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Are You Concerned About the Infrastructure in Your Community?

This week, in a collaboration with EXPOSÉ: AMERICA'S INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS and BLUEPRINT AMERICA, the JOURNAL profiled the efforts of Dallas television reporter Brett Shipp investigating gasline explosions allegedly stemming from decades of neglect by local power companies and state regulators.

What do you think?

  • Are you confident in the infrastructure companies and regulators in your area?
  • Are there infrastructure issues you feel are important that have gone unaddressed in your community? If so, tell us about them.


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    Whatever said and done, America is run by Big Corporations, not by individual politicians. Whether it is a crap or not, they, the Big Corporations decide what needs to be done. All these Elections and the Political candidates asking for votes are just gimmicks only.
    And the network Newsmedia dance according to the tunes for their ratings.
    Whoever comes to power, gets the benefit from Big Corporations. That is not going to change.

    We are talking about Budget Problems and Defecits, etc..
    which is a waste of time.
    How do these Corporations make money? How do these candidates generate Millions of Dollars toward Campaign Contribution?
    Do you think they work for Carls Jr or McDonalds or Jack in the Box or WalMart

    That shows Big Corporations have a lot to do with American Politics. Otherwise, how do companies like Halli Burton
    Wall Street, and Goldman Sachs survive in spite of the problems?

    They don't worry about simple Math. They know it.

    Anomano: Come on, tell us your name and post a contact. Cosidering the big doodle you pumped out, you really were mad as hell and couldn't hold it anymore.
    1.As intellects oprah and ellen D. are pitiful, consider them tools and not winners. Rosie O'Donnell has shown some life. You are right, billionaires will be billionaires.

    Your only "real" point: the FED overnight rate for banks is a worthy point of focus. This rate is reserved for billionaires and their servants. A wealthy entity could borrow limitlessly without risk by investing in Treasury instruments at about 3%, earning a net 2 3/4% perpetually. Alexander Hamilton understood how this supports a strong Executive in 1789: apact between the wealthy and the dictators.

    I feel sorry for anyone expecting help from pipsqueaks like Rob Reich and Ron Paul. Reich is a conformist Clintonite college professor, dependent on the foundations of the rich, while Ron Paul is sponsored by right wing extremists who use cartoon conspiracies to frighten us against organizing. Hell he may not "know anything about birthin' no babies, Miss Scarlet. Try depending on yourself and joining with like thinkers rather than buying your canned thinking at Walmart.

    Thanks for writing. How's the infrastructure holding up where you are? Any coal trains derail lately?

    Morons. Sometimes, I wonder why I bother fighting so hard for the little guy. Whats the point if they are too stupid to listen? Say that reminds me.

    Amazing. The worst economic and cultural crisis of all time will go down in history horribly misunderstood. What a pathetic bunch of ignorant fools we have become. Consumer junkie credit card morons. Perfect little victims.

