I wish I had written this. It was written by Don Stott at coloradogold.com
Over The Cliff?
Is it “Over the cliff” we go? “Kick the can down the road” a bit further? Who cares? Not me, because I know the value and honesty of government, and it is microscopic. What purpose does government serve? Rather, what purpose SHOULD it serve? Actually, what it does is steal from the ‘halves,’ and give to the ‘have nots,’ fight silly wars, and a farthing or two to a justice system. Take any cabinet post, and about all it does is give away money and regulate everything in sight, in a very sophisticated way, so as to make it all seem very important, life saving, and preserving our once grand nation. There are hundreds of direct giveaway programs, which write checks to various segments of the population, who have no job, no money, or no energy to gain the same. There are hundreds of job training programs, which do little training, and a Department of Education, which educates no one. 50 million American use food stamps rather than going out and working for their food. Millions live in government housing, because they haven’t provided their own. Millions more finance their homes through government owned Fanny and Freddy, which are corrupt and hundreds of billions in the red.
Millions of farmers get handouts from government not to farm, or have the prices of what they do raise, guaranteed. Millions of accountants would be out of work, if the government tax system were understandable and logical. Millions of Americans go to work each day on government subsidized transit systems, after privately owned ones went bankrupt because of government built roads. Millions fly on airlines whose fares are lower than they should be, because government runs the costly air traffic control system, and maintains airports. Railroads should be so lucky. Millions of Americans get their mail from a government postman, because it is illegal for a private company to deliver the mail. Millions of children are poorly educated in government operated schools. Millions more, listen to or watch TV and radio, on government licensed and owned frequencies. Millions use only drugs approved by government, obey speed limits set by government on government owned roads, drink alcoholic beverages heavily taxed by government, and make their homes and businesses be in conformity to government set standards. Millions drive cars and trucks, which designs have to be approved by government, and which burn fuels approved by government. Millions use highways, pay wages, cook foods, use electricity, replace tires, buy furniture, have babies, wire homes, manufacture anything, and in general, are totally controlled in our every waking and even sleeping minute, by a government regulation. Never in history, has a nation which dared to call itself “free,” been so hamstrung and harassed by a government. We’ve grown so used to it, that it is taken for granted.
What does “politics” mean? When Thomas Jefferson had but seven employees in his State Department, and when in 1919, all federal laws could be placed in a book of 2512 pages, something has changed. Something has made the federal government grow thousands of percentage points over the last hundred years. That something, is the wonderful device politicians discovered under FDR, which allows government to “give” you something, while not seeming to take anything from you. A slight of hand performance, which rates with he best magicians in history, if not excelling them. This political lie, ploy, device, or call it what you may, has made the federal government into a devouring monster, controlling and regulating our every move, and even thought.
We have become a nation of serfs, indentured to a mindless, useless, all powerful, wealth consuming, enslaving, entity, which has become so, without any vote or permission from the citizenry. Our entire life is now controlled by Washington D.C. and its denizens of faceless, regulation writing, moles, that work against us for their entire lives, and suck us dry. Think of it! Counting income taxes, Social Security taxes, Medicare taxes, plus literally hundreds of other federal taxes on our beverages, phone calls, fuels, clothes, furniture, food, homes, cars, and everything else imaginable, we give most of our money to a government in Washington D.C. that never gets enough. It is always short of money, and borrows or prints what it doesn’t steal in taxes. Of late, foreigners don’t want to buy our debt, and D.C. has been buying its own debt, if you can imagine such a thing. Like a kid with a lemonade stand, buying his own lemonade when no one else is buying it, and calling it a success. America has become the largest debtor nation on earth, and the debt is so large, that it can never be repaid, other than with fiat, printing press money. Government has absolute control over us in all phases of our lives, from birth to death. The logical question must then be, “Since government takes most of our money and controls our lives, what has it invented, manufactured, raised, shipped, mined, cooked, sewn, sold, built, or in some other field, done anything that has benefitted everyone?” After all, the great manufacturers and inventors have benefitted everyone. Be it light bulbs, automobiles, computers, airplanes, antibiotics, fertilizers, elevators, railroads, or thousands of other products, all have benefitted us, making our lives wealthier and healthier. What has government given us, after taking most of our money, and controlling our every breath? The answer has to be, absolutely nothing! Nothing but billions of pages of rules, regulations and laws, getting us into pointless unconstitutional wars, giving our money to foreigners, and the undeserving, and without our permission, while charging a 50% handling fee.
If a gun toting hombre robbed me, saying he was poor or hungry, and was caught, he might possibly get a slap on the wrist from today’s permissive judicial system. Conversely, if you don’t pay your taxes to the exact penny, you are in big trouble, and can very easily end up in the hoosegow. What are the taxes used for? Mainly, to give money away, be they to a government employee, fighting a foreign, absurd war, or to a recipient of a handout. In 100% of the time, without the consent of the taxpayer from whom the money was taken. This means that government is in the same league with a holdup man, only without punishment.
Government has never made a nail, invented anything, raised an ear of corn, built a house, or done anything at a profit. It doles out money to buy votes, so the process can continue, on an ever larger scale, after each election. A hundred years ago, government didn’t steal our money to give handouts to farmers, the sick, poor, elderly, unions, or the hungry. There were no huge bureaucracies devoted to actually weakening our populace. We were the strongest, wealthiest, most self sufficient nation and people on earth, and gave damned little of our wealth to any foreign nation or weakling at home. The land we call America, or The United States, has not changed. We still have the same mountains, rivers, state boundaries, weather, and natural resources as we did a hundred years ago. We, thanks to Politicians, have become a nation of weaklings and dependents. Our minds have been brainwashed into thinking that governments at all levels can give us something, without taking it from us first. Every printing press dollar devalues the other dollars, and is nothing more than a universal tax, collected involuntarily, from rich and poor alike, and as has been said before, without our permission. The more government steals, fights wars, and redistributes, the weaker and poorer we all become. There is a finite limit as to how much that can be taxed, wars fought, and currency devalued from fiscal irresponsibility, and we are awfully close to that point now.
Would a farmer vote for a Congressman who voted to take away their subsidies? The medical profession and health care had already been destroyed before Obamacare, with Medicare and Medicaid, and now the destruction is complete. How could it ever be brought back to the self regulating, self supporting, free market system? Everyone is in on the ‘take.’ Old, young, rich, poor, healthy, sick, thin, fat, religious, atheist, or what have you. Everyone is in on the handouts in some form or other. As the “over the cliff,” arguing continues, let me point out that we have been “over the cliff” for decades. Our long term commitments of $200 trillion are so large and incomprehensible, that there is no earthly way to repay the debts, other than with Monopoly Money, which is what the dollar moves towards every day. Politicians know it, but they keep on babbling about ‘balanced budgets,’ ‘paying down the debt,’ and other plays on words, as if they were all actors on a huge stage, which they are. “Elect me, and I’ll fix it.” Nonsense.
All we can do is protect ourselves with gold and silver, and getting out of dollars. No foreign land is any better that America, so don’t even consider leaving. Get out of the big cities and be armed. Obama’s re-election, has been the best thing that could happen to gold and guns, and this fact should alarm the D.C. Gang, but it doesn’t. When they cross that D.C. beltway, their minds seem to change, as if there is some strange wave in the air, which permeates their skulls, and transforms them into politicians, rather than the statesmen they thought they were when elected.