Bringing Back Balance

Balance is not achieved by “bailouts” or  protection of “too big to fail” businesses and banks. you gain balance through competition. Balances isn’t gained by treating those who’ve been associated with ethical impropriety, like deities.  Giving them huge bonuses, as if tithing to god.

You create balance when there is competition. This would exclude the act of making “too big to fail”, even larger.

Competition relies on choice. Choice between the medium and the small institutions competing for your business and deposits, with ethical services and care for their customers, “the savers”. A punished class today and tomorrow, if such trends continue.

This is a supply and demand, capitalist structure. A structure that has been totally lost since the end of 2007.

So many things have been and will be lost with this quiet and complete change. The confusion was a created  crisis. The prefect cover and misdirection to keep the public blinded by distraction.

With our change and the worlds change, to saving banks because of their own poor derivative sales purchases and frauds, opposed to protecting their citizens voters and people tells me, the battle ground is now the public’s fight against an elite, power imposed Neo-feudalism .

Creditors Over People

Does logic enter the discussions about bailouts and austerity? It seems it’s not. It is an error to think that those who are struggling will follow along blindly. The EU leadership here, is the cause of escalating protests. Protests frankly, that will only grow. I expect the growth will continue exponential, as the public outcry reaches critical mass.

This difficult situation is almost built into the system, and set to occur, because of the high percentage of youth unemployment. It will grow because further jobs are now set to leave the most volatile economies of the Euro zone. Even as the powers that be try to flood the media with stories of the latest trouble being averted.

The reality, when looking at the nature of man and the basic requirements to support life, the circumstance causing these protests were set  from the very start. Especially when the disenfranchised are the most energetic and educated about the practices in politics, but are left with nothing to do.

Jobs, or rather the lack of jobs, are the issue. They however, have been left out of the austerity talks, between struggling economies and the troika. This only shows that people, citizens of the EU nations, are secondary to creditor requirements.

The Government is in place, or was, for people. This emphasis has certainly transformed itself into a government against the people themselves. Suffering and famine of the people is now acceptable. The suffering and famine of non-living entities are now the unacceptable outcome.

I can see many possible futures, for the EU . My most hopeful future, has human interests returning to dominance. My logic says the trend will continue and protests will grow and spread even more. I worry though in this trend that protest and protesters will fall under harsher and harsher retaliation. I can even see a form of martial law coming into effect, to keep protesters as silent as possible, as debt caused by bailouts grows.

The reporting on these EU protests are somewhat down played, and the true reasoning behind the protests are seldom given much airtime. But then again, when were the young people’s voices last heard? I’m thinking those protests were last heard protesting  past foreign wars.

This tone through the EU will to continue, with the Elite ruling classes ignoring the citizens needs, for that of the financial industry as it deals with  repayment of debt. This  after making obvious poor choices in the financing of sovereign debt. A condition for which they only have themselves to blame. The powers that be however, punish the citizen worker, to pay back loans that were erroneously given and taken because of artificially low borrowing costs.

Still even seeing the possible outcomes, I say protest on. I feel as if the citizens have been literally sold-out, by their leadership. And maybe it’s a good thing the protesters, for the most part, are young. They will have the energy to carry on the fight for awareness. Exposing the plight of the young and poor, the disenfranchised people of the EU. Godspeed.

 

In Need of a Lecture

I see, a point of breaking has been reached. I wonder about the logic, behind the reaction. I have to question the  decisions taken around the world, presently. I’m not sure we can leave anyone out at this point. Nor can we not acknowledge the position we hold and the part we play. We can’t, in understanding our place, refuse to place responsibility where it belongs. Understanding our place, admitting our culpability, and exposing the culpability of others, where justified, while changing our own policies, would be a strong step forward. Policies we’ve held for sometime, have only been expansionary, as we occupy to increase in our influence.

I’m not sure of this incidents timing. I’m forced here to look at this, knowing that the stated reasoning for “counter attack “ could be any number of convenient, pre-prepared reasons. Reasons the could be used at anytime, with no one questioning the logic, here in the west. So why now? Answer. It further destabilizes the region.

