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WASHINGTON — It’s been 17 years since the federal government last faced a partial shutdown because Congress and the president couldn’t agree on a spending bill. A lot has changed in that time, leaving federal employees, citizens and even government decision-makers confused about what a shutdown would mean.

Every shutdown is different. The politics that cause them are different. Because of technology and structural overhauls, the way the government functions has changed since 1996. Much of what will happen is unknown.

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Here’s what we do know about Tuesday’s looming shutdown:

THE BASICS

1. What causes a shutdown? Under the Constitution, Congress must pass laws to spend money. If Congress can’t agree on a spending bill — or if, in the case of the Clinton-era shutdowns, the president vetoes it — the government does not have the legal authority to spend money.

2. What’s a continuing resolution? Congress used to spend money by passing a budget first, then 12 separate appropriations bills. That process has broken down, and Congress uses a stopgap continuing resolution, or CR, that maintains spending at current levels for all or part of the year.

3. Why can’t Congress agree? The Republican-controlled House has passed a spending bill that maintains spending levels but does not provide funding to implement the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The Democratic Senate insists that the program be fully funded and that Congress pass what they call a “clean” CR.

4. What is a “clean” CR?A continuing resolution without policy changes.

5. Why is this happening now? The government runs on a fiscal year from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Shutdowns can happen at other times of the year when Congress passes a partial-year spending bill.

6. Could government agencies ignore the shutdown? Under a federal law known as the Anti-Deficiency Act, it can be a felony to spend taxpayer money without an appropriation from Congress.

7. When would a shutdown begin? When the fiscal year ends at midnight Monday. Most federal workers would report to work Tuesday, but unless they’re deemed “essential,” they would work no more than four hours on shutdown-related activities before being furloughed.

8. When would the shutdown end? Immediately after the president signs a spending bill. As a practical matter, it could be noon the following day before most government offices that were shut down would reopen their doors.

9. How many times has the government shut down in the past? Since 1977, there have been 17 shutdowns, according to the Congressional Research Service.

10. How long do shutdowns usually last? Most last no more than three days. Some last less than a day.

11. When was the longest shutdown in history? The longest was also the most recent: from Dec. 16, 1995, through Jan. 5, 1996. That’s 21 days.

12. Would this shutdown be different from those in the 1990s? Yes. When the 1995 shutdown started, Congress had already passed three of 13 appropriations bills. (They funded military construction, agriculture, and energy and water projects.) Also, more government services are automated.

THE DEBT LIMIT

13. What’s the difference between a shutdown and a debt crisis? In a shutdown, the government lacks the legal authority to spend money on non-essential services. In a debt crisis, the government is mandated to spend money — but doesn’t have the legal authority to borrow the money to spend it.

14. Are the two related? Only by timing, which is somewhat coincidental.

15. When will the government run out of borrowing authority? Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew says it could come as soon as Oct. 17.

16. Has the United States ever defaulted on its debt before? No.

17. If the nation hits the debt limit, will government shut down? That’s a big unknown question. The Treasury Department has said the most likely scenario is that it would delay payments, paying only those bills it can afford, using daily tax revenue.

GOVERNMENT SERVICES

18. Will I still get my mail? Yes. The U.S. Postal Service functions as an independent business unit.

19. Can I get a passport? Maybe, but hurry. The Department of State says it has some funds outside the annual congressional appropriation. “Consular operations domestically and overseas will remain 100% operational as long as there are sufficient fees to support operations,” the department says.

20. Can I visit national parks? No. The National Park Service says day visitors will be told to leave immediately, and entrances will be closed.

21. What about campers already in the parks? They will be given two days to leave.

22. Will Washington museums be open? The Smithsonian, the National Zoo and the Holocaust Museum would all be closed. Private museums, such as the Newseum, the Spy Museum and Mount Vernon, would remain open. Rule of thumb: If it’s usually free, it’s probably closed.

23. What about the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts? The Kennedy Center does receive an annual appropriation from Congress, but also runs on ticket revenue and endowment funds. The center expects to stay open through a shutdown.

