America: The Grim Truth
"They (the Jews) work more effectively against us than the enemy's armies. They are a hundred times more dangerous to our liberties and the great cause we are engaged in. It is much to be lamented that each state, long ago, has not hunted them down as pests to society and the greatest enemies we have to the happiness of America."
"I fully agree with General Washington, that we must protect this young nation from an insidious influence and impenetration. That menace, gentlemen, is the Jews. In whatever country Jews have settled in any great number, they have lowered its moral tone; depreciated its commercial integrity; have segregated themselves and have not been assimilated; have sneered at and tried to undermine the Christian religion upon which that nation was founded by objecting to its restrictions; have built up a state within a state; and when opposed have tried to strangle that country to death financially, as in the case of Spain and Portugal". -- U.S Founding Fathers' Statements Concerning the Jews
Americans, I have some bad news for you:
You have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by a wide margin.
If you had any idea of how people really lived in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many parts of Asia, you’d be rioting in the streets calling for a better life. In fact, the average Australian or Singaporean taxi driver has a much better standard of living than the typical American white-collar worker.
I know this because I am an American, and I escaped from the prison you call home.
I have lived all around the world, in wealthy countries and poor ones, and there is only one country I would never consider living in again: The United States of America. The mere thought of it fills me with dread.
Consider this: you are the only people in the developed world without a single-payer health system. Everyone in Western Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand has a single-payer system. If they get sick, they can devote all their energies to getting well. If you get sick, you have to battle two things at once: your illness and the fear of financial ruin. Millions of Americans go bankrupt every year due to medical bills, and tens of thousands die each year because they have no insurance or insufficient insurance. And don’t believe for a second that rot about America having the world’s best medical care or the shortest waiting lists: I’ve been to hospitals in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Singapore, and Thailand, and every one was better than the “good” hospital I used to go to back home. The waits were shorter, the facilities more comfortable, and the doctors just as good.
This is ironic, because you need a good health system more than anyone else in the world. Why? Because your lifestyle is almost designed to make you sick.
Let’s start with your diet: Much of the beef you eat has been exposed to fecal matter in processing. Your chicken is contaminated with salmonella. Your stock animals and poultry are pumped full of growth hormones and antibiotics. In most other countries, the government would act to protect consumers from this sort of thing; in the United States, the government is bought off by industry to prevent any effective regulations or inspections. In a few years, the majority of all the produce for sale in the United States will be from genetically modified crops, thanks to the cozy relationship between Monsanto Corporation and the United States government. Worse still, due to the vast quantities of high-fructose corn syrup Americans consume, fully one-third of children born in the United States today will be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives.
Of course, it’s not just the food that’s killing you, it’s the drugs. If you show any sign of life when you’re young, they’ll put you on Ritalin. Then, when you get old enough to take a good look around, you’ll get depressed, so they’ll give you Prozac. If you’re a man, this will render you chemically impotent, so you’ll need Viagra to get it up. Meanwhile, your steady diet of trans-fat-laden food is guaranteed to give you high cholesterol, so you’ll get a prescription for Lipitor. Finally, at the end of the day, you’ll lay awake at night worrying about losing your health plan, so you’ll need Lunesta to go to sleep.
With a diet guaranteed to make you sick and a health system designed to make sure you stay that way, what you really need is a long vacation somewhere. Unfortunately, you probably can’t take one. I’ll let you in on little secret: if you go to the beaches of Thailand, the mountains of Nepal, or the coral reefs of Australia, you’ll probably be the only American in sight. And you’ll be surrounded crowds of happy Germans, French, Italians, Israelis, Scandinavians and wealthy Asians. Why? Because they’re paid well enough to afford to visit these places AND they can take vacations long enough to do so. Even if you could scrape together enough money to go to one of these incredible places, by the time you recovered from your jetlag, it would time to get on a plane and rush back to your job.
