Saturday, March 27, 2010

Social Insecurity

As of March 2010, the Social Security system of the United States of America now has a negative cash flow -- spending more money on benefits that it takes in via payments into the fund.

In fact, there is no fund -- it all goes straight into other federal government expenses, which currently far exceeds revenues and will continue to get progressively worse for the foreseeable future.

President Franklin Roosevelt (Democrat) introduced the Social Security system in 1935. Republicans in Congress wanted it to be voluntary but Democrats were in control and yearning for socialistic reforms so the system became mandatory.

The program required employees to pay 1.5 cents for each dollar they earned, beginning in 1940, up to $3,000. The employer was required to match the contributions. In 1943, the contribution was to increase to 2 cents per dollar, and in 1949 scheduled to increase to 3 cents per dollar.

"That is the most you will ever pay." promised Congress in their 1936 Social Security pamphlet. Had congress lived up to its promise, the maximum annual Social Security tax would be $90 instead of over $6,000.

When the Social Security program was first set up, its funds were put into a secure trust account. To cope with huge expenditures during the Vietnam War, President Lyndon Johnson (Democrat) and the Democratically-controlled congress eliminated the trust fund whereupon Social Security taxes were diverted directly into the general fund.

The Social Security Trust Fund no longer exists. It's now a "pay as you go" system.

Today, the Social Security system is a sheer disaster. People are living longer and the birth rates have been leveling off. In 1950, there were 16 workers for every person receiving benefits. Presently, there are only 3 workers for every beneficiary. By 2018, there will be only two workers per beneficiary.

In March of 2010, the system started running a deficit, paying out more money than it takes in. In the near future, as Baby Boomers enter the system, it will be unable to pay promised benefits.

Simply raising Social Security taxes is not the solution. To maintain promised entitlements, Social Security taxes will have to eventually be raised to an astonishing 45 percent of wages.

The national debt (money borrowed against the future to be paid by future generations) currently exceeds $12 trillion. Our nation's annual deficit is at the highest levels in history with no end in sight. We spend more than we take in and defer this irresponsibility onto our children and grandchildren. Every child born in America today is automatically $52,000 in debt.

To add further damage to this obscene debt burden, the Obama Administration bullied a national health care system into law, which adds further to the national debt and requires 16,000 new IRS employees to administer the collection of mandatory insurance fees.

When Medicare was first created in 1965, the politicians projected the cost in 1992 would be $3 billion. The actual cost in 1992 was $110 billion. These same inept politicians have driven this country into a $12 trillion national debt. Instead of reforming a broken health system, the Obama Administration expanded the broken system into a colossal, expansive, expensive, bureaucratic, ineffective broken system.

The collective insanity of those running this country can only be measured in cubits of donkey and elephant dung.

Or perhaps there is another explanation.

Power doesn’t corrupt -- it attracts the corruptible.

There is a growing belief among thoughtful citizens with a brain larger than a walnut that this disaster was orchestrated by powerful global elites, particularly international bankers (Rothschild, Rockefeller, etc.), in order to gain control of the entire planet (a New World Order). Their ultimate goal is a one-world government, with a one-world single currency, maintained and controlled by these international bankers. Thus, they would become even richer and more powerful.

And in order to achieve this goal of global dominance, they must first bring down the current financial systems, particularly the USA.

Global disasters require global solutions. However, upon close scrutiny, those who create the disasters become those with the solutions, thereby manipulating events in their favor.

Democracy is the illusion that someone is listening. In reality, you’re either the property of others or you’re on your own.

Freedom is living your life as you choose, as long as you are not infringing on someone else’s freedom.

More government means less freedom.

Those currently in power in the USA are systematically enslaving their subjects and thrusting the country into financial ruin.

The first course of action when you are being enslaved by others is to recognize you are being enslaved by others.

The second course of action is to do something about it. Plenty of options -- ignore it, pretend it doesn’t exist, play golf, get drunk, bang your head against the wall, go fishing, watch TV, eat lots of food, go shopping, make more kids, play tennis, paint a picture, clean out the garage, go dancing, seek divine intervention, snap some photos, new hairstyle, take a nap, bitch and moan, meditate, wish upon a star, etc., etc.

Quote for the Day -- “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.” Norman Mattoon Thomas (1884-1968 -- six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America)

Bret Burquest is an award-winning columnist and author of four novels. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where the price of freedom is higher than a cubit of dung. His blogs appear on several websites, including

Monday, March 22, 2010

Davy Crockett

Fess Parker was born in Texas on August 16, 1924 and passed on to the Great Beyond on March 18, 2010 at his home in Santa Ynez, California, due to natural causes.

