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The Carpenter Comeith!!!Little by Little the “coffin” is being exposed……via e-mail to admin/capecoral

In Banking, Business, Business/Political Trends Worldwide, currency, Money and Finances, Offshore accounts, personal and business, Political parties, Taxes on July 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm
This is CRAP!!!! 
It is just like everything in this administration.
Too bad we didn’t kick out enough of Obama’s idiots from the Senate as well.Watch for this AFTER November elections; remember
this BEFORE you VOTE in case you think Obama’s
looking out for your best interest.1% tax on all bank transactions HR 4646This government just cannot think of enough ways
to hurt the American people!This Bill must die
FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!

1% tax on all bank transactions
HR 4646 ANOTHER NEW OBAMA TAX SLIPPED IN WHILE WE WERE ASLEEP.
Checked this on snopes , it’s true! Check out HR 4646.  (see below copied from Snopes)

President Obama’s finance team is recommending a
one percent (1%) transaction fee (TAX). Obama’s
plan is to sneak it in after the November
elections to keep it under the radar.

This is a 1% tax on all transactions at any
financial institution – banks , credit unions ,
savings and loans , etc. Any deposit you make , or
even a transfer within your account , will have a
1% tax charged.

If your paycheck or your social security or
whatever is direct deposit , it will get a 1% tax
charged for the transaction.

If your paycheck is $1000 , then you will pay
Obama $10 just for the privilege of depositing
your paycheck in your bank. Even if you hand carry
your paycheck or any check into your bank for a
deposit , 1% tax will be charged.

You receive a $5 , 000 stock dividend from your
broker , Obama takes $50 just to allow you to
deposit that check in the bank..

If you take $1 , 000 cash to deposit at your bank ,
1% tax will be charged.

Mind you , this is from the man who promised that ,
if you make under $250 , 000 per year , you will not
see one penny of new tax. Keep your eyes and ears
open , you will be amazed at what you learn about
this guy’s under-the-table moves to increase the
number of ways you are taxed.

Oh , and by the way , you receive a refund from
the IRS next year and you have it direct
deposited or you walk in to deposit that check ,
you guessed it. You will pay a 1% charge of that
money just for putting it in your bank. Remember ,
any money , cash , check or whatever , no matter
where it came from , you will pay a 1% fee if you
put it in the bank.

Some will say , oh well , it’s just 1%. Are you
kidding me? It’s a 1% tax increase across the
board. Remember , once the tax is there , they can
also raise it at will.. And if anyone protests , they will just say ,
“oh , that’s not really a tax , it’s a user fee”! Think this is no
big deal? Go back and look at the transactions you
made from last year’s banking statements. Then add
the total of all those transactions and deduct 1%..
Still think it’s no big deal???     Vicki

In which square hole does your round Peg fit?????

1. snopes.com: Debt Free America Act ⤢⤢⤢
Is the U.S. government proposing a 1% tax on debit card
usage and/or
banking transactions?
…It is true. The bill is HR-4646 introduced by US Rep Peter
deFazio D-Oregon and US Senator Tom Harkin D-Iowa. Their plan is
to sneak it in after the…
…moved beyond proposing studies and submitted the Debt Free
America Act (H.R. 4646) , a bill calling for the implementation of
a scheme to pay down the…
…[2010] by Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.). His “Debt Free America
Act” (H.R. 4646) would impose a 1 percent “transaction tax” on
every financial transaction…
Tue , 12 Oct 2010 11:26:37 GMT
http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/debtfree.asp

Sovereign Man Notes from the Field Date: July 22, 2011 Reporting From: Split, Croatia

In Business/Political Trends Worldwide, currency, Expatriation, Government, History, personal and business, Sovereign Man, Taxes, Travel on July 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Sovereign Man

Notes from the Field

Date: July 22, 2011
Reporting From: Split, Croatia

Over the last few weeks I’ve gotten away from our usual tradition of having a weekly Q&A session, so I’m going to get right to it today.

First, Constanza asks, “Simon, you were writing recently about ‘international diversification.‘ Can you explain a bit more about this?”

Sure. It’s becoming obvious that there are massive problems in the developed world– ballooning debts, stagnating economies, soaring inflation, high unemployment, food and energy shortages, rising crime, increased regulation, diminished civil liberties, etc.

These problems aren’t going away just because some politicians pull an accounting stunt or deny that they exist.  These problems are real, and thinking individuals need to realize that the consequences of inaction are only going to get worse.

Most people will unfortunately do nothing and wait for a political solution. Their faith in their elected leaders will unfortunately be rewarded with a front-row seat to witness the final erosion of their country.

