Secretary of Defense Ash Carter

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter

is-4Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Wednesday that he was ordering the Pentagon to suspend its efforts to recover decade-old reenlistment bonuses paid to thousands of California Army National Guard soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

About 2,000 soldiers were recently told they had to repay the cash bonuses that, in some cases, amounted to $15,000 or more.

This is what openly shreds into me with regards to our government and their overwhelming lack of sober or common sense leadership.

Carter said there was a process in place to assist soldiers who sought relief from such obligations, and in this case, “hundreds” of Guard members have already sought and have been granted relief.

Otherwise, how and why would Mr. Carter know about these mentioned “relief of such obligations” unless they did not include some penalty such as a fee, interest or any other managerial cost also?

“But that process has simply moved too slowly and in some cases imposed unreasonable burdens on service members,” Carter said. “That is unacceptable.” So why has this been going on? For how long? Oh yeah, someone in a position knew about the paybacks and is-3should be punished.

He did not mention any timeframe for the suspension, but he insisted that it would be in place until he was “satisfied that our process is working effectively.”

I don’t know enough yet but I will — when any company offers individuals something such as a reenlistment bonus and all things come to fruition, why would anyone need a “process” moreover, a suspension?

Faced with a shortage of troops at the height of the two wars, California Guard officials offered bonuses of $15,000 or more for soldiers to reenlist.

A federal investigation in 2010 found thousands of bonuses and student loan payments were improperly doled out to California Guard soldiers. About 9,700 current and retired soldiers received notices to repay some or all of their bonuses with more than $22 million recovered so far.

How many of the 850 criminal illegal immigrants who were granted citizenship by another leadership accident have relinquished their claim to be Americans?

Soldiers said they felt betrayed at having to repay the money.

is-2“These bonuses were used to keep people in,” said Christopher Van Meter, a 42-year-old former Army captain and Iraq veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart. “People like me just got screwed.”

Van Meter said he refinanced his home mortgage to repay $25,000 in reenlistment bonuses and $21,000 in student loan repayments that the military says was improperly given to him.

The California Guard said it had to follow the law and collect the money.

“At the end of the day, the soldiers ended up paying the largest price,” Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, deputy commander of the California Guard, told the Los Angeles Times. “We’d be more than happy to absolve these people of their debts. We just can’t do it. We’d be breaking the law.”

So what has President Obama done for the last eight years? And how about the former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who makes ongoing arrangements with the head of the FBI?


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Six Huge Blunders from the Obama Presidency

Six Huge Blunders from the Obama Presidency             unnamed

The following are the six (6) main blunders that have happened to us — the American people — pursuant to the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama. I would like to list who these blunders came from, moreover, who was responsible for reporting them.

  • 1 – Spending period: When President Barack Obama took office the nation had a mor4e money - Copydeficit of 10.6 trillion dollars. Now after seven (7) plus years in office that figure has doubled to approximately 21 trillion dollars. There have been significant issues during his time as president such as bringing home soldiers and some equipment; however, Mr. Obama has spent in ways that only a democrat is able to do; such as, the Affordable Care Act, Welfare reform and superfluously non-essential government waste.
  • Increased Regulations: Since the Obama presidency took over most people believe that the USA has become the “Regulatory State Commission” meaning, of course, that Obama has seen to a government intervention in almost every walk of life to include, many regulations that the several states are currently suing his administration for such as trans-whatever people and their need for restroom facilities. Alone, President Obama has instituted more than 200 plus regulation that will cost Americans untold scores of dollars.  obamacare
  • The Affordable Care Act which is also known as ObamaCare has been an unequivocal disaster. From his earliest promises of “You like and want to keep your doctor, then go ahead and keep your doctor…period.” Just another lie with what has been anything but affordable. To date with the closures of 23 or more of Co-Ops this alone has cost Americans in excess of 1.2 billion dollars; furthermore, there are 740,000 additional people without health-care coverage. And has your premium gone down as promised? Oh heck no, they’re continuing to rise.
  • Poverty: Did you expect anything different? One only needs to check the unemployment rolls or wait weekly for the jobless report to be broadcast to realize that Americans have had it with this emperor. In the year 2009 there were 30 million people on Food Stamps, yet in 2014 there were in excess of 58 million people collecting these food stamps that used to be for real poverty — now as I have written cronies are using this gift of eating to benefit themselves of millions of dollars and millionaires collecting them without reprisal.  about-the-us-news-education-rankings-methodologies
  • Education: The Obama administration through the Department of Education has lured in excess of 40 states to get them to agree to his program of “Common Corp” curriculum to the overwhelming amount of over 4.3 billion dollars thus starting a national education service. As far as Spending is concerned who’s money are they using?   crown
  • The IMPERIAL PRESIDENT: Obama has acted anything remotely close to a democratic or representative democracy president. He has allowed million of illegal immigrants waivers and programs to see to it that they gain amnesty the cost of this alone has been in excess of 500 billion dollars; furthermore, Obama has had bathrooms in public schools allowing for trans-whatever people to use, regardless of what sex they are and his constant changes within his domestic policies has not included congress, the legislative branch who make laws and we are all aware of the problems that his “executive orders” have caused.

