Re-post from The Retreat: The American Economy – A Few Questions

Published with permission from The Retreat . Original post located HERE.


by Badvoodoodaddy

I have a few questions for our Elected Officials.  There are a few things that I don’t quite understand that they have talked about and a few questions about a few things they just don’t talk about at all.  The first question is what are the people doing that were on unemployment that have run out of benefits and still have not been able to find a job?  What are they doing for money to pay their bills and feed their kids?  Why are these people still not being counted as the unemployed?  What about the people that were fired or let go by their employer for some bogus reason so that the company did not have to pay unemployment insurance for this person?  What are they doing for food and shelter if they cant get unemployment benefits and why are they also not counted in the unemployment numbers?

How is it our government claims that the economy is on a rebound but every single statistic shows just the opposite result?  How do they get a positive out of two negatives?  How can they come out and say they are doing everything they can to boost the economy and yet they can’t even come together on a simple thing like balancing the budget?  What the hell is a double dip recession?  Is it another name for a depression? Why can’t they just call a dog a dog?  Why is it OK to tax the hell out of the poor and give tax breaks to the rich?  In what world is that OK?  I have so many questions about so many things that just don’t make sense to me or many other people in America.  I would really like to know the answers to these questions and would like to meet the person that actually has the correct answers.  I would like to hear your take on these questions.

NOTE from Rourke: Great questions – I do not see them getting answered….. unfortunately.


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  1. A whole bunch of us would like to know the answers to the questions posed, above. However, any answer that may come will never address the problems because these critters need campaign rhetoric so that they can blame the other party. We see it everyday in political rhetoric. If they can establish and maintain an “us-versus-them” mentality, they will always be the winners and we will always be the losers. IMHO, if congress wanted to fix the problems facing this country (and they are the only people that can) they could easily by changing the current policies since the policies now in place and their enforcement are the cause of the problems. For example, repeal the economic policies and treaties such as NAFTA and GATT, eliminate unconstitutional departments such as Commerce, Education, Labor, etc., and regulations on business that do not promote a healthy economy. Move from the Keynesian economic model and adopt the Austrian economic model. And, of course, eliminate the Federal Reserve and their Federal Reserve Notes (FRN’s) and change to United States Notes backed by gold and silver as the Constitution mandates. Eliminate the current income tax system in favor of a consumption tax. Just these few things would do an immense amount of good for our country and society. This would take power away from the critters and that will never happen without a catastrophic and catalyzing economic event like a new deep, deep depression that cause the people to wake up and pay attention. Until then, prepping is the answer.

  2. Bad, I can tell you this, right now I am in a medium size city so there are many feed the homeless or soup kitchens around and I can tell you that the lines are very, very long, usually stretching around the corner. Many have also gone to sleeping in their cars, tents or the ever increasing vacant house or building. The admin is afraid to count these numbers as un-employed because it would be an outrageous number.

  3. Thus the reason we have these survival and preparedness websites up and thriving at that.
    The majority of us who frequent these websites don’t believe what the gov’t is telling us, as we have heard or seen or in some cases felt the impacts of their mis-truths, mislabeling ( calling a depression a recession?) etc…
    Alot of our wonderful(sarcasm on) Gov’t officials only hear whats going on.
    They still have jobs, nice multi-million dollar homes, High stakes in the markets etc…
    Doing our own research is the only way to make the determination of whats really going on around here in the U.S.
    Keep asking questions!

  4. You know, I’ll probably get flamed for this, but this is one reason I don’t watch the news much. I used to say that it was too depressing, but in reality, it just pisses me off too much. I don’t need to get all worked up about things I can’t do anything about. My Grandpa used to get all worked up over issues and send all sorts of letters to his congressmen & such. As far as I can tell the impact he’s had has been minimal if anything at all.

    This is also why I don’t like voting (I still do it). When you vote for the lesser of two evils, you are still voting for evil.

    But, if you need motivation to keep on prepping, just read this article again. I’m totally there with you Badvoodoodaddy!

  5. > The first question is what are the people doing that were on unemployment that have run out of benefits and still have not been able to find a job? What are they doing for money to pay their bills and feed their kids?

    Precious metals theft, especially copper pipes and catalytic converters

    > Why are these people still not being counted as the unemployed?

    Because this way the unemployment rate can go down. It’s all about the numbers.

    > What about the people that were fired or let go by their employer for some bogus reason so that the company did not have to pay unemployment insurance for this person?

    See the above answer.

    > What are they doing for food and shelter if they cant get unemployment benefits and why are they also not counted in the unemployment numbers?

    See above answers.

    > How is it our government claims that the economy is on a rebound but every single statistic shows just the opposite result?

    Because they want to give people false hope. Also, elections are coming soon.

    > How do they get a positive out of two negatives?

    See above answer.

    > How can they come out and say they are doing everything they can to boost the economy and yet they can’t even come together on a simple thing like balancing the budget?

    When they say boosting the economy, what they really mean is trying to boost their re-election chances.

    > What the hell is a double dip recession?

    It’s just like a regular recession, except Congress gives the big banks bailouts, and screws the general middle class working man. The middle class working man is then forced to take out loans (because he’s broke), allowing the big banks to double dip into our hard earned money.

    > Is it another name for a depression?

    No, in a depression the banks and wall street suffer as well. And we can’t have that now can we?

    > Why can’t they just call a dog a dog?

    Because the politically correct term is Feline, you insensitive clod.

    > Why is it OK to tax the hell out of the poor and give tax breaks to the rich?

    The rich pass on their tax savings to congress members through fancy dinners, campaign contributions, etc. If you start taxing the rich, you might not get campaign contributions and hurt your chances for reelection!

    > In what world is that OK?

    Until the American public wakes the hell up, ours. The cycle will continue until we wake up and vote the greedy selfish bastards out of Congress and the White House. There aren’t two political parties anymore. There’s one political party with two names, but both with the same agenda…to screw over the general population, and bring the Feudalism system back to America.

    End of rant. I answered all your questions better than any politician ever will.

  6. There are answers to all your questions, some simple… some… not so much. For example: The unemployed. Most long term unemployed have liquidated all their assets. Possessions that for some took years to acquire, now gone. There are a lot of programs to help them. SNAP= food stamps, TANF= Temporary Assistance (cash money) for Needy Families, The utility assistance program= will pay up to %100 of utility bills. Government housing, shelters, soup kitchens and centers for distributing free groceries. Also retraining programs. A family of 4 easily qualifies for the $668 max food stamp benefit. Medicare / medicaid. It’s a tough and depressing situation to be in.

    The government can only count the unemployed who get checks. It’s not another grand conspiracy, there is just no mechanism in place to count the unemployed who do not maintain a connection to the employment office, the check is that connection. When the check stops…. there not counted anymore. In most cases workers who get fired receive unemployment after a penalty (6 to 8 weeks).

    We can keep going but whats the point. The answers to the important questions you ask won’t satisfy. Our system is broken, It’s been flipped on it’s ear. How else can the things we see be explained. GE’s Jeff Immelt sitting at the President’s jobs address to congress. He is the head of the Presidents jobs council. He is responsible for thousands of jobs moving overseas to new plants built by GE. The latest is GE’s X-RAY division. New technology who’s development costs were paid for by us the taxpayers now going to China. I could do this till I ware out my key board. We are living in a bizzaro world where dept is now an asset, where we can spend our way to prosperity by borrowing our way out of dept. It’s insanity…………

  7. We just sent a trillion dollars to European banks courtesy of the Federal Reserve (and dollar users) to bail out insolvent banks. Justthouoght I’d brighten your day.

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