Anyone who knows me, and I mean really knows me, knows that I am not that bad a guy. I can be straightforward, to the point of being blunt; but I am honest and treat people fairly. I try to live by the motto; live and let live; as much as possible that is. However, there are a few things I simply cannot stomach, with ignorance; willful ignorance in particular, being at the top of the list.
Due to the medication I am required to take to manage the pain I suffer from in my feet, I am required to undergo routine medical exams to ensure the pain meds are not causing me any harm. The first thing they check is my blood pressure; which routinely reads around 115/65. I find that amazing because of the fact that so many people in this country refuse to accept the fact that our country is on the verge of coming apart at the seams; while they continue to believe that by voting for ‘more of the same’ or the ‘lesser of two evils’ is gonna make things better.
Putting aside the matter that more often than not Republican voters vote Republican and Democratic voters vote for Democratic candidates; the people of this country typically choose whom they will vote for based upon the promises made on the campaign trail. In theory that is not a bad practice; however it all depends upon what the people’s conceptions are as to what they expect from government.
In regards to the federal government, if one had a good understanding of the document which created that government; the Constitution, then one should not expect too much from them. The function of the government was to be more of a manager over the States which comprise the Union, and the protector of all, rather than a benevolent and omnipotent provider for all the needs of the people.
It was not the government’s job to create jobs, regulate morality, or provide educations, benefits and health care to the people who inhabit the states. These functions were reserved to the States themselves; a fact attested to by James Madison in Federalist, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”
Although Madison declared that this was the case, there were those who felt the proposed Constitution did not ensure that this would, indeed, be the case. Therefore, before agreeing to accept the Constitution some felt a Bill of Rights was needed to keep government from overstepping its legitimate authority; particularly when it came to the rights of the people, and those of the States themselves. This is why the 10th Amendment was written, which reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
The problem is that or years people have been voting for candidates based solely upon the promises these candidates make on the campaign trail, without any regard for whether the promises made align with the powers granted the office for which the candidate seeks. Party loyalty, special interests, and individual needs have been the deciding factor upon which people base their choices; not the limits imposed upon government by the Constitution.
Yet the majority of the people think that by continuing this practice things are going to get better in America? It should be noted that famed physicist Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. With that definition in mind, I’d have to say that the vast majority of Americans are insane because they keep voting for the same things over and over again.
The thing most people can’t get through their thick skulls is that nothing our government does is free. Our government is not a business which produces an item that it sells to fund its operations; it relies totally upon revenue which comes in via taxes of some kind. That means WE pay for everything our government provides us. It is either that, or our government has to borrow the funds it needs to stay open for business.
I’ve spoken on the debt before, but I’d like to go over the subject briefly to refresh your memories. Our national debt; the debt owed by our government for which we, the taxpayers are responsible for paying, currently stands at $19.5 trillion. That comes out to $60,000 per citizen, or $163,740 per taxpayer. That’s one helluva sum for us to be shouldering; and it shows no sign of getting smaller.
But that’s not the half of it. Our unfunded liabilities; things which our government is required to pay, yet those which they do not have the funds yet to pay for, stands anywhere from $100-$200 trillion.
Whether you agree with them or not, some of our Founders felt that a national debt, if kept within limits, was a good thing. They felt it established our country as one that could be trusted to pay its bills on time and therefore its credit rating, if you care to call it that was good in times when the government needed to borrow money for emergencies.
It was never intended that our government run in deficit mode at all times; borrowing us into a deep hole that we will never climb out of.
It was our duty, our responsibility, to ensure that those who represent us in government not spend this country into bankruptcy. As Thomas Jefferson said, “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.”
Our first President, George Washington, warned us, “Avoid occasions of expense… and avoid likewise the accumulation of debt not only by shunning occasions of expense but by rigorous exertions to discharge the debts, not throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.” Then there was this, by James Madison, “I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse, and in a Republican Government a greater curse than any other.”
Our government runs a budget that is divided into 3 categories; discretionary spending, mandatory spending, and interest on the debt. Discretionary spending is decided annually by Congress for things such as military funding, transportation, science, education, and the paying of all government employees. Of those categories, military expenditures consist of more than 50% of all discretionary funds spent by our government.
Mandatory funding, on the other hand, covers programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Food Stamps and a few other so-called entitlement programs. These are the programs people believe themselves to be owed and for government to even suggest that they be cut back is considered suicidal for any aspiring politician’s career. Yet mandatory funding consists of over 2/3’s of the debt, and if we are to be serious about reducing that debt it is one area that must be addressed if we are to make any headway in paying that debt off.
