According to said Congressman Dennis A. Ross, Florida Republican and a member of the House Committee on Financial Services,
“The streamlining tactic, known as zero-based budgeting, requires each agency or business unit to justify their budget requests from scratch for all existing and newly requested programs. It’s something the federal government hasn’t attempted since Democratic President Jimmy Carter advocated for it in the 1970s; it relies instead on past budgets as a baseline of money that’s guaranteed, and then requests additional sums year-over-year.
“‘We should be painfully honest with the American people, because it’s their money. When we do the budget process, we want to have some justification for every appropriation that is sought—a legal basis for it, an amount that is less than last year’s and a summary to express the outcome of it.”
Oh, pulleese—as if government could ever be “painfully honest” with the American people about anything. (If government started being “painfully honest,” half of Congress would wind up “painfully” in prison.)
The Obama administration instantly seized on the tragedy as a opportunity to pass more gun control laws. Ironically, faced with Obama’s threat to restrict or outlaw the sale of some firearms, Americans rushed out to stores to buy more millions of firearms.
Since the Sandy Hook shootings, a couple of individuals have visited the Newtown police and fire departments in search of answers to some perplexing questions. They claim to have been stonewalled by Newtown’s police and fire departments and even the school board. The primary individual asking these questions also claims that officers of a sheriff’s department in Florida visited him at his home in Florida to tell him to stop asking questions about Sandy Hook killings. If his story is true, The Powers That Be don’t want his story to be told.
I wasn’t in or near Sandy Hook when the shootings allegedly took place, so I don’t know what the truth is about that alleged tragedy. I do know that the following video appears to be fantastic since it implies that the entire community of Newtown must know the Sandy Hook murders didn’t really take place. A conspiracy theory of that size, with that many participants, is extremely hard to believe.
On the other hand, I also know that the following video appears credible. If it is credible, the entire Sandy Hook tragedy may have been fabricated–probably for the purpose of creating an incident that could be used as pretext to implement more gun control laws.
P.S. Yesterday (September 26th), I posted the previous video. A few hours later, the video was removed from YouTube. I don’t suppose that the video was removed because I posted a link to it. The timing was almost certainly just coincidental.
Still, it’s annoying to lose that video because it offered some very strange insights.
Wikipedia defines “depression” as follows:
“In economics, a depression is a sustained, long-term downturn in economic activity in one or more economies. It is a more severe downturn than a recession, which is seen by some economists as inevitable part of capitalist economy.
“Considered by some economists to be a rare and extreme form of recession, a depression is characterized by its length; by abnormally large increases in unemployment; falls in the availability of credit, often due to some kind of banking or financial crisis; shrinking output as buyers dry up and suppliers cut back on production and investment; large number of bankruptcies including sovereign debt defaults; significantly reduced amounts of trade and commerce, especially international; as well as highly volatile relative currency value fluctuations, most often due to devaluations. Price deflation, financial crises and bank failures are also common elements of a depression that are not normally a part of a recession.”
That’s a decent definition of “depression”. It lists objective phenomena that, in sum, can tell us if we are or aren’t in a depressed economy.
But that definition is incomplete because it doesn’t mention the psychological forces that are intrinsic to a true economic depression. The truth is that we’re not really in a depression until the public generally believes we’re in a depression.
For example, we’re told that the Great Depression began with the stock market collapse of A.D. 1929. We vaguely presume that one day the economy was strong, and then, following the stock market collapse, the national economy slipped instantly into a full-blown depression. We tend to believe that the economy went suddenly from prosperous to depressed, much like a room goes from light to dark by flipping a light switch.
“Speaking today [August 14th, A.D. 2013] to officials at the US Embassy in Brasilia, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered comments about the ‘hardships’ facing US diplomacy, saying that a major problem was ‘this little thing called the Internet.’
“Referencing the Internet and ‘the ability of people everywhere to communicate instantaneously,’ Kerry lamented ‘it makes it much harder to govern, makes it much harder to organize people.’”
How could the internet make it “much harder to govern”?
Last April 17th, after the Obama administration’s attempt to impose more background checks on those purchasing firearms was defeated, President Obama delivered a speech [https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=mK-XF4oG4uE] outside of the White House. President Obama opened his speech saying,
“A few months ago—in response to too many tragedies—including the shootings of a Congresswoman, Gabby Gifford, who’s here today, and the murder of twenty innocent school children and their teachers—this country took up the cause of protecting more of our people from gun violence. Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their leaders, not just to honor the memory of their children, but to protect the lives of all of our children. A few minutes ago, a minority in the US Senate decided it wasn’t worth it. They blocked commonsense gun reforms . . . .”
It was an interesting speech. Several of Obama’s aids were present and visibly depressed. Vice President Biden was so distraught that he appeared to weep. Even the normally ebullient Obama seemed fundamentally defeated and forlorn.