Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Money, Morality & The Machine By Craig R. Smith & Lowell Ponte

Money, Morality & The Machine
Smith's Law in an Unethical, Over-Governed Age
By Craig R. Smith & Lowell Ponte

For thousands of years, governments have tried to get something for nothing by debasing their nations' money - by minting coins with less precious metal than before, or by printing paper money unbacked by gold, silver or productivity. This is one big reason why the United States is in decline, write Craig R. Smith and Lowell Ponte in their new book, Money, Morality & The Machine. As the value of money deteriorates, morals deteriorate, and as morals deteriorate, so does the value of money - bad money drives out good values. Debasing the dollar devalues us; and cheapening our dollar has been very expensive.  To save America, we must restore honest money.

Casino magnate Steve Wynn expressed his disappointment at the lack of discussion of the economy during the course of the presidential election.  He said the printing of money by the U.S. Treasury under the guidance from the U.S. Federal Reserve has not been properly addressed - touched on only in a short segment at the final debate. "We take in $3.1 trillion and we spend $3.7 trillion... and that $600 billion deficit is at the rate of $50 billion a month. Our government is printing money and it's degrading the living standard of every person in America. It's the cause of frustration, anger and confusion."

Apple CEO Tim Cook has an idea for the future - eliminating cash. Apple's next goal is killing paper money once and for all.Who needs cash, anyway?" Cook says in Fortune magazine. Smith & Ponte discuss the perils of a cashless world.

In Smith & Ponte's Money, Morality & The Machine, you will learn:
  • About The Machine and how it came to be so all-consuming;
  • Why Great Britain, once the world's greatest empire, voted to "Brexit;"
  • How the U.S. turned from being a republic into an empire;
  • How The Machine has taken control and imperils our republic, our currency, our values and future;
  • About Smith's Law and how "de-facing" and debasing our money has debased our morality and strength;
  • How the escape hatches are being closed all around us, who is doing this, and how to break free;
  • How our democratic republic, our freedom of speech, and our other rights are being foreclosed;
  • About the dawning of the age of zero - zero cash, jobs, economic growth, privacy and freedom; and
  • About ways you can still create a more secure and prosperous future for your family.
Prior to 1913, America's constitutional gold standard had prevented politicians from spending as many dollars as they wished because each dollar had to be backed by a fixed amount of gold. This kept the size of government in check, as our framers intended. In 1912, a fight for power between Republican President Teddy Roosevelt and incumbent Republican President William Howard Taft divided voters and let Progressive Democrat Woodrow Wilson win the White House, and now this could be happening again in 2016.

In 1913 Wilson authorized the Progressive income tax and the Federal Reserve, a European-style central bank chartered to "furnish an elastic currency" that let government spend more and grow into both a warfare state and a welfare state. These seeds of Big Government have been nurtured by Wilson's Progressive successors - from Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal to Lyndon Johnson's Great Society to Bill and Hillary Clinton's New Covenant to Barack Obama's "fundamental transformation of America."

Cheapening our dollar has been very expensive. This great debasement of our currency has replaced the American Dream of our founders with a society based on political cronyism, European-like socialist welfare dependency on government, class and race warfare and violence, a decline in religious faith and moral values, a fading work ethic, soaring taxes, a $19.5 trillion national debt, and a dollar worth only about two pennies of the purchasing power of a 1912 dollar. Cheapened 'easy' money is debased and therefore unreliable, as the U.S. dollar has become after nearly $9 trillion in paper money was printed out of thin air since the 2008 near-collapse of our economy and almost eight years of President Obama's administration.

Despite this stratospheric amount of economic "stimulus" spending, the U.S. economy is stagnant and flatlining at 0.8 to 1.1 percent growth.  This is what happens when a president is openly hostile to free market capitalism. Frightened business people want to flee rather than invest in new products or hire more workers.  Now nearly 95 million Americans are unable, or unwilling, to find needed full-time jobs. We have the lowest level of employment since President Jimmy Carter's economic malaise of the late 1970s. Most of the jobs being created are either part-time hamburger-flipper-type work or are government jobs. As of late 2016, more people are employed by government - a burden on taxpayers - than have full-time jobs in all of American manufacturing.

We have replaced the government and values of the American framers' Constitution with something shockingly different that Smith & Ponte call "The Machine," which includes our mostly-unelected ruling elite widely called the "Deep State." It includes the Federal Reserve, the unelected regulatory bureaucracy and opinion-shapers, our entangling globalist commercial and military alliances, and the Military-Industrial Complex that President Dwight Eisenhower warned us about in his chillingly-prophetic 1961 Farewell Address.

