President Trump: Replace The Dollar With Gold As The Global Currency To Make America Great Again

by Ralph Benko

Inside President Trump’s otherwise “standard Trump stump speech” at CPAC was nestled what might be a most intriguing observation:
Global cooperation, dealing with other countries, getting along with other countries is good, it’s very important. But there is no such thing as a global anthem, a global currency or a global flag. This is the United States of America that I’m representing.
There’s a keen insight in there that could, just maybe, transform our lives, America, and the world. No “global currency?”  Was this, with the poetic observation that “there is no such thing as a global anthem…or a global flag,” just a trope? Or could it contain a political portent with potential high impact on world financial markets?  Let’s drill down.

As it happens, there is a global currency.
It’s called the “U.S. dollar.”
Most international trade is priced in dollars. The Bretton Woods international monetary system invested the dollar, which then was defined as and (internationally) was legally convertible to gold at $35/oz, with global currency status.  France’s then-finance minister, later its president, Valéry  Giscard d’Estaing, called the “reserve currency” status of the dollar — its status, along with gold, as global currency — an “exorbitant privilege.”
By this d’Estaing was alluding to the fact, as summarized at Wikipedia, that “As American economist Barry Eichengreen summarized: ‘It costs only a few cents for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to produce a $100 bill, but other countries had to pony up $100 of actual goods in order to obtain one.'” That privilege, which made great sense during the period immediately after World War II, became a curse.
In 1971 President Nixon, under the influence of his Svengali-like Treasury Secretary John Connally, “suspend[ed] temporarily the convertibility of the dollar into gold.” That closure proved durable instead of temporary. The dollar became, and remains, the world’s global currency.
What had been an “exorbitant privilege” devolved into an exorbitant liability. As my former professional colleague John D. Mueller, of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, formerly Rep. Jack Kemp’s chief economist, writing in the Wall Street Journal in Trump’s Real Trade Problem Is Money recently and astutely observed:
a monetary system based on a reserve currency is unsustainable, since foreign official dollar reserves (for example) are acquired and must be repaid in goods. In other words, the increase in official dollar reserves equals the net exports of the rest of the world, which means it must also equal U.S. international payments deficits—an unsustainable situation.
In other words, if President Trump wishes to address America’s merchandise trade deficit (balanced to perfection, of course, by a capital accounts surplus) he will find that allowing the dollar to be used as the global currency is the real snake in the economic woodpile.  The dollar’s burden as the international reserve currency, not currency manipulation by our trading partners or bad treaties, is the true villain in the ongoing melodrama of crummy job creation.

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2017 Economic Headwinds: Housing Bubbles Popping up and Just Plain Popping Everywhere

