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Perceptions of Our Future * The Good * The Bad * The Very Ugly* View #1 The Good

Monday, July 11th, 2011

                                           

                                       VIEW # 1 THE GOOD

Word leaders have an epiphany and come to the realization that keeping interest rates artifically low , is having the effect of destroying their currencies.

Cheap money and flooding the markets with unbacked paper currency is having the effect to diluting the wealth of their citizenry.

The resulting creeping inflation is lowering the living standards worldwide.

This is  creating scarcity as more paper chases a finite amount of consumables, including food, fuel, and clean water.

The realization that we are creating a scenario where bailouts will continue to grow, leads out wise leaders worldwide, to make a series of dramatic fiscal decisions, beginning with a return to a gold backed currency.

Interest rates are allowed to rise, and ” Too Big ti Fail” becomes ” Too Big and Expensive to Save.”

The Federal Reserve is closed and a return to Fiscal Responsibility is reluctantly agreed to by the President and Congress.

There are massive protests, and disruptions in the economy resulting in the Government downsizing for the first time in 100 years.

Useless and duplicate departments are closed.

Many taxes are lowered or eliminated.

40% of Federal employees are let go.

The Military closes 90 % of foreign bases, and brings the troops home.

The war on drugs is ended, and crime rates in Mexico, and the United States drops radically.

Controlled devaluation of the dollar  is instituted, and much of out national debt is brought into line by the painful readjustment of our economy to a sustainable level of work and direct reward.

When our entreprenurial spirit is allowed to grow without heavy regulations, our economy begins to respond.

Our GDP embarks upon a decade of unprecedented growth, reaching 6-7% a year, and ushering the new Golden Age of Civilization.

Is This 1937 or 2011 Deja Vu Part II

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

With QE2 ending at the end of June, the Treasury Department will be forced to go back to global markets in order to sell Treasury Bonds.

Interest rates are sure to rise, dealing a severe blow to the already fragile recovery.

Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke’s Qualitative Easing plan has failed to stimulate economic growth, but has done a masterful job of encouraging inflation and a weakening dollar.

Armed with a printing press, and some  obsolete economic theories, he  is fated to  become a Quixotic figure  in World history.

A printing press should be used for printing books, instruction manuals and even Bibles, but not to stimulate free enterprise economic growth and investments.

The insidious  inflation is having the result of disrupting economic growth, rather than encouraging it.

How can an entreprenure invest in a new enterprise when inflation makes price stability questionable.

This coupled with increasingly stringent government regulations and the onset of Obamacare have done a masterful job of strangling the economy.

According to a recently released report, the combined public and private sectors of our economy spend upwards of a $2 billion just on interest on all our debt.

The borrowed money which this interest services, has been spent on consumption rather than capital investment.

This is leaving nothing available for real growth or new creations.

QE2 has done nothing but service our debt and given a momentary artifical bounce in an otherwise floundering economy.

The current and proposed future taxes which are being piled upon the “wealthy” (ie the entreprenure) is making the  economic recovery  increasingly reminiscent of a black hole.

More Later

Is This 1937 or 2011 Deja Vu all over Again

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Well dear friends, QE2 is comming to an end,

What does that really mean, and what has all the fuss been about?

We put cute names and labels of earth shaking actions to make them pallatable to the average person, but the real intention is to hide the reality of what is happening.

QE2 or Quantitative Easing is another way of saying that the United States Federal Reserve has printed $ 600 Billion out of thin air and used this freshly inked paper to purchase 85 % of the Treasury Securities issued in the past 6 + months.

This giant Ponzi scheme has allowed the Fed to keep interest rates artifically low while flooding the market with inflationary paper, which has been used to pay the interest on our national DEBT.

What? We are printing money out of thin air, and using this to buy our own bonds?!!

As of June 30th, this program will end.

Now what!

How will we be able to continue selling $Trillions of new Treasury securities and record low rates of interest?

The answer is we won’t.

After this program ends, we will have to look to foreign buyers.

China, Saudi Arabis, possibly France and other Euro nations, as well as some hostile people with huge petro dollars such as Iran, Venezuela, et al.

Will these foreign nations be willing to lend us money at depressed interest rates.

HELL NO!!!

The days of cheap money are destined to come to a swift end.

5%, 6%,and higher are in our immediate future, and the drag on a very fragile economy will drag us to the precpice of a precipitous drop.

More later,

Counting the Budget Deficit in Real Numbers!

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

The fiscal disaster which is the U S Federal budget, and the tidal wave of debt( Tsunami,sorry I have dated myself) which is threatening our Nation, is a well documented reality.

I have been listening to the arguments between Liberal and Conservative pundits, and there is one serious problem with both sides of this debate.

Both sides acknowledge that the  budget deficit is approx $1.7 trillion this yeat, and a $ 13-14  trillion unfunded debt also exists.

O K , I acknowledge the reality of our fiscal horror show.

BUT, what is 1.7 trillion? How about letting the public know the real number. Try $ 1700 billion. Yes thats right, the glib $ 1.7 trillion deficit in real dollars is 1700 BILLION,  of 1,700,000 MILLION.