This is one of many fundamental transformations of America explored and explained in Money, Morality & The Machine. After a century of statists "fundamentally transforming" America's politics, economics and values, we are becoming the kind of high-tax, low-liberty Big Government land our ancestors escaped to come here in search of something better.  Welfare policies intended to produce security are now making us fearfully insecure. 

Every problem America faces has its roots in the debasing of the U.S. dollar. Easy money allowed power-hungry politicians to build a warfare/welfare state and betray our own hard-won independence and freedom by transforming the United States into a globalist empire. We can only pray that with the election of the next president, America will reawaken to the knowledge that we are still the last, best hope of humankind.
"In this book, my long-trusted friend and advisor Craig R. Smith and former Reader's Digest Editor Lowell Ponte look at what has happened to our values since politicians switched Constitutional dollars for today's paper dollars backed by nothing." --Pat Boone

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The China Learning Curve & Democracy Road By Daniel R. Joseph

The China Learning Curve 
and Democracy Road
How America should address two of its most critical foreign policy challenges - China and the support of democracy around the world
By Daniel R. Joseph

In the midst of an election for which foreign policy has played an unusually large role, Daniel R. Joseph has produced both a book, The China Learning Curve: Critical Differences and a related award-winning documentary, Democracy Road, that provides unique insights into two of America's most critical foreign policy challenges - how to engage China and how to support democracy while avoiding the failure we've seen in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

The China Learning Curve: Understanding the key aspects of China that should drive policy

China has been front and center in the presidential campaign and for good reason - from trade to cyber espionage to the South China Sea there is no shortage of critical issues relative to China.  Daniel tells us that the first step in any good foreign policy is understanding the counter-party.  In The China Learning Curve, Daniel starts by describing how China is different from us - mostly it's economic structure (transitioning from communism) and its culture (becoming more liberal).  Daniel then explores how those differences should impact our dealings with China, from policy to business.  Themes that Daniel's analysis address include the following:
  • Why has China outperformed Russia, India, and all other developing countries and what does that tell us about what we should expect from China in the future?
  • How is China likely to react to a more protectionist America?
  • How much of a security and military threat will China become?
Democracy Road: Exploring culture, the rule of law, and why we struggle to spread democracy

In Democracy Road, which was recently awarded the prize for Best Documentary Short at the New York-Los Angeles (NYLA) International Film Festival, builds on the concept of culture which Daniel addresses in his book.  In the film, Daniel tells us that while Americans across the political spectrum are passionate about supporting democracy, in the wake of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Arab Spring, all of which yielded little in the way of democracy, Americans are also increasingly leery of nation-building and are skeptical of America's efforts to support democracy around the world.  Focusing particularly on culture, the rule of law, and the importance of economic development to democratization, Daniel explains why we have to rethink our approach to dealing with the developing world and supporting democracy along the way.  Themes that Democracy Road relates to include:
  • Why nation-building in Iraq and Afghanistan didn't work;
  • Why the Arab Spring didn't produce much democracy;
  • Why America is having trouble spreading democracy;
  • Why China is actually more democratic than India; and
  • Why our immigration policy needs to take culture into account.
Below is a link to a private screening of the documentary (10 minutes long) and also the website for the documentary which provides additional information about this theme. 

Democracy Road:
Password: demroad1212

About the Author:  Daniel R. Joseph is an author, filmmaker, and consultant who helps companies do business internationally and who is passionate about educating people as to how countries really develop and the crucial role played by culture. Currently founder of consulting firm The China Learning Curve, Dan lived in China for more than 10 years and has a very broad business background.  Dan has written two books on China.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Putin's Master Plan By Doug Schoen

To Destroy Europe, Divide NATO and Restore Russian Power 
and Global Influence
By Douglas E. Schoen

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a master plan to destroy Europe, divide NATO, reclaim Russian influence in the world, and most of all to marginalize the United States and the West in order to achieve regional hegemony and global power... and Putin is winning.  Despite Russia's naked aggression in Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria, the United States and Europe remain astonishingly naive, impotent, and ineffective in confronting this escalating geopolitical threat. In his new book, PUTIN'S MASTER PLAN, acclaimed Democratic campaign consultant Doug Schoen, who has decades of international relations experience, exposes Putin's unified strategy and vision for Europe and reveals how American foreign policy blunders are emboldening Russia. 