He was a movie and TV actor, most famous for playing Davy Crockett for Walt Disney TV productions in the 1950s. After his acting career, he devoted his time to his 1,500 acre winery near Santa Barbara, California.

I am old enough to remember some of the 1950s. Many of the young boys wore coonskin caps, just like Fess Parker when playing Davy Crockett on TV. I never wore one -- the notion of placing the exterior covering of a dead animal on my head never appealed to me.

Davy Crockett was born in east Tennessee on August 17, 1786 and passed on to the Great Beyond on March 6, 1836 at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, due to unnatural causes.

He was the fifth of nine children. His grandparents were murdered by Creek and Cherokee Indians before he was born, and his father fought in the American Revolutionary War in the Battle of Kings Mountain.

At age 8, Crockett became a hunter. But his father could not afford to waste bullets, so he sent Davy out each time with just one round.

At age 12, Crockett was contracted by his father to help herd cattle to Virginia, some 300 miles away. When forcibly detained after the end of his contract by the cattle drover, Crockett walked seven miles at night in a snowstorm and came upon some travelers from Tennessee who helped him get started back home.

The following year, Crockett got into a fight with a bully on the first day of school. Rather than face the wrath of his father, he ran away from home and spent three years roaming through Tennessee as a hunter and trapper. At age 15, he returned home to a welcome family.

In 1806, the day before his 20th birthday, he married Polly Finley.

In 1811-1814, Crockett fought in the Creek War throughout the South as a member of the Tennessee Volunteer Militia under General Andrew Jackson.

In 1815, Polly Crockett died after giving birth. Davy soon married Elizabeth Patton, a widow with three children.

In 1821, at age 35, Crockett became a member of the Tennessee State Legislator.

In 1825, he was defeated in an attempt to become a Representative in the U.S. Congress.

In 1827, he succeeded in becoming a Representative in the U.S. Congress.

In 1830, he was defeated in an attempt to be re-elected as a Representative in the U.S. Congress.

In 1832, he succeeded in being re-elected as a Representative in the U.S. Congress.

In 1834, he was defeated in an attempt to be re-elected as a Representative in the U.S. Congress. He had opposed many of President Andrew Jackson’s policies, particularly the Indian Removal Act, which led to his defeat.

In 1835, Crockett set out for Texas with aspirations of political leadership in the soon-to-be independent territory. “You may all go to hell -- I will go to Texas” were his parting words. “Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks.” he often said.

On March 6, 1836, Davy Crockett died in a Blaze of Glory at the Alamo. His motto was “be always sure you are right -- then go ahead.” There were about 100 brave men inside the Alamo and 1,500 Mexican soldiers on the other side of the wall who executed a shock and awe assault.

Davy Crockett and the others were bound by the primary principle of freedom -- it’s better to die on your feet than to serve on your knees. They all perished with their boots on.

As a member of Congress, Crockett criticized his Congressional colleagues for attempting to spend taxpayer funds to help a widow of a U.S. Navy man who had lived beyond his naval service. To Crockett, the U.S. Treasury was not a public fund for charitable contributions. “We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity, but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money,” he proclaimed.

Unlike the current administration in 2010, Davy Crockett understood the principle that the worst thing you can do for someone is something they can do for themselves. “I would rather be politically dead than hypocritically immortalized.” Crockett once declared.

On his way to Congress one day, he announced to a small crowd, “I’m that same David Crockett, fresh from the backwoods, half-horse, half-gator, a little touched with the snapping turtle, can wade the Mississippi, leap the Ohio, ride upon a streak of lightning, and slip without a scratch down a honey locust tree.”

Davy Crockett was a brazen man of honor and integrity.

He was King of the Wild Frontier.

In the 1970s, Fess Parker considered running for the U.S. Senate against Democratic Senator John Tunney. In 1986, he explored the idea of running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Alan Cranston. But unlike Davy Crockett, he backed out and played it safe.

Fess Parker was a decent man and an actor who became a real estate developer.

Rest in peace.

Quote for the Day -- “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow -- what a ride!’” Hunter S. Thompson

Bret Burquest is an award-winning columnist and author of four novels. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where coonskins belong on coons. His blogs appear on several websites, including

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Saint Germain

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was a philosopher, scientist, statesman and author of Shakespearean plays in England.

On Easter Sunday in 1626, Sir Francis Bacon faked his death and later attended his own funeral in disguise. Then he traveled secretly to the Rakoczy Mansion in Romania (Transylvania region) where he prepared for his ascension.

