Sunday, December 30, 2012

THE FINALE IS NIGH



Since 1948 when Israel once again became the Jewish National Homeland the clock of Biblical Prophecy has been winding down toward the time when Jesus Christ calls His saints up to Him from the Earth and wrath and judgment are poured out on a wicked and fallen world.

Prophecy is one area that sets the Bible apart from all other religious texts. The Bible has hundreds of accurately fulfilled prophecies. Not a single prophecy has ever been wrong. For more on the subject see my article here.

With this in mind, why does the world go on ignoring what the Bible has to say about the future? Only God knows the answer to that question. But, if the Bible has been 100% accurate regarding prophecies which have been fulfilled, then isn’t it only logical to trust it to be just as accurate concerning prophecies yet to be fulfilled; those regarding the future?  And, my friends, the future is upon us!

The Bible says that we must always be ready for the soon return of Jesus Christ. This is an event that is coming very soon according to Biblical Prophecy - Prophecy which is, remember, inerrant.

For years people have said “Repent! The End Is Near” or something like that, and yet the world has gone on much as it has for all these thousands of years. What makes our time any different? What is it that makes me so sure that these times truly are the end times?

One word: Israel!

Future Bible prophecy hangs upon the Jewish people once again occupying Israel as a Nation. This was something that, until it actually happened, was considered impossible. It would take a miracle, they all said.  That miracle happened in 1948, when Israel once again became the Nation of the Jewish people. This happens to be among those fulfilled prophecies I was talking about, by the way.

With the Jews in the Holy Land, that meant that at any moment Jesus could come and call believers to join Him in heaven - The Rapture (or 'catching up and/or away'). We know that this will happen just before the period of time called the Tribulation - the time when God pours out His wrath on those who reject Jesus Christ, a time of death, destruction and devastation unlike any the world has ever seen or ever will see again – a time during which the Jewish people will be dwelling as a Nation in Israel!

Yes indeed, the END IS NEAR for many. If you are one of those who has rejected Jesus then the Doom-Mongers who are constantly speaking of the end of the world in terrifying terms are right – you should be very, very afraid!

But for those who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior it will be a wonderful BEGINNING! Once we have joined Jesus in Heaven we will be free from death, pain, illness and sorrow. We will exist in an incredible new bodily form and dwell in a place so wonderful and so different from all we know that the few mortals privileged enough to have glimpsed it and record their experiences in the Bible were unable to adequately describe it. The Apostle Paul makes reference to hearing things which “…cannot be expressed in words, things that no human being has a right even to mention.” 2 Corinthians 12:4

We do know from what was recorded by others and from the words of Jesus Himself that we will experience love beyond anything we can imagine here on Earth. We know that we will retain our individuality and we shall all still know one another and that our days and nights will be lit by the light of God’s glory and be filled with pure joy and peace as we share in loving worship of the Architect of all Creation and in intimate fellowship with our Lord, Jesus Christ. For more on Heaven check this out  V .

If you are not sure of where you stand with Jesus then consider what the Bible says about Jesus and salvation:

The Bible says Jesus was sent to us because:

God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16,17 (underlining is mine here and in other scripture references)

Jesus took on the form of mortal man, lived a life sinless and perfect. Then, when the ordained time came He began His ministry of preaching the Kingdom of God. Hope for a hopeless world. For this He was unjustly tried, tortured, and crucified. At the very moment of His death all of the sins of mankind were laid on Him. At that moment He paid the price for the sins of each and every one of us. He died for YOU. He paid for YOUR SINS with HIS LIFE.

The Bible also tells us:

"… that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures." 1 Cor 15:3-4,

"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.' John 14:6

"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12,

If you believe what the Bible says about Jesus then all you must do to be saved is this:

If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Rom 10:9 

That is it! There are many people that won't believe because they think that is just too easy. They think there must be more to it than that, some ritual or act or intercession of a priest or ceremony… Something. It just can’t be that easy!

But it is just that easy. When Jesus was crucified there were two criminals crucified with Him, one on either side. One of them scoffed and derided Jesus. The other, however, recognized in Jesus the nature of His divinity and he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom,” to which Jesus replied, “Truly I say to you, Today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

That was it. All the man had to do was believe and ask - and Jesus welcomed him into His kingdom. The key is that you do have to believe and you have to accept Jesus’s Lordship over your life.