Posted on February 26, 2017 by David Haggith
The Great Recession
As we enter 2017, housing bubbles are showing signs of bursting all over the world. I know I’ve been promising I would lay out the economic headwinds for 2017, but 2017’s headwinds are building so fast and furious that I’m having to break that promised article out into several articles, as I’m accumulating material faster than I have time to cover. 
I’m going to start with the housing bubbles that are now extremely evident in the US, Canada and Australia, noting that housing is also insane in its own weird way in China again and in many other parts of the world. The point I want to make is that, with housing bubbles now at the peak of popping in several parts of the world, this coming housing market collapse could make the US housing market crash of 2007-2009 look like the warm-up act, and housing is just one area of the global economy that is showing signs of high peril.
A 2017 housing bubble collapse in the US may be in the cards
As I wrote in “The Inevitability of Economic Collapse,” the whole US economy is a house of cards, but particularly the US housing economy where we have done everything we possibly can to pile up a potential housing collapse as precariously as we did last time around just so we can watch it all fall down again.
The hard push to get back to where we were in 2006 has been on for about seven years. In the past few months, housing has been on its fastest tear in the US with the number of new permits being issued for construction in 2017 particularly leaping up like a spring lamb, and that’s with prices that are now generally higher than they were at their peak in 2006. We are showing all the same evidence of an irrational market that we showed going into the Great Recession:
That peak was only attained because of lax credit, which made an expanding number of purchases possible after prices went beyond what people could afford. Since wages in real terms (having only recently started to rise in a few industries) are not any better than they were back in the housing crash of ’07-’09 , today’s higher prices are actually less sustainable without dangerously lax loan terms than they were back then.
That’s why we have again begun to relax loan terms for individuals buying a house. For the last eleven quarters, more lenders have relaxed mortgage standards than have tightened them. (“Minimum credit scores have dropped. Self-employment documentation has reduced. Maximum loan-to-values have been increased.”) On top of what banks are doing to relax their own self-imposed standards, Trump has ordered a review of Dodd-Frank with the hope of stripping it back in order to get banks to issue more loans in order to juice the economy (and to make things better for his real estate industry). We learn nothing.
Cohn said Friday on Fox Business that the executive orders are intended to relieve restrictions and scrutiny that post-crisis regulations have put on banks…. Trump promised to do “a big number” on the Dodd-Frank Act.  (Bloomberg)
What could be better than a return to the exuberant days of banking deregulation? A Republican article of faith says that banks and the economy can always benefit from further deregulation. Dodd-Frank will be stripped down before it fully goes into practice. The unstated goal here is to fatten up some more bankers and further inflate the housing bubble because we are so incapable of thinking outside of a housing-based economic model.
The fact is that bank loans to businesses have never been higher (in total value of loans issued), so there is no problem, as Trump claims there is, of banks not issuing enough loans to businesses. The value of bank loans issued was not even this high just before the Great Recession. Likewise, the total value of bank loans for commercial real estate has never been anywhere near as high as it is right now. So, most likely those who are not being given loans (like perhaps the King of Bankruptcy) probably don’t deserve them.
For now, the race to the top in housing is still on, but there are signs that a peak is being reached. I’ referring to signs other than just the fact that we’ve passed the previous peak’s prices. January purchases of existing homes picked up to a pace not seen since 2007. The number of new-home sales jumped 3.7% in one month (in terms of number of units sold). That is in spite of the fact that the median price of a US home has risen 7.1% since the same time last year.
One caveat about this rise (until we see where it goes in the next couple of months) is that some of this activity since December’s rate hike may be due to people rushing to buy before interest rates rise even more, now that rate increases by the Federal Reserve are looking certain.
With houses in the US now remaining on the market for only fifty days, averaged across the nation (less than a month on the west coast), the market is feeling as searingly hot as it did in 2006 just before prices started to fall. So, that’s one indicator a top may be near.
Because of a shortage of inventory (the lowest number of houses on the market since 1999), bidding wars are starting again in cities like Seattle and San Francisco where houses again regularly sell for more than their list price.  That kind of bubbling-over race to higher prices ran for a few years in the highest-priced markets before the last housing crash, but it is the kind of frenzy that defines “irrational exuberance” in a housing market. When people scurry to say, “I want to pay you more than you’re asking for” in a market already priced higher than ever before, you’re witnessing the kind of mania that precedes a crash. So, that’s another indicator that a top may be near.
One more kind of action that has risen back to pre-Great-Recession levels is house flipping. Foreclosures are being snapped up by mom-and-pop fixer-uppers at a level matching the superheated speculation of the last housing bubble.
Some US housing bubbles appear to be popping already. Prices on expensive homes in some places, such as Miami, are now falling quickly. Since early 2016, condo speculators in Miami (who buy condos pre-construction, hoping to sell them for a better price as soon as they are completed) have been pummeled into accepting losses. Inventory is growing in Miami; sales volume is shrinking; and total volume of sales in dollars is declining.
Same kind thing is happening in Manhattan where luxury co-op apartment contracts have collapsed 25%. Closings on high-end sales in Manhattan (number of units sold) had fallen 18.6% year on year back in October. Inventory of units in new developments was backed up at that point an additional 27.2% YoY.
Barry Sternlich, CEO of the Starwood Property Trust, which finances real estate development, calls Manhattan’s luxury condo situation “a catastrophe” that “will get worse.” Since homes in this segment of the market are typically bought by those people who make a lot of money by working on Wall Street, one has to wonder what this says about the real situation in the world of stocks and finance.
From 2017 on, the US housing market will face different kind of bubble bust than it has ever faced before. The baby-boom bubble is now moving out of the housing market. For the next two decades, the fastest rising segment of the population will be those who are seventy or more years old, while those who range from twenty to sixty nine (where homes are still being bought) will shrink in total numbers.
Seventy-plussers, whose total population is projected to quadruple during that time, buy the lowest number of homes of any age group (only about seven percent of the market). Not only do they have less need of a new home, there aren’t many banks that want to issue a thirty-year mortgage to someone who will be a hundred years old by the house it gets paid off. So, ask yourself who is going to buy up all the houses that the baby boomers evacuate when they move into retirement facilities? (The growth in nursing facilities, may keep construction going, but it isn’t going to help banks with huge numbers of home loans on their books, and boomers trying to sell in that market will be hurt badly by falling values, making it also hard to buy into retirement facilities.)
Why the real-estate mogul president of the US may cause the housing bubble to collapse in 2017
It seems counter-intuitive that a real-estate development tycoon would cause a housing bubble collapse, as there is nothing he would hate more, but consider the following:
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Are We Entering A Fourth Turning Of Cyclical History?

