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Re: “Halloween: The Return of French Hill

Banana Republic!

The Return of Keynesian economics

Obama borrowed 890 billion dollars to finance the stimulus package and tacked

it on to the 2009 Bush budget deficit, which grew the economy for only 2 years

before the housing market, employment and GDP were sinking again, prompting

Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve to intervene printing 3 trillion to drive

down bond interest rates to zero forcing investors to flee to the stock markets

for higher returns creating a huge stock market bubble, also creating nationwide

insolvency problems in pension funds that depend on higher interest rates to pay

retirees. Over the course of 8 years the economy averaged a mere 1.8% growth

in GDP annually, less than the average 2% annual inflation rate. Inflation

adjusted wages remained flat. Essentially, people became poorer.

Now the current Fed is trying to unwind its 4.5 trillion balances to normalize

interest rates to shore up pension funds and return the US bond market, the

largest source of capital formation in the entire world to an interest rate level

that attracts private corporations and investors who will purchase all US debt so

that the Fed doesn't have to engage in highly inflationary money printing to

finance the government. Or to pursue Banana Republic style money printing

schemes to keep a weak government spending driven economic recovery afloat,

inflate stock market values exacerbating the wealth gap but blaming it on

capitalism, just long enough for the elites to escape at the top of the market and

after the crash assign the losses to the people. Worse, as the Fed unwinds,

emerging market economies are sinking and their currencies are inflating

making it difficult for them to repay their dollar denominated development loans,

causing civil unrest and threatening to spread contagion through bank exposure

to weak economies in Europe and ultimately the Unites States.


But anytime anyone proposes an alternative economic recovery policy, such as

an across the board tax cut that has enough power to avoid all of these

economic stresses, some liberal criticizes it as a give away to the wealthy when

in fact, it's the only way to grow the economy fast enough that the Fed has to

raise rates to fight inflation, prompting investors to purchase US debt instead of

resort to money printing that ultimately leads to Americans becoming much

poorer and to a national and international economic calamity.

FYI: as soon as Congress began borrowing from the Social Security Trust Fund

to finance current government expenses it was obvious that ultimately the

growth in COLA rates would have to be reduced to continue paying SS

beneficiaries. Is that what you mean by slashed?

Posted by Thomas Pope on 10/31/2018 at 5:32 PM

Re: “No moralizing

Read Irvin Biebers book Homosexuality, Gene. Pay close attention to section in which he describes the close-binding-intimate mother/distant father family pattern highly correlated with the homosexual male. If theres a family pattern correlated with a behavior its most likely to have a psychological cause.
Next apply childhood modeling theories and an etiology of a homosexual neurosis emerges. Only in this instance the child is cross modeling a seductive mother who uses her feminine charm and assertiveness to gain the attention of her distant husband. The most noticeable characteristic of the homosexual male is assertiveness. From infancy till age 4 or 5 the child models his mother for the same purpose - to gain the attention of a distant father. Along the way a neurotic control disorder develops. All neurotic problems are about control of other people for either self gratification or power over them. As feelings of rejection by the father rage a homosexual compulsion begins to take shape. The child didnt make a choice to be homosexual, Gene. He made a choice to cope with a distant father by modeling his mother that ultimately became a neurotic homosexual fetish. Once the child matures and practices the fetish it becomes ingrained. But the learned homosexual fetish is essentially about control, not love - although there may be a kind of love between couples their relationships tend to be very controlling and abusive. There are heterosexual neurotic control problems as well - just look at Bill Clinton for example.
But unfortunately, the American Psychiatric Association panel at UCLA in the 1970s, pushing an agenda decided to ignore Biebers study when they removed homosexuality from the disorders list. There were two other studies - one in the UK and the US Air Force that confirmed Biebers study. And now half the world is living under the false notion that a marriage can be based on a homosexual neurotic condition and there will be no associated problems overlapping into the culture.
Do you understand that a neurotic control problem, a character flaw and a sin are the same thing, Gene? Theyre all behaviors that are abusive to others even if they are willing participants. Thats why the Bible opposes homosexuality. The Bible doesnt generally say why it just says what behaviors are offensive to God. People follow the Bible on based on faith and wisdom but in some instances there is research that supports the scriptures. But if the leftists who dominate media and academia suppress the research to push an agenda in the name of political correctness the people will never know the truth about this issue or any other. And the consequences of that kind of censorship will be devastating to this world.

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Posted by Thomas Pope on 09/08/2018 at 5:54 PM

Re: “The Arkansas Works Challenge

The refugee family got her money!

Posted by Thomas Pope on 08/14/2018 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Kaleidoscope brings treasures of LGBT cinema to Argenta

Celebrating a severe neurotic problem that is essentially about control of other people for self gratification!

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Posted by Thomas Pope on 08/14/2018 at 2:18 PM


The trade war started after NAFTA and the WTO were signed by Bill Clinton and our so called trading partners continued to pay starvation wages, maintained unsafe and environmentally damaging working conditions to save on overhead costs, fought their reform that caused the Doha Round of the WTO to fail; or enacted much higher tariffs against the US that the three presidents prior to Trump ignored; or engaged in currency manipulation to always undersell the US dollar, win every trade deal that has completely decimated the US manufacturing sector. That's the trade war against the US that began 2 decades ago. Trump is just now retaliating on behalf of the United States.

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Posted by Thomas Pope on 07/14/2018 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Let's vote

And while we're at it lets get a vouchers for private schools initiative on the ballot; and now that it's likely internet sales will be taxed in Arkansas let's get a ballot initiative going to repeal the personal property tax! Now we're talking about meaningful reform instead of a way for people to fritter their hard earned dollars away!

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Posted by Thomas Pope on 07/14/2018 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Punishing the poor

Then maybe the congress will give up on the unsustainable socialized medical insurance fiasco that have seen costs skyrocket 189% since 2014 and enact the ACHA for the uninsured that provides a 2000 to 4000 dollar tax credit to purchase private plans. A plan that will contain costs, provide higher reimbursements for the medical services industry, incur no taxes on individuals and medical supplies providers and not require anyone to purchase health insurance if they don't want it!

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Posted by Thomas Pope on 07/14/2018 at 5:22 PM

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