Quotes with Wisdom
And the banks — hard to believe in a time when we’re facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created — are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place!
Richard Durbin, U.S. Senator – Illinois
Slowly but surely, the greatest manufacturing economy in the world destroyed itself by outsourcing its real source of strength, which was making things others wanted to buy.
The wealth of a nation is fundamentally based on the physical wealth it creates. Physical wealth consists of things that are beneficial to human life such as food, houses, clothes, cars, etc. The foundation of a nation’s wealth is the industries that create physical wealth: raw material extraction, energy, agriculture, and manufacturing. A nation is not made wealthy through banking, finance, litigation, or insurance.
On a side note, if you think this country rewards failure and punishes success, I’d like you to take a field trip to two homes.
1. The home of a retiree who worked hard and faithfully most of his adult life doing grunt work in some company that was mismanaged into the ground over the last ten years. (Think: Line workers for GM, mail room clerks at Enron, whoever.)
2. Now visit the home of a retiree who presided over that mismanagement before leaving the workforce.
In exchange for more affordable automobiles, America has traded good jobs. In exchange for cheap trinkets from China, America has mortgaged off its future with ballooning debt. In exchange for the hope of oil deals in Iraq, America has traded thousands of lives and up to $3 trillion before it’s over. While money is spent in Iraq to rebuild hospitals, schools, roads and bridges – all destroyed due to the US presence – taxpayers are stuck with the bill to rebuild this demolition.
People say that the government owns the banks and financials, however, it appears that the banks and financials actually own the government. With their lobbying money, the result is: unemployment, foreclosure, and eviction notices for the working class, and TARP $billions and record bonuses for those who got us into this mess.
We’re a country that, for the last decade, acquiesced meekly and quietly as our Government transferred huge amounts of national wealth to a tiny elite; launched a devastating war based on purely false pretenses; tortured, spied on us and literally claimed the right to invalidate law and the Constitution; and turned itself over to the highest bidders.
Globally, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) reports a total of $57.3 trillion in credit default swaps, more than 28 times larger than AIG’s CDS portfolio. Clearly, the money available to the U.S. government is too small for a crisis of these dimensions.
Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D
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