The Gospel of Consumption

March 27, 2009

Orion Magazine

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The Gospel of Consumption: and the better future we left behind

This is a good article about the mind frame of America. I have always thought that personal hell is when you take a man and force him to sit at a desk for 40 hours a week. It crushes the soul, kills creativity, and lowers self esteem.

They make a great point that back in the 1930’s we could produce all the worlds needs in a 3 day work week. But instead of going to a 3 day week, corporations figured out a way to instead get people to “want” more stuff. Thus creating a need to buy the surplus that the factories were producing.

We can break that cycle by turning off our machines when they have created enough of what we need

Apparently there was bill that was introduced to the Senate to make a 30 work week. Well big business didn’t like that idea, and lobbied against it, until they won. Corporations don’t want us little people to get the wrong idea that were in control of our own lives.

It gets me thinking about what really is the “American Dream”? It seems to me that it’s been turned into materalism. That owning stuff will make you happy. Instead of having more family time, better communities, doing volunteer work, giving to charities, and more time for personal hobbies.

Now we work ourselves to death, only so we can buy the latest gadget to consumer any ounce of free time that we do have.

Makes you wonder.

These Banks Are Just Ridiculous …

March 20, 2009

13 firms receiving federal bailout owe back taxes

A headline from the Washington Post on March 20.

The level of corruption and pure disregard for the law from congress, the White House, and the bankers is getting nauseating.

If YOU and I didn’t pay our taxes the IRS would be all over us.

But banks getting free taxpayer money owe taxes!

Secretary of Treasury Geithner couldn’t figure out how to pay all his taxes!

Tom Daschle had to set down from consideration because of his tax issues!

Listen here’s the NEW RULE Washington

If you can’t pay your taxes, you do not qualify to be a public servant

You do not qualify for any government help!

Are People Starting To See Washington For The Fraud That It is?

March 20, 2009

This poll is encouraging, I hope.

The media has spent the last 2 weeks over hyping the AIG bonus handouts. Congress was so upset that we had 8 hours of news coverage on CNN for senate hearings.

All this over $165 million in bonus?

Obviously they should have never have gotten the bonuses, but it’s nothing compared the the trillions we have spent bailing out foreign banks.

This is nothing more then a smoke screen. It’s a media stunt, to make the public feel like they are getting a little a bit of justice.

It’s interesting, Obama received over $100,000 from AIG for his campaign, shouldn’t he have to give that back?

And What about Senator Dodd, he’s the largest receiver of AIG funds, and he’s the head of the banking committee! Isn’t that a conflict of interesting? I think Dodd has messed up so much in the last 6 months he should be forced to set down from the banking committee. But instead he’s trying to pass the blame to the Obama administration for the bonuses.

They’re all lying to us, covering their tracks. Obama knew, Treasury knew, Dodd Knew.

I hope people are beginning to see past the two part system. We don’t have a republican problem, or a democratic problem. We have a serious corrupt politicians problem.

The Cost Of The National Service Bill, HR 1388

March 18, 2009

The Congressional Budget Office estimates it would cost $481 to start the programs, and a total of 6 billion from 2010-2014.

Here’s yet another problem with this bill. We want to pay people to volunteer, which will kill real organization that depend on free volunteer help. Plus we have to spend $6 billion to do it!

So what happens in 2014 when the money runs out, do you think congress is going to just let the program fall apart? Of course not, they are going to jockey the taxpayers for even more money to expand it, maybe $10 billion over the next 5 years.

Congress is really only good at one thing, building huge black hole money sucking programs that leech off of tax payers money.

Peter Schiff Was Right About All of This

March 18, 2009

I can’t believe I haven’t seen this until now. This Video is Brilliant!

Some Background On The National Service Bill – H.R. 1388 “The Give Act”

March 18, 2009

this is what I have gathered in the last couple of hours.

This Bill H.R. 1388 is the house version, S 277 is the Senate version, sponsored by Edward Kennedy.

This blog had this section:

While you were busy worrying about coming up with the rent or mortgage money and the safety of your job, on March 9, committees knowing full well the chill that comes with the word “camp” changed all of their documents to read “campus”.