Others will take the approach of trying to change the system. Relying on the democratic process certainly seems like a noble cause, but remember that democracy is really just two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner.

International diversification is the cornerstone of my own ethos– it involves looking overseas to protect you interests and seek new opportunities. If your home, your work, your family’s safety, your savings, your healthcare, and your entire livelihood are tied to one crumbling country, you are exposed to substantial risk.

Diversifying internationally can drastically reduce this risk. It might mean finding more stable sources of income overseas, better stores of value for your savings, stronger markets to invest in, safer places for your family to live, more cost effective places to obtain healthcare, more secure places to store gold, etc.

I’m not suggesting that everyone should get on a plane tomorrow and leave home… though for some people who have reached their breaking points, this is the ultimate solution. What I am suggesting is that people stop limiting themselves to a single country that’s in decline, and begin to consider the wider world.

On that note, Alvinium asks, “Simon, you recently wrote that owning agricultural land is a great hedge against rising food prices. What about the FDA, USDA, and other agencies that are stepping up their efforts to make it a crime to grow one’s own organic food?”

Easy. I think people in the US should consider buying property overseas where there is no FDA or USDA to stop them from reducing their ‘agflation’ risk.

A few months ago in an issue of Sovereign Man: Confidential, I interviewed Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms; Joel was featured in the documentary Food, Inc., and he has decades of personal anecdotes in dealing with various agencies, many of which are chronicled in his book ‘Everything I Want to Do is Illegal.

He told me one recent story about a school in California that grows its own carrots. The children pick the carrots and wash them before eating, but the local Health Department came in and said that the children are not allowed to wash and eat those carrots without a Food Handlers’ license.

It sounds like a sick joke, but the system definitely favors the big ag companies at the expense of individuals. To me, you can try to fight the system, or simply go somewhere else where you are free to do what you want.

Chile is the place that I’ve chosen for our resilient community exactly for this reason. In the future, I don’t think there will be too many things more important than a steady, healthy, independent food supply… and I’m not willing to take the risk of having some government agency dictate what I can/can’t do.

Last, Elai asks, “Simon, a lot of people blast Ben Bernanke, but given the tools that he has at his disposal, what can he do to improve the economy?

Think about it like this– even in the most basic economics classes, students learn that price controls just don’t work. Electricity is a great example– many governments (Argentina for instance) fix retail electricity prices at artificially low levels. This creates excess demand, often causing major power shortages.

Suppose the government announced that iPads would now cost $1. Everyone would rush out immediately to buy one, and as there would no longer be a profit incentive for Apple to continue manufacturing them, an iPad shortage would quickly ensue.

Simply put, price fixing creates terrible distortions in the marketplace that lead to shortages or gross misallocations of resources.

Now, consider that interest rates are essentially the price of money– the price which a willing borrower agrees to pay a willing lender in exchange for a specified amount of capital.

If we can agree that price controls are a bad idea, why does it seem like a good idea to give one man nearly sole control to set the price of money? This is absolutely the one price that shouldn’t be controlled above all else!

The price of money affects everything in an economy— savings, spending, investment, foreign exchange rates… the price of money has the most far-reaching implications, and yet our financial system leaves setting this price to the serially erroneous prognostications of a single individual rather than the market.

Bernanke’s role is to control the price of money, and it’s a role that should not exist. The issue isn’t what he can do to improve the economy… but that he has any function in the economy whatsoever!

Until tomorrow,
Simon Black
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com 


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Sovereign Man Notes from the Field Date: July 21, 2011 Reporting From: Split, Croatia

In Business, Business/Political Trends Worldwide, Continental Travel, currency, Expatriation, Food and Staples, Government, History, Money and Finances, Offshore accounts, Opportunity, Personal, Sovereign Man, Taxes, Travel on July 21, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Sovereign Man

Notes from the Field

Date: July 21, 2011
Reporting From: Split, Croatia

Print. Lie. Borrow. Deceive. Deny. These are a the principal tenants of the Greek restructuring plan that were released today from Brussels… it’s as if EU policymakers put it together after shaking a Magic 8-ball.

The whole world knows that Greece is bankrupt and has been living bailout to bailout for over a year. Deep in debt and devoid of cash, the country has completely forsaken its sovereignty in exchange for becoming a ward of the European Union; Prime Minister George Papandreou is now a hapless stooge awaiting instructions from Germany.

It’s ironic that the Greek proposal released today calls for a ‘Marshall Plan’ of investment across Europe… given that the last time Greece was being controlled by Germany was during the country’s occupation by Nazi forces after being vanquished by Hitler’s 12th Army in April 1941.

