Hey Joe

Mon, Dec 23, 2013 - 1:04pm

This essay was inspired by a deceptively simple question: At what point will people decide they have had enough? By this, I mean at what point will a plurality of citizens look around them, examine their situation, and come to the realization that the present system is not working to their benefit and indeed, is likely working to their detriment? Does the frog really sit in the pot while the heat is slowly turned up, content until the moment where it is too late and he cooks to death? Or does the frog in fact realize at some point that heat is on, he is getting extremely uncomfortable, and that he better jump if he wants to live?

Here’s why I wonder about this.

Just six short years ago, the median net worth of middle class US households was $120,000. Today, it has fallen a whopping 45% to just $66,000 (https://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/business/americas-sinking-middle-class.html?_r=0). The number of working-age Americans stuck in part-time employment has more than doubled during the last six years from four million to nine million, and this number is about to take another major leap upwards as Obamacare mandates incentivize companies to cut previously full-time worker to below 30 hours per week, above which the government now requires companies to provide coverage. Speaking of Obamacare, its initial impact has been to raise premiums nationwide, amounting to a massive middle class tax-hike, while five and a half million people who used to have health coverage have now lost it. When the employer mandates really kick in next year, some estimate that based on numbers provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, between 50 to 90 million additional Americans may lose their current coverage (https://hotair.com/archives/2013/10/31/did-hhs-estimate-that-93-million-...). Hope and change!

So play along with me here. Pretend you are an average Joe. Joe has just seen his net worth nearly halved in the last six years. He just lost the health insurance that his employer used to provide, and because Joe has a spouse and kids he is suddenly looking at an additional 15% of his yearly salary to cover health insurance. Joe didn’t expect or plan for this. He starts doing the math and realizes that he already pays 1/3rd of what he earns in State, Federal, and various local taxes. Now Joe suddenly has all these additional health care costs, real inflation is making everyday items like gas and clothing more expensive, and at this point, he doesn’t honestly know how he is going to pay the bills… assuming Joe is able to keep his job. In the past, Joe managed to set aside about five grand per year because he foregoes expensive vacations and always buys used cars, yet he has seen the real purchasing power of the money he set aside ten years ago decline by 30% over that time… $1,500 of every $5,000 he managed to save has been confiscated via inflation and lower purchasing power. But the futility of saving doesn’t really matter much to him right now, because not only is he not going to be able to save anything this year, he may have to start cannibalizing what savings he does have. Joe starts to get scared because he just doesn’t know how he is going to make this work. He hasn’t done anything wrong, he is working harder than ever, yet he is drowning.

So how about it, Joe? Still think the system works to your net benefit? Just how long are you going to keep taking this? How much more CAN you take?


Joe may indeed be pissed. He might be mad as hell and isn’t particularly inclined to take it anymore. But here’s the problem: chances are that Joe doesn’t even know who he should be mad at for this. Depending on his previous voting history, he might blame one party or the other but he needs to understand that neither party is going to fix this thing under the present system. He might want to blame general groups like “welfare queens” or “greedy corporations” but he needs to understand that ultimately they both feed from the same trough- him and his labor, through the inherent wealth confiscation of fiat creation over time.

This is where, dear Turdite, you come in. Joe probably doesn’t quite understand the symbiosis between the Federal Reserve, big banks, and big government. He knows he is being screwed by the system in some way, but he doesn’t really comprehend that it is fiat money creation that is both causing his current difficulties AND is strengthening and enabling the Leviathan powers beyond his control to screw him at every turn. He doesn’t yet get it… but for the first time in his life, he might be ready to hear a few things and not dismiss them out of hand. Maybe, if you see him this Christmas, you can gently direct Joe to Mike Maloney’s series on money. Maybe you can buy him a copy of The Creature from Jekyll Island. Maybe you can just quietly talk about why these things are happening and how sound money acts as a check on both corporate AND governmental power, each of which is accrued at his expense. Who knows, maybe you can even sneak the word Liberty into the conversation.

Small things like this might just have a bigger impact than you can imagine. In his bestselling book The Tipping Point, author Malcolm Gladwell notes that social changes often take place with surprising ferocity, when an invisible but crucial point is reached that destabilizes the current paradigm. Everyone takes the status quo for granted… right up until the moment that a critical mass of people (nowhere near a majority, just a sizeable percentage) shift their behavior. Then a tipping point is reached and everything changes.

Gladwell notes three major factors that precipitate such tipping points. First, he describes the “Stickiness Factor”, referring to the power of a simple slogan or idea that distills the movement into a memorable and instantly comprehensible core. Additionally, he ascribes great importance to “The Power of Context”, outlining how such sweeping changes can take place only in an atmosphere fertile for change where people are receptive to new ideas or practices.