This invitation is still open to anyone! But, the time is coming soon when things will be very different. A time is coming very soon when those who have not received Jesus as Savior will suddenly realize that all of the things they have been hearing preached on those “crazy” Christian radio shows and Billy Graham Television Crusades and from Christian friends and loved ones and even “wacko” blogs like this one – are all true - as millions of Christians vanish from the Earth in the ‘twinkling of an eye’.

If you find yourself in this circumstance then know this: Even if the disappearance of millions of Christians causes you to get on your knees at that very moment and receive Jesus as your Savior you will still face seven years of the most horrific times the Earth has ever seen. There will be disasters, diseases, famines and pestilences of proportions even Hollywood has not dreamed of. Those who become Christians in those days will be hunted down like dogs and tortured to death. Martyred for their faith! But, believe me when I tell you this: The alternative will be worse, so very, very much worse – more on that momentarily.

During this perilous time all the world’s governments will come under the control of a single global authority headed by a man who derives his power directly from satan. This man, the anti-Christ, will control all commodities and all monetary systems. No one will be able to buy or sell anything outside of the global system he will set up. Think of it; to buy food, water, medicine, gas, to pay your bills - anything and everything - will have to be done using this new global system.

How could this possibly be done? Simple! Eliminate cash. Everyone will be forced to choose between taking a mark upon their body and death. Only those with the mark will be allowed to buy and sell. There will be no other option. None! 

If you think this can't happen, take a moment and look how close we are to a cashless society right now. If you are fifty or younger the chances are high that most of your store purchases are made electronically - either by ATM, Credit Card or you shop online. Most of your banking is likely done online as well. Is it really so hard to imagine the government one day simply declaring all cash of no value, exchanging dollars for electronic credits which would, from that day forward, be the currency of the day? A single electronic cyber currency is, in fact, one of the many solutions being proposed even now to resolve the Euro crisis in the European Union.

Let me paint a word picture for you:

One day, not far from now, suddenly millions of people disappear from the Earth all in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye. Driverless cars careen out of control, pilotless planes plunge from the sky, people in positions key to the day to day functioning of our interconnected world are no longer there. Nuclear engineers, utilities managers and technicians, communications specialists, emergency workers. Strangely the vanishings are apparently limited only to “Christians” and children. Nevertheless, so many are gone that it has a serious impact on our way of life. Almost instantly systems worldwide begin to falter.

With so many gone, some in positions of authority, there is a power vacuum. People begin to vie for positions of power which have become suddenly vacant. Property and wealth, their former owners now gone, are up for grabs. The result is worldwide chaos, wars, civil unrest and panic. On day one, store shelves are emptied, our power and water systems shut down as people are unable to report to work. In a matter of just one or two days the entire world is spiraling out of control. People would be desperate for anyone who could deliver them from what would by all the appearances be the end of the world.

In the midst of the chaos a man steps forward with a bold plan. He is charismatic, a dynamic public speaker and he has the backing of a number of powerful and influential world leaders. His plan is bold indeed and it requires that everyone, worldwide, unite with a common purpose to stem the tide of chaos, stop the violence and lawlessness, bring public services back online, make food and supplies available once more and restore order.

He forms an alliance with several nations and a global monetary and exchange system is adopted. People everywhere are required to sacrifice certain rights and “privileges” but in exchange they are given hope. Hope for a new tomorrow wherein not only will life be returned to ‘normal’ but things will be even better than before! In the face of a world gone mad, acquiescing to a new monetary system and suspending the constitution seem a small price to pay for the hope this man brings. Besides, there is something special about this new leader. His manner is so reassuring, so confident. You just can’t help but believe in him.

Soon he begins to implement his plan. Population Monitoring and Control technology already in limited use today is quickly adapted to the need at hand and entire populations are identified, tagged and in a surprisingly short amount of time things begin to return to normal just like the new leader promised.  

People quickly adapt to the new cashless system and find it is really quite convenient, even superior to the old way. The coded marks on their hands and foreheads are so small they are barely noticeable and some people have even begun making a fashion statement out of theirs. The marks were greeted with some skepticism at first but when people found they were painless and especially when a number of popular celebrities began showing theirs off it wasn’t long before any remaining uncertainty disappeared. 

