America’s Decline – Check Out This Sobering Graphic

Rather interesting that shortly after the Big Government “War on Poverty” programs that have cost taxpayers in this country TRILLIONS of dollars, is when poverty rates rose dramatically.  And then Barack Obama became president, and poverty rates exploded even more.

And also note, that when I say “Big Government”, it’s not just the Democrats who are to blame here.  Note how high the numbers of people living in poverty rises after the Nixon era wage-price controls and the destruction of the before then, longstanding Gold Standard turned U.S. currency into near meaningless I.O.U.’s.

More government = More problems.  And yet, millions of Americans continue to look to government to solve their problems.

It is a decline decades in the making, and one from which we may never fully recover.    -UM

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    • Chris
    • Lesson learned: God wants us to feel some pain from time to time as it brings us closer to him, whenever we try to avoid pain (which is often temporary)we often end up with more pain, longer term pain than if we had just taken our lumps short term and moved on.

    • AmericaTheBeautiful
    • More at link.

      http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/weekly-updates/weekly-update-dcs-most-corrupt/

      Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2013

      With the New Year’s celebration, it’s time for Judicial Watch’s annual roster of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.”

      As Judicial Watch demonstrated in our recent survey, conducted in partnership with Breitbart.com, the American people are very concerned about a federal government that is completely out of control. I’m afraid a review of Washington’s worst offenders won’t allay these concerns.

      However, this list, which is widely distributed by the press, serves an important purpose – to educate Americans about the bipartisan problem of corruption in Washington and about Judicial Watch’s critical work in holding corrupt politicians accountable to the rule of law.

      And so, without further delay, the 2013 list in alphabetical order includes:

      Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)
      CIA Director John Brennan
      Senator Saxby Chambliss
      Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
      Attorney General Eric Holder
      Former IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller / Former IRS Official Lois Lerner
      Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano
      President Barack Obama
      Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
      Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
      Dishonorable Mentions for 2013 include:

      Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
      Outgoing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) / Incoming Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D)
      Former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ)
      National Security Adviser Susan Rice

      Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH):

      House Speaker John Boehner has apparently become a master at what Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer calls the “Tollbooth Strategy.” As Schweizer explains in his new book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets: “You pay money at a tollbooth in order to use a road or bridge. The methodology in Washington is similar: if someone wants a bill passed, charge them money to allow the bill to move down the legislative highway.” According to Schweizer, Boehner apparently used the Tollbooth Strategy to collect more than $200,000 in political donations from executives just days before holding votes on bills critically important to their industries.

      The first bill was the Wireless Tax Fairness Act. Strongly supported by big phone companies like AT&T and Verizon, it sailed through the House Judiciary Committee, and was expected to immediately come to the floor for a full House vote. Instead of scheduling the bill for a vote, however, Boehner allowed it to languish on the calendar for the next three months. What finally prompted Boehner to bring the bill to a vote? As Schweizer explains it: “The day before the vote, Boehner’s campaign collected the toll: thirty-three checks from wireless industry executives, totaling almost $40,000.”

      According to Schweizer, two more bills on which Boehner employed the Tollbooth Strategy were the Access to Capital for Job Creators Act and the Small Company Capital Formation Act. Brokers and venture capitalists and investment firms strongly supported the proposed law. Explains Schweizer in Extortion: “The Speaker of the House took in $91,000 in the forty-eight hours of October 30 and 31 from investment banks and private equity firms, two days before the vote. During the same time period, he took in $46,500 from self-described ‘investors’ and another $32,450 from bank holding companies. With the tolls paid, the votes took place on the full House floor. Both passed easily.”

      CIA Director John Brennan:

      In mid-December 2013, Judicial Watch obtained and released the full transcript of a May 7, 2012, teleconference between then-White House top counterterror adviser (now CIA Director) John Brennan and various TV terrorism consultants in which Brennen revealed that the U.S. and its allies had “inside control over any plot” in its efforts to thwart a May 2012 terrorism bomb plot, thus blowing the cover on undercover agents within al Qaeda.

      The Brennan revelation of “inside control” – an intelligence community euphemism for spies within an enemy operation – reportedly helped lead to the disclosure of a previously well-kept secret at the heart of a joint U.S.-British-Saudi undercover terrorism operation inside Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). According to a Reuters May 18, 2012, report:

      The next day’s headlines were filled with news of a U.S. spy planted inside Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), who had acquired the latest, non-metallic model of the underwear bomb and handed it over to U.S. authorities.

      At stake was an operation that could not have been more sensitive — the successful penetration by Western spies of AQAP, al Qaeda’s most creative and lethal affiliate. As a result of leaks, the undercover operation had to be shut down.