If you think I’m making this up, check the stats on average annual vacation days by country:
- Finland: 44
- Italy: 42
- France: 39
- Germany: 35
- UK: 25
- Japan: 18
- USA: 12
Of course, you don’t have any choice in the matter: the system is designed this way. In most countries in the developed world, higher education is either free or heavily subsidized; in the United States, a university degree can set you back over US$100,000. Thus, you enter the working world with a crushing debt. Forget about taking a year off to travel the world and find yourself – you’ve got to start working or watch your credit rating plummet.
If you’re “lucky,” you might even land a job good enough to qualify you for a home loan. And then you’ll spend half your working life just paying the interest on the loan – welcome to the world of American debt slavery. America has the illusion of great wealth because there’s a lot of “stuff” around, but who really owns it? In real terms, the average American is poorer than the poorest ghetto dweller in Manila, because at least they have no debts. If they want to pack up and leave, they can; if you want to leave, you can’t, because you’ve got debts to pay.
All this begs the question: Why would anyone put up with this? Ask any American and you’ll get the same answer: because America is the freest country on earth. If you believe this, I’ve got some more bad news for you: America is actually among the least free countries on earth. Your piss is tested, your emails and phone calls are monitored, your medical records are gathered, and you are never more than one stray comment away from writhing on the ground with two Taser prongs in your ass.
And that’s just physical freedom. Mentally, you are truly imprisoned. You don’t even know the degree to which you are tormented by fears of medical bankruptcy, job loss, homelessness and violent crime because you’ve never lived in a country where there is no need to worry about such things.
But it goes much deeper than mere surveillance and anxiety. The fact is, you are not free because your country has been taken over and occupied by another government. Fully 70% of your tax dollars go to the Pentagon, and the Pentagon is the real government of the United States. You are required under pain of death to pay taxes to this occupying government. If you’re from the less fortunate classes, you are also required to serve and die in their endless wars, or send your sons and daughters to do so. You have no choice in the matter: there is a socio-economic draft system in the United States that provides a steady stream of cannon fodder for the military.
If you call a life of surveillance, anxiety and ceaseless toil in the service of a government you didn’t elect “freedom,” then you and I have a very different idea of what that word means.
If there was some chance that the country could be changed, there might be reason for hope. But can you honestly look around and conclude that anything is going to change? Where would the change come from? The people? Take a good look at your compatriots: the working class in the United States has been brutally propagandized by jackals like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. Members of the working class have been taught to lick the boots of their masters and then bend over for another kick in the ass. They’ve got these people so well trained that they’ll take up arms against the other half of the working class as soon as their masters give the word.
If the people cannot make a change, how about the media? Not a chance. From Fox News to the New York Times, the mass media in the United States is nothing but the public relations wing of the corporatocracy, primarily the military industrial complex. At least the citizens of the former Soviet Union knew that their news was bullshit. In America, you grow up thinking you’ve got a free media, which makes the propaganda doubly effective. If you don’t think American media is mere corporate propaganda, ask yourself the following question: have you ever heard a major American news outlet suggest that the country could fund a single-payer health system by cutting military spending?
If change can’t come from the people or the media, the only other potential source of change would be the politicians. Unfortunately, the American political process is among the most corrupt in the world. In every country on earth, one expects politicians to take bribes from the rich. But this generally happens in secret, behind the closed doors of their elite clubs. In the United States, this sort of political corruption is done in broad daylight, as part of legal, accepted, standard operating procedure. In the United States, they merely call these bribes campaign donations, political action committees and lobbyists. One can no more expect the politicians to change this system than one can expect a man to take an axe and chop his own legs out from underneath him.
No, the United States of America is not going to change for the better. The only change will be for the worse. And when I say worse, I mean much worse. As we speak, the economic system that sustained the country during the post-war years is collapsing. The United States maxed out its “credit card” sometime in 2008 and now its lenders, starting with China, are in the process of laying the foundations for a new monetary system to replace the Anglo-American “petro-dollar” system. As soon as there is a viable alternative to the US dollar, the greenback will sink like a stone.
While the United States was running up crushing levels of debt, it was also busy shipping its manufacturing jobs and white-collar jobs overseas, and letting its infrastructure fall to pieces. Meanwhile, Asian and European countries were investing in education, infrastructure and raw materials. Even if the United States tried to rebuild a real economy (as opposed to a service/financial economy) do think American workers would ever be able to compete with the workers of China or Europe? Have you ever seen a Japanese or German factory? Have you ever met a Singaporean or Chinese worker?
