reagan's watch, and eventually cost the Ameri-
can taxpayer $124 billion.  Now, the S&L Crisis and the Stock Market Crash occurred
late in Reagan's presidency.  Therefore, they were the product of Reagan's configura-
tion of the economy (his sabotage of it.)  Furthermore,  being that they occurred so
late in his presidency, he couldn't blame them on Jimmy Carter.
___________________________________________________________________
The commentaries written in the vicinity of Reagan's 100th birthday are also posted
here, after the 1960s, 70s, and 80s articles.  A few articles written at the turn of the
century are also linked here.  The 100th birthday commentaries were published by
the various media entities with the intent to inform the world that the adulation of
Ronald 'Iran/Contra' Reagan was nothing more than lying propaganda, in order
to deceive humanity into making the obscenely wealthy more obscenely wealthy.
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Here is the block of Reagan-era articles: 

Reagan's Liar Charge Backfires, by Drew Pearson  1967 (famous writer at the time.)
Article of paramount importance, showing Reagan to be the quintessential liar:

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http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=uJgfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Y9QEAAAAIBAJ&pg=947,3419605&dq=reagan+liar&hl=en
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Callaway Cites Reagan's Past; Concord Monitor article in Nashua Telegraph, 1975.
Another article of paramount importance, showing Reagan contradicting his rhetoric.
Callaway was Gerald Ford's 1976 campaign director.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LZ0rAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GPwFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5431,5553232&dq=reagan+national+debt+poll&hl=en 
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Reagan: Credibilty Gap, by Jack Anderson; St. Petersburg Times, 1967

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=zA0mAAAAIBAJ&sjid=j1oDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5389,5589852&dq=reagan+credibility+gap&hl=en

Seventeen years later ...

Reagan's Credibility Gap; Schenectady Gazette, 1984

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3BAhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=V3MFAAAAIBAJ&pg=998,3331713&dq=reagan+credibility+gap&hl=en

Now, observe:  Twenty years later ...

Reagan's Credibility Gap; Glasgow Herald, 1987

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9RI1AAAAIBAJ&sjid=yKULAAAAIBAJ&pg=1955,3142601&dq=reagan+credibility+gap&hl=en 
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Reagan Scandal Probe; TheVillage Voice, 1976.  The article begins as follows:

"There is a storm brewing which will provide major embarrassment to former
Governor Ronald Reagan."

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8_ZNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PosDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3680,3301495&dq=reagan+scandal&hl=en
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President (Jimmy Carter) says that Reagan Lied,
and pulls out the record to show it.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=dUdNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IPsDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5447,37883&dq=reagan+lied&hl=en
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Reagan's Unemployment Thicket; Milwaukee Journal, 1982

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ix4eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=sX4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5135,85225&dq=reagan+unemployment+rate&hl=en 
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Reagan:  Job Rate 'Tragic';  Pittsburgh Press, 1982, two years after Reagan was
sworn in as president.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=WgsfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FpYEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5370,3010082&dq=reagan+unemployment+rate&hl=en
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10.8% Jobless Rate Highest Since 1940; Palm Beach Post, 1982

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TwEtAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Sc4FAAAAIBAJ&pg=2680,2268825&dq=reagan+unemployment+rate+10.8&hl=en
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Deficit Picture Worsens; 1982 NYT News Service

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ktohAAAAIBAJ&sjid=tJ8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=1161,4866000&dq=reagan+deficit+lied+national+debt&hl=en
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Civil Rights Protection Down, Records Show; Bangor Daily News, 1982
(Illustrates that Reagan lied when he said that his administration processed civil
rights cases more frequently than the Carter administration.)

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=x7YzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SDgHAAAAIBAJ&pg=1389,4912193&dq=reagan+numbers+contradict&hl=en
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Reagan backs gas tax hike; Youngstown Vindicator 1982

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2yFAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eVgMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4223,2984038&dq=reagan+lower+wages&hl=en
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Still Unemployment Rate Confounds Reagan Aids; Spokesman-Review, 1983

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=5NkvAAAAIBAJ&sjid=qe4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=4886,1829364&dq=reagan+unemployment+rate&hl=en
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Indians call Reagan liar, deceiver; Lakeland Ledger 1983

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=BpQsAAAAIBAJ&sjid=r_sDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3088,354705&dq=reagan+liar&hl=en
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News articles about polls taken in 1987, an Iran/Contra year:

Most in poll believe Reagan may be lying; Mohave Daily Miner, 1987

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=nGELAAAAIBAJ&sjid=l1IDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5488,1826341&dq=reagan+lied+iran-contra&hl=en

Poll finds most think Reagan lied on knowing, Pgh Post Gazette, 1987

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xNZRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IW4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=5537,5801538&dq=reagan+lied+iran-contra&hl=en

Poll still shows Reagan lying on Iran/Contra; The Miami News, 1987

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=rw9XAAAAIBAJ&sjid=O0MNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2518,4733433&dq=reagan+lied+iran-contra&hl=en

Poll:  North telling the truth, Reagan lying; Pgh Post Gazette, 1987

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=vtZRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IW4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=3465,3745682&dq=reagan+poll+truth&hl=en

Iran-Contra Hearings; 
A Majority in New Poll Still Find Reagan Lied on Iran-Contra Issue, NYT 1987 

http://www.nytimes.com/1987/07/18/world/iran-contra-hearings-majority-new-poll-still-find-reagan-lied-iran-contra-issue.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm
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The quintessential article which summarizes the failure known as the Reagan ad-
ministration, written while Reagan was still president is found through the follow-
ing link.  It's titled, The Sad Legacy of Ronald Reagan, and it's brought to you
through the Ludwig von Mises Institute, 1988:

                     http://mises.org/freemarket_detail.aspx?control=488
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Articles written after the Reagan years:

Reagan broke promises and lied; others pay; Wilmington Star (NC) 1990.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kIZRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IxQEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6925,343057&dq=reagan+broke+promise&hl=en
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Reagan (was) behind lies, (Oliver) North says; Milwaukee Sentinel, 1994

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AqxRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_hIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4694,7373083&dq=reagan+lied+iran-contra&hl=en
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(Oliver) North said he lied to protect Reagan's role in Iran/Contra;
based on a 1994 CBS Face the Nation interview.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Je9LAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Be0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=1870,7601288&dq=reagan+lied+iran-contra&hl=en
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Observe how Reagan was not the iron lion he was made out to be;
how he waffled like Romney, the other intense liar:

Reagan:  Marines to stay in Lebanon; Pgh Post Gazette, Aug 1983

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=yKlRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pm0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=3910,6952425&dq=reagan+lebanon+marines&hl=en

Marines prepare to leave Beirut; Deseret News (Salt Lake City), Feb 1984

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wy1TAAAAIBAJ&sjid=tIIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5916,3020961&dq=reagan+withdraw+from+lebanon&hl=en
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Reagan's Legacy:  Homelessness in America

http://www.nhi.org/online/issues/135/reagan.html
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Published on Friday, March 10, 2000 in The Nation:

Ronald Reagan Was Many Things,
But Most Undeniably He Was A Pathological Liar,
by Eric Alterman

http://www.commondreams.org/views/031000-101.htm
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The Reagan Fraud, by Jeff Riggenbach, 2009

http://mises.org/daily/5009/
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Why not let Reagan rest in peace?  Because many of the most 
serious problems facing America today began on his watch,
by Peter Dreier  2011

http://www.thenation.com/article/158321/reagans-real-legacy#