      In the transcript obtained by Judicial Watch, Brennan led the teleconference where he addressed the top terror consultants for ABC, NBC, CNN, and CBS including Caitlin Hayden, Frances Townsend, Richard Clarke, Roger Cressey, and Juan Zarate. In an apparent attempt to soft-peddle the thwarted terrorist attack, Brennan twice exposed the covert operation; first at the outset of the call, then as the conference drew to a close:

      BRENNAN: The device itself, as I think the FBI statement said quite clearly, never posed a threat to the American public or the public … Well, as we, well know, Al Qaeda has tried to carry out simultaneous types of attacks, and so we were confident that we had inside control over the – any plot that might have been associated with this device.

      CLARKE: If it gets asked. There was no active threat because we had insider control …

      BRENNAN: I would not disagree with the way you put that, at all.

      It should also be noted that records obtained by Judicial Watch in May 2012, through a Freedom of Information lawsuit, indicate that Brennan helped orchestrate the administration’s attempt to influence the storyline of the movie “Zero Dark Thirty.” A transcript of a July 14, 2011, meeting between Defense Department officials, including Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers, and filmmakers Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reveals that Boal met directly with White House officials on at least two occasions regarding the film: “I took your guidance and spoke to the WH and had a good meeting with Brennan and McDonough and I plan to follow up with them; and they were forward leaning and interested in sharing their point of view; command and control; so that was great, thank you,” Boal said according to the transcript. During Brennan’s February 2013 CIA confirmation hearings, he confirmed he had met with Boal “on how White House officials viewed the opportunities and risks associated with a film about the raid that killed bin Laden.”

      Brennan, of course, was not the only Obama administration official who attempted to curry favor with “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers. In early December Judicial Watch released more than 200 pages of documents from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), including a previously unreleased CIA internal report, confirming that former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed classified information at a June 24, 2011, bin Laden assault awards ceremony attended by filmmaker Mark Boal. Significantly, the entire transcript of the Panetta speech provided to Judicial Watch by the CIA was classified “Top Secret.” More than 90 lines are redacted for security reasons, further confirming that significant portions of the speech should not have been made in front of the filmmaker who lacked top security clearance.

      Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA):

      Sen. Saxby Chambliss makes the “Ten Worst” list for what he actually did in 2012, but which was finally exposed in 2013. Just as with House Speaker Boehner, Chambliss’s misdeeds were revealed in Peter Schweizer’s book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. In fact, Chambliss is highlighted as one of the key abusers who used leadership PAC loopholes to convert campaign cash into lavish lifestyle upgrades for themselves and their family members.

      As the New York Times reported:

      The book details the extravagant expenses of Senator Saxby Chambliss, Republican of Georgia, for instance, whose leadership PAC spent $10,000 on golf at Pebble Beach, nearly $27,000 at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and $107,752 at the exclusive Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Fla. The amount Mr. Chambliss spent at the Breakers in the 2012 election cycle, the book reports, is three times what the senator gave to the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the same period.

      When Chambliss’s campaign was asked about the flagrantly lavish spending, they responded that all spending was reported according to the law. Though it may be legal, it is a clear abuse. And one has to wonder if the hardworking Georgians who sacrificed their scarce funds to support Chambliss’ re-election would be comfortable knowing their campaign contributions were used to support the “lifestyles of the rich and famous.”

      Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

      On January 23, 2013, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified to congressional committees regarding the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which led to the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American citizens. At times evasive, at other times defensive and aggressive, Clinton delivered her version of events in the days before and after the murders in Benghazi. And, in the end, the Secretary of State pretended to take “responsibility,” but gave a predictable response regarding who is to blame: “…the level of responsibility for the failures…was set at the Assistant Secretary of State level and below,” Clinton said, referring to an investigation of the incident. In other words, this was not my fault.

      At one point in her testimony, in what is, perhaps, the epitome of Obama-era contempt for accountability, Clinton yelled “What difference does it make?” in response to a reasonable question about why the attack transpired and why the administration told an obvious lie about an obscure Internet video as the cause of the attack.

      If the mere mention of the contrived video scenario triggered Clinton’s emotional outburst, it is certainly understandable. Remember, it was Clinton herself who was instrumental in advancing the false narrative that the video sparked the attacks. For example, at a September 14, 2012, event honoring the victims, Clinton said, “We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen the rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful video that we had nothing to do with.” To this day, she has not set the record straight.

