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No Compromising!

Those who advocate ending, instead of reforming, the welfare-warfare state are often accused of being “impractical.” Some of the harshest criticisms come from libertarians who claim that advocates of “purism” forgo opportunities to make real progress toward restoring liberty. These critics fail to grasp the numerous reasons why it is crucial for libertarians to consistently and vigorously advance the purist position.

First, and most important, those who know the truth have a moral obligation to speak the truth. People who understand the need for drastic changes in foreign, domestic, and, especially, monetary policy should not pretend that a little tinkering will fix our problems. Those who do so are just as guilty of lying to the public as is a promise-breaking politician. Attempting to advance liberty by lying is not just immoral; it is also a flawed strategy that is doomed to fail.

The inevitable failure of “reforms” that do not eliminate the market distortions caused by government intervention will be used to discredit both the freedom philosophy and its advocates. The result will be increased support for more welfare, more warfare, and more fiat money. Thus, those who avoid discussing the root causes of our problems, not those they smear as impractical purists, are the ones undermining liberty.

For example, many Obamacare opponents refuse to advocate for true free-market health care. Instead, they propose various forms of “Obamacare lite.” By ceding the premise that government should play a major role in health care, proponents of Obamacare lite strengthen the position of those who say the way to fix Obamacare is by giving government more power. Thus, Obamacare lite supporters are inadvertently advancing the cause of socialized medicine. The only way to ensure that Obamacare is not replaced by something worse is to unapologetically promote true free-market health care.

This is not to suggest libertarians should reject transitional measures. A gradual transition is the best way to achieve liberty without causing massive social and economic disruptions. However, we must only settle for compromises that actually move us in the right direction. So we should reject a compromise budget that “only” increases spending by 80 percent. In contrast, a budget that actually reduces spending by 20 percent would be a positive step forward.

Those who advocate a so-called extreme position can often move the center of political debate closer to the pure libertarian position. This can actually increase the likelihood of taking real, if small, steps toward liberty. More importantly, the best way to ensure that we never achieve real liberty is for libertarians to shy away from making the case for the free society.

Sometimes ideological movements are able to turn yesterday’s “fringe” ideas into today’s “mainstream” position. Just a few years ago it was inconceivable that a significant number of states would legalize medical, and even reactional, marijuana or that a majority of states would have passed laws allowing citizens to openly carry firearms. The success of these issues is not due to sudden changes in public opinion, but to years of hard work by principled advocates and activists.

The ever-growing number of Americans who are joining the liberty movement are not interested in “reforming” the welfare-warfare state. They also have no interest in “fixing" the Federal Reserve via “rules-based” monetary policy. Instead, this movement is dedicated to auditing, then ending, the Fed and stopping the government from trying to run the economy, run the world, and run our lives. If this movement refuses to compromise its principles, we may succeed in restoring a society of liberty, peace, and prosperity in our lifetimes.

Copyright © 2016 by RonPaul Institute

Three Possibilities for America

Real Jew News

By Brother Nathanael Kapner

January 3, 2016

Brother Nathanael grew up in the U.S. as a Jew and converted to Christianity as a young man. He is now a member of the Russian Orthodox Church and lives in Colorado.

AS WE MOVE INTO 2016, the last glimmer of hope for America is about to be extinguished unless radical measures are taken.

There are three possible scenarios for America.

FIRST SCENARIO, America can continue its nation-wrecking ways and elect Hillary Clinton as president.

This will mean not only the continuation of Obama’s disastrous administration but an intensification of his policies:

Israel as “preferred” foreign entity; Warmongering around the globe; Demonization of Putin and belligerence toward Russia; Homosexualizing Jewmerica; and Tighter Gun Control Laws.

SECOND SCENARIO, America can continue to be ruled by Jews. The entire political process beginning with local elections is tightly controlled by Jews.

Jewish Lobbies have infiltrated local, regional, state, and federal elections, by sponsoring “pro-Israel,” “pro-Homosexual,” “pro-immigration” candidates, and manipulating public opinion with hundreds of synagogue-linked lobbies and political organizations.

If organized US Jewry doesn’t like a candidate, it puts millions into a shill, and the Jew-owned press (no, it is NOT “corporate”), smears the patriot and ’sweet-presses’ its shill.

