This morning I had a fantasy of a TV commercial showing someone looking like the President sitting in the kitchen with his wife. The entire floor is buried several feet deep in credit cards. His wife says, with extreme anxiety in her voice: "Honey, We can't pay off the credit cards...we can't even afford to make minimum payments on the cards! What are we going to do??!!"
To which her husband says: "I have a great idea! We can get more credit cards and BORROW the money to pay the interest!"
And then a truck drops another 4 feet of credit cards on top of them.
And then: "I have a great idea! We can get more credit cards and BORROW the money to pay the interest!"
Another truck dump and we cant even see their heads anymore. But we hear:
"I have a great idea! We can get more credit cards and BORROW the money to pay the interest! AND MAYBE A FEW EXTRA TO PAY FOR BETTER HEALTHCARE!!"
And then some concluding text:
THIS IS STUPID. EVEN A POLITICIAN SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE THAT. DEFICIT SPENDING MUST STOP. NOW.
Now, admittedly, the majority of the American people aren't particularly bright, much less responsible. But surely all but the most moronic could understand the message if it was presented this graphically?
But it isn't being presented. At least it isn't being presented cleanly and clearly and dispassionately and unencumbered with other political baggage.
Issues such as whether we should have the NSA surveilling everyone on the planet 24/7, whether we should be policeman to the world, whether we should have socialized health care, whether we should even fix our roads and infrastructure ... ARE *ALL* SUBSIDIARY TO WHETHER WE CAN AFFORD ANY OF THESE THINGS WITHOUT DESTROYING OUR NATION ECONOMICALLY!
Reality is going to bring us to task at some point and payback is going to be a b*tch. And that's just FACT.
We are already at the point where ALL tax inflows put together can scarcely cover mandatory outflows: interest on the debt PLUS SS/Medicare, etc. We are already at the point, well beyond the point, where every penny of everything we regard as government "service" is underwater and cannot be paid for without more credit cards. Further, while some like to point to how the top 0.1% of Americans are getting richer (and are getting vast Fascist-like perquisites in terms of tax breaks and other favors from government) THE FACT IS THAT EVEN CONFISCATION OF 100% OF THE WEALTH OF THE TOP 0.1% WOULDN'T STOP THE FACT THAT THIS ROAD IS SHORT-TERM TERMINAL.
Why isn't someone - Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, or C4L - trying a little harder to put harsh and terminal reality more clearly before the public?
Ross Perot used to present us with charts which showed the fiscal problem pretty clearly and which, overnight, made him a major political force in his own right. Where are those charts now? Why do people drone on and on in front of Congress or on TV but nobody shows the reality of the numbers in simple to understand graphics.
We are bankrupt, people! What part of we havent' got a pot to pee in is so hard to understand? What part is honestly "political"? We can't afford ANYTHING any more: no more wars, no more NSA, no more public schools, no more increase in socialized medicine, no more ... anything.
You can't get there with more credit cards. Nor with more taxes. Nor with both put together. We are BANKRUPT and now we are digging our children an economic grave as well?
Bill of Rights /Amendment X: "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."
Do you need a politician or judge to "interpret" those 28