Readers of Last Minute Survival will know that I have discussed on many occasions the long term detrimental impacts of socialized health care. Some of the most serious problems that inevitably arise are increasing costs of care (to the point of unaffordable), serious shortages in both drugs and doctors (to the point of unavailability), a decrease in the quality of care (to the point of forced acceptance of lower standards), and an increase in wait time for procedures (to the point of patients dying before than can get definitive care). These problems are endemic to socialized healthcare systems and can be contemporarily witnessed in places like Venezuela where the ability to obtain toilet paper and sutures has become impossible since the socialist takeover of the country’s government. Now, contrary to the rosy picture the Obama Administration has painted of its signature healthcare reform package, the US has begun to demonstrate those very same predictable symptoms of a healthcare system beginning to collapse. In particular, this article looks at the unprecedented spike in drug shortages that have not so coincidentally occurred since Obama took office. Is it time to panic? No, but it is time to take note and reverse the socialist course of governance in the US. Failure to reverse course will lead to the destruction of the US healthcare system in short order. As this article documents, the drug shortages have already begun to dramatically increase. Read more
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The stage is set for final economic liquidation of the United States: Detroit request 50,000 immigrants
What does a corrupt and dysfunctional government due with its constituents after it has sucked every last drop of blood from them? Replace them of course. Detroit is not liquidating its population in the sense of Mao or Stalin, but even a quick study of Detroit’s demographics will reveal it has undergone a mass exodus. Detroit, the once vibrant industrial city is now no longer able to pay its bills, which has led to bankruptcy and an inability to maintain its infrastructure. As the lights permanently go dark and packs of wild dogs roam the streets, entire portions of Detroit have been turned into gangland ghettos reminiscent of the prescient 1987 film RoboCop. To “fix” the problem our “enlightened” elites created, Detroit’s government is planning to import 50,000 new workers (slaves) to Detroit. However, what they aren’t telling you is that their idea of a “fix” and your idea of a “fix” are radically different and you are not going to like it. The elite fix will be the final act in the economic liquidation of the United States…or in layman’s terms, an engineered economic collapse. The collapse of Detroit wasn’t destined. It could have been averted if responsible fiscal policies had been instituted and a total takeover of the political system by unions and global corporations prevented. However, this was not to be. The marriage between government and big business was allowed to occur without protest and was actually welcomed much like President Obama’s dictatorial declarations in his 2014 State of the Union address. Soon though, greed took control of Detroit as handouts became preferred over earned paychecks. It wasn’t long after that the powerhouses of American industry lost their competitive edge. As one business after another closed its doors, Detroit was stripped of its vital tax revenues it had reliably pilfered from the middle class and left with massive debts to cover the costs of the remaining non-productive elements within the city. ’s huge and now growing debt became a time bomb with a short fuse that sealed its economic destruction. In the wake of Detroit’s demise, the city has left an older generation of workers stripped of their pensions and retirements and a younger generation of unemployed. As for its industry, well, it of course left the US. The propaganda pipedreams sold to the people of Detroit were simply dressed up lies that are designed to appeal to the masses, the “working classes,” the average hardworking Americans, but are pure economic poison designed only to solidify the status quo of the elites at the expense of competitive businesses and true economic growth. This type of snake oil appears in many ways such as a minimum wage. These policies sound great in the near term because they claim to insulate and protect jobs, but are doomed to fail over the longer term because they strip away a company’s need and or ability to be competitive in the true global market. Without the need to compete, laziness and apathy creep into a business. Innovation, research, and development are shelved because they detract from maximizing profits. Instead of building better products and operating more efficiently, companies found it easier to simply control the market bureaucratically. As this incestual, economic disease metastasized throughout government, laws were passed to further “protect” the “established” businesses and enrich the elites. This biased the market against new and competitive businesses making it impossible for them to compete and killed any residual business initiatives. As a result, only large, non-competitive, and highly inefficient businesses that could afford to buy politicians were left. Of course this system was flawed, but by the time the Detroit woke up to realize the market was a global one, more competitive industries at home and abroad put the Motor City out of business. This self-destructive economic cycle ultimately killed the host…the hard working middle class of Detroit. Once the middle class were decimated, the tax revenues collapsed and Detroit effectively became economically insolvent. Elites tend to like to keep and expand their power and wealth. As soon as the elites realized they no longer could maintain the status quo within the United States, they took their businesses overseas where they could find cheap labor to exploit for maximum profit. This is often a result of centralized economic controls associated with leftist economic policies and unions that favor such things as an artificially high minimum wage and unmanageable pension plans. These policies make it impossible for even a healthy company to compete against lean companies with low overhead. As such, with the help of fancy marketing to the public and highly paid lobbyists, “fair” trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) were passed. The trade deals were written and designed to benefit the proverbial 1% and not the middle class. The real effect would be to destroy national borders and tip the balance of “fairness” against the US