24. What about the National Archives?All archives and most presidential libraries will be closed, unless they’re operated by a private foundation — as all pre-Herbert Hoover presidential museums are. The Federal Records Center Program, which supports other agencies, would continue to operate because it uses a revolving fund.

25. Will the District of Columbia shut down? The district does not have complete autonomy and relies on an appropriation from Congress to operate. So during the shutdowns in the 1990s, trash went uncollected, and many city departments closed. In a departure from past shutdowns, Mayor Vincent Gray has informed the Office of Management and Budget that he has deemed all city employees “essential.” The district’s own attorney general has declared the mayor’s plan illegal.

26. Will the Patent and Trademark Office be open? Yes. The office can continue to operate off user fees and other funds for at least four weeks before having to shut down.

27. Would food safety inspections continue? Mostly. The Food Safety and Inspection Service would continue all safety-related activities. The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration would continue inspections to the extent they’re paid by user fees, “but inability to investigate alleged violations could hamper corrective action in the long term and could have an immediate impact on members of industry.” The Food and Drug Administration would limit its activities but continue to monitor recalls and conduct investigations.

28. Will the government still release economic data? Probably. The weekly unemployment claims number would still come out, and the September jobs report, due out Friday, probably will, too. The Department of Commerce reasons that some of its data is so economically sensitive that delaying it risks that it will be leaked.

29. Would the government continue to enforce wage and hour laws? The laws will still be in effect, but the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division would suspend operations.

30. Will disaster response be affected? No. However, all “non-disaster” grants — such as state and local preparedness programs — would be postponed, the Department of Homeland Security says.

31. Will e-Verify be affected? Yes. The government system to allow companies to voluntarily check the legal work status of its employees would be shut down.

STORY: Blame game for impending shutdown

GOVERNMENT BENEFITS

32. Would a shutdown put the brakes on implementing the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare?” No. The state-run exchanges for the uninsured would open as scheduled Tuesday. “The marketplaces will be open on Tuesday, no matter what, even if there is a government shutdown,” President Obama said Friday.

33. Why not? Like Social Security or Medicaid, Obamacare is a permanent entitlement that isn’t subject to annual funding by Congress. “Many of the core parts of the health care law are funded through mandatory appropriations and wouldn’t be affected,” Gary Cohen, the Health and Human Services Department official overseeing the health care rollout, said last week.

34. Would seniors continue to get Social Security benefits? Yes. Social Security is a mandatory spending program, and the people who send those checks would continue to work under a legal doctrine called “necessary implication.”

35. Can I apply for Social Security benefits, appeal a denial of benefits, change my address or sign up for direct deposit?Yes.

36. Can I get a new or replacement Social Security card, benefit verification statement or earnings record correction?No.

37. Would the government continue to pay unemployment benefits? Yes. The Employment and Training Administration “will continue to provide essential functions, as occurred during the shutdown of 1995,” according to the Department of Labor contingency plan.

38. Will I be able to get food stamps? Yes. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is funded through the Recovery Act and from funds that don’t expire for another year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

39. What about WIC?No money would be available to pay the administrative costs of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. But because it’s administered by states, there may be state funds available.

40. And the federal school lunch program? Schools are reimbursed for these costs on a monthly basis and are allowed to carry over funds from the previous fiscal year. The USDA expects most schools will be able to continue providing meals through October.

41. What will happen to veterans receiving compensation for service- or combat-related wounds and injuries? The Department of Veterans Affairs said if the shutdown continues into late October, it will run out of money for compensation and pension checks to more than 3.6 million veterans who rely on the money to support themselves.

42. Can I still get a federally backed loan? Maybe not. “Federal loans for rural communities, small business owners, families buying a home will be frozen,” President Obama said Friday.

43. Does that mean I can’t get an FHA mortgage? No. The Federal Housing Administration says it “will endorse new loans under current multi-year appropriation authority in order to support the health and stability of the U.S. mortgage market.”

