Score the following statements as follows
3 if answer is definitely
2 if answer is probably
1 if answer is not sure
0 if answer is no
I am in control of my life ___
My children will have a better life than me. ___
I'll be well taken care of in my retrirement. ___
Economic situation be better in 5 years. ___
Our family can survive on 1 full salary. ___
TOTAL SCORE ___
LOOK AT WORLD AROUND US
use same scoring as above
Whoever controls the money controls the world. _____
My children will have more money than I do. _____
When I retire I'll have enough money to live on. _____
5 years from now our economy will be ok. _____
My children's family will survive on 1 full salary. _____
TOTAL SCORE ____
Did your score on the first set match your score on the second set? If not did you consider economic factors in answering the first set?
If you scored 10-15 on both sets you may not be interested in this website. If you scored less than 10 on either set you may profit a lot from looking at the rest of this site. If you scored less than 7 on either set you definitely will want to look at the rest of this site.
For starters here a few THOUGHTS.
DO WE HAVE A CRISIS?
THE HEAD OF FEDERAL RESERVE SAID:
"If we don't extend debt ceiling we will CREATE a major financial crisis."
WHAT DO WE HAVE NOW?
Every citizen is over $46,000 in debt.
That includes children, seniors past employment age, and those unable to work.
So debt for every WORKING persons is somewhere near $100,000.
If we earn a million dollars it would take roughly a month to pay off our share of the debt.
Anything over a million dollars would reduce the time to days.
If we earn $100,000 it would take a year to pay off the debt. But there would be no money for any other activity.
If we earn $40,000 it would take all of our income for 2 and half years to pay off our share of the debt.
If we earn $30,000 it would be more than 3 years.
If we earn $25,000 it would take 4 years. (average income persons 18 years and older is $25,000).
WHEN WILL YOU ADMIT THAT LONG AGO YOU CREATED A CRISIS?
There is a short video "The value of Money hit VALUE
One book is Why We Are Always Broke: things we need to know about the economy
War and who profits from war is a central question in Why We Are Always Broke: Things We need To Know About The Economy. The book looks at underlying institutions which promote wars.
Who finances wars?
Who profits from wars?
It looks at financial and political organizations created in the last 100 years because of war. Several treaties signed at the end of wars and the economic impact of those treaties are examined. A central thesis of the book is individuals and nations are controlled by keeping them in debt. War is a principal means of creating debt.
The book looks at the national debt which has grown immensely in recent years. The debt is due in large part to war. The book describes the influence of America's central bank, the Federal Reserve, on this country and others. The author tells how this system of private bankers has manipulated the U.S. Government by propagating debt. He details a major purpose of Federal Reserve issued money, which he says is to fund weapons manufacturing and U.S. Military activity.
The author examines The Bank For International Settlements set up after World War 1.Its stated intention was to create a fund to enable Germany/European nations to pay off debts they incurred because of World War 1. A large portion of that debt was owed to the USA. According to the plan agreed upon, the USA was to put up the bulk of the money. These funds would form the capital of the bank. Interest from this money would pay off the debt, most of which was owed to the USA.
These are some of the issues the book addresses. For a more detailed account of the book see website
It Is Always the Bad Guys which looks at how our nation got 17 TRILLION dollars in debt, the effect of war, the role of the CIA, ex Nazis, and the Vatican Bank. The book looks at the Vatican bank in contrast to the social teaching of the Catholic Church and in contrast to the role of Native Americans. The book ends with a look at groups and individuals trying to make the world a little better for us all.
The Footprints of Adam and Eve looks at the biblical presentation of original sin and the consequences of our human response to sin. It looks at some of the contemporary social sins which continue to flow from original sin which is defined in terms of greed and lack of faith rather than in terms of disobedience. The book ends with a poem which offers us an alternative to original sin and its effects.
Restoring the Common WEALTH is a novel. Our common WEALTH is Water Earth Air Land Trees Heat (and light) of the sun. They belong to us all. We all have a responsibility to use them but to protect them. The novel looks at today’s social evils and the persons and groups who cause the abuses. It looks at the death of President Kennedy, the mysterious death of Pope John Paul I who wanted to reform the Vatican Bank. It is partly autobiographical. It is based on research I have done. In the novel I distinguish between the persons who do the abusing and the institutions they represent. The individuals can be redeemed. The institutions they represent cannot be redeemed. The novel ends citing persons, groups, and even nations who are making an attempt in the 21st century to create a better world for us all. The novel is fiction. It presents material presented in Why We Are Always Broke: things we need to know about the economy.
Ordinary People Tuning In On Needs
This book is a response to a talk by Robert Shetterly. His presentation was Americans Who Tell The Truth. Mr. Shetterly published a book in which he painted portraits of 50 Americans who have made a significant impact on our history. Some are famous, some ordinary. Early in his presentation Mr. Shetterly alluded to the events of September 11, 2001. He said those events were a pivotal point in our history. What is most significant about the events of that date is not that they happened but that we seemed to learn so little from them and have not made appropriate responses to those events.
As a response to Robert Shetterlys talk I decided to do a book on people (and movements) I have met, at least come into contact with, who have told the truth. All have made an impact. Some have not been successful in what they intended to do. But even those who were not successful in their desired effect still made an impact and were helpful in bringing about some change. Some are still trying. We do not know yet whether they will be successful or not. Again I emphasize ALL have made some impact. ALL are just ordinary people.
As my response developed certain truths evolved.
