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U.S. DEBT: ROUND 2

Rich-Uncle-Pennybags“The last time America was debt free was 1836.

“That lasted one year.

“Today we’re $17.5 trillion in debt.

“How’d we get here? Consider this: When Mr. Obama went to Brussels this week, he took a 900-person entourage, three cargo planes, two 747s, a slew of support planes, a phalanx of Marine One helicopters and nearly 50 vehicles for his motorcade. That was for a 24-hour stay.” Joseph Curl

“As a nation, we currently are carrying a national debt of $17.5 trillion. If we repaid it at a rate of $10 million per day, seven days a week, 365 days per year, it would take 4,700 years to repay…Additionally, we have unfunded liabilities of at least $100 trillion.” Ben S. Carson, The Washington Times, March 17, 2014, p. 31

U.S. won’t be world’s richest nation for long

Joseph Curl, The Washington Times, March 31, 2014, p. 28

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Sometimes, especially lately, it’s depressing to think about the future of the U.S.

The economy has been in the doldrums since Barack Obama took office, and, in a slew of ways, is actually worse now. Median incomes are the lowest since 1995 [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/17/median-income-falls-inequality_n_3941514.html], the workforce is its smallest in nearly 50 years [http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/13/data-shows-millions-of-americans-falling-out-of-the-workforce/], real unemployment is running at 16.6 percent [http://www.gallup.com/poll/125639/Gallup-Daily-Workforce.aspx], and all those 20-something kids who should be working are moving back home with their parents. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/01/living/parents-moving-home-millennials/]

But that’s not the real problem. See, on top of all that, we’re $17.5 trillion in debt. Continue reading

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United States Debt

3_112014_b1-carson8201_s640x815“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7

The one (President), the few (Senate), and the many (House of Representatives) in the United States of America are nearly all millionaires!  The only exemptions would be found in the House of Representatives.

“As a nation, we currently are carrying a national debt of $17.5 trillion.  If we repaid it at a rate of $10 million per day, seven days a week, 365 days per year, it would take 4,700 years to repay…Additionally, we have unfunded liabilities of a least $100 trillion.” Ben S. Carson

Editor’s note:  A Boston University economist places the U.S. unfunded liabilities at $220 trillion.

“Our continued fiscal irresponsibility not only threatens the financial well-being of the next generation of Americans, it also increasingly jeopardizes U.S. security.  Our international influence is weakened as our borrower status makes us vulnerable to threats from Mr. Putin and others.”  Ben S. Carson

CARSON: Indebtedness is path to servitude

An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more

Ben S. Carson, The Washington Times, March 17, 2014, p. 31

As a teenager, I began a new, lifelong routine of starting and ending each day reading from the book of Proverbs, which, of course, was written by Solomon, a very wise man.

Interestingly, my parents were led to give me the middle name of Solomon — not that I claim even a modicum of his wisdom.

After Solomon became the king of Israel, he gained great renown when two women came before him claiming to be the mother of the same infant.

Solomon decreed that the baby should be divided and half given to each woman, at which time the real mother immediately relinquished her clai m.

This made the judgment quite simple. I believe God has a sense of humor, not only because of my middle name and my affinity for Solomonic Proverbs, but because I, too, gained great renown by dividing babies. In my case, it was complexly joined craniopagus twins.

One of the verses that seems very pertinent to America today is Proverbs 22:7, which says, “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”

Most of us grew up hearing that debt is a very bad thing. The advent and wide dissemination of credit cards diminished such teachings, and those in charge of our nation’s finances over the past few decades seem to revel in debt.

As a nation, we currently are carrying a national debt of $17.5 trillion. If we repaid it at a rate of $10 million per day, seven days a week, 365 days per year, it would take 4,700 years to repay.

The only reason that we can sustain such a level of debt is our status as the international reserve currency for the world.

This is a position usually reserved for the most reliable and strongest economic nation, and this status allows us to print money. If Greece could print money, it would not be bankrupt, although it would probably continue to drive up its debt.

Additionally, we have unfunded liabilities of at least $100 trillion.

Why am I concerned about this? I have been talking about this issue since long before Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent threat to abandon the U.S. dollar as Russia’s reserve currency.

Unless he could attract many other nations to do the same, he would likely inflict more short-term damage on his own country than on the United States.