    Don’t believe one optimistic word from any public figure about the economy or humanity in general. They are all part of the problem. Its like a game of Monopoly. In America, the richest 1% now hold ALMOST 1/2 OF ALL UNITED STATES WEALTH. Unlike ‘lesser’ estimates, this includes all stocks, bonds, cash, offshore accounts, and material assets held by America’s richest 1%. Even that filthy pig Oprah acknowledged that it was at about 50% in 2006. Naturally, she put her own ‘humanitarian’ spin on it. Calling attention to her own ‘good will’. WHAT A DISGUSTING HYPOCRITE SLOB. THE RICHEST ONE PERCENT HAVE LITERALLY MADE WORLD PROSPERITY ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE. Don’t fall for any of their ‘humanitarian’ CRAP. ITS A SHAM. THESE PEOPLE ARE CAUSING THE SAME PROBLEMS THEY PRETEND TO CARE ABOUT. Ask any professor of economics. Money does not grow on trees. The government can’t just print up more on a whim. At any given time, there is a relative limit to the wealth within ANY economy of ANY size. So when too much wealth accumulates at the top, the middle class slip further into debt and the lower class further into poverty. A similar rule applies worldwide. The world’s richest 1% now own over 40% of ALL WORLD WEALTH. This is EVEN AFTER you account for all of this ‘good will’ ‘humanitarian’ BS from celebrities and executives. ITS A SHAM. As they get richer and richer, less wealth is left circulating beneath them. This is the single greatest underlying cause for the current US recession. The middle class can no longer afford to sustain their share of the economy. Their wealth has been gradually transfered to the richest 1%. One way or another, we suffer because of their incredible greed. We are talking about TRILLIONS of dollars which have been transfered FROM US TO THEM. All over a period of about 27 years. Thats Reaganomics for you. The wealth does not ‘trickle down’ as we were told it would. It just accumulates at the top. Shrinking the middle class and expanding the lower class. Causing a domino effect of socio-economic problems. But the rich will never stop. They just keep getting richer. Leaving even less of the pie for the other 99% of us to share. At the same time, they throw back a few tax deductible crumbs and call themselves ‘humanitarians’. Cashing in on the PR and getting even richer the following year. IT CAN’T WORK THIS WAY. Their bogus efforts to make the world a better place can not possibly succeed. Any ‘humanitarian’ progress made in one area will be lost in another. EVERY SINGLE TIME. IT ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT WORK THIS WAY. This is going to end just like a game of Monopoly. The current US recession will drag on for years and lead into the worst US depression of all time. The richest 1% will live like royalty while the rest of us fight over jobs, food, and gasoline. So don’t fall for any of this PR CRAP from Hollywood, Pro Sports, and Wall Street PIGS. ITS A SHAM. Remember: They are filthy rich EVEN AFTER their tax deductible contributions. Greedy pigs. Now, we are headed for the worst economic and cultural crisis of all time. Crime, poverty, and suicide will skyrocket. SEND A "THANK YOU" NOTE TO YOUR FAVORITE MILLIONAIRE. ITS THEIR FAULT. I’m not discounting other factors like China, sub-prime, or gas prices. But all of those factors combined still pale in comparison to that HUGE transfer of wealth to the rich. Anyway, those other factors are all related and further aggrivated because of GREED. If it weren’t for the OBSCENE distribution of wealth within our country, there never would have been such a market for sub-prime to begin with. IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE OBSCENE, UNREASONABLE, AND UNJUST DISTRIBUTION OF UNITED STATES WEALTH, THERE NEVER WOULD HAVE BEEN SUCH A MARKET FOR SUB-PRIME AND THERE NEVER WOULD HAVE BEEN A COLLAPSE IN THE HOUSING MARKET. Sub-prime did not cause the problem. It only accelerated the outcome. Which by the way, was another trick whipped up by greedy bankers and executives. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. The credit industry has been ENDORSED by people like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Dr Phil, and many other celebrities. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. In fact, they specifically endorsed Countrywide by name. The same Countrywide widely responsible for predatory adjustable rate sub-prime lending and the accelerated collapse of the housing market. ENDORSED BY OPRAH WINFREY, ELLEN DEGENERES, AND DR PHIL. Now, there are commercial ties between nearly every industry and every public figure. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. It also drives up the cost for nearly every product and service on the market. So don’t fall for their ‘good will’ BS. ITS A LIE. If you fall for it, then you’re a fool. If you see any real difference between the moral character of a celebrity, politician, attorney, or executive, then you’re a fool. No offense fellow citizens. But we have been mislead by nearly every public figure. We still are. Even now, they claim to be ‘hurting’ right along with the rest of us. As if gas prices actually effect the lifestyle of a millionaire. ITS A LIE. IN 2007, THE RICHEST 1% INCREASED THEIR AVERAGE BOTTOM LINE WEALTH AGAIN. On average, they are now worth over $4,000,000 each. Thats an all time high. As a group, they are now worth well over $17,000,000,000,000. THATS WELL OVER SEVENTEEN TRILLION DOLLARS. Another all time high. Which by the way, is much more than the entire middle and lower classes combined. Also more than enough to pay off our national debt, fund the Iraq war for a decade, repair our infrastructure, and bail out the US housing market. Still think that our biggest problem is China? Think again. Its the 1% club. That means every big name celebrity, athlete, executive, entrepreneur, developer, banker, and lottery winner. Along with many attorneys, doctors, and politicians. If they are rich, then they are part of the problem. Their incredible wealth was not ‘created’, ‘generated’, grown in their back yard, or printed up on their command. It was transfered FROM US TO THEM. Directly and indirectly. Its become near impossible to spend a dollar without making some greedy pig even richer. Don’t be fooled by the occasional loss of a millionaire’s fortune. Overall, they just keep getting richer. They absolutely will not stop. Still, they have the nerve to pretend as if they care about ordinary people. ITS A LIE. NOTHING BUT CALCULATED PR CRAP. WAKE UP PEOPLE. THEIR GOAL IS TO WIN THE GAME. The 1% club will always say or do whatever it takes to get as rich as possible. Without the slightest regard for anything or anyone but themselves. Reaganomics. Their idea. Loans from China. Their idea. NAFTA. Their idea. Outsourcing. Their idea. Sub-prime. Their idea. High energy prices. Their idea. Oil ‘futures’. Their idea. Obscene health care charges. Their idea. The commercial lobbyist. Their idea. The multi-million dollar lawsuit. Their idea. The multi-million dollar endorsement deal. Their idea. $200 cell phone bills. Their idea. $200 basketball shoes. Their idea. $30 late fees. Their idea. $30 NSF fees. Their idea. $20 DVDs. Their idea. Subliminal advertising. Their idea. Brainwash plots on TV. Their idea. Vioxx, and Celebrex. Their idea. Excessive medical testing. Their idea. The MASSIVE campaign to turn every American into a brainwashed, credit card, pharmaceutical, medical testing, love-sick, celebrity junkie. Their idea. All of the above drive up the cost of living, shrink the middle class, concentrate the world’s wealth and resources, create a dominoe effect of socio-economic problems, and wreak havok on society. All of which have been CREATED AND ENDORSED by celebrities, athletes, executives, entrepreneurs, attorneys, and politicians. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. So don’t fall for any of their ‘good will’ ‘humanitarian’ BS. ITS A SHAM. NOTHING BUT TAX DEDUCTIBLE PR CRAP. In many cases, the ‘charitable’ contribution is almost entirely offset. Not to mention the opportunity to plug their name, image, product, and ‘good will’ all at once. Which is usually done just before or after the release of their latest commercial project. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. These filthy pigs even have the nerve to throw a fit and spin up a misleading defense with regard to ‘federal tax revenue’. ITS A SHAM. THEY SCREWED UP THE EQUATION TO BEGIN WITH. If the middle and lower classes had a greater share of the pie, they could easily cover a greater share of the federal tax revenue. They are held down in many ways because of greed. Wages remain stagnant for millions because the executives, celebrities, athletes, attorneys, and entrepreneurs, are paid millions. They over-sell, over-charge, under-pay, outsource, cut jobs, and benefits to increase their bottom line. As their profits rise, so do the stock values. Which are owned primarily by the richest 5%. As more United States wealth rises to the top, the middle and lower classes inevitably suffer. This reduces the potential tax reveue drawn from those brackets. At the same time, it wreaks havok on middle and lower class communities and increases the need for financial aid. Not to mention the spike in crime because of it. There is a dominoe effect to consider. IT CAN’T WORK THIS WAY. But our leaders refuse to acknowledge this. Instead they come up with one trick after another to milk the system and screw the majority. These decisions are heavily influensed by the 1% club. Every year, billions of federal tax dollars are diverted behind the scenes back to the rich and their respective industries. Loans from China have been necessary to compensate in part, for the red ink and multi-trillion dollar transfer of wealth to the rich. At the same time, the feds have been pushing more financial burden onto the states who push them lower onto the cities. Again, the hardship is felt more by the majority and less by the 1% club. The rich prefer to live in exclusive areas or upper class communities. They get the best of everything. Reliable city services, new schools, freshly paved roads, upscale parks, ect. The middle and lower class communities get little or nothing without a local tax increase. Which, they usually can’t afford. So the red ink flows followed by service cuts and lay-offs. All because of the OBSCENE distribution of bottom line wealth in this country. Anyway, when you account for all federal, state, and local taxes, the middle class actually pay about the same rate as the rich. The devil is in the details. So when people forgive the rich for their incredible greed and then praise them for paying a greater share of the FEDERAL income taxes, its like nails on a chalk board. I can not accept any theory that our economy would suffer in any way with a more reasonable distribution of wealth. Afterall, it was more reasonable 30 years ago. Before Reaganomics came along. Before GREED became such an epidemic. Before we had an army of over-paid executives, bankers, celebrities, athletes, attorneys, doctors, investors, entrepreneurs, developers, and sold-out politicians to kiss their asses. As a nation, we were in much better shape. Strong middle class, free and clear assets, lower crime rate, more widespread prosperity, stable job market, lower deficit, ect. Our economy as a whole was much more stable and prosperous for the majority. WITHOUT LOANS FROM CHINA. Now, we have a more obscene distribution of bottom line wealth than ever before. We have a sold-out government, crumbling infrastructure, energy crisis, home forclosure epidemic, credit crunch, weak US dollar, 13 figure national deficit, and 12 figure annual shortfall. The cost of living is higher than ever before. Most people can’t even afford basic health care. ALL BECAUSE OF GREED. I really don’t blame the 2nd -5th percentiles in general. No economy could ever function without some reasonable scale of personal wealth and income. But it can’t be allowed to run wild like a mad dog. ALBERT EINSTEIN TRIED TO MAKE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND. UNBRIDLED CAPITALISM ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT WORK. TOP HEAVY ECONOMIES ALWAYS COLLAPSE. Bottom line: The richest 1% will soon tank the largest economy in the world. It will be like nothing we’ve ever seen before. The American dream will be shattered. and thats just the beginning. Greed will eventually tank every major economy in the world. Causing millions to suffer and die. Oprah, Angelina, Brad, Bono, and Bill are not part of the solution. They are part of the problem. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE HUMANITARIAN. EXTREME WEALTH MAKES WORLD PROSPERITY ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE. WITHOUT WORLD PROSPERITY, THERE WILL NEVER BE WORLD PEACE OR ANYTHING EVEN CLOSE. GREED KILLS. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL. Of course, the rich will throw a fit and call me a madman. Of course, they will jump to small minded conclusions about ‘jealousy’, ‘envy’, or ’socialism’. Of course, their ignorant fans will do the same. You have to expect that. But I speak the truth. If you don’t believe me, then copy this entry and run it by any professor of economics or socio-economics. Then tell a friend. Call the local radio station. Re-post this entry or put it in your own words. Be one of the first to predict the worst economic and cultural crisis of all time and explain its cause. WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE.

