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None of us is as bad or as good as other people say

* I heard this somewhere or read it somewhere, but I don’t know where.

It rings true to me, though. But then again, there are always exceptions…Bernie Madoff. The reason we ask for fact & evidence is Bernie Madoff. ‘Cause that guy was dealing in pure cande. And he deceived a lot of people out of $50 billion.

We’re all living separate lives, watching TV and talking on the cellphone. Instead of filtering our lives through the TV, what if we turned off the TV? What if we didn’t yammer on cellphones endlessly, but instead turned them off in public spaces? Yes, even texting. Would we, as a People of the United States of America, pay attention longer than 15 minutes to have an intelligent and respectful conversation about the day’s events and the state of our country? You know, that bumping into a stranger thing that used to happen before 1998/99 when everybody got a cellphone. Go to any coffee shop and everyone is holding a cellphone; most likely everyone in line is digitally engrossed in a virtual world that is not the coffee shop in which they physically stand.

Cognitive Dissonance has taken over America. We don’t even know who we are or what we stand for anymore. “Freedom” and “Liberty” were words that got worn out by the Bush Gang. China is the #1 economy in the world right now, not us. We have more people in prison than any other country…not per capita; we have more people in prison than any other country. We have 300 million people and China has 1.3 billion people, and yet we have the highest prison population?

Something’s rotten in the state of America…but we can turn it around. How about we manufacture solar-electric panels right here in the United States! China is about to blow the doors off America’s cruiser mobile.

Could we share a little bit more of this time and space…this day…day after day…until there are no more days? Let’s all roll up our sleeves and help make this country great again…for the benefit of the majority of Americans. Don’t abuse this wonderful land that we have been given. Be more self-sacrificing than self-serving. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” as the Golden Rule states. Let’s demand that our representatives in the government use our money for the benefit of the majority of Americans.

And since Wall Street didn’t lend the $700 billion bailout from Bush and Paulson, like they were supposed to…but instead paid themselves billion dollar bonuses with our tax money, let’s get that money back from those who swindled us. Wall Street banks also reaped major profits from the Fed window by changing their charters to “bank holding companies” so they could borrow more money at 0% only to lend it back to the government by buying Treasury bonds at 3-4% interest. The Corruption level of these guys is off the charts!

L-E-N-D is what they were supposed to do, but they didn’t. The credit markets froze up and unemployment increased because Wall Street double-crossed us on the Bush-Paulson $700 billion bailout. Throw in the Federal Accounting Standards Board changing the mark-down rules for “toxic assets,” or subprime-mortgage-backed assets, and Wall Street just turned the Great Recession into a profit center without having to lend money to the American People. Even worse, those “toxic assets” are houses. The banks are manipulating the real estate market by not buying up or taking write-downs on those depreciated houses. That drag on real estate prices hurts everybody with a home.

Turn off the TV. Talk less on your cellphone. It’s merely a request. We’re all getting robbed. Pay attention. Let’s make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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