Closing these domestic policy changes are something that we, the American people should have a say in. Why? Because my rights have been dictated to and changed. Moreover, if you voted for Barack Obama in 2008 anyone could see that a person can make a voting error; subsequently, if one voted for Barack Obama in 2012 well, I have nothing nice that comes to mind; hillary_clinton_testimony_to_house_select_committeeconsequently, if you are deciding to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the election of 2016 or any other election then you are in fact saying that you approved of Barack Obama, because from her own big fat mouth she has admittedly stated that she intends on carrying on with Obama’s plans as well as make the USA a non-sovereign open borders global economy mess. Tell a friend!


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The Banana Republic..?

Obama is making the USA a third-world Banana Republic…


Throngs of Haitians, Africans, Russians, Armenians and Guatemalans are being admitted into the United States via the Mexican border with virtually no vetting for security or health risks, high-level Homeland Security officials told Judicial Watch this week.

Never missing an opportunity to offer illegal immigrants reprieve, the Obama administration has repeatedly used inclement weather, a virus, natural disasters and tainted water in a U.S. city to extend the perk in the last few years. This month the administration announced yet another special amnesty for victims of Hurricane Matthew.judicialwatch-3

In the last few years, Obama has granted Ebola amnesty for illegal aliens from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, earthquake amnesty for Haitians, hurricane amnesty for Hondurans and Nicaraguans and “ongoing armed conflict” amnesty for nationals of Yemen, an Islamic Middle Eastern country well known as an Al Qaeda breeding ground. Earlier this year the administration rewarded illegal aliens in the Southern and the Midwestern United States “severe weather” amnesty due to the flooding that battered the region and forced rivers from Texas to Illinois to surge out of control. Let’s not forget the water amnesty rewarded to illegal aliens in Michigan in February. That reprieve was implemented after pro-immigrant Spanish media outlets demanded that DHS refrain from enforcing immigration laws in areas of Flint affected by a crisis in which the areas water got contaminated with lead from decaying old pipes.


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Democrats have used trained provocateurs

Democrats have used trained provocateurs

ea6f7d98-2c33-4fdf-8095-2cdb4967f741Democrats have used trained provocateurs to instigate violence at Republican events nationwide throughout the 2016 election cycle, including at several Donald Trump rallies, using a tactic called “bird-dogging,” according to a new video investigation released Monday by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas.

The goal of “bird-dogging”: to create a sense of “anarchy” around Donald Trump that would undermine his political support. Often, the tactic uses the most vulnerable people — including the elderly and disabled — to maximize shock value.

O’Keefe’s extensive video investigation reveals that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) are involved in “bird-dogging” and other provocative tactics through a web of consultants led by Robert Creamer, a veteran Chicago activist and convicted felon who is thought to have planned Democrats’ political strategy during the push for Obamacare in 2009 and 2010.

Creamer is also the co-founder of Democracy Partners, a consulting group that, according to Project Veritas videos, apparently contracts directly with the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, and that works with an array of super PACs and consultants to organize, film and publicize their provocations.

Creamer affirms on one video that Clinton is aware of “all” of his work, and that Democracy Partners has a daily telephone call with the Clinton campaign to coordinate efforts.

O’Keefe and his team also obtained hidden camera videos showing one of Creamer’s consultants, Scott Foval, describing “bird-dogging,” among other tactics, and taking credit for having instigated violence at several Republican events during the 2016 election cycle.

