“This act (the Federal Reserve Act) establishes the most gigantic trust on Earth… When the President signs this act, the invisible government by the money power, proven to exist by the Money Trust Investigation, will be legalized… The new law will create inflation whenever the trusts want inflation…”
— Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh Sr., December 1913
We’re going to stick mostly to the capital today.
Let’s be honest… Wall Street is occupied. The national debt is approaching $15 trillion. Home values continue to slide. Half the country relies on government assistance. The middle class is all but gone.
Energy’s not very high on the list these days.
It’s not an Obama thing or a Bush thing or a liberal thing or a conservative thing; it’s the boiling over of multiple sentiments that have been simmering for quite some time.
The tension has been in the air for years now. It’s thick.
I wrote an article last December saying there would soon be riots in the street. Tunisia started just few weeks later and the Arab Spring ensued.
Let’s explore these sentiments, how we can more accurately identify and articulate them, and how seeing through the ever-darkening government/media veil can be the best thing for your bottom line.
This Kid Gets It
I’ve heard a lot of things said about these protesters — once they started getting coverage, that is…
They’re pot-smoking hippies. They have no coherent message. It’s their fault they’re poor. They’re common criminals.
But if you peel back the layers of spin, you’ll see there are actually intelligent people making cogent arguments, some of which reflect even my own feelings about our current state.
I came across a video of a twenty-something straining his voice as he spoke. I don’t even think he needs to shave, yet he sums up the anxiety of the majority nicely. The video is quickly gaining traction with over 50,000 views and over 1,000 comments.
Here’s a part of what he had to say:
You can’t even call it money anymore. Gold is money. Silver is money. Green Dollars are not money. They’re using inflation as a hidden tax to f*ck the people.
We need to bring production back to America. End the Federal Reserve. End the fractional banking system. When you invest $100 in a bank, they multiply that by nine and send it out nine different ways. They just don’t make money on the initial investment, they make it nine times the initial investment. That’s fake money that they printed out of thin air. Fiat money. It’s a fiat currency. (Someone shouts ‘ones and zeros’.)
1913 this country died – when we adopted the central bank and we got rid of sound money. We used to be able to walk into a bank and redeem our dollars with gold. Can we do that anymore? No.
What’s the price of gold now? Almost $2,000. It’s gone up $600 an ounce this year. And it’s going to keep rising as long as we have bailouts, as long as we have quantitative easing, as long as our government keeps spending our money.
Every time they spend money… that’s your money. They bail out Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. When I f*ck up who bails me out? No one. $700 billion in ’08… and they want more now?
Get corporations out of our politics. We need to get lobbyists, Goldman Sachs, George Soros, Merrill Lynch, everyone, out of our politics. Why should they be allowed to throw millions at politicians so they do what they want? They’re supposed to be our voice, not theirs. States’ rights. When you minimize government it is easier to control by the people.
I know more than a few of you have to feel the same way.
The Players Made the Game
I also came across an eye-opening post from The Dollar Vigilante. It was an open letter to the Occupy Wall Street movement. In it, the author claims:
Here is the reality. All of the problems you see are real. But you’ve been misdirected as to their cause – on purpose. Wall Street is, for the most part, corrupt and incredibly damaging to society as a whole. But, they are a SYMPTOM, not the CAUSE of the problem.
If you want to protest the real devils who have caused every major problem in the world, from wars to poverty to oppression, then you shouldn’t be in New York. You should be in Washington D.C. (District of Criminals) in front of the White House, Congress and the Federal Reserve building. That is the source of all of our problems today.
Sadly, because of all the propaganda and brainwashing you are actually asking for more government involvement in the economy as a solution to the problem CAUSED by the massive amount of government involvement in the economy. You have to realize one thing. There is a war on for your mind. At the moment, the side of reality, truth, honesty and self-responsibility is losing. The side of propaganda, corruption, theft (taxes), violence (laws against victimless crimes, wars and cages/jails or death if you do not submit to theft) and outright evil has been winning.
We’ve been told government is good and here to protect us when the only times most of us have been accosted, tased, put in cages (jail) or beaten has been at the hand of a “police officer”.
Wall Street is only doing what most of us would do. They’ve taken advantage of the circumstances they were given. Granted, some of those circumstances may have been created by bankers… the Fed certainly was.
But the point here is that the problem is both endemic and systemic.
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The Establishment has deviated from and even manipulated the constitution. And they’ve leveraged the system — the entire system: media, education, tax law, foundations — into their own personal profit machine.
I’m not talking about the beloved “job creators” here; small- and medium-sized businesses are indeed the backbone of our economy. I’m not talking about millionaires; this system has made them the new upper middle class.
I’m talking about the string-pullers of the world. The Rockefellers, Morgans, Rothschilds. The Bilderberg contingent.
By creating and dominating a “central banking” system in conjunction with the government, they’ve been able to concentrate the bulk of the world’s wealth in the hands of the very few. And they’ve done it on the back of the middle class for hundreds of years.
Government either gets money by taxing or borrowing. The super-rich got that way by leveraging the latter. But does anyone really understand how that government borrowing works?
