The U.S. National debt now stands at $14 trillion. It is easy to type the number but I believe to truly grasp the enormity it represents is beyond the average citizen’s comprehension. House Republicans are pledging to cut $100 billion from our $3 trillion budget. With the quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve it has come to the point that our government no longer bothers to print the money the numbers represent. They just keep adding zeroes on the accounts and our grandchildren just keep getting further and further in debt.
To give you some idea as to what $14 trillion represents let’s look at something we all can relate to. $14 trillion would pay for 466 tiers of unemployment. So you are looking at about 300 years of unemployment benefits, and remember, this is money that is borrowed and has to be paid back. This is an impossible figure and the only way the richest country on the planet could possibly owe this amount is through fraud and deception.
Let’s look at it another way. Counting the illegals there are 350 million people in this country. That equates to $40,000 owed by every man, woman, and child. It is reaching the point that our gross domestic product is not going to be able to pay the interest, let alone pay down the principal.
So all this talk we are hearing about cuts and balancing the budget is just that, talk, as it has become a mathematical impossibility to pay off our debt. Again, there are only 350 million of us in a country rich with resources. This can only equate to blatant theft.
HR 6556 was introduced during the lame duck congress and will be brought up again in the 112th Congress. It is co-sponsored by Representative Barbara Lee, D-CA, and Representative Bobby Scott, D-VA. The bill would add 14 weeks to Tier 1 and make them available retroactively to 99ers.
In May it will be one year since I have had an unemployment check; the prospect of another year with no money, no job, and no hope is unacceptable. The summer is coming and if HR 6556 is swept from the table without a glance we must start planning mass activities specifically designed at civil disobedience.
I will be fifty years old this year, but I swear if I have to I will hitchhike to Washington DC if that is what it takes to show the traitors in office that, though I may be down, to count me out would be a serious error. I live in Oregon. I have no income, so I am talking about crossing the continent without a dollar in my pocket. How many 99ers out there will do the same? If we swarmed Washington DC numbering 5 million there would be no question of success. Remember the Tea Party became national on the scene with a march numbering only 2 million. Just try to imagine 5 million.
I tell you this, right now I am willing, but if my fellow 99ers continue to sit on the sidelines waiting for others to make the sacrifice I think I will cease caring and focus all my energy on securing my own situation. Never in the history of this country have so many been oppressed by so few.
I believe that when February rolls around and we are forced to reckon with January’s numbers we are in for a rude awakening. Right now the powers that be are milking December’s holiday season for everything it is worth, just as they did with October’s harvest season. I think we are going to see large job losses and further financial disaster in 2011, and are going to be blown away by how fast these new disasters put the plight of the 99ers into the realm of ancient history. If we are not prepared to make a stand by this summer I think we are finished as a cause.