These shills and their Jewish advisors then salt the administration and congressional staff with non-elected Jews.

THIRD SCENARIO, America can stop Jew-control of its politics, culture, and foreign policy.

It can do so by charging all the Jewish Lobbies (they are ALL Israel-Firsters) of violating the Espionage Act of 1918 for providing classified information to a foreign government.

This will not be hard to do in light of the Israel-Jewish Lobby attempted sabotage of the recent Iran Nuclear Agreement on behalf of the Netanyahu government.

Following this, the US government can charge the Jewish Lobbies with violating the Foreign Agent Registration Act of 1938 which requires any organization offering to work on behalf of a foreign government to register as its agent.

Surely, John and Robert Kennedy were assassinated by the Mossad (Jewry’s International Espionage and Assassination Squad) for enforcing the required registration of the American Zionist Council as a foreign agent, later reorganized as AIPAC.

But this is the risk US leaders must take in order to save our country.

More and more Americans are waking up to these Jewish Questions in American politics.

Will it be too little, too late?
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For More See: 4 Point Plan To Stop AIPAC Click Here

And: Dirty Tactics Of The Jewish Lobby Click Here

And: Why The Jews Love Hillary Click Here

And: GOP Warmongers Shill For Israel Click Here

And: Sucking Up To Sheldon Adelson Click Here

No Action Being Taken on Problems That Are Destroying America

Warning: Extremely depressing reading as we approach the new year festivities —Hawaii Political Info

Paul Craig Roberts

PaulCraigRoberts.org

December 30, 2015

By Paul Craig Roberts

One hundred years ago European civilization, as it had been known, was ending its life in the Great War, later renamed World War I. Millions of soldiers ordered by mindless generals into the hostile arms of barbed wire and machine gun fire had left the armies stalemated in trenches. A reasonable peace could have been reached, but US President Woodrow Wilson kept the carnage going by sending fresh American soldiers to try to turn the tide against Germany in favor of the English and French.

The fresh American machine gun and barbed wire fodder weakened the German position, and an armistice was agreed. The Germans were promised no territorial losses and no reparations if they laid down their arms, which they did only to be betrayed at Versailles. The injustice and stupidity of the Versailles Treaty produced the German hyperinflation, the collapse of the Weimar Republic, and the rise of Hitler.

Hitler’s demands that Germany be put back together from the pieces handed out to France, Belgium, Denmark, Lithuania, Czechoslovakia, and Poland, comprising 13 percent of Germany’s European territory and one-tenth of her population, and a repeat of French and British stupidity that had sired the Great War finished off the remnants of European civilization in World War II.

The United States benefited greatly from this death. The economy of the United States was left untouched by both world wars, but economies elsewhere were destroyed. This left Washington and the New York banks the arbiters of the world economy. The US dollar replaced British sterling as the world reserve currency and became the foundation of US domination in the second half of the 20th century, a domination limited in its reach only by the Soviet Union.

The Soviet collapse in 1991 removed this constraint from Washington. The result was a burst of American arrogance and hubris that wiped away in over-reach the leadership power that had been handed to the United States. Since the Clinton regime, Washington’s wars have eroded American leadership and replaced stability in the Middle East and North Africa with chaos.

Washington moved in the wrong direction both in the economic and political arenas. In place of diplomacy, Washington used threats and coercion. “Do as you are told or we will bomb you into the stone age,” as Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told President Musharraf of Pakistan. Not content to bully weak countries, Washington threatens powerful countries such as Russia, China, and Iran with economic sanctions and military actions. Consequently, much of the non-Western world is abandoning the US dollar as world currency, and a number of countries are organizing a payments system, World Bank, and IMF of their own. Some NATO members are rethinking their membership in an organization that Washington is herding into conflict with Russia.

China’s unexpectedly rapid rise to power owes much to the greed of American capitalism. Pushed by Wall Street and the lure of “performance bonuses,” US corporate executives brought a halt to rising US living standards by sending high productivity, high value-added jobs abroad where comparable work is paid less. With the jobs went the technology and business knowhow. American capability was given to China. Apple Computer, for example, has not only offshored the jobs but also outsourced its production. Apple does not own the Chinese factories that produce its products.