And so, with limited debate and even less fanfare, Europe has just officially signed on to destroy its own currency. Utterly worthless, quasi-defaulted Greek debt will become perfectly acceptable collateral, much in the same way that the US Federal Reserve took every scrap of toxic paper it could find off banks in 2008 and 2009.

Given the favorable market reaction, European politicians must be feeling pretty proud of themselves. The euro is up. The stock market is up. Oil is up. Well, never mind about oil, they’ll blame that on evil speculators… just like food prices.

And the proposal is so deliberately vague, they can go back home and tell constituents whatever they want. Angela Merkel can tell German voters that the French are paying for it, and Sarkozy and tell French voters that the Germans are paying for it. Win, win!

The European sovereign default SOP has just been set. When Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Ireland’s time of insolvency arrives, it will be handled just like this: Print. Lie. Borrow. Deceive. Deny.

Every day it becomes more and more obvious that the financial system as we know it is breaking down. The United States and European monetary union, whose currencies comprise nearly the entirety of the world’s fiat reserves, have both signed up to debase their currencies as rapidly as possible.

This is going to kick inflation up another notch as anyone holding on to Greek debt is going to trade out of it as quickly as possible. All that money has to go somewhere… and it’s a sure bet that a lot of it will feed rising commodities price (which translates into more inflation).

If you haven’t found a safe haven for your savings yet, it’s time to start. Now. No more excuses. A few you could consider:

Swiss franc, Norwegian krone, Singapore dollar, Chilean peso: These four currencies are generally regarded as safer, stronger, and managed by less obtuse central banks. In a world of fiat, these are among the least worst of the bunch.

Unidad de Fomento (UF): This is a special unit of account used in Chile that was set up during the hyperinflation days of the 1960s. The UF is designed to keep pace with inflation and it’s possible to establish a bank account denominated in UF in Chile. I’ll be telling SMC members how to do that in an upcoming issue.

Agricultural Property: Nothing hedges your risk against rising food prices like being able to produce your own food. This idea underpins the concept for the resilient community we’re planning in South America.

Precious Metals: Portable, divisible, durable, and scarce, precious metals are the classic hedge against rising prices. Gold and silver aren’t going to go up in a straight line, and gold in particular is due for a correction, but in a world ruled by an economic magic 8-ball, it’s a much safer store of value than a government IOU.

High quality equities: If my only two options are Apple stock and a bank account earning 0% interest, I’m going with Steve Jobs. The chief problem with equities is that the more money that central banks print, the more money flows into equities… pushing valuations up to dizzying (and unsustainable) levels.

Firearms and ammunition: Weapons and ammo serve a dual purpose of providing better home security, as well as a reasonable store of value. Unfortunately, they can also serve a third purpose– putting you on some government agency’s radar.

This list is by no means exhaustive… but if you have the majority of your savings just sitting there wasting away, it’s time to act.

Until tomorrow,

Simon Black
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com

This article appears courtesy of SovereignMan.com: Notes From The
Field
, a free newsletter dedicated to individual freedom,
internationalization, asset protection and global finance. For a
complimentary subscription, visit http://www.SovereignMan.com

Sovereign Man Notes from the Field -Date: July 18, 2011 Reporting From: Becici, Montenegro

In Business, Business/Political Trends Worldwide, currency, Government, History, Opportunity, Personal, personal and business, Sovereign Man, Taxes, Travel on July 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Sovereign Man

Notes from the Field

Date: July 18, 2011
Reporting From: Becici, Montenegro

In March 2010, President Obama signed into law one of the most arrogant, unfeasible bills ever to hit the books.

Known as FATCA [Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act], it was enacted as part of the inappropriately titled HIRE Act; the law requires that foreign banks must disclose personal account details for their US clients, essentially agreeing to get in bed with the US government.

If a foreign bank does not agree to disclose information on all of its US customers, then the law further requires that noncompliant banks withhold a 30% tax on all payments that may have originated from the United States.

The arrogance of this law is overwhelming. It would be as if the Saudi King issued a decree forbidding US grocery store chains to sell pork to Saudi citizens while on US soil. Crazy, right? Americans would be up in arms– who do those Saudi’s think they are, trying to control a US company on US soil?

But that’s exactly what FACTA does. Needless to say, the international banking scene has been up in arms since March 2010 when the law was passed. Those cries have largely fallen on deaf ears… until late last week when the US government granted a brief extension for the law to take effect.

This is important, and I’ll explain why.

We’re in the early stages of what I call the Age of Turmoil– a tumultuous time in which governments turn to increasingly desperate, authoritarian measures in order to maintain the status quo.

They drive their economies into the ground, generate painful inflation, and destroy the livelihoods of millions, even hundreds of millions… and when you don’t like it, they turn their police forces after you to ensure they still get to live a life of power and privilege on your dime.

