IS THE U.S. CONSTIPATED?

FAILURE OF GOVERNANCE

Reblogged: FAILURE OF GOVERNANCE

Dennis Rakiey

IS THE U.S. CONSTIPATED?

Yep, you bet!  You have vast quantities of input: meetings, speeches, votes, debate etc. but no results.

Over the past decades, our government has embarked upon a path, resulting in further declines in the Human Condition.  And you can forget blaming the Democrats or Republicans because both have been in office observing this deterioration of the U.S. and neither party has demonstrated one scintilla of leadership in changing this countries current course.

You may be under the impression that a country’s fortunes rise ad infinitum.  But this is not the case; as history is replete with examples of the rise and fall of civilizations both in ancient times and in recent history.  Our country, by almost any measure is in declinebut less you doubt this statement, allow me a few examples from my previous blogs.

*Energy

After more than 5 decades, the US still does not have an energy plan for energy independence.  Our foreign policy is dictated by our energy requirements.  The nation’s wealth is evaporating at a rate of $1 billon per day.

*Poverty

In the last 39 years the number of people living in poverty has doubled to 46 million.  18 percent  of the US population has said that at times, they cannot afford the food they need.

*Immigration

With more than 8 decades of immigration legislation, the number of illegal aliens has mushroomed to 11.5 million, a 300% increase in the last 18 years.

*The Economy

The government has carried on a 30 year crusade to deregulate the banking industry which has culminated in 2.7 million foreclosures. One forecast has estimated that foreclosures will reach 5 million when all is said and done.

*Jobs

According to the most recent BLS report, the number of people either unemployed or underemployed is excess of 17 million , representing a real unemployment rate of over 14%.

*The poor get poorer

Wages as a percent of GDP has plummeted to an all-time low.

*And the rich get richer

CEO pay is up 298.2% since 1990 while worker pay is up a meager 4.3%.

Just stop for a minute and think about what kind of country we are leaving to our children, grandchildren and loved ones.  What does the future hold for them?  What will the Human Condition be when they reach adulthood?

However, our country’s descent into the bowels of mediocrity…becoming a mere shell of its former self is not evitable. The change agent is you, the voter.

A laxative directly injected into this nation’s veins, vis-à-vis replacing elected officials is the prescription.  And the only way to accomplish a directional change is by voting the incumbents out of office.

Why? Because history has taught us that starting a new party does not offer the immediate success (if at all) that is required.  And human beings by their nature tend to do the same thing over and over again, this holds true for our elected officials.  Just think, from their perspective, they must be thinking they are doing a bang-up job and why wouldn’t they, after all over 90% of incumbents running for office get reelected.

Consequently, as voters there is only one option.  We must step out of our comfort zone; throw partisan politics aside and vote for the challenger on Nov. 6.  It is the only way forreal change.

 EXAMINE NOT WHAT THEY SAY BUT WHAT THEY DO

JOBS – JOBS – JOBS!

Failure of Governance

 

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JOBS – JOBS – JOBS! : Dennis Rakiey 

Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8%.  I can just imagine members of the administration and congress giving each other high fives!

In order to get a perspective of the unemployment issue, I went here http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/print.pl/news.release/empsit.a.htm to review the BLS data.  In the past 12 months, on average 150,000 jobs per month were added.  If we divide the 12 million unemployed by the 150,000 per month new jobs, we discover that it will take more than 6 years for the 12 million unemployed to find work. (This of course assumes no one new enters the work force.) If you are unemployed, it is a very discouraging predicament.

 

Full article HERE (http://www.failureofgovernance.com)

To illustrate the imbalance between business and labor, examine the following charts.

Corporate profits have soared!

 

While wages as a percent of GDP are at all-time lows.

And the gap between CEO’s and workers’ pay continues to widen and bears little relationship to corporate profits.

 

Link

Immigration – A Failure of Governance

Re blogged from Immigration – A Failure of Governance

A Failure of Governance – Last in a Three Part Series – Immigration

“We should honor every legal immigrant here, working hard to become a new citizen. 