    So what can we do about it? Well, not much. Unfortunately, we are stuck on a runaway train. The problem has gone unchecked for too many years. The US/global depression is comming thanks to the 1% club. It would take a massive effort by the vast majority to prevent it. Along with a voluntary sacrifice by the rich. THATS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. But if you believe in miracles, then spend your money as wisely as possible. Especially in middle and lower class communities. Check the Fortune 500 list and limit your support of high profit/low labor industries (Hollywood, pro sports, energy, credit, pharmaceutical, cable, satelite, internet advertising, cell phone, high fashion, jewelry, ect.). Cancel all but one credit card for emergencies only. If you need a cell phone, then do your homework and find the best deal on a local pre-pay. If you want home internet access, then use the least expensive provider, and share accounts whenever possible. If you need to search, then use the less popular search engines. They usually produce the same results anyway. Don’t click on any internet ad. If you need the product or service, then look up the phone number or address and contact that business directly. Don’t pay to see any blockbuster movie. Instead, wait a few months and rent the DVD from a local store or buy it USED. If you want to see a big name game or event, then watch it in a local bar, club, or at home on network TV. Don’t buy any high end official merchendise and don’t support the high end sponsors. If its endorsed by a big name celebrity, then don’t buy it. If you can afford a new car, then make an exception for GM, Ford, and Dodge. If they don’t increase their market share soon, then a lot more people are going to get screwed out of their pensions and/or benefits. Of course, you must know by now to avoid those big trucks and SUVs unless you truly need one for its intended purpose. Don’t be ashamed to buy a foreign car if you prefer it. Afterall, those with the most fuel efficient vehicles consume a lot less foreign oil. Which accounts for a pretty big chunk of our trade deficit. Anyway, the global economy is worth supporting to some extent. Its the obscene profit margins, trade deficits, and BS from OPEC that get us into trouble. Otherwise, the global economy would be a good thing for everyone. Just keep in mind that the big 3 are struggling and they do produce a few smaller reliable cars. Don’t frequent any high end department store or any business in a newly developed upper class community. By doing so, you make developers richer and draw support away from industrial areas and away from the middle class communities. Instead, support the local retailer and the less popular shopping centers. Especially in lower or middle class communities. If you can afford to buy a home, then do so. But go smaller and less expensive. Don’t get yourself in too deep and don’t buy into the newly developed condos or gated communities. Instead, find a modest home in a building or neighborhood at least 20 years old. If you live in one of the poorer states, then try to support its economy first and foremost. Be on the lookout for commercial brainwash plots on TV. They are written into nearly every scene of nearly every show. Most cater to network sponsors and parent companies. Especially commercial health care. Big business is fine on occasion depending on the profit margins and profit sharing. Do your homework. If you want to support any legitimate charity, then do so directly. Never support any celebrity foundation. They spend most of their funding on PR campaigns, travel, and high end accomodations for themselves. Instead, go to Charitywatch.org and look up a top rated charity to support your favorite cause. In general, support the little guy as much as possible and the big guy as little as possible. Do your part to reverse the transfer of wealth away from the rich and back to the middle and lower classes. Unfortunately, there is no perfect answer. Jobs will be lost either way. Innocent children will starve and die either way. But we need to support the largest group of workers with the most reasonable profit margins. We also need to support LEGITIMATE charities (Check that list at Charitywatch.org). This is our only chance to limit the severity and/or duration of the comming US/global depression. In the meantime, don’t listen to Bernanke, Paulson, Bartiromo, Orman, Dobbs, Kramer, OReiley, or any other public figure with regard to the economy. They are all plenty smart but I swear to you that they will lie right through their rotten teeth. IT MAKES THEM RICHER. These people work for big business. The ‘experts’ they cite also work for big business. They are all motivated by their desire to accumulate more wealth. THEY WILL LIE RIGHT THROUGH THEIR ROTTEN TEETH. So don’t fall for their tricks. Instead, look at the big picture. The economic problems we face have been mounting for well over 20 years. All of them caused or aggrivated by a constant transfer of wealth from poorer to richer. Soon, it will cause the first ever GLOBAL DEPRESION. Its not brain surgery. Its simple math. Like I said, you are welcome to run this by any professor of economics or socio-economics. If thats not good enough, then look up what Einstein had to say about greed, extreme wealth, and its horrible concequences. I speak the truth. GREED KILLS. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL.