A special report on where the future of humanity is going

The Alex Jones Show – February 23, 2017

Infowars reporter David Knight airs a special report about a book that Steve Bannon is reportedly obsessed with.

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Trump Has treason In The White House-Robert David Steele

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com Feb 22nd, 2017

Former CIA operative and military Intel officer, Robert David Steele, says there is no doubt President Trump is dealing with “treason in his own house.” Steele explains, “Donald Trump’s biggest worry right this minute is they are stripping away every single one of his loyal staff members and planting spies in the White House.  Reince Priebus, in my judgment, is not loyal to Donald Trump.  Reince Priebus’ highest mission in life is to keep Donald Trump from unrigging the system, while helping the neo-conservative and the extreme left two party establishment strip away all of Trump’s options to the point that they drive Trump out of office, and Mike Pence is the go along, get along President that keeps the two-party tyranny in place. . . . If he forces the NSA to provide support to the FBI, and if he scrutinizes every phone call that Reince Priebus has made and received, he will find the treason in his own house.  I guarantee you there are 30 traitors at NSA, 30 traitors at FBI and over 500 traitors across the U.S. government, including the Departments of State and Defense.  Counterintelligence has to be set in motion right now.”

Steele goes on to point out that the real enemy of “We the People” is the so-called Deep State. Steels, who is Latino, contends, “We are all black now.  White people are feeling what it is like to be black with no resources, nobody on your side and the state against you and the authorities against you.  We are all black now.  We need to unite the people of color and the white people and the Latinos and all others against the Deep State.  That is what (George) Soros’ whole point is.  He is trying to create a race war because, all of a sudden in the last 90 days, it’s become possible for the 99% to unite around Donald Trump against the 1%.  That is the center of gravity for Trump’s success.”

Steele says unrigging the voting system should be a top priority in the Trump Administration, and, yes, there is voter fraud by the millions. Steele contends there are “at least three million illegal voters in this last election, period.  It’s not disputable.”  Steele goes on to say, “The key thing is the Electoral Reform Act with 50 states in thirty days . . . that stops the violent American spring in its tracks.  That’s priority one, not all this nonsense about Russia and Iran.  In my “Memo for Trump,” I say all of your enemies are right here at home, in Washington D.C., New York City and in some areas of California and Texas.”

If Trump can’t mount a counterattack and get rid of his White House “traitors,” what happens? Steele predicts, “He will not be reelected, and he will also probably be impeached in 2018. . . . Donald Trump is toast after 2018 . . . if we don’t do electoral reform.  The Democrats will steal back the House and they will impeach Donald Trump.  They will combine that with protests in the streets, and they will combine that with banking pressure to include a $20 billion bribe . . . and Trump will finally say I can’t handle this.  I can’t do this, and he’ll leave. . . . Candidates can be bought, particularly if you apply so much pain to them that is simply not worth the hassle.  I believe in Donald Trump.  I want to devote my life to helping Donald Trump to restore the Constitution and restore democracy.  I am deeply upset that Donald Trump is not getting the advice he needs to lay this out for America and provide a solution.  The Electoral Reform Act needs to be implemented in the next 90 days or Donald Trump is not going to finish his term.”

In closing, Steele warns, “Even if 10,000 of us call the White House comment line, Donald Trump is not going to hear from us. Trump is in enemy hands. . . . Donald Trump is all alone in the White House, and the forces of evil are essentially isolating him from “We the People.”

Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with intelligence expert and election reform advocate Robert David Steele.

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Housing affordability shows that most Americans are too broke to buy a home: The American Dream moves further out of reach.

