War in Libya..

According to the Christian science Monitor; “Nkoranza,Ghana, Once an important financial lifeline to Ghana, more than 18,000 Ghanaian migrant workers are back in their home country and unemployed after having fled the violence of the Libyan civil war. Although they are now safe, the workers’ return ended the flow of money via remittances into Ghana, putting their families under economic strain. Although they are now safe, the workers’ return ended the flow of money via remittances into Ghana, putting their families under economic strain.” (Source, Christian science Monitor, article by Heather Yundt)


Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country located in West Africa. It is bordered by Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The word Ghana means “Warrior King” and is derived from the ancient Ghana Empire. Ghana was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient predominantly Akan kingdoms, including the inland Ashanti Empire, the Akwamu on the eastern coast, and various Fante and non-Akan states, like the Ga and Ewe, along the coast and inland. Trade with European states flourished after contact with the Portuguese in the 15th century, and the British established the Gold Coast Crown colony in 1874 over parts but not all of the country.

The Gold Coast achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, becoming the first sub-Saharan African nation to do so, and the name Ghana was chosen for the new nation to reflect the ancient Empire of Ghana, which once extended throughout much of west Africa. Ghana is a member of the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union, and an associate member of La Francophonie. Ghanais the second largest producer of cocoa in the world and is home to Lake Volta, the largest artificial lake in the world by surface area.

The economy of Ghana has been listed as The World’s Fastest Growing Economy in 2011 in an economic research led by Economy Watch with data coming from the IMF’s tracker of GDP Growth in constant prices in the national currency (not converted to US dollars). With an economic growth of about 20.146 % for the year 2011, Ghana growth rate stands ahead of the rest of the world in economic growth and ahead of the next eleven fastest growing economies in the world by 2011 with Qatar following Ghana as the second fastest growing in the world with an estimated growth rate of 14.337 % for 2011. (Source Wikipedia)

UNITED STATES, “G.D.P.” (Gross Domestic Product)

Quarterly data: Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 1.9 percent in the first quarter of 2011, (that is, from the fourth quarter to the first quarter), according to the “third” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter, real GDP increased 3.1 percent. (Source, U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of economic analysis)

Ghana, a country with a population of 24,223,431 people is recorded to have reported a growth rate in GDP of 20.146% to date for 2011, ..while the United States of America, listed by the US Census Bureau to have a population of 311,630,000 people, is reporting a growth rate in GDP of 1.9% for the first quarter of 2011.

Question: Do you as an American citizen have a problem with those numbers, ..or are you a Democrat?

The United States public debt is a measure of the obligations of the United States federal government and is presented by the United States Treasury in two components and one total:

  • Debt Held by the Public, representing all federal securities held by institutions or individuals outside the United States Government;
  • Intragovernmental Holdings, representing U.S. Treasury securities held in accounts which are administered by the United States Government, such as the OASI Trust fund administered by the Social Security Administration; and
  • Total Public Debt Outstanding, which is the sum of the above components.

As of May 6, 2011, the Total Public Debt Outstanding of the United States of America was $14.32 trillion and was approximately 98% of calendar year 2010’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) of $14.66 trillion. Using 2010 figures, the total debt (96.3% of GDP) ranked 12th highest against other nations.

In layman’s terms, America is circling the drain, up to its eyebrows in debt, America is broke, busted, without funds, on the verge of bankruptcy, how many ways can it be expounded? ..and our employees, i.e., the President, Vice President, Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen are still roaming the halls of our Nation’s Capital searching for Band-Aids to keep America’s failing economy from virtually bleeding to death.

As being a college graduate is a prerequisite to holding federal office, or at least I assume it is? I have a real problem understanding, (which of course, may stem from the fact that I am not a college graduate,) that a simple rank-and-file, retired, blue-collar worker like myself, has the capacity to understand the concept of responsibility, income, and debt. When the individuals, men and women, that I helped to hire with my constitutionally provided vote, do not seem to understand the concept of responsibility, income and debt.

If I fail to make my mortgage payment, I understand that I need to start looking for another place to live. If I fail to pay my utility bills, I understand that I will have to adjust to living without lights, heat, water and trash pick up. So why do you suppose that the President, Vice President, and the 535 other titled (college-educated) individuals that we, “we the people,” pay exorbitant salaries to can’t figure it out?

Being that this is Sunday, the one day of the week that is predominantly monopolized by the network and cable media talking heads, a group that I do indeed find interesting, even though, “in my opinion,” the Lions share of them are self-aggrandizing idiots enthralled by the belief that they in some measure make a difference to the disenfranchised in a failing society. What can I say, I enjoy abstract comedy.

I mean, think about it? What is funnier (in a pathetic sort of way) than a group of overpaid, overinflated, ridiculously out of touch, men and women who couldn’t survive a weekend, i.e., 48 hours without their cell phones and blackberries in the real world, ..the world I live in.

Accordingly, if we can’t appreciate a media talking head for who they are, at least we can appreciate the fact that they work for the private sector, instead of for the taxpayer. As we, “we the people,” the taxpayers of America have enough to deal with, with footing the bill for adventures such as the one presently being undertaken by Sen. John McCain and Sen. John Kerry to promote harmony and a better life for citizens of a foreign nation.

What do you think? Wouldn’t it be nice if Sen. McCain and Sen. Kerry were to travel to some location within the United States to promote harmony and a better life for the citizens of the United States, know, ..the country that pays their salaries.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow


Crusader Rabbit…

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