    Its already underway. A massive campaign to divert our attention. Trump, Buffet, OReiley, Dobbs, Pickens, Norris, and several other well known filthy rich public figures have been running their mouths about the economy. Finally admitting a hint of severity after almost 2 years of denial. They even have the nerve to acknowledge the possibility of a US/global depression. Still, they refuse to acknowledge the single greatest underlying cause. Instead, they focus on policies, procedures, and circumstances that were born FROM the underlying cause. Dancing their way around the big picture. DON'T FALL FOR IT. Remember: Our national debt was way up BEFORE sub-prime. Consumer debt was way up BEFORE sub-prime. The cost of living was up BEFORE sub-prime. Wall Street profits were obscene BEFORE sub-prime. The middle class were loosing free and clear assets BEFORE sub-prime. Our infrastructure was in bad shape BEFORE sub-prime. Loans from China were taken out BEFORE sub-prime. The dollar was loosing value BEFORE sub-prime. So don’t let these cowardly filthy rich public figures divert your attention or limit your range of thought. THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CRISIS WAS NOT CAUSED BY A SINGLE POLICY OR PROCEDURE. IT WAS CAUSED PRIMARILY BY A MASSIVE TRANSFER OF WEALTH FROM POOR TO RICH. THIS ALSO REPRESENTS A MASSIVE CONCENTRATION OF CAPITAL WORLDWIDE. OTHERWISE, THERE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SUCH A MARKET FOR SUB-PRIME AND THERE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A GLOBAL CREDIT CRUNCH. MONEY DOES NOT GROW ON TREES AND IT DOES NOT JUST FLOAT AWAY. IT ONLY TRANSFERS FROM ONE PARTY TO ANOTHER. ALBERT EINSTEIN TRIED TO MAKE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND. GREED KILLS. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL.