In fact, once order and normalcy were restored the only real problems remaining since the so-called ‘vanishings’ are a few pesky groups of malcontents. They absolutely refuse to take the identification mark and conform to the new policies on public behavior. Strangely enough, many of them claim to be Christians of all things. Imagine that!

But the new Global Government Peace Keeping Forces are hunting them down and by all accounts they won’t pose any more problems. For a while they had people pretty worried, claiming the Bible had predicted everything that had been happening right down to this new one world government and ID based economic system. They even pointed out verses in the Bible that they claimed backed up what they said and they warned people that taking the ID mark would mean going to hell.

People stopped listening soon enough once the leader explained to everybody how it was actually the Christians themselves who caused all of the problems that led to the chaos and global collapse the world had just been through. He explained that it was obvious the universe had removed them from the Earth to make way for the new global government and the peace and prosperity that was just on the horizon.

It was obvious to everyone that the world was going to be better off without their constant intolerance and hate. The leader even showed why the children had to be taken so that a new population could be brought up free from the horrid influences of that dreadful, violent and hate filled religion. Soon, any reference to anything Christian or the Bible was made illegal. Bibles were soon rounded up and burned.

Besides, in the time since the “vanishings” a new belief system had risen replacing the old worn out belief systems of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and so on. This was a true universal ‘religion’ that recognized all of the wisdom and learning of the world, incorporating all that was good in each of the world’s religions while rejecting anything negative, judgmental or intolerant. It was a system of joy, peace and acceptance. Planet Earth assumed her place as the new deity and who better than the true life giver? The leader himself even adopted the new religion and Earth-Pastor Warren himself ordained him as the new Head Earth-Bishop.

With the support of the Global Governing Body the leader declared the malcontent’s strident babbling “Hate Speech.” In short order the Peace Keeping Forces were rounding them up and executing them. Good riddance to them!

It was really too bad. Now that order was restored and with Earth worship bringing people together, things were going quite well. Those who could adapt to the new ways were finding that life under the new system could be very, very lucrative.

The only difficulty some had with the new regime had been the new ‘Acceptable Conduct’ policies. These had been a little tough to swallow at first. For example, the Hate Speech policy the “Christians” were charged with - At first, execution had seemed rather harsh for this type of conduct even for those loathsome Christians - But when the leader had shown how hurtful, disruptive and detrimental to the greater good such speech and beliefs could be, people quickly supported the new policies. Even the newest policy requiring sworn allegiance to the leader and Earth Worship met with almost no protest – after all, he was the one who brought the world back from the brink and no one could deny the new renaissance of peace the Earth was experiencing.

Things are so much better now under the new system. There is even peace in the Middle East! The leader was able to broker a deal between the Jews, and the Arabs which allows the Jews to build a new temple on the Mount in Jerusalem! He is truly a great man. Everything would be perfect except in the past days people have begun to notice that the sky has taken on a strange appearance and there seems to be something wrong with the ocean too but no one seems to have any answers. People are beginning to ask questions but so far the Global Government has not come forward with any answers. That’s ok. Everyone is certain the leader will address them soon…



Seems like science fiction doesn’t it? Nevertheless, the Bible predicts future circumstances very much like those I just described. If you still don’t think it can happen then please consider recent history. Look at Nazi Germany, Italy under Mussolini or Spain under Franco, Stalin’s Soviet Empire. When faced with a crisis that will gravely alter their lives there is no telling what people will accept in the hope of escaping their fate!

Keeping this in mind; remember when we talked about the accuracy of Bible prophecy? Because the Bible is 100% accurate in its past predictions then it is logical to believe that what the Bible says is going to happen in the future will indeed happen.

When - not if - when these things come to pass, if you have not yet made up your mind about Jesus Christ then please, in the meantime, do NOT take the mark I spoke of. If you do there will be no going back, for taking the mark means condemning yourself to eternal damnation – any chance for redemption will be gone.

I believe that there are a great many people who have not given much thought to eternity or to the damnation they face outside of the redemption found in Faith in Jesus Christ. I know people who think that eternity will be a big party, drinking and having a big BBQ with all their pals in Eternity because, hey, they were pretty much good people and why should they go to some horrible doom just because they did what everyone else did?

What they don’t get is that is exactly why they will go to that horrible doom!