There are only two possible futures facing the United States, and neither one is pretty. The best case is a slow but orderly decline – essentially a continuation of what’s been happening for the last two decades. Wages will drop, unemployment will rise, Medicare and Social Security benefits will be slashed, the currency will decline in value, and the disparity of wealth will spiral out of control until the United States starts to resemble Mexico or the Philippines – tiny islands of wealth surrounded by great poverty (the country is already halfway there).
Equally likely is a sudden collapse, perhaps brought about by a rapid flight from the US dollar by creditor nations like China, Japan, Korea and the OPEC nations. A related possibility would be a default by the United States government on its vast debt. One look at the financial balance sheet of the US government should convince you how likely this is: governmental spending is skyrocketing and tax receipts are plummeting – something has to give. If either of these scenarios plays out, the resulting depression will make the present recession look like a walk in the park.
Whether the collapse is gradual or gut-wrenchingly sudden, the results will be chaos, civil strife and fascism. Let’s face it: the United States is like the former Yugoslavia – a collection of mutually antagonistic cultures united in name only. You’ve got your own version of the Taliban: right-wing Christian fundamentalists who actively loathe the idea of secular Constitutional government. You’ve got a vast intellectual underclass that has spent the last few decades soaking up Fox News and talk radio propaganda, eager to blame the collapse on Democrats, gays and immigrants. You’ve got a ruthless ownership class that will use all the means at its disposal to protect its wealth from the starving masses.
On top of all that you’ve got vast factory farms, sprawling suburbs and a truck-based shipping system, all of it entirely dependent on oil that is about to become completely unaffordable. And you’ve got guns. Lots of guns. In short: the United States is about to become a very unwholesome place to be.
Right now, the government is building fences and walls along its northern and southern borders. Right now, the government is working on a national ID system (soon to be fitted with biometric features). Right now, the government is building a surveillance state so extensive that they will be able to follow your every move, online, in the street and across borders. If you think this is just to protect you from “terrorists,” then you’re sadly mistaken. Once the shit really hits the fan, do you really think you’ll just be able to jump into the old station wagon, drive across the Canadian border and spend the rest of your days fishing and drinking Molson? No, the government is going to lock the place down. They don’t want their tax base escaping. They don’t want their “recruits” escaping. They don’t want YOU escaping.
I am not writing this to scare you. I write this to you as a friend. If you are able to read and understand what I’ve written here, then you are a member of a small minority in the United States. You are a minority in a country that has no place for you.
So what should you do?
You should leave the United States of America.
If you’re young, you’ve got plenty of choices: you can teach English in the Middle East, Asia or Europe. Or you can go to university or graduate school abroad and start building skills that will qualify you for a work visa. If you’ve already got some real work skills, you can apply to emigrate to any number of countries as a skilled immigrant. If you are older and you’ve got some savings, you can retire to a place like Costa Rica or the Philippines. If you can’t qualify for a work, student or retirement visa, don’t let that stop you – travel on a tourist visa to a country that appeals to you and talk to the expats you meet there. Whatever you do, go speak to an immigration lawyer as soon as you can. Find out exactly how to get on a path that will lead to permanent residence and eventually citizenship in the country of your choice.
You will not be alone. There are millions of Americans just like me living outside the United States. Living lives much more fulfilling, peaceful, free and abundant than we ever could have attained back home. Some of us happened upon these lives by accident – we tried a year abroad and found that we liked it – others made a conscious decision to pack up and leave for good. You’ll find us in Canada, all over Europe, in many parts of Asia, in Australia and New Zealand, and in most other countries of the globe. Do we miss our friends and family? Yes. Do we occasionally miss aspects of our former country? Yes. Do we plan on ever living again in the United States? Never. And those of us with permanent residence or citizenship can sponsor family members from back home for long-term visas in our adopted countries.
