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First, the good news.

The WaPo published side by side front page articles on the President's new immigration policy. I thank the post for presenting both sides in this fashion.
Ezra Klein had an article in WaPo prompting the nation and new graduates to concentrate on new/young businesses for jobs rather than the normal routine where the brightest flock to the financials on Wall St. for a career. What with the $16T debt and the Eurozone in bad straits I think we have had enough of the freshly minted genius financiers pushing hedges, swaps, etc.

A WaPo article relates that "Mexico cancels plan for mega-resort near marine reserve". Spanish banks were going to finance the project but President Calderon announced that the gov't was pulling permits and cancelling the project. The resort was to be built in a sensitive environmental area which only a decade earlier had been fished out. Over the last ten years the fish population has expanded some 463% offering hope that depleted fishers, when controlled, can be restored rather quickly.

Now, the bad news, which, obviated by necessity will be quite lengthy.

Hail claims nationwide total $2.3B annually
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The globalists are pushing hard this season for 'one world'. The ideal 'one world' setup would be to have one 'Centralized CEO' who can direct the world economy from his laptop and lounge chair by the pool or from anywhere in the world. 'Ok Tommy (in China) send 7 of those new airplanes to Brazil and 3 to France and let me know when they've arrived. And, Sam (in US) we need to get those 4 McDonalds headed to Luxemburg no later than tomorrow to stay on schedule', etc.

Currently, the plea is for a 'one world federal reserve' that can direct the other banks around the world as to how they operate.

Karen DeYoung, in a WaPo article writes that Senator Leahy wants to put a hold on military aid to Egypt. Egyptians are looking for some kind of democratic governing process and it appears the ruling military regime is attempting to play into the election process. The U.S. should try to stay 'hands off' in Egypt until the peoples democratic ideas are put in place thru the elective process.

From 1776 nearly all possible efficiency has been wrung from commerce. In doing so we wrapped the Constitution around a pole to setup up a world trade organation, an international monetary fund, a world bank, an export-import bank, etc. Now, we just need to ratchet up on globalism/one world a bit by sticking in a 'world reserve bank'.

It's pretty appalling that the Corpocracy would use immigration policy as a widget to garner more votes for an election. The fact that both parties do it doesn't make it right at all.

And, the figures thrown around with immigration. Perhaps there are 11-12M illegal immigrants and perhaps a million will receive green cards under the new policy. How are the numbers known when your tallying people who are doing their best to fly under the radar? And, how are you going to enforce such a policy? IMO, the policy just provides another path for illegals to enter the country illegally. With the right papers a 30 year old man can become a 28 year old man, and so on . . Certainly, the longer the Corpocracy can hold out re reforms for immigration the better their chances for amnesty. Each illegal is adding a straw to the camels back.

The sheeple seem to care not that while the country is broke, half the college grads can't find a job of any kind, worse for high school grads, the Corpocracy is going to dump say 1 - 6 M, who knows how many, new job seekers on the market.

However, when viewed thru the wider lens it all makes very good sense. With globalism came the axiom that for 'one world commerce' to work the playing field would have to be leveled. Unfortunately, in that regard, the US middle class has to be the big loser in the game. The middle class is supposedly down by 39% real wealth since 2008. Now, it's clear that the Corpocracy is going to dump (print) several hundred billion more into these wanna be 'one world banks' around the world. Many of the state's pension funds are un-under funded. Many states carrying big, in some cases unsustainable debt. All numerous ways to break the back of the middle class worker, getting us on a level playing field with the cheapest labor markets in the world. Doesn't take long for 39% to become 50% and so on. . . At some point people will have to care about what is happening to them but we are a long way from that point at this time, IMO. Certainly, another million or two workers dumped on the system will not be the tipping point.
And, who will pay off our debt over the next 50-100 years? Your kids and grand kids. That's a pretty good answer as to whether the morals of the country have declined, IMO.

Matt Miller gets it. In a WaPo article he writes that over 100M households earn less than their parents did at a similar age. Quote "and this is happening well before we feel the full impact of global economic integration with rising economies such as India and China. . . . . . But no one is doing a thing about it".

