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Fed To Take Propaganda To The Schoolroom: Will Teach Grade 8-12 Students About Constitutionality Of... The Fed

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Back in September we noted a peculiar RFP by the Fed which sought to become a secret 'big brother' to the social media world, and to "monitor billions of conversations and generate text analytics based on predefined criteria." The Fed's desired product should be able to "determine the sentiment of a speaker or writer with respect to some topic or document"... "The solution must be able to gather data from the primary social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Forums and YouTube. It should also be able to aggregate data from various media outlets such as: CNN, WSJ, Factiva etc." Most importantly, the "Listening Platform" should be able to "Handle crisis situations, Continuously monitor conversations, and Identify and reach out to key bloggers and influencers." While it is unclear just how successful the Fed has been in eavesdropping on various critical blogs, and divining "sentiment", it now appears that the propaganda masters at the Office of Central Planning have decided to go for young American minds while they are still pliable. It appears that as part of its reenactment of Goebbels "economic education" curriculum, the Fed will now directly appeal to K 8-12 student, in which it will elucidate on the premise of "Constitutionality of a Central Bank." You know - just in case said young (and soon to be very unemployed) minds get ideas that heaven forbid, the master bank running the US is not exactly constitutional - you know, that whole thing between Andrew Jackson and the Second Bank of the United States...

And in case one is wondering what dogmatic propaganda their childredn will be filled with, here is tje course outline.

Lesson Description

The Constitution of the United States outlines the basic principles of the U.S. government. This lesson focuses on the express and implied powers of Congress and the power of the Supreme Court to decide whether a law is unconstitutional. In this lesson, students learn about McCulloch v. Maryland, a case decided in 1819 over (1) whether the state of Maryland had the right to tax the Second Bank of the United States and (2) whether Congress had violated the Constitution in establishing the Bank. Students also review the expressed powers of Congress identified in the Constitution and analyze how Congress implements the necessary and proper (elastic) clause to enact its expressed powers. Finally, students use their knowledge of McCulloch v. Maryland and the necessary and proper clause to consider the constitutionality of the Federal Reserve System.


Expressed powers
Federal Reserve Act
Fiat money
Implied powers
Necessary and proper (elastic) clause
Value of money [ZH: lol]


Students will:

  • define expressed powers, implied powers, precedent, fiat money, the Federal Reserve Act, the necessary and proper (elastic) clause, and the value of money;
  • cite examples of the expressed powers granted to Congress in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution;
  • explain the meaning of the necessary and proper (elastic) clause;
  • explain the significance of the McCulloch vs. Maryland Supreme Court case; and
  • give examples of the implied powers necessary to implement various expressed powers.

Yet the oddest thing about the lesson plan is visual #4. It speaks for itself:

Well thanks for the warning...

Full lesson:


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Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:07 | 2248229 ZippyBananaPants
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If they can slip this in with an episode of Dancing with the Stars, or those fat Kardashians, they would have more viewers.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:07 | 2248230 Printfaster
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We are all 8th graders now.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:08 | 2248236 francis_sawyer
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Bernanke... "Are you smarter than a 5th grader"?

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:07 | 2248233 dick cheneys ghost
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How thin air creates Money

Tue, 03/20/2012 - 14:23 | 2274112 Zero Debt
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Management of Perspective Economics: A Primer 101
Dynamics of Financial Repression: The Gideon Gono Model 102
Quantitative Models for First-Resort Central Bank Lending 101

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:08 | 2248235 Conrad Murray
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Anyone hateful enough to send their children to public school deserves it. Fuck em.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:10 | 2248249 donsluck
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Hateful? -1

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:12 | 2248259 resurger
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me schooled!! Fuck that ...




Mon, 03/12/2012 - 18:34 | 2248802 mkkby
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Me to.  Me learn reed in pubic skuuul.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:21 | 2248315 Conrad Murray
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Or stupid enough. It's a vicious self-reinforcing cycle I suppose. Public schools raise idiots who, in our age of Idiocracy, become "parents", and send their children off to become idiots as well.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:24 | 2248334 Global Hunter
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Ya CM has a way of saying some really weird radical shit and then eventually one begins to realize he's got a lot of good insights.