We’ve already seen these people in action– they’ve seized pension accounts, turned the nation into a police state, ruined the economy with corrupt, reckless spending programs, inflated the currency to dangerous levels, and made it extremely difficult to do basic things like establish a business or even open a bank account.

There are a few things you can try to do about it. The default option for most people is to do nothing. They’ll stick their heads in the sand as things continue to get worse and their families’ livelihoods get eaten away by public policy.

Others think they can ‘vote the bums out,’ only later to realize that the brand new crop of politicians is just as bad as the old batch.

I’ve long been an advocate of the internationalization approach– diversifying your assets and interests overseas to reduce the control that one single government has over you.

If you live, work, bank, invest, own property, store gold, operate a business, etc. in the same country of your citizenship, you are truly putting all of your eggs in one basket.

Internationalization is an approach to take back your privacy, cut your ‘sovereign risk,’ and declare your economic independence, and it’s what I discuss every month in our premium service, Sovereign Man: Confidential. Think of it as your personal, offshore intelligence service.

To give you an idea, here’s what you missed in the July edition that just came out over the weekend:

– How to LEGALLY establish a private, numbered account in one of the world’s strongest banking jurisdictions… as well as how to remain compliant with the law. I tell you exactly who to contact to get started.

– How to establish residency in an extremely safe, modern, vibrant, cost effective, beautiful, and FREEDOM LOVING European location… it’s a fantastic choice for families, retirees, and even singles. Again, I tell you exactly who to contact.

– My boots on the ground recommendations for entrepreneurial business ideas in one of the world’s most opportunity-rich boom towns. Some require very little up-front capital, and you can make a fortune;

– New intelligence just revealed about relinquishing US citizenship;

– Portfolio strategies to protect against (and profit from) the coming economic slowdown that we see happening in China

– How to make the right kinds of internationalization decisions– walking through your own situation, and what to do about it.

This is the sort of actionable intelligence that can help you survive and thrive in the Age of Turmoil by reducing your exposure to any one single government. It will take time for you to implement these strategies… and given the FATCA extension I told you about earlier, the limited window of opportunity is now open.

I strongly encourage you to consider these strategies; no matter what happens, you will sleep better at night knowing that your family’s livelihood is much better protected.

The alternative– doing nothing– could be devastating.

Click here to read more about a risk-free trial to our premium intelligence service, Sovereign Man: Confidential.

Until tomorrow,

Simon Black
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com
This article appears courtesy of SovereignMan.com: Notes From The
Field
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internationalization, asset protection and global finance. For a
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio….You just gotta Love this guy…Our government members should take notice and maybe use some of his Ideas….via E-mail from a very good friend of mine. admin/capecoral

In Business/Political Trends Worldwide, currency, Government, History, Interesting places, Jobs, Political parties, Travel on July 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm

 

 


 

SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN!
You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of  Arizona,
who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well.
SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN!

Oh, there’s MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!

Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on
stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the County Supervisors said okay.

The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who’d like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows.

The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million. Teresa and I adopted a Weimaraner from a  Maricopa   County shelter two years ago. He was neutered, and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. Cost us $78.

The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals..

I have long wondered when the rest of the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where
inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand.

He has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat, and
fertilizer. It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 – $8 for the
Holidays, and plant it later… We have six trees in our yard from the Prison.

Yup, he was reelected last year with 83% of the vote.
Now he’s in trouble with the ACLU again. He painted
all his buses and vehicles with a mural, that has a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn’t doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border.

He’s kind of a ‘Git-R Dun’ kind of Sheriff.TO THOSE OF YOU NOT FAMILIAR WITH JOE ARPAIO
HE IS THE MARICOPA ARIZONA COUNTY SHERIFF
AND HE KEEPS GETTING ELECTED OVER AND OVER THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio (In Arizona ) who created the ‘ Tent City Jail’:
He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.
He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails..
Took away their weights Cut off all but ‘G’ movies.
He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects.

Then He Started Chain Gangs For Women So He Wouldn’t Get Sued For Discrimination.

He took away cable TV Until he found out there was A Federal Court Order that Required Cable TV For Jails So He Hooked Up The Cable TV Again Only Let In The Disney Channel And The Weather Channel.

When asked why the weather channel He Replied, So They Will Know How hot It’s gonna Be while they are working on my chain gangs.

