The Power Behind The Throne

BankerBy Susan Boskey

“And the banks–hard to believe in a time when we’re facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created–are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place.” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) 2009

Could anyone actually miss that the United States is in a presidential election cycle? I don’t think so. As November draws closer, the election of a new president consumes more of the news and more our conscious awareness. People protest, and are concerned about how the next president, his/her ideas and power, will affect the course of history.

Yet, all the while, the true monopolistic power thrives behind the throne, unnoticed and unprotested. The banking industry acts as if it is but a humble service industry (financial services industry), while actually the master system of all American systems, political, educational, environmental, agricultural, health, and legal. It hopes you never peek behind the curtain to discover who really pulls the strings.

In 2009, I wrote about the Use-Cash Movement in the United States founded by small-business owner Chaz Valenza. However now, with “swiping” to pay for most everything, using cash shifts increasingly to an “old school” approach. What’s more, as we speak, banks are exploring ways to end cash use altogether. A May 2, 2016 Bloomberg article, “Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash,” reveals a new development in moving towards a cashless society. So why all the secrecy?

On a recent Monday in April, more than 100 executives from some of the world’s largest financial institutions gathered for a private meeting at the Times Square office of Nasdaq Inc. They weren’t there to just talk about blockchain, the new technology some predict will transform finance, but to build and experiment with the software.

The event, put on by a San Francisco company, Chain, is one of many start-up software companies determined to digitally transform the monetary system. Their spin? Cash transactions take precious time to process while digital transactions are instant. And in a world where credit access has conditioned the consumer mind to expect instant gratification, a digital monetary system appears to be a likely next step.

But…but….but… What about choice? What about the personal privacy cash provides? Fugetabout it! Just more old-school silliness, right?

I like to share the Barnum and Bailey Circus analogy: If you want popcorn while under the “big top” and it costs $15.00, you have no choice but to pay the price. The banking industry, also, has become the only game in town; those who own the gold make the rules and so rule the world, in my opinion, including the President of the United States.

However, the same voluminous intensity of emotions, protests and assertions over potential presidents is nowhere to be found. For some reason most people simply go along, are not paying attention, are too incredulous to do their own research, or only mention the sacrilege of a ruling monetary system in hushed tones. This may never change but just in case; here are some of personal benefits of keeping cash alive.

  • Transaction privacy
  • Personal choice
  • No bank interest charges (overdraft, credit cards, loans, lines of credit, etc.)
  • Possible 5% vendor discount upon request
  • Fiscal responsibility that credit use has destroyed
  • Ending the instant gratification mindset credit use has encouraged
  • More time when you don’t have to work faster/longer to keep up with debt

Though using cash is just one small response to a behemoth debt-based and often predatory banking industry, the personal benefits alone, including greater peace of mind, make it well worth the effort. Imagine: We no longer made purchases we don’t need, with money we do not have to impress people who do not really care about us. If more people were willing to make a habit of using cash despite the convenience of digital transactions, we not only could strengthen our own money-management skills towards building real wealth, but also send a message to those who own the gold.

Any system which gives so much power and so much discretion to a few men, (so) that mistakes – excusable or not – can have such far reaching effects, is a bad system. It is a bad system to believers in freedom just because it gives a few men such power without any effective check by the body politic – this is the key political argument against an independent central bank… To paraphrase Clemenceau: money is much too serious a matter to be left to the Central Bankers. Milton Friedman, American Nobel-Prize-winning economist, 1912-2006

Susan Boskey is author of the book, The Quality Life Plan®: 7 Steps to Uncommon Financial Security. After exposing the bottom-line of why more and more families need credit each month just to make ends meet, Susan provides game-changing practical strategies, tactics and templates to help you create a life of greater ease. You can reverse the downward trend of credit and debt while learning how to establish a long-term, debt-free lifestyle; a life that allows you to build both financial wealth and the wealth of well-being midst the challenges of today’s economic landscape. To learn more or to purchase the book, please visit her website at 

Susan can customize her strategies and templates for your particular situation and is available to coach you through this process. She can be reached through her website.

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5 Comments on "The Power Behind The Throne"

  1. *AP better tune up it’s ‘censorship algorithm’…while I wait to be approved without contributing any ‘censor worthy’ statements…as absolutely frivolous & irrational nebulous & arbitrary…do the due diligence & encourage people to comment…. rather than dissuading us from commenting while we wait for someone at AP to get around to reviewing something innocuous…it usually shows up later after it’s lost it’s existential relevance…GET IT???

  2. The sooner the banks collapse the sooner a thousand years o peace will commence.
    The Judas followers are always behind the scenes cooking up ways to scam/skim.
    Woodrow ‘the treasonous’ Wilson should be hung upside down for giving the keys to these gold collar scum.

  3. y3shuA imMANu3l | May 23, 2016 at 9:42 am | Reply

    “Our country will be the universe, our home the world, our rest wherever a human heart beats in sympathy with our own, and the highest happiness of each will be altruism. Then will the soil be as free for all to cultivate as the air to breathe; gardens will blossom and bear fruit for the most humble; and orphans will find homes of tenderness and sympathy in all houses.”

  4. y3shuA imMANu3l | May 23, 2016 at 9:43 am | Reply

    “When it becomes actualized and out- wrought through the personal lives of earth’s surging billions, it will no longer be selfishly
    said, ‘mine— mine,’ but ‘ours–yours’.”

  5. y3shuA imMANu3l | May 23, 2016 at 9:44 am | Reply

    God is spirit. (John 4:24)
    “The spiritual is the real and the substantial.
    Spirit is God. And neither matter nor protoplasm constitutes the basis of conscious life, but spirit— that is to say, spiritual or divine substance. Spirituality is the substantial reality. And man is a spirit now— a spirit living in a material body, which body bears something of the same relation to the real, conscious, invisible man, that the husk bears to the corn,— chaff to the wheat.”

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