Microsoft Windows in an Operating System (O.S.) Android is an OS for your phone. Some like Mac’s and the apple operating system is an OS too! An OS is a set of ruies that makes a computer run, which means “know what do do.” When you were born, you had no OS and acted like it. You urinated on the floor, could not speak or move much and basically you did not “Know what to do.”
IN 1776, some well read people got together and decided to write why we needed an OS for America, we called this defined need the “Declaration Of Independence.” They soon followed it by creating the constitution of the united states of America. This was the OS, we would live by and modify as our survival required.
It is now over 200 years later, 2013, and perhaps for some, that “13” is ominous as it may portend the end of America as caused by many viruses. Are you confused at this point? Are you wondering what are the Viruses that have attacked America? Let me help clarify that and keep in mind that our constitution, legislature, judiciary and executive office are just parts of the computer that the OS controls. Oh yes, there are the many applications that run in this OS. Some examples are: Farms, Homes, Wall Street “firms”, Doctors, Hospitals, Supermarkets, The Military and much more. It has worked pretty well for 200 years with some glitches as viruses and malware have invaded our system. One big example was the leveraged buying in the Early 1900’s, that helped precipitate the “Great Depression.”
A VIRUS is a complex set of rules that are “hidden” away from clear view and inserted into an operating system to create an effect its designer wanted. This “effect” is usually nefarious and at the cost of significant pain to its “host organism,” in this case our country. The “Leveraged buying” was such a device that helped create disaster in 1929. In the year 2008, Wall street’s new virus, known as “Derivatives” became the new infamous catalyst for a second disaster one of Epic Proportions as it has almost bankrupted America. Of course it is an over simplification to say that Derivatives caused the recession but it is not an over simplification to say that it helped catalyze the recession. Other obvious things are, congresses pressuring banks to make home ownership a “right” and not a privilege earned. After all we have our “rights,” which by re-definition can be almost anything we can take from someone else in the name of “equal rights” when a Virus redefines what our constitution stood for. The banks and financial institutions also created a virus as they pressured congress to eliminate the Glass-Steagall Act which protected American from the corruption that helped cause the Great Depression.
Instead of letting America slide down the tube of history into the role of a debtor nation, we need to restore our OS, to protect and defend what our fathers fought for for over 200 years! We need an Anti-Virus! An anti-virus would not be a part of the OS, as it has not been part of Microsoft’s Windows ever before. There is too much risk of collusion in such a bond; we don’t need another governmental institution. An American Anti-Virus should be an independent institution created by volunteers from the best America has to offer. America still has the people, the will, the institutions and the resources to recover and lead the world into freedom (by example and not by warfare). To create this new institution, I suggest that the we need to create first a “constitutional convention” in which the best minds share ideas as to what the Anti-virus should look like and how to go about writing its rules. As a first thought, I would suggest creating it on the WORDPRESS Platform as a publication with many respected authors and a forum for discussion. I have started several organizations for a purpose but without a plan and just let those with like minds help define the plan. This works! I suggest calling it “THE AMERICAN ANTI-VIRUS” and forming a panel of national leaders whose ethics, writings and actions are unquestionable. Its goals should be to serve initially as a publication to attract creative minds and readership as it defines itself in service of our nation. Picture this for one moment! A publication with weekly articles by hundreds of respected authors describing their concerns for the issues that define America’s viability such as: Uncontrolled corporate greed, Banking dangers, Wall Street’s instabilities (such as the still viable derivative!), congressional legislation serving those who bribe them rather than our country….etc. It is quite possible to take a sea of knowledge and distill it into a simple publication that any busy harried citizen can read. Hyperlinks are a marvelous tool for those who need more. At least define the issues. When the issues are defined the solutions will be found. After all the first step in a journey of 1,000 miles is just one foot forward.
Is this a “think tank?” No, I hope not, as think tanks don’t necessarily create change, provide leadership and police the nation’s future security. It will have to be something more, that creative minds define. Perhaps we can take a lesson from China in this regard and without assigning a new role to government assign a role to free people and honest leadership. If China can crawl out of poverty at a rate that makes America’s past ascension seem slow then there is much to learn.