    A word for those who respond with the usual ‘I know more than you. Look how smart, knowledgable, and articulate I am’ crap. Let me say this in advance. I don’t claim to be an expert in this field. But I did go on record with these predictions long before any public figure uttered the word ‘recession’. If you search long enough, you will find my early postings from ‘05' and ‘06'. Including the first draft of this rant. Since then, I’ve gone on record against people like Greenspan, Bernanke, and Paulson. So far, my predictions have been accurate. Like I said. This is not brain surgery. For the mostpart, its simple math. When you concentrate the world’s wealth, you also concentrate its capital and shrink the middle class along with the potential market for every major industry. Homes go unsold. Bills go unpaid. Banks fail. More products go unsold. Jobs are lost. More banks fail. and so on. and so on. It happened 80 years ago. It will happen again. This time on a global scale. Throughout the cycle, the rich will tighten their grip. Concentrating the world’s wealth and resources even further and ensuring the collapse of every major economy worldwide. Think it can’t happen? Think again. GREED KILLS. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL.

    Another thing. I don’t want credit for any of this. Otherwise, I would have given my full name a long time ago. As far as I’m concerned, you can put this rant in your own words and take credit for all of it. I don’t care. Just spread the word. Otherwise, the greatest injustice of all time will go down in history unchecked.

    By the way. The bailout won’t work. IT WON’T WORK. The plan fails to address the fundamental problem. The middle class don’t need more credit. They need a reasonable share of the economic pie. They also need a lower cost of living and a chance to catch their breath. They need a break from all of the psychological marketing tricks and mass market BS. Most of all, they need to wake up and see the truth. GREED KILLS. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL.

    To my surprise, two public figures have found the courage to acknowledge this problem to some degree. On 11.07.07 former presidential candidate Ron Paul mentioned the massive transfer of wealth from poor to rich. He also hinted at the possibility of economic collapse. He did so on 'Face the Nation'. He was blacklisted almost immediately for doing so. On 9.28.08 former secretary of labor Robert Reich refered to the obscene levels of income inequality as part of a "recipe for disaster". He mentioned the richest one percent in particular. He did so on 'Late Night With Conan OBrien'. As far as I know, Albert Einstein was the first to explain the link between extreme wealth and economic instability. He did so in 1949. He explained how the first Great Depression was actually caused by a massive transfer of wealth from poor to rich. He predicted that it would happen again. He was right. Amazing. The prosperity of an entire world is about to be compromised. Almost entirely because of greed. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL.

