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I’ve been thinking about perspective a lot in the last couple of days and have decided to provide here a little perspective on The Great American Theft AKA the bailout of the banks.

According to documents posted by the Department of Treasury, under the “Capital Purchase Program”, We The People, under the guise of the Department of the Treasury, purchased preferred stock in these companies with this much borrowed money:

Bank of America:  $10,000,000,000

Goldman Sachs:  $10,000,000,000

Morgan Stanley:  $10,000,000,000

Citigroup:  $25,000,000,000

JP Morgan Chase:  $25,000,000,000

Wells Fargo:  $25,000,000,000

Bank of New York Mellon:  $3,000,000,000

State Street:  $2,000,000,000

Merrill Lynch:  $10,000,000,000

and the total purchase price under the “Capital Purchase Program is:  $110,000,000,000.

Under the “Targeted Investment Program, We The People, under the guise of the Department of Treasury, purchased securities from Citigroup for $20,000,000,000 with borrowed money.

In order to save, “Systemically Significant Failing Institutions”, We The People, under the guise of the Department of Treasury, purchased AIG securities with $40,000,000,000 of borrowed money.

The Grand Total of what I can decipher out of the documents posted by the United States Treasury thus far is:  $170,000,000,000.

I haven’t gone through in detail, so I don’t know if I’m missing anything.  I don’t believe that all of the agreements have been posted yet either.  For the time being, let’s put this $170,000,000,000 in perspective.

According to the most recent U.S. Census data, the median household income for 2007 was $50,740.
$170,000,000,000 is enough money to pay the entire median household income for one year to 3,350,413 households.

According to the U.S. Census, the median home value in 2007 was:  $191,471 $170,000,000,000 would buy 888,762 homes at this median price.

According to the National Coalition on Health Care the average cost of health care per person in 2007 was $7,900 $170,000,000,000 would pay the entire health care bill under the present system for 21,518,987 people.

I won’t even get into the interest on this borrowed money or any details at this point.  I just wanted to give some perspective.

If any of this angers you, speak out, educate, and be vigilant.

Call Congress at 202-225-3121.

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What can I say?  We have just survived the worst presidency in history, filled with blatant corruption, tyranny, and disregard for any and all laws both human and natural.  The economic situation is getting worse every day.  The front page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune headline stated, “

Monday jobs massacre: 55,000 lost

”.  My hometown has a population of around 8,000 people and it’s a relatively large town in it’s neck of the woods.  I think of everyone in my home town and all towns within a 50 mile radius losing their jobs in ONE DAY and I nearly cry.

This is tragic on so many levels.

The loss of jobs causes a loss of income causing a loss of purchasing power causing a loss of demand for goods and service causing a surplus causing less production and distribution causing a loss of jobs and on and on and on and on.

It’s the deflationary cycle.  The decreased demand causes prices to fall and more of the above.

What can be done to stop it?

Well, as far as I can figure, it comes down to money.  Now I’m not talking about money in the sense that you’re probably thinking about money.  I’m talking about a whole paradigm shift regarding money.

If you read my earlier posts, you have an idea of how money is created in our economy through the banking system.  Now I want to share a piece of the Constitution of these United States of America.  Article I Section 8 gives Congress the power,  “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures”.

Hmmm.  It seems that the fact that we borrow our money from the Federal Reserve and have given the Federal Reserve the power to regulate the value of our money through supply and demand controls such as interest rates and “infusions into the money markets”, is counter to the law of the land.  What if the United States Treasury nationalized the Federal Reserve as a regulatory agency and monetary clearing house, and started printing it’s own money as the Constitution states?  What if the United States Government (also known a s We the People), then printed the 1.6 trillion dollars needed to repair our infrastructure and proceeded to execute a plan to do so?  What if we provided universal single payer health care the same way?  What about free post secondary education?

What about the right of the people?

I am tired and haven’t had a lot of good writing time today so I decided to write a short post related to yesterday’s post about banking, bailouts, and theft.  If you recall, the 700 billion dollar bailout was requested by the financial industry last fall.  It was presented to congress as a “do or die” scenario.   Either you give us this money or the entire world financial system will collapse.  The reasons given for needing the money revolved around losses due to subprime mortgage lending and the subsequent freezing of credit markets.  There was a lot of talk in the news about banks being afraid to lend money even to each other.  The talk was that interbank lending had ceased and banks had quit loaning money to basically anyone.  We heard it straight from Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson and head of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke.

 

The problem with this is that none this was even close to true. A report from the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank titled “Working Paper 666” states that “Figures 5A and 5B display data for interbank loans made by all U.S. commercial banks.

These Figures show that, at least in the aggregate, interbank lending is healthy. The second claim, that the volume of interbank lending has fallen sharply, is false, at least as of October 15.”   As far as lending to businesses and consumers the report states, “Figure 1B displays the same data from the beginning of 2008 onward. Bank credit consists of the aggregate amount of assets held by these banks excluding vault cash. As is clear from these Figures, bank credit has not declined during the Financial crisis. Indeed, bank credit appears to have risen relative to trend in the month of September. Figures 2A and 2B display analogous data for loans and leases made by U.S. commercial banks. Again, we see no evidence of any decline during the  Financial crisis. Figures 3A and 3B display data for commercial and industrial loans. Again, we see no evidence that the Financial crisis has affected lending to non-financial businesses. Figures 4A and 4B display data for consumer loans and show no evidence that the financial crisis has affected consumer lending.”

 

Again, why are we giving the financial industry our money?  Why aren’t we fixing infrastructure, investing in education, and providing health care with this money instead?  

I spent much of yesterday at the Sabathani Community Center in south Minneapolis. They hosted an event for the inauguration of Barack Obama. I watched his inauguration in a room full of people from many different backgrounds and origins. It was a very emotional experience for many of us and I heard many shouts of approval and saw many tears of joy. After the inauguration finished, an open forum was held in another room. The forum was meant as a place for sharing the importance and emotion of the day. Many stepped up to the microphone and spoke. Their topics varied from stories about their origins and life experiences to pleas for help in advancing what they deemed to be important issues.

It was at this forum where I came to realize that, with the inauguration of Barack Obama, we are entering a new paradigm. Many of the people in that room, either into the microphone or in conversation, expressed the need for the people to be active in the decisions being made in government. This is the first time in my lifetime that I can remember people realizing in their souls that We The People ARE the government. The government is not OTHER it is US.

They spoke using words like Humanity, Community, Vigilance, Hope, Celebration, and Redemption. Through this shared experience many of us have realized the hope the founding fathers had and are prepared to do the work required of the people in a self-governed republic to keep the promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness alive through difficult times.