The bible says, “Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it. Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

Do you see that part above that says “…there are few who find it.” Well that does not include those folks expecting the big party! The “few who find it” are ONLY THOSE WHO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR!

I hear right now the people who say, “Well, I just refuse to believe in a God who would be so unfair and intolerant.”

Guess, what? First, God believes in YOU! Second, there is nothing unfair about it at all. Jesus put aside His deity and DIED so that YOU would have a chance to attain eternal salvation. Then He sent out his apostles, disciples and millions of evangelists over the centuries so that the Gospel would reach the ends of the Earth. The Bible also tells us that the Heavens testify to the Glory of God and the Expanse His handiwork and also, that since the creation of the world God's invisible attributes—his eternal power and divine nature—have been understood and observed by what he made, so that people are without excuse.. – Romans 1:20.

The Bible also teaches that those who reject the undeniable evidence and turn from salvation, preferring to take their chances with the universe, will suffer an eternity in torment, separated from the only eternal source of goodness and love, living every single moment with the knowledge that they had no one to blame but themselves – because if you are really honest with yourself, I mean really down deep where you almost never go, honest with yourself – you know Jesus is standing there knocking and all you have to do is open the door and He will enter and sup with you. YOU are the one refusing Jesus.

It is that deep down knowledge that is why some people fight so very, very hard to remove God from every vestige of everyday life. Really, if He doesn’t exist why all the effort to erase any reference to Him from life? If He isn’t real he isn’t really relevant is He? No, it is that deep down conviction that He is real and He is knocking and that it is all on YOU as to where you spend eternity and it is all on YOU whether or not you refuse to open the door!

Don’t let this happen to you! Please don’t reject Jesus because you equate Him with the phony image the world and the Media have created of Him. Jesus is all about love and truth and peace. He died to give you the chance to be free from the wages of sin, to be free from death. If you truly accept Jesus as your Lord he will guide you and help you grow and change from the inside out. If there is something in your life that needs to change, God, through his Holy Spirit will cause you to want to change it. And, He will help you to do so. I don’t want to mislead you. It won’t be easy. Satan will always be working against you. But, now, you will have the creator of Heaven and Earth on your side, His word, the Bible to inspire, restore and guide you and a sea of Brothers and Sisters in Christ willing to help you any way they can.

If you are already a believer then you need to be about our Lord’s work. Time is short. Ask Jesus what He would have you do and then when He lays it upon your heart, DO IT!

These are indeed the last days. Every prophetic condition preceeding the Rapture has been met. Jesus may call at any moment. Every technological advance described in end times prophecy has been reached. Knowledge has increased phenomenally, people travel to and fro across the globe with ease, the systems are in place for Global one world government, a cashless monetary system and personal identification and tracking system. All of these were not even a fantasy two thousand years ago or more when they were described in prophecy. They are all reality now.

C’mon people. You know the time is short.  THE END IS NEAR!

God Bless you in these last days and may the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you and yours.

Mark

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Scary Statistics


I ran across this list of economic statistics and I was totally blown away by the picture they paint. I think you will be too. I have added my own comments in red.