He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value.
When the inmates complained, he told them, ‘This Isn’t The
Ritz/Carlton……If you don’t like it, don’t come back.’
More On The Arizona Sheriff:

With Temperatures Being Even Hotter Than Usual In Phoenix (116
Degrees Just Set A New Record), the Associated Press Reports:
About 2,000 Inmates Living In A Barbed-Wire-Surrounded Tent Encampment At The Maricopa County Jail Have Been Given Permission To Strip Down To Their Government-Issued
Pink Boxer Shorts.

On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 Degrees Inside, The Week Before.

Many Were Also Swathed In Wet, Pink Towels As Sweat Collected On Their Chests And Dripped Down To Their PINK SOCKS.
‘It Feels Like We Are In A Furnace,’ Said James Zanzot, An Inmate
Who Has Lived In The TENTS for 1 year. ‘It’s Inhumane.’

Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic. He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: ‘It’s 120 Degrees In Iraq, And Our Soldiers Are Living In Tents Too, And They Have To Wear Full Battle Gear,
But They Didn’t Commit Any Crimes, So Shut Your Mouths!’

Way To Go, Sheriff!

Maybe if all prisons were like this one there would be a lot
less crime and/or repeat offenders. Criminals should be punished for their crimes – not live in luxury until it’s time for their parole, only to
go out and commit another crime so they can get back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things taxpayers can’t afford to have for
themselves.

If you agree, pass this on. If not, just delete it..

 


 

Sovereign Man Notes from the Field Date: July 13, 2011 Reporting From: Thessaloniki, Greece

In Business, Business/Political Trends Worldwide, Continental Travel, currency, Government, History, Opportunity, Political, Political parties, Sovereign Man, Taxes, Travel on July 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Sovereign Man

Notes from the Field

Date: July 13, 2011
Reporting From: Thessaloniki, Greece

I went to dinner last night in an upmarket area of Thessaloniki. It wasn’t a touristy part of town at all, nearly everyone there was local.

As we walked down a narrow cobblestone path flanked by traditional Greek restaurants, all the various hostesses and proprietors ran out to greet us and pitch their menus.

“We have the freshest seafood!”

“We have the cheapest prices!”

“We offer free drinks and dessert!”

Within seconds, outright calamity ensued with each thrusting menus in our faces, pulling at our shirtsleeves, and shouting over the competition. Then a shoving match… and then finally an all out physical altercation, literally coming to blows over what amounted to a $20 dinner tab.

Now, aggressive behavior is common in this part of the world; it gets even worse in Turkey and North Africa. But there is an element of desperation that I have not yet seen before here. Given the graveyard of former restaurants gone bust nearby, it’s clear that last night’s owners are trying to stay afloat at any cost.

Later in the evening, I dropped by the city’s ancient agora ruins. Inside I could see a number of stray dogs marking their territory as they saw fit, and it was the perfect metaphor. This place has literally gone to the dogs.

Coincidentally, the Greek government held a ‘successful’ bond auction yesterday, unloading 1.6 billion euros of six-month bills. This sounds like a lot of money until you figure that it just barely covers this month’s interest payments on the roughly 340 billion euro debt that they already owe.

Just last month alone, the Greek budget deficit was 2.2 billion euros. Greece must continue indebting itself not only to make interest payments, but simply to keep the lights on. Meanwhile, the principal balance owed keeps rising while tax revenues are falling… making the situation perpetually worse.

Bailouts can’t fix this problem. Think about it like this: say your best friend is swimming in debt, paying $5,000 per month in interest. His best job prospect is $1,000 per month, so he’s in the hole $4,000 per month and rising.

If he receives a new $10,000 line of credit, would this fix his problems? Not at all. He’d be staring at bankruptcy again within 3-months.

Living bailout to bailout while going deeper into debt is simply an unsustainable Ponzi scheme. And given the Greek government’s current cash position and bond auction calendar, the next do-or-die bailout should come to a head this summer.

Europe will have to make a decision: (a) continue financing Greek largess and hope that taxpayers don’t care or notice; (b) take cover and allow the Greek government to default; or (c) an ‘orderly restructuring’ that combines loan workouts, haircuts for bondholders, and strings-attached cash injections from the ECB and IMF.

The most likely is the third option, but no matter how you dress it up, it’s still a default.

We’ve seen this play out once before in Dubai. The emirate underwent a steep restructuring period on roughly 50% of its $59 billion debt load in late 2009 and 2010, and it caused a deep recession and losses in the local market. Two big differences, though.

First, Dubai had a wealthy big brother in Abu Dhabi. Europe has angry German taxpayers.

Second, Dubai was isolated. Europe has a number of insolvent countries whose collective debts far exceed the capacity for any bailout.

If the market is allowed to function, the consequent derivatives chain reaction from default will cause a wave of bankruptcies among a number of large financial institutions, triggering even more government intervention (read: taxpayer bailouts) and a deflationary sell-off in financial markets.