The savings in US labor costs became corporate profits, executive remuneration, and shareholder capital gains. One consequence was the worsening of the US income distribution and the concentration of income and wealth in few hands. A middle class democracy was transformed into an oligarchy. As former President Jimmy Carter recently said, the US is no longer a democracy; it is an oligarchy.

In exchange for short-term profits and in order to avoid Wall Street threats of takeovers, capitalists gave away the American economy. As manufacturing and tradeable professional skill jobs flowed out of America, real family incomes ceased to grow and declined. The US labor force participation rate fell even as economic recovery was proclaimed. Job gains were limited to lowly paid domestic services, such as retail clerks, waitresses, and bartenders, and part-time jobs replaced full-time jobs. Young people entering the work force find it increasingly difficult to establish an independent existence, with 50 percent of 25-year old Americans living at home with parents.

In an economy driven by consumer and investment spending, the absence of growth in real consumer income means an economy without economic growth. Led by Alan Greenspan, the Federal Reserve in the first years of the 21st century substituted a growth in consumer debt for the missing growth in consumer income in order to keep the economy moving. This could only be a short-term palliative, because the growth of consumer debt is limited by the growth of consumer income.

Another serious mistake was the repeal of financial regulation that had made capitalism functional. The New York Banks were behind this egregious error, and they used their bought-and-paid-for Texas US Senator, whom they rewarded with a 7-figure salary and bank vice chairmanship to open the floodgates to amazing debt leverage and financial fraud with the repeal of Glass-Steagall.

The repeal of Glass-Steagall destroyed the separation of commercial from investment banking. One result was the concentration of banking. Five mega-banks now dominate the American financial scene. Another result was the power that the mega-banks gained over the government of the United States. Today the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve serve only the interests of the mega-banks.

In the United States savers have had no interest on their savings in eight years. Those who saved for their retirement in order to make paltry Social Security benefits livable have had to draw down their capital, leaving less inheritance for hard-pressed sons, grandsons, daughters and granddaughters.

Washington’s financial policy is forcing families to gradually extinguish themselves. This is “freedom and democracy “ America today.

Among the capitalist themselves and their shills among the libertarian ideologues, who are correct about the abuse of government power, but less concerned with the abuse of private power, the capitalist greed that is destroying families and the economy is regarded as the road to progress. By distrusting government regulators of private misbehavior, libertarians provided the cover for the repeal of the financial regulation that made American capitalism functional. Today dysfunctional capitalism rules, thanks to greed and libertarian ideology.

With the demise of the American middle class, which becomes more obvious each day as another ladder of upward mobility is dismantled, the United States becomes a bipolar country consisting of the rich and the poor. The most obvious conclusion is that the failure of American political leadership means instability, leading to a conflict between the haves—the one percent—and the dispossessed—the 99 percent.

The failure of leadership in the United States is not limited to the political arena, but is across the board. The time horizon operating in American institutions is very short term. Just as US manufacturers have harmed US demand for their products by moving abroad American jobs and the consumer income associated with the jobs, university administrations are destroying universities. As much as 75 percent of university budgets is devoted to administration. There is a proliferation of provosts, assistant provosts, deans, assistant deans, and czars for every designated infraction of political correctness.

Tenure-track jobs, the bedrock of academic freedom, are disappearing as university administrators turn to adjuncts to teach courses for a few thousand dollars. The decline in tenure-track jobs heralds a decline in enrollments in Ph.D. programs. University enrollments overall are likely to decline. The university experience is eroding at the same time that the financial return to a university education is eroding. Increasingly students graduate into an employment environment that does not produce sufficient income to service their student loans or to form independent households.

Increasingly university research is funded by the Defense Department and by commercial interests and serves those interests. Universities are losing their role as sources of societal critics and reformers. Truth itself is becoming commercialized.

The banking system, which formerly financed business, is increasingly focused on converting as much of the economy as possible into leveraged debt instruments. Even consumer spending is reduced with high credit card interest rate charges. Indebtedness is rising faster than the real production in the economy.