By MyBudget360.com

More Americans are finding it harder to afford a home.  In fact, a closely followed housing affordability index is now back to where it was in 2008.  Not exactly a prime time for buying homes.  Most Americans are too broke to afford a home.  Which is somewhat contrary to the narrative that is pumped out via pro housing propaganda.  Buying a home is always a good deal!  Real estate never falls!  Only fools rent!  So goes the story about buying real estate.  Yet given current prices, many families find the dream of owning a home more of a far flung aspiration than a reasonable financial reality.  We can see this trend unfolding with the vast number of new renter households over the last decade.  Younger Americans are saddled with mountains of student debt and many are making lower wages.  Taking on a large mortgage simply isn’t appealing or feasible when an albatross of debt is already being carried.

Housing affordability index screaming red. Home prices are getting out of sync with wages and economic growth.  In order to purchase a home today many people need to take on a massive mortgage.  Wages are simply not keeping up and people are using debt to maintain the pretense of middle class living. Take a look at the housing affordability index:

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What has caused the big change recently is the jump in mortgage rates.  Of course this is being driven by shock in the bond markets.  But it should tell you something that even with 4 percent interest rates, that the market was expecting low interest rates to stick around.  Even a slight move from the 3 percent range to the 4 percent range has caused affordability to drop significantly.
The number of young adults living at home is at a generational high:

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This of course is largely due to the affordability issues being seen in the housing market.  I hesitate to call the housing market a full on market because there has been so much manipulation that has gone on.  This is why there are major distortions playing out.  With prices rising, you would expect home ownership to be the driving force here.  It isn’t.  It is lack of supply of affordable housing and investors buying up single family homes to convert into rentals.
That previous chart shows you where things may be heading.  Young Americans are largely too broke to buy homes.  They certainly are too broke to buy large amounts of cookie cutter McMansions that are built for families of five or six when new families are much smaller.  Things have dramatically changed for society and this is driving how we live.
What are the implications of this new housing trend where many are too poor to buy?  Well the American Dream is certainly coming into question.  Is the dream worth going into massive debt and trying to keep up with payments merely to say you own a home?  Many people are living in metro areas near work instead of suburbs.  There is an interesting phenomenon where some suburbs have turned into bad neighborhoods because people would rather live near work.
Ultimately the housing market has been co-opted as a token for the big casino games in Wall Street.  Housing used to be a boring segment of the economy like a utility.  That is until large banks decided to turn it into the Wild West and the rest is history.  Good luck trying to afford a home in this market.

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Is an American Coup d’etat in Progress?

By the Anonymous Patriots www.themilleniumreport.com

Have you asked yourself the question of why Former President Obama is hunkering down in a secure fortress in DC to lead the new “Regime Change” against duly elected President Donald Trump? Are you wondering whether the transnational corporations, who are the military industrial complex and warlord bankers and brokers, are going to be able to overthrow the United States government? Do you get upset and wonder why “Obomber and Killary” have attacked seven sovereign nations, killing millions and creating the largest refugee crisis in history, and the US Congress stands back and does nothing? Are you concerned that the Bush/Clinton/Obama regime will sell-out America to transnationalism through George Bush Sr.’s original plan to create a New World Order is about to be complete?
Is it time for We the People to take back America in a Second American Revolution that enforces existing laws and jails treasonous criminals who have broken our laws for personal gain and unconstitutional power?

Obama Declares Open Warfare with Trump

The “premier transnationalist,” Barack Hussein Obama, or should we call him King Obama, is the last Democrat standing and is declaring open warfare against Trump’s populist nationalism. He is supported in this attempted coup d’etat by Obama loyalists who believe they are legally justified in resisting or defying current US laws of secrecy concerning National Security intelligence. Obama, and the global elite that he represents, refuses to accept the lawful election of President Donald Trump.  The New World Order of transnationalism was within his and Hillary’s reach, but due to the indiscretions of Wild Bill Clinton and Queen Hillary, the plan for transnationalism and UN globalism went astray. 

Obama is waging war against the Trump administration through his Soros funded agitation troops called, Organizing for Action (OFA), which claims to defend his legacy. OFA, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit has 250 offices across the country and 30,000 foot soldiers with $40 million in bank from Soros and friends. OFA is simply a less violent version of Mussolini’s black shirts and Hitler’s brown shirts. The OFA started as Obama’s phony grassroots campaign machine that replicated the community organizing techniques Obama learned from the cultural Marxist, Saul Alinsky. The OFA will be working out of Obama’s new $5.3 million, 8,200-square-foot walled mansion in DC’s Embassy Row that has been converted into a command center.