Those numbers are all the same,but the spelled out number is truly staggering. 1.7 trillion is 1700 Billion .

How about our acknowledged debt of $ 14trillion. This is where our debt ceiling is right now. 14 trillion is 140,000 Billion dollars. A number which gives me a headache to comprehend.

Yet Obama and the Democrats are treating it as monopoly money and throwing around 1.6 or 14 trillion  without really telling you the desperation of the numbers.

Take a minute or possibly a hour and try to actually write out the number longhand.

Blows your mind doesn’t it

Cooking the Books to Manipulate our Perception

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Much of the statistics which the Main Stream Media presents to us as “gospel” , is actually “good” news based upon group – think.

 Highly misleading statistics based upon  political expediency.

This morning , the unemployment statistics reflected 180,000 + new private sector jobs created and an unemployment rate that fell to 8.9 %.

This is great news and heralds  a further steps towards economic recoveryand a renewal of the American dream!!! 

Yay!!!

Let the good times roll !!!

WRONG !!

The reduced 8.9 % unemploment represents only the number of people actually drawing unemployment cheks.

How about those who’s unemployment insurance has expired.

How about those unemployed who have given up on looking for work.

How about people who have been forced totake part time jobs , or “1099” off the books low wage employment.

The shameless agenda , constantly fostered upon an unsophisticated public, is irresponsible  and down right unethical  if not criminally misleag.

Wall Street embraces the Government statistics, while Main Street continues to plod along, bewildered by the facts and the continuing lack of jobs, and the insidious encroachment of real inflation( including food and transportation costs).

“Never the Twain Shall Meet”

Global Warming, Save the Nuts

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Al Gore has been preaching the mantra of Global Warming,for the better part of ten years.

He has joined forces with the Green Peace people, and the various ecological extremists in an attempt to sell a bag of hot air to a gullibly stupid world.

I have been attempting to reconcile the rash of unusually cold weather and extreme snow falls experienced during the past few years , with the claims of man made global warming.

How did this happen?

Is mankind really the cause of ozone disfunction?

B ad humans! Bad Bad Humans!!

How dare We cause a greenhouse effect and make the Globe get too warm.

Perhaps we should save some of the major record snowfalls that are devastating the Country and bring it back in the Summer to cool off the warm weather.

Now that is an idea that could solve two problems.

Save the snow from the winter records and use it to cool off the global warming. Turn the cold weather disaster into a positive money making entgerprise.

The Theory of Perception by Charlie Champion

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
“What are the Chances of”
 

The Theory of Perception

by

Charlie Champion

 

 

The Human animal is highly suceptable to the Powers of Persuasion

We are conditioned to respond to a glib phrase, and to strong verbal and visual presentation,.

Thus heightening the perception that someone is smarter or more worthy because they appear to

be, and not because they truly are.

A handsome face, a well trimmed body, a rich baritone voice, and a trustworthy teleprompter

can enable a person of limited experience and questionable background to rise to lofty heights.

We are truly in the age of media manipulation. .

The Internet provides the cloak of anonymity.

You can transfer funds.

Engage in character development and assassination

.Rely on creative factualization.in place of reality.

We have become a Nation of superficial followers, blindly worshiping at the altar of

superficiality, eschewing concrete reality for the “hope and promise” of our “betters”.

After all, “it is much easier to follow and to party, than it is to think.”

 

 

 

We Are the Angry old Men II

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

We Are The Angry Old Men II 

HEAR US ROAR

by

Charlie Champion

 

We are the angry old men

Hear us roar.

We are a lot smarter than we used to be.

Reality ,

Has forced us to learn the score.

Our bodies have gotten older

Sadly, thats no lie.

But we still have a great deal to accomplish

Before we are ready to die.

As a group we are highly adaptable..

We’ ve survived conflicts and war

Massive global upheavals

As well as social changes galore.

We’ ve seen economic boom

And we’ ve suffered economic gloom.

Our diversity has grown into a powerful steed

Our system has given us the freedom to succeed

There has always been one truth that is a constant through and through

Your skin color is irrelevant,

As long as you’re red, white, and blue.

 

God Bless America

Land That We Love

We Stand Beside HER

While YOU Guide Her

With YOUR Bright,Guiding Light

From Above

Wally Woodchuck Gets Stimulated by an “Economic Stimulus Package” a parable about Fiscal Irresponsibility

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
 

by

Charlie Champion

 

Wally Woodchuck was full of himself. He was cool, he knew it, and anyone who didn’t recognize his coolness was very uncool.

If you had any doubts about Wally’s specialness, just ask him..” I’m hip, I’m Cool. Lay it on me , baby” He would reply, looking down his nose at such a plebeian question.

Several months ago, while surfing the City garbage dump, Wally had found a pair of discarded, Barbie doll , sun glasses. They were oversized by woodchuck standards, but with the help of a length of salvaged wire, they were able to perch precipitously on the bridge of his nose.