I understand you are married to a teacher, I'm know there are many caring teachers and education is important, but step back for a second, take away the emotion and think about school (I went in the 80s) and what it was you really learned.  A few good teachers aside the whole process is a big indoctrination camp to weed out the good little conformist worker bees from the trouble makers.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:36 | 2248387 donsluck
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I payed attention, had good and bad experiences, tossed out BS and kept the knowledge. You get what you put in, the value is there, you have to claim your knowledge as power.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 00:43 | 2249612 engineertheeconomy
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Oh really? Then why don't you explain why we have to buy a banker three houses for every one we get. How is it that they never print the interest? Is usury payable? And what about those usury rate/ home foreclosure curves?


Tue, 03/13/2012 - 19:52 | 2252332 CaptainObvious
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My twelve year old home schooled kid says you misspelled "paid".  Three cheers for public education!

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:05 | 2248512 Meatballs
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Proud to have been identified early as a "trouble maker"...and doin' fine thank you very much. Had a "teacher" once tell me I was going to be a ditch digger and two years out of HS was making 3x his salary. One fucking idiot I'll never forget....

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:51 | 2248677 neidermeyer
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Hateful is accurate but has connotations different from the word I would use ... You are APATHETIC if you send your kids to public school in the USA.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 21:17 | 2249197 Totentänzerlied
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At best, guilty of gross negligence and reckless endangerment. At worst, guilty of felony child abuse and enslavement.


Edjemukate y'allsellvs.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 19:05 | 2248888 CH1
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Anyone hateful enough to send their children to public school deserves it. Fuck em.

You are 100% right on the evils of guv indoctrination centers (aka, guv schools). But...

Please remember that most people are ignorant, scared, confused and easily overcome by inertia.That's not "okay," but it doesn't make them hateful either.

Balance is precious.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:08 | 2248237 Joebloinvestor
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Home school!

Reloading 101

Living off the Land 101


Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:18 | 2248293 a growing concern
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In the morning the kids can watch Hickock45 videos.  He is a teacher, after all.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 18:46 | 2248832 Manthong
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Don't forget basic mathematics, trigonometry, physics, external and terminal ballistics.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:52 | 2248682 A Nanny Moose
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Khan Academy to fill in any missing links.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:08 | 2248238 blu
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The "K" in the title is probably a misunderstanding; K means "kindergarten" I guess most people don't know that "K-12" means "all grades from kindergarten thru senior year high school"

I think the author meant "Grades 8-12" for the title, which makes more sense for a topic like central banking.

BTW, who besides me thinks that maybe the Fed is also trying to recruit more college-bound students into careers in finances and banking? One wonders if perhaps there has been a huge drop off in money majors of late ...

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:09 | 2248242 ffart
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Wouldn't they have to recognize the legitimacy of the Constitution in its entirety to even begin to make this argument. A document that the United States hasn't honored in 150 years. Not to mention the legal tender of the U.S. according to the constitution is measured in gold and silver. Seems like kind of a weak argument to me.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:13 | 2248267 tekhneek
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They don't actually read the Constitution itself in school. They just discuss "constitutionality" of private organizations like the Fed.


Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:17 | 2248290 BliptoP3
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Not only that, but as soon as you tell an 8-12 grader something, they believe the opposite.  They should go even further and produce a list of banned books, and tell the children, that no matter what, they shouldn't read these books.  They're so screwed.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:09 | 2248243 donsluck
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An extremely defensive position. I am amazed at how paranoid the CB has become. Even though they provide price controls on our most basic commodity (currency and credit) they seem to think their position is perilous. Personally, I think this is a good thing, as responsible parents will be able to discuss this with their student children, perhaps offering an opposing point of view. In a legal sence, you are not allowed to cross examine (the FED) without them first broaching the subject of their, perhaps tenuous, legal position.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 17:23 | 2248579 Teamtc321
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Vomit! Start pushing interest in the Constitutional study in school's, then you might get some credibility on this thread.

In other not so polite verbiage, fuck the fed!!


Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:09 | 2248245 longdong silver
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 Along with the sucsess of this website comes the responsabilty to expose the new world order to the people who do not know or understand.

Every thread you create is in one way or another connected to the n w o.

It's time for you to start connecting the dots for the sheeple.

kindest regards



Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:13 | 2248247 HD
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Fortunately, our public education system couldn't teach kids that water is wet. It's a waste of time.

If the Fed wants to indoctrinate our kids I suggest they get a reality show called "PRINTZ !!". Ben could show our impressionable youth that it's all about the bling yo! You wants fast cars and hot bitchez you gots to haz mo money. How do you get mo money? PRINTZ!!!!



Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:13 | 2248270 donsluck
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All my skills are a result of public education (I dropped out in 12th grade for various reasons). I am a successful businessman. My public education was just fine. The most important skill is critical thinking.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:25 | 2248340 Spacemoose
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the last two days i dropped my child off at school the teachers were out front demonstrating in support of an increase in my taxes.  i don't have the courage to fight back with a counter demonstration because i'm afraid thay'd take it out on my kid.  i've suffered a 50% reduction in my income and those assholes now want me to work the rest of my life so they can retire at 50 and take vacations to the carribean (like some of my retired teacher friends do).  it seems that a little sharing of the pain by our public sector is in order. 

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:29 | 2248358 donsluck
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Misery loves company, but solves nothing. Sharing the pain is not a solution. Retire at 50? Hardly. Only if you start at 20 and take a reduced pension (which you paid into, as a teacher).

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 00:49 | 2249616 engineertheeconomy
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Dude shut the fuck up already. Go back to your troll hole

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:29 | 2248364 HD
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You honestly believe our current public education system provides a quality education that fosters critical thinking?

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:39 | 2248401 donsluck
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Did you go to public school? My guess is 80% on this blog did, and they are seaking data for their own version of critical thinking. I simply think we should stop attacking teachers (although one did, in fact, attack me in middle school, no permanent damage).

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 18:04 | 2248724 A Nanny Moose
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I simply think we should stop attacking teachers (although one did, in fact, attack me in middle school, no permanent damage).

Coulda been worse. You coulda had you some Mark Berndt.

Nobody is attacking teachers. There are attacks on the audacity of unions to ask for more, when everybody else is cutting back. Then again, teachers volunteered to work for an employer, which could force kids into substandard indictrination facilities at gunpoint. Ironically, that same gun always, eventually gets used against those who requested force in the first place.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 18:16 | 2248747 faustian bargain
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You are being WAYYY too defensive here. The problem with public schools is not the teachers, although there are plenty of idiot teachers out there. The problem with public schools is they are a system that overall is unaccountable and does not have to compete because its 'customers' are forced to attend. The intrusion of the government in education has created a massive distortion - a bubble - in the cost of getting education. Not to mention, forcing parents to send kids to school (particularly to crappy ones) is a violation of their rights.

Simply saying that 80% of the readers here probably went to public school does nothing to imply that public schools are desirable and good. It's possible, even likely, that most of us succeeded in getting an education despite the public school, not because of it. I know the good teachers I had were few and far between, and deserve to be sainted for putting up with the public school system.

Our country really needs to wean itself off the education dole.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 19:08 | 2248901 CH1
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Did you go to public school? My guess is 80% on this blog did

Yeah, I did... because I was forced to!

I escaped as soon as I could and finally started learning in earnest.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 21:20 | 2249217 Totentänzerlied
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Congratulations, but you, like all other public school alumni, can only be successful in spite of your public schooling.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:14 | 2248275 dontgoforit
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really funny!!  thanx

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:25 | 2248343 bbq on whitehou...
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That was funny, and painful.  Printz but dont Mintz yo bling bling.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:39 | 2248404 Overflow-admin
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U want a job? Become print worker!


U mad?

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:10 | 2248248 Shameful
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Why not indoctrinate them that if they speak ill of the Fed or Bernake that boils will break out on their skin, and their flesh will begin to rot until they fall on their knees and beg Zimbabwe Ben for forgiveness and his divine mercy?

Rounding past comical joke to full blown farce on every level.  History will not be kind.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 18:20 | 2248745 longdong silver
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Didn't you hear?

Its call Morgellons desease

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 18:19 | 2248755 longdong silver
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delete copy

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:11 | 2248252 PaperBear
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This would be a good comedy.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:11 | 2248253 alien-IQ
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School is not about teaching it's about taming.

Indoctrination not education.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:37 | 2248396 Boxed Merlot
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15.Ask the students to return to their seats.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 16:14 | 2248258 Uber Vandal
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Speaking of Andrew Jackson....

He was the only President to nearly eliminate our national debt.

On Jan. 1, 1791, our national debt was $75,463,476.52

It swelled to $127,334,933.74 by 1816.

By 1835, it was but $33,733.05

Yes, by 1835, the national debt was less than what the government borrows each second today! 

And that was when there used to be half cent pieces in circulation.


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