ELDER PATRIOT – Having spent some time studying the workings of government, my son once commented:
“First, the government breaks your leg. Then it hands you a crutch and wants credit for helping you.”
Every time a politician suggests a new program, or the expansion of existing programs, you should cringe. Since the passage of legislation aimed at creating Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, the concentration of wealth amongst the richest 0.1% of Americans has almost tripled.
Wealth concentration isn’t, of itself, necessarily a bad thing unless you have a serious envy problem. There will always be rich people just like there will always be poor people. This is true for two reasons. First, once the poverty level is defined a bell curve will exist defining those in the lower percentiles. The facts show even the poorest of Americans could be considered “wealthy” when compared to those living in poverty elsewhere in the world. Poverty, therefore, is how you define it. Second, we are not all equally as smart or motivated to become “rich.”
An inconvenient fact that is ignored by our elected politicians is concentrated wealth can serve as the source for the funding of new investments and the expansion of existing businesses. This in turn leads to the creation of jobs and the financial rise, however humble at first, of America’s families. The resultant increase in tax revenues accompanied by lessened dependence on government entitlements brings us closer to a balanced budget. The servicing of debt diminishes the revenues available to pay for the other activities of government.
The investment of this concentrated wealth will only take place, though, if the economy is healthy enough to convince those making the investments that the likelihood of an acceptable return is high. Otherwise, those monies will sit safely on the sidelines in lower return, guaranteed investments that create no new jobs and increases dependency on government, as it is currently doing. How can working-class Americans benefit from this? The answer is, they can’t. The truth is no one ever got rich from an entitlement program but many people have become wealthy through hard work. Even when that hard work was performed for someone else.
So borrowing money to fund government handouts is bad policy but how does it qualify as criminal?
Simple. Criminals and fools masquerading as presidents, senators and congressmen lied to us when they promised us that a graduated income tax would generate enough revenue to fund all of the programs that they promised would help the vast majority of Americans. They knew it couldn’t. There simply isn’t enough money in the system to pay for the excesses of their false promises. Hence, they have been forced to borrow money to cover their promises in the short-term, leaving debt that currently hovers around $18T to be paid by the American taxpayer. Who do you owe this massive sum to? For the most part, it’s owed to the mega banks and foreign governments.
So our politicians made bad policy. That isn’t criminal is it? Here’s how their actions become criminal:
- The monies borrowed from the mega banks enrich those who have made the largest campaign contributions. This raid on the earnings of average Americans smacks of a pay-to-play scheme where bribery rules much of what we accept as political decision-making.
- The money borrowed from foreign governments threatens our national sovereignty. As a result of foreign borrowing necessary to pay for the excesses of their promises, our political leadership is, in essence, funding the development of the Chinese military.
- All government programs are rife with corruption. This is readily seized upon by virtually every out-of-power politician as a campaign issue during every electoral cycle, but nothing is ever done to eliminate it. Why? Because spending the $1.75B necessary to gain political power wouldn’t be worth the investment if there weren’t a much larger return expected.
Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution is clear: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Instead of being removed from office, either by impeachment or by the decision of the voters, these criminals continue to be re-elected and consolidate their power – much like corrupt union bosses.
Most people act in their own self-interest. It is stupid to think that once a person is elected to office they become angelic. James Madison realized the difficulty in creating an enduring and honest government:
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.”
There is only one path remaining for limiting the damage of government criminality. The voters must refrain from being seduced by empty campaign promises of government assistance and impose term limits on every incumbent at every opportunity. Only new candidates promising to shrink the size and scope of government should be worthy of your vote.