In a word, NO. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we have a lot to look forward to.

This column is tired of groups on any side of an issue engaging in selective truth telling and outright lies to gain support for their causes.

Mr. Leon Fisher wrote an article titled “The future looks very bleak”. This post is a critical look at his article, paragraph by paragraph. The parts commented on will be in bold. In fairness to the author, one article does not a world view make. Now to the article:

The crash of the US economy has begun. Although the reasons for the now-accelerating economic fiasco have been in place for decades, the chickens are only now coming home to roost. The murder weapons used to kill the economy are “free trade,” outsourcing, illegal immigration, special work visa programs, and unrestrained government spending, which have all contributed to the death of what was just a few decades ago the economic powerhouse of the world.

This does sound alarmist, and it is. The economy is dead, not only dead, but we killed it. The rest of the complaint reveals a misunderstanding of basic economics. Strangely absent from the causes of death is rampant consumerism and living beyond our means.

Free trade is good. The reason it is such a right is that we have “free trade” with countries where businesses can operate without undue governmental regulation. In the U.S., the regulations are so oppressive that it is nearly impossible for companies here to compete with companies in other countries. There are other reasons for our current difficulty as well.

Outsourcing may be good, but in a free market, you shouldn’t really stop it. Illegal immigration is bad as well as “special” work visa programs that don’t really work or only serve the purpose of allowing additional immigration. Unrestrained government spending is very bad.

The balance of trade between most of our trading partners in this so called system of “free trade” is completely lopsided. For instance, the flood of products which are imported to the US just from China alone, in contrast to US exports to China, has created a trade deficit in the trillions of dollars. This sort of one-way trade is unsustainable, and if nothing drastic is done to address this situation, America’s economy will be reduced to that of a third world country.

Most people also maintain a massive trade imbalance with the grocery store, the hardware store, the clothing store, and the gasoline store even without free trade! We have a sales tax/tariff on importing goods to our homes. Where this becomes a problem on the national scale is in strategic capability. If too many clothing manufacturers are out of business and we are somehow cut off from trade with places that make our clothes, we could go naked. A trade imbalance by itself is not a problem when you make up for the difference in cash, which the United States does.

Also, without further explanation of exactly what the author means by economy of a third world country, there is not much to say. The third world is often marked by massive employment in agriculture as opposed to more industrial and service employment. Unless we run out of diesel fuel, it does not appear that the U.S. will go back to large amounts of employment in the agricultural sector.

The first indicators of economic collapse have already manifested themselves in the housing industry, and the big three American auto makers. Teetering on bankruptcy, they will be the first of the large economic dominos to fall, and the rest will follow in short order. As a consequence, something on the scale of another Great Depression may be a possibility.

Part of the problem with the current housing “collapse” was with sub-prime lenders just shoveling loans out the door to make money. There were/are many predatory lenders and loan officers writing up loans they should not have been making either. With regard to the big three auto makers, their biggest problem was their negotiations with Unions in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. The big three did not have crystal balls and did not foresee the competition from Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Hyundai, and other manufacturers. Why this is a problem now is that the big three cannot compete when they have such massive overhead costs of paying out pensions for the next several decades and their revenues are drying up.

“[A]nother Great Depression”? WAIT A MINUTE! Didn’t the author already pronounce the economy dead? There is a difference between a depression and dead.

America has been scammed big-time over the years. The corporate wheelers and dealers, with the complicity of their bought and paid for political whores in Washington, have sold the American working man down the river, and the general welfare of the entire country as well.

That one sentence only scratches the surface of what the public has been scammed about. This country has been taught lies for more than 150 years. It is only getting worse.

Reacting to mounting criticism of the present economic status quo, the corporate crooks and their political hit men blame the miserable economic situation on their victims — the greedy American worker, the communist labor unions, the demand of Americans to have clean air and water, and worst of all the bunker mentality of the American people to put up fences against free trade, protectionism. This unenviable anti business situation, they say, was instrumental in forcing harried U.S. corporations to locate elsewhere in more business friendly areas of the world.

There is a common phrase, “they pretend to pay us, so we pretend to work”. This recognizes the greed of the worker. Most people are greedy, it is part of life. The worker tries to get as much money as possible and the employer tries to pay as little as possible. That is how it goes. Welcome to Earth.

With regard to unions and a clean environment, this has lead to so much regulation and overpayment for services that it really is difficult for businesses to turn a profit like they used to and some profit seeking companies move overseas. The Federal Government even regulates how much cheese goes on a sandwich for a firefighter engaged in fighting wildfires.