Foval — who praises Creamer as “diabolical” — explains how “bird-dogging” works: how they plan confrontations in advance, choose particular individuals to provoke, and maximize media coverage.

Food Stamp Misappropriation

Federal investigators looking into a South Florida food store’s receipts found over $1 million in food stamp charges with $700,000 of those charges being fraudulent, investigators say.

food_stamps_traffic_sign_ap-640x480Zulfiqar Mithavayani, 51, of Miramar could face federal prison time when sentenced after he pleaded guilty to eight counts of wire fraud and one count of wire conspiracy, admitting that he committed food stamp fraud at his Miami store, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Federal prosecutors say Mithavayani’s store redeemed $1 million more worth of food stamp purchases than the average Florida convenience store, which redeemed about $100,000, during the period between October 2012 and March 2016.

Court records show that his store, the ABC Food Market, did four times as much food stamp business than the other stores within a half-mile from his business.

Mithavayani’s takedown was part of Operation Stampede, which investigators say is the largest food stamp fraud takedown in the U.S. that arrested 15 people—mostly linked to a flea market in Miami-Dade County.

The investigation into ABC Food Market began in March 2013, when an undercover officer used a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program card to buy food and then asked customers for cash, authorities said.

Mithavayani called the undercover officer over and asked if he wanted $5.  After the two haggled, Mithavayani fraudulently charged $38.50 worth of “food” to the card and gave the officer $20 in cash, Mithavayani admitted in court

The undercover officer completed 15 fraudulent cash transactions over a 2 1/2 year period, court records say. Mithavayani approved some of the transactions, but most were approved by his employees.

Prosecutors declined to say what the sentence will be but included in the court records that Mithavayani owes more than $694,500 in restitution. The defense is contesting that amount and recommends a penalty of house arrest or 10 to 16 months in federal prison because Mithavayani has no criminal record.


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Speaking of Pathological Lying…

Obama Released 52K Illegal Alien Kids Into the US in FY2016

AirportSecurity-01c15-2800_wdpAnyone remember when Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security vowed that our borders weren’t open to illegal immigration, or when President Obama promised that anyone who recently crossed into the U.S. from Mexico wouldn’t be allowed to stay?

The lie detector test determined: those were lies.

According to recently released data reviewed by MRCTV, the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement released another 52,147 illegal alien kids into the United States in the fiscal year 2016, averaging about 149 per day. Processed as “refugees,” these children are in many cases sent to a family member who’s also here illegally.

A total of 5,203 kids were released in September alone, based on the numbers ORR released in August.  

Not only is the year-end number shocking in its size alone, it’s also nearly double the number of kids the administration released in FY2015 when 27,840 unaccompanied minors were sent to sponsors in the United States.

young-ucFY2016’s total was also just shy of the 53,515 kids released in FY2014, after a massive surge of unaccompanied minors flooded the Southwest U.S. border and quickly overwhelmed a shocked border patrol.

In total, the Office of Refugee Resettlement reports it released 133,502 unaccompanied children into the United States between FY2014 and FY2016, an average of about 122 children per day.

Based on 2015-16 enrollment data, the number of illegal alien kids sent to live in the United States in the last three years would fill up 240 Washington, D.C. public middle schools.

States with the highest influx of unaccompanied children were California, Florida, New York, Maryland, Texas and Virginia. Texas alone has received 17,231 unaccompanied minors sent courtesy of the federal government over the past three years, while California came in a close second at 16,841.

President Obama’s home state of Hawaii, however, has only received 14 kids in that time frame.

While ORR has yet to publish the demographic breakdown of those children released into
the U.S. during FY2016, the agency does state on its website that of those released in FY2015, 68 percent were male. Additionally, 68 percent claimed to be between the ages of 15 and 17. Less ucminorsthan one in five children were under the age of 12.

MRCTV reported Thursday that of those children released with a notice to appear before an immigration judge, more than a third don’t show up to court for their final hearing. Additionally, the administration admitted earlier this year that less than four percent of all children sent to sponsors in the United States have been returned home.

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Is it ever Acceptable for the Government to Lie to the People?

Is it ever Acceptable for the Government to Lie to the People?


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Do you think that a person living in times of government lying and covering up their bad acts that include scandals, or having actions that go completely against your own personal morals or values could be disconcerting to one’s own behavior conflicts with beliefs that are integral to his or her self-identity?

