As we ramp up for this weeks political shenanigans, we have to look at the lingering effect of Bernie Sanders. This guy has balls of steel for a man of his age.
While it seems improbable that he has any chance whatsoever in securing the democratic nomination, many of Hillary Clinton's sins of the past still loom on the horizon. If she were in fact to be indicted on the miscellaneous charges pending, it could create just the crack that Bernie Sanders needs to stick his head into a leading contender position.
The final game changers which will impact not only Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, will be the selection of a running mate and the game changing implications that come with this choice.
We do not have to go to far back in our memories to remember how Senator John McCain’s campaign sunk like a rock after his choosing of Sarah Palin, so the days and weeks ahead are going to be fun filled and news-making to say the very least.
Until we meet again!
2016 ELECTION HOT BUTTONS
BY ARTHUR EKREM - MARCH 14 2016
There are multiple aspects that will be hot buttons in the general election.
Most noteworthy, would be the crimes against America by Wall Street institutions and the banking industry. The average American and homeowner has been blatantly robbed and taken advantage of by greedy banks who have been under-regulated and unpoliced.
Next in line would be the exploding cost of healthcare and education, medical treatment and prescriptions are out of reach by way of cost to majority of Americans and especially senior citizens - student debt is leaving graduates in a hole so deep that it will take them 25 to 30 years to retire.
Finally the inability for there to be any middle-class to balance out our society and our economy will be an extremely hot potato during the general election. If we do not restore manufacturing jobs, service jobs and keep companies in America, the future of our country will diminish on a consistent basis.
One would imagine that the threats in the Middle East and Isys would be the real issue, but without a strong domestic platform, we simply will have no revenue left to spend on war efforts.
Over $.60 of every tax dollars collected is allocated towards military spending. We see no long-term return on that investment and our country continues to fall into a third tier category in the eyes of the world.
The Obama administration is preparing to put stopgap measures on what Wall Street will be able to do to consumers by way of limiting what crap products banks and investment firms can peddle on the street, while reducing the exorbitant fees we get jammed with as consumers every day.
This begs the real question, why has it taken over seven years for The White House to finally rein-in the financial products and services market after the Wall Street meltdown. Millions and millions of people in the United States were harmed and continue to be harmed as a result of greedy and unfair business practices within our banking and investment system.
The president has called on the Labor Department to create new rules for investment entities and brokers that will seek to reduce conflicts of interest and hidden fees that currently cost Americans upward of $17 billion from their retirement plans annually.
While this would seem to be a bipartisan matter as it reaches into the pockets of all Americans, the Democrats have quietly been swimming beneath the surface to stall or postpone these measures to correct Wall Street. This should serve as a reminder that virtually every elected official in Washington DC is in someway influenced by our banks and investment houses.
Of course, independent trade groups such as the Investment Company Institute (ICI), work daily to challenge the White Houses economic and fiscal research looking to shoot holes in the presidents suggestions, and claim the White House data is full of errors. This is a consistent strategy used within our bank investment infrastructure that for over 40 years now has caused our system to the erode. The strategy of challenging every solution posed continues to create a bottleneck and causes legislators to ultimately do nothing to help the consumer. Each year, The average investor loses more and more control of the fees they pay, the products that are available, and the lack of disclosure puts the majority of investors in harms way as they never really know what their money is being invested into, nor the fees they are paying.
For the last four years the Department of Labor has been trying to adopt rules designed to rein-in conflicts that lead investment brokers to steer investors into more expensive retirement investments in order to charge higher commissions or fees, when rarely is it in the best interest of the customer.
Three of the leading trade groups, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the Securities Industry in Financial Markets Association, and the FSI have collectively spent over 16 1/2 million dollars in the past two years lobbying on this and other issues on behalf of Wall Street according to Senate lobbying records.
In almost every instance we can see where pro-regulatory reform groups fight progress on this front and it is quite transparent and the majority of opposition is being drafted by Wall Street lobbyists.
If the Obama administration has one swan-song that can truly impact our nation and leave the president with a somewhat improved legacy, this would be the battle to fight. To finally have regulatory controls in place which limit Banks and investment firms as to the crap they can sell to the American consumer, and further limit the fees they can extort for selling their garbage, then it will force the major players to present a better product to the American people with full disclosure as to fees and fund performance.
As the greatest nation in the world, so we are told, we simply must fix this problem permanently with swift action, or we risk another major financial collapse within the next 7 to 10 years.…… Of course, Time will tell!
WORLD MUSLIM POPULATION IS DOUBLING - CAN IT BE TRUE?