44. Does that mean I can’t get a VA mortgage? No. The Department of Veterans Affairs says loans are funded via user fees and should continue. However, during the last shutdown, “loan Guaranty certificates of eligibility and certificates of reasonable value were delayed.”

45. Will deceased veterans still be able to get a burial benefit? Yes. Burial benefits, headstones and death notices will still be available.

TAXES

46. Would the IRS continue to collect taxes? Yes. All payments would be processed. More than 12 million people have requested an extension on their 2012 taxes, which expires Oct. 15.

47. Will my refund be delayed? Possibly, especially if the taxpayer files a paper return.

48. What about taxpayer assistance? Walk-in assistance centers and telephone hotlines would be closed.

49. I’m being audited by the IRS. Would a shutdown affect me? Yes. The IRS will suspend all audit activities.

EMPLOYMENT

50. How many federal employees would be furloughed? The government has not given an official estimate.

51. Does anyone have a guess? J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government employees, said he expects the number will be 800,000 to 1 million, out of 2.1 million federal employees. That’s consistent with a USA TODAY analysis of 2011 shutdown contingency plans, which found that 59% of non-defense government employees would continue to work.

52. Why do some federal employees continue to work during a shutdown?The law — or at least, the Justice Department’s interpretation of it — contains exemptions for several classes of employees: The biggest exemption is for employees necessary to protect public health, safety or property. But property could include government data, ongoing research experiments or other intangibles. Political appointees are exempt because they cannot be placed on leave by law. Employees necessary for the president to carry out his constitutional responsibilities are exempt. Finally, employees whose salaries are paid from sources outside an annual spending bill can still get paid and report to work.

53. Who decides which employees work and which go home? Each agency is responsible for coming up with its own contingency plan, based on guidance from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management. Those plans are then sent to the White House for review.

54. Would the president be paid during a shutdown? Yes. The president’s $400,000 salary is mandatory spending. If furloughs begin to affect the government’s ability to process payroll, his paycheck could be delayed.

55. What about White House staff? Some high-ranking presidential appointees are exempt from the Annual and Sick Leave Act of 1951, which means they can essentially be made to work unpaid overtime. Also, any employee necessary for the president to carry out his constitutional duties would be exempt.

56. And the president’s personal aides? The White House has 90 staffers who work in the residence. During a shutdown, 15 of them would stay on the job.

57. Would Congress continue to be paid during a shutdown? Yes. The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1992, holds that “No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.” Intended to prevent Congress from voting itself a raise, it also protects members from a pay cut.

58. What about congressional staff? Like other federal employees, they would be deemed essential or non-essential. Essential staff would include those necessary to carry out constitutional responsibilities, such as the parliamentarians, or for protection of members, such as the sergeants-at-arms. Staff of the appropriations committees may also be needed to write the law that would end the shutdown.

59. Would active-duty military be furloughed? No. All active-duty military are essential and should report as scheduled Tuesday, the Department of Defense said Friday.

60. Will civilian defense workers be furloughed? About half of them, or about 400,000, will be sent home, according to the Defense Department’s contingency plan.

61. Would active-duty military be paid during a shutdown? If a shutdown lasts longer than a week, the Pentagon might not be able to process its payroll in time for the Oct. 15 paychecks, Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale said Friday. The House passed a separate bill early Sunday that would appropriate money for active-duty and reserve paychecks regardless of the shutdown — and also pay for support services to make sure they get paid. That bill passed the House 422-0, but still must go to the Senate.

62. Could federal employees simply volunteer their services? No. A 19th-century federal law forbids volunteers because the government doesn’t want them filing claims for back pay after the shutdown is over, according to a legal analysis by Washington attorney Raymond Natter.

63. Would federal employees get paid retroactively, even if they didn’t work?Maybe. Congress granted retroactive pay to furloughed workers after the shutdowns of the mid-1990s, but that wouldn’t necessarily happen again. “I believe this time is going to be much different. This is a much different Congress than the 1995 Congress,” said Cox, federal employee union president. “I’m not sure that they’d even want to go back and pay the people who worked.”

