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FBI Mortgage Fraud Task Force – Implications for Real Estate Property Appraisers in Florida

The FBI provided insight into the breadth and depth of mortgage fraud crimes perpetrated against the United States and its citizens, Florida being first and foremost on the list. Current mortgage fraud projections, issues, and hot spots in the troubled U.S. economy have enormous implications to the banking industry and real estate property appraisers in particular.

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A combined effort between banks and real estate property appraisers is needed to adequately identify, prevent, report, and thwart mortgage fraud activity. The FBI’s Financial Crimes Criminal Investigative Division (CID) and Financial Crimes Intelligence Unit are aggressively and cooperatively reporting the latest developments and pertinent data to empower the nationwide mortgage fraud task force.

As mortgage fraud crimes escalate, the burden on federal law enforcement increases. With the anticipated upsurge in mortgage fraud cases, the FBI employed additional strategies to proactively address the crime problem. The FBI works with the Department of Justice (DOJ)-Mortgage Fraud Working Group on a number of mortgage fraud related issues, including the creation and finalization of standard loss valuation criteria associated with mortgage fraud violations, and assisting the banking industry with the construction of a centralized repository of mortgage-related documentation.

The valuation criteria and mortgage related documentation is where real estate property appraisers and their appraisals provided lenders are going to increasingly be monitored and regulated in the near future.

Currently the FBI has mortgage fraud working groups or task forces in 32 field divisions across the country. The FBI divisions stationed in Florida are based out of Miami and Tampa. Moreoever the FBI continues to encourage the use of undercover operations as an effective technique to address mortgage fraud.

The recent stock market crashes across global markets have strongly affirmed, mortgage fraud if not dealt with has the potential to cripple the American economy and all foreign economies closely connected to it. Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) from financial institutions indicate an increase in mortgage fraud. SARs increased 31-percent to 46,717 during Fiscal Year (FY) 2007. The total dollar loss attributed to mortgage fraud is unknown. However, 7 percent of SARs filed during FY 2007 indicated a specific dollar loss, which totaled more than $813 million.

Subprime mortgage issues remain a key factor in influencing mortgage fraud directly and indirectly. The subprime share of outstanding loans has more than a doubled since 2003 putting a greater share of loans at higher risk of failure. Additionally, during 2007 there were more than 2.2 million foreclosure filings reported on approximately 1.29 million properties nationally, up 75 percent from 2006. The declining housing market affects many in the mortgage industry who are paid by commission. The FBI says during declining markets, mortgage fraud perpetrators may take advantage of industry personnel attempting to generate loans to maintain current standards of living.

Many of the key industry personnel often involved are real estate property appraisers valuing the homes and properties prior to bankers signing off on loans.

Data from law enforcement and industry sources identify the states most affected by mortgage fraud during 2007 and indicated that the top 10 mortgage fraud states for 2007 were Florida, Georgia, Michigan, California, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, New York, Colorado, and Minnesota.

The downward trend in the housing market provides an ideal climate for mortgage fraud perpetrators to employ a myriad of schemes suitable to a down market. Several of these schemes have emerged with the potential to spread as the recent rise in foreclosures, depressed housing prices, and decreased demand place pressure on lenders, builders, and home sellers. Emerging and re-emerging schemes for 2007 included builder-bailouts, seller assistance, short sales, foreclosure rescue, and identity thefts exploiting home equity lines of credit.

Fraudulent practices have become dreadfully systemic within the mortgage industry, as unrestrained mortgage fraud has bankrupted some of the best and longtime solid financial institutions. If the FBI fails to quickly regulate, enforce, and imprison fraudulent professionals within the banking and real estate industry, expect to see the dollar tank along with the U.S. economy. After which consumers will only be able to buy gold, Euros, or China’s Yuan to protect their life savings and investments.

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Real estate property appraisers therefore may be the last line of defense to maintain accountability and accuracy before straw buyers succeed in excessively borrowing beyond the market value of a property’s worth and thereby jeopardize the security of loans throughout the banking industry.

Real estate property appraisers must like never before show due diligence when representing their fiduciaries the banks and report to legal authorities any manipulative and coercive attempts by lenders and borrowers to adjust property valuations they sign off on in their appraisal reports.

[b]Mid-State Appraisals founder Paul Davis is a trusted and reputable property appraiser frequently called upon by Central Florida’s banks, homeowners, and real estate investors to assess property values. A builder for over 20 years and also a real estate broker, Paul Davis brings a wealth of knowledge to the table as an appraiser.[/b]

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Secure Investments Considering World’s Best Banking Systems as measured by World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum has identified the world’s soundest banking systems across the globe. Vital information for any consumer and investor to know in these devastatingly uncertain and turbulent times.

