"A record 49 percent of Americans live in a household where someone receives at least one type of government benefit, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And 63 percent of all federal spending this year will consist of checks written to individuals for which the government receives currently no services, the White House budget office estimates. That’s up from 46 percent in 1975 and 18 percent in 1940."
"Those figures will climb in coming years. The 75 million baby boomers have only begun their long march into retirement, while President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul will extend insurance coverage to more than 30 million additional people."
This is why owning gold and silver is imperative. Ignore the noise from the jackasses and the elephants concerned only with keeping their jobs (Ron Paul excluded). One party is pissing down our backs, and the other says it's just raining! The US dollar is 100% doomed. That's the great secret they don't want you to know until it's too late.
I don't blame the people getting Federal benefits. Many are genuinely needy. However, the USA has been playing rich uncle (Sam) for 80 years now, and there's no sign of a reverse in course or even a slowing of the growth of cash outlays. Rich uncles are great when they actually have the money available to hand out. But our Uncle Sam is borrowing trillions of dollars a year (in our names) to continue to send out more and more entitlement checks. Even if the US doubled taxes (revolution time) and cut benefits in half (more revolution), it still wouldn't be enough. Not even close either to pay off all debt and establish a constitutionally mandated balanced budget!
The US is doing exactly as ALL COUNTRIES with fiat money have done in the past - print, print, print, paper money in an attempt to keep itself afloat until the US Dollar isn't worth the paper and ink that went into it! Paper money unbacked by gold and silver (or another valuable commodity
like land) has always and will always fail, dragging down the vast majority of its citizens into the black abyss of absolute financial ruin.
Gold & Silver are the only precious metals that have been used as money for 6000 years. They are the Once and Future Kings. An owner of gold and silver gurantees that he will NOT be a slave to any man or government...ever!
"Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" - Patrick Henry
“Specie [gold and silver coin] is the most perfect medium because it will preserve its own level; because, having intrinsic and universal value, it can never die in our hands, and it is the surest resource of reliance in time of war.” ~Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 1813