The United States is still getting rid of its chemical weapons

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For the Tea Party, Destroying the United States is the Endgame

Or are they more fundamental problems that arent going away anytime soon? As Ezra Klein put it, is America a bubble? For investors, this is a practical question: How much of your portfolio should be invested in the shares of U.S. companies, and U.S. Treasury bonds, as opposed to overseas investment options? For all of us, its the core question that will determine whether Americas best days lie ahead. Here at the latest Wonkblog Crowdsourced discussion, leave your comment on whether America is a good investment despite it all. Come back early and often to upvote the comments you find most compelling. Is the United States a good investment? ???initialComments:true! pubdate:10/14/2013 12:09 EDT! commentPeriod:30! commentEndDate:11/13/13 11:9 EST!

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Bartlett points out that the southern states were very angry about the U.S. requirement not to honor the debt of the Confederate States of America after the war, which triggered concerns that the south would try to get the U.S. to do likewise with its debt as southern representative re-entered Congress after the war. The result was the 14th amendment, which, in addition to codifying the abolition of slavery, included in its Section 4 the guarantee to honor all U.S. debts. The fact that the debt issue was stuck in the face of the southern states in the same constitutional amendment as slavery abolition civil rights guarantees should not go unnoticed for either its symbolic value or for its roots as a point of contention with the Tea Party, which draws upon white resentments in the south and elsewhere fueled by the rise of civil rights laws in the 1960s. The Tea Party draws on white supremacist sentiment that has been a part of U.S. history since its beginnings, augmenting it with pro-Nazi sentiments fueled by the so-called Fellowship Foundation of “key men” (and, sometimes, women) starting in the mid-20th century. Their purpose is completely clear; split the U.S. so that it can be destroyed, and replaced with a far right police state benefiting a few elites. As with the rise of Hitler during Germany’s Weimar Republic, the Tea Party uses economic and social chaos to fuel its rise. It undermines faith in democratic processes at every turn, so that people will favor “strong man” governments – governments that will benefit the “key men” first and foremost and further the redistribution of wealth from average people to the elites.

economy and population grows so does our national debt. As long as U.S. debt is considered a risk-free investment around the world there should not be a limit to its size, it just keeps growing. Supply and demand will determine our debts’ value. If debt is growing too fast investors will slow purchases and the interest rates paid on this debt will rise. When Congress sees the cost of our debt rising it’s time to cut government spending to reduce the growth of the debt. That’s economics 101. When you consider that the United States guarantees the $6 trillion in debt and mortgages of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during conservatorship, the U.S. debt is at least $22.7 trillion, but Congress is not concerned with this fact. This only shows that the ceiling of our debt will continue to rise, so why have a limit? The U.S. dollar is the medium of exchange in the global economy and Congress should not risk losing this leadership status. The largest economy in the world is the only country that should not have a debt limit, but in reality the United States is the only major country in the world with a debt limit. Today, Congress and the White House are putting the global leadership of our country at risk. We do not want a weaker dollar.

Inspectors from the Netherlands-based watchdog arrived in Syria to begin their complex mission of finding, dismantling and ultimately destroying Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. The U.N. Security Council votes to approve a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons during a meeting on Friday, September 27. The vote came after assertions by the United States and other Western nations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in an August 21 attack outside Damascus that U.S. officials estimate killed 1,400 people. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the world community was imposing a binding obligation on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to get rid of its chemical weapons stockpile. A man mourns over the bodies of those killed in a suspected chemical weapon attack in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday, August 21. Syrian rebels said poisonous gas rained down from rockets, but authorities have denied the allegations that they used chemical weapons and accused the opposition of staging the attacks. U.S. officials, however, said there were “strong indications” that there was a chemical weapons attack by the government. People attend to the victims of the attack on August 21 in Damascus. British intelligence said at least 350 people died, while rebel leaders have put the death toll at more than 1,300. Constricted pupils was listed as a symptom in victims of the alleged attack on August 21. Victims of the attack are laid in the back of a truck in the Hamoria area of Damascus on August 21.