During his preparations, Bacon chose the name “Saint Germain” to be his Ascended Master name upon his physical ascension from the carnal world. From the Latin “Sanctus Germanus” it means “Holy Brother.”

On May 1, 1684, St. Germain physically ascended into his higher realm, where he is known as the Cosmic Master of the Seventh Ray.

The Seven Rays is a metaphysical concept within several esoteric philosophies and religions, including Hindu, Gnosticism, Mithraism, Theosophy, esoteric astrology, Ascended Masters Teachings, various New Age movements and so forth.

The Seven Rays, which are seven elements of universal wisdom and unconditional love, are forces of cosmic energy that make up all world systems. Each ray has a different vibration, frequency and color. They are keys to the Path of Enlightenment.

The Seventh Ray is violet and represents the qualities of transformation, freedom, justice and forgiveness.

St. Germain, Cosmic Master of the Seventh Ray, has had many incarnations on Planet Earth.

60,000 BC -- Ruler of the Golden Age in Egypt
11,000 BC -- High Priest on Atlantis
1,100 BC -- Prophet Samuel in Israel (last of the Hebrew judges)
700 BC -- Heslod in Greece (poet)
427-347 BC -- Plato in Greece (philosopher)
50 BC -- Joseph (husband of Mary, earthly father of Jesus)
300 AD -- St. Alban in England (the first martyr of England)
410-485 -- Proclus in Greece (philosopher, mathematician, astronomer)
503-579 AD -- Merlin in England (with King Arthur at Camelot)
1220-1292 AD -- Roger Bacon in England (philosopher, alchemist, mathematician)
1300 AD -- Christian Rosenkreuz in Germany (organizer of secret societies)
1451-1506 AD -- Christopher Columbus in Italy (ocean voyages to the New World)
1561-1626 AD -- Francis Bacon in England (philosopher, playwright)
1710-1935 AD -- St. Germain (alchemist, inventor, composer, linguist)

As St. Germain (1710-1935), he never revealed his background and never seemed to age, perpetually maintaining a physical appearance of a man between forty and fifty years old.

St. Germain’s first chronicled appearances were in 1743 in London and in 1745 in Edinburgh, where he was arrested for spying. Upon his release, he gained a reputation as an accomplished violinist. In 1746, Horace Walpole declared, “He sings, plays the violin wonderfully, composes, is mad and not very sensible.”

In 1758, St. Germain showed up in Paris where he was an acquaintance of King Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour, gave away diamonds as gifts and hinted at being many centuries old.

In 1760, St Germain left France for England, by way of Holland where the Minister of State attempted to have him arrested.

Later, St Germain traveled through the Netherlands into Russia. He was in St. Petersburg when the Russian Army put Catherine the Great on the throne. Certain conspiracy theories credit him for causing the rift.

The following year, St. Germain appeared in Belgium. While negotiating with Belgian minister Karl Cobenzl, he hinted at being at royal lineage and turned iron into something resembling gold.

After disappearing for 11 years, St. Germain appeared in Bavaria in 1774, calling himself Count Tsarogy.

In 1776, he surfaced in Germany as Count Welldone, presenting formulas for liquors, wines and cosmetics. He professed to be a Freemason to King Frederick and claimed to have the ability to transmute base metals into gold. He settled in the house of Prince Karl of Hesse-Kassel where he had announced himself to be Francis Rakoczy II, Prince of Transylvania, and concocted herbal remedies to give to the poor.

In 1821, he was present during negotiations of the Treaty of Vienna and spoke to the ambassador in Venice soon thereafter.

In 1835, he was rumored to be in Paris.

In 1867, he was rumored to be in Milan, Italy and in Egypt during Napoleon’s campaign. Napoleon kept a dossier file on him.

In 1896, Anne Besant (writer, occultist, humanitarian) revealed that she had met him.

In 1926, C.W. Leadbetter met him in Rome, where St. Germain showed him a robe once worn by a Roman Emperor and told him that one of his residences was a castle in Transylvania.

And on and on it goes. St. Germain was believed to be an alchemist with the elixir of life. He has been credited for being the Wandering Jew, a Rosicrucian, ousted royalty, a bastard child of royalty, a mystic, a magician, a musician, a painter, an alchemist, a master of many languages, an adventurer, an aristocrat, a member of the Council of Nicea, etc., etc. Then there are those who consider him to be a charlatan.

St. Germain has been called the man who knows everything and never dies. He is currently referred to as “The God of Freedom” of Planet Earth. As the ascended Cosmic Master of the Seventh Ray, he is helping to usher the world into the Dawning of the Golden Age in December of 2012.

