American Fantasy

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By: Wayne Brown


Washington D.C. is the land of doublespeak and foggy intent. Those who work there as our elected representatives did not tell us that, we figured it out by paying through the nose for most everything they do. This is the one thing about our federal government that has not changed with the various people passing through its halls…it is rooted in tradition and the art of playing the American public for the fool.


To demonstrate, look at the plans offered as solutions to the debt ceiling crisis and realize that solutions from either side of the aisle are based on the same premise…doublespeak and misleading intent. It is a wonderful practice for the politician because they can always claim the public never understood the problem well enough to understand the solution. The fact that both sides of the aisle is willing to employ such practices demonstrates that there is no real intent here to do anything except to mask the practices of the status quo. In other words, we are going to put lipstick on a pig and take it to the dance.


The current proposal base all their savings in terms of spending not on cuts to the current programs of waste and inefficiency but on managing the long-term “rate of spending”. Now, for those of you who are confused, let me simply these solutions do little of nothing to actually reduce spending in terms of reaching unacceptable levels, they simply slow the “rate” of growth in spending at some imagined level.


Let’s look at a simple example for more clarification. Currently our federal government is spending approximately $1.5 trillion dollars more annually that it actually takes in from the various revenue streams coming to the government like payroll taxes for example. This amounts to deficit spending, demands that the government borrow money to spend, and ultimate adds to the overall national debt.


Our solution finders in Washington want to continue doing this exact thing that has brought us to the brink of financial ruin. But, instead of doing a close examination of actual spending and defining actual cuts on a present day basis, they want to continue with the approximate $1.5 trillion in deficit spending and simply attempt to manage that in such a manner that it does not grow any larger or that if it grows, it grows at a rate which is slower than the measured rate of growth over the past five or ten years. In other words, if all things remain the same, the additional national debt will grow by a factor 10 X 1.5 trillion over the next ten years as opposed to some imagined number which exceeds the annual $1.5 trillion dollar estimate. By doing this, they can then estimate that we “save” more than ten trillion dollars over the next ten years. This is monkey economics and the same type of principal the wife employs when she buys a dress on a half-price sale with money you do not have to start with only then to attempt to convince you that the money saved can be applied to the grocery bill.


Companies in the private sector do not use such thinking as the first line of defense when they are in troubled times. Companies in the private sector do not have the luxury of printing money or even borrowing it when they are financially stressed. The bank only wants to lend money to companies who don’t need it. Consequently, the management of those companies have to look inside and attempt to cut as much real and present spending as possible to keep the ship afloat. Hard decisions are made and some of them affect peoples lives to a degree but, at the same time, the hardship and suffering is much less than would be experienced if the entire ship goes down and everyone loses their job with the failure of the company. Washington refuses to apply such principles because it takes away the gravy train and the path to power that all of them on both sides of the aisle want to hold on to in the future.


The President should be leading this effort to identify real potential spending cuts and making them. Instead, he is sitting on the sidelines waiting to see who comes up with the best plan of doublespeak and trickery that will give him what he wants…two additional trillion dollars of spending and still keep the American people fooled. Remember, the President subscribes to that philosophy, “never let a good crisis go to waste,” that is the very reason why he has found so many of them in his short presidency. If he truly cared about the welfare of the country and its people, he would make it clear that he would veto any plan which simply bases its potential cuts on managed spending for the future. Washington has proved time and again that it cannot “manage” anything effectively…even the post office seems too great a challenge based on its financial track record.


The other fly in the ointment related to “managed spending” is that it assumes some level of growth in the revenue stream. Not a bad formula huh? On the spending side of the equation, you estimate that you can hold the line and not increase spending or if you do, it will be at a rate that is less than what we have traditionally seen in the past but either way, the spending continues. At the same time, you have the ability to predict the revenue stream will grow and grow. So, if spending is destined to stay the same and revenue grows, why just look at all this surplus money we have to pay off the national debt…it’s beyond our wildest dreams and America is saved. Folks, if you buy that proposal, you really should consider investing in Florida swampland.


For all the smoke that is drifting around on this issue, the essence of the problem is clearly “spending” in both the past and present tense. We spend too much. We spend excessively beyond the abilities of the revenue stream. The President knows; the Congress knows it, yet neither of them want to see it stop and all of them are willing to lie to the American public in any fashion necessary to sustain the status quo. They will posture and snip at each other but ultimately, the thinking is the same. This is the very reason that both sides of the aisle is so incensed with the efforts of the Tea Party freshman in Congress…they are pissing in the punch bowl.


The reason our elected representatives can pull off such shenanigans is because we, as a public, have spent to many years believing they were smarter than we were and had our welfare as a country foremost in their mind. Now that we have become more engaged as a voting public, we find that is the furthers thing from the truth. We find that we are in financial crisis because the very ones we trusted to manage and guard our welfare have abused it with their semantics and wordplay. We have basically been duped in such a manner that had it occurred in the private sector, someone would be going to jail and folks would be calling for their head just like in the case of Bernie Madoff. In the government sector, there is little possibility that the criminals will prosecute the criminals for it might not bode well for their own futures.


