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Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by Perhaps
I have both sets of numbers here for the commodity prices. I chose to use the actual dollars spent rather than adjusted dollars for inflation and today's value for two reasons.
First, I wanted to keep this as accurate and useful as a reference as possible. So, I kept to what a person actually living at that time would have seen on an average price index in the newspaper or paid at the gas station. That also strikes me as downright interesting for people in a trivia way that the adjusted dollars really miss.
Second, I struggled with the layout and design of the charts for quite some time in finding a balance of useful information and outright clutter. A couple sections had more information at one version of this or another...but just looked too 'busy' and messy. So I settled on using the actual $'s.
(I can add the other set in another post if it's of real interest?)
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.
Woe to the nation that departs from religion to belief, from country lane to city alley, from wisdom to logic.
Woe to the nation that does not weave what it wears, nor plant what it eats, nor press the wine that it drinks.
Woe to the conquered nation that sees the victor's pomp as the perfection of virtue, and in whose eyes the ugliness of the conqueror is beauty.
Woe to the nation that combats injury in its dream but yields to the wrong in its wakefulness.
Woe to the nation that does not raise its voice save in a funeral, that shows esteem only at the grave, that waits to rebel until its neck is under the edge of the sword.
Woe to the nation whose politics is subtlety, whose philosophy is jugglery, whose industry is patching.
Woe to the nation that greets a conqueror with life and drum, then hisses him off to greet another conqueror with trumpet and song.
Woe to the nation whose sage is voiceless, whose champion is blind, whose advocate is prattler. Woe to the nation in which each tribe claims to be a nation.
Originally posted by mideast
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
I don't see honesty as a criterion.
Bush could keep the gas price low while planning to invade other countries.
He helped the war-machine and new job opportunities , didn't he ?