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Showing posts with label Austerity Cuts a Huge Mistake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Austerity Cuts a Huge Mistake. Show all posts

Jul 29, 2015

For my Republican Friends: Thomas Jefferson on Religion and Conscience - and John Kasich

Perhaps you'll join me in my current mood for considering a revealing quote from Thomas Jefferson on the topic of religion which Republican politicians seem to compulsively use for burnishing their political status among Evangelicals and other Americans of a religious persuasion (conservative or liberal) who may be tempted to vote in November 2016 for intolerant, austerity-promoting, materialistic politicians whose policies and campaign promises ignore the question of conscience while turning cold shoulders against the Scriptural admonitions to care for the least of these and to be our brother's keeper:

"I have ever thought religion a concern purely between our God and our consciences, for which we were accountable to him and not to the priests. I never told my own religion, nor scrutinized that of another. I never attempted to make a convert, nor wished to change another's creed. I have ever judged of the religion of others by their lives...For it is in our lives, and not from our words, that our religion must be read."

(Excerpt from Thomas Jefferson's 1816 letter to Mrs. Samuel H. Smith)

By their fruits you shall know them. Including the rotten ones.

Yet there is one Republican 2016 candidate speaking and acting via the "compassionate conservative" model of conservatism, Governor John Kasich (R-OH) whose state of Ohio is doing better than the rest:

Sounds like Governor Kasich follows his own conscience more often than his party hierarchy's ideology. Hmm. If that's the case, good on him. And good for the people of Ohio.

Previously on SO'W: Personality Blends of Franklin, Washington, Paine, and Jefferson.

July 29, 2015 Blog Note: I have just now received my first notice from Blogger (Google) concerning European rules about cookies that are placed from this website. Third party code may interfere with the notice Blogger has placed on behalf of European readers, I am told, and it is my responsibility to make certain all is done properly to suit Europe though yours truly is no techie. Therefore, I have much research to do on this topic and will attempt to find precious time to figure out if SO'W is in compliance with EU Internet standards which now override US laws on such an issue. jc

Apr 24, 2013

Austerity Spread Sheets Flawed (Colbert video)

Stephen Colbert interviews graduate student Thomas Herndon who discovered in writing a paper for his professor that the spreed sheets used to justify the benefits of austerity measures contain faulty numbers, plus, the much-cited Growth in a Time of Debt by Rogoff and Reinhart completely leaves out the improved economies of Australia and others in order to further support their faulty conclusions that austerity is beneficial.

As noted on this blog previously, austerity cuts are a huge mistake, the kind of 'mistake' people make in order to force their selfish ideology on to those who didn't cause the engineered crises that are allegedly being cured, and to grab more of the world's resources for themselves. "Austerity is counter productive," says Mr. Herndon, and the suffering caused in countries with austerity-implementing governments is now laid plainly at the hooves of such politicians--including those obstructionist Ayn Rand-ers of Washington DC.

Why? To crash the global economy to the point where populations plead for any system to be set up--even a devilish 'new world order'!

Feb 28, 2013

Horoscope: Sequester July 27, 2011

Can 'Sequester' Have a Natal Horoscope?

by Jude Cowell

Here is a natal horoscope I propose for the 'Sequester' based on Bob Woodward's assertion that Jack Lew, now sworn in as Treasury Secretary, and the White House's Ron Nabors presented the 'sequester' idea to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on July 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm edt, allegedly as a way to make sure GOP and Democratic legislators acted in a responsible manner concerning their fiscal duties. As you know, they did not. The chart is set for the Capitol Building:

Horoscope: 'Sequester' proposal; Hour of Mercury, in 10th house of Career and Public Status at a critical-crisis 29th degree, conjunct Royal Star Regulus (success if revenge is avoided but it seldom if ever is avoided in Washington DC); Ascendant 14Sco29 indicating that treachery, big business, and transformation are afoot with Mars as chart-ruler and powerful, wealthy Pluto as sub-ruler of the sequester proposal.

Planet Mars 25Gem32 is posited in 8th house of Debt, Credit, Shared Resources, Corporations, and Big Business along with the Moon 26Gem21, both in the sign of duplicity; Mars also rules the 6th house of Military Service, Work, Health, and our Daily Rounds which will be much affected by ham-fisted sequestration cuts as of March 1st, if implemented, due to job losses, unpaid furloughs, and other problems. 'Nice' going, Washington politicians.

Blog Note: today I'm getting the tiresome 'long-running script errors' message more than usual from Blogger so this post is like typing in molasses and will be truncated when my patience runs out!