From Gary Allen’s famed 1971 classic None Dare Call It Conspiracy:
The public is led to believe that our government borrows from “the people” through savings bonds. Actually, however, only a small percentage of the national debt is held by individuals in this form. Most government bonds, except those held by the government itself through its trust funds, are held by vast banking firms known as international banks. For centuries there has been big money to be made by international bankers in the financing of governments and kings.
The process through which one collects a debt from a government or a monarch is not a subject taught in the business schools of our universities, and most of us – having never been in the business of lending money to kings – have not given the problem much thought. But there is a king-financing business, and to those who can ensure collection it is lucrative indeed.
Whenever a business firm borrows big money its creditor obtains a voice in management to protect his investment. Like a business, no government can borrow big money unless willing to surrender to the creditor some measure of sovereignty as collateral. Certainly, international bankers who have loaned hundreds of billions of dollars to governments around the world command considerable influence in the policies of such governments.
Since the keystone of the international banking empires has been government bonds, it has been in the interest of these international bankers to encourage government debt. The higher The debt the more the interest. Nothing drives government deeply into debt like a war; and it has not been an uncommon practice among international bankers to finance both sides of the bloodiest military conflicts.
But while wars and revolutions have been useful to international bankers in gaining or increasing control over governments, the key to such control has always been control of money. You can control a government if you have it in your debt; a creditor is in a position to demand the privileges of monopoly from the sovereign. Money-seeking governments have granted monopolies in state banking, natural resources, oil concessions and transportation. However, the monopoly which the international financiers most covet is control over a nation’s money.
Eventually these international bankers actually owned as private corporations the central banks of the various European nations. The Bank of England, Bank of France and Bank of Germany were not owned by their respective governments, as almost everyone imagines, but were privately owned monopolies granted by the heads of state, usually in return for loans. Under this system, observed Reginald McKenna, President of the Midlands Bank of England, in 1939: “Those that create and issue the money and credit direct the policies of government and hold in their hands the destiny of the people.” Once the government is in debt to the bankers it is at their mercy.
It officially started in the United States, as the astute young protester told us above, in 1913 with the creation of the Federal Reserve System. Although it was conceived in 1907 at a secret meeting in Jekyll Island, Georgia, attended by Senator Nelson Aldrich (whose daughter married John D. Rockefeller Jr.), representatives from the Rockefeller-owned National City Bank and J.P. Morgan & Co., the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, and a few others.
Out of this meeting came the Monetary Commission Report and the Aldrich Bill. When the Republicans failed to get it passed, it was snuck through by the Democrats after Woodrow Wilson took office on a hasty Christmas vote in 1913 as a measure to restrict Wall Street’s power.
J.P. Morgan helped fund two presidential campaigns in 1912. The national debt then was around $5 billion. Wilson promptly entered WWI and drove it to $25.5 billion. Roosevelt and Truman drove it from there to $260 billion during the 30s and 40s. After 1965, U.S. debt began to increase faster than GDP…
Reagan and Bush 1 quadrupled it from 1980 to 1992. By the time Bush 2 took office, the debt was $5.7 trillion. He ran it to $10.7 trillion. And Obama has tacked on another $4 trillion in three short years.
There have been Establishment bankers in every single presidential administration since Wilson.
The politicians and banksters have profited by ballooning the debt for almost 100 years now. They’ve funneled dollars to themselves by siphoning off your dollars through inflation and interest.
And, as if to stick a poker in your eye, the Supreme Court now says corporations can donate limitlessly to political campaigns, officially bringing into the open what’s already been happening for decades.
They’ve sucked the middle class dry and led us to where we are today — with millions fed up, some of them taking to The Street.
The day of financial reckoning is approaching. It could get a lot tougher than it already is.
Now you know how the system is rigged, so play it smart.
Here are a few things you should be doing, summed up in a recent email from Angel Publishing owners to paid members:
1. Get out of debt. Now.
Debt in this country, both public and private, has become a chronic condition. Using debt to finance consumption is suicidal.
2. Build cash.
This goes for investment accounts and for your home. Now is a time to hold large cash balances in your accounts, so that you’re liquid enough to take advantage of the bargains that we’ll see down the road. We’ll be sure to bring many of them to your attention in these pages.
You should also have enough cash on hand to cover your living expenses for a minimum of three months. Have it in your possession.
3. Buy gold and silver.
Right now, a drop in gold prices is a gift because the long-term trend is higher… same goes for silver.
The time to do this is now, when we have a discount window available. Chances of both gold and silver going higher are simply too high to pass up. Look at these holdings as an insurance policy. Your best hope is they become family heirlooms.
4. Guns and Groceries
It’s a noble and sublime feeling to be confident in your ability to provide for your family.
Get a long-term food storage program in place. At a minimum, you should be 100% confident in your ability to live for a few weeks without having to go to the grocery store. Prepare to the level you feel is practical.
A while back, we took a poll. It turns out that 100% of criminals prefer their victims to be unarmed…
Own a gun and possess the ability to use it under duress.
I’d add one more to that list:
5. Take pride in your liberty.
Let your opinion be heard not through the prism of left or right, but through the lens of right and wrong.
Make your time here what you want it to be, and make sure you’re financially secure enough to do it.
Call it like you see it,
Editor, Energy and Capital
“I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies…” — Thomas Jefferson to John Adams