From Library of Congress

(d) [Struck out->][ Camps ][<-Struck out] CAMPUSES-
[Struck out->][ (1) UNITS TO BE ASSIGNED TO CAMPS- ][<-Struck out]
(1) UNITS TO BE ASSIGNED TO CAMPUSES- The units of the Corps shall be grouped together as appropriate [Struck out->][ in camps ][<-Struck out] in campuses for operational, support, and boarding purposes. The Corps [Struck out->][ camp ][<-Struck out] campus for a unit shall be in a facility or central location established as the operational headquarters and boarding place for the unit. Corps members may be housed [Struck out->][ in the camps ][<-Struck out] in the campuses.
[Struck out->][ (2) CAMP SUPERINTENDENT- There shall be a superintendent for each camp. The superintendent is the head of the camp. ][<-Struck out]
(2) CAMPUS DIRECTOR- There shall be a campus director for each campus. The campus director is the head of the campus.
[Struck out->][ (3) ELIGIBLE SITE FOR CAMP- A camp may be located ][<-Struck out]
(3) ELIGIBLE SITE FOR CAMPUS- A campus must be cost-effective and may, upon the completion of a feasibility study, be located in a facility referred to in section 162(a)(3).
[Struck out->][ (e) Distribution of Units and Camps ][<-Struck out]
(e) DISTRIBUTION OF UNITS AND CAMPUSES- The Director shall ensure that the Corps units and [Struck out->][ camps are distributed ][<-Struck out] campuses are cost-effective and are distributed in urban areas and [Struck out->][ rural areas in various regions throughout the United States. ][<-Struck out] rural areas such that each Corps unit in a region can be easily deployed for disaster and emergency response to such region.

I guess they thought we wouldn’t like the use of the word camp. Although this might put some light on the FEMA camps. They would use these regional “Campuses” to train people for their “national service”.

Now if you know me, I can’t just take some ones word for this, so I tracked down where this came from.

Turns out parts of this bill come all the way from bills back in May 2002, H.R. 4854 Citizen Service Act of 2002.

This part is question about the camps comes from H.R. 2857 Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, which was struck dead on June 27, 2007.

It’s amazing, they just keep recycling dead bills. They stick them in something new and if nobody catches it, it goes on. If somebody ejects, they pull it out set it on the shelf until they find another bill they can slip it in.

Now just some of parts of the bill that stick out to me.

Page 8, Line 20

should grow to reach 250,000 participants by 2014.

Which from my understanding is just as big as our entire military force. I don’t want to be an alarmist, but this starts to sound like a domestic police force, civilian cops.

There’s the little references to “Uniforms” on Page 136, line 17

(B) in paragraph (6), by striking ‘‘Clothing’’ and inserting ‘‘Uniforms’’

I’ve heard rumors that this Obama force would have uniforms, just never thought we’d have our know brownshirts, or blackshirts here. Actually what inspired Mussolini to create the Blackshirts, was the Redshirts. A group of patriots from different political leanings, banded together in the name of national freedom and unity.

Page 178, Line 13 makes a reference to “Centralized Electronic Citizenship Verification System”

Whats that mean, well I assume it depends how you translate it. The one thing I do know is the bill stats it’s for corporations and education. Well if it make their life easier it can’t be a bad thing right?

Page 181, Line 7 wants to set up September 11 as a federal day of national service

Page 283, sec 6103, sets up a Congressional Commission on Civic Service, and one of their duties under page 285, Line 9, is to determine if it’s fair and reasonable to make national service mandatory. If it is fair and reasonable, how do they implement it.

I’m sure the more time people have to read this bill, the more will come out about each section. The problem is it’s already on the calendar to hit the floor for a vote. That could happen any day now.

More Fascism In Washington

March 18, 2009

The Financial Times reports:

Lewis Alexander, Citigroup’s chief economist, is leaving the bank to join the US Treasury department, according to a memo Citibank sent out on Tuesday.

Mr Alexander will work as an adviser to Timothy Geithner, US Treasury secretary, on domestic financial issues.

You mean like the domestic financial crisis we in that this guy took part in creating?

Just more proof that there is no difference between government and corporations anymore. It’s a revolving door. When corporations takes over government, we call that fascism!