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Canada has the world’s soundest banking system. Good news for me considering my wife is Canadian. Should this Yankee need to flee for a financial safe haven (and free health care), Canada will be a great option.

Closely behind followed Sweden, Luxembourg and Australia. As financial crisis and bank failures shake world markets, the survey by the World Economic Forum provided some enlightening and startling information about arrogant and seemingly (now questionably) economic super powers such as Britain and America.

Britain, which once ranked in the top five, has slipped to 44th place behind El Salvador and Peru, after a 50 billion pound ($86.5 billion) pledge this week by the government to bolster bank balance sheets.

The United States, where some of Wall Street’s biggest financial names have collapsed and been crippled in recent weeks, rated only 40, just behind Germany at 39, and smaller states such as Barbados, Estonia and even Namibia, in southern Africa.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report is worth earnestly heeding and considering before investing in nations whose banking systems are problematic and given to systemic failures.

As for me, I’m extremely bearish on the dollar. Despite short-term gains based on momentary hype, patriotism, and the global credit crunch …look for the central and foreign banks across the globe to dump dollars and buy gold, Euros, Chinese yuan, and Japanese yen. The day of dollar dominance is over!

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My advice to investors, follow the lead of the Central and foreign banks. Beware of listening to the U.S. media’s propaganda machine. The world is disenchanted with America thanks to the war in Iraq and U.S. military imperialism to prop up the dollar as OPEC’s currency of choice. America’s longtime arrogance is coming to an end with the death of the dollar.

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When the dollar dies, look for the global economy to say good riddance.

The top 20 ranked banking systems are:

1. Canada

2. Sweden

3. Luxembourg

4. Australia

5. Denmark

6. Netherlands

7. Belgium

8. New Zealand

9. Ireland

10. Malta 11. Hong Kong

12. Finland

13. Singapore

14. Norway

15. South Africa

16. Switzerland

17. Namibia

18. Chile

19. France

20. Spain

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Foreign Currency Exchange Swap Lines – What Central Banks are Whispering?

In response to continued strains in short-term funding markets, Central Banks across the world have coordinated actions to significantly expand the capacity to provide U.S. dollar liquidity. Central banks publicly commit to continue to work together closely and say they are prepared to take appropriate steps as needed to address funding pressures.

This should serve to drive up the value of the dollar on the short-term (for a month or so) until fear and panic eventually take hold and Central Banks one by one begin dumping dollars.

That being said, there are some short-term possible gains for those who invest in the dollar and substantial long-term gains for those who sell dollars while they are high and opt to invest and protect their savings in strong currencies such as the Euro and Chinese yuan. Of course a safe haven for consumers and investors with less intestinal fortitude would be gold.

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The U.S. Federal Reserve announced several initiatives to support financial stability and to maintain a stable flow of credit to the economy during this period of significant strain in global markets.

The Fed commits to continue to adapt these liquidity facilities as necessary and will keep them in place as long as circumstances require.

Actions by the Federal Reserve include:  (1) an increase in the size of the 84-day maturity Term Auction Facility (TAF) auctions to $75 billion per auction from $25 billion beginning with the October 6 auction, (2) two forward TAF auctions totaling $150 billion that will be conducted in November to provide term funding over year-end, and (3) an increase in swap authorization limits with the Bank of Canada, Bank of England, Bank of Japan, Danmarks Nationalbank (National Bank of Denmark), European Central Bank (ECB), Norges Bank (Bank of Norway), Reserve Bank of Australia, Sveriges Riksbank (Bank of Sweden), and Swiss National Bank to a total of $620 billion, from $290 billion previously.

These steps are being undertaken in an attempt to mitigate pressures evident in the term funding markets both in the United States and abroad.  The Federal Reserve’s actions are desiring to reassure financial market participants that financing will be available against good collateral, which they hope will lessen concerns about funding and rollover risk.

84-Day Maturity TAF Auctions
The increase to $75 billion per auction will triple the supply of 84-day maturity credit to $225 billion from $75 billion.  TAF credit at the 28-day maturity will remain at $75 billion.  The total amount of TAF credit available in the 28-day and 84-day auction cycles will double to $300 billion from $150 billion.

Foreign Exchange Swap Lines
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has authorized a $330 billion expansion of its temporary reciprocal currency arrangements (swap lines).  This increased capacity will be available to provide funding for U.S. dollar liquidity operations by the other central banks.  The FOMC has authorized increases in all of the temporary swap facilities with other central banks.  These larger facilities will now support the provision of U.S. dollar liquidity in amounts of up to $30 billion by the Bank of Canada, $80 billion by the Bank of England, $120 billion by the Bank of Japan, $15 billion by Danmarks Nationalbank, $240 billion by the ECB, $15 billion by the Norges Bank, $30 billion by the Reserve Bank of Australia, $30 billion by the Sveriges Riksbank, and $60 billion by the Swiss National Bank.  As a result of these actions, the total size of outstanding swap lines is $620 billion.