Of course, if this is not enough let us outline what may indeed have caused serious moral disillusions whereby one would think — is this the same nation that I was born in? Or, is this the same nation that I have assisted in building as well as defending?

More often than not I am hearing on a daily basis, what has happened to our country? We are currently involved with a presidential campaign that says, “Let’s Make America Great Again.”

In the very recent news, there has been a lot of coverage regarding what this nation should do about comprehensive immigration reform. This situation, as well as Fast and Furious, resulted in President Obama’s total reckless disregard of the truth.   lyin-obama

Furthermore, the number of scandals that this POTUS has been involved with or in should prove exceedingly useful in the years to come. No one is suggesting that President Obama has not encountered very little grief for the missions he has been truly a part of; however, we believe that in future years his personality will suffer and thus his legacy.

 Let the notion be acknowledged right now that cognitive dissonance exists in this nation.

The point that we believe is the U.S. is trying to make too many changes in a non-manageable time period. Furthermore, we are very much aware of our national history as well as our nation’s principals and standards. We believe that there is or will come a time when various changes will be made to accommodate the populace of America. Yet it is our concerned belief that if any nation or individuals that try to make numerous and what some would suffice as abhorrent changes in the value standards of any nation, event or movement could prove to be disastrous for everyone concerned.

Where is our Intelligence agencies? The FBI, or the Justice Department?

The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee are publicly accusing WikiLeaks of being a front for the Russian government and an ally in efforts to help elect Donald Trump, but U.S. intelligence officials aren’t so sure. (Ask yourselves “Why?”)

seal_of_the_united_states_department_of_justice_svgThe most recent leaks are the emails of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, a bombshell severely denting Clinton’s credibility, even if it hasn’t resulted in any kind of major shift in poll numbers.

Podesta places the blame for the hack on Russian intelligence and further claims that Russian-directed hackers breached his account, in order to influence the election in support of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“I’ve been involved in politics for nearly five decades,” Podesta said last week, according to The New York Times. “This definitely is the first campaign that I’ve been involved with which I’ve had to tangle with Russian  intelligence agencies, who seem to be doing everything that they can on behalf of our opponent.”


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The Democratic Party went even further, suggesting that WikiLeaks itself is simply a Russian front. Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon recently said that “Assange is colluding with the Russian government to help Trump.”

However, four U.S. military and intelligence officials recently told The Daily Beast that the connection between WikiLeaks and the Kremlin isn’t as clear-cut as the Democratic Party makes it appear.

“For Russia, WikiLeaks is more like a useful idiot because they [WikiLeaks] are too cowardly and dumb to be in on the master plan,” a U.S. official told The Daily Beast.

Finally, there are quite a few misnomers in this lovely writing that to this hour are drawing immediate attention.

  • This is hearsay, insofar as not one iota of proof is offered regarding evidence!
  • Suggesting the WikiLeaks is a Russian front pales in comparison to anything Trump has stated or alleged to have stated
  • Where is the mainstream media? If this allegation had a shred of proof everyone would be completely all over it
  • Importantly is the notion that although Hillary Clinton has leaked classified or confidential or Top Secret documents what hasn’t she taken even a smidgen of blame? During the debate, it appears to me that Trump had numerous opportunities to have Clinton reveal more than she has.

When preparing to write this article I noticed “a U.S. Official stated,” and furthermore, how possible is it that this scandal has not been orchestrated by big special interest groups?

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Did Everyone see this statement from someone who knows..?

Did Everyone see this statement from someone who knows..?

mv5bmtg4odmzmduznf5bml5banbnxkftztcwnzy4nzqwmw-_v1_uy317_cr60214317_al_Under normal circumstances, it is definitely difficult for me to see, hear, or watch anything that remotely involves Susan Sarandon. However, it is simply her kind of logic regarding this particular issue that makes me want to stop, look and listen.

I have not yet read the report by the state department’s Inspector General; therefore, I cannot say whether or not Clinton will be indicted. I have read ‘preludes’ to his report formed in prior statements made by the I.G., and if all things he alleges come forth and is heard then I agree with Ms. Sarandon — I am still wandering about in disbelief vis-a-vie Clinton’s interview with the FBI including of course what her staff members were given immunity for by the justice department on through to the FBI. Thank you very, very much Ms. Sarandon for your honesty and integrity and openness.