    Another word about the Great Depression. It really was a perfect storm. First, there was unprecidented economic growth. There was a massive building spree. There was a growing sense of optimism. There was a growing obsession for celebrities. The average American became a pathetic, brainwshed, consumer junkie, moron. All of this represented a MASSIVE transfer of wealth to the rich. Executives, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and share holders. When the middle class ran low on money to spend UP, DOWN, and ACROSS, the rich did what they felt necessary to maintain their disgusting profit margins and ill-gotten obscene levels of wealth as long as possible. They cut jobs. The small business owners did what they felt necessary to survive. They cut jobs. The losses were felt primarily by the little guy. This created a domino effect. The middle class shrunk and the lower class expanded. With less wealth in active circulation, banks failed by the hundreds. More jobs were lost. Unemployment reached 25% in 1933. The worst year of the Great Depression. The recovery involved a World War and higher taxes on the rich. With so many men in the service, so many women on the production line, and those higher taxes to help pay for it, the lions share of United States wealth was gradually transfered back to the middle class. This redistribution of wealth continued until the late seventies. At the time, the richest 1% reaped about 10% of all private income and held about 20% of all United States wealth. Far less than previous levels. The middle class had home equity, free and clear assets, and money in the bank. The tide began to change. Jimmy Carter was blamed for a mild recession that was caused by a number of global circumstances including greed. Then a short sighted pig by the name of Arthor Laffer came along. He convinced Ronald Reagan to grant massive tax breaks to the rich and their respective industries. His half-baked theory was that by doing so, unprecidented levels of economic growth could be achieved. He was right. Unfortunately, he failed to see or acknowledge the big picture. That 'economic growth' and 'actual prosperity' are two different things. Jobs don't 'create' wealth. They only transfer it from one party to another. The devil is in the details. Reaganomics, gave the rich and their respective industries the incentive to 'expand' and 'create jobs'. Resulting in higher profit margins for those at the top. The transfer of wealth from poor to rich was kicked back into high gear. Here we are 27 years later. Another perfect storm. The big one. Not only have we become a nation of consumer junkies all over again. But we have also become fat, stupid, and programmed to live by drug and doctor. We spend most of our spare time on the couch getting brainwashed by public figures. Even worse, those public figures have re-defined our standard of 'good will'. Mother Teresa is dead. America's favorite 'humanitarian' is now a filthy rich multi-media pig who reaped a billion dollar fortune from the middle class by making damn sure they stay on that couch long enough to watch her show and read her magazine. Transforming them into love-sick fools who turn around and buy any product or service endorsed by their idol. In fact, the entire industry has followed suit. Cashing in on bogus promises to make the world a better place. Amazing. EVERY big business, EVERY big celebrity, EVERY billionaire, and damn near every multi-millionaire on the planet have all taken up 'phylanthropy', or 'good will'. Those with the most money, power, and influense literally rule our world. Still, every major problem of modern society gets worse by the day. The world's wealth is more concentrated than ever before. Her life sustaining resources are in high demand, more expensive than ever, and squandered by the rich on extravogant living. Meanwhile, families loose their homes, retirees loose their pensions, heroes loose their lives, and red ink flows in nearly every community. The global economy is in a state of crisis. The prosperity of an entire world is about to be compromised. Still, those with the most power, money, and influense promise to make it all better. If only we continue to buy any product or service with their name on it. ITS A SHAM. GOOD WILL HAS BECOME BIG BUSINESS.

    The point about our government printing up more money was that it can't be done "on a whim" and that there are serious concequences for doing so (weak dollar, higher gas prices, inflation). I never said that it can't be or hasn't been done at all. Afterall, those loans from china weren't infused in the form of Chinese currency. They were infused in the form of our own. Not given to the middle class but instead to the banks in the form of credit. Its done nothing but perpetuate the problem. It never has been and never will be the answer. Sorry if I wasn't explicit enough the first time. The original draft was written 2 years ago and intended to fit within 300 characters. Anyway, I'm no English major. So if any of you want to re-word this post, feel free to do so. Whatever it takes to make people understand.
    11/05/08
    A new president will be taking office soon. Backed up by a heavily democratic congress who have all campaigned on a promise to raise taxes on the rich. Unfortunately, this will be too little too late. Nowhere near enough to compensate for the incredible corruption of both major parties. Nowhere near enough to pay for the bailout. Nowhere near enough to stop that runaway train. There will be no change for the better. Obama's financial advisers are pigs. Warren Buffet is a pig. Oprah Winfrey is a pig. Obama himself is a multi-millionaire politician married to a multi-millionaire attorney. All of the above will use smoke and mirrors to divert our attention, and get richer in the process. Obama has already run the most expensive political campaign in history. Whatever moral character he may have left, will be lost or heavily compromised while in office. Like the others, his administration will succumb to the greatest epidemic ever faced by modern man. By far, the most intoxicating element of modern society. Greed. Simply the desire to get as rich as posible. It has the potential to blacken any heart. Break the will of any human being. Corrupt any society. Those who succumb to it are lost forever. You can not get through to these people. You can not make them understand. GREED KILLS. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL.

    12/16/08

    The feds have reduced their interest rate to an all time low. IT WON'T WORK. It absolutely positively will not work. I would bet my life on it a hundred times over. Again, our own leaders fail to acknowledge the single greatest underlying cause. They fail to acknowledge the downside of greed. That idiot pig Arthor Laffer fails to acknowledge it. Greenspan, Bernanke, and Paulson fail to acknowledge it. Lars Larson, Tammy Bruce, Mike Gallagher, Bill O'Reiley, and Jim Bohanan fail to acknowledge it. This is not brain surgery. For the mostpart, its simple math. WE ARE IN THIS MESS BECAUSE OF GREED. The world's richest one percent are now so incredibly rich that there simply isn't enough wealth circulating beneath them to sustain the global economy. Its on the brink of collapse. IT WILL COLLAPSE. We are now enetering what will go down in history as the worst economic and cultural crisis of all time. Caused almost entirely by a particular form of evil. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL.

