The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.
In an all-out effort to save their financial hides, is there anything that America and Americans would not sell to the Chinese or others around the world? Apparently not. It appears that the Chinese, for one, are not completely happy with just buying up America’s assets—land, businesses, infrastructure, energy resources, shipping ports and anything else they can get their hands on (see chapter 7)—but they also want America’s bodies; especially American child-bearing women.
In an article in Today Money on September 23, 2013, it was reported that Chinese millionaires in China (and there are millions of them) are contracting with Chinese and American surrogate agencies to find young American women who are willing to carry Chinese babies to full term in the U.S., thus having their babies being born as American citizens. Of course, U.S. fertility clinics and surrogate agencies are only too happy to comply and have set up web sites in Mandarin Chinese to attract the wealthy Chinese. For the native Chinese family such a method of bearing their young accomplishes two primary purposes: They can avoid the restrictive “one child” policy of their homeland and they open the door to future U.S. residency through their U.S. citizen babies.
It is not surprising that the number of Chinese visitors to the U.S. has nearly doubled from 2010 to 2012, from one million to 1.8 million. The number of pregnant Chinese women coming to America to give birth to their children has also risen dramatically.
Such a method of bearing children is not cheap. While American women who act as surrogates can make $22,000 to $30,000, the overall cost for the Chinese family can run upwards to $300,000. However, despite the hefty fee, it looks like more and more Chinese can afford the bill.
Municipality and County Financial Meltdowns. Communities and counties across America are in deep financial trouble. Some are on financial watch lists; others have had to slash budgets and city personnel; others have had their credit rating reduced; while others are seeking bankruptcy relief from the courts.
Of course, the biggest of these to grab headlines recently is Detroit. Detroit has been in a world of hurt for a long time as the once strong auto center has seen the automobile industry wane and workers flee the city over the last couple of decades. Since 1980, Detroit has had a population flight, from 1.2 million residents to 701,475 in 2012, a 41.5 percent decline. At the time of filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on July 18, 2013, Detroit owed about $18 billion, of which $12.1 billion (including pension obligations of $3.5 billion) was “unsecured debt.” So far, the city is the largest municipal entity to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history. As of July, 2013 the city still had an unemployment rate of 18.8 percent.
However, Jefferson County, Alabama (pop. 658,466), which includes the city of Birmingham, was the second largest at $4 billion when it filed on November 9, 2011. Before Detroit’s filing, Stockton, California was the largest U.S. city (pop. 298,000) to file for bankruptcy on June 28, 2012. In an effort to stay solvent, Stockton had cut $90 million from its budget over the last few years, especially in the police force. As a result crime has skyrocketed in the community.
Right behind Stockton is San Bernardino, California (pop. 212,639) with a $45.8 million budget shortfall. There are numerous other California cities that are in deep financial trouble. Among them are Mammoth Lakes, which is being sued by a contractor for a $43 million “breach-of-contract” judgment. Then there is Santa Ana (nearing bankruptcy) and Costa Mesa which is slashing payrolls to stay afloat.
In addition, there are four major cities in California that are battling financial difficulties: Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego. Los Angeles, California’s largest city at 3.8 million people is facing a $238 million budget deficit and huge unfunded pension liabilities. San Diego, the second largest city, is also facing a huge pension problem and a fiscal year 2014 budget gap of $38 million. Long Beach has an $18.5 million budget issue, while Oakland needs to borrow $211 million to cover pension obligations.
Although many California cities are in big trouble, the fiscal problem for municipalities extends far beyond that state. In the Midwest, Chicago is by far the biggest potential headache. With a FY2013 budget gap of $298 million, the city has been forced to lay off 500 workers and close some police stations. Another Michigan city, Flint, is facing a FY2014 shortfall of $19.1 million. In Cincinnati, Ohio, they were looking at FY2014 gap of $35 million and were forced to raise property taxes.