Hollywood actress and activist Susan Sarandon says former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be a more dangerous U.S. president than Donald Trump — provided she’s not indicted first.

Ms. Sarandon, a supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, told a liberal news outlet this week that Mrs. Clinton’s track record portends a much worse future than anything Mr. Trump might catalyze as commander in chief.

“I believe in a way she is more dangerous,” the actress told The Young Turks on Thursday. “They’re both talking to Henry Kissinger, apparently. … She did not learn from Iraq, and she is an interventionist, and she has done horrible things — and very callously. I don’t know if she is overcompensating or what her trip is. That scares me. I think we’ll be in Iran in two seconds.”

The former “Thelma and Louise” star said voters are being “fed” a message that Mr. Trump is “so dangerous” when his promises on illegal immigration amount to a wall being built.

“I don’t know what his policy is. I do know what her policies are, I do know who she is academy_award_trophytaking money from. I do know that she is not transparent, and I do know that nobody calls her on it,” the Oscar-winning actress continued.

The activist also appeared on MSNBC on Thursday and predicted Mrs. Clinton would be indicted by the Department of Justice for the secret email server she operated out of her New York home as President Obama’s top diplomat.

“There’s going to be [an indictment]. I mean, it’s inevitable,” Ms. Sarandon said, Salon reported Friday.

The State Department’s inspector general released a report last week saying the Democrat front-runner violated policies on storing official records and did not cooperate with its investigation.

Mrs. Clinton maintains that she did nothing illegal.

So being the responsible journalist that I am and wanting to give credit where credit is due, I hunted and searched for the author, date, other works and got my head handed to me. Portions of this article appeared in The Washington Times on June 3, 2016, and unfortunately for all of us the FBI’s probe was a sham and worse still was the Justice Department’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch. So by the bye, there are two wonderful issues that this alleged article points out.

First, it shows the amount of excrement that surrounds Hillary Clinton and secondly, merit and credibility should be paid to Susan Sarandon who, being a left leaning liberal has the mental dexterity to still tell the truth.


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How long is 30-years..?

DEM 2016 Clinton

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Oh…we say that each 10-years that pass along are a decade. So numerically if we were to add three decades together we should arrive at 30-years. A completely different way to look at it would to just look at the various spans — in the years since we are trying to see what 30-years may entail. For the sake of this writing the writer chooses to use normative definitions; whereby, a decade represents a 10-year period of time and a generation is three times that or 30-years.

Hillary Clinton states that her experience that qualifies her for the office of President has been 30 years in the making. Now this is counting her as being the First Lady or basically the spouse of the sitting president. William Clinton, the 42 President of the US was originally born as William Jefferson Blythe III, then somehow changed to William Jefferson Clinton after his mother married a man named Clinton from Hot Springs, Arkansas and owned a car dealership. Bill Clinton, as he preferred served in a rocky presidency from 1993 until 2001.


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Governments Must Ensure Vote Integrity

Governments Must Ensure Vote Integrity as Election Day Looms

unnamed As Election Day looms large, Americans are as divided as ever on the future direction of the country and many of our most pressing issues.

This opening statement is actually from Jason Snead @jasonsnead care of the Daily Signal. Most of the time I understand and totally agree with what the writer’s at The Daily Signal write. However today I have decided to show some do’s and do not’s of a reader and how we may be getting set up by a writer.

Although the “set up factor” is not a problem with any Heritage Foundation product, it is indeed a major problem with the mainstream media. The mainstream media these days is how one used to look at the tabloids or The National Inquirer in the old days of responsible journalism.

Here I go — “As Election Day looms large, Americans are as divided as ever on the future direction of the country and many of our most pressing issues.”

Anyone who has been astute regarding what is dividing this country right now; moreover, if anyone takes the time to look at the verified sources it goes something like this. It should be well noted that the sense that America is more divided than it used to be is backed by hard data. There’s been a sharp spike in the contempt that partisans express for their opponents, according to Pew Research Center polling.

VoterFraud-500x281One issue that ought to unite the country, however, is the need for election integrity. After all, it is through the ballot box that voters will select our local, state, and federal leaders. It is imperative that the vote accurately reflects the will of our citizens.

Many on the left, however, are unconcerned with the protection of each individual’s vote. They quickly dismiss voter fraud as a myth meant to justify voter suppression. Perhaps progressives are so quick to kill the debate because they know that the facts are not on their side.


