Sunday, December 07, 2008

Time to Take Our Medicine?

Here is a comment posted yesterday to my October 20 article on Invisible Taxation. I thought it deserved more circulation and it is well worth the read.

From Anon on a California Mountain:

I don't think there is anyway to predict economic futures in our present day. There is too much government interference; too many manipulators; the power elite; the new global economy; and many unexpected and unknown manifestations and reactions hitting us due to all of the fiddling the government has done with our economy over the last century (Fed Reserve, central banks, fractionalized banking, New Deal, off the gold standard, ERISA, etc. etc. etc.).

If the government were a person it would be arrested and sentenced to life in prison for all of its crimes and insanity.

Today we have a contraction of credit, contraction of wages, contraction of employment, spiraling deflation, we've been de-industrialized, etc. yet our misguided government leaders are attempting to solve our situation by cutting rates and offering credit ("stimulating" the economy) in order to make consumers borrow and spend?! What sort of idiocy is that? That is what got us into this trouble in the first place. The logic... if someone is drowning you pull them out of the ocean, give them a glass of water and throw them into a swimming pool? If someone is dying of hunger you put them on an austere weight loss program? You take an obese person who is sick due to food related issues and buy them a double bacon burger, fries and a milkshake? This sort of logic only belongs in a lunatic asylum.

The sad thing is that we the people have made this mess. We are the ones who elected the representatives and legislators who have built and administered this government. We are the ONLY ones who can change it. When you get down to it, it's not "the government" ... it is you, it is me. We are the cause of it all.

If we American citizens (the building block of our society) aren't educated, free from apathy, constantly alert and continually defending our rights, then the great experiment put here by our founding fathers will be a failed experiment.

We are complacent and atrophied. We've succumbed to the Super Bowl, TV, medication, Haagen Dazs, entertainment, fast foods, Disneyland, etc. etc. We've been manipulated through "bread and circuses" (a repeat of the fall of the Roman Empire). Our morality and integrity have been usurped by the negative influences existing in this decaying and degraded society.

We need to snap out of it, roll up our sleeves, get educated, draw on history's lessons, become active in our government, salvage our youth and create real leaders. Otherwise we are doomed.

When we consider the mess we are in, the first and smartest thing we can do is to go and confront the culprit that is responsible for it. And that is done by standing in front of a mirror.

It kind of reminds me of being a little kid that did something wrong waiting for Dad to get home for the anticipated spanking. Will Mommy (Congress) step in and save us from our deserved spanking? We get punished as a group for the actions of our peers.

A hat tip to: Anon on a California Mountain, thank you.

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Anonymous said...

I like Haagen Dazs... ok I agree, but lay off the ice cream :)
Catholic girl
ps -God help us we are in a mess-

Jim in San Marcos said...

Hi Catholic Girl

I agree I like Haagen Dazs, but it is buy one and share. Before, each person had one for themselves.

PS I trust more in God than Congress. Thats worth a Christmas chuckle at least.

Thank you for your post.

Paco Bell said...

Great blogs like this one often attract some great comments- and this one I missed, so good on ya for putting this front and center.

I would point anyone in your audience that enjoyed this to "Dr. Benevolence" who has some rather choice words over on Marketwatch.

Enjoy! I did!

Anonymous said...

The elites learned, centuries ago, that the secret is to keep the masses amused. Or better yet, bickering amongst themselves about some inconsequential thing or another. And the best of all is to indoctrinate them with the belief they are smarter, more entitled, wealthier, superior or some other BS belief that they are better than the rest of the human race. All of these things are as American as apple pie.

Anonymous said...

How simplistic this responder is...he doesnt think for a minute that others havent felt the same way. FIghting against the American/Illuminist political machine will get you killed and your family impoverished.

The only way there will be change is a bloody coup by millions of Americans that kills all the Congressmen and Senators. They will not relinquish power willingly.
Then the result of anarchy and chaos could be worse.

sinfullyanon said...

lol! I found your post in a search of the word "Spanking"...

...Well. That's one way to lift the doldrums of The Depression. Wink*


Jim in San Marcos said...

Hi Paco

Glad you liked it. That is pretty much why I started this blog. It takes time and effort to write, and to have your thoughts buried in the remarks section of another blog doesn't reach many readers, it's about gone forever.

I think that a lot about what makes a good blog is not coming up with new things, but rather putting everything together to make sense of what you already know. His letter was spot on, I liked it. Maybe Anon on California Mountain will start a blog, its fun and addictive.

Jim in San Marcos said...

Hi Sinfullyanon

I hope I didn't slow you down to your final destination;>)

I did one blog article March 13, 2007 on my trip to the dentist, and people have been adding remarks to it for over a year now. All of it relating to dental problems. The last poster even thanked me for what someone else wrote as a comment. Google does some weird things that seem to be good by accident.

Thank you for your comments