It’s ALL About The Money!

It’s not about the money, money, money,
We don’t need your money, money, money.
We just wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the price tag.
Ain’t about the (ha!) cha-ching cha-ching.
Ain’t about the (yeah!) ba-bling ba-bling,
Wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the price tag. —Song by Jessie J

Let me start this post off with one clarification, and that being…money is NOT the root of all evil as has been misquoted on many an occasion, but rather it is the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil.  Were the above song true in the hearts of the great majority of the world we would be better off than we are today!  Money is also NOT what makes the world go around, but rather LOVE is what makes the world go around and money could be a part of how we could demonstrate that love were it used for the purpose of healing, helping, saving, and feeding the ones that could use it.

I guess that the current global economic situation is only underlining and making evident one aspect of how the love of money is evil. When you have certain individuals who would rather lay off thousands of people from their jobs than to give up 7 digit bonuses that they really don’t even need, then there is something that is not quite right.  Not only is it not right, but then you have the government bailing out these banks and firms only to have them come back and do it all over again! Did we run out of coffee or what!?

This has been how things have been for quite some time which unfortunately can only lead to more economical, political, social and health problems.  We are, through selfish personal gain, willing to sacrifice the air we breath, the water we drink, the people we say we love, the health of the less fortunate and the list goes on and on.

Did you know that the electric-powered cars were first invented and potentially on the market place as early as the 1950’s?  It was dropped of course and the  news not thoroughly defused for fear that it would damage the more profitable petroleum market!  The internal combustion engine has been providing us with a great part of our earth’s erosion and the cause of a long list of health issues throughout the earth.  All this sacrifice for the benefit of an elite group who couldn’t get over their love for money to the pint that they are willing to sacrifice millions of lives.

Did you know that cures for a number of terminal diseases have been discovered and not announced since this would put a devastating dent in the income of the pharmaceutical industry, it simply is not “convenient” for them to be released.  It is instead better for them to give a partial healing or relief in small doses at high prices to keep their pockets lined with a continual flow of cash. In addition, your continued contributions are greatly appreciated as that will keep some people employed and others ridiculously wealthy as they continue to pull on your heart-strings for continued contributions for additional research.

Did you know that over half the medication prescribed by your doctor are not only not necessary but potentially harmful to your health? But that is how your doctor earns a large amount of his/her income as he is rewarded through handsome commissions by the pharmaceutical industry to keep you pumped full of pills.  If you take one pill you need a second to counter act the side affect of the first and then a 3rd and a 4th!

Did you know that money counts as the leading cause for divorce?  Arguments over financial issues in a marriage count for 57% of all divorces!  The love for money often supersedes that of the love between two people and has been the cause of breaking up homes and families!  Then it also counts for the greatest litigation in settling the final dispute of a divorce case. See this report here.

Did you know that wars are for the most part initiated for financial gain and not so for a “righteous” cause.  Promptly after the attack of 9-11 and attack was launched in Afghanistan which was most understood due to the fact that Al Qaeda was known to be hiding there.  Shortly thereafter, rumors of  “weapons of mass destruction in Iraq” surfaced thus winning popular support to invade Iraq.  The rumors ended up being only that, and the world at large has now understood that the real reason was a series of business deals and of course to make certain that the petroleum continues to flow towards the west. If we fought wars to help people then why did we wait 12 years to intervene in Bosnia, never intervened in Rwanda, turned a blind eye towards Sudan, well I guess there just was no money to be had there! How sad!

The list would go on and on of instances where money took priority over love and has been destroying the world, not making it “go around”.

So it is ALL about the money, money, money,they just want your money money money, couldn’t care if the world dies, just as long as their account thrives!

Sad but true! How about you?

United We Stand Divided We Fall

“In this decisive hour of our national history, union means life and division means death“.–Bao Dai (Vietnamese Statesman)

On the topic of the current Occupy Wall Street movement and along the lines of the 99% vs. 1%, I wanted to expound on the topic that I had begun the other day.  In particular I would like to share one important point and that is, I do not seek to find fault in either the Democrats, or the Republicans, in one President or the other, but rather I would like to highlight corrupt politics in general.  Today’s partisan environment has been one of the main culprits along with what I have already shared about greed and gain and this has been a problem on each side of the aisle.  As I touched on in a previous post entitled “The Pot and The Kettle are Both Black“.

I brought out previously the fact that  particular interest groups have been in control of the economy now spanning each and every administration from the time De-regulation had begun as a practice.  These folk have been appointed and not elected by “we the people”. These are the ones who tend to capitalize on the growing economical demise that the 99% face, and therefore are not so interested in finding a fast solution.  They are also the ones that tend to control who gets elected, if they will be re-elected, and what the general foreign policy will be as long as it will go along with their continued financial gain.  In the end, they have been buying your Government, bringing corruption through lobbying and offering their support in exchange of continued bad financial practices.

