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Money, Politics and Freedom

Money, Politics and Freedom

“You can’t have one without the others”

The subtitle, “You can’t have one without the others” says what I have come to understand regarding politics. It was something I avoided when I was young, but only because I didn’t understand what politics was. Life IS politics. This reality becomes more obvious when we examine our relationships more closely.

The definition of Politic at dictionary.com is:

  1. shrewd or prudent in practical matters; tactful; diplomatic.
  2. contrived in a shrewd and practical way; expedient: a politic reply.
  3. political: the body politic.

Aren’t all people, at sometime in their life “Prudent in practical matters” or “tactful”? When one spouse wants something don’t they often bargain to get what they want by giving something in return? When a child wants something and one parent says “no”, don’t they quickly learn the other might say yes? This is being “shrewd and prudent in practical matters”. When a friend gets a new haircut and we don’t like it but they do, the tendency is to tell a “white lie” so as to not offend. And when we find ourselves in an argument with those we love, isn’t it being both “tactful” and “diplomatic” to take a walk or come back to it later, to prevent the argument from escalating? Thus we can see that every relationship, every family, every business, every organization, all our relational interactions are at their root, “political”. My point is simple. If you are trying to avoid politics, you are trying to avoid life.

With that understanding those who “hate” politics should be able to cast off any remaining fear of getting involved in “politics”, because we’re all already doing politics, even if it’s not at the governmental level. And since government’s decisions affect our everyday lives in many, many important ways, not the least of which is the value of our investments, our lack of involvement means the politicians get a free pass to do whatever they want, including inflating and wasting our dollars. As citizens of the United States (or whatever country you owe your allegiance to) we citizens are obligated to know something about our country, about how it’s run and what will help it prosper.

Most of us already know that the world economy is tied to our US dollar. But few of us know why. In 1944 the world’s financial institutions got together at Breton Woods and agreed our dollar would be the worlds common currency for trade. Other nations agreed to this for two reasons. First, our manufacturing output was at its peak and we far exceeded the rest of the world in output of consumable goods. Second, we promised to keep the dollar tied to the gold standard and this made the US dollar a commodity with real intrinsic value. The International Monetary Fund and World Bank also grew out of that meeting. But in 1971 we unilaterally removed our nation from the gold standard and that ended the agreement. The entire world is now tied to our fiat currency (a currency that has no backing other than faith).

Our U.S. recession has already spread to much of the rest of the world and that is leading inevitably to a world-wide depression. We have huge budget and trade deficits, about a half trillion each. This means we are spending more than the tax and other revenues the government takes in, and we are buying more foreign goods then we are selling. As the U.S. Dollar continues to lose its purchasing power, it is inevitable that at some point these nations will want to stop their losses and dump their dollars. All of this should not only concern us, it should make us remember our history. When we suffered the “Great Depression” of the 1930’s we were in a far better financial position as a nation. We were not a debtor nation then. Almost everyone had savings and most had direct or indirect ties to farmers (so they were able to barter for food). The last “Great Depression” greatly empowered government and many freedoms were lost. It will happen again unless we are vigilant and make our voices heard.

Many of FDR’s socialist solutions are still in effect to this day: farm subsidies to force farmers to grow crops the government wanted them to grow; forced payments into a ponzi scheme called social security; price and wage controls; setting a precedent of the President introducing legislation to Congress (thereby empowering the President above his constitutional duties); removing Americans from the gold standard (banks were still tied to it and could still redeem their paper money for gold at the fixed price of $35 an ounce, up till President Nixon closed the fixed-price gold window to all banks in 1971), etc..

Most people don’t know this, but the Great Depression saw our government issue a soviet-like proclamation, confiscating all privately held gold. Yes, the people were reimbursed at the going price, but because FDR ended all transactions payable in gold, declaring them unlawful, people lost the only asset they had that would increase in value over time and help to offset their suffering. Gold is also a powerful bartering instrument, because it increases in value as the dollars value decreases. FDR also removed the standard “redeemable in gold” clause from all paper money. However, the banks, including all foreign banks, were still allowed to redeem their paper money for gold. The Treasury Department issued special orange backed one hundred dollar bills that retained the “redeemable in gold” clause. These were only issued to Federal Reserve banks and only they could redeem them for gold.

FDR took advantage of Americans and rewarded the bankers. I’m sure that in his mind he saw it as helping us indirectly, but history says otherwise. Just take a look at the following graph from shadowstats.com, showing consumer inflation from 1665 to 2007. The most important thing to take note of is the very steady line from 1665 to 1914 when the Federal Reserve (a National Bank in disguise) began “managing” our economy. Prior to that point in our history our nation was marked by 30-40 year boom and bust cycles, thus the steady line, since every up cycle of inflation was followed by a down cycle of deflation. After the creation of the Federal Reserve we notice a steady, small rise in inflation, but after FDR removed us from the gold standard, that slow steady rise increases steadily. Then we see the real fruit of the Feds labors beginning in 1971, when Nixon closed the fixed-price gold window and our currency was backed by nothing but faith. From that point to the present the Consumer Price Index has skyrocketed steadily upward.