Barring a miraculous, no-strings-attached emergency bailout, I think we can expect the opening salvos within the next few months.

So why should you care if you’re not Greek? Because the ensuing capital controls, raids on public and private pensions, and social chaos met with overwhelming police brutality will be a preview of things to come when the rest of Europe and the United States arrive at their financial reckoning days.

Until tomorrow,

Simon Black
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com
This article appears courtesy of SovereignMan.com: Notes From The
Field
, a free newsletter dedicated to individual freedom,
internationalization, asset protection and global finance. For a
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Sovereign Man Notes from the Field Date: July 8, 2011 Reporting From: Sofia, Bulgaria

In Banking, Business, Business/Political Trends Worldwide, Constitution of The United States, currency, Jobs in Cape Coral, Local news and Opinion, Medicine, Offshore accounts, Personal on July 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Sovereign Man

Notes from the Field

Date: July 8, 2011
Reporting From: Sofia, Bulgaria
Folks… you just can’t make this stuff up.On July 6th, just two days ago, at least a dozen busybody Congressmen sponsored the introduction ofHR 2411, the “Reduce America’s Debt Now Act of 2011.” They always come up with fantastic names for these pieces of legislation… and rest assured, the better/more patriotic the name, the more ominous the bill. This one follows the pattern.

HR 2411 states that every worker in America should be able to voluntarily have a portion of his/her wages automatically withheld and sent directly to the Treasury Department for the purposes of paying down the federal debt.

“Every employer making payment of wages shall deduct and withhold upon such wages any amounts so elected, and shall pay such amounts over to the Secretary of the Treasury…”

That’s right. Uncle Sam is so broke that he wants to give all the good little Americans out there the opportunity to contribute an even greater portion of their paychecks to finance government largess.

Desperate? Hmmm…. Don’t worry, it gets better.

Obviously, if an employee feels so compelled and should elect to have a portion of his/her paycheck withheld, the onus of responsibility is now on the employer to make it happen. The employer has to do all the paperwork, withhold the money, send the payment to the Treasury, maintain the account records, and probably submit to all kinds of new filing requirements.

You can imagine that, if passed, the bill will result in a host of new IRS regulations, complete with a battery of penalties for employers who don’t fill out the paperwork properly, submit filings on time, or make some administrative mistake.

Think about it: if a small business owner has one single employee who is dumb enough to think that it’s his patriotic duty to pay down the debt and decides to contribute $1/month, that owner will have the responsibility for all kinds of new forms and filings, plus submit to new ‘debt reduction audits.’

But don’t worry, it gets even better.

So let’s say there are millions of sheep out there who elect to donate a portion of their toil and sweat so that the Chinese and big financial institutions don’t have to worry about an American default. How does Congress plan on rewarding its most patriotic citizens? By sticking it to them on their taxes, of course.

HR 2411 stipulates that any contribution made to the Treasury in order to pay down the federal debt IS NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

“The [Treasury] Secretary shall include. . . a reasonably conspicuous statement that any amounts deducted and withheld from wages. . .  are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.”

Imagine this scenario: You make $100,000/year. In a fit of complete insanity, you decide that you want to withhold your entire annual salary to pay down the debt. Hey, you can always move in with mom for the next year, right?

Well guess what– Uncle Sam will gladly take your money… and then STILL expect you to pay taxes on the $100,000 that you earned, so you’d have to come out of pocket with an additional $40,000 or so.

Don’t worry, though. The Social Security and Medicare wages are reduced by the amount that you withhold, making you only liable for state and federal taxes. Seems like a good deal, eh comrades?

There are so many things utterly wrong with his piece of legislation, it’s hard to know where to begin other than by saying that such intellectual and philosophical perversion is only capable of springing from unprincipled sociopaths whose sole capability is the destruction of value.

There’s a great quote from Atlas Shrugged that comes to mind which sums this all up:

“[W]hen you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you. . . you may know that your society is doomed.”

We’ve discussed the story of the boiling frog so many times before– a frog, when put into a pot of water and slowly brought to a boil, doesn’t realize that he’s in danger until its too late. I think the boiling frog just got a little hotter. Have you hit your breaking point yet?