Finally and most crucially, he notes “The Power of the Few”. It doesn’t take many to precipitate a tipping point, but those involved have special skills that Gladwell breaks into three categories. Connectors are people who thrive on social information and interpersonal relations, and they have a unique capacity for making connections between large numbers of people with complementary skills. Connectors function as the social equivalent of a computer hub- they always know a guy who knows a guy, and are great at putting people together. Salesmen have the special knack for communicating a message and getting people to go along with them. Charismatic and persuasive, they are powerful negotiators and have an indefinable knack for influencing people to agree with them. Finally, Mavens are amazing repositories of information and knowledge. They possess a deep understanding of issues and facts, and are exceptionally skilled at solving problems.

It sure seems like we have a whole bunch of people who fit these descriptions perfectly, knocking around in the comments section at TFMR every day, doesn’t it?

Here's the deal: If the Great Keynesian Experiment really is in its death throes, if seventy years of malinvestment and easy money really are coming home to roost in a decrepit and dying system, then something is going to have to take its place. Maybe the motto “Prepare Accordingly” might not just be solely applicable to gold and silver investing. Maybe we should be out there trying to plant some memes and prepare some intellectual battlespace. Maybe we should do our best to talk to a few folks, if we have the opportunity. Maybe they’re ready to listen.

Hey, Joe.

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Enjoy your holiday, my friends.

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Dec 23, 2013 - 8:16pm

News Flash From Dave Hodges

DS: I just listened to the last hour of Dave Hodges radio program from late last night, where he interviewed Dr. Jim Garrow who spent 45 years in deep cover for the CIA and has a perspective of the world’s geopolitics like very few people I have never heard an interview like this one in my entire life, and I spent 24 years in the military with a TS clearance. He said the military has weapons that can affect the weather and cause earthquakes, and the rupture of the New Madrid fault by an earthquake weapon, as Hodges and his military sources suspect, was entirely plausible, and other fault zones such as California were also at risk. He said Gatlinberg, TN and Idaho were both in for interesting times from foreign troops, Russians in Gatlinberg and Chinese and Canadians in Idaho. He said O tried to use nukes on America to create an EMP and weaken it so it could be taken over. He said three military officers to whom he had personally spoken had disobeyed a presidential order and had hijacked three nuclear weapons ordered by the president's people. One was detonated 500 miles out at sea as a big middle finger to the administration. The other two are still in their possession. He said O is a Manchurian Candidate, an illegal president who did not complete the course of work at either Occidental or Columbia and he has been funded and placed by the Saudis and the Iranians. He has committed treason. O's half brother Mark Okath Obama Dessanjo is head of a branch of the intelligence service of the People's Liberation Army in China. This was known in 2001 by our intelligence services. He was given a pass by our politicians and was never vetted. He should never have even been able to be a state senator, let alone president. He has issued illegal orders disregarding the Constitution that he swore to uphold. He abandoned our people at Benghazi, and that will be answered. Because he is illegal, his orders are illegal, and he does not have to be obeyed. Garrow said there will be a military coup soon and O will be taken out whether he is just arrested or whether the military has to use tanks at the White House. DS: Maybe that explains why O has abandoned the White House for a long term stay in Hawaii where there are reportedly 15,000 Chinese troops. This is serious stuff of the first order. I am reminded of the Illuminati playing card: Sucked Dry and Cast Aside and wonder if that is what is playing out. https://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n2347.cfm. DayStar

Dec 23, 2013 - 7:53pm

ready for a reset

ag1969: And they will tell you that you are criminal for having gold and silver !


dec 23/GLD loses a massive 8.4 tonnes/SLV constant/no noticeable deliveries in gold at the comex/Shanghai gold deliveries rising with the lower gold price/.

One Month: -.0233300000% (backwardation)

Two Months: -.001670000000%(backwardation)

Dec 23, 2013 - 7:18pm

bullion only

Couldn't agree more. And TPTB know this, which is exactly why we have 47 million people on food stamps in the first place. If there weren't, the revolt would have already taken place.

I saw Elysium last night with Mrs. 1969. It's uncanny how Hollywood always sends these messages of Mad Max. And might I add, a world where all the peasants will do anything for healthcare, but it is so far out of reach for most. People can put up with a lot of shit as long as they have the bread, circus, and pills.

But on the day 47 million people wake up to find that they have no idea where their next meal is going to come from, they are going to do things that they themselves never thought their conscience would allow them to do. If we do not wake up enough people before this happens to demand some un-change and a return to the Constitution and the rule of law, then when the JPM poison food ration cards get swiped and don't work, a lot of people are going to wake up. Go to youtube and take a look at the video inside the Walmart where the cards did not work. I am suspicious that was a test.