Michelle Obama will join and lead the Obama Foundation, a dubious foundation modeled on the Clinton’s pay-to-play Washington insider foundations. No US ex-president has ever stayed in DC post-office to harass and attempt to undermine and overthrow his successor. OFA also runs a project called the Community Organizing Institute (COI) which it claims partnership “with progressive groups and organizations to educate, engage, and collaborate.” OFA and COI activists organized anti-Trump marches across the country (some of which became riots) and bused-in agitators who “spontaneously” demonstrated at airports. Obama praised the airport demonstrators by sending a message: “I am heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by the elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.” Obama’s former top aides, Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett are launching a new podcast, Pod Save America, under their new joint media venture, Crooked Media.  According to Favreau, “In the battle between Donald Trump and the media, we are firmly on the side of the media, and I am not interested in the veneer of objectivity.  We’re always going to be Obama guys, we’re very open and honest about that.”

A host of other former Obama staffers have taken to social media to voice their opposition to Trump and use Obama’s daily intelligence briefings to strategize civil disobedience and plot outright crimes. One former senior administration official said, “There are more than a few of us who believe deeply in holding this [Trump’s] administration’s feet to the fire.” As the leaks keep flowing from Obama loyalists who are active US intelligence analysts, and the seditious tweets keep flying from former Obama officials, Trump is under fire from Obama’s shadow government.

KEY POINT: These treasonous acts are an affront to the principles of US democracy and they must be stopped.

Queen “apparent” Hillary had to remove the crown from her head since she couldn’t make good on the hundreds of bribes she took from 120 foreign countries and practically everyone in the US Congress. Queen Hillary only has two desperate choices that might keep her out of jail. The first has already happened: Hillary will run again in 2020 to try to make good on her promises she made to get the bribes for her “foundations.”  The second is an all-out attempt to depose President Trump through inciting the Bush/Clinton/Obama loyalists in current positions in the government to disobey US laws and resist current laws. This is America’s version of Soros’ color revolution: The Purple Revolution. If Trump can be stopped, perhaps the US Intelligence community and their propaganda arm of the legacy media can overlook her crimes.

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ENDING DEBT SLAVERY IN AMERICA The Federal Reserve Owes US!

By Wayne Jett © February 17, 2017

Human slavery is very much present in 21st Century America and the world. The slaves are of every race, creed and color. Our slave-masters are the criminal cabal of powerful families who rule through a shadow government which places them above the laws binding the rest of us. In 2017, an American majority is mounting a determined movement to end the slave regime and open an era of justice and opportunity for all.
     Woodrow Wilson campaigned in 1912 against creating a central bank or imposing an income tax. On that platform, he won the Democratic Party nomination and election as president. Yet Wilson signed into law in 1913 both the Federal Reserve Act and the federal income tax, breaking his pledges to those who voted him into office. Instead, he honored the secret deals he had made with the ruling elite’s shadow government they called the New Republic.
     During Wilson’s tenure as president, the New Republic raised income tax rates sharply, put the nation into World War I and the “influenza of 1918″ into the nation – a “flu” which killed more able-bodied Americans than all the nation’s wars combined. After Wilson, Americans had eight years (1921-1928) of economic recovery and growth before the New Republic plunged into decades of nearly unbroken wars and inexorable moves towards fascism. Fascism in the American experience imposes government policies dictated by the New Republic (remember House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “we have to vote it into law before we can read what’s in it”), while opposition is suppressed and public opinion is manipulated by elitist-selected presidents, senators, representatives, bureaus and media.
                                                            Third Time is Charmed
     For only the third time since Wilson’s presidency, Americans recently elected a president willing and able to roll back fascism and stop the New Republic’s schemes to destroy the middle class. President Kennedy fell to assassins’ bullets and President Reagan was significantly weakened by the same means. Each had waiting impatiently a vice president committed to the New Republic’s agenda.
     Of these three presidents, only President Trump had the foresight and opportunity – sharpened by the hard experiences of the shadow government’s actions against JFK and RR, not to mention Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley – to run his campaign and to form his governing team so as to oppose and to counter the New Republic’s assault.
                                             Federal Reserve: World’s Largest Debtor
    
