Here’s an interesting and incisive e-parable…
“This rather brilliantly cuts thru all the political double speak we get. It puts it into a much better perspective and is the same for many countries in Europe.
“Why the U.S. was downgraded:
“* U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
“* Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
“* New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
“* National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
“* Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000
“Let’s now remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget:
“* Annual family income: $21,700
“* Money the family spent: $38,200
“* New debt on the credit card: $16,500
“* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
“* Total budget cuts: $385”
But it’s actually political double-speak.
First, it’s true. Second, it’s irrelevant. If the “household budget” was for someone in their fourth year of medical school, and medicine had a future, and the future doctor had a passion for the sport, it would be perfectly defensible. And the parable doesn’t consider “Other Assets” – for instance this household could have investments of three million dollars, and they’re getting and reinvesting 15% on their investments, and only paying 3% on their credit card debt because of the way banks aggressively market credit card debt. In that situation (which is totally realistic, by the way, even today), while it appears that their “income” is $22,000, their net worth would actually be increasing by over $440,000 per year, and they’d be paying less in taxes to boot.
The problem with the e-parable is that it’s a snapshot, and you need to see the movie – or better yet, see the reality that surrounds the narrow scope of the camera’s lens. If these were “normal” times, that sort of budget would be defensible for a government during the usual economic “bust,” because the following “boom” would produce excess revenue to compensate. Economies are cyclical, and taking a snapshot at one point of a cycle and pretending that it’s “normal” is a fantastic way to do propaganda, and you can read it in the Corporate Media every day.
But these aren’t normal times. The movie looks like this…
The Empire is in decline. Future booms will continue to be smaller and smaller, and future busts larger and larger. So this “household budget” is for someone who’s about to retire and doesn’t have any additional assets. That’s a problem which will continue to get bigger until the bank cuts off the credit card. A good example of a non-linear progression – everything looks fine till you suddenly fall offa cliff.
But let’s zoom out a little. The “household” does have additional assets – it owns and lives on a very large Farm. It’s not producing Food for sale at the moment, so there’s no income from it. But when the bank cuts off the credit, or when the householder dies, there’s no bankruptcy issue, there’s just a major change of lifestyle. The US is actually not only a huge Farm, it’s also a huge industrial complex, and a huge Forest, and has enormous Mineral potential, not to mention a vast pool of Human resources. So there’s actually no bankruptcy issue with the US either, it’s just politically expedient to take snapshots that make it look dire.
Then we zoom out a little further. Farms, factories, Forests, Mines, and Humans can be enormously productive – if they’re well managed. And the US is actually very well managed, but it’s being managed for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of not just the rest of the People, but the Land as well. We don’t even have to consider the competence or willingness of politicians to create positive and workable policies, because the politicians are all just serfs to the very few who are managing and milking the process. The American and European Empires are in decline largely because a New Empire is replacing them, the Multinational Empire.
So how do we as Peasants respond? Martial law has already been declared in the US, with only a few folks dissenting (and that’s Forbes, not Daily Kos), and most folks are not even aware of it, because the Corporate Media doesn’t talk about it – they work for the New Emperor, the Banksters.
The New Emperor wants us to believe that because our “household” is in such trouble, we need to cut Social Security, lay off the teachers and road crews, and tighten our belts, so they can still afford their foreign wars – guns and bombs are the major US export these days, and as Eisenhower predicted a long time ago, the guns and bombs are made in every US state, so there’s no one in Congress who would vote to kill those jobs.
Don’t forget this: Clinton left the US with a budget surplus. GW Bush and Obomba have created the deficit with two processes – their foreign wars, and their monstrous, ongoing giveaway to the Banksters, including the European Banksters. The deficit contribution of the giveaway is actually bigger by far than that of the wars.
Dr. Goebbels said that if you tell the same lie often enough, people will believe it, and the New Emperor knows that book by heart. We are drowning in a sea of anti-Peasant propaganda, and the attack on your “Entitlements” (which YOU have paid for, all your life) is an important part of it. By forcing you to spend more time fighting to “survive” (that is, to try to maintain a standard of living many times higher than that of the average Human alive now, let alone that of the average Human over the course of history), they leave you with less time to find out what’s really going on, and less time to try to counter it.
But that’s all just Noise. Pull the camera back further, and you can see how small their little money-changing game is. We need to render unto the Banksters the things which are the Banksters’, and render unto the Goddess the things which are the Goddess’s. That’s the Big Picture here. The real task is to reanimate the Earth. Every thing on the Planet is Alive, and we need to respect it as Alive. The abuse of us Peasants by the Banksters is simply a parable for the abuse of the Planet by European notions that Reality is mechanical.
The Banksters are calling in their loans, circling their wagons, and upping the propaganda war at this point because they know the game is finished. From the mechanistic point of view, the growth rate of Planetary economic assets has become miniscule relative to the growth rate of consumers of Planetary economic assets. Even without Global Balming and Sea Level Rise, the Planet is about to move through a very narrow doorway. The Banksters know that, and they’re making sure they get through first.
Well, you know what Einstein said – you can’t solve a problem by using the same thinking that postulated the problem. So we need to look at this issue again, not through mechanistic (material) eyes, but through spiritual eyes – we need to reanimate the Planet. And everything on the Planet. If you aren’t sure what spiritual eyes are, just switch to Gratitude.
Thank you, Toaster, for heating my daily Bread! Thank you, Dirt, for growing the non-gluten Grains it was made from! Thank you, Earth and Plants, for purifying the Water I’m blessed to be able to drink! Thank you, Natural Gas, for heating the Water so I can enjoy a hot Shower! Thank you, House, for keeping me warm and dry! Thank you, Car, for taking me to the Grocery store, and if I’m lucky enough, to Work and back! Thank you, Tapping, for easing my anxiety about the rapidly-arriving Future so I can get the Sleep I need! Thank you, Dreams, for helping me know where to go and what to do next!
Ah, Rutilated Quartz! Rutile is Titanium Oxide, and it often forms into long thin needles that embed themselves into Quartz, as the Titanium and Silicon differentiate themselves while the raw mix is cooling and Crystallizing. The Rutile needles can appear red, or orange, or gold, or black, or silver, often depending only on the angle of the Light. Rutilated Quartz is so energizing that you want to wear or hold it only while you’re resting or feeling sluggish, lest it burn out your nerve endings. It’s not just the Caffeine of Minerals, it’s more the Resveratrol, restoring your metabolic processes to their Original Template. It takes you into the Heart and can help relieve “claustrophobia, fear, and oppression.” The strawberry (color, not shape) form is particularly supportive of Gratitude.