At 46 years old I consider myself a little past middle age. That is unless I live to be at least 92 years old. So who knows, I might not even be at middle age yet.
Even at such a young age I look back and realize how much water has gone under the bridge. I wonder how I will feel when I am in my 60s or even 70s, that is if I live that long.
I often wonder how my mom and dad feel about how much things have changed in their lifetime? My dad did not get electricity and running water until he was somewhere around 6 years old. What is it like going from kerosene lamps and an outhouse to computers and the internet?
The past 19 years, from 1995 – 2014, humanity has made leaps and bounds with technology. We went from dial-up internet to smart phones in less than a generation. I look forward to what scientist will develop in the next 20 years.
Lets talk about history for a couple of minutes, then let’s move onto the heart of this article. One of the main reasons Germany was defeated in WW II was the United States and Russia produced more tanks, planes, ships and guns than Germany. We had the resources where Germany did not.
World War II boiled down to numbers. Where Germany could only produce a certain amount of tanks, trucks, planes, and lacked raw materials such as oil and iron deposits, the United States and Russia had no such limitations.
For 35 – 40 years after World War II, or until the late 1970s and early 1980s the United States was the worlds production powerhouse. We made everything from toys to Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. The economy was strong, there was a thriving middle class who could afford to buy a home, buy a car or truck or both, have a family, times were good.
Then along came corporate greed and free trade. Wall street not satisfied with the profits they were making decided to move the factories to China, exploit low wage workers, then close the factories here in the states which as led to the death of the middle class.
The first random thoughts post of 2014, so lets make it a good one.
Your leg or any other body part will always lose against a chainsaw. Spring is right around the corner, people are going to be working outside, so lets be safe.
Japan wants the worlds help in keeping China off some islands. If it were not for the oil in the area I do not understand what the problem is. Tension between Japan and China has been on the uptick for the past few years. I imagine some kind of deal will be worked out for everyones benefit.
The bigger question about China, is it going to position itself to topple the United States as a world leader? Reports say China is in the process of doubling its aircraft carrier fleet. Even if China doubles its fleet of carriers, China will still be decades behind the USA, which is not a good thing. If China is so far behind the US in navy power, chances are they would resort to nuclear weapons to offset our naval advantage.
North Korea is starting up a nuclear reactor that in one year can produce enough weapons plutonium for a nuclear weapon. This puts the world on a one year timeline. Either something has to be done about North Korea within the next year, or the world sits back and allows this rogue nation to develop more nuclear weapons.
In other words, the United States and Europe are going broke, while Russia and China are poised to become world financial leaders.
United States dominance in the world financial market is about to come to an end. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have come together to form BRICS; which is going to offer developing nations financial security without having to go through the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
What is the dollar backed by? A promise to repay our debt, and nothing more. What is going to happen when our debt grows to a point where it can not be repaid? Is the federal reserve going to print more money, which will fuel inflation?
The U.S. dollar is backed by nothing. Now its a matter of time before the rest of the world realizes that.
How does someone prepare for a slow decline? Wages have been stagnated since the 1990s while prices on everything else continue to go up. The middle class is being forced into poverty, while our infrastructure collapses around us.
We are in a war of attrition with the wealthy, and sooner or later Wall Street is going to win.
Maybe homeland Security is buying ammunition for when the middle class finally collapses? When people can not afford to buy food and pay rent, something will have to give.
North Korea tested a nuclear device with an underground detonation on February 11, 2013. Along with North Koreas missile program the world moves closer to having a rogue nation with a Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).
This is the first test under the leadership of Kim Jong-un.
Why put so much time, effort and money into building a nuclear missile program when people are starving? There have been reports of starvation being so widespread in North Korea that people are resorting to cannibalism.
There are main two reasons for North Korea to develop nuclear weapons – to use the weapons in an act of war, or use the weapons as a bargaining chip.
Nuclear Strike Against the United States
If North Korea were to use nuclear weapons against the United States, it is doubtful the U.S. would respond with its own nuclear attack. Due to the liability and long term sigma, the U.S. would respond with conventional weapons.
China would not tolerate the U.S. nuking North Korea anyway. The nuclear fallout to China poses a great risk. Then there are the North Korean refugees that would flee to China looking for food, medical care and shelter.
For those of us who have been watching the United States decline since the signing of GATT and NAFTA, we knew it was just a matter of time before the United States was no longer a world leader.
When Bill Clinton signed the GATT and NAFTA trade treaties, we knew it just a matter of time before the U.S. slipped into irrelevance.
U.S. exports and imports for the year 2012 totaled $3.82 trillion.
China’s exports and imports for the year 2012 totaled $3.87 trillion.
Decline of the United States
For the past 20 years free trade has stripped the United States of our factories. If you wanted to start with when the U.S. took its first step towards decline, we need to go back the the 1970s as toy manufacturers moved their factories to china.
