Personally, I don’t vote, and people look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them that. They say, “You’ve got to vote! Your one vote can make a huge difference!” I usually laugh because they’ve fallen for one of the greatest lies ever told (voting started with good intentions, which I’ll address later in the article). The #1 reason I don’t vote, which is a personal reason, is because there’s nothing a politician can do for me that I can’t do for myself.
But aside from that — What people don’t realize is that the power to change America hardly lies in Washington. The steps that need to be taken to fix our system, there is no politician bold enough to actually implement those steps. Instead, they’re gonna keep lying to you and telling you that they’re gonna stimulate the economy by flooding it with more cash because that’s all they can do. They call this “stimulus.” When it comes down to the bare essentials of the economy, who do you think sets the rules? The free markets does! It is us traders who determine how the economy runs. We decide the price you’ll pay for food, the price of precious metals, what you’ll pay at the pump, the value of currencies, etc. Washington has no say in it. In fact, Washington answers to the markets. Believe it or not, politicians are nothing but fronts (or pawns) for the big players in the markets.
Here’s a quote by Gordon Gekko (played by Michael Douglas) from the 1987 movie “Wall Street.” That quote puts everything in perspective.
“The richest one percent of this country owns half our country’s wealth, five trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work, two thirds comes from inheritance, interest on interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons and what I do, stock and real estate speculation. It’s bullshit. You got ninety percent of the American public out there with little or no net worth. I create nothing. I own. We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it. Now you’re not naive enough to think we’re living in a democracy, are you buddy? It’s the free market. And you’re a part of it. You’ve got that killer instinct. Stick around pal, I’ve still got a lot to teach you.”
Now you can take that statement to the bank! Free markets run the economy, not governments. Politicians (especially presidents) are personally selected by the big market players. These market players put into office people that are going to make things favorable on their behalf. For example, President Obama was selected by Investment Bank Goldman Sachs (GS) to become president. How did that benefit GS, you might ask? Put it this way — GS was one of the key figures responsible for the 2008 financial crisis. GS along with other banks, sold faulty securities known as “Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS)” to investors. These securities’ value derived from the underlying mortgage of homeowners. To make a long story short, when people began to default on their mortgages, these MBS instantly became toxic investments. Because of this, GS knew the market was going to collapse and actually bet against the market they’d helped to create. GS was stuck with a lot of this toxic debt themselves. As a result, GS along with other banks and Insurance Companies talked George Bush into bailing them out through the $700 Billion Dollar Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). President Bush’s term was about to be up before they could make TARP official, so GS then chose President Obama to to be president because they knew he’d pass TARP along with other favorable incentives. If you don’t believe me, do the research. You’ll see that Goldman Sachs was President Obama’s biggest financial supporter. So as you can see through that real life example, big market players choose who become President, not the citizens. Now let’s talk about why government is damn near powerless in effecting the economy….
When prices start rising as a result of supply and demand, you begin to hear words like “price gouging.” They want you to believe that prices are rising because merchants are just being greedy (that is true in some cases), but in reality, its just the natural effect of supply and demand. Then governments try to enforce price limits, which causes even more damage. Then when prices come down as a result of supply and down, they want you to believe it was because of them. By now, this should prove to you that politicians don’t control the economy.
So, basically, people have been duped into believing they actually have a voice in politics. There was once a time when presidents looked out for the good of the country. During this time, the only people allowed to vote were tax payers, before that, only male land owners were allowed to vote. In my opinion, that’s the way it should have remained (with the exception of the male only part), simply because those groups of people had more at stake to lose if they chose an incompetent president. The founding fathers believed that by granting voting privileges only to land owners, that would allow only the most informed and personally invested citizens to vote — which I agree with.
Just take a look at the voting system today. If a politician wants to win an election, only thing he or she has to do is promise the more handouts than their opponent…that’s it. Want a real world example? Sure. Why do you think the Obama administration has so much support? Because Obama’s supporters aren’t personally invested in the economy. They want to snatch away the wealth of those that are invested without doing any of the work. Their intention is to play bottom feeder. That’s your typical Obama voter. I know Obama zealots (who are typically ignorant as to how things work) are going to get highly upset, but ask me if I give a fuck.
The fact of the matter is that the economy is going to do what it’s going to do and there’s nothing a politician can do to stop the inevitable. They’d like for you to believe that they have the power to influence an economy, but that’s false. They only have the power to ruin it. When you vote, you’re simply selecting who’s gonna either speed up the destruction or postpone it. The best way to avoid this trap is to get educated on how an economy works and why. That way, you won’t be dependent on politicians to do for you what you can do for yourself if you take advantage of being a player in the free markets.