New Prediction, riots,

I’ll be a guest tonight on Coast to Coast…

But I wanted to get in here a few things I may or may not get to talk about. I had a dream about a month ago I meant to post but didn’t because I became distracted. In it I was an African-American woman walking around my neighborhood in Philadelphia – how I knew it was Philly? I have no idea, I just did. Everything seemed fine when a riot broke out. I was running for cover with my child in tow toward a store. Once inside things seemed fine and didn’t seem to affect me or the store I was in which was run by a local woman who was very affable and spiritual.

Occasionally I have dreams where I am other people and I get names and very specific information and have actually googled those names when I get them and freakishly enough – I find information on the narrative in the dream and the names connected to it in the places I’ve dreamt them to be. I often have no idea why, sometimes they are connected to crimes, other times they are benign.

In this particular dream about Philadelphia I had no idea why I would be dreaming about this or what the names of the people were as the main theme was getting out of dodge.

The other thing I got today from my guide or the part of me that knows things, which I had revealed (in the original post back on December 6 of 2011 about Romney losing the election) as a side note I had mentioned Republicans were going to lose seats.

Well today it was revealed to me in much more detail. I won’t go into the numbers I got about the House and Senate but lets just say that it’s a majority on both sides. I am reticent to post the numbers because I don’t want people to feel they can sit back and relax, so I’m not going to post it publicly. I will create a private post that I will release on the night of the election.

On a personal note I want to say I went to high school on the North Shore of Chicago – one of the wealthiest areas of the world. My father died when I was ten and my mother struggled to make a living and collected social security to help raise myself and my brother. I worked at a Chinese restaurant at the take out counter to buy clothes for school. I worked my way through college and got scholarships. We were not rich in fact we were lower-middle class. We had been much better off when my father was alive. My mother used the sale of the home my father and she had built in Winnetka to buy a condo in Wilmette. I lived in the poorest town that was serviced by my high school. I went to school with kids of CEOs and the ubber rich. I can not tell you how many arguments I had with kids who reflected the side of the Republican party we are seeing – that poor people were just lazy, useless slackers and in fact I lost several “friends” once they realized I didn’t live in a mansions like they did. These kids once they found out my social strata actually just never talked to me again.

The dark side of the wealthy mentality is being exposed. Not all wealthy people are like this of course, there are many charitable and noble people who are wealthy but this odd worship of status and materialism is absolutely the most common ideology espoused by the wealthy 1 percent born into wealth and given too many advantages and hand outs to even be able to fathom what hunger, fear of losing of ones home or property, having to pay for their own college education or having to work 80 grueling hours a week just to make ends meet – I mean real work, not taking money dad gave you and using it to invest in the hard work and toil of other people who you just profit off of. This world I grew up mixed with kids like myself (who were the minority) lower, middle-class, upper middle-class and wealthy kids.

It became clear the more a family struggled appeared commensurate with a person’s ability to empathize with other people’s pain whether that be financial, personal, or  emotional.

This mindset simply doesn’t exist for anyone born outside the (constantly shifting which I guess is why they try so hard to stack the cards on their side) plutocratic class. It is something that most people were unaware of until now and something that no matter how much I informed people of my own experiences people just didn’t want to believe me. I suppose it’s because we imagine ourselves as we are in those positions and can’t possibly project the bubble that encapsulates those who make it their business to have absolutely no contact with the unwashed masses.

I always thought it was odd because many of these kids were no more likely (in my estimation) to be successful in their endeavors than I was, but then again, I wasn’t working with a safety net.

There is real and true disdain for those who made the grave mistake of being born to parents who weren’t rich among those miserly plutocrats.

I saw first hand how kids who did poorly in school got into Ivy League  Universities based on how much money their parents gave to these institution. Again exposing the unfair playing field these sort of people want to play on. I saw first hand that money was the true religion of these types – that like some people of faith who want their children to stay within their own faith to marry – these kids were to date and befriend only those within their wealth induced delusion of a modern aristocracy. I had privy to this due to the enormity of my high school and the fact that I was in gifted classes and the assumption was that because I was academically and artistically gifted this meant I was also wealthy. Of course as soon as these assumptions by those who befriended me were shown to be false I was ignored like the rest of the unwashed masses of undeserving losers that 99% of the population falls into.