But we are also a nation of laws.”- President Bill Clinton

Full Article link Immigration – A Failure of Governance by Dennis Rakiey

highlights noted in previous articles.

The first article on Energy revealed:

* after 50 years, no plan for energy independence

*oil importation has increased to 49%

*our nation’s wealth is evaporating at the rate of $1 billion/day

*poverty level has doubled in the last 25 years

The next article, The Economy examined the following:

*government waged a 30 year crusade to deregulate the banking industry

*and then failed to regulate the Shadow Banking System

*homeownership forecast to return to 1990 levels with over 5 million foreclosures

Lastly, in this article, we explored immigration:

*immigration problem have been with us for the last 85 years.

*illegal immigration has reached 11.5 million, a 300% increase in last 18 years

*president/governor oath of office is meaningless

*amnesties are not a solution

*the real unemployment is masked by the uncounted 36 million unemployed

I began my first article, Oil with an initial discussion on the life cycle of a nation.  Consequently, I will end on the same note.  The history of civilizations is replete with examples of a nation’s ascent and eventual demise.  A country’s riches do not advance ad infinitum.  Our country is in decline.  Therefore, we find ourselves at a defining moment.  We can either follow the same path witnessing the gradual weakening of our country or we can reverse course and mount a frontal assault on another upward advance.

It is up to us, the voters.

My call remains the same, in November’s election, investigate the candidates and vote for the challenger.  I am not suggesting to blindly vote for all challengers, due diligence is required.  Recently, in West Virginia an inmate received 40% of the democratic vote when running against incumbent, Obama[16]. Why is it, if you apply for a job most employers will perform a background check, but you can run for the highest office in the land without one.  But, alas, I am digressing; vetting political candidates is best left to another discussion.

History has proved that there will be no change in direction by returning incumbents to office.  It is a difficult task for any voter to vote for the challenger when staying the course seems safer.  But this country is in desperate need of transformation and time is running out. Government officials must be put on notice that their behavior will no longer be tolerated.  Business as usual will no longer suffice.  Just because we call ourselves a democracy does not guarantee success.  It is not the name but the deeds behind the name that give it substance.  It is the action by the voters that will determine democracy’s success or failure.  And that action is a voter turnout in November’s election that will exceed any in recent history.

Since WWI, 624,531 soldiers have lost their lives protecting our freedom to vote.  Honor their sacrifice by voting in November’s election.  Examine the issues and if you feel as I do, that a change in direction is required, vote for the challenger and show the incumbents the proverbial door.

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Americans go hungry

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Americans go hungry  ~ Dennis Rakiey

In the article on Energy, I mentioned that the increase in the amount of individuals living in poverty has doubled in the last 39 years to 46 million.  Numbers on a page are impersonal; we become mesmerized by figures and statistics do not tell the story of human suffering.   So, I have included a link to an article titled “Going hungry in America…”  According to a Gallup poll just released, 18 percent of Americans say at times they couldn’t afford the food they needed.  The article talks about six individuals who have had difficulty putting food on the table.  This is not some kind of abstract problem but is very real.

Here is the link: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/going-hungry-america-distressing-humbling-scary-011618014.html?_esi=1

The Economy

The Economy

Re Blogged A Failure of Governance ~ Dennis Rakiey

A Failure of Governance

Second in a Three Part Series

The Economy

The Economy

“The banking powers are more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. They denounce as public enemies all who question their methods or throw light upon their crimes”.-Abraham Lincoln

Link: http://www.failureofgovernance.com/2012/08/18/the-economy/

In February 2009, the House Financial Services Committee conducted hearings to determine the cause of the 2008 financial collapse.  The titans of the financial industry were called before the committee and while some House Committee members resorted to speech making, other representatives did ask poignant questions.  The banking executives, once the darlings of their respected financial intuitions, exited committee meetings appearing more like the trolls of industry.  It was great theater!