Compiled in 2012
#1 In December 2008, 31.6 million Americans were on food stamps.  Today, a new all-time record of 47.7 million Americans are on food stamps.  That number has increased by more than 50 percent over the past four years, and yet the mainstream media still has the gall to insist that “things are getting better”.
#2 Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.  Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.
#3 According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of “Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.”
#4 According to one recent survey, 55 percent of all Americans have received money from a safety net program run by the federal government at some point in their lives.
#5 For the first time ever, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless.  That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.
#6 Median household income in the U.S. has fallen for four consecutive years.  Overall, it has declined by over $4000 during that time span.
#7 Families that have a head of household under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.
#8 The percentage of working age Americans with a job has been under 59 percent for 39 months in a row.
#9 In September 2009, during the depths of the last economic crisis, 58.7 percent of all working age Americans were employed.  In November 2012, 58.7 percent of all working age Americans were employed.  It is more then 3 years later, and we are in the exact same place. - Or worse, recent disclosures regarding the way employment numbers are compiled indicates that they could be shy by as much as 20%!
#10 When you total up all working age Americans that do not have a job in America today, it comes to more than 100 million.
#11 According to one recent survey, 55 percent of all small business owners in America “say they would not start a business today given what they know now and in the current environment.”
#12 The number of jobs at new small businesses continues to decline.  According to economist Tim Kane, the following is how the decline in the number of startup jobs per 1000 Americans breaks down by presidential administration
Bush Sr.: 11.3
Clinton: 11.2
Bush Jr.: 10.8
Obama: 7.8 - The reason for this is only partially economic. Most business investors feel that Obama and his administration are hostile to business (a fact that is beyond dispute). In this environment it would be a mistake to start a business. This number will continue to shrink with Obamacare now in force.
#13 The U.S. share of global GDP has fallen from 31.8 percent in 2001 to 21.6 percent in 2011.
#14 The United States has fallen in the global economic competitiveness rankings compiled by the World Economic Forum for four years in a row.
#15 There are four major U.S. banks that each have more than 40 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives. - The same trap that destroyed the economy before. Picture a skyscraper balanced on a beachball and that gives you the idea of the precariousness of this situation!
#16 In 2000, there were more than 17 million Americans working in manufacturing, but now there are less than 12 million.
#17 According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of all Americans were “middle income” back in 1971.  Today, only 51 percent of all Americans are.
#18 The Pew Research Center has also found that 85 percent of all middle class Americans say that it is harder to maintain a middle class standard of living today than it was 10 years ago. - Yeah, ten years of 'invisible' inflation and no jobs will do that. 
#19 62 percent of all middle class Americans say that they have had to reduce household spending over the past year.
#20 Right now, approximately 48 percent of all Americans are either considered to be “low income” or are living in poverty.
#21 Approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States are living in homes that are either considered to be either “low income” or impoverished.
#22 According to one survey, 77 percent of all Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck at least part of the time.
#23 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs.  Today, less than 65 percentof all men in the United States have jobs.
#24 The average amount of time that an unemployed worker stays out of work in the United States is 40 weeks.
#25 If you can believe it, approximately one out of every four American workers makes 10 dollars an hour or less.
#26 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49 percent of all Americans live in a home where at least one person receives financial assistance from the federal government.  Back in 1983, that number was less than 30 percent.
#27 Right now, more than 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.  And that does not even count Social Security or Medicare.  Overall, there are almost 80 different “means-tested welfare programs” that the federal government is currently running.
#28 When you account for all government transfer payments and all forms of government employment, more than half of all Americans are now at least partially financially dependent on the government.
#29 Barack Obama has been president for less than four years, and during that time the number of Americans “not in the labor force” has increased by nearly 8.5 million.  Something seems really “off” about that number, because during the entire decade of the 1980s the number of Americans “not in the labor force” only rose by about 2.5 million. - And no one in the MSM questions these numbers.
#30 Electricity bills in the United States have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row. - Read, AT the current REAL rate of inflation.
#31 According to USA Today, many Americans have actually seen their water bills triple over the past 12 years.
#32 There are now 20.2 million Americans that spend more than half of their incomes on housing.  That represents a 46 percent increase from 2001.
#33 Right now, approximately 25 million American adults are living with their parents.
#34 As the economy has slowed down, so has the number of marriages.  According to a Pew Research Center analysis, only 51 percent of all Americans that are at least 18 years old are currently married.  Back in 1960, 72 percent of all U.S. adults were married.
#35 At this point, only 24.6 percent of all jobs in the United States are good jobs.
#36 In 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance.  Today, only 55.1 percent are covered by employment-based health insurance.