Kathleen Hunter has a WaPo article titled 'Senator McConnell defends campaign money as free speech'. Nuff said.

Rajat Gupta, a Goldman Sacs director found guilty of insider trading. Nothing new there. Goldman Sacs, leader of the free market/globalised world seems to be in the news frequently paying a fine for this and a fine for that. The FBI along with the AG for Manhattan has gotten 60 convictions over the last 4 years. One wonders what happens to all those fresh faced young grads who enter Goldman's doors.

WaPo article from Bloomberg News relates that global financial regulators, after reaching a consensus on toughening rules on the 'too big to fail' world banks will try to work out an agreement on controls for lenders with the potential to bring down national economies. The Financial Stability Board, comprised of G20 countries, Spain and the European Commission, was created in 1999 to promote 'international financial stability'. The international body will report threats to the world financial stability and 'oversee action' to address them. For example, as to derivatives, from The Guardian: "This market will be tamed to curb its freewheeling excesses. These investments, whose value is derived from an underlying asset, such as bond or a loan, will have to be cleared through a central clearing house. Until now, they have been freely traded between banks." Should be some wonderful insider information available to these folks.

From Financial News: "Countries are interpreting and implementing international standards on pay practices at financial institutions in different ways, according to a new report from the Financial Stability Board released ahead of next week's summit of G20 leaders in Mexico".

A world body to 'shout you out' if you are paying people to much money. Free trade/globalism does have its wrinkles. But, we are sure if we can just work a 'World Reserve Bank' in the mix, well, what more could one want/expect? I say we just appoint the Queen of England 'Head Of The World' and get us some recovery. Better yet, let's build a blanket big enough so that we can all sleep under 'one world blanket'.


That's about all the bad news I can take for the time being. One may want to take solace in voting incumbents from office in large numbers this fall, support foavc.org in working to have our constitutional right to Article V Convention, consider the need for a new third party such as that represented by Republic Sentry Party, support MoveToAmend.org and/or ReclaimDemocracy.org in their push to abolish corporate personhood.

Otherwise, party on and wish us all a happy ending.

Otherwise, we have the Corpocracy we deserve.

Posted by Roy Ellis at June 16, 2012 7:35 PM
Comments
Comment #346822

Mr. Ellis, the one thing i have not seen anyone mention is the simple fact that only US CITIZENs can legally vote in this country. It doesn’t matter that Dictator obama has once again bypassed our laws and Constitution by arbitrarily handing out work visas aka green card to a select group of illegal persons. They will only be taking jobs that other legal citizens in the current economic times do not have the humbleness to take.

While this may seem off topic to your article - it really isn’t…but the teacher who spoke so truthfully at the graduation was probably the best thing those kids could have gotten that day. Kids are given a false sense of their importance in the world before they even have to prove their ability to stand on their own or to be a good citizen instead of a leach on society. I use the term ‘Good citizen’ broadly.

I am also appalled at the gaps that are being put in the schooling of our children. Unless they are lucky enough to get truly caring teachers - self thought is not encouraged. I get this from my daughter who is a teacher. She is one who goes above and beyond to help give the kids the skills they need to thrive.

Honestly though, these folks who have benefitted from our colleges should take that education back to their own country and work to make their homeland better instead of taking away from the legal citizens here. Besides can’t they be persecuted for fraud at the very least for all the student loans, etc they applied for under false pretenses?
No one ever thinks to mention things like this. This is money that someone else could have used - legally.

Posted by: Kathryn C at June 17, 2012 8:26 AM
Comment #346825

Kathyrn, thank you for bringing illegal voting to the attention of the middle column. Illegal voting plays into the bigger picture of selectively enforcement of public law, IMO.

Was watching Sandy Krolik (maybe sic), CNN, this morning as she bantered with Rick Santorum about the Presidents new immigration policy. Santorum mentioned that the President was selectively enforcing immigration law and Sandy countered with ‘but, Rick don’t we selectively enforce laws all the time.