In 2nd house lies the North Node (NN) of the Moon @22Sag51, ruled by Jupiter and conjunct Fixed Star Ras Alhague which indicates a path of balance-creation in economic matters. Yes, America's lopsided, much-touted "income inequality" could use a better balance but are untargeted sequester cuts a good way to start? There is a proposal in Congress for the president to have discretion in which departments and programs get their funding sliced but some Republicans don't want to give the president "more power"! And so the current transit of powerful Pluto opposing US natal Sun (power struggles) continues as does the rebellious, protesting Uranus-Pluto square, here 1A03, which issues from their Great Conjunction/s of the mid-1960s. And note that yesterday Supreme Court Justice Scalia called Voting Rights (gained in 1965) as being no more than an "entitlement"!

Now let's consider the only applying aspect of chart-ruler Mars for clues what to expect: Mars trine Neptune (4A40) indicating ease of some sort between action/motivation (Mars--also, males) and inspiration but with possibly deceptive practices (Neptune--also, fraud.) Ideals are a major force (motivation) behind actions which are taken behind the scenes and apparently will result in happiness for someone (look at Wall Street--markets are rising high right now which suits the big gamblers, speculators, inside traders, short sellers, and corporate crooks' secret bank accounts.)

Another important chart factor is sequester's Mercury (plans, proposals, deals, agreements, etc) opposing obfuscating Neptune 00Pis12 Rx in 4th house (the Foundation or End of the Matter.) We find in the news many corporate mergers taking place, or wanting to, since at least 2012, and as you know, Neptune is the planet with a strong urge to merge. That US consumers will benefit from big mergers is extremely doubtful. See Inside the World's Biggest Airline Merger.

And don't forget the jolly news that JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon is "richer than you," as he cheekily points out something we already know.

Now when trade and commerce Mercury, a trickster when he takes a notion, opposes veiling, often falsifying Neptune (media, the masses), clear thinking takes a holiday and we seldom 'get what we see' or are shown--here, by Washington. Dangerous ideas swirl about and business activities, negotiations, and financial ventures and proposals are not well favored. Cautious and moderate behavior is advised yet as we've seen since President Obama took office in 2009, certain actors upon the Capitol Hill stage are determined to throw caution to the wind, score ideological points, and dance to the tune of their billionaire tax-avoiding backers who have no loyalty to America, or to The Union of our States. Crashing the US economy (again) and bringing even more suffering to the American people is a small price to pay, they think, for gaining their sorry objectives.

Bitter resentments (Sun inconjunct Pluto), plus, overpromising, manipulation, wheeler-dealing, and truth-bending (Sun square Jupiter) are shown in the horoscope and thus the financial situation as well. And with transit Venus opposing US natal Pluto 27Cap33 Rx (in 2nd house of the National Treasury in our nation's 'Sibly' natal chart), we've been feeling and experiencing the obsession, envy, jealousy, and cut-throat competition this influence 'inspires'. Mistrust riddles alliances and joint ventures as power struggles ensue, plus, the Venus-Pluto pairing relates to matters such as bankruptcy.

Past slights which are unconnected to current conditions blow up the gestures of others into huge grievances (ex: Senators McCain and Graham v. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, and the general Republican opposition to everything that is Obama)--but of course, Democrats can behave this way, too, as they have in the past. For as 'they' always like to say: payback is Hades.

Last but not least--and possibly the planetary energy 'running way' with the chart of sequestration is an unaspected Saturn 12Lib02 (working alone and unaided--in the 11th house of Groups and Associations!)

As you see from taskmaster and legislator Saturn's degree, the 'sequester' was presented to Harry Reid during the period of America's Saturn Return (14Lib48) which perfected three times on December 3, 2010, March 22, 2011, and August 28, 2011. And July 27, 2011 was mere 6 days after our still-current Mars Return (21Gem22) denoting a new two-year cycle of activity and goal-planning with the cycle beginning on July 21, 2011; our nation's next Mars Return is due on June 30, 2013, just before Independence Day 2013.

The Goal (MC) is apparently related to leadership with Leo at the WHY" Point of the chart, and royal Leo's ruler, the Sun 4Leo23 (the leader) is between President Obama's natal Mercury and Sun in Leo. This seems to support Mr. Woodward's assertion that the idea for 'sequester' cuts originated in the White House. It could also indicate that sequestration cuts 'across the board' are what Washington intended all along, or were thought to be a way to maneuver and maintain control (rulership) of the dialogue concerning their haphazard, play-acting budget negotiations. Do you see the YOD pattern of crisis, special task, and turning point with Pluto sextile Chiron (pluocrats, exploitation, oppression, racism, etc) at its base, pointing toward the Sun (president)?

