America the Monster

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America has
become a monster and you are its next meal…

There was an
old (now) song by Steppenwolfe of this name, i.e., “America
the Monster” and as I began to consider the nature of this
country’s government …well, it seemed appropriate.

That said,
America has become a monster. Like Goya’s mythical portrait
it devours its own children, 1 in 100 are convicts, education becomes
more and more expensive and thus exclusive, employment becomes scarcer
and less well paid, ”social safety net programs” expand,
without solving the problems, and it feels free to lay waste whatever
sections of the world it desires to . Been in Iraq for almost a
decade and show no signs of leaving Afghanistan. Not to mention
the “bill” for all this.

Ah, the “bill”.
Well, the Government doesn’t have to worry about that, does
it? After all that part of the fun and games will be delivered to
us, you and me…and our great grandchildren. And such a bill!
No one can even guess what it will come to – no one. But some
of us will pay it. Of course, it won’t be called “the
bill”. Oh no. It will be called Taxes. Increased taxes? Devalued
currency? The joys of having an unaccountable monster in charge
of our futures!

Some will say
that it cannot happen – not here. To them I would say, just
wait a bit. Remember that income taxes were supposed to be only
temporary and never to exceed 2% of income. Yes, and your check
is in the mail. But, I hear them say, the Law forbids such. I would
say to them: The Law forbids nothing – if it is re-written
(as it has been before) and if it is re-interpreted (as it has been
before) to permit…even mandate such (as has been done before).
Ah, what of a Law that has become only a way for those who desire
to re-distribute wealth to do so “legally”?

So, we come
to a point of decision: Do we allow all that we have to be devoured
by this monster? Or do we try to save some bit of it for our own
use? You know, retirement and the need, even then, to eat and have
a roof over our heads? Are we to be, as so many ‘round the
world are, looking for a safe currency that will retain some of
its value in years to come? And a safe haven for our bit of fortune,
as well as ourselves? These would seem to our choices from all that
the news from Congress and the world financial markets would have
us believe.

Ah well, perhaps
if we just “close our eyes and click our heels together three
times, while repeating…” no, that’s to get back to
Kansas, isn’t it? Well, we left Kansas a long time ago I’m
afraid.

However, we
can get to somewhere much better than Kansas – if we try. It
does take planning and forethought but that is why there is Escape
from America. As you are reading this world class E-zine it would
seem you are concerned, rightly so, about this monster. But, will
you do something or just keep clicking your heels and wondering
where Toto is? Choice is yours – I have made mine, some time
back.

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July
23, 2010

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