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Random Thoughts October 18 2012 State of the Nation

Posted by Kevin Felts On October 18, 2012 1 Comment

Over the past few weeks I have been posting some of these random thoughts articles. This type of format gives me the chance to address a wide range of topics in a single post.

What I would like to discuss in this post is the state of the nation.

The United States is going to hell in a handbag, and none of the talking heads in Washington seem to care. Either they don’t care, or they have been paid not to care.

Food stamp program has increased 100 percent under President Barack Obama. According to an article on the Daily Caller, food stamp participation is up 100% over the past 4 years.

When obama was elected president the people were hoping for change, but is that the type of change yall were wanting?




The United States economy will never recover

Posted by Kevin Felts On September 6, 2012 0 Comments

From time to time people in the news like to say “The US economy is recovering”. Well, I am here to tell you the economy of the United States will never recover.

As long as we have free trade with nations like China, the US economy will continue to free fall.

The federal reserve and the government can prop the economy up for short periods of time, but these fixes are temporary.

Article on Yahoo News – Lost Middle-Class Jobs Being Replaced by Burger-Flipping and Retail Gigs: NELP Study

For the past 2 decades we have been told the United States job market is shifting from manufacturing to service orientated jobs. Unless you are a doctor, lawyer, banker,,, someone that provides a valuable service, the service job market is going to be low wage jobs.




The United States is Dying

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 29, 2012 2 Comments

The United States is dying a slow painful death, and it is the fault of the people. The voters have failed to elect people who represent the needs of the people. Instead, the people have elected scumbags that bow down to wall street and the bankers.

The U.S. government owes more money then the tax payers can ever hope to pay back.

Obama is killing U.S. citizens overseas. Anwar al-Awlaki was a U.S. citizen, and he was killed with no due process. he was never brought to trial, he never had his day in court, he never had the chance to hire an attorney. What does that say about society when we pick and choose who gets their day in court?

U.S. citizens are now required to purchase health insurance. Who does that benefit, the insurance companies, or the customers being forced to purchase a product?




Effects of Globalization on Global Conflicts

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 23, 2012 0 Comments

With tensions with china and the U.S. on the rise, what would happen if we went to war with china?

When you buy a product, do you read to label to see where it was made? How many “made in china” products do you see? I am willing to bet the majority of products you buy are made in china.

What do you think would happen if everything made in communist china was suddenly cut off from the U.S market?

Clothes, computer parts, shoes, toys,,,,, just about everything we consume is made in Asia.

What would stores like Best Buy and Walmart do without shipments of made in communist china products? How would the public react if they could not buy the latest and greatest tech toys? How would the auto industry react if they could not get parts?

How are we supposed to fight a war if we can not even make engines, transmissions, brake pads, computer chips, circuit boards and wheel bearings? How are we supposed to build ships without steel mills?

In the movie Patton starring George C. Scott, Patton made a comment that he knew the Germans were finished. The Germans had been defeated because they were using horses and wagons instead of armored vehicles.

Think about that for a minute, Patton knew the Germans were defeated when the Germans could no longer manufacture or maintain their vehicles.

Since communist china makes a lot of parts for the U.S.auto industry, where does that leave us? Will china only have to fight half a war? 1 – stop shipments of parts to the U.S. 2- destroy the limited manufacturing capability we have left.

National security has been sacrificed on the alter of free trade




Human Cattle

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 17, 2012 8 Comments

Kevin Felts blogger and survivalistThis might piss some of you off, but too bad. If you are a member of the middle class, you are nothing but human cattle. And the bad part, you put yourself there.

The industrial revolution and the formation of unions gave rise to the middle class.

Free trade and unbridled capitalism will destroy the middle class.

One reason why the middle class developed is because companies were forced to pay a liveable wage. A lack of skilled workers and collective bargaining through unions led to higher wages and benefits.

What happens when there is a surplus of labor, and companies can have their products built by cheap overseas labor? Do you really think the middle class will continue to exist?

Where do we lay the blame?

Do we blame the democrats? Do we blame the republicans? Both parties deserve equal blame for the economic situation the U.S. is in.




Free trade the great destroyer

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 13, 2012 0 Comments

Boating on the Angelina RiverThink free trade is good thing? Think cheap products that were made in china is a good thing?

Think again.

After factories are closed and demolished, the value of the property goes down, this means less tax dollars brought in through school and property taxes. With less property and school taxes brought in from businesses, the tax burden is being shifted to homeowners. Do you ever wonder why your property taxes are so high? Maybe its related to the businesses shutting down and moving to china. Someone has to pay for the schools, since John Doe and company laid off a few hundred workers and moved to china, “someone” has to pickup the bill.

Trucks bringing supplies to factories buy fuel and other items at local stores.

When the news says that a factory is closing, the people do not realize the ripple effect that has through the community.

In Orange, Port Arthur and Beaumont Texas, there were several shipyards that shutdown in the early 1980s. Somewhere around 10,000 workers lost their jobs. Close to 5,000 of those people worked at one company.

30 years later, the area has yet to fully recover. In the early 1980s young people (early 20s) could go to work in a shipyard and make $13 and hour. These days that same age bracket works at best buy or wal-mart for around minimum wage. How is someone making barely over minimum wage supposed to buy a home, or buy a car, or raise a family?

Figure up how much money has been lost in the local economy over the past 30 years by going from $13, $14,,, $16 an hour to $8 an hour.




Spiraling decline of the middle class

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 13, 2012 0 Comments

Kevin Felts blogger and survivalistThe middle class was disappearing in the 1990s, its even worse today. We were warned 20 years ago what free trade was going to do to the U.S. economy. What did the people do? They elected bill clinton who did a flip-flp on NAFTA. We should have elected Ross Perot. But the people in their infinite stupidity could not bring themselves to vote for any other party besides the big two.

A guy I used to talk to lost his job in the late 1990s. The company he was working for decided it was cheaper to have the parts made in mexico then in the Texas.

After losing his job, the government paid for the guy to go to college and learn a new trade.

The government loses tax revenue through lost property taxes, lost wages, lost taxes on the wages, lost social security taxes and then the government is going to pay for people to be retrained?

Property taxes are a big loss to the local community. When the school district loses part of its tax base, the lost revenue has to be made up somewhere else. When that factory closes and, the building is demolished, the property taxes might go from lets say $100,000 a year, to just a few hundred a year.

You think the tax office is going to tell the school they have to cut $100,000 from their budget? Nope. The lost tax revenue will be divided between everyone that is paying property and school taxes.

Company B looks at their property and school taxes. the owner of the company says “well, taxes went up again, time to move to china or mexico.

Then that lost tax base has to be divided between the people and companies in the community..

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What would war with Iran mean

Posted by Kevin Felts On February 3, 2012 Comments Off

I feel that Iran has positioned itself to be made a victim. Iran is supposed to be developing nuclear power plants for peaceful purposes.

Why would Iran make itself out to be a victim? To rally support, and have other nations come to its aid. Playing the victim is one of the first steps of jihad.

What I fear, if any nation strikes iran, china will jump in to protect its supply of oil.