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Economics, Politics, and Smokescreens

There was an AP news reports yesterday declaring that Social Security will pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes the next two years.  The AP also reported that regulators shut down the 95th U.S. bank to fail this year as loan defaults rise in the worst financial climate in decades.  Meanwhile, the New York Times reported that job seekers exceed job openings 6-1. All of which leaves me wondering why are so many Americans are buying the media blitz and Obama’s declarations that things are improving?   It’s time for Americans to pay attention to the facts being reported by mainstream media, and sorting them out of the hype and distractions these reports are filled with.

Meanwhile, for those who are complacent about their freedoms, you should be aware that Presidential Power to shut down the Internet is being debated in Congress.  This comes at the same time that the Justice Department says Federal Computer program to watch computer use is no problem…legally or otherwise. Privacy groups disagree.

But, still, we sit back and listen as one government move after another removes freedoms and personal rights in the name of the public good.  The thing to recall is the Socialist party leaders said in the 1944 that they did not need to run for office anymore because the Democratic Party had adopted their ideas.

Six-time Socialist Party candidate for president of the U.S., Norman Mattoon Thomas, said in a speech in 1944 that “The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Then, he went on to say, “I no longer need to run as a presidential candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”

Even worse, by 1948 all items of the Socialist platform had been co-opted by either the Republicans or the Democrats.  Obviously, the goal is to have government in charge of everything.   For example, healthcare, while important, does not have to be run by the government.  But, both parties are talking about how important it is for the government to be in charge of how healthcare is handled.  And, the media is complicit, since they rarely if ever give equal space to those who oppose it.  We should all probably spend more energy remembering that…as we consider both political parties, coming elections, and what the media feeds us.

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