Easy answer: He's always been an idiot.
During the VP televised debate Joe said, "The idea [Cheney] doesn't realize that Article One of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that's the Executive Branch. " No, ARTICLE TWO of the Constitution defines the VP role. (Article One is the Legislative.)
But Joe always gets a pass.
Watch out for bonds as well: The ones that backed Chrysler are taking a 60% loss. I was diversified last year and lost 10% on bonds while the stocks were going down. There won't be many safe havens during the coming inflation spiral. Maybe commodities (like gold), but they're risky in other ways. No one has a crystal ball at this point. Real estate? T-bills? Who knows? Just hold onto your hat!
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HECK yes. I've purchased more books in past year than the previous 20. Not read them all but heading that way. Still HAVE to get "5000 year leap." The pressure is on!
Your comments about 'puppet masters' means NECESSARILY there has to be a 'central command' where all of these decisions are made and then orders given out to the minions to carry out. So where is this central command? NBC? GE? Trilateral Commission? White House? Congressional leadership? Exxon-Mobil board room? The UN?
These are rather disparate scattered organizations. There is no one common link or 'master' to them all. I believe, and I think most agree, there is a general liberal agenda across the board. Some power centers are self-centered and are destructive in their agenda: GE and NBC. Others are self-centered but power-neutral: Exxon-Mobil (just profit motivated.) Others are power-centered without regard for effects: Pelosi-Reid. Put them all together and we see the overall effect: A socialist tendency as the government tries to rein in corporate profits (called "greed" for effect.)
I can relate to the younger American voters because I, too, was an idealistic 21-yr-old and voted for Carter. The parallel is stunning. Carter was the outsider and was the change we thought America needed to right our system from the previous 'evil' Republicans (Nixon-Ford). So the moral is: Education about how both the Reps and Dems are not necessarily reflecting what is BEST for US. The 912Project is an excellent forum to get people talking to each other and then to reach out to those who never thought about anything but what the MSM is telling them.
Regarding the suggestion to eliminate lobbyists: They are in DC because that is where the MONEY is. (Primary rule in crime: "Follow the money.") Once all regulatory powers are relegated back to the States, according to the 10th Amendment, then lobbyists will disappear from DC and have to spread out to all 50 state capitals. Dilution of power will dilute their influence.
Historical note: It was only due to FDR's "emergency powers" and then the Great Society (with failed welfare programs introduced by the Democrats over the last 50 years) that we are spending trillions on any of these. "States rights" was a synonym for segregation in the 1950s, and that set back the move of most states to recover their powers after WW2.
As long as we're wishing:
1. I WISH FOR THE TENTH AMENDMENT TO BE ENFORCED. It is so simple in its construction but sweeping in its vision.
2. Eliminate 90% of the Federal government and return control to the States. There is no basis in the Constitution for the following Depts: Education, Health/Welfare, Labor, Commerce, Agriculture, EPA, OSHA, FCC, etc. All of those functions belong to the States!
3. Once the programs are relegated back to the States, there won't be a need for such a large Federal budget. We're just sending money to DC so it can be sent back to the States with thousands and thousands of bureaucrats at the Federal level to filter it and regulate it.
4. Eliminate 90% of the bureaucratic regulations by putting 5-yr "sunset" provisions on ALL regulations at once.
YES, exactly. Get governments out of the way so the free markets can operate. Prime Example #1: Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were abominations to the housing market and subverted it, thus the pickle we're in now.