To me this looks as if white supremacists, international bankers, and other shot-calling corporatists are making punishing demands and pressuring (inconjuncts to Sun) the president to implement austerity and other measures even as Mars conjoins SN (the Tail of The Dragon, a Saturnian point of separation.) Contentious Mars was recently conjoined by the Moon (the public) indicating that austerity is out of harmony with current societal norms and sentiments and will cause more grief than improvement. Austerity measures will not decrease the deficit or lead to job growth!

Additionally, Mars conjunct SN, often a signifier for violence and/or revolution, represents those who act upon their own decisions with no regard for the needs or desires of others. Plus, Moon-Mars denotes hotheads and those who disrupt--here in 8th house matters, as already mentioned.

Well, my patience has worn thin so I'll skip several things I'd like to say and close with the two midpoint pictures you see scribbled on the horoscope, bottom right and bottom left...both involve moneybags Jupiter:

Jupiter-Neptune, the speculator-wastrel-fraudster pair, point to radical utopian Uranus Rx in Mars-ruled Aries in the 5th house of Gambling and Risk-Taking which creates potentials for: reality vs imagination, sudden recognition of a difficult situation, coming down to earth with bump, and/or liking the shades.

Jupiter/NN = Neptune: indecision or vacillation, unreliability, instability, soberness, lack of clarity of objectives when working together. (Tyl; Ebertin.)

More reading at Politico: Dual Senate Sequestration Votes Expected to Fail.

Feb 23, 2013

Horoscope: Feb 25, 2013 Virgo Full Moon w Austerity notes

Feb 25, 2013's Full Moon Spotlights 'Austerity v Growth' Solutions

by Jude Cowell

On his blog at The Nation, John Nichols writes how Sequestration Sacrifices Jobs to Save Billionaire Tax Breaks as radicals work to impose austerity against the American people in order to redistribute wealth toward the top as their basic priority.

And I believe the Full Moon in Virgo (sign of Jobs and Work) which perfects on Monday, February 25, 2013, details among other things the 'sequestration' stand-off now occurring in Washington and relates to our delinquent Congress reassembling itself next week for business on Tuesday, if not on Monday. Here's the Full Moon horoscope with a few notes:

Full Moon @7Vir23, February 25, 2013 3:26:03 pm est Capitol Building Washington DC: Hour of Jupiter (money, growth, investment; ideology) with Jupiter @7Gem28 in 11th house of Groups and Associations (conjunct US natal Uranus 8Gem55 which usually brings social, financial, and political improvements.) Jupiter is apex in a T-Square with the Sun-Moon opposition (all three at 7 degrees = karmic, or fated--reaping what's been sown), and Pluto @11Cap03 is the Thales Point or Planet (trine Moon, sextile Sun) in 6th house of Work, Employment, Service which is meant to be a 'help' to the oppositional situation.

However, Pluto remains involved in a sextile with Saturn (another fated pairing @11/11 degr--both are 'karmic' planets) which formed the base of the crisis-laden YOD pattern (apex Jupiter Rx) in the Winter Solstice 2012 horoscope, a pattern which ably describes the social fanaticism, enforced monetary controls, and denotes 'brutal efforts to start a new order' which Saturn-Pluto want to establish (and which will send the US economy back into recession or worse, thereby undermining the second term of President Obama along with our nation; hopefully, POTUS isn't in on the billionaires' fanatical schemes.)

By the end of March (and I'm pinpointing the March 27th Full Moon for possible resolution--culmination--of these difficulties or at least, a can-kicking down the road agreement which may ease tensions a while), the difficult YOD configuration of Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto re-forms as direct Jupiter moves into orb of the pattern (beginning on March 10th.) On March 29th at 2:36:15 pm edt Capitol Building three YODs are shown which add complexity to conditions already manufactured into a cluster-fug by politicians and their wealthy backers.

As Mr. Nichols says, "America is not broke" and 'sequestration' "is the start, not the finish, of a process that undoes economic recovery and causes job losses to spike by even greater numbers." He calls out Simpson-Bowles for "promoting schemes such as 'chained CPI', the slashing of cost-of-living increases for Social Security recipients that will squeeze the buying power of seniors and people with disabilities and further impeded growth. That will cost even more jobs."

Now as you know, 'growth' and investment are concepts of Jupiter which will soon move back into the line of fire of Saturnian austerity coupled with Plutonian control of wealth and power. Austerity measures have caused severe damage overseas (see Paul Krugman's Austerity Europe) where implemented yet Simpson, Bowles, the GOP, and various 'privatizing' billionaires of international persuasion want to sock it to We the People as they exploit the current budget difficulties--most of which they purposefully created--in order to benefit the wealthy and further take over the helm of our nation. No, they have no loyalty to America or to the social safety net that has aided the American people and the US economy for decades--and perhaps they wish that austerity will hide their years-long embezzlement and other fraudulent practices.