      In addition to Hillary Clinton’s apparent cover-up of the role she played in the Benghazi tragedy and its aftermath, she left office in another ethical cloud about conflicts of interest in the activities of her longtime top aide Huma Abedin. Abedin left the State Department in February 2013, and in May 2013, Politico broke the story that, since June 2012, she had been working as a “special government employee” (SGE), a consultant position allowing her to represent outside clients while continuing as a top adviser at State. While working as an SGE, Abedin’s outside clients included Teneo, a strategic consulting firm co-founded by former Bill Clinton counselor Doug Band. According to Fox News, Abedin earned $355,000 as a consultant to Teneo, in addition to her $135,000 SGE compensation.

      And compounding the corruption scenario were the potential for conflicts of interest between Hillary Clinton’s role as Secretary of State and Bill Clinton’s international ventures, which grew increasingly controversial in late 2008 when the former president released a list of donors to his library and foundation in what he termed “a deal between” Obama “and Hillary.” According to an Associated Press wire story, “Saudi Arabia gave $10 million to $25 million to the foundation. Other government donors include Norway, Kuwait, Qatar, Brunei, Oman …”

    • AmericaTheBeautiful
    • http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/09/Congressman-Issa-Demands-Answers-from-Attorney-General-Holder-on-Operation-Choke-Point

      DARRELL ISSA DEMANDS ANSWERS FROM ERIC HOLDER ON ‘OPERATION CHOKE POINT’ BANK SHAKEDOWN

      by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY

      Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Chairman of the Economic Growth Subcommittee, sent a harsh letter to Attorney General Holder Wednesday accusing the Department of Justice of abusing its power and intimidating banks through its “Operation Choke Point.”

      In the letter, Issa and Jordan stated, “[t]he [House Oversight and Government Reform] Committee is concerned that both the goal and mechanisms of Operation Choke Point may constitute a serious mismanagement and abuse of the Department’s FIRREA [Financial Institution Reform and Recovery Act of 1989] authority.”

      Breitbart News broke the story Wednesday morning that the Obama administration launched ‘Operation Choke Point’ out of the Department of Justice in 2013 for the express purpose of destroying three key sectors of the private lending industry: third party payment processors (“TPPPs”), online lenders, and payday lenders.

      Issa and Jordan requested that the Department of Justice turn over to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “[a]ll documents and communications since January 1, 2011 referring or relating to ‘Operation Choke Point’” by January 22, 2014.

      “There is evidence,” they wrote, “that the true goal of Operation Choke Point is to target online lenders and the payment processors who serve them.” They stated further, “[t]he extraordinary breadth of the Department’s dragnet prompts concern that the true goal of Operation Choke Point is not to cut off actual fraudsters’ access to the financial system, but rather to eliminate legal financial services to which the Department objects.”

      Issa and Jordan also told Attorney General Holder in the letter, “[i]t appears the Department has indiscriminately targeted an access point to the financial system that countless legitimate merchants rely upon simply because it is ‘faster’ than targeting the actual perpetrators of fraud.” The Department of Justice, they wrote, is “needlessly punishing good actors with the bad, and threatening legitimate merchants.”

      The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that “[o]fficials at the DOJ have said the crackdown is not aimed specifically at online lending, but rather a wide range of allegedly fraudulent merchants.”

      The Justice Department’s response to the document request was guarded and non-commital. The Journal reported that “[a] Justice Department official said, ‘We’ve received the letter and are reviewing it.’”

      On Wednesday, the Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit against a small North Carolina community bank, Four Oaks, as part of “Operation Choke Point.”

      The legal team at the Department of Justice litigating the civil case against Four Oaks includes Assistant Attorney General Stuart Delery, Deputy Assistant Attorney GeneralMaame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong, and Trial Attorney Joel M. Sweet, according to court documents.

      It was Sweet who first publicly used the term ‘Operation Choke Point’ to describe the overreaching initiative at a meeting of bank examiners held by the Federal Financial Institutions Examinations Council on September 17.
      Breitbart News reported Wednesday that a Department of Justice official who attended what was supposed to be a briefing on the initiative to congressional staffers in late Septembers refused to answer questions or even state her name.

      Several sources with knowledge of the meeting told Breitbart News that the DOJ official told Congressional staffers she was under no obligation to provide them with any information about what would soon be known as “Operation Choke Point.” Those same source told Breitbart News that the official left a business card on the table after the meeting. The name on the card was Deputy Assistant Attorney General Frimpong.
      Neither Deputy Assistant Attorney General Frimpong nor a spokesperson for the Department of Justice, when asked about the report by Breitbart News, denied it.

    • VTX
    • The Great Decline will go even faster, in part because of Chrusty the Jersey Clown’s refusal to help two candidates: Mitt and Ken.

      We no longer have a Republican Governor because the fat oaf refused to help Cuccinelli. So much for “Republicans unite!” Chrusty the Jersey Cow sat on his hands, as did the Virginia/National GOP, which spent 3 times as much to elect Bob “Who, me?” McDonnell as they spent on Ken C.

