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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Why are you not outraged?

I have been watching the news lately and becoming more and more outraged at what I see. Yesterday I read in the newspaper that the price of rice has nearly doubled in the past few months. Gas in some places has topped the $4 a gallon mark, and in general it is becoming the case that people are buying less and spending more money to do so. I was listening to news radio, here in DC, yesterday and they reported that everyday 650 people in Wisconsin and Minnesota are having their utilities shut off by power company because they can not afford to make the payments. Please read that again....650 people a day and not in the country, but in two states! How is this for a number, 200 is the number of homes that have been foreclosed in Manassas City Virginia, and 7 million Americans are in danger of losing their homes because they were lied to, hoodwinked, bamboozled.

Now the Fed has cut interest rates, which further pushes our dollar into recession...and let's face it folks, we are indeed in a recession and heading towards a depression. Be prepared, someone you know will be killed over a loaf of bread if we continue down this path, that is if we can even afford to produce bread. Now President Bush and the Federal Reserve are sending out these checks that are supposed to spur economic growth. Does neither Bush or the Chairman of the Fed, Ben Bernanke, understand how economics works? Do they not understand how this helps no one! Pumping fiat, devalued money into the economy will not save America!!! It will further devalue the dollar pushing us into more recession.

The hope is that you will go out and spend that money on big screen tv's and other high priced devices to spur the economy...but how can we afford to do that with the high average of personal debt that most American's have? Are you going to buy a television when your cable is being shut off? Are you going to buy those cool new clothes when you can not afford to go out? Let's not be silly Mr. President, you caused this crisis and now you are trying to fool the American people by giving them money and saying it will fix things. Has anyone asked themselves where that money is coming from? The total cost of this stimulus package is roughly $145 billion dollars. Interesting, seeing as how we are already pushing 9 trillion dollars in debt just on money that we have borrowed, not to mention the money that the American government has promised to pay millions of American's in entitlement benefits down the road. Those future obligations combined with our current debt owed on monies borrowed puts our national debt figure at somewhere around fifty trillion dollars. Don't know what 50 trillion dollars looks like?

Let me show you: 50,000,000,000,000.00

Well that certainly is a lot of zeros. So how much of that debt is the average American responsible for? Oh well that number is astounding as well....$175,000 and climbing. So when those stimulus checks come to your door you may want to reconsider what you will do with them. You owe the world $175,000 plus your own personal debt.

So with the price of everything rising, and the size of your wallet shrinking. Knowing that we are spending $1 trillion a year trying to fund this war that was not authorized by Congress or the Constitutional. Knowing that your home is in danger, that your utilities are in danger, that soon you may not be able to get to work because gas will be so high that you do not get paid enough to cover gas, besides who wants to go work when you can not afford food to eat. Knowing all of these things why are people not outraged?

People talk but then move along like sheep to the slaughter. Why are the American people not taking to the street? Why are they not up in arms???? Why is there not mass unrest and mass shows of civil disobedience? President George W. Bush is a criminal and should be put on trial. He is killing you, your family, your freedom. And yet we allow him to do so. We are you not in the streets protesting? Why are you not organizing uprisings against a criminal government. This administration is no better than Castro in Cuba, or the former dictator Sadam Hussein that we just removed from power in Iraq. This administration has slowly taken away your freedom with things such as the Patriot Act and the Military Commissions Act and has begun to erode your Constitutional Rights. You are enslaved to other countries because of a a climbing national debt. And yet, we think we are free. Wake up folks. Go back and look at some of those numbers. Do a quick google search of anything I have spoken about. Or simply ask me and I can tell you more.

We need action.

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected, once it's realized that our liberty and wealth are in jeopardy" -Dr. Ron Paul

Today I echo those words...we have been warned. Why are you not outraged?


Anthony

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Day 11 April 3, 2208

Day 11 10:17pm

Things are going well. I will admit that I have not been as faithful as I should have been and I will not make excuses for it, but I will say this, it was quite good lol. Ok so my vegetable and fruit consumption has still been pretty high and I feel good about it. I have noticed that I have had to move my belt over one notch (in the skinnier direction) and that my pants and some of my shirts are fitting a bit better. So I am excited about this. As far as appearance goes I have not noticed a change. I tend to lose weight in my cheeks fairly quickly and my face looks thinner but then again I never notice those things. I guess the real test will be when I see my family and see if they notice a change. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not expecting to see monumental results over night but eventually, after doing this for over a month I would think there would be some results. So anyway we will see about that.

I am hungry right now and contemplating food items that I would love to have right now, namely chinese dumplings and lo-mein, but I will refrain from those because my wallet is already where I want my waist to be--thin. I am also not in my room as I write this and that is also helpful to stave off the temptation to have the unhealthy stuff. I am sure I will eat something when I get back to my room, I have celery (which I love but other people seem to cringe at) as well bell peppers and grapes, so I am all set to have a healthy snack if I need one when I get back.

In other news, I just booked my tickets for the trip to Puerto Rico in May to celebrate graduation. I am excited about that. It was a challenge finding four tickets at low prices and then finding four seats close to each other so that we could all sit next to each other. Hopefully everything will go as planned because after my last flight debacle I am not mentally prepared to take another one such as that and I guarantee that no amount of airport training has mentally prepared the kind TSA folks either. So yes, things seem to be going well. The PR trip is finally a reality with the tickets booked, graduation and class work is right on schedule, my tuition is paid, and I am searching for jobs and some look rather promising. Now all I am waiting for is to hear from grad schools (and some I still need to apply to). Once that happens everything will be all set and the next phase of my life can continue to move on, hopefully with "less" of me.

Well that is all for now. I hope all is well with everyone and I wish you all the best of luck on all of your adventures.

Anthony