And considering the suffering, harm, even death that their austerity plan will bring to real people, I must consider their proposals as population control measures meant to decrease our number and leave more resources for the greedy.

Now back to the horoscope you see above. Perhaps you can read my notes if you click the image to enlarge. Two factors I want to mention are the T-Square/s formed by the Full Moon and by deceitful Neptune opposing the Moon across the 2/8 axis of National Treasury (2nd H) and a full 8th H of Debt, Credit, Taxes, Shared Resources, Corporations, Transformation, and Death. Neptune is oriental (rising before the Sun = a chameleon) and the planets form midpoint pictures, any, all, or none of which may apply--and note that evaluating Venus is at a critical-crisis 29th degree conjunct 8th cusp as she nears fraudulent Neptune in Pisces:

Sun-Moon = Jupiter: pressure to change an entire value system (Venus = values--see 'accepted social norms', below); taking too many directions at once; a philosophy for coping with life; opportunities used to advantage; desires for joint endeavors, expansion, and possessions; success.

Moon-Neptune = Jupiter: grand imaginings and plans; far-reaching wishes; fantasy; enhanced ability to read people's motives and put these into a political context; compassion and sympathy (warning: a conscience and concern for the common good may be needed to feel these-jc.) (Munkasey; Tyl; Ebertin.)

We may also wish to consider the potentials for expression in Politics and Business for the Sun-Moon and Moon-Neptune pairs of energy, according to *Michael Munkasey:

Sun-Moon: Thesis: how the people's will is applied to taking the country into new or important directions; the international reputation of the country (in the crapper, thanks to Washington's Political Theater squabbles--jc); reading the attitude of the people when making national policy.

Antithesis: national will forcefully imposed by the leadership; a loss of face in international politics (GOP delays and ridiculous arguments over Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense? -jc); pessimism flows through the population or lawmakers.

Another midpoint picture may be of interest to our topic for it may create a bright spot in our dreary situation and forms a Minor Grand Trine if we don't mind counting the Ascendant (8Leo18) as a place for the expression of its energy:

Uranus-ASC = Jupiter: 'new approaches to solving social or legal problems; optimism'...or, more negatively, 'new opinions which are contrary to accepted social norms.' (Munkasey.)

'Accepted social norms' such as acting as our brother's keeper and honoring the social contract between generations the way an allegedly Christian nation ought to do?

Ascendant 8Leo18:

Well, there are many other chart factors that deserve consideration but let's close with chart-ruler Sun's applying Ptolemaic aspects to determine how matters will proceed from the February 25th Full Moon...

1. Sun square Jupiter (0A04) spotlights wheeler-dealers who are arrogant, pompous, and immoderate and need to re-order their priorities; truth is bent to accomplish goals (success-at-all-costs) but this will cause them complications later on; others are expected to accede to the demands of manipulators who want to avoid keeping promises (such as social safety net programs--plus, the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square underlies current unrest, riots, strikes, protests, and revolutions and supports the breaking of contracts in generational stand-offs.)

2. Sun sextile Pluto (3A39) may represent two groups: varmints who are uncompromising, self-reliant, and wish to control the world; totally certain of their ideals, they become impatient when expected to listen to the ideals of others, and, knowing that 'knowledge is power', they withhold details from others in order to maintain control and make it difficult for others to mount challenges to their plans; on another level, this sextile denotes leadership acting as mediator in order to reconcile opposing sides and find solutions; a desire to aid the less fortunate is evident.

3. Sun trine Saturn (4A04) indicates leadership (Sun) which finds acceptance of responsibility (Saturn) for others to be easy, and knowing how to take advantage of opportunity is inherently understood (doing things 'the right way at the right time') which results in reasonably defined goals meeting with success.


*Midpoints: Unleashing the Power of the Planets, Munkasey.

Note: as Venus nears conjunction with Neptune in veiling Pisces, some mention of the pair's influence in Politics and Business may be worth our attention since it relates to potentials for an inflated treasury as a way to manipulate growth, those who gain wealth from oil, gas, and/or chemicals, exaggerated or misstated resources (ex: 'America is broke," says the GOP), scandals over deceptive practices or the misuse of the treasury, spies in the financial system (hackers? turncoats?), monetary fraud, and/or subversives who wish to gain access to finances (ex: those who would 'privatize' Social Security funds, dissolve even more pension funds and other savings programs, and establish austerity over the people in order to channel wealth upwards.