Over time America has seen Congress create programs designed to insure career service. Oh we can’t throw John out and send a new man in…why our district would lose all its “congressional seniority”. Oh, John is serving on the Ways & Means Committee, he’s too important now to re-elect. Meanwhile, John’s salary keeps creeping up to the six figure level and beyond. His benefits and retirement are beyond the dreams of fantasy and his daily conveniences are many and near at hand…John likes serving the American people…only a fool would not. We are now well past the time at which John needs to go home. He has had his chance to show America how he can serve it and he has failed. Likely he will return home a rich man and live a good life while America attempts to pay the bills he stacked up while there in service. How much worse could a traitor be?


We have an obligation as a public to call our elected officials on these ridiculous proposals such as those before us in this debt ceiling debate. Time is short and about to run out but you can be sure that they “solution” will not emerge until just a few minutes before the deadline arrives. Then, the heroes from both sides of the aisle will line up for photo ops to be hailed as “America’s leadership” which has come together in a bipartisan effort in the late hours nearing midnight to save America with some phony plan which promises everything but delivers nothing and will likely not be remember within three years after it is put in place. For you see, another crisis will subvert its intent and it will be tossed to the curb as part of the functional necessity of an out of control government that must have continued spending to keep it alive. The monster gets bigger and bigger and eventually will consume us all unless we cut off the blood supply…money. Real, current, and significant spending cuts is the only real way to achieve such a goal.


Obama will stand at the helm of this ship and watch it sink into the black waters of financial ruin knowing that such an outcome would allow marshal law and the formation of a new form of emergency government. It would make socialism in its highest form far more palatable to the America public and they would welcome it with open arms realizing that the government was going to take care of everything and relieve the misery they have suffered from the predictable failure of a capitalist oriented system of government. When that time comes, check the podium and I am sure will see George Soros’ smiling face in the background. He’ll be smiling because he is reaping the fruits of all the money he tossed around in Washington DC to get the right people elected to accomplish this task and his biggest puppet will be standing at the microphone proclaiming the great change which he singularly has brought to America. Fantasy you say…you had better pray that is the case but the current level of deficit spending in America can easily make it a reality.

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chaz cecil 5 years ago

Good points made. The only problem is that we,, after voting these people in now, have no control until the "NEXT" election. And as you have pointed out, that won't make a difference if we keep voting the same politcal doubletalkers in!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@chaz cecil...Absolutely true, Chaz...we are between a rock and a hard place as a public. There was a reason that the founding fathers despised big government at the federal level...we are seeing a great example of that fear played out today. Thanks for the good comments. WB


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Rock_nj 5 years ago from New Jersey

I liked living in a condo association whee I knew where every dollar that I paid into the association went to, and I could see real improvements to the common areas. With the federal government, the money I pay into it goes to all sorts of things, some I support and some I don't. While some this is part of being in a large and diverse country, and having to accept that what is good for the whole is not always good for me, a lot of it is just craziness, like giving Billions to other countries while we are running $1.5 Trillion deficits and have a huge federal debt.


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TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

Wayne:

Of course, they also wanted the political process to be limited to a few.

Much like the right of today!


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

Wayne, I have to agree with you on a lot of the spending that is going on and the need to turn that around. I also think you don't go far enough on who the perpetraitors are that actually own these folks in Washington. While George Soros is definitely one of them I also nominate the Koch Bros. that hold sway over most of the right wing of the Congress. Ownership of the congress and White house is not exclusive to the left but also to the right, maybe even more so. And not one of them or you have mentioned the one trillion dollars of waste and fraud that goes unnoticed and unstoppable by either party. Alot of that is the pork they all insist on slipping in. There are many other points that can be made for and against both sides like equal taxation but I won't even go there. This little drama that is being played for all our benefits in Washington is not the end all and be all but just another smoke screen as you so aptly put it. It's time for the smoke and mirrors to go along with the people who perpetuate it. We need to vote them out as soon as possible, Thanks Peter


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FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

I almost laughed when you said "This is the very reason that both sides of the aisle is so incensed with the efforts of the Tea Party freshman in Congress…they are pissing in the punch bowl." My next thought was that statement almost got it. Perhaps if it said "This is the very reason that both sides of the aisle is so incensed with the efforts of the Tea Party freshman in Congress…they won't drink the cool-aid AND they are pissing in the punch bowl."