THE LONG TERM

64. How much money would a shutdown save taxpayers? Most likely, it wouldn’t. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget says shutdowns cost money in terms of contingency planning, lost user fees and back pay. A government estimate after the shutdown in 1995-96 estimated its cost at $1.4 billion.

65. What effect would a shutdown have on the economy? Economists say even a short shutdown — of three or four days — would begin to shave decimal points off economic growth. A sustained shutdown of three or four weeks “would do significant economic damage,” economist Mark Zandi told USA TODAY.

66. What about the stock market? The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 3.7% during the 1995-96 government shutdown, according to S&P Capital IQ. Stocks quickly rebounded after the government got back to work, rising 10.5% the month after the shutdown ended.

Contributing: Adam Shell, Tim Mullaney in New York, Gregg Zoroya in McLean, Va., Raju Chebium of Gannett News Service; Rick Maze and Andrew Tilghman of Military Times; Surae Chinn of WUSA-TV in Washingtonand the Associated Press.

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  1. As stated WORLDWIDE in the press release below, CT AMERICA will be suing ISRAEL, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, and USA, Inc. in the INTERNATIONAL COURT of JUSTICE, The Hague, and in FEDERAL COURT.

    CT AMERICA’s BILL STOLLER, Esquire, has been appointed ATTORNEY GENERAL of The Sovereign Nation-State of CT AMERICA, and will be the lead prosecuter in these cases, with courageous international lawdog PRINCESS PAULA of The Principality of Snake Hill, as second in command.

    PAULA successfully seceded from the AUSTRALIAN TYRANTS, surviving murder attempts, harassment, and the killing of her relatives.

    STOLLER downplayed the title of AG, and wrote, “…these titles mean nothing to me, considering that our TITLED American officials are the worst thugs on the face of the Earth.
    If you choose to label me as “Attorney General,” so be it – it means nothing to me. The important thing is getting this job done.”

    Art McNamara, for CT GLOBAL at http://CT-Global.webs.com and
    CT AMERICA at http://www.TalkShoe.com/tc/125501

    Press release (October 1, 2013)

    The Sovereign Nation-State of

    CT America

    Fairfield, CT 06825 CTA / USA
    CTAmerica7@gmail.com

    October 1, 2013

    CT AMERICA’s GLOBAL DISCUSSION FORUM will regularly cover the CONNECTICUT JAIL/PRISON ATROCITIES and PENDING LAWSUITS against CT, the $27.5 TRILLION DOLLAR LEE WANTA SAGA and GLOBAL FINANCIAL TERRORISM developments. Stay tuned…

    CT AMERICA GLOBAL DISCUSSION FORUM at

    http://www.TalkShoe.com/tc/125501

    Greater NYC, Phoenix, and Worldwide Release

    SOVEREIGN CT AMERICA will SUE the TERRORIST STATE of ISRAEL and PSYCHO-TYRANT BENJAMIN NETANYAHU in the INTERNATIONAL COURT of JUSTICE, for CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.

    ISRAEL will be designated “The TERRORIST State of ISRAEL, Defendant” in ALL court pleadings filed against them. The ILLICIT CORPORATE USA, Inc. will be designated “The Terrorist USA, Inc., Defendant.”

    We are doing this so that the true nature of these thugs will be RECORDED IN HISTORY.

    Brad DeShane, for CT GLOBAL at http://CT-Global.webs.com and
    CT AMERICA at http://www.TalkShoe.com/tc/125501

    Apartheid in Israel, NSA’s six degrees of implication, memory erasing science

  2. LOOK FOR THE JEW/S BEHIND IT….

    • Serco Group awarded $1.25 billion contract to help implement new online health insurance exchanges.

      A One world corporation that is on its way to running everything. Time, trains, buses, airplanes, prisions, nuclear weapons, schools, hospitols and red lights.

      Remember Sandy Hook; Can anyone confirm Robert Parker works for Serco? The Robert Parker in the SH photos?

      Serco controls TIME, wonder how date and times are changed once false flags are busted.