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Indeed, voter fraud is a very real and ongoing threat to the integrity of the political process, and The Heritage Foundation’s “Does Your Vote Count” project tracks this “nonexistent” problem. Today, we are adding 16 new confirmed convictions for voter fraud to our voter fraud database. That brings the count to over 430 criminal convictions for election fraud.

Below is a sampling of the new entries:


In North St. Louis, incumbent Penny Hubbard won the 2016 Democratic primary for Missouri’s 78th House District by 90 votes. Her challenger, Bruce Franks Jr., contested the results, citing a lopsided absentee vote tally that heavily favored Hubbard. Franks had carried the in-person vote.

District Judge Rex Burlison determined that a sufficient number of improper absentee ballots had been cast to change the results of the election, and ordered a second election. Franks won the redo by a margin of 1,533 votes.

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Pasco Parker, a 63-year-old Tennessee resident, admitted to voting in three states during the 2012 federal election. He mailed in an absentee ballot to both Florida and North Carolina, and he voted in person in Tennessee.

obama-ixoyeIf I may, the degree to which President Barack Obama gave his support to this project was criminal. Operating through the Obama Justice Department, the USAG Eric Holder tied-up hands in the entire states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Arizona, and several other states to stop the states from cleaning their voter I.D. rolls. Many voters in the 2012 election were found to be deceased, not adequately cleared to vote, or did not have the appropriate documentation when actually voting.

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Anxiety, like the tide, is forever receding and returning, receding and returning.

images MadisonLike many people who have been given a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder (and many who have not), we always braced for the next recurrence. Anxiety, like the tide, is forever receding and returning, receding and returning. Most people with this disorder have been experiencing this pattern for nearly 20 years now, so that one’s anxiety has come to seem, at times, inevitable and unassailable — a fait accompli. For a lot of folks anxiety, experts have concluded, is what they are. There is no escape.

But that doesn’t mean — and here is the good news — that there is nothing we can do about anxiety. Indeed, there is plenty a person can do. The promising thing about a habit is that it is not the same thing as a fate. An alcoholic, we are told, is always an alcoholic — but not every alcoholic drinks. Similarly, an anxious person will always be at risk of anxiety, but he needn’t be troubled by it on a daily basis. He can avoid his own tendencies. He can elude his own habit.

To accomplish this, however, he has to work and work hard. He has to fight — every day of his life, if he’s got it bad — to build new patterns of thought so that his mind doesn’t fall into the old set of grooves. He has to dig new tracks and keep digging.

Happiness in America has become the overachiever’s ultimate trophy. A vicious trump card, it outranks professional achievement and social success, family, friendship and even love. Its invocation can deftly minimize others’ achievements. This obsessive, driven, relentless pursuit is a characteristically American struggle — the exhausting daily application of the seal of dojDeclaration of Independence.

Despite being the richest nation on earth, the United States is, according to the World Health Organization, by a wide margin, also the most anxious, with nearly a third of Americans likely to suffer from an anxiety problem in their lifetime. America’s precocious levels of anxiety are not just happening in spite of the great national happiness rat race, but also perhaps, because of it.

Thomas Jefferson knew what he was doing when he wrote that “pursuit of happiness” line, a perfectly delivered slap in the face to his joy-shunning oppressors across the pond. I am sure you either seen or experienced this phenomenon — Cynicism is the British shtick. When happiness does come our way, it is entirely without effort, as unmeritocratic as a hereditary peerage.

LiarsBy contrast, in America, happiness is work. Intense, nail-biting work, slogged out in motivational seminars and therapy sessions, meditation retreats and airport bookstores. For the left there’s yoga, for the right, there’s Jesus. For no one is their respite.

How true is this to any legal or illegal immigrant: “Since moving to the States just shy of a year ago, I have had more conversations about my own happiness than in the whole rest of my life.” Heck, I live here and I am so much more like the first person I wrote about.

The most likely customer of a self-help book is a person who has bought another self-help book in the last 18 months. The General Social Survey, a prominent data-based barometer  of American society, shows little change in happiness levels since 1972 ———when suchWe the people records began. Every year, with remarkable consistency, around 33 percent of Americans report that they are “very happy.”

For all the effort Americans are putting into happiness, they are not getting any happier. It is not surprising, then, that the search itself has become a source of anxiety.


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