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Rock_nj...the shame of it all is that once something gets a piece of the funding in Washington, it is a never ending fairy tale. Temporary help is one thing...long term subsistence is another. Planned Parenthood does not really need taxpayer money to survive but they are given it and they take it freely. For a church mouse organization so dependent on the American taxpayer, they sure have some mighty fine buildings and a butt-load of employees all over the country. WB

@TeaPartyCrasher...This piece is not written in defense of either side...in fact I think both are liable for our current situation and yet we continue to allow it to go on. I think there are a few people on the right and on the left with good intent who may only disagree on what can be cut but both agree the cuts need to really happen. Those voices get stifled by the establishment in Washington who have too much at stake powerwise to see their ability to spend go down the drain. WB

@Peter Lumeta...We agree on a lot that you mention Peter. I think far too many of these folks on both sides of the aisle have sold their souls to someone just to keep their lazy butts in the seat while they vote themselves a greater and greater share of the pie. Pork definitely is causing a lot of the problem. Discretionary spending in Washington almost equals the entire Defense budget dollar for dollar...over 600 billion dollars by the 2010 numbers. I find it absolutely ludicrious that a paltry 29 billion cannot be found in a silo of over 600 billion dollars in order to service debt payment. There are too many issues on the table in this discussion coming from both sides...the left, the President specifically, wanting two plue trillion for spending over the next two years in terms of the debt ceiling. The far right conservatives who think all spending can come to a screeching halt without incurring any shock to the financial stability of the country...all loaded against an argument centered around a paltry 29 billion dollars in debt service. This is first class drama at its best designed to confuse and mislead in every direction but ultimately aimed at fooling the public and sustaining the status quo. WB

@FitnezzJim...I think I like the way you put it better. McConnell is on the podium now letting us know that as the clock ticks toward midnight on Tuesday, a solution is very close. The drama is thickening as the third and final act of this heroic drama plays out on the American stage. The last minute solution will make heroes of all of them and there will be no time for debate as to the details...what could be better in a hide the pea con game. WB


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

Wayne you've done it again, what a wonderfully insightful and informative look at the economic policies of BOTH parties, the inefficiency of our current Commander in Chief, and our own responsibility for the mess that we are in. I loved the "We're going to put lipstick on a pig and take it to the dance" line, I nearly spit my coffee all over my

keyboard. Great Hub, should be recommended reading for a lot of people I know! Voted useful, awesome, interesting, funny.

Kristen


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

WB - voted up! I do think there are so many misconceptions no one truly understands how to fix it. Band aids are being offered for huge gaping wounds and I think we would all like to believe sorting things out is an easy answer. Americans really need to learn to think rationally for themselves and not depend so much on virtual strangers in the news. (ah that's why I am here!) I'm guilty as sin - I was raised to believe that no matter what I should vote a straight Democrat ticket! I'm not saying my dad was all wrong but I think those answers are wrong NOW.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@K.Burns Darling...Glad I could surprise you with a laugh amid all this drama! LOL! WB

@RealHousewife...There was a time when my dad was saying the same thing but the Democratic Party was a different place back then...far more conservative in values. In truth there are good things to be said of both parties when they operate inside the box of normality and common sense. Neither of them can justify continuing a course of rampant out of control deficit spending and do it in a manner that is honest in its approach to the American people. Living within our means either as an individual or as a government of people is not a foreign concept..it is common sense and it works the same way in either case when you take away the ability to either tax or print money. A balanced budget amendment is the absolute answer and both side of the aisle is shaking in fear every time they hear the phrase mentioned. They cannot imagine not having bags of money to pass out making the all powerful, the intelligent and the thoughtful when in actuality they behave like a group of crack-heads delirious over the dope they are hooked on...money and spending. We need to fix this and fast. WB


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TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

Wayne:

That was before 'Ole Strom' and his 'DixieCrats' bolted--and became the base of the GOP!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Wayne - Some people can't take their partisan blinders off so I ignore most nonsense I read. I believe it is rooted in corruption now and it runs deep throughout our nation's Capitol, no matter which party it is that is in power.

The framers set it up so there was to be a limited federal government and power has corrupted their intent over the centuries. Power and money are the driving forces behind their decisions. This latest debacle should make that apparent to anyone. Well maybe to most people anyway. The partisan blinder crowd will never get it.

The Frog


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@The Frog Prince...Well, I hope that crowd enjoys washing the "people's truck" when the curtain closes on their American democratic adventure. Thanks, Jim.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

You provide a powerful argument, Wayne, for Americans to step up to the plate and remind their representatives that they are in DC to serve the people and not abuse their power. Unfortunately, there are too many voters who even now just do not 'get it.'


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj...Too many of the American voters are already on their knees waiting to wash someone's feet among the Washington elite. The Republicans sold us out on this deal and the Democrats are attempting to make us believe that the mean ol' Tea Party actually won. I think it is interesting that the most recent poll since the bill was signed indicates the the Democrats are the ones who are most positive and most satified with the outcome. Even when the decision is made...they can't quit lying to people...what a shameful situation we have inside the beltway of our capitol. Some prisons have inmates with more integrity. WB

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