Unfunded Liabilities are future promises to pay benefits or entitlements to those who are not currently receiving them; such as those who have paid into Social Security, but have not yet retired. These are things which the people, upon becoming eligible, expect from government, yet which the government does not have the funds to pay. Therefore, to pay these obligations our government MUST borrow more money to pay the things people expect from them.
How much longer can we sustain this before it all falls apart?
The year I was born, 1958, our national debt was a whopping $5.8 billion; more money than I’ll ever hold in my hands; that’s for sure. Since then it has continued to grow; only because the people of this country continue to ask more and more of their government.
How much debt as a private citizen do you think you’d be allowed to accumulate before your creditors cut you off and said, no more? Yet we, the American people, continue to expect our government to spend more than it takes in; loading us with the burden of paying for the debt it accumulates in the form of taxation; enslaving our children, and their children to a debt they had no part in creating.
Another thing. When you go to the bank and borrow money; say for a car or a home, if you cannot pay there is usually some form of collateral that the bank can confiscate to recompense the money they loaned you. What do you think the collateral is for the debt this country owes its lenders? Hmmm…
For one thing, it is the land that comprises this country. Just as if a family goes into foreclosure the bank assumes ownership of their home, if our country cannot pay its debts then the banks, or other creditors such as China and Japan, assume ownership of the land which makes up the United States.
Another thing, which is often overlooked, is the people themselves; or at least the labor of the people. This is what is meant when I say that we are slaves to debt; we, or our labor, is collateral for the debt our government produces. As our taxes go towards, or are supposed to go towards, the paying off of the debt, we must continue slaving away; paying higher taxes, until that debt is paid off. Yet the typical Americanus Ignoramus wants more and more from government; plunging us further and further into debt.
It’s insane I tell you…
Trump talks about bringing jobs back to America. On the surface that sounds all well and good. But what are jobs if they are not more taxpayers whom the government can rape and pillage to fill their coffers?
Did you know that back in 1983 President Ronald Reagan received a report which he had commissioned to examine ways of cutting government spending? This report, entitled the Grace Commission Report, stated, “100% of what is collected is absorbed solely by interest on the Federal Debt…all individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services taxpayers expect from government.”
This was back in 1983 people; back before the debt had even reached half a trillion dollars. Can you imagine how bad it is now? If every penny collected in taxes back in 1983 went towards the interest alone, that means the capital, the initial money borrowed, was NOT being paid off!
So, we borrow, and we borrow, and we borrow some more…just to keep government afloat. Again, it’s insane what we are doing. Yet all people seem to care about is whether we stop Hillary, or stop Trump. Not for a second do most people think about truly cutting back government; bringing our troops home and minding our own business; while seeking ways to pay off the debt that is strangling us.
Add to all that the bankers, and I’m not talking your local credit union or Wells Fargo, who own and control the monetary supply of most nations on the planet; who do you then think is profiting from all this debt?
It is they the money which funds our government ultimately comes from, and it is they who get rich upon the interest we pay toward that debt. That is why the quote from Mayer Rothschild is of such importance, “Give me control of a nations currency and I care not who makes its laws.” Rothschild understood that he need not control who makes the laws; as long as he controlled the money, government as a whole would become dependent upon him, and his banks, to fund their operations. All he would have to do is threaten to cut off the flow of money, or refuse credit to nations who requested it, and they would bow to his will.
And we, the American people, are the slaves who labor under the impossible task of paying off that massive debt.
Yet all you can do is think to vote for candidates who make promises to do MORE for you, instead of cutting back on the things government does for you.
It all goes back to what Madison said in Federalist 45, about the responsibilities of the federal government versus those of the States. We have allowed the federal government to assume powers and responsibilities which were to be left to the States. This reversal of power and authority has led to our government expanding its size, its scope, and the debt it creates to fund all our expectations.
Yet all you can do is think that we can’t let the other party gain control of the White House or it’s all over for America.
And what’s worse, you denigrate me, and say I lose the right to complain about what is happening in this country because I chose not to participate in the sham of voting for two candidates, that no matter who wins this cycle of deficit spending will not stop.
To repeat Albert Einstein’s quote, “Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If that be the case, then most people in this country are off their rockers, as they keep flip flopping between Republicans and Democrats, never once giving the limits the Constitution imposes upon their government any thought whatsoever.
And they call me crazy!?!
October 3, 2016
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