What does the election of Donald Trump mean to preppers? It means there is a lot of good stuff in the future. End free trade and bring our jobs back from China. Let China know we will no longer bow to them.
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.
As I said in a previous post, 2013 – 2020 is going to be an interesting phase in American history.
China is set to surpass the United States as the worlds largest manufacturer.
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.
Sanctions are not working against Iran.
Social Security disability is going broke, with around 14 million people already drawing benefits and 250,000 new applicants every month.
Eurozone facing historic unemployment rates.
Russia set to increase trade with Europe to $500 billion.
In other words, the United States and Europe are going broke, while Russia and China are poised to become world financial leaders.
The writing is on the wall, the United States is a on road of steady decline, and the U.S. government is preparing for widespread civil unrest.
Now for evidence to backup my statement:
China is Now the Biggest Trading Nation of the World – Forget trading with the United States. Since the 1990s we have given our factories and our jobs to China.
The dollar is being replaced as the world currency – Now that China has the factories and the jobs, it’s just a matter of time before the before the Chinese yuan replaces the U.S. dollar.
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.
Homeland Security wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years – 1.6 billion rounds? How much ammunition do we need to fight a major conflict, say maybe with China?
Drones over U.S. soil – I sure hope those drones are being used in our war on drugs.
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – Just like what happened to Native Americans and Japanese Americans, get ready to be detained without due process, and as long as the government wants.
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 weapons. Due to the liability and long term sigma, the U.S. would respond with conventional weapons.
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.
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.
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 shutdown all across the southern part of the United States. 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 shutdown. those good paying jobs disappeared and have yet to return 3 decades later.
Sanctions against Iran will not work. Obama has been saying “give sanctions a chance”, when we know for a fact sanctions will not and can not work.
Russia Today posted an article saying China is buying oil from Iran. With money flowing in from China, Iran is free to pursue its nuclear ambitions.
In another news article, Iran is moving to upgrade its centrifuges. Which means improved enrichment far above those needed for nuclear power reactors and medical devices.
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.
There is an interesting article on Pravda that talks about how China is going to surpass the US in production, china is dumping the US dollar in favor of rare metals and the Euro.
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.
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,,,,,.
As General Patton once said, “Americans love to fight.” So what happens when we run out of people to fight?
Since World War II we have been in some kind of conflict with “someone”.
1940s – Germany, Japan and the start of the cold war.
1950s – Korea, and the cold war.
1960s and early 1970s – Vietnam and the cold war.
1980s – cold war came to an end.
1990s – Bosnian War, Gulf War and various smaller conflicts.
2000s to present – war on terror.
2012 and beyond – we are running out of terrorist to kill. The American people are putting the 9/11 attacks behind us, people are getting bored of drone strikes, Bin Laden is dead,,, now what?
Example from the Walking Dead
For you Walking Dead fans out there, do remember when Shane died at the end of Season 2? Do you know “why” Shane had to die?
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.
Now for a random video about survivalebooks.
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