1. I have met persons in my own life who exemplify the truths Mr. Shetterly seeks to highlight.
2. I have had the honor of knowing some from my earliest youth until the present day.
3. Others I have met later in life.
4. Some of them have been famous people. Most are just ordinary people struggling with life.
5. Many of them fought with some personal struggle as well as the larger social struggle.
6. They are important not simply for what they did but for who they were.
7. Every one of us probably could come up with a similar list.
8. It is important that we do so, important for ourselves and for others.
In my earliest years I was inspired by my father (William Crumley), by some of my teachers (personified by my account of Sister Stanila). In my youth I was also inspired by the actions of some famous people (Pope John XXIII, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and others). Often they were not successful in what they hoped to do. Still their legacy inspired others.
In the three famous persons mentioned their legacy was not really apparent until after their death. Pope John XXIII attempted to rejuvenate the Catholic Church. He was successful in part. However, some people within the institution he sought to rejuvenate did not want to be rejuvenated and many of his reforms have been abandoned. It was not until many years after his death that I realized that President John Kennedy attempted to place our money system on a more stable basis and not on debt the U.S. Government owed to the Federal Reserve Bank. That has never been realized even today. The reforms called for by Martin Luther King were not realized until after his death. Even then the reforms were not fully realized. We were only able to pass laws which helped the process to begin. The process has to evolve and to continue.
This process is not going to be realized by the actions of politicians or famous people. This process will be brought about by the struggles of ordinary people. This process requires the ongoing effort of you and me and great numbers of ordinary citizens. It will require the creation of many different citizen organizations which will assist the process.
That is what this book is about - not famous people but ordinary people. A few are better known than others. Some were more successful than others. All are ordinary. All continued to struggle despite many obstacles. Hopefully it will inspire you to come up with you own list maybe even your own book describing how you fit into the human struggle to make this a better world.
The list is divided among people who inspired me in my early formative years and people who have inspired me in later years of ministry and service. It also includes persons who are struggling to make an impact today.
Must We Always Remain Broke?
Are you ever fearful your children or grandchildren won't make it? Do you ever wonder why it takes so much money just to get ordinary things? Would you like to know why things are this way? More importantly what YOU can do about it? That is what Must We Always Remain Broke? is about. While it is a “new” book, it is fifty-five years old.
Fifty-five years ago I was a student at the University of Notre Dame. I fought my economics professor every class. He was highlighting the glories of an economic system that was not based on anything real or substantial. He described money that was created out of thin air and began to circulate in the economy, constantly creating new “money”. Every class I objected: “We cannot spend money we do not have!” “We cannot create something out of nothing!”
Over two years ago I retired. I was invited to speak to the South Austin (Texas) Rotary Club. My subject was the book Why We Are Always Broke: things we need to know about the economy. The book gives a startling exposition of the forces which cause emotional, financial and structural problems we encounter today. The book looks at the social and financial structures created that led to the problems.
I began the presentation to a group of bankers and business persons by raising the same objections I raised as a college student fifty-five years ago. “We cannot spend money we do not have!” “We cannot create something out of nothing.” In those fifty-five years I have watched an economy based on debt disintegrate. I have watched our dollar become less and less capable of being exchanged for any tangible good. I have researched the CAUSES of money's disintegration.
In the process I came to understand HOW the problems came about as well as what alternatives we can create to lessen the problems. If you aren't convinced you need to read the book ask your (grand)children: Do you think it would be good for me to read a book that will make your life a little easier?
We do not need to create new structures. We don't need to fight old systems. We have more allies than we are even aware of. We have more opportunities now than anyone would have imagined a few years ago. We need to use those opportunities to better our lives, the lives of our children and grandchildren. That is what Must Always Remain Broke? is all about.
You can view these and all books and a summary at the CreateSpace link below. At that website you will see a gray area near the top of the page. It says “site”. Hit that and you will find two choices “store” and “site”. Hit “store” and type in william crumley in the space next to it.
Anyone interested in any of the books can order any one directly through CreateSpace.com or Amazon.com (At Amazon just hit their “books” section and type in “william crumley”).
I have also written other books.
Agent of Forgiveness was written years ago but never published. It is a short story about the death penalty and offers an alternative solution to that problem.
Memoirs of Jesus looks at the 12 persons Jesus chose to be his followers. The book raises the question did Jesus choose them or did they choose Jesus? I conclude that both made that choice. It then looks at Jesus’ message and his life through the eyes of Luke’s gospel. The book is written as if they are a set of memoirs written by Jesus and only recently found.
Ordinary People Tuning In On Needs. This is a short description of some people I have met who have attempted to make the world a little better.
Biblobits are a series of biblical obituaries of Old Testament characters. In addition to telling the story of the individual, it challenges the reader to do something to imitate the good portrayed by the biblical character or to help overcome some of the problems the biblical person left.
Ecoflections: Reflections on the Ecology are a series of poems written as I travelled the Natchez Trace Parkway. They call the reader to be more attentive to the ecology we are leaving behind us.
Keep on Trucking: Even If You Don’t Have A Truck are a series of reflections on some of the problems we encounter as we go through life and especially when we are forced to deal with grief.
Letters From God are letters addressed to God by us human beings with our human problems. God’s response is the “Letters From God”. They offer encouragement, challenge, and hope to us all.
For more information about the books or its author hit AUTHOR
To see a more detailed description of the books hit MORE INFO
To contact the author by email hit CONTACT
By mail William Crumley 3001 S. Congress St. Joseph Hall Austin, Tx. 78704
By phone 512-637-1970
Some of the books have videos you can watch.
A summary of all my early writings and other activities is available at
The novel is called
Restoring the Common WEALTH. There is an introductory video and videos on some of the chapters. Hit underlined item to view chapter.
The Guatemla Syndrome
Who owns the Land?
Will the Real Archie Bunker Please Stand UP?