#37 Recently it was announced that total student loan debt in the United States has passed the one trillion dollar mark.
#38 If you can believe it, one out of every seven Americans has at least 10 credit cards.
#39 One survey of business executives has ranked California as the worst state in America to do business for 8 years in a row.
#40 In the city of Detroit today, more than 50 percent of all children are living in poverty, and close to 50 percent of all adults are functionally illiterate.
#41 It is being projected that half of all American children will be on food stamps at least once before they turn 18 years of age.
#42 More than three times as many new homes were sold in the United States in 2005 as will be sold in 2012.
#43 If you can believe it, 53 percent of all Americans with a bachelor’s degree under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed last year.
#44 The U.S. economy continues to trade good paying jobs for low paying jobs.  60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but 58 percent of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs. - This has long term implications that most people have yet to grasp!
#45 Our trade deficit with China in 2011 was $295.5 billion.  That was the largest trade deficit that one country has had with another country in the history of the planet. - So does this!
#46 The United States has lost an average of approximately 50,000 manufacturing jobs a month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. - And this!
#47 According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing half a million jobs to China every single year. - And This!
#48 The U.S. tax code is now more than 3.8 million words long.  If you took all of William Shakespeare’s works and collected them together, the entire collection would only be about 900,000 words long.
#49 According to the IMF, the global elite are holding a total of 18 trillion dollars in offshore banking havens such as the Cayman Islands. - No surprise there!
#50 The value of the U.S. dollar has declined by more than 96 percent since the Federal Reserve was first created.
#51 2012 was the third year in a row that the yield for corn has declined in the United States.
#52 Experts are telling us that global food reserves have reached their lowest level in almost 40 years. - And it is expected to continue to decline.
#53 One recent survey discovered that 40 percent of all Americans have $500 or less in savings.
#54 If you can believe it, one recent survey found that 28 percent of all Americans do not have a single penny saved for emergencies.
#55 Medical costs related to obesity in the United States are estimated to be approximately $147 billion a year.
#56 Corporate profits as a percentage of GDP are at an all-time high.  Meanwhile, wages as a percentage of GDP are near an all-time low.
#57 Today, the wealthiest 1 percent of all Americans own more wealth than the bottom 95 percent combined.
#58 The wealthiest 400 families in the United States have about as much wealth as the bottom 50 percent of all Americans combined.
#59 The six heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have a net worth that is roughly equal to the bottom 30 percentof all Americans combined.
#60 At this point, the poorest 50 percent of all Americans collectively own just 2.5% of all the wealth in the United States.
#61 Nearly 500,000 federal employees now make at least $100,000 a year.
#62 In 2006, only 12 percent of all federal workers made $100,000 or more per year.  Now, approximately 22 percent of all federal workers do.
#63 If you can believe it, there are 77,000 federal workers that make more than the governors of their own states do.
#64 Nearly 15,000 retired federal workers are collecting federal pensions for life worth at least $100,000 annually.  The list includes such names as Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, Trent Lott, Dick Gephardt and Dick Cheney.
#65 U.S. taxpayers spend more than 20 times as much on the Obamas as British taxpayers spend on the royal family.
#66 Family homelessness in the Washington D.C. region (one of the wealthiest regions in the entire country) has risen 23 percent since the last recession began.
#67 If Bill Gates gave every single penny of his fortune to the U.S. government, it would only cover the U.S. budget deficit for about 15 days.
#68 During fiscal year 2012, 62 percent of the federal budget was spent on entitlements.
#69 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, approximately one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.
#70 It is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.
#71 Medicare is also growing by leaps and bounds.  As I wrote about recently, it is being projected that the number of Americans on Medicare will grow from 50.7 million in 2012 to 73.2 million in 2025. - The last three statistics illustrate a system that is un-sustainable. There is no rocket science to this. It simply cannot continue. Yet no one has the balls to address it now, while there is a chance to do it with minimal collateral damage. 
#72 Thanks to our foolish politicians (including Obama), Medicare is facing unfunded liabilities of more than 38 trillion dollars over the next 75 years.  That comes to approximately $328,404 for each and every household in the United States. - Yep, un-sustainable.
#73 Amazingly, the U.S. national debt is now up to 16.3 trillion dollars.  When Barack Obama first took office the national debt was just 10.6 trillion dollars.
#74 During the first four years of the Obama administration, the U.S. government accumulated about as much debt as it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that George W. Bush took office.
#75 Today, the U.S. national debt is more than 5000 times larger than it was when the Federal Reserve was originally created back in 1913.
What is shameful is that no one will step up and address the issues of spending that everyone knows will soon break this country. The fault for that lies in large part with the American People who showed where their priorities lie when they re-elected Obama - a President who has, more than any enemy of this country could hope for, done more to weaken this country economically, politically and socially. I fear that this country is so out of balance that it will not be able recover. Nor do I feel that the American People have the backbone to bear the sacrifices necessary to right things. No rosy outlook here...
Compiled by Michael of Investment Watch blog