Historically, capitalism was justified on the grounds that it guaranteed the efficient use of society’s resources. Profits were a sign that resources were being used to maximize social welfare, and losses were a sign of inefficient resource use, which was corrected by the firm going out of business. This is no longer the case when the economic policy of a country serves to protect financial institutions that are “too big to fail” and when profits reflect the relocation abroad of US GDP as a result of jobs offshoring. Clearly, American capitalism no longer serves society, and the worsening distribution of income and wealth prove it.

None of these serious problems will be addressed by the presidential candidates, and no party’s platform will consist of a rescue plan for America. Unbridled greed, short-term in nature, will continue to drive America into the ground.

Copyright © Paul Craig Roberts 2015

About Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments and his Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

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Epilogue on Army Downsizing

Oahu Council for Army Downsizing (OCAD)

by AL Frenzel, Colonel, US Army Retired

Dec 28, 2015

The Army Announced in July 2014 that due to Department of Defense (DoD) requirements under QDR 2014 it would cut its forces by as many as 130,000 personnel; down to as few as 420,000 military personnel when FY 2016 Sequestration manifested itself.

A year later in July of 2015, the Army announced it would make only 40,000 military personnel cuts and 17,000 Army civilian employee cuts and it identified which units were to absorb the losses. In actuality, only 18,967 military personnel cuts were made that directly affected active Army units, a very small portion of the originally announced plan to cut 100,000 to 130,000 personnel.

In October of 2015, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which funded DoD in such a way that prevented it from any sequestration mandated cuts and thereby ended any further Army personnel cuts and even restored some that had already been announced.

In essence, the Congress and the Obama Administration stopped any fiscal reform of the Defense Department as mandated by the QDR process and any supposed automatic spending cuts dictated by the sequestration and the Budget Control Act of 2011. Political will could not stomach necessary and even legally mandated budget cuts that would more effectively align military force structure with its strategic mission requirements and fiscal realities.

On a positive note, the Army decided it will remove the Stryker vehicles from the force structure in Hawaii and reorganize the 2/25 SBCT into a two maneuver battalion infantry brigade combat team. Unfortunately, this still leaves two obscenely expensive, conventional warfare brigades and their support forces isolated in the middle of the pacific with the misguided political belief they are trickling down some rightful share of economic welfare to the people of Hawaii.

The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America

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Published on Mar 10, 2014

In this video Luke Rudkowski speaks with Department of Education whistleblower Charlotte Iserbyt about the deliberate dumbing down of America. The former US Department of Education Senior Policy Advisor suggests that the our educational system is not based upon children learning. Is the Carnegie foundation instrumental in developing a socialist-collectivist style educational system that is detrimental to our youth? Are the elites impacting the development of the general population through our school systems?

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State of Hawaii Profiting from Exorbitant Cost of Prison Phone Calls

Honolulu Civil Beat

The FCC is ordering price reductions starting next year, but the state will still get a cut.

By Rui Kaneya

December 23, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission is moving to end price-gouging by private companies that provide telephone service in correctional facilities across the country, handing a rare victory to people who have been advocating for “prison phone justice” since the early 2000s.

But that won’t stop states like Hawaii from profiting from the calls its inmates make.

When new FCC regulations kick in next year, the costs of prison phone calls in many states are expected to be slashed by more than half, allowing inmates and their families to stay in touch without going broke.

Read more . . .

Ukraine Now on Long List of Countries Destroyed by Washington

Paul Craig Roberts

PaulCraigRoberts.org

December 23, 2015

By Paul Craig Roberts

The criminal thugs who comprise the government of the United States have now destroyed Ukraine, adding another scalp to their 21st century collection of scalps from Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Palestine, Lebanon, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and large parts of Syria and Pakistan.

The American military/security complex has grown mega-rich at the expense of a vast proportion of mankind.

American “patriots,” brainwashed by the presstitute media, have supported the most egregious and least justified war crimes in human history. Among moral peoples everywhere the United States is regarded as “the Great Satan.”

Dmitry Orlov sets out the disastrous scenario awaiting Ukraine.

Insouciant Americans should understand that what goes around, comes around.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43793.htm

Copyright © Paul Craig Roberts 2015

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