Dear Sandy, we are, or was, a nation of laws. Selective enforcement of those laws can lead people to ignore those laws, act disrespectful around politicians and the like.
If illegal immigration is illegal then a law has been broken. If an illegal immigrant receives taxpayer dollar support for education another law has been broken, healthcare, another law, welfare, another law and so on …
Begs the question: can the President, thru Executive Order make policy based on the selective enforcement of laws put in place by Congress? Surely, such action will be contested by Congress. Otherwise, anuther good reason to vote incumbents out of office come November.

Your post correctly implies that only US CITIZENS can legally vote in this country. Toward enforcing voting law you would think the states would be constantly perusing their books to purge illegal voters from the records. To the contrary, both parties work hard to sneak unqualified voters into the record books, looking for an edge to win, win, win.
Of recent, the GOP feels the DEMS have outdone them in loading the records with illegal voters in South Florida and are pushing Florida to clean up their books.

Note that the two major ‘selective enforcement’ issues mentioned here go to garnering votes for one side or the other. It seems way more important to the Corpocracy to win, win, win than it is for them to consider the affect of immigration policy on people and the country.

Still, we must view this ‘selective enforcement’ thing through a broader lens. That is, the move to globalise with the necessity to level the economic playing field among nations, necessitating the need to break the back of the middle class worker and so on … now down 39% in wealth and counting.

Otherwise, we have the Corpocracy we deserve.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 17, 2012 10:46 AM
Comment #346857

Media is abuzz with criticism of the dueling speeches recently made by the presidential candidates. Complaints are the speeches were nothing more than attacks on their opponent.

Some people are seriously looking for the candidates to embrace some kind of economic reform aimed at recovery and/or improving the economy of the country.

There are some talking points associated with the Corpocracy. The left wants to print more money and the right wants to cut taxes. This doesn’t do much for the home folks who are looking for nitty gritty details as to how to recover our economy.

A valid reason for the lack of detail is that, as far as the Corpocracy is concerned the economy is right on target, or as the President recently put it “the economy is doing fine” or something to that effect.
If one understands that putting ‘globalism’ in place is still a work in progress then one can understand that entails working to level the economic playing field amongst all nations.

There is still lots of ‘harmonizing’ of rules, working through/overriding sovereignty issues and bringing global trade and finance under more strict regulation through new international bodies such as the Financial Stability Board. The idea is to gain more efficiency and improve stability in the markets and banking through ‘one world’ regulators.

It also means that, being the wealthiest nation, the US worker has farther to fall in leveling the playing field among all nations. The US worker is down 39% since 08 and it make take several more administrations before we can begin to really be competitive in the global economy.

So, we really shouldn’t be looking for speeches grasping for 10% GDP etc. Instead, we should pay attention to Greece, Spain and Italy to see how they survive over the next several years. A good political mantra for the season might be ‘ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do without for your country’, and so on …

Otherwise = = =

Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 17, 2012 6:28 PM
Comment #346863

Mr.Ellis, doing without is the easy part. It is recognizing the absolute necessaties that is hard for most. Food, shelter and clothing means you can survive. To actually thrive you will need intellectual stimulation and interaction with like minded people.

All those electronic gadgets and gizmos will go by the wayside if cost and income diverge to far. Raw materials don’t renew at the rate of usage and throw-away that current exists. The land and water will not heal at the rate it is being pummeled with todays agro practises, nor will the fisheries replenish with larger GE species potentially feeding on them should they escape the breeding pens.

As a organic grower of my own food - I ensure I know what nearby farmers are planting so I don’t get cross pllination issues.

Does the average gardener/Bee Keeper wanting some fresh veggies for the table even think about what the farmer up the road is growing? Bees(/pollinators)and the wind will carry that GE pollen into other places and into their hive. Once in the hive that honey is nolonger 100% natural or Organically Certifiable - it will contain GE material from the pollen. If any backyard gardener is found with GE seed and tries to save it for next season can be sued!

So that very bottom tier - Food Security - is going to be the hardest to actually achieve.

Posted by: Kathryn C at June 17, 2012 7:55 PM
Comment #346867

Kathyrn, while I am convinced that the US worker has to take a pretty good hit I don’t believe food shortage is in our future. Reason being, were it to come to that I think the people would get up from their lazy boy, turn off the tv and hit the street in protest. There is a point at which the people would refuse to go along with the Corpocracy.