A primary instrument of American debt-slavery is the currency called the dollar. Article 1, Section 10, of the Constitution forbids each state from making anything except gold or silver coin legal tender for debts. Despite this express bar against such action by any state, Congress in 1913 authorized a private corporation, the Federal Reserve, to issue paper currency as legal tender for debts and to charge for its use.
     From the Fed’s inception until 1933, anyone with a Fed “dollar” was entitled to exchange it for gold at a guaranteed price of $20.67 per ounce. After Roosevelt’s dollar devaluation January 31, 1934, the stated value of each dollar was $35 per ounce of gold, but Americans were not permitted to own gold. In 1971, Nixon ended any stated value for dollars, allowing the value to “float” day-to-day according to market responses to the Fed’s management of the currency. So the dollar’s value is now undetermined and, potentially, illusory.
      Here is the final point of this brief summary of dollar history: the dollar now is actually a “Federal Reserve Note,” the name printed across the top-center of each piece of currency. “Note” is short for the term “promissory note,” which is a promise to pay and deliver the amount stated in the note. Thus, holders of dollars possess not merely pieces of paper; they hold Fed promises to deliver to the holder value reasonably equal to the value delivered by the holder to obtain the note.
     Shallow reasoning? No, not at all. Consider that the Fed demanded and received real value (Treasury securities, mortgages, etc.) for every “note” issued through its front window, as did each subsequent user of that note up to the current holder. Why should the Fed be entitled to demand real value for its “notes” when issued, yet be relieved of any duty to provide equal value to redeem them? Clearly, the Fed owes the public who hold its notes a total debt with a very large value.
                                                 Congress: Enabler of the Federal Reserve
     Congress has enabled the Fed, a privately owned organization, to incur horrendous debts to Americans and the world while the Fed has ever worsening capabilities to repay its obligations. Why even bother to raise this concern at so late a date? This American nation presently has its best chance since Andrew Jackson left the presidency in 1828 to change government policies to what they should be.  U. S. relations with the Federal Reserve and the highly defective currency known as the dollar cry out urgently for equitable remedy.
     As recently as mid-2008, the Fed arguably was capable of redeeming the $845 billion monetary base it had issued. At that time, the Fed’s holdings of Treasury securities might have been saleable in exchange for dollars issued. No longer is that true. Under deceitful policies called “quantitative easing,” the Fed ballooned its liabilities to a reported amount of $4.5 trillion. Unreported amounts of dollar “notes” advanced by the Fed to favored relations around the world far overshadow even this remarkable sum.
     The New Republic’s lords have used the Fed’s “notes” to acquire hard assets from trusting sellers across America and the world. Now the Fed is ready to default on its paper liabilities, or – worse – t0 claim users of the dollar are indebted to the Fed! President Trump will need our encouragement and support to remedy this approaching confrontation in the best interests of Americans and the world. Get ready to do your part.

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Trump Wrestling Control Of Global Economy From The New World Order

President Trump takes on establishment and delivers devastating victories

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This Is One Of The Big Reasons Why So Many Families Are Feeling Extreme Financial Stress

By Michael Snyder www.theeconomiccollapseblog.com

When the cost of living rises faster than paychecks do year after year, eventually that becomes a very big problem.  For quite some time I have been writing about the shrinking middle class, and one of the biggest culprits is inflation.  Every month, tens of millions of American families struggle to pay the bills, and most of them don’t even understand the economic forces that are putting so much pressure on them.  The United States never had a persistent, ongoing problem with inflation until the debt-based Federal Reserve system was introduced in 1913.  Since that time, we have had non-stop inflation and the U.S. dollar has lost more than 98 percent of its value. If our paychecks were increasing faster than inflation this wouldn’t be a problem, but in recent years this has definitely not been the case for most Americans. And unfortunately inflation is starting to accelerate once again.  In fact, it is being reported that inflation rose at the fastest pace in four years in January…

“The prices Americans pay for goods and services surged in January by the largest amount in four years, mostly reflecting a rebound in the cost of gasoline that’s taking a bigger chunk out of household incomes.
The consumer price index, or cost of living, rose by a seasonally adjusted 0.6% in January, the government said Wednesday.”

