Thanks for clarifying.
1) Yes. But maybe not the same way you do? I believe those money changers have power and use it for their own ends. However, I don't believe it is guided by some organization or singular intelligence with a singular goal. I think the money changers are guided by their own nature.
2) Yes. I believe those in power (the money changers) are often not the ones we think are in power and their actions, greed, ect. do effect us in the US. I'm not exactly sure what we can attribute to them, but I would venture a guess the housing bubble and collapse in 2008 is a safe bet.
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