Until tomorrow,

Simon Black
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com 
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Sovereign Man Notes from the Field Date: July 7, 2011 Reporting From: Wuhan, China [Editor’s note: Tim Staermose is filling in for Simon Black today]

In Business, Business/Political Trends Worldwide, Continental Travel, currency, Government, History, Jobs, Personal, Political, renminbi currency, Travel on July 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Sovereign Man

Notes from the Field

Date: July 7, 2011
Reporting From: Wuhan, China

[Editor’s note: Tim Staermose is filling in for Simon Black today]
 
When I left my hotel bound for the new Guangzhou South Station the other day , I didn’t know much about the station– where it was, how far from the hotel, etc. After about 25 or 30 minutes in the cab, I still hadn’t seen any signs for the station and grew concerned that the cabbie was just taking me for a ride.As we eventually approached the station, I began to understand why it was so far out of town.  Clearly, the only way they could find enough contiguous land to build this monstrosity was to go WAY into to the outskirts of the city.In the end, it was a 27.82 kilometer (17.39 miles) cab ride from my downtown hotel, and took 49 minutes to get there.  I know this because Chinese taxis are very efficient and give you a highly detailed receipt.

Guangzhou South Station is absolutely COLOSSAL.  By comparison, it is much bigger than any of the 3 international airport terminals in Manila where I live… and I’d say it’s over 8 times larger than theCentral Airport Express Station in Hong Kong.

For a start, the Guangzhou South Station is built on THREE levels.  I was dropped off at level 2.  When I entered there was an “Information” booth straight ahead.  It was unstaffed.  In fact, the entire second level was completely deserted.  Very spooky. It was something out of a low-budget zombie movie.

I went downstairs to the ticketing area where there were a few signs of life. Of the forty or so ticket windows, well over half were closed, and there were only a few dozen people mulling about. To give you an idea of density, imagine the largest football stadium you can think of with only a few hundred people inside. Ghost town.

With ticket in hand, I went up to the departures area… it defies logic that you have to go upstairs to departures even though the trains are at the ground level, but my guess is that the Party really wanted to build a third level just to heighten the grandeur of the train station.

Now, you’d think that if they spent so much money building a station this large, they would be expecting hundreds of trains steaming in and out at all hours of the day. Not by long shot. There was only one train at the platforms. Mine.

It was the same zombie movie theme– areas the size of multiple football fields with hardly any passengers standing around.  And yet, throughout the entire station over all three levels was expensive, high quality marble tiles and artistic finishings, all polished to a mirrored shine.

Guangzhou South Station is truly a monument to excess, exemplifying China’s ruinous “build it and they will come” attitude.

When I arrived to Wuhan about 4-hours later (going 300 km per hour on the high speed bullet train), it was the same theme: acres of empty space, hardly a soul in sight, yet all very modern and marbled with dozens of elevators and abandoned information booths. When my train pulled in, it was the only one at the platforms.

Frankly, the whole episode reminded me of Bangkok and Hong Kong airports during the SARS epidemic back in 2003.  I observed this firsthand– passenger traffic cratered because most people were scared silly of catching the deadly virus, and major airports were practically empty.

Similarly, this is what you would expect at New York’s Grand Central Station after a flesh-eating virus outbreak.

It’s interesting to note that China’s National Audit Office (NAO) recently published a report which says the country’s outstanding local government debt is now equivalent to $1.7 TRILLION. That’s a huge figure — about 27% of China’s GDP in 2010.Because the NAO’s figure was based only on a sampling of 6,500 local government-backed financial vehicles (out of more than 10,000 such vehicles nationwide), the actual magnitude of local government indebtedness is likely to be much greater.  China’s own Central Bank estimates the number to be 30% higher than the NAO figure.All of this certainly begs the question– how many more empty buildings and unused train stations can they possibly build?  More importantly, what happens to China’s economy when all this fixed asset spending starts to subside?  I’ll explore these questions more in the coming days… but in the meantime, I’d like to hear what you think about it.


Until tomorrow,

Tim Staermose
Editor, SovereignMan.com 

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Sovereign Man Weekend Edition Date: July 2, 2011 Reporting From: Roissy, France

In Business, Business/Political Trends Worldwide, Continental Travel, currency, Money and Finances, Opportunity, Personal, Political, Political parties, Sovereign Man, Taxes, Travel on July 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Sovereign Man

Weekend Edition

Date: July 2, 2011
Reporting From: Roissy, France

I imagine that travel used to be quite glamorous back in the 1960s… when airline captains were accorded same social status as mid-rank diplomats, and stewardess (as they were known back then) were little more than Vegas cocktail waitresses.

Today is a bit different. It seems that most legacy carriers are still employing the exact same flight attendants that they did 40-years ago, and nightmare delays are commonplace.

In addition, there are now so many ridiculous fees involved in flying.  Just the taxes alone can add an additional 30% on top of the ticket price– another example of Thursday’s note about how taxation is just another form of inflation.