      So far as I can see, the Tea Party has been the only group involved in defeating the agenda of the Princess. I live in Virginia, but I’ll have to live with the sabotage of the fat Jersey fool. WSJ may call his latest overexposure “jaywalking,” but what he did to Ken is gubernatorial murder.

      And so the decline proceeds, as we are told to support all the R’s, even though the ones preaching “middle ground” are themselves the saboteurs. Chrusty the Jersey Clown can go to the beach and have someone roll him back into the water. And he can take Jebba the Hut and Karl the Bleached Walrus with him.

    • truthandjustice
    • Don’t miss this one and please share as much as possible. We need to work at getting this out in the national news – at least Fox. Good sign that this is out at WND (finally): Post on Facebook,Twitter, contact Consv. media, etc. excerpts:

      Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Tom McInerney, who served as both assistant vice chief of staff and commander in chief of U.S. Air Forces Europe, has surprised interviewers on a radio program by confirming the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood inside the U.S. government…Obama aided the rise to power of Islamic extremist groups in the Middle East as members served on important national security advisory boards.

      …the Obama administration may have exposed national security information through Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, who has deep personal and family associations with the Muslim Brotherhood.

      Another key figure with Muslim Brotherhood ties is Mohamed Elibiary, a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council .. “The careful insinuation of Muslim Brothers into positions from which they can exercise influence on U.S. policy began long before the attacks of 9/11, although their success has accelerated dramatically under the administration of President Barack Obama.”

      …the Brotherhood achieved “information dominance” during the George W. Bush administration that only intensified in the following years. “Not only did figures associated and identified with the Muslim Brotherhood achieve broad penetration at senior levels of U.S. policy making, but voices that warned of their true agenda ..were actively excluded,” she said.

      Under the Muslim Brotherhood-influenced Obama administration, U.S. policy has undergone such a drastic shift in the direction of outright support for these jihadist movements – from al-Qaida militias in Libya, to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and both al-Qaida and Muslim Brotherhood-linked rebels in Syria — that it is scarcely recognizable as American anymore

      “Is it an accident that in June the State Department issued a visa to Hani Nour Eldin of Egypt to meet with senior White House officials? Eldin is a member of Gama’a al-Islamiyya, a terrorist organization once led by Omar Abdel Rahman, ‘the blind sheikh’ convicted of the first attack on the World Trade Center. In the person of Rahman’s successor, Refai Ahmed Taha, the group is one of the five signatories of Osama bin Laden’s February 1998 ‘World Islamic Front Statement Urging Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders.’ Isn’t it imperative to review the policy mechanism that permitted a member of bin Laden’s jihad front into the White House?”

      “Impeachable Offenses” also reported that then-CIA director John Brennan announced the Obama administration was calibrating policies in the “fight against terrorism” to ensure Americans are never “profiled.” His speech was arranged by a Muslim Brotherhood-tied group that has deep relations not only with other Brotherhood fronts but to the White House and national security agencies.

      Brennan’s NYU session was organized by the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA. ISNA.., According to terrorism expert Steven Emerson, ISNA “is a radical group hiding under a false veneer of moderation.”

      Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/general-muslim-brotherhood-inside-obama-administration/#bE4388P1pQsJW17E.99

    • VTX
    • On Brennan:
      He repeatedly claimed that al Qaeda was on its heels, a claim so spurious that Lara Logan openly ridiculed it in a widely disseminated speech. In the mountains of Pakistan, maybe al Qaeda was defeated – but he and the Presidunce were merely redefining who al Qaeda was: as Caroline Glick put it, only those who operated under the old leadership. New name, new identity. Guess that’s what Brennan brought both to and from the CYA.

      So what’s he calling al Qaeda in Iraq? Is he calling them “freedom fighters,” as he calls the same group operating in Syria? So as he disengeniously claims that the “allies” in Syria (“rebels”) aren’t al Qaeda, is he going to try claiming that in Iraq, too?

      Won’t be long before the al Qaeda flag is flying above both Iraq and Syria. Both will be Sunni-dominated – (from that loathesome branch of the Sunni, variously called Wahhabi and Salfist.)

      The Presidunce has abandoned both living and dead, 4000 Americans who bled on Iraqi soil, only to be abandoned by an incompetent amateur who is under the influence of a bat-faced bozo. he happily heads to the golf course, then to stir up race and class enmity – but he spits on the graves of our fallen warriors and lets the enemy trample on their spilt blood.

      The world cannot trust Washington these days; the US citizen can’t trust Washington these days; no one can trust Washington these days. What is left, when trust leaves?

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