The rhetoric from the wealthy has been manipulative and made to seem on one hand as if they have compassion for those less fortunate and on the other hand we have the Koch brothers of this world vigorously working behind the scenes to further their own personal acquisition of wealth – for what purpose? Having a dozen quarter of a billion dollar mansions isn’t enough while people starve?

And our 4th estate – the media, which was sanctioned by our Forefathers to keep the state transparent and was supposed to be duty bound to the truth  only to be deregulated by Republicans – giving Murdock (owner of FOX News) the opportunity to play Leni Riefenstahl for the Republican party. And why? For the love of money. I wonder sometimes if these people realize they will one day be dust in the ground like all of us unwashed masses – that no amount of money can change that reality.

If in fact they truly were religious or spiritual people, they would use their money to lift other people out of poverty instead of spitting on them. At least Murdock actually employes people even if it is with the ultimate agenda to sell his own financial agenda to those who would least benefit from it by using standard propaganda techniques. He gets that unfortunately for him, the 1 percent who DON’T actually have an aristocracy, don’t have the power in the most powerful nation in the world. It is WE THE PEOPLE who were endowed with it by OUR CREATOR and OUR FOREFATHERS. These plutocrats have sought to turn the tables and bring us back to the ways of Feudal Europe – you know the one our FOREFATHERS fought against. These are not AMERICAN VALUES – these are PLUTOCRATIC VALUES and something we must as a people always be on guard against.

Many blessings,

Denise

New Prediction, riots,

The Job Creator Argument

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Frankly the state of the world is a bit much for me to handle without having a neurological meltdown.

But I have to address the “Job Creator” mythology.

It is absolutely true that when people have money they create jobs. They hire accountants, gardeners, child care providers, employees to help with their companies. In the late 1980s after the Reagan years (the man who perpetuated the myth of the ubber rich as “job creators”) one percent of the population controlled 90% of the world’s wealth.

After the 1990s, more specifically by 2001 (before George Jr could completely unleash his plan to  finish off the American Dream)  10% of the population in the US controlled 71% of the wealth here. Now that’s still not that awesome, but as we all know during the 1990s there were more millionaires in the US than ever before and chains that started during this period (like Starbucks) were forced to give employees a living wage and excellent benefits to entice people to work for them. The economy was healthy and the US debt was set to not only be paid off but there was to be a surplus which would have gone a long way to save Social Security and other much-needed social programs – that is before George Jr. decided to murder hundreds of thousands of Iraqis (both civilians and soldiers but we’d prefer not to think about all the innocents who died so they aren’t even counted in our stats) and thousands of American soldiers, for what amounts to some personal vendetta against Saddam Hussain under the cover of fear that 9/11 provided. And of course his half-hearted attempt to find Osama Bin Laden which he later said after thousands died, he didn’t spend much time thinking about.

We are in this financial mess because of these horrendous wars as well as deregulation of multinational corporations. We can put some blame on Clinton for deciding the US was going to become the brains of the world and the rest of the world would be our manufacturing plant. This certainly cut off options for a great many Americans and dramatically changed corporate culture – impacting it in a very negative way.

The myth of the “Job Creators” broken down in the most base terms: You have 10 millionaires – they employe 1,000 people. You have 100,000,000 millionaires – they employee 10,000,000,000 people. It is sort of akin to a body in motion stays in motion – meaning more money circulating, enables more products to be made giving people more jobs and the opposite is also true – less money circulating through the economy makes new products harder to buy, get off the ground and become successful and therefore fewer jobs are created. The best metaphor was something I heard on NPR from an economist. He said (I’m paraphrasing here): It’s like a poker game. If all the players keep winning in equal measure then the game can be played infinitely. But if one guy keeps winning hand after hand, eventually all the players go broke and the game collapses.