In closing, I want to remind you of something: unless you are an American Indian or a descendant of slaves, at some point your ancestors chose to leave their homeland in search of a better life. They weren’t traitors and they weren’t bad people, they just wanted a better life for themselves and their families. Isn’t it time that you continue their journey?
|Escape from America, the Alcatraz of the planet|
Survey Shows Record Number of Americans Ready to Leave the U.S.
In a survey of readers on March 22, 2010, InternationalLiving.com found that nearly 96% of respondents said they are more likely to move out of the United States than they were last year.
More than 500,000 readers of the company's free Daily E-letter were asked a single question: Are you more open to moving outside the United States than you were 12 months ago?
A stunning 95.6% of those who responded said they were now more willing to make the move and leave the U.S.
"We suspected from record attendance at our global conferences this year that something big was happening to attitudes in the U.S.," said Jackie Flynn, publisher of InternationalLiving.com.
"The economy is faltering," said Flynn, "unemployment is at record levels, the health care debate nearly caused a civil war, and there are real wars being fought on two fronts in the Middle East. The cost of living is going up so fast that people are being priced out of their retirements. It's no wonder our readers are getting serious about moving abroad."
One such reader is Elaine Yakos-LeBron, an advertising executive in her early 60s from Washington D.C.
"I attended an InternationalLiving.com conference several years ago, after my husband died," said Yakos, "but when I got back to the States, with the economy down the tubes, I was lucky to keep my job and not be laid off. I dropped anything to do with moving or buying abroad. I just focused on work."
But then, Yakos said, she decided to attend the InternationalLiving.com Ultimate Event V, held this past February in Quito, Ecuador.
"After losing over a third of my money in the market," she said, "I'd had enough. I told my financial advisor that he should be ashamed of himself for making more on my money than I was."
Yakos was impressed with what she learned at the InternationalLiving.com conference. She also realized she wasn't alone in looking for options outside the U.S. Nearly 400 people, mostly Americans, were there with her.
Along with attending the conference, Yakos spent some time touring Ecuador. It wasn't lost on her as she was driving along Ecuador's sunny Pacific coast that there was four feet of snow on the ground back home.
"I don't have deep pockets, and I've been hit by the downturn like everybody else," said Yakos. "But I've always wanted to live where the weather is great and I can hear and see the surf. I learned that I can do that in a place like Ecuador because it's so affordable.
"After the conference I went to Manta and made a deposit on a condo overlooking the water. I'm a little nervous, but I'm also excited. I now have a lovely place to vacation, and when I do get ready to retire, I'll have the life I want."
Elaine Finnegan, InternationalLiving.com events director, said Yakos' story isn't unique, and that record attendance at global conferences and seminars so far in 2010 bears out the survey results.
"At our Ultimate Event in Ecuador last February we had the largest crowd for any event in our 30-year history," said Finnegan. "Nearly 400 people just like Elaine Yakos-LeBron flew all the way to Quito for a four-day conference about living and investing abroad. That's unprecedented, yet it seems to be continuing.
"We've already broken last year's attendance record for our Live & Invest in Panama event coming up April 18-20," said Finnegan. "For the first time, we've actually had to cap registrations. Our International Real Estate Investment Forum in Toronto June 3-5 is already half full, and we haven't even started advertising it yet.
"There seems to be a groundswell of discontent in the U.S.," said Finnegan, "and we're seeing a record number of people who are ready to vote with their feet and get out while they can still afford to do so."
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Economist Tallies Rising Cost of Israel on US Taxpayers
By David R. Francis
Christian Science Monitor
Cost of Israel: $ 5.700 to each American, since 1973 = $1.3 Trillion, a lot more since 1948 and even more since 1913, thats not counting the trillions looted by Zionist banksters
Since 1973, Israel has cost the United States about $1.6 trillion. If
divided by today's population, that is more than $5,700 per person.
This is an estimate by Thomas Stauffer, a consulting economist in Washington. For decades, his analyses of the Middle East scene have made him a frequent thorn in the side of the Israel lobby.
For the first time in many years, Mr. Stauffer has tallied the total cost to
the US of its backing of Israel in its drawn-out, violent dispute with the
Palestinians. So far, he figures, the bill adds up to more than twice the
cost of the Vietnam War.