In the East, two large Pennsylvania cities are facing major financial problems and have filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. In Harrisburg, the state capital, they were weighed under by a $400+ million debt. In Scranton they were only $16.8 million in the hole but were forced to cut 400 public employees back to $7.25 per hour (minimum wage). In Camden, New Jersey, another crime-ridden, declining city where unemployment still hovers at 17 percent, in FY2011 they were dealing with a $26.5 million gap and were forced to fire their entire police force and contract out their law enforcement needs.
It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796
There are a host of other cities and counties and other governmental entities that are facing severe financial problems and the list keeps growing. With the economy as a whole still in limbo, the financial picture is not getting any better for most of them.
The problem, wrote David Kupelian, Managing Editor of WorldNetDaily, is that “America’s most vexing and intractable problems: rampant crime, pervasive political corruption and government debt, sky-high taxes, crushing bureaucratic regulations, the embrace of a socialist-welfare mindset and attacks on capitalism, a rapidly growing “dependent class” that relies on government handouts, widespread human degradation and, especially, the abandonment of traditional Judeo-Christian values that has led to today’s devastating social, moral and financial corruption. Most of these issues have a common denominator: They are primarily problems of big cities.”
Preppers Prep. Perhaps for the first time since the Civil War a growing number of Americans are fearful and distrustful of their president and congressional leaders. Their fear and mistrust is not without good reason. Thousands, perhaps millions of Americans are preparing for a potential economic and/or political Armageddon.
President Obama, of course, does not give them any reason not to. In a speech at Ohio State University, May 5, 2013, Obama told a captivated student audience, “Unfortunately you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all of our problems. Some of these same voices do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”
Reject the voices that are pointing to the tyrannical leadership in Washington? America’s Founding Fathers would be horrified and would likely suggest that any leader that tells the American people to ignore the warnings of tyranny, is, himself a tyrant.
Americans have good reason to be concerned about the abuses of their government and to be in fear of their own safety and freedom. Although it has been headed this direction for some time, under the despotic, Marxist leadership of Obama, the freedoms that American’s cherish are rapidly washing away.
Americans have good reason to be suspicious of their government; not trusting that the folks doing their bidding in Washington really have their back and best interests in mind. In March, 2013, it became widely known through certain media that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had authorized the purchase of 1.6 billion (yes, billion) rounds of ammunition, including hollow-point bullets that are forbidden by international law during military conflicts. Putting that in some perspective, during the height of the last intense Iraq war it has been estimated that the U.S. military used 6 million rounds per month or 72 million in a year. That means DHS would have a 20+ year supply of ammo. For what? Keep in mind that this purchase was authorized after the much publicized sequester cut-backs that went into effect on January 1, 2013 and at a time when military commanders were complaining that their training facilities were so short of ammo that they could not properly train combat soldiers.
If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants. William Penn (1644-1718)
However, a spokesperson for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia noted that all DHS training centers use a combined total of about 15 million rounds per year. With 1.6 billion bullets that would give DHS 107 years of supply. Hmmmm!
However, that is not all that DHS has been up to lately. Around the same time it became known that DHS had ordered the purchase and retrofit of 2,717 Mine Resistant Protected MaxxPro MRAP armored vehicles. DHS personnel deny the purchase, but the vehicles have been showing up at police and sheriff departments around the country and attentive U.S. citizens have been posting videos and photos of the vehicles in their area online. These heavily armored vehicles were especially useful in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars to protect the military against dreaded IED (Improvised Explosive Device) attacks. Not only can they withstand IEDs and mine blasts but also 50-caliber shell hits to their bullet-proof glass. Hmmmm! Oh, and let us not forget that right after the sequester started the DHS ordered $50 million in new uniforms. Hmmmm! The DHS also ordered 7,000 personal assault rifles, the kind that Obama wants to outlaw for U.S. citizens. Hmmmm!
John Whitehead, a constitutional attorney, President and founder of the Rutherford Institute, a not-for-profit civil liberties and human rights organization, in a WND Radio interview on July 22, 2013 said, “What the Department of Homeland Security became under [Secretary] Janet Napolitano is this monstrous surveillance and very intimidating group.” He further noted that under her leadership, returning U.S. military . . . [For more information, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America].