December 19, 2013
Are we better off today than we were five years ago? I’ve made a list and I’m checking it twice.
1 – Liberal ideologues are systematically destroying the finest healthcare system the world has ever known through takeover of 1/6 of the U.S. economy.
2 – Food stamps? Most recent numbers on the SNAP report indicate over 47,305,667 recipients the month of September, 15% of the entire population. Law enforcement investigations uncover unbelieveable nationwide fraud that sucks the life out of the SNAP program.
3 – Taxes. Yes, taxes. As though we didn’t already have too many, now ObamaCare piles on even more and these will affect the lives of every man, woman and child in the country, except those who work for the federal government. They don’t have to live under the rules they impose on us.
4 – Skyrocketing health insurance. For some, it hasn’t been a big deal, but for millions enormous rate increases threaten family budgets – higher premiums and higher deductibles. What happens when you need it most?
5 – Disability. Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, tend to increase during recessionary periods. Naturally, we see increases due to the very poor economy we now have. Our treasury is shelling out $31,490,000,000 (31 billion) so far this year, leaving only $100 billion in the fund. This fund will go dry by 2016. Personal note to current recipients: you who can actually work best get off your butts and find some kind of work and do it soon, because the gravy train is grinding to a halt.
6 – National debt. The numbers are truly astronomical. As of this writing, national debt zooms well above $17 trillion. $17,250,390,000.000, to be precise. At the close of 2012, our national gross domestic product (GDP) was $15,684,800,000,000. Our national debt now EXCEEDS GDP, hovering around 106% of GDP. This is just the funded debt. According to the Washington Post, unfunded obligations exceed $128 TRILLION.
7 – Unemployment. You read and hear about improving unemployment figures. Well, the reason they improve because the Obama administration manipulates them. Realistic real time unemployment is approximately 29%. This compares to the worst year of the Great Depression, 1933, at 25%.
8 – Stock markets? I read one prediction this week that the Dow will top 60,000. Happy days are here, again! Wow! What could go wrong? Where are we in the boom-and-bust cycle? Our present stock market, to me, appears to follow a pattern set in 1929. Let’s look at another indicator, a socioeconomic-economic indicator: public intoxication.
Few of you, including me, remember the days of Prohibition. The 18th Amendment enacted prohibition and the 21st repealed it – at the bottom of the Great Depression. When the economy went south, America’s thirst for booze exploded. It’s interesting to compare then – the repeal of Prohibition – and now – the nationwide movement to legalize Marijuana. I neither promote the use of alcohol or marijuana nor demote them. I observe them.
On a happier note, let’s also note that the East Texas oil boom that began with Spindletop coincided with the bottom of Depression. Look around you and you’ll see the phenomenal and explosive growth in domestic oil production, to the point economists are saying we are “awash with oil”.
9 – Liberalism is the contemporary label for communism. You don’t have to like what I say. You don’t have to agree with my opinion, but there it is. As Sir Winston Churchill said,
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”
Liberalism – communism – is a failed ideology that has been at work in our country since John Maynard Keynes introduced his ideas in the late 1800’s. I’m not referring to the liberalism of Locke and Montesquieu, but the liberalism of FDR, LBJ and other presidents whereby central planners engineer society: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment compensation, and now culminating as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). The growth of social programs and intrusive federal government is profound, to say the least. LBJ’s “Great Society” programs, Jimmy Carter’s price controls, ever expansive federal government that how controls water that flows through a ditch on your property – all contribute to expansions of government at the expense of diminishing liberties.
As the world goes round, our liberties are now close to apogee with respect to our Constitutionally-guaranteed rights.
Milton Freedman produced a TV series back in 1980 titled “Free to
Choose“. The premise was simple: the free market best serves everyone. It’s the cure for inflation and every ill of society because it’s the natural means of exchanging goods and services among a free people. In a word: capitalism.
We are at a historical crossroad. Will we choose to continue contemporary liberalism – having all things in common (communism) – or will we choose capitalism?
If contemporary liberalism continues to dominate our society, we are destined for the dust bin of history.
2014 and 2016 elections draw near: choose wisely.