We live in an abundant universe where a life of freedom and happiness is a birthright. St. Germain believes the highest form of alchemy is to transform one’s own human consciousness into a higher self of unlimited Love.

Fear is a choice.

Love is a choice.

Freedom is a choice.

Quote for the Day -- “This holder of the secret knowledge of the East was not appreciated for who he was. The stupid world has always treated in this way men who, like St. Germain, have returned to it after long years of seclusion devoted to study with their hands full of the treasure of esoteric wisdom and with the hope of making the world better, wiser and happier.” Madam Blavatsky (founder of Theosophy).

Bret Burquest is an award-winning columnist and author of four novels. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where ascended masters live in hollow trees. His blogs appear on several websites, including

Monday, March 8, 2010

Redneck Pride

The term "redneck" is generally used to describe a white person from a specific geographical area (the Appalachians, the American South, the Ozarks) who lacks a certain sophistication and seems to be unaware of it.

However, rednecks know exactly who they are and are beyond the superficial need to be socially accepted.

To outsiders, redneck is a pejorative term used to slander "poor white trash." But to rednecks, most of whom have never even heard of the word "pejorative" in the first place, being a redneck is an honorable way of life.

In other words, you might be a redneck if you're proud to be a redneck.

Rednecks descended from those of Celtic origin (Scots Irish, Scottish, Welsh and others), as opposed to Anglo-Saxon. These were known as Ulster-Scots and Lowland Scots. They immigrated from Scotland and Northern Ireland in the 17th and 18th centuries and originally settled in the Carolinas and Virginia.

These Celtics were mistrustful of authority, loyal to their kin and were warlike herdsmen as opposed to the peaceful farmers who settled in New England. They found themselves unwelcome by the "civilized" coastal communities and eventually migrated farther inland to settle in the Appalachian Mountains. They were often called rednecks by the English settlers who described them as "fiercely independent and frequently belligerent."

Well guess what – rednecks are still fiercely independent and frequently belligerent. And damn proud of it.

True rednecks are far advanced from conventional society. They have inner peace. They don't care what others think about them. Plus, they have inner peace because they have guns in every room in the house.

Rednecks understand the stupidity of people who spend years in college just to get a job. Then these college-educated fools, who can't even change the oil in their own car, work 50 weeks a year for some dreary corporation, just so they can buy a fancy car and spend two weeks drinking fancy drinks on a distant beach.

Rednecks spend two weeks running a fireworks stand and the rest of the year drinking beer next to the kiddie pool in their own backyard. Rednecks don't need to impress people; they'd rather be independent and happy.

A redneck lives one day at a time. His favorite sport is cars driving in a circle (NASCAR), his favorite food is whatever he shoots, his favorite shirt is his cleanest dirty shirt and his front yard has at least three dead cars.

Kinfolk are important to rednecks. You might be a redneck if you to go a family wedding to meet women.

The annual Redneck Games are held each year in Dublin, Ga. Events include bobbing for pig's feet, hubcap hurling, dumpster diving, seed spitting, bug zapping by spitball, mud pit belly-flop and an armpit serenade.

Believe it or not, these are some of the recent popular songs that have been playing in Redneck country:

1) If You Don't Leave Me Alone, I'll Go and Find Someone Else Who Will
2) Get Your Tongue Outta My Mouth 'Cause I'm Kissing You Goodbye
3) I Don't Know Whether to Kill Myself or Go Bowling
4) My Wife Ran Off With My Best Friend and I sure Do Miss Him
5) I Keep Forgettin' I Forgot About You
6) I Changed Her Oil, She Changed My Life
7) Her Teeth Were Stained, but Her Heart Was Pure
8) You're the Reason Our Kids are so Ugly
9) She Got the Mine and I Got the Shaft
10) I'd Rather Have a Bottle in Front of Me than a Frontal Lobotomy

You might be a redneck if you know the words to some of these tunes.

Being a redneck includes not caring what others think of you, living one day at a time, protecting your kin, remaining fiercely independent, frequently becoming belligerent and decorating your front yard with dead cars.

After spending much of my life in big cities, I have found peace in the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas, in the heart of Redneck Country. I seem to be all of the above, but lacking dead cars in the yard -- I guess that makes me a poor redneck.

Quote for the Day -- “If you think professional wrestling is foreplay, you might be a redneck.” Jeff Foxworthy

Bret Burquest is an award-winning columnist and author of four novels. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where dead cars are status symbols. His blogs appear on several websites, including