All of the temporary reciprocal swap facilities have been authorized through April 30, 2009.

Dollar funding rates abroad have been elevated relative to dollar funding rates available in the United States, reflecting a structural dollar funding shortfall outside of the United States.  The increase in the amount of foreign exchange swap authorization limits will enable many central banks to increase the amount of dollar funding that they can provide in their home markets.  This should help to improve the distribution of dollar liquidity around the globe. Whether the value of the dollar holds on the long term against inflation and deflation however is highly unlikely.

That being said, there are some short-term possible gains for those who invest in the dollar and substantial long-term gains for those who sell dollars while they are high and opt to invest and protect their savings in strong currencies such as the Euro and Chinese yuan. A more cautious and safe route for consumers and investors is also found in the safe haven of gold.

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FDIC Over Extension and Bankruptcy – 100 Banks Expected to Fail

Will the FDIC will insure your bank savings account?

Suppose the FDIC like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae goes bankrupt? The FDIC has $48 billion in assets, but insures $3 trillion in deposits. The FDIC projects 100 bank failures costing $800 billion.

Put your money in Euros or gold!

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Your bank accounts are insured unless there is a banking crisis. Then you must be prepared for the worst.

The greatest threat is a gridlock in the payments system – like many consumers face paying their own monthly debts. When bank A cannot pay bank B at the end of the day because bank C has not paid bank A…defaults within the banking industry, leading to corporate bankruptcies occur.

How long would your local ATM have money inside under this scenario? Not long I suspect as is the case with Washington Mutual when consumers made a run on the bank recently as it neared bankruptcy before being bought by J.P. Morgan at the last minute.

Such a national catastrophe came close in the summer of 1998, when the hedge fund, Long Term Capital Management, almost went bankrupt. The New York Federal Reserve Bank intervened.

Times of intense uncertainty should not take you unawares. Be prepared and protect your savings and investments by putting them in Euros or gold lest they vanish overnight.
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– Paul worked at Ground Zero in New York City the first week of 9/11, two stops from Brooklyn Heights where Paul used to live. Paul drove a rental car up to NYC from Orlando, FL as all airports were shut down for national security reasons.

– Paul helped a Muslim young man rebuild his home at the tsunami epicenter in Indonesia and spoke to tribal groups in Wamena who are “naked and not ashamed.”

– Paul comforted victims of genocide in Rwanda and Burundi where 1.2 million people were slaughtered.

– Paul spoke to leaders in East Timor during the war for independence before the UN recognized the new nation.

– Paul addressed University students and monks in Myanmar working together to achieve democracy.

– Paul spoke throughout war-torn East Africa journeying deep into the “bush” where villagers have never seen a white man.

– Paul lived in and lectured throughout India and China the two largest populaces on earth.

– Paul journeyed to Pakistan twice since 9/11 to speak to large audiences about peace, non-violence, and reconciliation.

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Put your money in Euros or gold!

The death of the U.S. dollar is imminent. Before the greenback has its final heart attack, get ahead of the next catastrophe on Wall Street.

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Worldwide Financial Meltdown – Dying Dollar, Rising Oil Prices, and the Euro …What Wall Street Doesn’t Want You to Know?

Oil prices per barrel rise between $15 to $20 in response to U.S. financial policy and maneuverings anticipating a devaluation of the dollar.  OPEC sees the dollar as near toilet paper in the upcoming future. Meanwhile the Euro gains 4% on the dollar in a single day on September 22, 2008 …the most since the inception of the Euro in 1999.

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My suggestion is invest in gold, Euros, or the Paulson Credit Opportunities Fund (Paulson & Co. Inc.) since he just made $3 to $5 billion on the sub-prime mortgage crisis. The other Paulson is making all the major decisions on the U.S. economy, while the Paulson Fund is bringing in investors from Europe, and has Greenspan working for it.
 
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Paulson has the likes of billionaire George Soros courting him and Peter Soros his brother also invest in his fund.   Greenspan is one of the most astute on global financial markets and he is advising Paullson.

Amazing 60% gains for Paulson’s fund in a single month (February 2007) also come with occasional monthly losses of 3 to 5% (miniscule in proportion) so be in it for the long term and have some intestinal fortitude so as to not unecessarily panic.  I’d rather put my money with the international bankers, merger titans, and guys pulling political strings on the economy than anybody else. 
 
