America the Monster


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.

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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”?

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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