Think of our “Constitutional Convention” as a Ted Talks in written form with an audience soon to be acquired; but, with an action plan to create the American Anti-virus, as an institution to watch over America as it grows once more to its potential prominence.
Last year during Christmas, when we were in the third year of our struggles with recession. I went to put money into the Salvation Army Kettle, at a local supermarket, and could barely stuff in the bills because it was so full! I was proud of my community and the people who make America great, all of us “little” people.
Today a few weeks before Christmas, I was shopping at Hannaford’s Supermarket, now in the 4th year of the longest recession I have ever been through. My community has not been spared in any magical way; however, the hearts of the people who are my neighbors have not grown cold from winter or the pain of financial drain. Here is the phone picture I took before leaving:
This wall of food gift boxes is created of the donations from shoppers who purchased this gift for an
unknown family who might need help this season. There is over $3,000.00 in gifts for needy families and it is just starting to grow! We have two more weeks before Christmas and many other supermarkets doing the same thing. I hope to see the whole front window blocked out with gifts of love and charity before Christmas and I bet it will be! Putnam county is a great place to live!
Is Ben Bernanke is the only serous policy maker in the District of Columbia? Richard Lehmann at Forbes thinks so. He says, congress and the President are much too involved in re-election politics to address the mounting fiscal problems we face.
Lehmann says, Bernanke is expanding monetary policy in an effort to get the nation’s finances at the federal, state and local levels back into balance with expected revenues, including trillions in unfunded entitlements and mandates. He says, it’s unlikely this can be accomplished through growth and cost cutting. So the Fed clams it has settled upon inflation as the solution. Inflation is well known for its long term negative effects, but few ever speak of inflation’s short term benefits.
Lehmann says, inflation robs from those with wealth to benefit those with massive debts, such as Uncle Sam and states like California, New York and Illinois. It steals from taxpayers through higher nominal taxes while depreciating the value of their financial assets. It steals from pensioners and workers by devaluing the benefits promised and received. It also tends to drive appreciation in hard assets, such as real estate and gold.
The benefit of inflation now is that it should bolster the housing market and reduce the likelihood homeowners will walk away from their underwater properties. Inflation thus could be used as an economic reset button. The Federal Reserve gets to effect policy without public discussion and without anyone having to face an election.
Lehmann says, Bernanke can promise stable rates for the next three years in pursuit of this effort and thereby show how Fed policy is really “quite transparent.” When inflation finally reaches levels that can no longer be ignored, interest rates will be raised. But those raises will continually lag the rate of inflation on the radonale that we don’t want to hurt the economy.
Whether an inflationary policy by the Fed is right or wrong is a hard question to answer. In addition is this Bernake’s efforts or just what is going to happen because we cannot control our financial situation?
Lehmann says there are some possible inflation shelters: real estate, commodities, stocks, adjustable-rate debt and precious metals.
While the long-term effects of inflation are unpleasant, there are maybe no alternatives to our current situation. It is a possible way of returning some balance and reality to our current economic confusion. A free market can do that, though had we not borrowed so much money to forestall these events, I think it would have long ago been resolved.
Lehmann says, that as an instrument of policy inflation is a cowardly solution, but then, cowardice is what got us into this predicament in the first place.
I would call it cowardice and greed. Corporations who promised too much and would not deal with the unrealistic expectations of unions or wage expectations. Corporations who live for the next quarter and not their long term viability. Individuals who borrowed on their home mortgages for stupid luxuries and vacations, blindly wanting to believe there was no end to their home value that was never going to deflate. We are all to blame, especially for our personal inaction when we noted NOW and THEN that congress responds to bribes and not votes.
We have yet to dump the crooks and bums called congress and the White House. The only real candidate for change is Ron Paul and people are still clinging to the status quo that they hope will avoid inflation. This is True Cowardice. Change is always scary but there is no joy in life without challenge…. just a slow death.