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Death of the Dollar – Avalanche of Bankruptcies on Wall Street

My suggestion is invest in gold, Euros, or the Paulson Credit Opportunities Fund (Paulson & Co. Inc.) since he just made $3 to $5 billion on the sub-prime mortgage crisis and is making all the major decisions on the U.S. economy, bringing in investors into his fund from Europe, and has Greenspan working for him.
 
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Read about Paulson, who billionaire George Soros and his brother also invest in his fund.  They got front page coverage on the Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB120036645057290423.html
 
Greenspan is one of the most astute on global financial markets and he is advising Paullson.
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Amazing 60% gains for Paulson’s fund in a single month (February 2007) also come with occasional monthly losses of 3 to 5% (miniscule in proportion) so be in it for the long term and have some intestinal fortitude so as to not unecessarily panic.  I’d rather put my money with the international bankers, merger titans, and guys pulling political strings on the economy than anybody else. http://www.nypost.com/seven/05042008/business/paulsons_funds_slide_109389.htm
 
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America – Bankruptcy Central, Global Financial Turmoil

Global financial markets were mightily shaken when Lehman Brothers declared chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Australian banks took a big hit as did Asian banks across the Orient.  Banks across Japan were hammered taking losses between 5 to 20% depending how heavily invested they were in Lehman Brothers, some say up to $700 million for some.

Asian stock markets plummeted Tuesday as the collapse of Lehman Brothers and takeover of Merrill Lynch spurred fears of an imminent global financial crisis. European markets extended losses in early trading after falling sharply Monday.

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index sank nearly 5 percent to 11,609.72, its lowest close since July 2005, while Hong Kong‘s blue-chip Hang Seng Index shed 5.4 percent to its lowest point in nearly two years.

America is quickly becoming bankruptcy central as major corporations and governmental institutions go belly up.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac governmental lending institutions themselves are having difficulty remaining solvent considering all the bad loans and sub-prime mortgage crisis.

Singapore wisely hasn’t tied itself too tightly to the U.S. having a bit of foresight it seems.  Others will have to live and learn.

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Ayatollah Khomeini – Reflection Or Misrepresentation of God?

Ayatollah Khomeini meaning in Farsi

The reflection of God, but in reality

This could be disputed wholeheartedly

Because misrepresentations diligently

Exert and assert their religious orthodoxy

Nevertheless this does not assure accuracy

According to religion, opinion, and divinity

The Ayatollah was asinine to very many

As for countless Iranians he was most holy

But as for his claim to fame, it’s controversy

A skillful political tool indeed for any clergy

To arrest the attention of media spiritually

Yet demonizing America so arrogantly

Taking U.S. hostages at the embassy

Keeping them for 444 days mercilessly

Although sending a message successfully

Awaking the world to a nation’s religiosity

While breeding intense hatred and animosity

Galvanizing a nation with anti-American oratory

Ousting the leading shah without hesitancy

Bringing about an ideological shift powerfully

Carving out for Iran a position internationally

Stopping capitalistic imperialists seeking oil only

At the expense of the Iranian people and economy

For all the wrong and hatred Khomeini created

We must also acknowledge sincerely and honestly

The pride he restored to his homeland and nation

Unfortunately it came through hostility and oppression

Rigid rules, uneasy tradition, and brutal extermination

Of dissidents, and for women the veil and imprisonment

Enslavement and removal of civil rights for the people

So Khomeini could have the facade of societal approval

A charade of monstrous proportions and distortions

An evil oligarchy and demonic theocracy for Khomeini

Mesmermize the masses masterfully against the mighty

“The great Satan” which has made the world drunk

By reason of its music, movies, TV, and media

Yet by simultaneously creating a terrorist state

A revolution of hate and death is Khomeini’s fate.
 

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4th of July Message to United States of America from Benjamin Franklin

Happy 4th of July to you…and a message below from Benjamin Franklin, the man who drafted the Constitution and helped achieve our independence.

Nevertheless even with all our flaws, we still live in a great nation for which we can give God thanks. Yet if we don’t learn from the men who framed the Constitution and birthed our independence, are we not destined to lose it?

And if such were to occur, would we not be resolute to fall on our knees and return to the God of our forefathers (two-thirds of the signers of the Declaration of Independence being graduates from Biblical seminaries) and hearken to the principles of government they first established? Why than shall we not remove ourselves from the present day vanity and give heed to the ancient and timeless principles of good government to today secure the union?

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Rules By Which A Great Empire May Be Reduced To A Small One

[Presented privately to a late Minister, when he entered upon his Administration; and now first published.]

An ancient Sage valued himself upon this, that tho’ he could not fiddle, he knew how to make a great City of a little one. The Science that I, a modern Simpleton, am about to communicate is the very reverse.