      Serco also works with Homeland Security. NWO operation…………..

  3. Seems to be a way for Obama to get what he wants by hurting citizens that live paycheck to paycheck. I think if he keeps spending so much money is unaccounted for that noone really knows where it goes. I’m sure that 400,000 is just the icing on his cake. I just really want to thank you for keeping us informed on what is really going on.

  4. Congress’s job is to pass a budget every year. They have not passed a budget for SEVERAL years…therefore they are not doing the job they were hired to do. A CR is not a budget, it is a scapegoat for not doing your job and unacceptable, since a CR is the best they could do for many years, without any budget being passed. Ridiculous for Americans to keep putting up with this as normal. It is not.
    Congress please just do your job this year… get your pencils sharpened, develop a budget, negotiated it and get appropriations passed. NOW. Anything less than that is not acceptable, Americans deserve better than that from supposed “leaders”.

    If you don’t want to do that, then don’t accept payment for a job you are not doing. All the other issues under debate can be dealt with AFTER you do your primary job, which is reach agreement to annual appropriations for ALL the departments and agencies of the government, by Oct 1 of each year.

    Very simple concept, do a job…get paid. Don’t do a job, forfeit your job and paycheck. If any other government employee was paid a salary and did not do their job they would be subject to a Congressional investigation for fraud and abusive use of government funds with a penalty of dismissal. Why are members of Congress of the impression they should not be held to the same standards. REALLY???..Seriously, just shut up the rhetoric and
    go to work. so the rest of the government can do likewise.

  5. This US government shut down could be part of a bigger plan to collapse the world economy to help usher in the Luciferian New World Order. This can be achieved by a US debt default and the consequent collapse of the Dollar.
    People around the world have been softened up for the last 7 years by the global depression and are struggling to survive. Now the evil Luciferian world leaders are shaping up to deal the economic knock out blow.
    People will be desperate for a solution, any solution to the never ending economic and social suffering. That’s when the New World Order will be wheeled out as the answer to all our woes.
    But in reality our troubles will only just be beginning.

  6. Has the Government shut down helped to stop financial and other crime?

    Phyllis Walsh Foreclosure Suicide Leads Seattle City Council Candidate

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-edYzp5RVE#t=18

  7. Diebold charged with bribing officials, falsifying records in China, Russia, Indonesia; fined

    “CLEVELAND, Ohio – Federal prosecutors Tuesday filed charges against Diebold Inc., accusing the North Canton-based ATM and business machine manufacturer of bribing government officials and falsifying documents in China, Indonesia and Russia to obtain and retain contracts to provide ATMs to banks in those countries.

    The two-count criminal information and deferred prosecution agreement calls for Diebold to pay nearly $50 million in penalties: $23 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and $25 million to the Department of Justice.

    The agreement with federal prosecutors also calls for the implementation of rigorous internal controls that includes a compliance monitor for at least 18 months. The government agreed to defer criminal prosecution for three years, and drop the charges if Diebold abides by the terms of the agreement.”

    Read more:
    http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/10/diebold_charged_with_bribing_o.html

    • You have to commit a crime in China or Russia, today, to be prosecuted if you are a corporate American criminal mole. No problems, here, though. They should wise up and just commit their larceny here. Oh, I forgot. We’re broke.

  8. Despite the government shutdown US has given Israel whatever Israel has asked without the consent of American citizens and all forms of US aid to Israel has to stop.

    “Ten Explosive U.S. Government Secrets about Israel”

    “Massive Israeli espionage, penetration of government agencies, purchase of U.S. politicians with Israel lobby campaign cash, control of the media and Israeli theft of nuclear secrets and nuclear material has left the U.S. a captive of a small parasitical nation with no veto over a blank check obligating American blood and treasure to a cause American citizens never approved.

    In 1968 Director of Central Intelligence Richard Helms wrote urgently to Attorney General Ramsey Clark and President Lyndon B. Johnson that some highly enriched uranium fueling Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor was stolen from America.