We have the same policy strangely with Saudi Arabia. You see political and social oppression for physical gain, is practiced there. As it is in Israel. We support them both, generally without question.

With the advance of history, and the years, we’ve lost any moral high ground ,we were once able to claim. We only help to advance those in the world, if they subscribe fully to our system democracy. And those who we influence, rightly or wrongly, have exactly zero experience with democracy of any kind. Let alone, an americanized version.

What freedom is it that we are trying to provide? From what I can tell, freedom is the freedom of markets, not freedom for the people. Freedom for the people would mean they could take all the time they needed to get their own country in order. When our brand of freedom really means, allowing corporations to come in and steal resources for pennies. Pennies, when compared to the resources real value. Resources the country we’ve targeted for freedom, might have built its future on. Resources stripped from them with sweetheart deals, bribes and payoffs, for air tight contracts. Left behind for those people’s freed? Toxicity and Destruction, for generations to come.

I can’t support a foreign policy and economy based in corporate greed and military expansionism. That doesn’t even come close to the moral high ground, our country should be working to regain. That is, if we are to be part of the world in the future. We must understand our number has weight, but there are other countries with larger populations. Throwing our weight around may work for now, but continuing to do, as we have, paves our road to the future with more and more bumps and ruts .

We are struggle to stay on top. We should be struggling to regain what our decision makers have thrown away. with their poor choices, over the last dozen years. Whether you think the words just or ignorant, the mistake was to not take the words spoken by George W. Bush, “We are going to mount a crusade”, to their fullest extent. Now here we are 12 years later, on the verge of war on all fronts. Why? Because we won’t change. Because changing means admitting our policy errors, and what’s been wrought from those errors.

If our country had a mom, we’d be getting such the lecture about our behavior.

The Economic Butterfly Effect and Election Day

Re-post from June 13, 2012, Very interesting, looking back

The Economic Butterfly Effect and Election Day.

Globalization, A Class War

I wish I had the skill as a writer, to enlighten those I know and love, all my friends, as to a coming economic downturn. A downturn based in the confusion and panic around the world financial system, due to the unyielding stance of globalization proponents. I can’t support any who wish to press for globalization, over the citizens of their own nations. That type of government, is no government at all. They’ve forsaken their responsibility to their own citizenry.

Globalization has been looked at as a savior of man, believing it will end wars, and there by bring stability. I believe the trend to sovereigns forced austerity, will be the catalyst that brings a new type of class war. I have commented on what I believe to be the creation of an EU caste system akin to the of India. The problem is in the history and advancement of these countries in question, as individual autonomous nation states. The people of these nations, within the EU, will not return to a feudal system.

Globalization however, will require this of even the most powerful of nations, to submit to this loss of sovereignty. As the United States comes to a fiscal cliff. As Spain is pressured to take Bailouts. As Greece is threatened with economic genocide, if they don’t continue to work against their own citizens well being. As Portugal falls further behind the curve, trying to accomplish the EU’s budgetary requirements. As the Irish search for a way to recover from their brush with bailouts and EU demands. Each nation goes further and further into debt and the control of the Union.

The end is the same for every nation. The goal a dual class system, of total control by a few elites. The more complex it appears to the average global citizen, the better it is for those in the seats of global control. The more complex, the more confusing it will be to those in the class that’s controlled. The more complex and confusing the system of control, the harder it becomes to question the power structure overall.

As usual, the Globalization movements has been about power and control, not the betterment of the human situation. The spoils of the scheme go to a inside few, while all the rest of us will see a return to a darker age. I already fear, this plan has come too far. I hope I am wrong, but plans for worldwide regional monetary unions are already in place.

Desiring a national identity, and a continued common national culture, is the one strength the average citizens share. It’s also their power and strength. Average citizens need to use this power to speak out. An unending uncompromising stance against globalization needs to grow everywhere, before that chance to speak out is taken from the underclasses, in the coming dual class system.

Austerity, Creating the EU Caste Sysytem

Austerity, Creating the EU Caste Sysytem.