I address myself to all Ministers who have the Management of extensive Dominions, which from their very Greatness are become troublesome to govern, because the Multiplicity of their Affairs leaves no Time for fiddling.

  1. In the first Place, Gentlemen, you are to consider, that a great Empire, like a great Cake, is most easily diminished at the Edges. Turn your Attention therefore first to your remotest Provinces; that as you get rid of them, the next may follow in Order.
  2. That the Possibility of this Separation may always exist, take special Care the Provinces are never incorporated with the Mother Country, that they do not enjoy the same common Rights, the same Privileges in Commerce, and that they are governed by severer Laws, all of your enacting, without allowing them any Share in the Choice of the Legislators. By carefully making and preserving such Distinctions, you will (to keep to my Simile of the Cake) act like a wise Gingerbread Baker, who, to facilitate a Division, cuts his Dough half through in those Places, where, when bak’d, he would have it broken to Pieces.
  3. These remote Provinces have perhaps been acquired, purchas’d, or conquer’d, at the sole Expence of the Settlers or their Ancestors, without the Aid of the Mother Country. If this should happen to increase her Strength by their growing Numbers ready to join in her Wars, her Commerce by their growing Demand for her Manufactures, or her Naval Power by greater Employment for her Ships and Seamen, they may probably suppose some Merit in this, and that it entitles them to some Favour; you are therefore to forget it all, or resent it as if they had done you Injury. If they happen to be zealous Whigs, Friends of Liberty,[1] nurtur’d in Revolution Principles, remember all that to their Prejudice, and contrive to punish it: For such Principles, after a Revolution is thoroughly established, are of no more Use, they are even odious and abominable.
  4. However peaceably your Colonies have submitted to your Government, shewn their Affection to your Interest, and patiently borne their Grievances, you are to suppose them always inclined to revolt, and treat them accordingly. Quarter Troops among them, who by their Insolence may provoke the rising of Mobs, and by their Bullets and Bayonets suppress them. By this Means, like the Husband who uses his Wife ill from Suspicion, you may in Time convert your Suspicions into Realities.
  5. Remote Provinces must have Governors,[2] and Judges, to represent the Royal Person, and execute every where the delegated Parts of his Office and Authority. You Ministers know, that much of the Strength of Government depends on the Opinion of the People; and much of that Opinion on the Choice of Rulers placed immediately over them. If you send them wise and good Men for Governors, who study the Interest of the Colonists, and advance their Prosperity, they will think their King wise and good, and that he wishes the Welfare of his Subjects. If you send them learned and upright Men for Judges, they will think him a Lover of Justice. This may attach your Provinces more to his Government. You are therefore to be careful who you recommend for those Offices. — If you can find Prodigals who have ruined their Fortunes, broken Gamesters or Stock-Jobbers, these may do well as Governors; for they will probably be rapacious, and provoke the People by their Extortions. Wrangling Proctors and petty-fogging Lawyers too are not amiss, for they will be for ever disputing and quarrelling with their little Parliaments. If withal they should be ignorant, wrong-headed and insolent, so much the better. Attorneys Clerks and Newgate Solicitors will do for Chief-Justices, especially if they hold their Places during your Pleasure: — And all will contribute to impress those ideas of your Government that are proper for a People you would wish to renounce it.
  6. To confirm these Impressions, and strike them deeper, whenever the Injured come to the Capital with Complaints of Mal-administration, Oppression, or Injustice, punish such Suitors with long Delay, enormous Expence, and a final Judgment in Favour of the Oppressor. This will have an admirable Effect every Way. The Trouble of future Complaints will be prevented, and Governors and Judges will be encouraged to farther Acts of Oppression and Injustice; and thence the People may become more disaffected, and at length desperate.
  7. When such Governors have crammed their Coffers, and made themselves so odious to the People that they can no longer remain among them with Safety to their Persons, recall and reward them with Pensions. You may make them Baronets too, if that respectable Order should not think fit to resent it. All will contribute to encourage new Governors in the same Practices, and make the supreme Government detestable.
  8. If when you are engaged in War, your Colonies should vie in liberal Aids of Men and Money against the common Enemy, upon your simple Requisition, and give far beyond their Abilities, reflect, that a Penny taken from them by your Power is more honourable to you than a Pound presented by their Benevolence. Despise therefore their voluntary Grants, and resolve to harrass them with novel Taxes. They will probably complain to your Parliaments that they are taxed by a Body in which they have no Representative, and that this is contrary to common Right. They will petition for Redress. Let the Parliaments flout their Claims, reject their Petitions, refuse even to suffer the reading of them, and treat the Petitioners with the utmost Contempt. Nothing can have a better Effect, in producing the Alienation proposed; for though many can forgive Injuries, none ever forgave Contempt.