Here is that graph:

Having money is what frees us from poverty and allows us to realize our dreams. Without sufficient money, we are less free to do as we would like. Money, Politics and Freedom are inseparably bound together. When you look at the graph on Consumer Inflation do you understand what the ever-upward inflationary spike means? It represents a truth that cannot be denied, revealing the extent to which “We the People” have been robbed by those we put in power. Year after year our dollar is buying less. It is the reason that our dollar today is only worth 2 cents compared to what it could purchase in 1900. As this recession deepens any type of investment in dollars, whether saving accounts, saving bonds, annuities or pensions, will decline in value. I have watched recent news stories where retirees say they have lost 50% or more of their retirement money. And this is only the beginning according to Peter Shciff. Here are two videos with Peter Schiff speaking. On the first video, “Peter Schiff VS The Empire” we have a series of interviews from 2005 and 2006, including a classic debate with Arthur Laffer, former economic advisor to President Reagan. These debates reveal the general negative reaction to Peter Schiff’s predictions of economic meltdown. He stood alone and most everyone else couldn’t see it coming. But his predictions were right, two years before they even happened. The second video is “Peter Schiff on the Glenn Beck Show – The Bailout”.

“We”, as a nation of individual consumers, have failed to rein in our own spending, so how can we take our government to task for doing the same? And “We the People” have allowed our representatives to regularly trample on the Constitution they swore an oath to uphold because “We” do not know what the Constitution says they can and can’t do.

For instance, we should know that the US Constitution, in Article 1, Section 8, gives our federal government the power to “coin money” and “regulate the value thereof”. But in 1913, President Woodrow Wilson and congress created the “Federal” Reserve, ceding that responsibility to large corporate, national and international banking interests. Not only was it’s formation unconstitutional, but it was surreptitiously rammed through congress while most of congress was home, just 2 days before Christmas. When in times past our Congress was in control of printing the money we American’s didn’t have to pay interest. But once the banks were given this responsibility, “We the People” were made permanent debtors to the private banking interests that created the so-called “Federal” Reserve system.

Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin, in 1802 said,

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.

We are seeing the fulfillment of Jefferson’s warning today and it’s high time we follow his remedy, to take the issuing power from the banks and restore it back to the people. By so doing we could wipe out our present national interest debt (that’s the interest we pay to our national banking system, the Federal Reserve, on our 10.7 trillion dollar debt). According to the Treasury’s own website, treasurydirect.gov, the interest we owe this year is $451,154,049,950.63. That’s about one and a quarter billion dollars a day in interest payments to the banks, money that we Americans would not be burdened with if Congress ended the unconstitutional (and therefore unlawful) Federal Reserve and empowered the Treasury to do what it is supposed to do, manufacture our money interest free!

I am far from alone in this assessment of the Federal Reserve. More and more people are becoming aware of the awful price we are paying in terms of inflation (please review the above chart if you didn’t understand this; this fact has been proven graphically). The history of our currency prior to the establishment of the Federal Reserve as our national bank system was a stable one. Now it’s an out of control inflationary spiral. Congressman Ron Paul from Texas has stated “The dollar today is worth only 4 cents compared to the dollar that the Federal Reserve started with in 1913”. Please view the following video, “Federal Reserve Engineering Economic Collapse” for further clarification regarding the Federal Reserve and our economy:

Most of us have no idea how large a billion dollars is, let alone a trillion so let me give you some perspective. If you were to count $1 a second, in one hour you would have counted up $3,600. In 24 hours you would have $86,400. So, dividing one million dollars by $86,400 would give you the number of days it would take to count to one million.... a total of approximately eleven and a half days (11.574 days to be exact).

Now, how long do you think it would take to count to a billion? A few months? A year and a half? Doing the math we multiply 11.574 days by 1000 (since one billion is 1000 million). That’s 11,574 days divided by 365.5 days in a year or a total of 31.7 YEARS (31.6664 to be exact). And, to count to a trillion (which is 1000 billion) we simply multiply 1000 times 31.7. This gives you an idea of how enormous 1 trillion dollars is, since it would take you nearly 32,000 years to count to a trillion at one dollar a second. Eleven and a half days, versus 32 years, versus 32,000 years.

