Monthly Archives: September 2012

SHOULD I BE WORRIED (Part 2)

Argentina just outlawed the buying and selling of gold by it’s citizens.  “So what?” you may ask.  There are many who believe that our economy is unsustainable (the numbers certainly lead to that conclusion), something about you can’t spend far more than you earn forever, and that at some point the whole thing will implode.  Many who believe that feel that the economic collapse will look very similar to Argentina’s collapse back in 2000-2001, and that Argentina has provided a good blueprint for what may follow if our economy does go over the cliff.

Obama said the U.S. and Argentina share a range of common interests and concerns, including about the global economy.  Obama has been reported as saying “Argentina suffered a devastating default on its debt in 2001 but has experienced nearly a decade of strong economic growth since then.”  Hmmm, let’s see…

Keep in mind that I use Ferfal (as opposed to the media) as my point of reference on what life in Argentina is really like.

–          In 2008, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner nationalized nearly $30 billion (US) in private pension holdings by transferring them to the social security system.

–          Within the last 12 months she (her administration) has imposed severe restrictions on buying and selling US dollars.  People were doing this because the dollar holds it’s value better than Argentina’s currency (yikes!).  They still are, but there is now a black market which you must do it in.  (insert ferfal link)

–          This year there have been several tax hikes, federal restrictions on wage increases, and nationalized (seized) the oil company YPF which Spanish company Repsol had a 51% stake

–          Their congress has passed an anti-terrorism law that has been criticized for using very vague and imprecise terminology (hmmm…that doesn’t sound familiar at all).

And now they are no longer able to buy and sell gold.  This didn’t happen in an instant, it built over time, much like boiling a frog.  One should also note that a federal financial disclosure in 2009 showed that the President and her late husband’s personal assets increased by 700% since 2003.  Meanwhile the common folk aren’t even allowed to try and preserve their “wealth” by putting it in US dollars or precious metals, assuming they could even afford to in the first place.

The rich get richer, especially during economic crisis.

STAY OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

We can not change the world through effort or by trying. We can change our lives/selves however. It is possible for the world to be changed as a result of us changing (our lives/selves). So the next time I am talking to someone about the state of society or government, the human race, the world, or whatever, and they ask me “So what are you doing about it?” my answer will be “I’m changing my life.”

After all, what if the world/government/society is merely a reflecting pool showing us who we really are on a deeper (and perhaps ignored) subconscious level? That would mean that the government or economy is in the shape they are in as a direct result of the shape society is in; society and societal standards are in the shape they are in as a direct reflection of the shape and standards the people who comprise the society are in. It is ok to accept that accountability because we have the ability to change our lives for the better; and in all honesty everyone should desire to change their life for the better because no one is perfect. It might take a large majority of people to make changes before a result could be seen on a macro level; but even if it would not change society, changing your life can make you more resilient in the society/economy you live in thus changing your world – or at least your corner of it. The reason people don’t or won’t do it is because it is hard, scary, uncomfortable, or they haven’t experienced enough discomfort or pain to be fed up. Some want someone or something to make the change for them, so they don’t have to feel any pain or accept any blame if they fail at the attempt. Some believe the status quo is sustainable and will go on in perpetuity. Many don’t want to face the reality that in this world if you aren’t moving forward you are moving backward, if you aren’t growing you are dying. Never mind what you wish would work, what actually does work?  Sometimes questions are more important than answers.

DOES YOUR VOTE MATTER?

Un-FREAKING believable! At least they used to have the decency to say “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”. Now they are so arrogant that they don’t even hide it from us anymore. Their opinion of us is that we are so stupid they don’t even have to try to pretend it’s a ruse. They don’t see themselves as public servants, they see the public as their servants.

Thank you again to Paleryder.