Nevertheless, the very mention of such an action should send shivers down our spine. He recognizes our vulnerable position, which is exacerbated by our insistence on incurring unsustainable levels of debt. I have no doubt that at a strategic moment, he will exploit our weakness.

A United Nations committee in 2010 recommended a change in world reserve currency policies, and others such as China have made similar suggestions. They are beginning to doubt the stability of America’s financial infrastructure.

Our continued fiscal irresponsibility not only threatens the financial well-being of the next generation of Americans, it also increasingly jeopardizes U.S. security.

Our international influence is weakened as our borrower status makes us vulnerable to threats from Mr. Putin and others.

Perhaps worst of all, if our status as the world’s reserve currency issuer changes, there could be a dramatic decline in our standard of living.

If this occurs, the Occupy Wall Street movement will seem like a walk in the park compared with the civil unrest that will result. It does not require a great imagination to envision some of the freedom-limiting responses that might then occur.

Many may say this is simply paranoia and fear-mongering, which is what the so-called elites traditionally say before a catastrophic collapse.

The good news is we can do better. However, we the people must first do our homework and make sure that we know who our congressional representatives are and how they vote, not how they say they vote.

If they are in favor of continued fiscal lunacy, as evidenced by their votes that keep raising our national debt, they need to be replaced by responsible candidates from any party who understand the implications of their actions.

We need people who understand that in order for businesses to grow and prosper, the government must remove the heavy boot of regulation and interference from their necks.

We need those who realize that taxation is supposed to provide the necessary revenues to operate a government that provides for the safety, infrastructure and freedom of the people.

It is not for the purpose of controlling behavior and certainly not to justify a government takeover of health care, thereby initiating the most massive shift of power from the people to the government in our history. By declaring pertinent parts of the Affordable Care Act a tax, the Supreme Court facilitated the demise of freedom in America.

These should not be partisan issues, but rather should be the concerns of every freedom-loving American citizen who wishes to see prosperity return to our shores.

Fiscal responsibility, fair taxation, intelligent environmental and energy policies, strong international leadership, evidence-based educationalpolicies, cost-effective health care that is readily available to everyone, and honesty can prevail, but some feathers of those who are currently comfortable may need to be ruffled.

We need to discuss all of these things openly, rather than giving ear to the constant demagoguery that now exists. We must then vote responsibly with full knowledge of records and remain vigilant to preserve freedom and justice for all. We still have the power to craft a better future, but urgency grows.

Ben S. Carson is professor emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.

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The Best of Mark Steyn

“Mark Steyn has done a spate of interviews recently on the occasion of the paperback release of his 2011 bestseller After America: Get Ready for Armageddon…The title notwithstanding, After America is most valuable not for its predictions about the imminent future but for its magisterial account of what has gone so wrong—and so suddenly—with America.  After the extraordinary technological advances of the first half of the twentieth century, invention and innovation have now been largely replaced by government regulation.  Almost all that remains of the American can-do spirit is ‘a memory of faded grandeur’ in a country that no longer aims for the moon, literally, or has the will to secure its borders, prevent crime, or prosecute war against its enemies.”  Janice Fiamengo, FrontPage Magazine, October 16, 2012

 Dying By Entitlements

By Janice Fiamengo – FrontPageMag.Com – October 16, 2012

Mark Steyn has done a spate of interviews recently on the occasion of the paperback release of his 2011 bestseller After America: Get Ready For Armageddon. A few weeks ago, he remarked to Canadian television hostMichael Coren that, contrary to those who claimed his predictions about American collapse were alarmist, he now finds that, in the wake of American credit downgrades and the murder of the American ambassador in Benghazi, his warnings were actually rather moderate. In hundreds of pages of outraging and depressing detail, Steyn shows how the United States of America has mortgaged its future, put ideological conformity above all other values—whether of knowledge, prosperity, national security, or cultural survival—and is declining into a state of moral lassitude that heralds catastrophe.

Such decline is not only an American story, as Steyn’s title indicates. The whole world will be affected by the loss of American influence, as aggressive yet unstable regimes step into the breach. When Britain ceased to be the dominant power following World War II, the transition of leadership to the United States was all but seamless, but that will not be the case when nations shaped by illiberal values assert their dominance. Continue reading

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