If that was taking place at every walmart, target, supermarket, drug store, liquor store, etc. across the country, now that is a tipping point! If your retirement fund is stolen, well, it didn't really exist in the first place other than on a server somewhere in some criminal's computer. Who are you going to fight, what are you going to do? Call them? Send an email? When you can't feed your child and his or her belly is growling, you or anyone else will do some unbelievable things. If a tipping point was going to be theft of your retirement, why weren't you revolting when they stole the other 98% of its purchasing power. That last 2% though, boy that is really gonna piss off the retirees that are going to be so busy trying to figure out htf to get their next prescription with Opharmacare, that they won't notice the final 2% slipped away just like the rest, like a thief in the night.

why do I even bother
Dec 23, 2013 - 7:01pm

'Cupple of things' (sic)

I hereby invoke Godwin's Law and thereby relegate you to your proper place under the bridge https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law

If 'A Little Knowledge' is a dangerous thing, here, Dear Friends, is proof perfect of what Total Ignorance can do for you

Dec 23, 2013 - 6:53pm

Never Ever

Have I heard of a frog named joe. Jeremiah, ok, but joe .....

Most Joe's HAVE NO CLUE, just trying to survive, gaming the system of course, uncaring if its right or wrong, just how can get bucks for an xbox to play Fallout to Infinity in Megaton.

Jeremiah Was a Bulfrog - Three Dog Night

Directly associating Joe Six Pack and a Boiling Frog, was, well, pretty slick.


Just six short years ago, the median net worth of middle class US households was $120,000. Today, it has fallen a whopping 45% to just $66,000.

OMG (Inflation adjusted?)

bullion only
Dec 23, 2013 - 6:52pm

The end will come when...

The end, in my opinion, will come when people go hungry. As long as there is food, or food stamps, as long as there is hope that someday things will get better then the sheep will be led farther and farther down the path of servitude.

It is not to the slaughterhouse that we are being led. That might manifest into a real rebellion if not revolution.

It is the long road to serfdom with the shearing happening until the day you die then on to the next generation of sheep.

It is when the government can no longer feed its populace that they lose control. Soviet Union, Egypt, Tsunia......

If we lose reserve status then food inflation hits our shores and we won't have enough money so we will have a war and take it from someone else.

Just an opinion, but when a man gets hungry all civility is gone.


Dec 23, 2013 - 6:29pm

Cupple of things....

1) I think I can tell you what the "trip wire" event will be. When the feds go after retirement accounts "for the good of the country", every member of congress with few exceptions, will become targets. So will federal judges, Homeland Security goons, FBI, federal marshals, IRS and basically anybody that works in a federal office building plus banksters. Older people will fight because they have less lifetime left to lose.

First, the rat-bastards rob old people and then they start shooting them on sight. "Our federal tax dollars at work" will be exposed as a very sick joke. The feds will be blamed for being the thieving asshats they truly are. Many federal employees and military personnel will openly jump ship. The second civil war will follow with the people against the feds and their friends. It will become impossible to convict a bank robber because some jury members will see it as "stealing from the ones that stole from them".

The Patriot Act will become an albatross around the government's neck. It will be exposed for what it is and there will be hell to pay for those behind it.

I'll admit, I might be wrong, but I don't think so.

2) Americans need to learn the difference between Nazis and Marxist. Their excesses are the one real thing they have in common. Other than that, they hate each other. What we are suffering from is the direct results of electing a known Marxist, not a "Nazi". Jews always blame "the Nazis". That's understandable but it makes them look like damn fools when we are dealing with a Marxist that 80% of Jewish voters voted for, twice. After all, Marx, Lenin, Trotsky (born as Bernstein), Engels and most communist party members in Germany were in fact, Ashkenazi Jews. Nazis were certainly arse holes but in actual numbers, they were responsible for a fraction of the deaths caused by Marxists. Anything to the contrary is a naked lie and communist propaganda.

Dec 23, 2013 - 6:19pm


As I stated above, fat kids (the anti FSA) unite. I believe we're almost at directive 10-289.

I happen to be wearing one of my favorite tee shirts "Galt / Taggert" 2012. We missed our opportunity, maybe 2014.

Now where are my $ cig's and engine to drive the world.

Dec 23, 2013 - 5:41pm


The fat kid isn't you or me or anyone of us by ourselves or as part of a small group. The fat kid is the collective represented by the 47% that aren't members of the FSA.

I think the body slam is coming. I don't think it will be at the voting booth. I don't think it will be in the courts. I don't think it will be a tax revolt. I think it will be an innocuous snow flake that lands on the snow shelf that converts the stored energy of discontent into a torrent of political destruction. Whatever it is, it has to hurt so profoundly the 47% have no choice but to react. Me thinks maybe it will be this health care disaster.

Dec 23, 2013 - 5:29pm

Great article

An outstanding article. I am deeply saddened by what has taken place over the last many years.

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