Then they tack on extra fees for the fuel. The ground service. Checking luggage. Checking in. And my all-time favorite, the “payment fee” where they actually charge you to pay them. This is very common inEurope, and if you’ve never experienced this before, don’t worry– it’s coming soon to an America near you.

Anyhow, I got waylaid here in Paris (not a bad place to be stranded) for a day on my way to Eastern Europe. After finishing up my business in Bulgaria, I plan on putting boots on the ground once again inGreece (what’s left of it). Hopefully the default will occur when I’m there… I do love a good crisis.

Speaking of PIIGS, earlier in the week I wrote a piece about my most recent observations in Spain– including remarks about some small villages in the north of the country that have been using the Spanish peseta once again (Spain’s pre-euro currency). This is certainly a sign of Europe’s post-euro future.

Remember, Europe is a continent with over a thousand years’ history of tribal warfare, genocide, inquisition, and marauding invasions. Sure they’ve been playing nice for the last 20-years, but it’s foolish to think that a German hairdresser is willing to take on greater taxes, inflation, or public debt so that a Greek hairdresser can retire at age 50. More to follow on this.

[As an aside, I also wrote about the growing police presence in Spain… and I would not characterize them as friendly. Writing from Santiago, Chile on Friday, Dr. John Cobin filled in for me to talk about how Chilean police actually treat people with courtesy and respect.]

Meanwhile, our Asia-based partner Tim Staermose has his boots on the ground in China once again. He’s tired of all the ‘economic puff pieces’ talking about how Chinese demand is going to save the global economy and promise endless sunny days, especially for commodity exporters like his nativeAustralia.

It seems that these optimists have a very short memory and have forgotten the hard lesson that all booms bust. They seem to think, instead, that ‘this time is different …,’ the four most expensive words in finance.

Last, I want to mention that we held our monthly premium teleconference for Sovereign Man: Confidential members this week; this live Q&A call is something that we do especially for SMC members at the end of each month, and this call was full of great questions.

We received a lot of questions about the plans for our resilient community project, as well as details about the property we’ve selected in central Chile. I have so much to say on the topic, I was practically bursting at the seams.

We also had a lot of questions about moving and storing gold, some great places to bank overseas, how to establish a business offshore, what to do with a US-based retirement account at/near retirement age given so many threats to pension funds, and more.

The monthly teleconference is just one of the benefits of SMC membership; members also receive a monthly letter that’s packed full of actionable information from our boots on the ground around the world– internationalization strategies, investment opportunities, time-sensitive deals, contacts, and more.

You can think of it as your personal intelligence service.

Then there’s our members’ only website, where people within the community can connect, build relationships, discuss their ideas, and trade experiences. This site is a fantastic way to build a strong network of like-minded people, and it’s been my privilege to interact with so many members using this tool.

If what I’m describing sounds like it would add value to your life and help you to prepare and thrive in the tumultuous times ahead, I encourage you to read more and sign up for our no-risk membership. You’ll receive instant access to past issues, as well as the teleconference we just conducted.

Have a great weekend.

Simon Black
Senior Editor, SovereignMan.com 

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We The People……..We The People – The significance of these words are losing their meaning………Admin/CapeCoral

In Business, Business/Political Trends Worldwide, Constitution of The United States, currency, Government, History, Jobs, Opportunity, Personal, Political, Political parties, Taxes, Travel on June 30, 2011 at 10:07 pm

WE  THE PEOPLE,  the words at the start of one of our most cherished documents are quickly beginning to mean nothing!!!!

  How does that make you feel???? Me, for one, feel really bad…We the people of this great land are being diminished far faster than one can imagine.

We the people, we pay the bills, we fight the wars, we manage to take care of our own as best we can, yet, each passing day dawns with more liberties being torn away by the very people we had confidence in and elected to do our heavy lifting…

The presser that was presented  yesterday at 11:30 AM, was not something that  generated a warm fuzzy feeling internally.  It seemed to be worded as  if to be presented to a nation of “Stepford Wives” who needed to be put back in their place or face the consequences of the “Beltway” crowd.

We the people have let many things slide because of our personal needs, forgetting the country’s needs. The country’s needs have been left to folks, many of whom we trusted to propel our wants into the corridors of our government. However, with the words of yesterday, it seems the corridors have been turned into a maze of twisted turns which not many seem to be able to find their way out of.  This administration seems to always want to diminish the “go getter, go better ” idea and replace it with “go slow and better yet, STOP”.  The picture is ” Nero Fiddles while Rome Burns” only this time it’s more golf and, please don’t forget the Campaign, Oh, here’s the contribution jar too.

We the People, it’s time to get smart before we do not have any time left to get SMART….

God Bless America

One Nation Under GOD, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All

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