Austerity, Creating the EU Caste Sysytem

I find myself today, revisiting comments I’ve made in the past, regarding the EU and it’s direction, with a focus on the average citizen’s suffering, due to forced austerity. I’m not sure any nation in the EU, accepted or expected “The Brussels, Financial Inquisition”. To clarify my feelings on this situation, I will use Greece as my example.

The Greek people have seen the many methods and pressures, that have caused a forced loss of their national sovereignty. Austerity and budgeting changes, conforming with the policies and practices of the German Bundesbank. These changes, required by the EU, don’t conform to the needs of the people and their government, anywhere else but Germany. These dictated mandates, by the ruling factions in the EU’s fiscal framework, serve only to raise fear in the affected nations. Fears of a lost culture and fears of lost social connections, are in the public’s mind. Rightly so I feel, as national identities are suppressed, for a Euro-centric patriotism.

The Fiscal Union, a one size fits all plan, was poorly conceived. The nation states joining, poorly vetted, regarding budgets and debts. A fly by the seat of your pants operation, with a fix-it as we go policy. A policy that has had repercussions world wide.

Bearing the brunt of the these circumstances, we find the average citizen of Greece. These are folks, who amid all the controversy surrounding tax dodging in Greece, are those who had few resources, with neither a need or the means to shelter resources from taxation. But these normal folk, are left to suffer through no fault of their own.

These forced austerity controls, roll over sovereignty. Greece will not be the only one. Greece is being used as an example. This while bailouts go directly to service debt. That means those bailout funds go directly, with small exception, right back to the banks. Serving to actually raise debt, not lower it.

This genocide of self determination, will be more apparent when children take to the streets to beg, as they do in India. The example being made of Greece, as 150 new austerity demands come from the EU, for Greece’s Parliament to pass legislation on, only prove the manipulation and pressure by the EU machine.

This tragedy will create, an even larger underclass, and causes me to wonder if the Caste system is the end game in the EU. To create the rulers and the ruled. To progress the gap between the Have’s and Have Not’s. The paths chosen by the EU monetary union, seem to support this creation of an India style, culture of classes, for the creation of a caste system in the EU.

This touches merely the edge of this issue. Human nature says to me, those with power wish to retain power. Human nature also says to me, based on the “I must have mine, before you have yours” principle tells me, this will only progress in the future. The continued siphoning up of wealth, that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer, is clearly set to continue (worldwide). As the economic and fiscal power player, Germany has returned to Dictatorship, whether they like it or not. Greece fought off the German occupation in WWII, too bad history isn’t set to repeat itself.

Following a Trickle Down Media

I’m just a watcher of finance and markets. I’ve always felt, tracking money and markets would give me a better look at what the future holds. Like most I have hoped for a better, and if not better, a more stable future. I’ve found the truth of our future. I must say, I was wrong to hold out hope. I was so wrong.

We’ve seen not but lies scams and fraud, from our markets. If you’ve missed this, there are many news articles from numerous sources that highlight the issue. None of these articles break into the why of it, merely presenting watered down boondoggles, of little value to readers.

A trickle down media is almost as productive, as trickle down economics. Not at all. But then again we have to acknowledge that media has no obligation to report the truth. A ruling from a suit against FOX. The general population has no realization of that fact. They tune in to the nightly news, any source, and expect that what they are hearing in the broadcast as fact and truth. This just isn’t the case.

Looking at mechanisms of control, it’s best to have those whom can have their beliefs manipulated. Blind acceptance is what’s required to carry through disinformation, and have it believed and acted on by the masses. Blind acceptance is what allows the “It’s getting better” stories in the media, to be believed.

This acceptance is actually ground into us by our parents and teachers, and begins when we are young. We’ve been taught to give respect to certain groups of individuals. This training helps enables blind acceptance in our later life. It’s this myth, that certain classes deserve unquestioning acceptance.

Groups such as Doctor Lawyers, Politicians, and those with higher educations. Into this group has slipped television personalities, because of our worship of fame and fortune.