As Doug Schoen argues, "President Obama's ill-considered decision to downgrade the shield [NATO missile shield], leaving our NATO allies vulnerable, was made to appease Putin and, at least in the president's mind, to lessen tensions between Russia and the West.  Since Obama's capitulation on the NATO missile shield, Putin has invaded a neighboring country and positioned nuclear weapons closer to NATO capitals than ever before.  How could President Obama, not to mention secretaries of state John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, have been so naive?  Why are we providing our NATO allies with subpar protection from Russia's nuclear arsenal?  It's inexcusable."

PUTIN'S MASTER PLAN is the first comprehensive attempt to systematically explain Putin's global strategy, which could inevitably and inexorably lead to the breakup of the NATO alliance, and potentially to war with the West.  Doug Schoen contends that the West has no strategy, no plan, and no tactics to confront Putin's master plan other than imposing limited economic sanctions, which have done little to deter Putin's hostility - and may well have encouraged and facilitated it.  The viewpoint taken here is not just alarmism, but an accurate and, for the first time, clear and sober portrayal of a frightening situation that, more and more, serious observers of European and Russian politics are openly recognizing and acknowledging.

PUTIN'S MASTER PLAN makes the case that it is essential to wake up to Putin's strategy to destroy Europe, divide NATO, and build a new empire in the former Soviet Union.  America must lead a united Europe to counter this threat.  Russia has demonstrated an extraordinary level of belligerence, most boldly in its outright invasions of Georgia and Ukraine.  American weakness and a divided Europe have left Russia's terrified neighbors without an alternative to Russian domination, and even once-stalwart American allies such as the Republic of Georgia are on the brink of becoming part of Putin's new empire in Europe.  Putin has made it clear that he sees NATO expansion as a fundamental threat to Russian nationhood, and he is systematically challenging the NATO Alliance as well as the United States.  So far, he is succeeding.  

As Doug Schoen argues, only a fundamental shift in American foreign policy and more assertive American leadership can avert disaster, check Russian aggression, and maintain a strong and unified West.  As a starting point, America must immediately end its talk of unilateral nuclear drawdowns and instead develop the next generation of nuclear warheads and missiles to keep our arsenal a step ahead of Russian missile defense and detection capabilities.  And America must complete the NATO missile shield to ensure military superiority, reassure our allies, and send a clear message to Russia that we will never let it gain the upper hand in world affairs. 

About the Author: Democratic Strategist, Fox News analyst and best-selling author, Doug Schoen has been one of the most influential Democratic campaign consultants for over thirty years.  Doug has advised President Bill Clinton, numerous governors and senators as well as NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. [more...]

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Left in Power By David Horowitz

The Black Book of the American Left - Volume VII
The Left in Power: Clinton to Obama

New York Times best-selling author David Horowitz's new book, The Black Book of the American Left - Volume VII: The Left in Power: Clinton to Obama, is the latest in his series of portraits of the left.  This volume traces the trajectory that transformed the Democrat Party from a party of the American center to a party of the hardcore left.  David shows how this process began when the Democrats started to adopt the New Left's anti-individualist, anti-capitalist, and anti-American dogma in the mid-'70s, attained critical mass when Hillary Clinton brought a cohort of leftists to power during her husband's presidency; and came full circle with the election of Barack Obama - a politician born, bred and trained in the "progressive" movement.

As a result of this long march, the Democrats now support "causes" that presidents such as Harry Truman and JFK would have abhorred. At home: illegal immigration, race preferences and redistributionism. Abroad: retreat in the War on Terror, appeasement of the Hamas terrorists, and nuclearization of America's chief enemy, the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In Volume VII of The Black Book series, you will learn all about:
  • Hillary Clinton - First Lady of the Left, her academic shills, her misdemeanors and high crimes;
  • The new politically correct culture;
  • How Leftists play the race card;
  • Obama and his Communist czars and how he betrayed America;
  • ISIS and the culture of hate;
  • Anti-White Racism - the hate that dares not speak its name; and more...
Horowitz knows all too well the devastating trends as the "Progressives'" practical agendas have caused the destruction of the culture of individual liberty and accountability at home as well as America's retreat abroad.  As the Left's worst enemy and a national treasure for conservatives, David Horowitz warns that hatred of America and contempt for the police and military is the social gospel of the left and is what we should be joining forces to defeat. Volume VII is a comprehensive guide to the Left in power and how they've seized control of America on every level.

About the Author: David Horowitz is the bestselling author of numerous books including Unholy Alliance (2004), The Party of Defeat (2008) and Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left (2014). His Art of Political War (2000) was described by White House political strategist Karl Rove as "the perfect guide to winning on the political battlefield."  David is the founder and chairman of the David Horowitz Freedom Center which is dedicated to the defense of free societies whose moral, cultural and economic foundations are under attack by enemies both secular and religious, at home and abroad.