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Cliff & Why Obama Wants Us to Fall Off



Anyone who thinks that a deal can be made to avoid the coming ‘Fiscal Cliff’ catastrophe better not hold their breath. The financial disaster it would cause is exactly what Obama and the Democrats want and need to seal a permanent hold on our country.

Since his first days in office Obama has steered this country far off of its course as a Free Market Republic and turned it rapidly toward a Neo-Socialist Oligarchy. Those who have a vested interest in Obama and his Administration poo-poo the idea that Obama desires some sort of disaster in order to appropriate what power is left with the People and consolidate it under the control of the Federal Government. They have relegated such allegations to the Conspiracy Theorists and Tin Hat Brigade. They do this in the face of a great deal of convincing evidence that there is more fact than theory to these allegations - not the least of which is Obama’s own upbringing under the tutelage of avowed Marxist Revolutionaries and Communist Subversives. By ignoring or ridiculing legitimate concerns about this President and where he is taking us they have secured our course.

It has been known for some time that to complete the centralization of power and strip the American People of what remains of their Constitutional Rights would require a disaster of epic proportions, something that would leave the populace reeling and willing to do anything to ease their suffering and restore order. Allowing the country to slide over the “Cliff” would suffice nicely as it would provide Obama with the necessary crisis and subsequent chaos and civil unrest needed to justify implementing the new powers he recently provided himself by executive order. It would also allow him to demonize the last stronghold of Republican influence, The Congress, by laying the responsibility for the disaster right in their lap.

All Obama and the Democrats need to do is put forward a reasonable deal with one or two caveats that they know the Republicans absolutely cannot agree to and they assure that a deal will not be reached. With the assistance of the Propaganda Media Machine Obama can then portray himself as the one willing to compromise while at the same time demonizing the Republicans for being unwilling to negotiate in good faith. It is a win-win for Obama. He obliterates what little influence the Republican Congress had, turns public opinion solidly against them and silences any voice of opposition they might have had while, at the same time, providing the circumstances necessary to the success of his agenda.

This has all the makings of conspiracy theory paranoia I know. To many, it seems impossible that the President could have a hidden agenda, an agenda that hinges on the death and suffering of thousands of his own people and the undoing of the very principles that this country was founded upon. Such speculation would indeed be absurd if it concerned any other President. But Barak Obama is different. Look how far we are into his Presidency and we still know so very little about his past and there continue to be so many unanswered questions about him. Important questions. It is only through the power of Propaganda that Obama continues to escape the scrutiny necessary to raise sufficient concern to force Obama to make his records public – records that every other President has made public as a simple matter of course.

It is also the Propaganda Media which shields the President from questions about statements and policies he has espoused which are antithetical to the American way of life. They shield him from any criticism of his links to Islam and the number of Muslims with ties to terrorists and Middle Eastern extremists that hold places of influence in his Administration and they divert attention away from his connection to anti-American organizations and individuals who pose a threat to our National Security.

Those of us who exercise due diligence in the arena of current events know that this President, unlike any other in the history of this country, has a past that he has spent millions to hide from the public. We know that he spent his formative years in a Muslim country, was schooled in a Muslim Madrassa as a Muslim and that he has, at the very least, an affinity for Islam. We know that he scorns the Constitution, that he was mentored by Communist subversives and radical extremists and terrorists. We know he made trips to countries like Pakistan about which many serious questions exist. We know that in college he was involved with anti-American organizations and activities, that he was a drug abuser and that as a lawyer both he and his wife were obliged to surrender their law licenses. All this we know despite Obama’s efforts to the contrary.

Combine all of that with Mr. Obama’s recent spate of Executive Orders subverting the Constitution and giving him unlawful authority over people, resources and property in the event of a “catastrophe” and of course allowing the President to determine just what constitutes a catastrophe. Then stir in the implementation of various legislation and policy that seem to fly in the face of common sense and has even pro-Obama analysts shaking their head over the impact they will have on the economic wellbeing of this country. What you wind up with is probable cause for believing there is a dangerous agenda driving Obama and all he does. The interests of this country absolutely demand answers to the questions about Obama’s past which, to this day remain unanswered as well as a careful scrutiny of everything this President has done in light of the answers to those questions.

As we near the approaching fiscal nightmare it will become more and more clear whether a budget compromise is going to happen. If it does then you can bet that the Republicans will be forced to surrender their position on core issues which will have ramifications almost as devastating in the long run as allowing the country to take the coming plunge. Either way Obama and his cronies win. Of course Obama wants us to fall off the cliff, why would he not!