    LBJ reportedly uttered, “Don’t tell anyone else, even [Secretary of State] Dean Rusk and [Defense Secretary] Robert McNamara.” The FBI immediately launched a deep investigation into the inexplicably heavy losses at the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation NUMEC in Pennsylvania and the highly suspicious activities and Israeli connections of the Americans running it…….”

    “Eisenhower and the Lavon Affair. In 1954, the Israeli government launched its “Operation Susannah” false flag terrorist attack on U.S. facilities in Egypt.

    Israel’s operatives were quickly arrested when bombs exploded prematurely. The operation’s utter failure resulted in a political crisis known as the Lavon Affair. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, periodically swarmed by American Zionist Council lobbyists urging him to send money and arms to Israel, must have learned some very hard lessons about U.S.-Israel relations from the incident.”

    Read more:

    http://mycatbirdseat.com/2013/10/43601ten-explosive-u-s-government-secrets-about-israel/

  9. Zionist crimes on America where the criminals have been seldom held accountable

    “Israeli theft of nuclear material from NUMEC. In 2013, the CIA continues to resist release of thousands of files about the NUMEC diversion by referring to CIA Deputy Director for Operations John H. Stein’s secret decision in 1979 (2013 FOIA denial PDF).”

    “The 2010 revelations of nuclear equipment smuggling from Telogy (prohibited export smuggling PDF) in California and Stewart Nozette’s 1998-2008 Israel Aerospace Industries-funded penetrations of classified U.S. information storehouses around Washington reveal that while Israeli spying has never stopped, secret prosecution strategies now emphasize quietly rolling up Israeli operations via industry regulators, fines and penalties or isolating and entrapping American spies on lesser charges but steering around their Israeli handlers.”

    ‘Unlike its treatment of information requests about Russian spies, the FBI and Justice Department have denied every individual FOIA request for the files of major Israeli spies. Access to Rafael Eitan’s many harmful exploits against U.S. targets are banned from release unless Eitan personally waives his privacy rights (FOIA denial). The FBI claimed it can no longer find files about deceased nuclear espionage mastermind Avraham Hermoni, even though his name appears across many previously released NUMEC files (FOIA denial PDF).”

    “Flooding from Hurricane Sandy is the excuse the FBI gives for not being able to find files on spy-for-Israel Ben Ami-Kadish (Flood FOIA denial PDF). One might argue it is merely a series of unfortunate events that keeps Israeli spy files out of public hands, except that the Justice Department has now issued a blanket ban on declassifying any files about the FBI’s decades-long counterintelligence tango with Israel’s Mossad. (Justice Department blanket denial PDF).”

    Read more:
    http://mycatbirdseat.com/2013/10/43601ten-explosive-u-s-government-secrets-about-israel/

  10. PUSHING FOR WAR – ARE THEY CRAZY ENOUGH TO TRY ANOTHER FALSE-FLAG ATTACK?

    http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/newfalseflag.php

  11. Next time you see a troll know that he is being paid by Israeli Government for lying and deceiving the public.

    “Israeli Government Secretly Pays for Pro-Israel Twitter Propaganda”

    “It’s been called publicity war, social media propaganda and a network of advocacy. It depends who is talking which term is used to describe the social media units the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office set up. The mission is to create a network of advocacy for Israel against what many within the Israeli government have termed as social media attacks in a “prolonged and extreme campaign of de-legitimization” of Israel.

    The social media units are made up of Israeli university students. In turn for their efforts posting pro-Israel on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, the students will receive scholarships. The posts will reflect positive aspects of the Israeli government and being a democratic country.