Meanwhile, our incomes have been incredibly stagnant.   In fact, we just learned that median household income did not go up at all during 2016. This is one of the reasons why we consistently see families fall out of the middle class month after month.  Even if you keep the same job year after year, your standard of living is going to steadily go down unless your pay goes up. The things that we all spend money on month after month just keep going up in price.  I am talking about food, housing, medical care and other essentials.  If there is one thing that we can always count on, it is the fact that things are going to cost more tomorrow than they do today.
Let’s talk about food for a moment.  Whenever I go to the grocery store, I am almost always shocked.  I still remember a time when I could get everything that I needed for an entire week for about 20 bucks, but these days you can’t even fill up one cart for 100 dollars. That is because food prices have been rising aggressively for many years.  The following is a list that was posted on The Economic Policy Journal that shows how much some food and grocery items have increased over the past decade…

1. Tobacco and smoking products
-Price increase: 90.4%
2. Margarine
-Price increase: 63.6%
3. Uncooked ground beef
-Price increase: 46.3%
4. Shelf stable fish and seafood
-Price increase: 45.0%
5. Prescription drugs
-Price increase: 43.5%
6. Rice, pasta, cornmeal
-Price increase: 40.3%
7. Bread
-Price increase: 38.9%
8. Snacks
-Price increase: 38.4%
9. Miscellaneous poultry including turkey
-Price increase: 37.0%
10. Apples
-Price increase: 36.6%
11. Frankfurters
-Price increase: 35.8%
12. Canned vegetables
-Price increase: 35.3%
13. Salt and other seasonings and spices
-Price increase: 34.0%
14. Miscellaneous fats and oils including peanut butter
-Price increase: 34.0%
15. Miscellaneous processed fruits and vegetables including dried
-Price increase: 33.7%
16. Bacon and related products
-Price increase: 33.2%
17. Fresh whole chicken
-Price increase: 32.5%
18. Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies
-Price increase: 32.1%
19. Flour and prepared flour mixes
-Price increase: 32.1%
20. Canned fruits
-Price increase: 32.0%

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Dark Forces At Work To Start WW3 As War-Hungry ‘Enemies Of America Within’ Continue To Sabotage President Trump

Gerald Celente’s Advice To President Donald Trump: ‘Play The Trump Card, There Are No Rules, That Is The Lesson’

By Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline – Live Free Or Die

“His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:12

It has long been warned that when the time comes, the wheat will be separated from the chaff and recent events in Washington DC and across the planet show us that is the direction we are now headed. 

We warned yesterday in a story on ANP that a biblical event awaits us with globalists in America who hold ‘terroristic tendencies’ (and who quite literally armed and supported ISIS terrorists during the Obama regime) still pushing for a World War 3 with Russia. With their ‘satanic nwo’ completely falling apart with Brexit and the presidency of Donald Trump blowing massive holes in their plans, we get new indications today that enemies of America within are once again pushing for our destruction.

We also reminded you just days ago that
only weeks before the election, tensions between the US and Russia were at a fever-pitch and quickly headed towards nuclear war and potential worldwide nuclear annihilation especially had Hillary Clinton ‘stolen’ the US presidency, thus assuring a World War 3 with Russia according to Russian president Vladimir Putin.

‘If It’s Hillary Clinton It’s War,’ Says Vladimir Putin To Frightened Russian People

And now we hear from former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich in the 2nd video below who argues what we’re now watching coming from the Neocons who want death and destruction could blow up in America’s faces. In the first video below, Christopher Greene of AMTV warns us the dark forces spoken of in this story are on a mad rush to start up World War 3 despite the will of President Trump. First, from the Fox News Kucinich interview. 

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) was a guest Tuesday on “Mornings with Maria” discussing how the intelligence community is seeming to upend President Donald Trump in the wake of Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser.

The former Democratic presidential candidate and Fox News contributor said the bigger issue here is that the phone conversations between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were intercepted and leaked to the media.

“The American people have to know that there’s a game going on inside the intelligence community where there are those who want to separate the U.S. from Russia in a way that would reignite the Cold War,” Kucinich said. “That’s what’s at the bottom of all this. It’s early in the morning, it’s Valentine’s Day, but wake up America!”

He said he believes money is a factor for those looking to cash in on any conflict between the U.S. and Russia.

“What’s going on in the intelligence community with this president is unprecedented,” he said. “They’re making every effort to upend him. Who knows what the truth is anymore?”

Kucinich said Trump must get a hold of the intelligence community because he believes there is “definitely something going on” to undermine the president.

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