Thursday, August 18, 2011

Just where is the US headed?

The current state of affairs in the US leaves much to be desired. We have a debt downgrade, continuing high unemployment, a Federal legislature that is devoid of substantial leadership, an administration that is totally hidebound to a socialist concept that has been proven repeatedly to be a flawed ideology, a Federal Debt authorized in excess of $17 Trillion, a political agenda that is more concerned with re-election than problem solutions and a public that believes that more of the same is the solution.

As Einstein said; "Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over expecting different results."

Just when are the American people going to wake up and realize than wishing for improvements is far different than demanding improvements. Listening to politicians talk is like listening to wind in the leaves; the effects are similar, the leaves move but nothing really changes. We are past the point where we should accept what Washington is delivering. This administration has had more than 2 1/2 years to gain traction and it hasn't altered our slow progress downwards.

The dollar is weaker than ever before, our prestige is virtually nonexistent, our military is being downsized as is the Navy and Air Force. We provide money to other nations to drill for oil but we don't encourage our own resource development, our jobs outlook is grim at the best with 400,000 new applicants each month and unemployment over 9% for most of the last 26 months. The employment marketplace has to create 125,000 new jobs every month just to keep up with new people entering the job market so just how will deal with the already unemployed? The housing market is on life support and the mortgage default situation hasn't improved. worst of all, we borrow 42% of every dollar the government spends. Companies can't run that way, households can't run that way, why can the government run that way? Simply put, it can't.

With all this gloom and Washington devoid of solutions to a problem that they mostly created through favoritism, lobbying, vote-seeking and just plain stupidity, why is the American public accepting the status quo? It's time for the baby to be thrown out with the bathwater and clean house by firing the entire gaggle of miscreants and sycophants. We may lose some capable legislators, but they've been ineffectual and so should face the same fate.

The primary problem with Washington is one our forefathers never anticipated, career politicians. There is absolutely no reason why a politician should be able to build a career in government. If two terms are all that we can stand of Presidents, why should senators and congresspeople be able to spend their lives in Washington? By eliminating the possibility of lifetime in office we eliminate their drive to stump for re-election money and creating cozy relationships with lobbyist and labor unions who help bring in money.

The general public is also guilty of where this country is and is heading. A large percentage of the voting public does not want to have to think about the implications of voting in the people running for office. They prefer the perfect verbal one-liners that are easily remembered over the complexity of examining the background and associations of the candidates. Like birds on a power line, politicians associate with their own philosophical kind and seldom are found with opposing and confounding people. Obama is an outstanding example, throughout his life and education he associated with socialists, Marxists and "liberal" educators who never had to put their philosophies into action. Now the President is in a position where he has to lead the capitalist, free enterprise economy back onto the success road........and he has no idea how to accomplish this task. His position is that government is the engine of our economy and by taking money from one group and giving it to another group he can stimulate the economy. How this works is a mystery because the engine of enterprise is largely invested in small businesses.

The America at a turning point in it's existence, it can follow the lead of the European nations with their benevolent socialism and creeping collapse or they can choose to follow the path that has been successful for the past 200+ years. Dependence on government makes citizens vassals, control of government makes citizens free men.


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