Pentagon duped the nation for years with phony repatriation ceremonies where fallen soldiers were walked off planes that can’t even fly after sitting in a lab for months: The return of the remains of soldiers from past wars was faked for photo ops. Under Bush and Cheney, all returning dead from their several wars against Muslims were returned to the US in secret. It was illegal to photograph these corpses being returned. They were not mentioned in the news, either. No death counts for several years. During the hiatus, the US media didn’t say nary a peep.
No outrage. The vast public was told by Bush, Cheney and our media literally to ‘go shopping,’ and to have fun during a war. 9/11 was to be dealt with by giving out tax cuts, loosening credit so debt interest was below the rate of inflation and the entire cost of these two trillion dollar killing sprees were supposed to be paid for via a booming economy that never paid enough taxes to pay for these wars which were put on the national credit card.
On top of all this nasty stuff, the US then began running massive, epic, historically through the roof trade deficits. All collection of tariffs were dropped so US jobs flowed rapidly overseas while the government relied mainly on tax revenues from the working middle class as the rich ditched paying even small taxes by being allowed to park their wealth offshore. All offshore profits from moving jobs there were not taxed at all, and this double whammy hit our country like a ton of bricks and now we are heading towards eventual bankruptcy.
Except the GOP has decided to bankrupt us now. As we rush towards premature bankruptcy, we must remember that virtually no one who really did the Wall Street crimes were punished: Fired by the New York Fed for refusing to change results of Goldman Sachs conflict-of-interest investigation: Sacked regulator sues saying her career is in tatters because whistleblowers are persecuted here. Goldman Sachs owns the Federal Reserve and our government.
Malala Yousafzai tells Obama drone strike fuel terrorism at a photo op at the White House. Our government is collapsing because of war debts that the rich have zero intention of paying at any time in the near or distant future and our drone murders continue unabated and Congress, working for AIPAC, has voted to NOT sequester funds for overseas warmongering so all our busy fun activity fighting Muslims and encouraging Japan to confront China over some islands continues totally uncurbed. Now I think this delightful, brave young woman deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Which Obama could have handed her than and there at the White House.
In the US, after two years of near zero inflation rises for Social Security which has hit me very hard as food inflation raged, this year it is 1.5% due to computers being cheap due to them being built 100% overseas with cheap labor mainly in Asia. Since shipping jobs overseas means cheaper goods here, only things for survival such as food have severe inflation and this hits the elderly very hard.
Fake inflation stats used to deny retirees and elderly funds is rampant in the first world economies as is offshoring jobs. One elderly recipient of public funds in England is not treated this way as the Queen is given a ‘pay-rise’: Her Majesty to receive 22% increase over next two years. You see, her son had a baby and this required spending a lot of money rebuilding and decorating palaces for the infant! Raise retirement age again ‘to save British economy’: IMF warning over crippling cost of pensions because, like the US, England offshored many many jobs, the national debt will be 135% of national income if retirees don’t work for another ten years.
The US is told the same thing! We offshored our jobs and waged war with no taxes on the rich and don’t collect tariffs anymore and this translates into working more years and getting no inflation rises! The bankers at the IMF are complaining about a ‘longevity risk’ meaning, we won’t die at a convenient age like at age 65. We are supposed to work and then die! This is due to fewer workers and lower wages meaning no money for retirees. Which was caused by free trade but the greedy bankers at the IMF won’t say that. Then there are the proposed energy taxes designed to save our planet and burden the working class and retirees even more in first world nations.
When the retirement pensions began after WWII in Britain, the retirement age was set at 65 for men and the death stats for these working males was…66.4 years so they got on average less than 2 years retirement! Wonderful! Now, they live for another 10 whole years, a catastrophe for the bankers, the Crown and all rich people everywhere who hate the idea of these working stiffs getting to have fun for a few years.
‘The solvency of private financial and corporate institutions are exposed to longevity risk’ which is the IMF way of saying, ‘If you retire, we will lose money for ourselves! Oh, the agony!’
Back to the real reason we are going bankrupt, Egypt, Israel Lash Out Over US Military Aid Cut to Junta because we bankroll the bastards ruling the Middle East. They want their money now and Congress will vote to restore the funds once this fight to eliminate Social Security ends. And of course, all of this doesn’t matter because according to computer programs run by global warming people we are all doomed and then…Will life on Earth end on March 16 2880? Scientists predict giant asteroid will collide with our planet at 38,000 miles per hour so we should just give it all up and die now so the richest people on earth can party in peace before being blown to smithereens.
Blowing up reminds us that the Owners of exploding fertilizer plant in Texas that killed 15 people face only $118,300 in fines for safety violations. Texas is the home base of the guys trying to blow up our government and economy. Seeing how no one is punished for blowing up stuff, it shouldn’t surprise us to see them do this.
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