    While to the outside world these posts will appear unguided and spontaneous, the truth is quite the opposite. This social media project places the government behind the curtain as the puppeteer directing what appear to be independently thinking, acting students speaking out.
    The Target Audience

    The target audience of the social propaganda campaign is the citizens of foreign countries. In a true militaristic organized fashion, Read more…:

    http://beforeitsnews.com/conspiracy-theories/2013/12/israeli-government-secretly-pays-for-pro-israel-twitter-propaganda-2457042.html

    Read more at the source:
    Source: http://www.topsecretwriters.com/2013/12/israeli-government-secretly-pays-for-pro-israel-twitter-propaganda/

  12. Theft of hardworking Americans and people of other countries by the Zionist Jewish cabal committing financial crime on humanity

    “3 Ways the Super-Rich Suck Wealth out of the Rest of Us”

    “The financial industry has, in effect, created a whole new share of global wealth and redistributed much of it to itself.

    The facts are indisputable, the conclusion painful. The wealthiest people in the U.S. and around the world have used the stock market and the deregulated financial system to lay claim to the resources that should belong to all of us.

    This is not a matter of productive people benefiting from their contributions to society. This is a relatively small number of people extracting massive amounts of money through the financial system for accomplishing almost nothing.

    1. They’ve Taken $1.6 Million Per Family in New Wealth Since the Recession

    The richest 5% of American families each gained at least that much in five years, mostly from the stock market. Using data from Credit Suisse, the Economic Policy Institute, Pew Research, and the Census Bureau and two separate analyses (shownhere and here), this extraordinary wealth grab can be calculated.

    To briefly summarize, the richest 5% (six million households) own about two-thirds of the wealth, or about $10 trillion of the $15 trillion in financial wealth gained since the recession. That’s $1,667,000 per household. Calculations based on alternate sources resulted in a gain of over $2 million per household.

    It is noteworthy that most of their windfall came from stock market gains rather than from job-creating business ventures. The stock market has, once again, been forming an overblown bubble of wealth that does not reflect the relative degrees of productivity of workers around America. The market has more than doubled in value since the recession, and the richest 5% own about 80% of all non-pension stocks.

    2. They Create Imaginary Money That Turns Real

    The world’s wealth has doubled in a little over ten years. The financial industry has, in effect, created a whole new share of global wealth and redistributed much of it to itself.

    In the U.S., financial sector profits as a percentage of corporate profits have been rising steadily over the past 30 years. The speculative, non-productive, and fee-generating derivatives market has increased to an unfathomable level of over $1 quadrillion — a thousand trillion dollars, twenty times more than the world economy.

    With the U.S. driving the expansion of this great bubble of wealth, our nation has become the fifth-most wealth-unequalcountry in the world, while global inequality (between rather than within countries) has become even worse than for any one country. Just 250 individuals have more money than the total annual living expenses of almost half the world – three billion people.

    3. They’ve Stopped Payment on Productive Americans

    Reputable sources agree that the working class has not been properly compensated for its productivity, and that the “rent-seeking” behavior of the financial industry, rather than changes in technology, is extracting wealth from society.

    As a result, our median inflation-adjusted household wealth has dropped from $73,000 to $57,000 in a little over 25 years. We’ve lost another five percent of our wealth since the recession.

    Shockingly, only one out of four Americans, according to a survey by Bankrate.com, “have six months’ worth of expenses for use in emergency, the minimum recommended by many financial planning experts.”

    The End Result? That suction-like sound is the financial industry soaking up our country’s wealth.

    Read more:
    http://rinf.com/alt-news/breaking-news/3-ways-the-super-rich-suck-wealth-out-of-the-rest-of-us/

  13. “The Bankruptcy and Privatization of Detroit Is a Terrifying Preview of What Republicans Want to Do to the Rest of the Country”

    “Mitt Romney should be proud of what’s happening in Detroit.

    That’s because during his time at Bain Capital, he perfected the type of glorified extortion tactics Rick Snyder and Kevin Orr are using right now rob city workers of their hard-earned pension plans.”

    Read more:
    http://rinf.com/alt-news/breaking-news/the-bankruptcy-and-privatization-of-detroit-is-a-terrifying-preview-of-what-republicans-want-to-do-to-the-rest-of-the-country/

  14. This is the type of leader: A leader like President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson we need in every country.

    I wish President Obama had a mentor like President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson. President Obama’s life has been destroyed by the same people who are destroying the world. I have a lot of compassion for President Obama for what he has gone through.

