Refugees And The Moral Crisis Of Our National Debt

As a college student, in an era when college tuition was much lower, I was able to pay my college bills without taking any loans. First, I had the support of my parents. They paid my bill in full for my freshman year, with the understanding that they did not have sufficient resources to continue that contribution for four years. In February of that year, I started working as a part-time janitor in a middle school. I spent most of my hours vacuuming, during which time I memorized vocabulary words for the foreign language I was studying, multitasking as much as I could. I accepted extra hours whenever they were offered, which often meant shoveling sidewalks and mowing grass.

Because of transferring to a new college and changing majors, I got a bit behind in my academic work. Hence, I took an overload when I was a senior, and had to quit working. I had to go back to my parents to help me pay for the last semester, when I came up seriously short. My parents were not wealthy—my dad worked in a factory and my mom did housecleaning. They were there for me when I needed their financial support.

They were in a position to help, not because they were wealthy, but because they practiced a lean lifestyle. In today’s era, we are surrounded by media advertisements and images that suggest we should buy bigger houses and more luxurious cars, and take more exotic vacations. As a result, most people I know seem to live on the edge of their financial resources. They are one rainy day away from bankruptcy.

Unfortunately, this is happening within a larger context in which a huge number of Americans are not planning for retirement. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, 45 percent of working-age households have no retirement savings. Not only are we running out of money at the end of the month, we are also failing to plan for retirement and declining health.

If we are unable (or unwilling) to plan for our own financial well-being, and the well-being of our sons and daughters, we are falling far short of the principle laid out by the Apostle Paul. In his letter to the Ephesians, he wrote, “He…must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.” When we live on the edge of bankruptcy, we limit our ability to respond to our own rainy days; we limit our ability to invest in our sons and daughters; and we limit our ability to “share with those in need.”

The world is currently experiencing its most serious refugee crises ever. According to CNN stories, there are almost 60,000,000 people who have been displaced from their homes, with particular problems in Syria, the Ukraine, Iraq, and across Africa. “Humanity has never seen such displacement. Ever.”

“One clearly gets the impression that the world is at war—and indeed many areas of the world are today in a completely chaotic situation,” said U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.

The Syrian crisis has received international attention this summer, with the influx of refugees into Europe, but this problem has been percolating for four years, with massive refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, and, especially, Turkey. I challenge you to locate one of the refugee camps on Google Earth (such as the Al Zaatari Refugee Camp, Al Mafraq, Jordan) and get a sense of how just one of these refugee camps looks.

Area Middle East churches have invested themselves in working in these refugee camps, seeking to alleviate the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs. International groups such as Samaritan’s Purse and Doctors Without Borders have been working tirelessly. And yet, the overall American response to this unprecedented crisis of displacement has been underwhelming. But, what can you expect from a nation that already has $18 trillion in debt? We’ve compromised our own ability to help.

In a 2012 New York Times column, former President Clinton referred to the failure of the U.S. government to intervene in the genocide in Rwanda as one of his main foreign-policy failures, saying “I don’t think we could have ended the violence, but I think we could have cut it down. And I regret it.”

In a few years, we will also look back on this Syrian crisis with regret. We have not positioned ourselves to help in time of crisis, because we are living on the edge of bankruptcy. I beg those running for political office to make it a priority to put our financial house in order. Let’s restore American financial solvency.

Dr. Gary L. Welton is assistant dean for institutional assessment, professor of psychology at Grove City College, and a contributor to The Center for Vision & Values. He is a recipient of a major research grant from the Templeton Foundation to investigate positive youth development.

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Here’s Why The Biggest Loser In Boehner’s Departure Could Be Barack Obama

John Boehner and Barack Obama were known for working together on a number of issues, despite the difference in party affiliation.

Obama has publicly said that Boehner is more moderate than the Tea Party on major issues.

Obama addressed Boehner’s leadership during a press conference with Chinese President Xi Jin Ping. He said that Boehner was a leader who understood that in governance, “you don’t get 100% of what you want.”

Boehner reached a debt deal with Obama back in 2011, although they did not reach a “grand bargain” during the negotiations. Boehner also helped Obama fast-track trade promotion legislation, despite the objections of many Democrats.

A whopping 72% of Republican primary voters said that they are dissatisfied with the ability of Boehner and Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to achieve party goals, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz harshly criticized Boehner: “If it is correct that the speaker, before he resigns, has cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi to fund the Obama administration for the rest of this year, to fund Obamacare, to fund executive amnesty, to fund Planned Parenthood, to fund implementation of this Iran deal, and then presumably to land a cushy K Street job after joining with the Democrats to implement all of President Obama’s priorities, that is not the behavior one would expect from a Republican speaker of the House.”

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy would naturally be in line next to become speaker. Although he is currently favored by the odds, it is uncertain if he will ascend to the position.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., was asked who would now run for speaker. He responded: “Everybody! But the establishment lost today.”

Huelskamp said that he and other Tea Party Republicans were happy to hear of Boehner’s resignation and thought Tea Party conservatives would be able to agree on a speaker.