That said, being the wealthiest nation we have further to fall to reach a point, economically, where we can begin to be competitive in the global economy.

Well, at the same time we are on our way down, developing nationa are on their way up, India and China etc. I used to think a figure would be somewhere around $3-4/hr but perhaps it is more likely $5-7/hr, a pure guesstimate on my part. But, the figure is highly dependent on how rapidly developing nations come up on the economic ladder.

But, I don’t believe we will reach a point where food is critical. Just that we will look a lot more like developing nations, a very wealthy class with a weak middle class and lots and lots of people who would be classified as poor.

I fell there would be federal/state programs to care for the society at large with long term support for minimal existence. An expansion of something like we have now but at reduced levels of support.

I base these speculations on current day affairs: $16T debt that is on target to hit $25T within a decade, competing with the cheapest labor markets in the world for our daily bread, the fact that innovative technology has made millions of jobs unnecessary, that unchecked immigration has compounded the problem of too many people for too few jobs, the high and rising cost of education, and the list is long …

The Corpocracy isn’t made up of bad people per se, it’s just that they will go to the mat for a globalised economy. That we can do without nationalism, sovereignty, constitution and adopt a ‘one world’ utopia where one set of laws serves all. This maximizes efficiency and supposedly cuts down on wars.

So, if one looks around … one can see how far we have to go to achieve full globalisation. The worst that could happen, IMO, is that if you refused to take a job opening in Lagos your support stipend might be cut 5-10% or something like that. But, your right about the black berries and skate boards. Will be hard to come by…

Otherwise - - -

Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 17, 2012 8:42 PM
Comment #346871

Mr.Ellis
Several years ago I tried to get food stamps, only to learn I had to have less tha $854 a month income. At the time my VA disability was $926 and I was recovering from an ineffective back surgery. I had a trailer payment, electric, oil, phone, food, auto/home insurance, property tax, vehicle expenses just to be able to get to my Dr. appts. I also had one daughter in college and another in high school. Yet I was denied any help what-so-ever. We survived - still on the same property. But it was not easy and it was the last time I ever asked for help. I have been fortunate to have friends lend me a hand occasionally.
I find it difficult to see how folks will transition to a 5-7/hr income and manage to hold anything they now have. Home prices alone will not support that low of an income unless they take another nose dive. The homeless/transient population would grow dramatically as would crime in rural areas as well as in the city.
The trouble with the image you paint and I agree with you in the outcome in mahy ways, has to do with the size of this country. It could potentially fracture the country.

Posted by: Kathryn C at June 17, 2012 9:42 PM
Comment #346877

Kathryn, easy to understand your frustration with the system. I assume illegal immigrants, with no paper trail of their income, would easily qualify for assistance.

As to transitioning to a fully globalised economy I see this as taking perhaps 50 more years to get implemented. You are right, it is a big country and s very wealthy country. Therefore, its going to take a long time to wind us down to a level where we can be competitive. A few companies have moved part of their operation back to the US but seems mostly tokenism at this point. Most corporations are on a roll, expanding around the globe, monopolizing where possible and harboring their profits off shore to avoid taxes. They will have great leverage with gov’t when they do decide to return. The push is on for ‘no or lo corporate taxes’ and so on …

We’ve been losing jobs and middle class wealth since 2000 and are down in wealth about 39%. I think we can rest assured that its a very ‘controlled burn’ with the Corpocracy at the helm. For sure, we won’t crash. We and the EU will likely go thru a number of recession like periods over the next few decades to deliver us a soft landing. But, until then its how much heat can the ‘old frog in hot water’ stand without croaking, IMO.