worker. The elites knew this meant that the American standard of living would plummet as industry and jobs flowed out, but not into the US. This Machiavellian decision was made because America was becoming a saturated, stagnant market with high overhead costs due in no small part to union demanded benefits, high taxes, and oppressive government regulations. In order to expand profits, the companies needed access to the global market and the fastest growing segments of the world population, such as in Asia. NAFTA and the current, emerging, and highly secretive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement have and will, respectively, decimate the living standard in the US. Detroit’s demise should be a warning to anyone that believes globalist policies will lead the US to new levels of economic prosperity. These same mechanisms that brought down Detroit are at work and in advanced stages now across the entire US. BOTH political parties are to blame for this. The Republican President George H.W. Bush signed into law the NAFTA and Democratic President Obama has unrelentingly forced a radical socialist/Marxist agenda upon the US to complete the globalist designs oft referenced by the former President Bush as the “New World Order.” President Obama is also nearing completion of the super-secret TPP agreement with China, which if NAFTA is any indicator, will be catastrophic for the US economy. Nonetheless, even without the foreign trade sellouts agreements, the economic and regulatory policies of the progressive left alone will be enough to crush the last remaining vibrant elements of the US economy. The bottom line is centrally planned economies have never worked historically anywhere in the world and will not work in the US. So one may ask what does importing 50,000 immigrants have to do with helping Detroit. The answer is it won’t help you and it won’t help Detroit; it will help the 1%. The elites and their paid politicians have set the stage for the perfect storm of economic collapse in the US. Detroit is the first pilot test. Detroit will get a temporary boost of cheap labor that will be sold to the public as a way to produce tax revenue and rejuvenate the city’s ailing population. However, it will further disenfranchise American workers, increase domestic unemployment, and diminish the US standard of living. The guest workers will not be paying taxes because their income will be below the taxable limit, but they will certainly benefit from social welfare programs such as free healthcare, food stamps, subsidized housing, and welfare. This will be a huge net loss financially for Detroit and the US, but that doesn’t matter to the globalists expecting windfall profits and living abroad. In exchange for the sellout, the bought politicians get a readymade pool of new constituent votes via “amnesty” and more campaign donations from the global corporations to keep them in power. In the end it will only be the wealthy elites of the global corporations that increase their profits, which from their offshore perches and beach front mansions in Monaco seem like a good idea. The overriding premise of this is that cheap labor increases the profit margin of big globalist corporations allowing them to put anyone else not enjoying the same type of special favors out of business. The paradox of this logic was noted ironically by Karl Marx in that if no one has money to buy the goods, the capitalist system will collapse. However, that is the future and this is the now. So how does this perfect storm work? Global corporations will have a new pool of what amounts to domestic slave labor that maximizes their profits. They accomplished this by lobbying (paying off) politicians to pass amnesty, not enforce border security, and approve the 50,000 work visas for Detroit. Detroit will be the first city to undergo this transnational corporate takeover. This will put more Americans out of work because other “good” businesses paying legitimate wages can’t compete. As the American workers lose their jobs and remain unemployed, non-Americans will be brought in to assume those American jobs, which will further increase the pool of under or unemployed. Tax revenues will plummet as social welfare and public service costs sky rocket. This will spread to more cities and put more and more people out of work. As more cities collapse like Detroit, they will be next in line for “help” and will receive hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers. As each city falls, the global corporations will continue to transition their workforce to cheap labor and continue to increase their profit margins. Bought politicians will look the other way and proclaim the benefits of diversity. This business model is only possible because our once free Republic has been turned into a complete social welfare state. As such, the burden of paying a living wage is no longer on the corporations, but on you the taxpayer. You, the dwindling middle class worker, will be responsible for paying the immigrant workers’ healthcare (Obamacare), food stamps, welfare, education/tuition, costs for municipal services, and housing subsidies to name some of the major welfare programs. This burden will be unsustainable for a solvent country. Thus finite, it will lead to the final economic collapse of the US even as key stocks soar from record corporate profits. There simply will not be enough tax paying workers to support the welfare state leviathan and just as Detroit collapsed as its tax revenues to payouts went negative, so too will the US. To complete this logic, one must ask then what good it does the companies to collapse the US economy. To understand, one must remember the corporations are “global.” They don’t operate in a world of boundaries and borders. Their practices are parasitic and predatory and operate for maximum profit now. That means as our nation is bled of every last cent and economically destroyed, they will just move on to a new market like they did in Detroit. The money the corporations make will be used to dominate the next emerging market and the cycle will continue with the American worker now the cheap labor supporting the more advanced economies in other parts of the world. This leaves you stuck with the debt, poverty, and the tyranny of near absolute dependence on the government. This dependence equates to government control (by the very same bought politicians that got you in this situation), which means you are no longer free and ruled by a corrupt elite. You are now a slave and the globalists control you.
By Guiles Hendrik
January 30, 2014
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