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banks are the problem and the fed is their accomplice

February1

a benefit, I’ll submit, of coaching high-level decision-makers, is access to reliable information, offered or discerned.

I’ll define “reliable” for the purpose of this post as being relative to making informed decisions of my own, and helping you to pin-down a strategy.

a question being pondered by many, but with exposure all to rare in the media, is why banks aren’t being part of the solution and lending money. it’s fundamental economics. banks lend money to citizens and small businesses – and, the economy would kicks into a higher gear. I’ve touched on the matter before letting you know that banks count on Wall Street for direction. Wall Street want public companies to thrive so stocks can be touted (after Barons stake a claim, and before you do). so, Wall Street wants banks to drive cash towards larger companies. those companies don’t want competition from pesky (albeit inspired) startups.

so, banks are not lending money for three fundamental reasons:

1.  Wall street needs the cash directed towards public companies that don’t want competition so the stock can go up for insider benefit;

2.  banks are waiting for the Fed to raise interest rates; and,

3.  bankers and their regulators are watching the commercial real estate market waiting for the next (and it’s big) foot to drop.

NOTE: this information is corollary.

at some point I’ll delve into this with more details. but, although it would be great for citizens, at a cursory level, and the economy for the next seven years (why seven years?), it’s not to a banks advantage to offer a domestic loan at today’s current interest rates. for the moment, you need to make other arrangements. and, just so we are clear, Wall Street will send the signal when it wants interest rates to climb. it will be akin to a flare in the darkened sky lighting the path for their own insiders.

there yet remains great hope. follow the trends and look for convergence. for example, Apple is leading efforts to get “video any where and every where”. trust me on this. so, what industries and companies are needed to make that a reality?

think! do it!

hint… I’ve touched on that trend in prior posts. go look. do that as well!

this post is categorized under “good vs. evil”. my information is quite good, and I’m helping you against evil (rather like Green Lantern).

this is, in part, what Prudent and Optimistic Gentlemen do.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

history is always in the making but understanding makes it meaningful

January26

I’ve heard, and admittedly not verified, that Barack Obama only came to the United States in time to attend college.

that need not make him unique, compared to other foreign (like) exchange students. but, he is a bit different in that he happens to have followed his career-path as a social worker into the presidency of our nation.

I do believe that Mr. Obama is a United States Citizen. so, lets put that angle to rest.

the reason I’m making a point of this is it struck me (while running in the rain yesterday)  that if Mr. Obama did not grow up in the United States he was probably not exposed to our history. he was raised in places that probably failed to drill into him the value of lessons learned at Valley Forge and what occurred because of Louisitania. I can only speak for myself to be absolutely certain, but I’m reasonably confident the bulk of our learning about this nations history occurs in middle school (it was called Junior High School while I was scratching my head in those years spread across stops in Arizona, Nebraska, and Wyoming following my Dad through his valiant career as an Air Force Officer).

there is a lot to be said, not just about nuance, and that includes, with its greater import, perspective. and, what about culture and community? those things form us as a people.

more later. but, I’ve had some things in the back of my head really bothering me about the Oval Office, and they are coming to light with greater clarity with each passing month. during his State-of-the-Union speech address last night he proposed that we “freeze spending (unrelated to defense) for the next five years”. but, we need to cut-back to pre-2008 spending levels. I don’t think he “gets it” even though, and ironically, the majority of his henchmen, flunkies, cabinet are theory-humpers, I look into the eyes of our president, and I can’t see someone truly invested looking back at me with the cast of steady gaze that inspires my confidence. I was raised by warriors and leaders. I don’t recognize Mr. Obama. I respect the office. I just can’t be sure about the agenda.

this sort of thing bothers a Prudent and Optimistic Gentleman.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

why we party

December30

The main purpose of a political party is to get its members elected to office and then push specific objectives that follow a sustained line-of-thinking.

Although our current president (I used small caps, purposefully) Barack Obama, is clearly more interested in staying in office for the sake of just being in office. He is apparently in mortal fear, now, of being ousted after a single term – an ultimate form of humiliation suffered by tense denizens of the Oval Office (see the hapless Jimmy Carter). This is the only reason he petulantly gave up his efforts to over-tax the wealthy (under his own earthly father’s vision). But, let’s all of us, collectively, firm up our satisfaction in knowing the fellow and his government whore group have been routed (as in seriously ass-kicked).

Meanwhile… Parties are, otherwise,  made up of people who have the same general idea and goals about governing. Once in power, the purpose of the Party is to accomplish its goals for the city, state, or nation. While not in power, the Party acts as the “loyal opposition” until it can elect a majority of its members to power.

Look for Obama to devolve into a form of petulant terrorist if he finds himself wobbling towards lame-duck status under eight years. I’m currently of the belief that he thinks wealthy people, not of his design, don’t deserve their status, and need their assets reallocated to fuel his ideals. More on this later. However, we need to be ready. That’s both the Heterodox and Jeffersonian in me – as well as the Prudent and Optimistic Gentleman.

To be clear… The Founding Fathers disliked political parties, calling them “factions” motivated by self interest.

Historical footnote: Then President, George Washington, was so disturbed over the quarreling between Hamilton (Federalists) and Jefferson (anti-Federalists) that he famously devoted much of his Farewell Address to the evils of parties. You need to understand that the people who supported Hamilton and Adams were called Federalists (ironically supporters of the Constitution) but they were not, in fact, an organized political party.

The first recognized party in America was made up of the followers of Jefferson, who, starting in the 1790s, called themselves Republicans (or, I love this, Jeffersonian Democratic-Republicans). Hamilton and those who opposed Jefferson, kept the name Federalist and appeared to be content with a form of rabble-rousing.

Let’s be clear, Jefferson’s Republican Party has no ties to the current Republican Party. In fact, the current Democratic Party considers Jefferson and Andrew Jackson as the founders of their party. But, somehow, after Bill Clinton, the Democratic party forgot that they are public servants, and appear more intent on creating an environment that serves their own miserable means.

More later. Read between the lines. Talk amongst yourselves. Care.

There might be the gnashing of teeth. Possibly the shaking of fists. Certainly voices will be raised.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

rumors of the conspiracy to hide the truth are to be ignored

December3

Rumors concerning any conspiracy to hide the truth from you are lies and should be ignored.

Does that news offer you comfort?

So… Were I to inform you that I’m the un-noted head of an, otherwise, secret society of skeptics who seek to disprove the foolish beliefs of conspiracy theorists and paranormal enthusiasts (carefully referred to as: Skeptics of Conspiracy and the Paranormal), would you believe me?

How about the media is your friend, and the internet purveys all things factual and truthful?

Or, would you think we, that collective “we”, that might in fact be those insidious “they” often whispered about with uncertainly, were foisting yet another conspiracy to throw you off our tracks?

Take comfort in the simple fact that you know all that you are allowed to.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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