    1% CLUB PIGS: I've said it many times and I will say it many more. Greed is not the desire to break the law or intentionally oppress another human being. Greed is simply the desire to take more than your reasonable share of wealth or any limited resource. By doing so, you reduce the value of currency and raise the cost of living worldwide. You literally cause others to suffer and die. It does not matter how much you 'give back'. It matters how much you KEEP. You disgusting hypocrite pigs. I can not stop you but I will expose you. DEAL WITH IT.

    I was recently pleasantly amazed to hear Virginia will revamp the Tyson's Corner morass to make it an urban walkable area. If they'd done the responsible thing in the first place, providing complete sidewalks, trails and pedestrian tunnels and overpasses, they wouldn't be having to spend tax money again. Let this be a lesson to every constituency about the irresponsible nature of corporate-friendly social engineering. That car sales should super-cede human need and access is best described as a Capital-crime.

    Note: Some will complain that police protection is inadequate or that they reject commonways in their back yard. Such attitudes only highlight personal rejection of citizenship responsibilities. It is fascists who expect occupying armies with violence at hand to punish anyone usurping their elite privileges, the option merely to stroll on a public by-way. Public violence and harassment is easily remedied by cell phone use and even with a shout or prying glance. Most violence is perpetrated by intimates of the victim and is a structural social problem. Let's engineer on that awhile with living wages and fair workplace conditions, and by protecting personal privacy and autonomy. Are we all gonna sit inside with violent video games until our brains rot? We belong to this planet and it therefore belongs to all of us collectively. Remember that when you plan and build.

    To understand how a person generates ideas his history and lifestyle are important. I was an international contract laborer. Now that I am older I am an odd job man. I do the things people are not eager to tackle for reasons of repulsion, lack of expertise and low recompense. I draw my assistants from the homeless community. One preferred companion is Elmer Brassankle, a former art teacher in D.C.

    As we were blowing leaves from a churchyard yesterday we took a break for hot tea and hummus sandwiches. Elmer had been watching TV at the shelter and he asked me (in a Socratic manner),
    "Don't you wish we could get some of that yore-money?"
    I thought he was doing a Wayans Brothers routine at first but by his precise inflection I caught on. Yore-money is the manicured bill packs they show on the news when they discuss the economy and personal retirement accounts. It can also mean the citizens' deferred tax obligations due to budget deficits.

    Soon we had developed a fantasy about Bernanke and Paulson herding billions of Franklins around with backpack blowers. We were playing with the idea of wealth, conducting street theatre for two.

    As we returned to our labors Elmer became somber and his eyes teared up. "You know, if they can create all that money to pay off the bank markers they could have done it all along. We could have had education, good food, health care and a place to live any day. But the guys in charge couldn't enjoy what they had without the rest of us suffering. It was a choice all the time."

    I had to agree. In a nation of plenty deprivation is a condition of the economic system, and that could be changed. It is a choice!

    "Maybe Obama will put some yore-money in the right hands,"Elmer sobbed. Then he pulled his starter and we were off, herding our pretend yore-money.

    I am an odd job man. I live in a camping trailer with two big dogs. I work and look for work, and when I get a good gig I share it. Elmer's eviction house sits empty and vandalized in Baltimore. Remnants of his possessions were visible in the alley the last time we drove down from Palmyra. I wish the yore-money had not come too late, had not got in the wrong hands.

    Infrastructure availability is a means of social control. Rails to trails is a cause of mine. I get so sick of racists and fear mongers stirring up adjacent property owners so that needed trails are never built.
    Two points:
    1. Bless the saints who voluntarily walk or bike in their daily rounds.
    2. Damn the government parasites who deny us freedom of movement within our communities and nation by not requiring sidewalks and trails be built all over. How sad to see my neighbors illegally walking dangerous rail lines to get where they need to go. Our collective health is a casualty of this crime.

    Deborah Amos completely missed the main point concerning Bush's "last minute scramble to change or undo federal rules."

    Quoting Amy Goodman:

    While it’s nothing new for outgoing administrations to try and enact these so-called “midnight regulations,” the Bush administration has accelerated the process to ensure the changes it wants will be finalized by November 22nd. That’s sixty days before the next administration takes control. Most federal rules go into effect sixty days after they’ve been finalized, and it would be a major bureaucratic undertaking for the Obama administration to reverse federal rules already in effect.

    http://tinyurl.com/5amaco

    It's only going to get worse. The Barnett Shale madness is out of control, and these gas companies are planning on piping this newly drilled gas, without added odor, throughout the area in 36" plastic pipes. It's like they want the disaster, as long as their not charged for the cost to prevent or clean up.
    http://www.fwweekly.com/content.asp?article=7161

    A gas company recently sent their team of lawyers to our neighborhood to have us sign off on drilling, at an angle, underneath our neighborhood to access the Shale. This idiot who tried to allay our concerns over safety said all that was overseen by the Railroad Commission. Give me a break.

