Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code. Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy. Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 235 million - are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in Lebanon, it's because they want them in Lebanon.
[D]o not let them con you into the belief that there exist disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation" or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone have the power. They and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses - provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees.
~ Charley Reese
America's Moral Crisis
America is facing a moral crisis. The complete joke of a "debt-ceiling debate" should be more than enough for each and every American to finally stop and ask themselves: "Why has so much money and power been placed in the hands of these 545 irresponsible, immature, narcissistic weasels?"
You can shove your partisan politics in a sack too. Because at this point, none of that matters. One party is just as corrupt and irresponsible as the other. It's time to face the music. There ain't a dime's worth of difference between the Donkeys and Elephants. Seriously. If there was a difference ... if just one of the 2 monopoly parties had even an ounce of common decency ... there wouldn't be a "debt crisis" to begin with.
Throughout the political hullabaloo something important – the moral dimension — has been lost. (Now there's a first!) It is not just that the government's commandeering of even more resources from the private sector is regarded as the "grownup" thing to do. It's also that most people assume the government is something noble and its word must be kept at all costs. The pundits and politicians go beyond claiming that missing the deadline would bring economic calamity; they also say that a late payment — not a default, not a repudiation, but merely a late payment — would be a moral calamity. This is laughable, considering the endless list of lies presidents, members of Congress, and other government officials have peddled for years. Politicians have been the butt of American humor from the beginning precisely for that reason. These are the people who gave us budget cuts that are actually only reductions in the rate of increase, off-budget financing, and other creative accounting. Need I cite more examples? (If you want more, check the statements made in the run-up to any of America's wars.)
In truth a late payment would expose government for what it is, in case anyone forgot. The lesson would be instructive. Government is not some higher super-competent entity like the man pretending to be the Wizard of Oz wanted the people to think he was. It's a coercive organization of limited, flawed, and essentially ignorant men and women who, having been anointed in an election after campaigns hawking snake oil, are presumptuous enough to think they are capable of making wise decisions on our behalf.
Think about it ... If "missing the deadline would bring economic calamity," then what does that tell you about the competence (or complete lack thereof) of the 545 responsible? But you trust them with more?
Government isn't magic. Government isn't all-knowing, wise, nor is it benevolent. Government is nothing more than an institution made up of flawed - incredibly flawed - human beings who exercise a monopoly on coercive force. That's it. And no amount of shoulda, woulda, coulda can (or will) change this reality.
The Confidence Game
There was a wise American who lived long ago. You may have heard of him. He was a Brit who lived in Great Britain's North American colonies. He was not loyal to his government at all. In fact, many called him a traitor. After all, he committed treason when he authored and signed the Declaration of Independence. His name was Thomas Jefferson.
Writing the Kentucky Resolutions, Jefferson made clear what he thought of politicians. He said "that it would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights," because "confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism." Understanding the true nature of government, Jefferson also reminded the American people that "free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited constitutions."
Jefferson, an American patriot if there ever was one, didn't trust either the U.S federal government or its politicians. Therefore he warned: "In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."
What About You?
Are you looking for a "leader?" Or are you like Jefferson wanting to hear no more about confidence in man?
Are you convinced that government is like the Wizard of Oz? At least sort of? Or do you understand that man "cannot acquire the full knowledge which would make mastery of the events possible?"
Let me ask you, if man could master the events, would we be in the predicament we're in now?
Here, visualize the debt for a moment. Now you tell me, do you still have confidence in your "leaders" to master events?
I don't. I roll with Jefferson, not our modern confidence game.
This Just In!
Political victory. BFD. The American people still lose.
You're gonna pay, sucker. You're gonna pay.
The federal budget is going to keep growing larger. Meaning the budget "cuts" are a complete sham. That's right. So tell me ... Why is it you have confidence in these men/women again?
Spend more and borrow more to reduce the debt. Really? You don't actually believe these people, do you?
At least a small handful of politicos said "no" to this nonsense. But only one of them truly gets what is at stake.
We are dealing with a problem in Washington as a budgetary accounting problem and that's not it. It's a philosophy problem. What is the philosophy of government? What should the role of government be? -- Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
Once again in our history, Americans need to decide what the role (if any) of government in society will be.
Today, these 545 people spy on us, molest us, and treat us like cattle. They send our sons and daughters off to die in perpetual wars, and if they make it home, they send armed goons to gun them down. Even though they already steal half your income through an endless maze of taxes, they'll pounce on a little girl's lemonade stand because they're afraid they can't collect their cut. As thanks for our pathetic servitude ... they bury us and our posterity deeper and deeper in mountains of debt.
Why again, has so much money and power been placed in the hands of these 545 irresponsible, immature, narcissistic weasels?