Original post May 26, 2011
In these trying times with the loss of jobs, the economic woes of our Federal Government, our Cities and Counties and most noticeable to all of us is the impact this has on our personal lives but we must be cautious about who and what we hold responsible.
Although we are arguably the most powerful nation on earth, history tells us so far that all nations fall for one reason or another. Usually it’s because of war or internal social collapse.
Historians disagree on exactly why the Roman Empire collapsed after surviving about 1500 years.
When one examines some of the issues Rome had prior to its demise there are some commonalities with what is occurring not only in the United States but most nations on earth.
We know that Rome suffered a social collapse. We also know that Rome suffered from good old inflation and dealt with it in some of the same ways we are dealing with it today. And we know that Rome squandered the Empires coffers and attempted to recoup by taxation.
- Nero and other emperors debased the currency in order to supply a demand for more coins. By debasing the currency is meant that instead of a coin having its own intrinsic value+, it was now only representative of the silver or gold it had once contained. By the time of Claudius II Gothicus (268-270 A.D.) the amount of silver in a supposedly (100%) silver denarius was only .02%.
This led to or was severe inflation, depending on how you define inflation.
- Especially luxurious emperors like Commodus, who marked the end of the period of the good emperors, depleted the imperial coffers. By the time of his assassination, the Empire had almost no money left.
The Roman Empire acquired money by taxation or by finding new sources of wealth, like land. However, it had reached its furthest limits by the time of the second good emperor, Trajan, so land acquisition was no longer an option. As Rome lost territory, it also lost its revenue base.
The decline of the Roman Empire refers to the societal collapse encompassing both the gradual disintegration of the political, economic, military, and other social institutions of Rome and the barbarian invasions that were its final doom in Western Europe. The English historian Edward Gibbon, author of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776) made this concept part of the framework of the English language, but he was not the first to speculate on why and when the Empire collapsed
The United States is not what we would consider an Empire, but it seems that the elected officials in this country should be reminded of this. We are a democracy and the people running our governments are held accountable to the voting citizens of this country, or are they?
When things go badly for these political pundits the first thing that happens is the finger pointing.
The Democratic Party and the Republican Party immediately hold each other responsible for everything and anything they can substantiate whether it’s accurate or not.
Extremists, nationalists, and others blame the immigrants for things like the lack of jobs in this country. Or the impact they have on our schools, hospitals etc:
But in reality because we are a Republic we can only hold ourselves responsible. We and we alone voted people into our government and stood by while they governed and spent us into the condition we are in.
Jack Harris files Phoenix PD
We voted into office politicians who hired and supported people like Jack Harris, the estranged police chief of Phoenix Arizona.
Jack retired as police chief and then his cronies hired Jack back changing his title from Police Chief to Manager of Public Safety.
In Jack’s mind he was still the police chief in charge of the police department. As manager of Public Safety he was a civilian but still wore his police uniform and badge, still carried his gun and handcuffs and still approved or disapproved everything that happened in the police department.
Who took over as the real police chief you ask? No one. The position of Police Chief was abolished.
Fox news reports:
PHOENIX – Public Safety Manager Jack Harris is being sued for what some call “double dipping” — collecting both a salary and a pension simultaneously at the taxpayer’s expense.
The question is — did Harris break the law when he retired and was rehired by the Phoenix Police Department?
Harris’ old title was police chief. His new title is Public Safety Manager. The people behind this lawsuit claim that his job description didn’t really change and its costing taxpayers a lot of money.
State law prohibits someone from collecting a pension and then returning to the same job. An employee would have to stop collecting that pension.
The lawsuit alleges that the chief has a salary of $180,000 a year. On top of that, he collects a pension of about $7,400 a month — in addition to the lump sum payout of $560,000 when he retired back in 2007.
Robert Rizzo files City manager Bell California
We voted into office people like Robert Rizzo, the city Manager of Bell California. For those of you out there who have never heard of Bell, it’s one of the poorest cities in California. As City manager Mr. Rizzo decided to give himself a raise to the tune of $787,637.
Demopedia reports, “In addition to the $787,637 salary of Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo, Bell pays Police Chief Randy Adams $457,000 a year, about 50% more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck or Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and more than double New York City’s police commissioner. Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia makes $376,288 annually, more than most city managers.”
The citizens of Bell were up in arms when Rizzo’s salary was revealed.
El Paso Public Service Files
We voted into office people like Ed Archuleta, the President and CEO of the El Paso Texas Public Service Board.
EL PASO Times — Nineteen of the highest-paid city employees work for the Public Service Board, including President and CEO Ed Archuleta, who at $250,000 a year is the top moneymaker on the city’s payroll.
The gouging in California is so out of control that California has decided to mandate that all public service salaries be posted on line.
We have only ourselves to blame for continually voting people in office just because they are a Republican or Democrat. Isn’t it becoming obvious that no matter what the political sticker on their white shirt says their hands are in our pockets.
You might get the idea after reading what follows that I am a person who is inferring that we become tolerant of the illegal immigrants in this country. I am most certainly not.
I spent years defending this country overseas and many years enforcing the laws in this country. I am a strong supporter of secured national borders and of enforcing our immigration laws.
We should put the responsibility for our national plights, no matter what they are, where they belong.
It’s not the Latinos working in this country that are killing us economically. Most of them come to this country because Mexico has already imploded. Most of them are just trying to support their families. They are working the only jobs they can get.
An example of this is these pictures taken at an affluent office project in Mission Valley California this month. There is no reason for me to believe that anyone in these pictures is in this country illegally.
See if you can guess who is working for the labor they provide and who is not.
Guess who is a part of our corrupt establishment and who is not.
Guess who is making the most money.
Rethink about who is causing our demise and make a decision for America at the next election not for a political party and its representatives just because of the affiliation that exists.