Protectionism is a very nasty thing sometimes. According to this book, protectionism in the 1800’s was the leading cause of the “Civil War”. Protectionist tariffs were passed that were used to help northern industry at the expense of the south. The south was able to trade tobacco and cotton for finished goods in Europe, but not always able to pay for the import tariffs, so individuals would settle for cash and get less value for their trading. The south was the cash cow of the north. They paid most of the taxes to the government which then used the money to benefit northern interests. The split was based on financial interests, not slavery. The war brought by the north was to secure the tax revenues. It was a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight. The book was written by Charles Adams.

Because these same corporations own most of the mass media in America, very little if any blame at all is placed upon the multi billion dollar corporations whose decisions, based entirely on greed, have set off these disastrous events in the first place.

The problem is much deeper than business. Government, Public Schools, Entertainment Media, and many others are to blame for our financial woes. Much of the blame lies with the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Banking System which happen to remain in the United States. Businesses have pretty much from the beginning of this nation sought government benefits to their advantage. It is nothing really new.

Coinciding with the mounting economic problems of the nation is that of a growing threat to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness by a group of unelected conspirators who have seized control of America’s highest political office. This group of traitors, with Bush crime family member and usurper of the Office of President, George Walker Bush, has ceaselessly undermined the authority of the Constitution and laws of the United States.

To usurp is to take something by force or without a right to it, or to take the place of another without legal authority, or to supplant. There is little or no evidence that Pres. Bush is a “usurper”. He played by the rules. The rules themselves may be unfair, but they are the rules.

President Bush and his administration have ignored the Constitution. “It’s just a G– D—– piece of paper” after all. (Quote courtesy of Pres. Bush).

Since the installation of this cabal, a series of events have unfolded not seen since Hitler’s burning of the Reichstag. The attack on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC, followed by the anthrax threat to Congress, was carefully contrived to give the Bush Cabal the support necessary to begin military operations to secure the resources of the Mideast, and to pass the PATRIOT Act and other draconian legislation, bestowing upon this illegal regime the power to spy, arrest, and torture anyone, including American citizens, they deem as enemy combatants.

The only problem with comparing 9/11 to the burning of the Reichstag is that the author has ignored the Oklahoma City Bombing in the analysis. Both events were used to justify additional domestic spying. Pres. Bush just did it better. This makes the author appear to be a left winger more than a truth seeker.

The rest of this part is a little overwrought, but the FBI is already admitting to abuse of the USA PATRIOT Act.

With the economy failing, and the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan continuing with no end in sight, the newly-elected Congress sits on its hands, unwilling to act. Nor are they moving to remove the 9/11 conspirators and war criminals from the White House.

True.

This is not only a bleak scenario for the American people but for the entire world as well. Emboldened by the timidity of the new Congress, the Bush cabal is moving ahead with their plans for war with Iran, which will not be long in coming.

*Shakes Magic 8-Ball* “all signs point to yes”.

Although I would like to end my remarks on a positive note, at this moment I do not see anything good happening in the near future. Despite the growing disenchantment and suspicion of Bush and his policies, he and his cabal are still in firm control of the Country.

Really? Nothing good happening in the near future? How sad. There will of course be some very hard times to come, but still, good things will happen.

Further, it is foolish to think that after Bush leaves office, the next occupants of the White House will set things straight. This is not going to happen.

True again.

The fact of the matter is that our Government is no longer in charge of matters, but operates as a rubber stamp for those parasitic entities which have infiltrated into the core of government. In reality, policy in Washington is not determined by the wants and needs of the American people, but by the whim of the wealthy and powerful elite whose seemingly inexhaustible riches and thirst for more riches supercedes everything else. These corrupt and treasonous individuals within the halls of power will stop at nothing, including war and murder, in order to attain their diabolical ends.

Mostly true, but missing the part about power and control, not just money. The real power brokers are more sinister than the author gives them credit for.

We should also not delude ourselves that an economic collapse will somehow quicken the removal of the cancer which is hastening the demise of our Republic. Just as they have used the threat of terrorism to cow the people, so will they use economic failure to justify a further tightening of the screws. It is going to be a long hard struggle to rid ourselves of this evil, make no mistake about it.

Some might say that the Republic was already dead once the Civil War started. Prior to the Civil War, people might say “The United States are” versus “The United State is”. The United States was a collection of independent states united for specific enumerated purposes. The States were sovereign and had the right of secession. Ever since the Civil War, the United States is the name of a very powerful and large country. It is not a collection of states any more, but a collection of political subdivisions of the National Government.

Without some focus on the problems of Big Government and focusing only on the problems caused by corporate interests and the Bush administration, the author comes off sounding more like a left-wing hack instead of a serious columnist.

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