I wrote this May 26, 2004
I'm sorry to say, but this mess is a lot older than the current administration. The bubble popped in 2000 and we should be not in a recession, but a full blown depression. I too think they should get the power out of DC, but this wasn't arranged in the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, 1990's or in Y2K. It was created to start by giving popular election of the Senate in 1913 and moving the representation of the states from the legislature in most cases to the multinational corporate world. There was also the passage of an income tax, which wasn't a direct tax as levied, but an excise tax to be passed on as a cost of doing business. There was so much done under the eyes of Woodrow Wilson and his crony, Colonel Mandel House, a new world order communist that just slipped by us. The Federal Reserve was one of the planks of the communist manifesto and one of the organizations that few of our founding fathers favored. It transferred all money power from the people to a few.
One of the things that happened in the Wilson administration was we went to War in Europe. Our history books blame the Lucitania incident, but that occurred in 1915 and Wilson was re-elected on a platform of, he kept us out of war. Back in that day and time, the inaugeration of the President was the first week in March, not in January as we have it today. By March 1917, we were of course in war. With war came the passage of war power acts, which allowed the executive to prosecute the war. Among these powers was a law called the trading with the enemy act, the act of October 6, 1917.
Going forward, in 1933, the Federal Reserve bank was bankrupt and so were most of the other banks. The currency was not any good. Coming to the rescue was Franklin Roosevelt and his moral equivalent of war. What was this moral equivalent of war? Well, it was the repeal of traditional constitutional limitations on government under the concept of emergency and it is codified in 12USC95a and together with 12USC95b, made the President, the Secretary of the Treasury and others with delegated power dictators. Roosevelt replaced the liabilities of the Federal Reserve with liabilities to the Federal Reserve. Instead of the Federal Reserve owing us, we owed it and the only remedy was to try to borrow ourselves to prosperity.
You can also find this 12USC95a codified in 50USC5b. If you don't know what 50USC5b is, go check and you will find out. Senate report 93-547 was put out after the Vietnam war and it discusses this law broadly.
What happened under this law? Well, you have all heard of War on Poverty, War on Drugs, War on Crime, etc. In times of war, there is no constitution or private property. You might have heard of the Schecter poultry case where the New Deal was overturned. It basically said that a tax was for the legitimate support of government and what was being practiced was socialism, in direct violation of the 5th amendment of the constitution. See, there is no just compensation for taking of property and when one group is fed the property of another group by the government, that is taking and not tax. Like it or not, we have been deluded in thinking we live in a government set up in 1787 by our founding fathers.
Roosevelt and then Truman took this mess one step farther. At the end of world war II, the United States was made the banking system for the world. One of the reasons our trade deficit runs so high is we are the only country in the world that can create good and unlimited credit. Money when needed takes the path of least resistance. There are always rumors that such and such a country is going to quit buying our bonds, but the truth is that Japan and Europe went broke fighting wars decades and in some cases close to a hundred years ago. The Federal Reserve was created for no other reason but to allow for the continued modern fighting of more wars.
To wit: Much was made of the recent massive buying of treasuries by the Japanese with dollars bought with yen. Japan has tried to interest rate themselves out of their bankruptcy, social spend their way out of their bankruptcy, but the only way they could produce money for their system with any validity was to use American credit in the form of banknotes.
The 1990's and the Clinton administration was an economic nightmare. I can't say much about the administration since or the ones before either, but Robert Rubin with the assistance of Greenie created and perpetuated a bubble. Did anyone notice the Congress voting money to bail out Mexico in 1994 or 1995? No, Rubin acted on his own, a few months after he and his former employer, Goldman Sachs took all the money out of Mexico to help finance this bubble. The United States leveraged the credit out of Asia, then the IMF came in and replaced it.
What we really need is a cleanout, but that isn't politically feasible. We are in a time of permanent financial overhang and the times are going to get rough. Had Roosevelt left the situation alone and people taken their losses in the 1930's, we would be a prosperous country today, but the fib is that he saved the country. Instead he put us under the same system as Adolph Hitler set up within weeks of the same event, corporate socialism, better known as fascism. Like a frog in a cold pot of water put on the stove, we have been boiled and never knew it was happening.
Why do you think every socialist in the United States walked up to the stand in DC when a man was nominated to the Supreme Court by the name of Robert Bork, who favored something called original intent? I think people on that side of the aisle didn't want to be reminded of the law. They would rather deal with these illegalities like some right to privacy that only applies to right to privacy from other private citizens, not the government itself. Who cares about right to privacy when we are having our capacity to act as living humans taken from us by some system that now can tell us when to jump, when and where to empty our pockets, look in our bank accounts over some assinine international war or some war on drugs. Someone mentioned buying land, well Roosevelt nationalized farming in 1933 and now there aren't any farmers left, only corporations who run on huge central planned agriculture programs and subsidies.
You don't have to take my word for it. Plug in a search for war and emergency powers and look for a guy named Eugene Schroeder. Schroeder published a book called "Constitution, Fact or Fiction". Do your best to find Senate Report 93-547, as it has some very interesting statements in it. You will probably have to go to a Federal Repository. We aren't a constitutional republic any more, but an excutive branch bureaucracy that enforces and carries out powers given it by Congress and never gives the power back. In the meantime states are now sucking on the central planning tit and jump when the Feds say, do so or lose your Federal Funds.