  9. In laying these Taxes, never regard the heavy Burthens those remote People already undergo, in defending their own Frontiers, supporting their own provincial Governments, making new Roads, building Bridges, Churches and other public Edifices, which in old Countries have been done to your Hands by your Ancestors, but which occasion constant Calls and Demands on the Purses of a new People. Forget the Restraints you lay on their Trade for your own Benefit, and the Advantage a Monopoly of this Trade gives your exacting Merchants. Think nothing of the Wealth those Merchants and your Manufacturers acquire by the Colony Commerce; their encreased Ability thereby to pay Taxes at home; their accumulating, in the Price of their Commodities, most of those Taxes, and so levying them from their consuming Customers: All this, and the Employment and Support of Thousands of your Poor by the Colonists, you are intirely to forget. But remember to make your arbitrary Tax more grievous to your Provinces, by public Declarations importing that your Power of taxing them has no Limits, so that when you take from them without their Consent a Shilling in the Pound, you have a clear Right to the other nineteen. This will probably weaken every Idea of Security in their Property, and convince them that under such a Government they have nothing they can call their own; which can scarce fail of producing the happiest Consequences!
  10. Possibly indeed some of them might still comfort themselves, and say, `Though we have no Property, we have yet something left that is valuable; we have constitutional Liberty both of Person and of Conscience. This King, these Lords, and these Commons, who it seems are too remote from us to know us and feel for us, cannot take from us our Habeas Corpus Right, or our Right of Trial by a Jury of our Neighbours: They cannot deprive us of the Exercise of our Religion, alter our ecclesiastical Constitutions, and compel us to be Papists if they please, or Mahometans.’ To annihilate this Comfort, begin by Laws to perplex their Commerce with infinite Regulations impossible to be remembered and observed; ordain Seizures of their Property for every Failure; take away the Trial of such Property by Jury, and give it to arbitrary Judges of your own appointing, and of the lowest Characters in the Country, whose Salaries and Emoluments are to arise out of the Duties or Condemnations, and whose Appointments are during Pleasure. Then let there be a formal Declaration of both Houses, that Opposition to your Edicts is Treason, and that Persons suspected of Treason in the Provinces may, according to some obsolete Law, be seized and sent to the Metropolis of the Empire for Trial; and pass an Act that those there charged with certain other Offences shall be sent away in Chains from their Friends and Country to be tried in the same Manner for Felony. Then erect a new Court of Inquisition among them, accompanied by an armed Force, with Instructions to transport all such suspected Persons, to be ruined by the Expence if they bring over Evidences to prove their Innocence, or be found guilty and hanged if they can’t afford it. And lest the People should think you cannot possibly go any farther, pass another solemn declaratory Act, that `King, Lords, and Commons had, hath, and of Right ought to have, full Power and Authority to make Statutes of sufficient Force and Validity to bind the unrepresented Provinces IN ALL CASES WHATSOEVER.’ This will include spiritual with temporal; and taken together, must operate wonderfully to your Purpose, by convincing them, that they are at present under a Power something like that spoken of in the Scriptures, which can not only kill their Bodies, but damn their Souls to all Eternity, by compelling them, if it pleases, to worship the Devil.
  11. To make your Taxes more odious, and more likely to procure Resistance, send from the Capital a Board of Officers to superintend the Collection, composed of the most indiscreet, ill-bred and insolent you can find. Let these have large Salaries out of the extorted Revenue, and live in open grating Luxury upon the Sweat and Blood of the Industrious, whom they are to worry continually with groundless and expensive Prosecutions before the above-mentioned arbitrary Revenue-Judges, all at the Cost of the Party prosecuted tho’ acquitted, because the King is to pay no Costs. — Let these Men by your Order be exempted from all the common Taxes and Burthens of the Province, though they and their Property are protected by its Laws. If any Revenue Officers are suspected of the least Tenderness for the People, discard them. If others are justly complained of, protect and reward them. If any of the Under-officers behave so as to provoke the People to drub them, promote those to better Offices: This will encourage others to procure for themselves such profitable Drubbings, by multiplying and enlarging such Provocations, and all with work towards the End you aim at.
  12. Another Way to make your Tax odious, is to misapply the Produce of it. If it was originally appropriated for the Defence of the Provinces and the better Support of Government, and the Administration of Justice where it may be necessary, then apply none of it to that Defence, but bestow it where it is not necessary, in augmented Salaries or Pensions to every Governor who has distinguished himself by his Enmity to the People, and by calumniating them to their Sovereign. This will make them pay it more unwillingly, and be more apt to quarrel with those that collect it, and those that imposed it, who will quarrel again with them, and all shall contribute to your main Purpose of making them weary of your Government.