Huelskamp stated: “He read the writing on the wall. We need new leadership. Every time we go home we hear, ‘Fire Boehner.’ We need a new speaker who can standup (sic) to the president.”

It’s Back To Dysfunctional Washington

As Congress and their symbiotic bureaucratic, media and lobbyist co-conspirators return to Washington after a month’s vacation, they will find they missed all the explosive summer fun.

It was not pleasurable but the government did detonate the Colorado Gold King Mine in August when the Environmental Protection Agency tested how new procedures could be used to clean-up one of the hundreds of abandoned mines in the American west.

The EPA has been struggling with pollution control since 1980 when newspaper reports of benzene and dioxin traces were found in property owned by a school at Love Canal, New York and Congress established a Superfund under the EPA to clean up the most dangerous chemical waste sites.

Unfortunately, the EPA test turned into 3 million gallons of toxic mustard-tinted sludge containing lead and arsenic spilling into a river system extending into New Mexico and Utah. Unable to cleanse its own 1,300 sites, the EPA immediately changed the subject by issuing a new regulation ordering the private sector to clean up methane gas emissions, threatening recovery in the oil business.

True, much in Washington was less dramatic as the bureaucracy turned out millions and millions of checks to Social Security and government retirees, Medicare health enrollees, veterans, students, farmers, subsidized businesses, states, contractors, employees, researchers, and grant recipients. While sending checks is pretty simple, the fraud and error rates totaled 12 percent, with improper payments for seven Health and Human Services programs alone announced at $78 billion for 2014.

One of my first experiences in government was during the 1980s, on a visit to the Federal Aviation Administration. I was viewing its plans for a massive new mechanized air traffic control system and its need for more flexible personnel rules. Three decades later this August, FAA was finally installing new software. Unfortunately, this failed and cancelled 476 airline flights.

My old agency, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, announced that the number of hacked personnel and security clearance files increased from 18 to 22 million, which national intelligence head James Clapper said not only increased exposure risks, but that future hackers could change information to make the guilty appear harmless and the innocent compromised.

At the same time, the Internal Revenue Service found that 610,000 tax files had also been hacked.

Housing and Urban Development Inspector General David Montoya reported 25,000 low income public housing tenants were richer than allowed, one earning $497,000 a year. After setting the destruction of the Islamic State as a presidential priority, the summer found only 54 moderates graduating from the “train and equip” program to confront ISIL in Syria, although 72 more were promised soon.

Worse, five of the New Syria Force’s graduates were captured by an al-Qaeda affiliate and nominal ISIL opponent al Nusra soon after they arrived in Syria. The force has degraded since with many of their U.S. arms now in enemy hands.

Meanwhile, the economy struggled to exceed the anemic 2 percent growth against historic recoveries twice that rate. The administration’s solution was to increase the minimum wage and get tough on business. During the summer doldrums, Wendy’s restaurants announced higher minimums would cause them to cut jobs and increase automation. Likewise, investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods estimated that “Since 2009, 49 financial institutions have paid various government entities and private plaintiffs nearly $190 billion in fines and settlements” with only one conviction. How many jobs could have been created with $190 billion?

Following last month’s embarrassment over 30 years of National Institutes of Health advice against cholesterol and fats proving wrong, a Columbia University study questioned the national Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommending breakfasts to reduce weight, finding the extra meal actually increased heaviness in overweight people.
A recent study in the journal PLOS Biology reported half of all such biomedical studies are flawed.

And all of this governmental incompetence happened over just one month.

What will Congress do? The leadership plans the old Kabuki routine of a stop-gap funding bill or a continuing resolution before the end of the September fiscal year and last minute increases in the debt limit and highway trust fund with no real reform. The leadership has promised that there will be no government shutdown and no debt default but the presidential aspirants and many back-benchers in both parties are threatening to do both.

The nation’s top public administration professor, Paul Light, concludes the national government cannot faithfully execute its laws. The national government is doing everything and nothing works. No wonder Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are toping the polls.

No one seems to care that the bloated ossified national government is simply dysfunctional. The administrative state is imploding and the only solutions are socialists more of the same, old statist bureaucracy or a blonde autocrat on a white horse promising personal benevolent authoritarianism.

Donald Devine is senior scholar at the Fund for American Studies, the author of “America’s Way Back: Reconciling Freedom, Tradition and Constitution”, and was Ronald Reagan’s director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management during his first term.

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Is It Mathematically Possible To Pay Off The Fed?

As Americans, we must face a stark reality that is approaching with the speed and momentum of a runaway freight train: Our economy is on the brink of a calamitous collapse of Biblical proportions.

But this time, we can’t “spend our way out of it” with “consumer spending” or kick the can down the road–because the end of the road is here. At the core of this economic whirlwind we are all about to reap is “The “Fed.”

How can any “conspiracy theory” be complete without at least a brief discussion of “the Fed”?