Here are a few recent posts concerning similar topics for March 2013:

Sequester Fester and Jupiter's Path, Horoscope: Mars to Aries Point March 12, 2013, March 2013: December 2012 YOD re-forms w apex Jupiter, and Horoscope: Spring Equinox 2013.

Jun 15, 2011

Robert Reich (Sun in Cancer) on McCaskill-Corker Spending Caps (video)

Here's a brief video message from a top US economist whom normal people can listen to without barfing up their dinners, Professor Robert Reich (UC Berkeley.) The message concerns the McCaskill-Corker 'spending caps' proposal which is a dressed up effort to fund more war over the needs of the American people while decimating our nation's social contract between the generations and thus collapsing our economy and 'starving the beast' of 'big government'.

(Is that tax cut zealot Grover Norquist lurking behind the curtain?)

Now I'm not certain quite when the video was posted to Professor Reich's website but his message is presented here today for your consideration. Democracy (if only we had one) works best when all of us participate in our various ways so do what you can and pass on the info, for as the excellent Thom Hartmann ends his broadcasts with: "Tag, You're It!"

Plus, here's a post I published in March 2009 with Robert Reich's birth data (no birth time known) and a brief amount of info concerning his Sun-Moon blend which could either be Moon in Aries or in the money sign of Taurus.

The entry includes his remarks on Politics and the Top Tier and the ongoing effects upon the US economy and the populace.

Yet with two years' worth of hindsight, my 'vote' in 2009 for his natal Moon to be in Venus-ruled Taurus rather than Mars-ruled Aries may have been ill-considered since he has continued to (seemingly) speak out on behalf of the less wealthy among us. I add 'seemingly' for I believe the power elites provide us with false populists in Congress and elsewhere to help keep us mollified and off the protesting streets.

In the realm of personality, Cancer-Taurus is a Water-Earth blend (mud; practical) while Cancer-Aries is Water-Fire (steam; volatile) so here I shall add the Images for Integration for Reich's possible Sun Cancer-Moon Aries blend - just in case - and so you may compare it with the previously noted Sun Can-Moon Taurus combo, if you wish to click my older assessment:

"A suffragette takes to the barricades in aid of her cause...A quiet homebody becomes a sports champion." (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles & Suzi Harvey.)

Could be he!


As you know, Earth's Moon moves the quickest of any cosmic body used in Astrology charts and when a precise birth time is not known, we sometimes find a person born on a day/night when the Moon changed signs within the 24-hour period. This gives rise to two possible Sun-Moon blends since one's Sun is more much more likely to remain in the same sign on a given day. Unless it doesn't which gives more combo possibilities to consider. jc

Jun 22, 2010

Austerity Cuts a Huge Mistake: Pluto in Capricorn

This morning I awoke to BBC's reporting of a morning announcement in London of 'austerity cuts' against the good people of the UK and if some had their way in the US we'd be - and probably will be - on the same make-things-worse road as FDR set us on in 1937.

Why, it's almost as if governments want things worse for the people and aren't trying to 'recover' financial systems at all!

Well, they do if all the sky-falling voices are correct (like mine) and the entire 'collapse' is an orchestrated charade that's intended to collapse the global economy so that totalitarianism can have its way with us and a long-planned one-world-government can be instituted.

Such is transformative Pluto traversing governmental Capricorn as in 1776 when America was founded as the 'new world government' on the block - and now Mr. Hades is destructuring governments again. That nationalist governments must fail is a priority for the power elite's New World Order movers and shakers and if individuals fail in the process, too bad - you're merely collateral damage in the class warfare now being waged.

What's also too bad is that so few citizens of the US and elsewhere have taken seriously the warnings about class warfare putting targets on their backs which have been given to anyone who would listen since (at least) the 90s. Successful propaganda campaigns against such heralds of doom have been used to make 'conspiracy theorists' appear to be wacky and off the mark.

Yet in most cases, we, dear reader, are not. Plus, even wacky folk can be right part of the time. I proudly count myself among their number.

Well, perhaps you caught Paul Krugman's June 19 article That 30s Feeling which agrees that austerity cuts will do more harm than good so here's its link for you, just in case.

And though it's true that Mr. Krugman won't mention anything to you about Pluto, Capricorn, or the tearing down of current forms and institutions to make way for a much-promoted yet already-lamented-by-the-people NWO, it's okay because I just did.

We must remember that that's why the power elite has worked for decades to knit all financial systems into a world network in the first place - so that the financial collapse with its subsequent governmental failures would be global when they get ready to pull the final plug.