    For a Christian nation which is supposed to live by Christ's commandments to "love one another" and "do unto others as you would have them do unto you"; it seems that there is little value put on people's lives when it comes to money.

    I'm a big fan of this feature of the Bill Moyers Journal. And this Expose had all the marks of the best episodes: a compelling reporter, a complicated story communicated with elegant economy, and the exposure of cynical(if not corrupt) politicians in collusion with indifferent industry. Well done! I hope to see lots more--it's the only venue that highlights quality investigative journalism.

    I don't see how this refusal to take care of known safety issues, which have led to the death of many Americans, is any different them domestic terrorism!!!! When will our nation wake up and do something to stop this.

    Wow bad direction there "A man", you are not even close with your comments you should try drinking or drugs to get your head on straight.
    I worked or tried to work with natural gas industry since 1980, went to the railroad commission for years. If you think it is bad on the city distribution,wait until the big 36" pipelines start going up. The negligence has been going on for decades and as soon as it gets expensive to fix, they sell the property off and the problem is literally buried. All funds go to emergency fire brigade and paying off victims families. The truth is this was a problem recognized in writing by the manufacturer in 1980 then ignored by Lone Star Gas who should not have been able to sell the pipeline without a safety certification of some kind. Pre existing problems, acknowledged and ignored that should get you prison time.
    The oil and gas companies now have more money than ever they should be responsible to the safety of the pipeline. There are aleady enough regulations just nobody to enforce them.
    And as long as all they have to do is make a contribution to re-elect the railroad commsioner instead of fix the problem, the problem just is not going to get fixed.
    We will see how many more people die in the mean time.
    Great job by the reporter , keep going you will find most of the infrastructure Alaska pipeline etc, is about to crater.
    That is how i know terrorism is a goof job otherwise they would have very easily blown up half the country just torching all the leaks from pipelines and facilities. Man are you ever a dip.

    They won't do it. This is just one symptom of many and is not limited to gas companies.

    Around here, the decayed and decaying electric poles were not replaced until a major ice storm took most of the state out for almost a week. Some people had to do without electricity from more than a week. Then they had a major event where they called disaster companies from across the nation(I looked them up on the internet only to find out that apparently this is yet another business) They replaced only those poles which had actually gone down, others which you can see from the road as clearly decayed still are there.

    In the meantime, there were some deaths due to causes of hypothermia and carbon monoxide.

    Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that it is not limited to just the gas companies, gas lines, and faulty valves. This (not doing any upkeep or upgrade on the infrastructure) is a systemwide national problem.

    I watched your report with growing interest, especially when you mentioned New York as having similar problems with these couplers. I was immediately reminded of a few years ago when i went outside my house in central NY and smelled gas around the meter site. I noticed that a pipe coming out of the ground into the meter was pretty rusted (house was built in late 40's, but don'tknow exactly when the gas lines went in - some decades ago)

    Called the utility who at first indicated that it probably wasn't a big deal. When I said over the phone something to the effect "So, I have to wait for my house to explode?" they sent someone out and eventually replaced the pipe. Now I am wondering if this is another instance where the company should actually be replacing proactively all the connections of a similar age in my neighborhood ....

    I like how Gordon is complaining about the gas pipeline coupling problem when she drives a gigantic SUV. It is OK for her to pollute and possibly destroy the planet, or at least pollute our air, but when her/the American belief in government does not work for her, then there is a problem.

    Her parents, who died, obviously believed in the American Way because they thanked the government when they supposedly fixed the natural gas problem -- ignorance. Ignorance is not an excuse.

    If you believe that the Government is responsible for killing your parents AND your parents believed that the Government should regulate natural gas, but you are not responsible for polluting the air by driving a needlessly gigantic auto, then you believe the Government's assertions that auto emissions do not cause global warming, and so your opinion and issues mean nothing; if you do not question what you believe in, then you are a patsy. If you die because you are ignorant, then it is at least partly your fault.

    Gordon obviously came from an ignorant family that died because of their ridiculous belief that the American government cared about them. It does not matter whether you were in the military or not.

    Gordon carries on her parents' legacy by driving a vehicle that not only uses up "resources" needlessly, but pollutes the atmosphere whether or not those emissions cause global warming.

    Don't listen to people who cannot extricate themselves from their indoctrinations. These people are the ones who make American crap stay in place.

    I can't understand, How hard is it to design a Auto Safety Valve that can sense an uncontrolled release of Natural Gas and immediately shut off the supply? just like a fuse in an electrical Circuit, this should be MANDATORY.

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