And now Israel wants more. In a meeting at the White House late last month,
Israeli officials made a pitch for $4 billion in additional military aid to
defray the rising costs of dealing with the intifada and suicide bombings.
They also asked for more than $8 billion in loan guarantees to help the
country's recession-bound economy.
Considering Israel's deep economic troubles, Stauffer doubts the Israel
bonds covered by the loan guarantees will ever be repaid. The bonds are
likely to be structured so they don't pay interest until they reach
maturity. If Stauffer is right, the US would end up paying both principal
and interest, perhaps 10 years out.
Israel's request could be part of a supplemental spending bill that's likely
to be passed early next year, perhaps wrapped in with the cost of a war with
Israel is the largest recipient of US foreign aid. It is already due to get
$2.04 billion in military assistance and $720 million in economic aid in
fiscal 2003. It has been getting $3 billion a year for years.
Adjusting the official aid to 2001 dollars in purchasing power, Israel has
been given $240 billion since 1973, Stauffer reckons. In addition, the US
has given Egypt $117 billion and Jordan $22 billion in foreign aid in return
for signing peace treaties with Israel.
"Consequently, politically, if not administratively, those outlays are part
of the total package of support for Israel," argues Stauffer in a lecture on
the total costs of US Middle East policy, commissioned by the US Army War
College, for a recent conference at the University of Maine.
These foreign-aid costs are well known. Many Americans would probably say it
is money well spent to support a beleagured democracy of some strategic
interest. But Stauffer wonders if Americans are aware of the full bill for
supporting Israel since some costs, if not hidden, are little known.
One huge cost is not secret. It is the higher cost of oil and other economic
damage to the US after Israel-Arab wars.
In 1973, for instance, Arab nations attacked Israel in an attempt to win
back territories Israel had conquered in the 1967 war. President Nixon
resupplied Israel with US arms, triggering the Arab oil embargo against the
That shortfall in oil deliveries kicked off a deep recession. The US lost
$420 billion (in 2001 dollars) of output as a result, Stauffer calculates.
And a boost in oil prices cost another $450 billion.
Afraid that Arab nations might use their oil clout again, the US set up a
Strategic Petroleum Reserve. That has since cost, conservatively, $134
billion, Stauffer reckons.
Other US help includes:
. US Jewish charities and organizations have remitted grants or bought
Israel bonds worth $50 billion to $60 billion. Though private in origin, the
money is "a net drain" on the United States economy, says Stauffer.
. The US has already guaranteed $10 billion in commercial loans to Israel,
and $600 million in "housing loans." (See editor's note below.) Stauffer
expects the US Treasury to cover these.
. The US has given $2.5 billion to support Israel's Lavi fighter and Arrow
. Israel buys discounted, serviceable "excess" US military equipment.
Stauffer says these discounts amount to "several billion dollars" over
. Israel uses roughly 40 percent of its $1.8 billion per year in military
aid, ostensibly earmarked for purchase of US weapons, to buy Israeli-made
hardware. It also has won the right to require the Defense Department or US
defense contractors to buy Israeli-made equipment or subsystems, paying 50
to 60 cents on every defense dollar the US gives to Israel.
US help, financial and technical, has enabled Israel to become a major
weapons supplier. Weapons make up almost half of Israel's manufactured
exports. US defense contractors often resent the buy-Israel requirements and
the extra competition subsidized by US taxpayers.
. US policy and trade sanctions reduce US exports to the Middle East about
$5 billion a year, costing 70,000 or so American jobs, Stauffer estimates.
Not requiring Israel to use its US aid to buy American goods, as is usual in
foreign aid, costs another 125,000 jobs.
. Israel has blocked some major US arms sales, such as F-15 fighter aircraft
to Saudi Arabia in the mid-1980s. That cost $40 billion over 10 years, says
Stauffer's list will be controversial. He's been assisted in this research
by a number of mostly retired military or diplomatic officials who do not go
public for fear of being labeled anti-Semitic if they criticize America's
policies toward Israel.
America's future? U.S. cities going bust