I have done my share of radio shows and writing about Muslims vs. Christians (see DCBULL archives), and recent reports suggest that the game is evening up as it pertains to population balance between the two religious forces.
A new study released this past Thursday offers concrete data to support the ongoing growth of the Muslim population.
Less than twenty years ago, the world had about 1.1 billion Muslims. Twenty years from now, this new report suggests it will more than double – to represent more than a quarter of the population of the earth.
This is a huge increase from 20 percent in 1990.
Pakistan is blowing by Indonesia as the hot spot for the largest number of Muslims, as its population pushes over 256 million.
And the U.S. is no slouch in this boom either, as the number of Muslims in the United States will more than double, to 6.2 million in coming years – can we hear an Amen for Allah?
The Afghan population will also come close to doubling, to about 50.5 million, making it a war torn nation, with lots of dirt, and the ninth largest Muslim population in the world – you go Afghanistan!
The Jews have serious competition – “Oy Vey” (that means “oh woe is me” in Yiddish)! Israel is on its way to becoming one quarter Muslim. The Palestinian territories alone have one of the highest growth rates in the world. First the Jews had to contend with Jesus and now this – is nothing sacred?
Then we have little Nigeria, where violence between Christians and Muslims has been a VIP party of its own in recent years, where thousands have died in the name of God. Nigeria too, will become a Muslim-majority country in the years to come.
Let us not forget the good people of France and Belgium – these grumpy wine drinking regions will boast more than 10 percent Muslim, while the happy land of Sweden will hover just under 10 percent.
The loser of the Muslim growth game in the next few years will be Iran – that's right Iran, I am sorry Iran, you did not win the new car, but you will get some lovely parting gifts. Iran will see very slow Muslim growth. Iranian women have the fewest children of any population in the Muslim world. Come on now, we have all seen the men from Iran – would you have sex with them? I mean they don’t bathe and they are grumpy as hell. This is not a recipe for a roll in the hay with the old lady after a game of “kill the infidel”. They use birth control at an astounding rate of 73 percent – just another example of the "we are a miserable nation" credo, so the ladies of the nation just say, lets stop populating until we cease to exist.
The global population of the Muslim faith will rise because the Muslim men like to have sex (this actually applies to all men) and have an extremely high birth rate. Not to mention the large number of Muslims of childbearing age, and an increase in life expectancy in Muslim-majority countries.
The sheer boom in the population in Pakistan will lead to an additional 70 million people in the next 20 years – this could create "a potentially lethal cocktail," said Ghaffar Hussain of the Quilliam Foundation, which calls itself an anti-extremism think tank and does work in Pakistan.
"Pakistan is an unstable country, there are literally hundreds of jihadist groups," he said.
The Pakistan government is not doing much to slow population growth, unlike in nearby Bangladesh, he said.
"In Bangladesh they have tax incentives not to have large families. Pakistan doesn't have that strategy - they're not even talking about it," said Hussein.
"More effort should be made to finding some solutions, especially in the border region with Afghanistan," he advised. NO SHIT and I agree, my DCBULL columns have preached this from day one of our war efforts in Afghanistan.
The Pew report, where much of this source data originated from, is more than a year in the making, and part of a major effort by the Think Tank to manage the number of members to the world's religions. The Islam report comes first, and a Christian project is in the works.
Putting aside the growth of the Muslim population, Christianity will remain the biggest religion in the world for years to come. There are more than 2 billion Christians – almost 35 percent of the world population.
The architects are aware that their report has policy implications, but maintain that the purpose of the Pew Forum is simply to provide unbiased data.
"It's not our role to say what should be done," Cooperman said.
What they're aiming to do, one of the project's leader said, is to make sure there's reliable information available.
"There has been a lot of speculation about the growth of the Muslim population around the world, and many of those who speculate don't have good data," said Brian Grim, a senior researcher at the Pew Forum.
"The Muslim population is growing and slowing. Instead of a runaway train, it's trending with the general global population," he said.
In other words, as the balance of Christians and Muslims head toward a 50/50 population split in years to come, it is high time we find meaningful ways to coexist together and accept our differences and spiritual beliefs.
Both sides need to agree that terrorists need to be identified, punished, and stopped at all cost.
I firmly believe that most (a majority) of all Muslims want the BRAND they have been given as to their terrorist leanings, to be removed.
Most Muslims feel the same way that Christians do with regard to terrorist activity and support - there is no place for it.
Only in working together on this issue can we maintain a world where Christians and Muslims can live with an expectation of peace and religious freedom.
Final score in the match between Christian and Muslim – a draw – in other words, we are all winners on Gods green earth!
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