Wally looked at his reflection in a pool of water, ” These glasses are the final touch.” He thought. ” I’m much too fine to do any woodchucking. That type of work is only for suckers and regular Woodchucks.. The other Woodchucks should feed me and take care of all my health and wealth needs.

After all” He continued,” I’ ve worked very hard at being too cool to work. It’s much more fun to drink with my friends, chase after females in heat, and get free food from public storage during the Winter.”

He ambled over to the local wood pile, and leaned against a stump.

There was a group of 10 or 12 woodchucks busy at work, chucking the wood into ragged piles.

His noticed three of his buddies working as part of the group.

He snickered as Warren Woodchuck picked up a length of tree limb.” Hey Willie , look at sexy Wanda Woodchuck.” He pointed off to his right.

When Willie Woodchuck looked away, searching for Wanda, Warren chucked the branch he was holding, landing a glancing blow at the back of Willies head.

” Hey who did that?” Growled Willie, in mock anger. ” Who hit me in the head?” He looked around the work group, while reaching down to pick up a clod of mud.

As Willie straightened up, he threw the muddy clump aiming at Warren’s head.

Seeing the approaching mud ball, Warren ducked. The mud ball sailed over his head and hit group leader Winston, smack in the snout.

The ensuing melee lasted far too long, and left several members of the group nurseing injuries, effectively ending any any additional work getting done.

Still chuckling, Wally went over to his friends.” Look at you guys! What a sight.” He shook his head,.” You all certainly made a mess. All the wood that you chucked is gone, mashed in with the mud.”

Willie’s black nose glistened with moisture, and a splatter of brown mud. ” What do you think we should do, Wally? The Union leaders, and their supervisors will be angry that we ruined all this work.” He rubbed his mouth. ” I chucked so much wood that my teeth hurt.”.

” Who are you kidding?” Sneered Wally. “Your teeth hurt because Winston Woodchuck smacked you in the mouth for hitting him with that mud.”

Willie looked sheepish. ” Perhaps you are right. So what do we do to fix this mess?”

” We go to the Union Hall and talk to Wingo. He’s our representative to the Bosses. They can’t do anything without Wingo’s O K .You know that.”

Willie sighed . ” I forgot. Things have changed so much since the World economy crashed two years ago.Everything is so different.So easy. They tell us what to do. When and how to do it, I get tax rebate checks even if I don’t work.”

Wally Woodchuck nodded in agreement. “As long as the Red Woodchuck’s United party remains in power, we can’t get fired.Our share of the Annual Spending Stimulus (A . S . S . ) Pays for our food. Takes care of our landlord. Pays for our health care. We get a monthly stimulus payment. ” He looked at his friend.” And if we mess up at work, our union covers our ASS.”

Warren walked over and joined his friends. Reaching out he patted Willie on the back.” Wally’s right” He said.” Let someone else clean up the mess. There are plenty of woodchuck’s wanting to work.Let them do it if they are so industrious.. Hard work and responsibility are such old fashioned concepts. .”

” Right on baby,” Said cool Wally. The sunlight bounced off his shades, rendering his eyes invisible.” Pre bailout is pase. Give me my stimulus, and let me go play.Working is for squares.Let someone else do it”

He thought about it for a moment, then smiled.” Yes thats it, Let someone else do it. Our New motto. Let someone elase do it.”

Warren and Willie picked up the chant. “Let someone else do it!” They shouted in unison.”Let someone else do it.”

The Economic Rescue and Stimulus Package.(E.R.S.P.) had accomplished its goal.

Woodchuck ambition and innovation had been replaced by government employment. Everyone got a job. Working was optional.

Healthcare was available to every person in the Country, and the quality was equally low and slow for all.

The standard of living was permanentally lowered, but no citizen was forced to work for their lowered standard.

And of course, most important of all,THE RED WOODCHUCKS UNITED party( TRWU) was the benevolent orchestrator of out welfare, safety, and what we can think from now on.

A very comforting thought.

 

 

 

Charlie Champion is on the Way Back , Look for his Imminent Arrival

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

To those fans and readers who have missed my wit and insights ,

” Thank You for your Good Taste!!”

 ” Thank you for the loyalty and the notes and letters.”

I have gone through a rather dramatic upheaval in lifestyle, and my attention has been split in a myriad of directions. The changes are almost completed, and the World and the NEWS is beginning to drive me crazy…A good sign that the time to jump back in, is nigh.

I am no longer a resident of the North East.

 The Tri State region had been my home for a long time, and my house, located  in Long Beach , was as close to  an affordable Paradise as exists in that part of the Country.

Alas, high taxes both business and personal, and a debilitating recession, made it prudent and economically feasible, to move my business and  my family to the sunny South .

My new home is also a paradise, filled with the bounty of Southern beauty and hospitality. I have worked hard all of my life,and my new life is proof that the system works.

The opportunity to achieve and create afforded us by our Wonderful Country,is the greatest gift of all, because it gives all of Her citizens the freedom to achieve.

Free Enterprise and the Freedom to improve ourselves , is the foundation of this Great Nation. This liberty is in JEAPORDY  and must be defended at all costs.