This is in essence what happened to our economy.

After a certain amount of wealth money just ends up out of the circulation in the economy – take for example a guy who has 10,000,000,000.  Most of that money will inevitably sit in a bank, or in bonds or in investments because he is not able to utilize all those resources. His money will just make more passive income for him, accumulating residuals on work he is not doing. And control of this much of the world’s resources creates an imbalance that is antithetical to the tenets of DEMOCRACY. There’s a reason Republicans aren’t called Democrats. They are not of the people for the people. At this point I’m not sure anyone in our government is. It seems money, privilege and lobbyists have poisoned our system from the inside out.

The argument that the “working poor” are “lazy” and that the wealthy are productive is ass backwards. I have met innummerable people who work 16-20 hours a day seven days a week doing multiple jobs just to make ends meet for their family. Unless you count the amount of time Donald Trump talks about how awesome he is to the media, then he couldn’t possibly be working as much as those he deems”lazy.”

Check out the outrageously sociopathic and offensive interview Trump did with Piers Morgan where he states the Chinese “just work harder” (oh, yeah and they have no child labor laws or protection for workers – think Dickinson’s England) and he pines away for the Chinese ability to “not have to get permits” for anything. He is a disgusting man and about as sick as it gets considering Climate Change, and the fact that more than half the US population lives in poverty despite the fact that many of these people have two people both working full time and often more than 40 hours a week. Trump also endorsed Michelle Bachman who I actually was working on a post about. I’m going to deconstruct her chart. I think someone must have put LSD in Trump’s hair spray. He’s beyond out of touch with reality.

Pray that the meek truly do inherit the earth because the wicked are fighting for control right now. May those without conscious live in the hell they are creating for the rest of us who care about our fellow beings and have empathy for others.

Many blessings to the good people of this world,

Denise

The Job Creator Argument

Answering Readers and other things…

I just wanted to address some of the points Jeff has made. I think he really clarifies the differences in the two viewpoints between conservatives and liberals very well. I understand the lack of faith in our government and the fact that there is corruption and stupidity on all sides of every issue in politics. I would never advocate a one party system.

My back was fractured when I was 12 and a disc herniated. I spent the entire year laying on my back, by myself in my bedroom. The only education I received was American history and the constitution as I had to pass (this was in Illinois) a constitution test in 7th grade in order to move onto 8th grade. Needless to say, I got one hour a week from the principle who would come to my home and tutor me. I spent a lot of time reading the constitution, the bill of rights and reading about American History. The ideals and people that founded our nation were profound and beautiful. Our forefathers did an amazing job of working out potential problems. They had incredible foresight. However they did not foresee all things that came up in the last century which have truly corrupted our government. And of course they had built in the 2nd amendment not so people could hunt animals, but so we could have a revolution if the government got out of control. Problem is of course (which of course they couldn’t foresee, perhaps if DiVinci had been one of the founders) the advent of nuclear weapons and military technology that no rag tag militia could fairly fight against. 

I really don’t have total faith in the Democrats. I just think they are less corrupt, more like normal politicians than the Republicans. And not all Republicans fall into that category. And especially regular American people who are not politicians but who identify with the party and vote Republican. They are not any better or worse than people who vote for Democrats. I’m talking only about the leadership of the Republican party; since the Nixon administration there has been a clarion call attracting many corrupt politicians with agendas to exploit the common working American people for their own personal gain on that side of the fence.

There are 2 types of politicians, those who get into politics to serve and lead. And those who get into politics to exploit, loot and are on power trips. I don’t think the Republican party has always been this way, and certainly the vast majority of people who vote Republican are not this way. In actuality I think the Republican party has manipulated many people’s deep love of this country, of tradition, stability, pride and our identity as self-reliant people against us.