  13. If the People of any Province have been accustomed to support their own Governors and Judges to Satisfaction, you are to apprehend that such Governors and Judges may be thereby influenced to treat the People kindly, and to do them Justice. This is another Reason for applying Part of that Revenue in larger Salaries to such Governors and Judges, given, as their Commissions are, during your Pleasure only, forbidding them to take any Salaries from their Provinces; that thus the People may no longer hope any Kindness from their Governors, or (in Crown Cases) any Justice from their Judges. And as the Money thus mis-applied in one Province is extorted from all, probably all will resent the Mis-application.
  14. If the Parliaments of your Provinces should dare to claim Rights or complain of your Administration, order them to be harass’d with repeated Dissolutions. If the same Men are continually return’d by new Elections, adjourn their Meetings to some Country Village where they cannot be accommodated, and there keep them during Pleasure; for this, you know, is your PREROGATIVE; and an excellent one it is, as you may manage it, to promote Discontents among the People, diminish their Respect, and increase their Dis-affection.
  15. Convert the brave honest Officers of your Navy into pimping Tide-waiters and Colony Officers of the Customs. Let those who in Time of War fought gallantly in Defence of the Commerce of their Countrymen, in Peace be taught to prey upon it. Let them learn to be corrupted by great and real Smugglers, but (to shew their Diligence) scour with armed Boats every Bay, Harbour, River, Creek, Cove or Nook throughout the Coast of your Colonies, stop and detain every Coaster, every Wood-boat, every Fisherman, tumble their Cargoes, and even their Ballast, inside out and upside down; and if a Penn’orth of Pins is found un-entered, let the Whole be seized and confiscated. Thus shall the Trade of your Colonists suffer more from their Friends in Time of Peace, than it did from their Enemies in War. Then let these Boats Crews land upon every Farm in their Way, rob the Orchards, steal the Pigs and Poultry, and insult the Inhabitants. If the injured and exasperated Farmers, unable to procure other Justice, should attack the Agressors, drub them and burn their Boats, you are to call this High Treason and Rebellion, order Fleets and Armies into their Country, and threaten to carry all the Offenders three thousand Miles to be hang’d, drawn and quartered. O! this will work admirably!
  16. If you are told of Discontents in your Colonies, never believe that they are general, or that you have given Occasion for them; therefore do not think of applying any Remedy, or of changing any offensive Measure. Redress no Grievance, lest they should be encouraged to demand the Redress of some other Grievance. Grant no Request that is just and reasonable, lest they should make another that is unreasonable. Take all your Informations of the State of the Colonies from your Governors and Officers in Enmity with them. Encourage and reward these Leasing-makers; secrete their lying Accusations lest they should be confuted; but act upon them as the clearest Evidence, and believe nothing you hear from the Friends of the People. Suppose all their Complaints to be invented and promoted by a few factious Demagogues, whom if you could catch and hang, all would be quiet. Catch and hang a few of them accordingly; and the Blood of the Martyrs shall work Miracles in favour of your Purpose.
  17. If you see rival Nations rejoicing at the Prospect of your Disunion with your Provinces, and endeavouring to promote it: If they translate, publish and applaud all the Complaints of your discontented Colonists, at the same Time privately stimulating you to severer Measures; let not that alarm or offend you. Why should it? since you all mean the same Thing.
  18. If any Colony should at their own Charge erect a Fortress to secure their Port against the Fleets of a foreign Enemy, get your Governor to betray that Fortress into your Hands. Never think of paying what it cost the Country, for that would look, at least, like some Regard for Justice; but turn it into a Citadel to awe the Inhabitants and curb their Commerce. If they should have lodged in such Fortress the very Arms they bought and used to aid you in your Conquests, seize them all, ’twill provoke like Ingratitude added to Robbery. One admirable Effect of these Operations will be, to discourage every other Colony from erecting such Defences, and so their and your Enemies may more easily invade them, to the great Disgrace of your Government, and of course the Furtherance of your Project.
  19. Send Armies into their Country under Pretence of protecting the Inhabitants; but instead of garrisoning the Forts on their Frontiers with those Troops, to prevent Incursions, demolish those Forts, and order the Troops into the Heart of the Country, that the Savages may be encouraged to attack the Frontiers, and that the Troops may be protected by the Inhabitants: This will seem to proceed from your Ill will or your Ignorance, and contribute farther to produce and strengthen an Opinion among them, that you are no longer fit to govern them.

