Imagine having a friend say to you, “I am having a rough time financially. There doesn’t seem to be enough to go around these days.”
Empathetically, you respond, “Yes, I know that has to be hard.”
But then your friend says, “Oh, no worries. I figured out a way to fix things up. I got several new credit cards. My strategy is to spend more money! First, I am going to buy a new car–one of those hybrids. Then, I am going to make my house all green. You know, not the color, but “green.” We’re going to put in solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, and a bunch of other cool stuff.”
“Interesting. How much money will that save you?”
“Are you sure? That seems like an awful lot of money to spend if youare behind right now.”
“Oh, there you go again, Mr. Business. Always looking at the bottom line.”
“Mmmmmm…yeah. What happens when you have to pay all this back?”
“Oh, I’ll get the money somewhere. The future is a long way off. Besides, I am going green, don’t you see?”
Most of us would question our friends reasoning, even if we were in favor of “green” living. We know that at some point, those credit cards have to be paid back. Substitute health care, auto manufacturing, or unemployment support at the societal level and the logic is the same. No matter how much a program appears to benefit people, it must be weighed against its costs. But you knew that, right?
Apparently, our current administration did not. Six months in, Obama’s lead economic advisors are starting to hem and haw about the need to raise taxes, even after campaign promises that “not one dime” of additional taxes will be levied against anyone earning under $250,000.
Some of us knew that to be a lie when it was spoken. The rest have either figured it out since then or are busy manufacturing some lame justification involving the word “crisis.” Of course, it is not news to point out that politicians lie. The important thing is figuring out where this lie leads us.
After last year’s collapse led us to the brink of finding out the truth–that our money is fake and that we are sitting on top of a financial time bomb, Obama has diverted our attention. By pumping trillions of fake or “borrowed” dollars into the economy, Americans have been duped into thinking the recession is over. The newspapers have dutifully obliged by failing to report anything but the upside.
As if that were not enough, Congress and Obama are cramming economy-crippling cap-and-trade legislation and health care “reform” down the American peoples’ throats. Were it not for a few members of Congress who have not gone completely insane, we would have seen at least one of these foisted upon us before the Congressional break.
We are not that stupid, are we? Some days I wonder. If the current administration is allowed to continue its current course, we will have reset the timer on the bomb. Problem is, we will have added more explosives in the meantime. When it goes off, there will be absolutely nothing Obama or anyone else can do about it.
Fortunately, Americans as a whole still have left some remnants of their former spirit of freedom, independence, and common sense. Members of Congress are headed home to throngs of protesters who recognize that our government actually has become a menace. They will fail to listen at their own political peril.