But if we left morality up to the wealthy one percent to take care of the poor, the sick and whoever else, do you think they would do it? No. Certainly the feudal lords of Europe weren’t going around giving out loafs of bread to starving children, they were to busy denying them education and prosecuting them for stealing bread so they could put them to work in prison camps. With Democracy and laws, came taxation built on levels of ability to pay, the end of debtors prisons (when you could actually go to prison for life for not being able to pay someone you owed money to, can you imagine how many people would be in jail now if this law hadn’t been changed.) Government can’t solve all of our problems, but it can and should create a moral bone structure to hang our civilization’s body on.

As much as we like to pretend that we are all working on a level playing field with the same amount of talent, intelligence and acumen as everyone else. This is just blatantly untrue. Many of us our handicapped by our environments as children. We seem to be able to muster compassion for the abused child, but as soon as he turns 18 we seem to expect this person to magically be able to shake off the horrors of their childhood and compete in a game fixed by the wealthy.

I grew up in an area of Chicago that was very wealthy and I knew countless kids who were of average intelligence who went to ivy league schools because their parents were wealthy enough to give endowments to those institutions and it was family tradition to go to Harvard or Yale or Dartmouth. Is that fair? No. All the conservatives who claim B.S. on the whole affirmative action thing don’t complain about the wealthy legacy kids who get in with subpar SAT scores and average grades. Because it’s really not that they mind the game being rigged, they just want it rigged in their favor. And the people who are in power in the political arena (especially on the Republican side) are from extremely privelaged backgrounds. This hasn’t always been the case, but in the last 30 years the Republican party has drifted into the lane that promotes corporatism, gives a pass to the wealthiest one percent and turns a blind eye toward graft. The Democrats still have real people participating, like Bill Clinton (despite his personal sex addiction problems and foibles) he was a real guy who was raised by a single mother, in a poor family and through his brilliance and determination made something of himself. This is the America I believe in. This is the America I want to see win out. I don’t want our country to become a feudal one, where the wealthy one percent control us through their lobbyists and corporations. I want all Americans to be represented and to have a voice. I want to stay a democracy and not be bowled over by corporate interests masquerading as moral voices.

You know, the Democrats aren’t all that. They are really annoying and pretty lame. They don’t take the reigns, they blather around, seem to try to bend to too many voices and don’t have the passion it takes to convince others to get on board. This has been their problem now for over 30 years and I totally understand why they upset people who want things to be dealt with cleanly. Democrats don’t do this. For those (and this is the majority of Americans) who want decisive, clear leadership the Democrats don’t always know how to provide this. The Republicans have a huge advantage here, they have a common goal that binds them together which the Democrats don’t have. Democrats go into public service for all kinds of different reasons with all kinds of different agendas and are forced to compromise and work together in a quilt work fashion.

The Republicans have the binding passion of greed which they found a way to sell (ironically) to average Americans as Christian morality. However their policies and private lives show nothing of them living up to their supposed morality.  I’m going to refer you to an earlier post here about the shadow self as it applies to the split that Republicans utilize to sell their advocacy for the wealthiest taking not only the share they already have but more of yours too so that the money can “trickle down.” Or so they want you to believe.

So far I haven’t been to any developing nation or as Jeff aptly stated, communist country, where the money ever managed to trickle down. Once those on top have anything their heart could ever desire at their fingertips why would they randomly want to share it with strangers? This goes against human nature. We are naturally selfish creatures which is why we have laws, moral codes, and religions that teach us how to be more than just self-absorbed, self-satisfying, opportunistic, uncompassionate beasts.

Let me just say here as an example I’ve known many very famous people (through my work). They can have anything they want whenever they want it, no one ever says “no” to them. They often surround themselves with adoring admirers (not all but many do this) and see themselves as better than everyone else. They often get sucked into a weird cartoonish state of being where they are living entirely a life of the ego. They may have started out as good people and are not necessarily bad people, but they loose percpective and do horrible things to others because they  no longer see other people as human beings anymore. And how could they? They are not participating in real relationships anymore, just the ego heroine of fame feeding their insatiable insecurity and making them more and more pathologically narcissistic. 