Otherwise - - -

Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 17, 2012 10:17 PM
Comment #346880

http://peacemagazine.org/archive/v26n3p20.htm

An informative link on the G8 and G20

Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 17, 2012 10:53 PM
Comment #346897

Mr. Ellis
I am aware of the ‘move’ by some of the corporations. I am also aware of many complaints by companies in this area saying they are unable to find the skilled labor they need to fill job positions in manufacturing and other industrial work. Cianbro hired, then trained the people they needed as welders, pipe layers, etc when they began building platform in Brewer,ME. There have been attempts tobring back some of the textile work as well - again a lack of skilled workers because the older workers have all retired or died off who know how to operate the machinery. This is one of the major problems with all the out-sourcing.

Posted by: Kathryn C at June 18, 2012 11:36 AM
Comment #346898

Kathryn, no doubt corporations will drag their feet on training until they see there is no other way. Many will go near broke waiting for the gov’t (taxpayer) to pick up the training tab.

By now there should be plenty of skilled Asian workers who would like to work in the US for all the normal reasons. I believe this is what the Corpocracy is hoping/planning for. Skilled workers at a lower wage scale, win, win, and it is in line with globalising the economy. While the North American Union didn’t make it thru congress it has been implemented ipso facto to the extent possible re the refusal to control the southern border. Recall that ‘workers’ were to be able to travel unimpeded within the trilateral, US, Mexico and Canada. Again, ipso facto, that includes drug cartels, terrorists, killers running from somewhere to a place where their ‘rights’ would be protected, etc.

I recall Bush was trying to bring in some 40k Phillipino nurses during a time when as many US nursing applicants for training were being turned down yearly.

We may get a clue as to where the action is headed following the G20 meeting in Mexico this week. But, we can rest assured it’s pedal to the metal re globalism/one world.

Otherwise - - -

Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 18, 2012 12:23 PM
Comment #346904

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hres683?utm_campaign=govtrack_email_update&utm_source=govtrack/email_update&utm_medium=email

I recieved this house resolution in my email yesterday, you might find it intersting.

That is kind of what happened to to the LemForder plant in Brewer a couple years ago. It was the best and highest production plant in the US so they decided to send it to Mexico. The Germans had the audacity to have the displaced workers up here train their Mexican replacements. It did not go over well. I can only imagine how well it will set if companies bring in foreign workers to fill manufacturing positions. although I do not doubt it is already ocurring today, we are just not hearing much about it.

Posted by: Kathryn C at June 18, 2012 1:43 PM
Comment #346964

An informative link, Kathyrn. Seems the Chinese have experienced a wide swing in US immigration policy over the years. Natural too, in the sense that we have wars, recessions, boom times and so on …

Read in today’s WaPo that Hispanics make up about 14% and Asians make up about 6% of our population.

I think African’s largely transit the Med and hit the shores of Europe, primarily thru Gibraltar. In today’s news that Israel is deporting a number of Africans. Seems Israel had agreed to take in some Somalia/Sudanese refugees but other countries took advantage and overwhelmed the small country.

Israel has about 10M people and many there are concerned that if/when Palestine and Israel come to terms on the territory that the relatively small Jewish population will be super diluted by muslims. So, many are proposing a two-state peace settlement.

Fortunately, for new world countries immigration has been relatively easy. For small or island nations with an isolated culture to open up to immigration has to be painful.

Immigration seems to be driven by war and/or commerce.
Mature or fast developing countries seem to experience more immigration. For example, Canada is a huge country with relatively few people and a booming economy. Thus, they are a magnet for immigration.

Then, at what point is a country considered mature or developed? Or, at what point is a country improved by cutting off immigration?

The Corpocracy could never suggest that we are overdeveloped and no longer need immigrants. In believe they would whack every tree, pave/concrete every square foot and build em 3000’ high unless they are told they can’t.

Current times are a good example, IMO. Here we are down $16T, states carry heavy debt, can’t pay pensions, teachers, firefighters, EU on the ropes, China going into a slump, SS and healthcare waning and the Corpocracy is still ‘open borders’ on immigration.

And, they are looking to educate and/or hire from overseas where possible. Provides low wage employees and keeps the pressure on in working to bring down wages in this country so that someday we can really compete in the global economy. Still, few seem to mind and will pull the lever for the duopoly to ensure the status quo.

Otherwise, we have the Corpocracy we deserve.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 19, 2012 3:26 PM
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