This hypnotism of the greater populous, keeps a large group that should be extremely outraged by the direction we’ve taken, in their easy chairs. There should be outrage over unconstitutional moves by our government. There should be outrage over a Fed policy that makes each dollar in your pocket worth less, until the dollar is worthless. There should be outrage over people being excluded from the governments attention, while business is given every chance, as banks are flooded with free moneys.

What the future holds under the current direction, is more manipulations by the powers that be. More stories about how much work is being done for the people. While behind the scenes, the sell out of people, for the benefit of banking business and political clout, continues. I’m sickened by this sound bites reality TV culture. I search for truth, and even though I note my fellows unquestioning acquiescence to these sources who silently claim to be bearers of truth, I have to question myself and my desire for a informed population. Maybe the blind unquestioning follower, deserve everything coming their way. That might be the only way, for some to step up and demand reality from the powers that be. The simple honest truth.

 

The Keiser Report – Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert, with guest Michael Krieger

The Keiser Report – Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert, with guest Michael Krieger

Tax lies, the US’s plunge down the index of economic freedom, and instigating World War III.

Like a Boy Scout, Be Prepared

I want only the best for my fellow man, that is my heart. I look for trends in Global Economics, as best I can, and follow Commodities Markets, because it’s the worlds stomach. These two thing’s have a great effect on how our world moves forward, and by way of that, how we live our lives. Those two things, global economics and commodities markets, are constants in my mind.

 

The analysis of the feelings in my heart, an easy task. The analysis of the subjects in my mind, much more troublesome. However, with the two components heart and mind combined, I am able to form some opinions about the world in which we live. I’m even able to come to conclusions about the direction of trends or manipulations in the markets, after giving the subjects so much consideration.

 

I personal include one tactic in my research, that I feel has been marginalized and become cliche, “Follow the Money”. And, since the beginning of what seems a trickle up economy, following the money should have become easier. The truth is, with the inclusion of more and more complex financial vehicles, and the erased line between savings and investment banks, adding in the variance in policy in banking centers worldwide, I feel the opposite is now true.

 

This tragedy, brought to us by the “Too Big To Fail” concept. Policy which has only added to the concerns of the common citizen, worldwide. I think what’s never pointed out clearly is the “too big to fail” is a buzz term, which means in reality, the institution is more important than the people it serves. Placing the too big to fail, ahead of all else. Bailing out the too big to fail from their Risky Trading policies. Taking a position of Greed and losing. Then after losing,  passing those losses on to be paid by citizen individuals. Individuals who had nothing to do with banking finance and corporate greed, or the risk they took in the new derivatives added to the market. A total run for traders, based in cheap borrowing costs from central banks.

 

I can’t save anyone from the even harder times ahead. I don’t have that ability. I do say forget your love of the green paper. Fiat Currencies the present recognized monetary tool are destine for abuse and failure. I would like all to have some solid store of value. I believe in a diversified portfolio, but the trend says to me the diversification percentages need to change. Look at your necklace or ring they have meaning or symbolism but they also have a value, and you can hold it in your hand, just like the green paper. Have you considered those items as personal wealth? Well it’s time to.

 

Governments have picked up the physical gold stocks they hold. There is even talk of a partially gold backed, Chinese Yuan. Tangible asset classes seem to be the trend. If you question it’s hard commodities value and future, again look to China. Chinese State Television has Advertisements, Marketing gold and the physical possession of it, to to all. Yet, designed, to speak to their growing middle class. Also add into this India. India is close to the largest purchaser of gold worldwide. Just surpassed by China, I’m thinking. So, I see is two fast growing countries, with a total population around 2.5 billion people, motivated and being motivated to purchase and possess physical stocks of precious metals.

 

Every country appears stressed by the changing world, and the advancement or decline of themselves and others. I feel it’s even more important to prepared, for what I see as, The Demise of Fiat Currencies? Do you want , because of inflate currencies, to see no value to your printed paper? I’d say no, and would make the move to correct my investment strategy. What you do is your own call.

 

These are tough times,  and I’d say, like a Boy Scout, Be Prepared, I feel, there’s much more difficulty left to come.

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