My point is, we all need to be held accountable. And we live in a very narcissistic culture where value has been placed on being special, famous and wealthy to the exclusion of common sense and common decency. It seems anything goes if you can get rich or famous from it.  I don’t believe in that. I believe in personal integrity and spiritual growth both of those values are almost impossible to hold onto once a person becomes famous or insanely wealthy (I’m not talking comfortable or even rich but in that one percent club wealthy.)

Spiritual growth requires honest mirroring by loved ones and the world around you which the obscenely rich and famous don’t get from others anymore because that person becomes objectified and identified as a symbol, no longer allowing others to have real exchanges. While this is great for the ego, no one ever disagrees with you, you are always the greatest genius and everyone stops to listen to what you have to say, you actually, eventually become something of a persona, an empty shell, and often this can lead to great feelings of isolation, depression and obsessive behavior. Which is why so many celebrities have drug problems.

And of course in the case of the insanely wealthy, everyone wants a piece of their pie, and they can’t trust anyone around them. They never really know if people love or care about them for who they are or for the money they have. You think this problem sounds easy, but it’s actually very messy and dark and leads to behavior like Bernie Madoff who so desperately needed to stay in that special billionare club that he started ripping people off when the market started going down and he realized it was easier to con people than to actually invest their money. This is the sickness that can happen with outrageous overabundance as Christ said, “it’s easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven.” Because the disassociation that happens with that sort of wealth leads to callousness, and  bad behavior.

Average people like my in-laws, who are Republicans, make the mistake of believing that heads of corporations and the super wealthy have the same values they do. Let me tell you, they don’t. Their values are so far a flung from ordinary Americans that they may as well be Martians. There are of course good people who are exceptions and do amazing humanitarian work with the money they have made, but really they are probably less than one percent of the ubber rich.

While we all fantasize that our problems would go away and life would be perfect if we were just rich and famous, the opposite is actually true. Being in the spotlight only magnifies problems and immense wealth creates an emotional telescoping phenomena where your ability to relate to people who are struggling financially disappears and instead of feeling compassion for those people the wealthy find a bizarre righteous anger toward the unfortunate so they can stave off their guilt at not doing anything to help.

So what I want to say is that I don’t believe we can leave people’s lives, health and education up to the potential good graces of the wealthy one percent. I’ll leave everyone with this weird random example. The first time I went to London, when I was in my early 20s I met a guy who was a monarchist. I actually didn’t even know they still existed. He believed that the best form of government was what he called a “benevolent monarchy.” He explained that in that system things got done quickly and the benevolent king to good care of all of his subjects, sort of like a good dad takes care of all of his kids. But then I said, “But what happens if the monarch is not benevolent, like King Henry or Caligula.” 

“Well, I’m talking about a benevolent monarchy,” he firmly stated again.

“Yes, but that’s the problem if its a monarchy the people can’t do anything to get rid of the next in line and what if they’re crazy or a horrible person. In a democracy you can vote a nut jobber out of office. There are checks and balances in place that help eliminate the possibility of someone terrible taking over.” 

 And again his answer was, “Well, I’m talking about a benevolent monarchy.”

What we do in our Democracy with checks and balances, laws and amendments had its counter part in the world of business as regulations and the notion that corporations being led by the best people would perform the best and therefore those leaders would continue to move skyward. But instead with deregulation came easy money through scams, the ability to lie about your company, to cheat your shareholders and to fail upwards based on lies and fudging numbers. 

Our country is as much about capitalism as it is about democracy. And in order for capitalism to survive it needs to have enforceable rules to play by or no one on the world stage is going to want to play with us anymore. Those toxic loans we bought up that have been helping the stock market, are helping because by our government standing behind our corporations we are saying to the world, we screwed up and we won’t let everyone fall down, we stand behind our system and we want to continue playing ball with everyone. If we didn’t do this the entire world economy would fall apart due to lack of confidence in us the champions of capitalism.

Anyway, enough blabbing.

Best wishes to all and many blessings,

Denise

Answering Readers and other things…