In the early to mid-1980s shipyards all across the southern part of the United States shutdown. In southeast Texas alone close to 10,000 people lost their jobs when Bethlehem shipyard in Beaumont Texas and and Livingston shipyard in Orange Texas closed. Those good paying jobs disappeared and have yet to return 3 decades later.
Where did those jobs go? To low wage nations in Asia.
Whether Iran plans on building a nuclear weapon remains to be seen.
In another article I talked about possible conflicts the US may be facing between 2013 and 2020. My personal opinion, the Wall Street and the international bankers need something big to prevent China from becoming a world economic power house. If the international bankers can not crash the economy of China, the only other option is a physical conflict.
China fueling Irans nuclear program is the excuse the US government needs to strike Iran and possibly spark a large scale war.
Part of the surrender of Germany after World War I was the Treaty of Versailles, which forced Germany to pay reparations.
When Hitler came into power he refused to pay the reparations ordered under the Treaty of Versailles. When this happened, there was an economic boycott called against of Germany. Which was an attempt to bankrupt Germany and force the nation to pay the reparations.
The Daily Express of London, March 24, 1933 issue, described how powerful international financial interests had launched an economic boycott of Germany.
With Germany struggling financially the people looked for scapegoats, which turned out to be the jews.
As the EU has voted to boycott oil exports from Iran, Iran is being pushed into a financial corner. Since oil is Irans main source of income, this decision could have been financially devastating for the nation.
China steps in, buys oil from Iran, which in turn provides the nation the money it needs to continue its nuclear program.
The question we should be asking ourselves, are the wall street bankers going to go down easily, or are they going to put up a fight?
Meaning, before the world can shift away from the US dollar and adopts the yuan as the world standard currency, will the US and china go to war? Could we imagine the horror if wall street no longer mattered? As china becomes an economic powerhouse and a world leader, where does this put the US banking system?
The only thing that can save wall streets strangle hold on the economy, is to bring china down.
As long as we have free trade with china, there is no hope of the US economy recovering, ever. As the workers in china demand more money and wages go up, companies will move to the lowest bidder, which is probably going to be Africa.
But, because the economy and the currency in china is controlled by the government, and not by the banks, the government can tilt the playing field in their favor.
There are several good points in this video by Russia Today. The US is facing a depression from our jobs going to China, Japan and China are fighting over some islands, or rather China and Japan are fighting over the natural resources under the islands, China has been buying up US debt, China is buying US property,,,,,.
Something that has not been mentioned, maybe part of the employment problems is we have too many people competing for jobs?
What fixed the great depression? Part of it was the US entering world War II, the other thing that helped fix the depression was reducing the population.
If tensions between communist China and Japan continue to escalate, I suggest stocking up and getting your preps in order.
Infrastructure – Have you been keeping up to date on our infrastructure? We can not even keep our bridges updated, how are we supposed to fight a war with a major world power?
How many power plants have been built in the past 25 years? Not enough to stop rolling blackouts in peak summer months. If we can not even keep the lights on, how are we supposed to fight a war?
How many steel factories have been closed over the past 30 years?
Do we have the capability to make enough steel to build ships?
Shipyards – How many shipyards have been closed in the 1980s? Maybe dozens. Shipyards all along the gulf coast have been closed and demolished over the past 30 years.
In the early 1980s as the U.S. started importing more oil from OPEC, the need for offshore drilling rigs declined.
Two major shipyards in the southeast Texas area closed in the 1980s – Livingston shipyard in Orange Texas and Bethlehem shipyard in Beaumont Texas. Both shipyards were stripped and the equipment sold off to the highest bidders.
The old American Bridge yard in Orange Texas is still in place.
With the US debt deal passed, we have been pushed to the edge of no return. The US taxpayer has been beat down, the chains have been shackled and the saddle is about to be put on us. From there, we will be nothing more then debt slaves. So what caused this? Elected politicians acting like a bunch of teenage girls with their daddies credit card, thats what.
Our elected officials have spent, and spent, and spent, and spent, and spent until we are on the edge of bankruptcy. Instead of sending welfare people to college, they are sent food stamps, public housing, and welfare checks. We have built a nation of people who think they are “entitled” to something they did not work for.
Now that the national debt equals our gross domestic product, the US has been pushed to the edge of no return. We have no hope of ever paying our debt off. Over the next few years I foresee the US raising taxes on the middle class, and “maybe” the lower upper class. While big companies still do not pay their fair share and continue to move to china.
China is no longer a peasant nation, they have built an empire by selling cheap products to the US. As long as the US stays in debt, and china continues to buy that debt, there is no hope of return.
As long as politicians continue to foster a welfare nation, there is no hope for return.
As long as the US government promotes free trade like candy, there is no hope.
As long as the wealthy and big business do not have to pay taxes, there is no hope.
As long as the zombie voters continue to elect democraps and republicants into office, there is no hope.
As usual, after the Aurora Colorado shooting the anti-gun lefties are whipping into a feeding frenzy. The crazies are asking how people can order so much ammunition over the internet, or how someone can collect an arsenal of guns without the federal government asking. It is really sickening to see all of the anti-gun propaganda out there.