Lastly, Invest the General of your Army in the Provinces with great and unconstitutional Powers, and free him from the Controul of even your own Civil Governors. Let him have Troops enow under his Command, with all the Fortresses in his Possession; and who knows but (like some provincial Generals in the Roman Empire, and encouraged by the universal Discontent you have produced) he may take it into his Head to set up for himself. If he should, and you have carefully practised these few excellent Rules of mine, take my Word for it, all the Provinces will immediately join him, and you will that Day (if you have not done it sooner) get rid of the Trouble of governing them, and all the Plagues attending their Commerce and Connection from thenceforth and for ever.

http://www.PaulFDavis.com – author of United States of Arrogance

Paul F. Davis is a world-changing leadership & diversity speaker who has touched over 50 countries & 6 continents building bridges cross-culturally and empowering people throughout the earth to live their dreams!

Paul is the author of 14 books. Paul has appeared on numerous internationally broadcast radio shows from Oprah & Friends to Fox News Radio to talk about conflict resolution, peacemaking, foreign policy, and diplomacy. Playboy Radio’s Afternoon Advice host Tiffany Granath calls Paul an “awesome” relational coach and recommends his books on love, dating, and sexuality.

Academically outstanding Davis was trained in transformative mediation & conflict resolution (Hofstra Law School); strategic negotiations (Harvard Business School & U. of Washington); advanced interrogation (Reid & Associates founders of the polygraph); and NLP & Life Coaching (NLP & Coaching Institute of California).

Paul humorously and elegantly transforms individuals and organizations.

Paul’s organization Dream-Maker Inc. builds dreams, transcends limitations, & reconciles nations.

Paul worked at Ground Zero in NYC during 9/11; helped rebuild a home at the tsunami epicenter; comforted victims of genocide in Rwanda; spoke to leaders in East Timor during the war; inspired students & monks in Myanmar; promoted peace & reconciliation in Pakistan; and has been so deep into the bush of rural Africa where villagers had never before seen a white man.

Paul empowers people to love passionately and live fearlessly.

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EzineArticles.com Censorship, Suspension, and U.S. Constitution Violation – Ezine Articles Political and Patriotic Censorship

As the author of 831 articles and poems at http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Paul_Davis I was recently suspended from future submissions for no apparent reason, being given no warning whatsoever. My last poem submitted and not yet approved before suspension of my account was titled “American Fascism and Nationalism Gone Awry”

Although I have written the editorial staff, no reply has come forth yet.  Here below was my last letter to the ezinearticles staff. 

As we celebrate the 4th of July, I a man who worked at Ground Zero the first week of 9/11 and was intimately acquainted with our national grief, ask you a question.

Is it possible for Benjamin Franklin the drafter of the Declaration of Independence to be patriotic while writing an essay titled “Rules by Which a Great Empire May Be Reduced to a Small One”?

Was Benjamin Franklin against the very America he helped construct? I say on the contrary. Yet he was honest enough as a citizen of the world, as a man esteemed in France and Great Britain, to address the flaws and dangers which he saw in his own country.

Am I less of a citizen for doing likewise?  Should my words and writings be censored and the U.S. Constitution violated so your patriotism is not questioned? What would Benjamin Franklin say?

Paul F Davis – author of United States of Arrogance and Poems That Propel The Planet
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American foolhardy fascism

Causing international schism

Global wars and demonization

Unprecedented hostile division

Political arrogance and polarization

Is this democracy truly freedom?

Or merely hypocrisy and domination

By aristocracy in government serving self

Profiting greedily and hurting everyone else

A lame duck in the White House floating

Our currency, bankrupting our country

Destroying our international credibility

With his executive new world disorder

The son worse than the oil rich father

Covertly operating and kissing Saudis

Bowing to oil rich, terrorist supporting royalty

Yet at home rhetorically saying support the troops

While his dealings and policy do something else

Nationalism done in the name of morality is not godly

Neither is it in the best interest of national security

As we irritate, anger, and create new terrorists daily

Why can’t we open our eyes, be honest, and see

That our foreign policy is presumptuous and proud

Full of deceit, phony intel, WMD, and lies to cloud

The good American people’s judgment to resolve

Hopefully Obama can get elected and problems solve

Before the USA does soon disintegrate and dissolve

In an abyss of ignorance, arrogance, and global defiance

America must realize around it the world does not revolve.

God break us free from our own propaganda and presumption

Our tendency has been global alienation and alleviation of truth

As our leaders lie, deny, detour us, and call opposition uncouth

Yet the reality is it is those who vainly lead the show that must go!

They have called immorality American, to which the people say no!

Invading nations, occupying lands, and killing innocents is not democracy

Neither are leaders who don’t take responsibility and deceive with duplicity.

God expose the lies and restore to this crumbling nation truth and liberty.

Paul F Davis – author of Poems That Propel The Planet: Love, Liberation, & Reconciliation

 

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