    Iceland’s President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson Speaks at StartUp Iceland

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZhL1w3wZnY

  15. Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson chose his people over banks.

    How inspiring is this great President!

    ‘We chose democracy & human rights over banks’ – Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qieVZb4Ml9I#t=108

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qieVZb4Ml9I#t=108

  16. To protect us from the police state and other forms of tyranny we need a President like Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson and Senators and Congressmen like Iceland Interior Minister (former Minister of Justice) Ogmundur Jonasson

    Panel discussion Ogmundur Jonasson & ICD interns 2014 02 03

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8VRytT9K5c

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8VRytT9K5c

  17. Ögmundur Jónasson, Minister of the Interior of Iceland, Former Minister of Justice

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ4VCXCAi1Y

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ4VCXCAi1Y

  18. America needs politicians of this stature if we are to progress into a safe future

    Minister of Interior Ogmundur Jonasson of Iceland on Human Rights

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbBfwurXyik

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbBfwurXyik

  19. Criminal Zionists are punishing this courageous Belgium MP Laurent Louis for having spoken out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOvJeAdjT5c

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOvJeAdjT5c

  20. Zionists have even attacked Professor Michel Chossudovsky and here is what John Kaminski has written several years ago:

    “The monster’s paw”

    Jewish Attack on Chossudovsky presages an end to freedom of logic

    By John Kaminski

    http://www.rudemacedon.ca/kaminski/05/0823-paw.html

  21. Belgian MP LAURENT LOUIS stands against war with English Translation

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKB9EzMBvw0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKB9EzMBvw0

  22. “Belgian Parliament Member Laurent Louis Blames 9/11 False Flag for Criminal Invasions of Sovereign Countries.”

    “First, Louis explained why he voted against the Belgian support to war in Mali, that it was based on lies and rooted in neo-colonialism. Then he expressed his disgust and wrath against the criminal foreign policies of the Western elite and its submission to foreign financial and interests groups, before scolding his colleagues who voted for interventionist war….”

    He says that the war on terror is a lie and that 9/11 was a false flag to justify aggressive military action in the Muslim world.

    Read more here:

    http://chemtrailsplanet.net/2013/01/26/belgian-mp-blames-911-false-flag-for-criminal-invasions-of-sovereign-countries/

  23. “Belgian Member of Parliament Beaten and Arrested for collecting Signatures

    http://iclcj.com/?p=218

  24. Here is more on the police brutality on Belgian MP Laurent Louis

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbvH5YdstyY#t=365

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbvH5YdstyY#t=365

  25. There is a lot that politicians of other countries could learn from Iceland politicians.

    Iceland Government Helping Palestine refugees fleeing from war torn Iraq:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsfHPWBwOMA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsfHPWBwOMA

  26. This is what Israel is doing to young Palestinian kids!

    Brutality of the Israeli Army in Kidnapping a child of 11 Years old from his mother!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g8OVk7xdd0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g8OVk7xdd0

  27. Shock Vid: DHS Caught Dumping Refugees On Arizona Streets

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DKEz15gtmc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DKEz15gtmc

  28. Inventing Terrorists: US orchestrated most domestic ‘terror-plots’?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpUkRchJxv0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpUkRchJxv0

  29. Here is an organization that is trying to protect the American Government (and its people) that has been hijacked by the Zionist world Jewry!

    http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/new/

  30. One of the few Christian leaders in the US who has been fighting a huge battle with ADL and other Zionist organizations: Rev. Ted Pike is trying to restore the due place of Christianity in America which was founded as a Christian Nation!

    Who is behind this war against Christianity?

    http://www.truthtellers.org/alerts/readtalmudlately.html

  31. Ögmundur talar fyrir Palestinu (Interior Minister of Iceland Ogmundu Jonasson)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=po3g7a3M4jw#t=12

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=po3g7a3M4jw#t=12

  32. Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson speaks at April 17, 2013 National Press Club Luncheon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-_lQ1UQoyU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW0p_Eh94PI

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