Lets have a discussion on gun control, but this time from a financial VS national security point of view.
I figure any liberals or socialist reading this will not care what I have to say, but here goes anyway.
In 2006 shooters and hunters spent $3.7 billion.
Now lets say that the government goes crazy and bans all kinds of rifles, shotguns and pistols. the restrictions are so tight that people just stop buying guns. We all know that the end point of gun control is the complete abolishment of all privately owned firearms. Liberals probably masturbate to some kind of end-game law on firearms.
Random youtube video.
For grins and giggles, lets say firearms are only sold to police and military
Where is the money going to come from to support the shooting and firearms industry? Well, liberlas probably do not care about the jobs, or the skills craftsmen that assemble firearms.
The firearm industry goes bankrupt, all but just a couple of companies collapse. Machines are dismantled, people are laid off and learn another trade, factories are demolished and sold off for scrap iron.
Lets fastforward a couple of years. Tensions between the U.S. and china (or Russia) finally reach a boiling point. A couple of chinese (or russian) subs parked off the east coast launch a few missiles, which effectively destroy the final remaining firearm factories.
Ok, you stupid liberals, what now?
We have no factories that can produce parts for the M4/M16, we have to skilled craftsman to operate the machines, we have nothing but barren fields where gun factories once stood. What the hell are we supposed to do for guns or gun parts?
The Gun Industry is Essential to National Security
Why does the federal government keep bailing out the auto-industry? Because we need trucks, tanks, motors, wheel bearings, transmissions,,, to fight a war.
If gun control is established, the federal government will have to bail out the gun industry in the name of national security.
The machines that make the AR15 lower receiver, there are only about a dozen of them in the whole U.S. Shutting down just 2 plants would affect around 40% of our manufacturing ability. Liberals are probably thinking, “half a dozen, should be easy to take those machines off line”.
Instead of the firearms industry needing a bailout, hunters, target shooters, recreational shooters,,, support the industry.
That $3.7 billion that hunters and shooters spent in 2007 in part helps support national security.
Mass Shootings and Gun Crime
Here is a novel idea, lets make the people who commit gun crimes responsible for their actions? Just like society would with drinking and driving, rape, or any other crime.
How many people are killing in drinking and driving accidents? But nobody is talking about banning alcohol or vehicles. Well, society did ban alcohol for a little while and we know how well that worked out.
Here is another novel idea, make the local prosecuting attorney and judge responsible for repeat offenders that get reduced prison terms. Someone is convicted of a gun crime, spends a couple of months in prison, gets out and commits another crime, the judge and prosecuting attorney should be held responsible. They knew the person had a history of violence, but let the person get off with a reduced sentence.
If someone commits a crime with a firearm, they are a menace to society and should be held accountable for their actions.
Blaming an inanimate object for a crime is a ludicrous idea. The people who call for gun control have no concept of the long term impact of what they ask for.
I am sorry that a crazy person slipped their the safety net, but how do you stop someone that wants to kill? If someone wants to kill people, the only way to stop them is to lock the person up.
Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people and wounded 680, and not a single firearm was used.
September 11 attacks on the twin towers killed 2,996 people, and not a single firearm was used.
Guys and gals, I am worried about the U.S. attacking Iran, and then the crap hitting the fan.
Let me rephrase that, I am worried about how Russia and china will react if Iran is attacked.
* During this article china will not be capitalized. As I have no respect for a communist government that oppresses its people.
Russia nor china want permanent U.S. bases in the middle east. An attack on Iran might be viewed as imperialism on part of the U.S. Meaning, we are encroaching closer and closer to Russia and china.
As Russia and china are backed into a corner, sooner or later something will have to give. If something gives, how well is the U.S. and the general public prepared for an all out war with a major world power?
Are the people ready to be rationed food?
Are the people ready to be rationed fuel?
Are the people ready to have their lives disrupted?
Can the U.S. afford another war?
As nations start to compete for resources, Iran is a gold mine.
Step 1 – demonize Iran so that the U.S. public think they have no other choice then to go to war. Its either go to war, or allow Iran to go nuclear.
Step 2 – invade Iran, enter into another decade long war in the middle east.
With the U.S. pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan, we need a way to replace the military bases we are losing. How are we going to replace those military bases? By invading Iran.
20 years in the middle east
We have spent close to 22 years in the middle east, late 1990 – 2012. the question is, “why” have we been in the middle east for 20 years? It is not because of the twin towers. After Bin Laden was killed, the twin towers should not be an issue.
The U.S. is nothing more then an occupying force in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The war has been fought, the leaders of the opposition defeated, so why are we still there? My personal opinion, the U.S. is in the middle east for 2 reasons: Military bases and access to natural resources.
Military bases in the middle east – we have bases that surround Russia and china. Think about it, we have military bases from Alaska all the way to Poland. china and Russia are surrounded by U.S. military bases.
How long will china and Russia allow the U.S. to encroach upon their borders until some kind of military action is taken?