Think about that when you read that our national debt is now estimated at 10.7 TRILLION dollars, for which we’re paying 451 BILLION dollars a year just for the “privilege” of borrowing what we could have printed ourselves. Oh, you might also like to know that the US Treasury sells the dollars they print to the Federal Reserve at cost... a few pennies per denomination, regardless of the size of the denomination. How would you like to be able to pay pennies for $1,000 bills and then charge the people who printed them for you thousands of times more in interest? Of course, most transactions are now electronic, which involves no cost at all to these bankers. Now you know why people like Congressmen Ron Paul tell us that “We the People” have given the bankers the right to legally counterfeit money!!

The really sad fact is that even the 10.7 trillion dollar debt is a lie. It’s actually much, much more. David Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States and head of the General Accountability Office (GAO), who served from 1998 to 2008 quit his job under President George W. Bush because so he would be free to tell the truth about our dire economic situation. In an interview at CNN he said that the United States is "underwater to the tune of $50 trillion" in long-term obligations. He has put together a “Fiscal Wake Up Tour” to help Americans understand the parallels he sees between the fall of Rome and our present course of action. Here is what I learned on the Internet, on a blog at 24ahead.com:

Walker last year issued an unusually downbeat assessment of his country's future in a report that drew parallels with the end of the Roman empire.

He had warned that the US government was on a "burning platform" of unsustainable policies and practices with fiscal deficits, chronic healthcare underfunding, immigration and overseas military commitments threatening a crisis if action was not taken soon.

There were "striking similarities" between America's current situation and the factors that brought down Rome, he had said.

These included "declining moral values and political civility at home, an over-confident and over-extended military in foreign lands and fiscal irresponsibility by the central government.”

David Walker discovered many budgetary inconsistencies, not the least of which was the discovery that our government keeps multiple books, placing many big budget items off the ledger the public sees. Bush tried to stop him from taking his message about the true state of the economy directly to the people, as he was doing in his “Fiscal Wake-Up Tour”, so he quit in order to continue getting the message out.

Please listen to the following two videos with David Walker. On CNN’s Glenn Beck Show, January of 2008, he is interviewed one month before he quit. David Walker warned of a coming economic tsunami which all our politicians refuse to deal with, the so-called “third rail” of entitlements, Social Security and Medicare. The second is a “60 Minutes” interview in which David Walker makes an impassioned plea to all Americans regarding our dire fiscal situation. The statistics are startling (please see videos to your right).

If you watched and listened to the above videos, one thing should be clear. This is going to be a prolonged recession leading to another Great Depression and we have every indication it will be far worse then the last.

All of us who have knowledge of Jesus Christ, who understand the importance of meditation for our continued spiritual awakening, and who wish to thrive, not just survive this economic crisis, would be wise to work together on solutions that further our mutual interests. That is one of the primary reasons for becoming a member of 3Circles Church Communities.

Since this article is about “Money, Politics and Freedom”, I cannot leave the subject without mentioning our 3CCC Time Bank. We decided to become a corporate member of the International Time Bank movement because it represents a way for people with little cash and few resources to get things done.

As a member of 3Circles Church Communities you will be given two years of FREE membership (a $72 value) in our own Time Bank branch called the 3CCC Time Bank. All you have to do is review the information on their main website (http://www.timebanks.org), review a demo video that shows how our Community Weaver web-based management system works (http://www.timebanks.org/swf/tour/weaver-demo.swf) and then ask for the signup link.

As a 3CCC member you earn 4 Time Dollars a month just for remaining a member. Each Time Dollar represents one hour of work. Members post their need for services (like baby sitting, auto/home repairs, help with transportation, etc.) or locally produced products (like garden produce, furniture, candles, preserved foods, etc.) and people looking to earn more Time Dollars look for people who post a need for what they have. Members who work on our collaborative projects are earning Time Dollars and those Time Dollars can be converted to shares in our corporation, 3Circles Church Communities, Inc. As you accumulate Time Dollars you are earning sweat equity in 3CCC and once we buy land you can use them to become part owner.

I understand that all this new information might cause your head to hurt but as a new member you’ll have lots of opportunities to sit in on our meetings, which we hold in our web-based virtual meeting rooms. The most important thing to take away from this discussion, I believe, is that no one person can understand all the ways we’ve been lied to and manipulated by those in positions of power, neither can one person provide all the solutions. Even many of the solutions you find on this website were borrowed from others who used them successfully. And as a result of that knowledge, that we really do need one another to survive and thrive these trying times, you can rest in the assurance that 3Circles Church Communities provides one of the most comprehensive (if not THE most comprehensive) set of solutions, using new Internet social networking technologies, old-school church planting ideas, green eco-friendly community building techniques and a wonderful set of principles to live by, you can help make history as we create “A Spirit-Centered Community 3.0 Revolution”!

Leroy E. Grey

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