In war, psychology is used to in order to steer public sentiment to either support or stand against the opposition.  In politics it works much the same. In every war there will be an attempt to sow division amongst a population in order to help topple a regime, or a Government that the aggressive nation is trying to defeat.  Just after the tragedy of 9/11 there was naturally a tremendous amount of emotion and hatred stirred up against the enemy heralding a much-needed unity within our country. Not only because it lacked unity within the States, but the Government also needed that unity in order to get a stamp of approval to make the necessary moves in order to go to war against “the enemy”.  The only problem was, who was the enemy? Al Queda claimed responsibility, but was not a nation and so it became tough to find out just where Al Queda was.

Well, we knew that it’s leader was hiding out in the mountainous area of Afghanistan, and we didn’t really like the Taliban either, so it made perfect sense to invade Afghanistan and get rid of the Taliban.  But, then things got a bit foggy when news started being disseminated that there were “arms of mass destruction” in Iraq, so a campaign was made that we needed to intervene on Iraq, depose of that awful dictator Saddam Hussein (who previously was placed in power with the help of the USA). But this all went forward thanks to the fact that we were able to capitalize on the spirit of unity at the time.

In order to win any warfare, any election, any game, anything at all you must have unity! And one way to beat the enemy is to create as much confusion as possible within their ranks to cause a spirit of disunity.  Once this is accomplished, the victory is almost certain! Today, as in 2001 we need to have unity.  Today the enemy is not a terrorist group, a nation, a certain political party!  Today our enemy is the current economical problem that we all face and the only solution to win the war is to recognize who the enemy is, and then to unite and fight!

As long as everyone is trying to blame a certain person, party or group we will never win the war! It is time now to expose the real enemy, unite and agree to stop the leaks, the greed, the agenda of who is really draining the system, taking advantage of the chaos that has arisen through partisanship and childlike bickering and squabbling, and roll up our sleeves and eradicate the real problem! Corruption in general in our politics for personal financial and or political gain! Whosoever is seeking, at the hurt of the nation and it’s unity, and is trying to gain for themselves is the enemy, division is a tool of the enemy, don’t be a part of it!  United we will stand as a nation, divided we will become a second-rate, weak and broke nation!  You choose!

I spoke my peace, what thinks you?

Who Wins a War?–Nobody!

I have a scheme for stopping war. It’s this – no nation is allowed to enter a war till they have paid for the last one. –Will Rogers

There is a lot of talk of late, and understandably so, about the world economic crisis, political instability in the Arab world, and of course the ongoing threat of terrorism.  The economic situation in the United States has not been so serious since the days of the “Great Depression”, and sad to say, instead of getting better it seems to be growing worse. First  started with the blame game, the “who dunnit”, we found out where it originated, slapped a few hands of the greedy guys on Wall street, and handed the helm back into their hands to carry on as they had been doing! But hey, they own the White House so there is not much you can say!..Or is there?

But one of the culprits that has not been touched on all that much as being an economical drain, is the military budget, which has grown in disproportional levels thanks to our “war on terrorism” and military presence in Iraq, Afghanistan and the many other serious situations that have developed in a number of Arab nations.  This money drain is a significant sum of money that the American tax payers are paying to foot the bill for playing “policeman” to the world!  Here is the estimate of total spending requested for 2012 taken from Wikipedia: 1030-1415 trillion dollars!  Wow, if we could cut back on even half of that, we may even be able to balance the budget!

The United States and allies after WWII did a great favor for both Japan and Germany.  General McArthur helped draw up a new constitution for Japan which did not allow them to create an army of aggression but rather one limited to self-defense.  Germany was split into two different nations, one occupied by the communists and the other by NATO, thus Germany was not so militarily active besides protecting themselves from the threat they posed each other.  Since that time, both nations began to prosper and had become financial powers in their own right.

Granted defense is necessary, and in the case of counter-terrorism, America needs to be prepared, but to go beyond borders and to police the world, continually pouring trillions of dollar into wars, money that we do not have, is totally superfluous in my opinion and a great waste. So in the end, who wins a war? I believe that in a war, everyone loses.  Lives are lost, money is wasted, and not all that much is changed, in fact more people are getting stressed and the hate and anger level is on the rise, not decline which only heightens security concerns!

Now lets take a look around you, China who has a rather large military budget, has not used their military to invade or participate in the international policing, has been prospering! Not only, did you know that they are slowly buying the United States and that without firing a shot are economically taking over?  If things continue as they are now going, China is set to become the worlds greatest super power!

You may not agree, or maybe you do, let me know down below.