If you’re a “Neanderthal conspiracy theorist” who dares still believe 2 plus 2 equals 4, you understand that IT IS MATHEMATICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO PAY THE NATIONAL DEBT–EVER. We couldn’t pay it off even if we took every dollar out of circulation and gave it back to the central bank–or to today’s lender of choice, China–since the modern day money-changers at “The Fed” have been charging us interest for the past 100 years for the “honor” of using their money, which they created out of nothing.

So why do we have this unconstitutional scam system to begin with? You’ll have to ask those who gave it to us, including JP Morgan, John Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, European–as in British Rothschild–banking interests, and their boot-licking lackey, “Progressive” Woodrow Wilson. Why bother getting into aliens, JFK, Area 51 and chemtrails with this 5 billion-dollars-a-day in debt scam elephant in our living room staring us right in the face?

Then things really hit the wall; when the national fleecing known as “The Fed” system comes to its mathematical certainty, it may look more like the French Revolution than some Cartoon Network “anti-Christ” showing up in a Temple stamping people with triple sixes.

Many of us have read George Orwell’s “1984.” In it, the Obama–umm Goldstein– government altered reality to such an extent that everyone was working, the economy was great and unemployment was 0% because the government simply stopped counting people who came off the unemployment rolls. Scratch that; they convinced everyone that 2+2=5. Maybe “THEY” didn’t have to come outright and say 2+2=5. Maybe all “THEY” needed to do was claim “free” money is good and borrow as much of it as you need to get back to “prosperity.” Just ignore those “slave owners” who founded our once-great nation. We blinked. Our nation was hijacked by string-pulling international banksters who took US off the gold standard. They stole the gold of the people at gunpoint to store it at Fort Knox for “safekeeping.”

Repeat this nonsense over and over by marching out 100 years of so-called economic “experts” like John Maynard Keynes and his sycophant lackeys in the media including the NY Slimes’ Paul Krugman and the “experts” at Haarverd and Circus-NBC to repeat the ‘debt is prosperity’ mantra over and over again from the aptly named idiot box.

Even “conservative” icons don’t dare question “The Fed” lest they be called “conspiracy kooks.” Who would have the audacity to pull off a stunt like this? It’s a scam more reminiscent of a national or international loan shark operation than sound economic policy. Except this monetary Ponzi scheme is sanitized by purported economic “experts” in the lecture halls of such places as the Rockefeller-founded University of Chicago.

“THEY”, also known as “The Eastern Establishment” or what may be more aptly called “The UN-American Genocidal Complex”, have already won–just as Satan promised in Matthew, chapter 4, where he tells Jesus he rules the kingdoms of the world. And he did it not with war, not with the Roman Legions or Genghis Khan’s Mongolian Hordes or the English Navy or Hitler’s Blitzkrieg, but with filthy lucre. This is all reminiscent of what is looking more and more like what might be the most historically accurate movie ever written, John Carpenter’s “They Live.”

If anyone thinks this is merely a ‘crazy’ statement from a “conspiracy kook,” have I got a deal for you: Forget selling you a bridge; I’ll give you all the money you ever desired for free so you can buy all the bridges you ever wanted forever– and I’ll throw in shovel-ready jobs, endless wars and government cheese. All this with no strings attached.

Just sign on the dotted line………….

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Mark Levin: THIS Is What Obama Wants For Your Children’s Future

Mark Levin’s latest book, Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and The Future, hits bookshelves on August 4; and already, it is generating buzz. It currently ranks #26 in Amazon’s rankings.

The Great One recently discussed the work on his radio program. Its premise is that the ruling generation is robbing the rising generation’s present and future. Some chapter topics include: The National Debt, Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare, Education, Immigration, Environment, Minimum Wage, National Security, and the Constitution.

Fellow former Reagan administration official Peter Ferrara highlights that Plunder and Deceit chronicles how today’s younger people are:

the first in modern history to have higher levels of poverty and unemployment and lower levels of wealth and personal income than their two immediate predecessor generations at the same ages. Instead of growing up and starting their own homes and families, record numbers are moving back in with mom and dad after “graduating” from college.

In his discussion concerning the National Debt, Levin offers some sobering numbers:

The nation’s fiscal operating debt was already $10.6 trillion on the day President Barack Obama took office in January 2009. By the end of January 2012, however, the fiscal operating debt had increased 44.5 percent to $15.4 trillion. As of April 12, 2015, the fiscal operating debt was $18.152 trillion — a 71 percent increase in less than six and one half years. Each man, woman, and child in this country’s share of the national debt has grown from $33,220 at the beginning of the Obama presidency to more than $56,900 today. To be sure, the debt habit began long before the Obama presidency, but it is now a full-blown addiction.

The Great One’s book is by no means all gloom and doom. After making sure his readers understand the scope of the problem, like an evangelist, he offers a road to salvation in the form of a “New Civil Rights Movement,” the title of the book’s final chapter. The movement must not be based on statist ideologies, but on the principles of constitutional liberty and economic freedom and opportunity.

“The challenge is formidable and the outcome uncertain, as is the case with most momentous causes, but there is no alternative…” writes Levin.

Levin’s former boss, President Ronald Reagan, once pointedly noted: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Levin promises his book is a guide to that end.

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