Playing On People's Fears

Been Running On Empty For Some Time Now Folks

It has been nice for about ten days to just sit back and watch what is going on and not have to stroke the keyboard. I was out in Ft. Worth spending time with my son as he prepared to walk across the stage at UT at Arlington to receive his degree in geology and it was time well spent. I met with Wayne Brown and his lovely wife for dinner a week ago today at the 5 star restaurant my son has managed the last four years as he pursued his education. I have endeavored to teach him that there is no free lunch and I think he gets it now. I can attest to the fact that Wayne is a real person with a very sharp intellect. We had a crowd of young people around us that evening and they got some pearls of wisdom for now and the future. Of that I am certain.

So I've been quietly watching as events unfolded during this period. I witnessed Obama doing a bit of a flip flop on drilling our own domestic oil rather than sending megabucks abroad. He seems to have sensed the public pulse on the issue which I find unusual, but not too much so. He created the Big Oil boogie man, the Speculator boogie man and a few others to try to deflect blame but the majority of us weren't buying it. Maybe the American people are indeed starting to wake up to the Snake Oil Salesman-In-Chief. It's always easier to play on people's fears rather than really attempt to solve a problem. If you buy into that then you may just be the sucker they are attempting to draw in. Drill -Baby - Drill and not in Brazil. I ain't afraid of no boogie man Obama.

Then low and behold here comes the revelation that both Social Security and Medicare, at their present levels, aren't as sustainable as our politicians would like us to believe. The social security "trustees" (boy that is an oxymoron) issued their annual report that very simply states that the system is now running on a permanent cash negative basis. What does that mean? It means that there aren't enough revenues coming into the system to cover the continued outlays. So in 2036 it will have exhausted itself. Of course, we always have next years report to gleefully look forward to.

What we are witnessing is what we will always witness as a Ponzi scheme goes south. That's a fact by the way. Eventually there aren't enough people at the bottom to feed the people at the top. Just take that pyramid and turn it upside down and you'll get the picture. When Lyndon Johnson turned a retirement trust fund over to the general revenue fund to finance Viet Nam and his "Great Society" it was the beginning of the end. The federal government can't be everything to everybody and it shouldn't be. But I'll be damned if it didn't try to be and Obama wants to play on people's fears that it should be.

Medicare fared not much better. That system is expected to run out of money by 2024, not 2029 as reported last year. Again it is the case of the upside down pyramid at work. Too few at the bottom to feed those at the top. Then I read a report that Harry Reid, the same Harry who contends that social security is solvent and he won't consider changing it until he is 90, blasting away at the other side of the aisle about reforming what is obviously broken. Some radical changes now have to be made my fellow Americans - changes that involve pain so prepare yourselves. The federal government can't be everything to everybody as much as they would like it to appear so. Our founding fathers didn't exactly see it that way either if one bothers to read the US Constitution and associated history.

Then I reflect on Obama going on the stump to his favorite of places where minds are more susceptible than those of us who aren't naive enough to know better - college campuses. He is a master at fear mongering this one. He wants to contend to college students that as long as it is his watch, he will preserve something for them that will be broke long before they ever get there. You see, those young people are the ones at the bottom of the pyramid food chain. They are the future "wealthy" of th nation. But they aren't being told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Even his own people - Geithner and Sibelius - are a couple of the very "trustees" who just signed off on the death knell of the two Ponzi schemes. But Obama knows better huh?

Then Obama trots off to El Paso to play the immigration, or lack of adequate enforcement, card while I'm in Texas. Naturally, any such talk has to occur in a border town where just across the border guns are blazing. It made me wonder just how aware Obama is that granting amnesty to these law breaking leeches is a wildly unpopular issue. Even when he had both houses of Congress and the Whine House, nothing was flying in that direction. But then again, this is all about his reelection hopes and very little to do with the will of the people as we have seen since he took office. He is the one who wants to "fundamentally change" our nation whether we like it or not. It's always nice to make grandiose statements without properly defining them. Last time GWB tried to make an attempt at this issue the switch boards in Foggy Bottom got shut down by the outrage of the majority so don't expect anything different this time Obama.

As all that unfolded, I watched the game of political chicken and fear mongering going on concerning raising the debt ceiling - the sky is falling, the sky is falling... Well, they whistled right past the magic number and the carriage didn't turn into a pumpkin pulled by a team of mice. But we are still running on empty now, aren't we?

The bond market reacted well to the looming disaster yesterday as investors around the world gobbled up T bonds at a discount and drove up interest rates that the American tax payer will also now have to absorb. The federal government absorbs nothing mind you. So I guess maybe we'll see another Speculator boogie man appear over the horizon.

So the saga continues. We'll see more boogie men, you can take that to the bank. This is all about politics and some idiot(s) trying to get reelected. Maybe you need to face that reality. This isn't about you, nor is it about me or countless other millions upon millions of tax paying citizens of this nation. The game is all about them and their continued existence of warming seats in Washington DC our expense let me add. If you're okay with that then seek help immediately if not sooner. But it is always easy to prey upon people's fears as they endeavor to survive the acts of the truly greedy - politicians. It's always so easy to spend other people's money now, isn't it?

But the bottom line is that we're still running on empty and have been for quite some time. Just try to at least attempt to see through the political smoke screen. When you finally do, it sure isn't a pretty sight.

Have a nice day!

As always,

The Frog Prince

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Welcome back, Frog Prince and congratulations. I thought you were going to rest your mind for a while. Clearly, your astute powers of observation were in high gear. When you left we were running on empty and now that you are back the tank is dry. Up and awesome.

Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Good Morning Frog,

As we have known for quite sometime, it looks like it is time to seriously tighten our purse strings,save if we can,don't go in debt,go without some things we have been use to having and trying to find a way to sustain ourselves for a rocky future. I preach to my Kids..don't make simple..times are going to get tougher for sure..Thanks Frog.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

BPOP - We've hit the negative side of reality about 14 and a half trillion dollars ago and some people want this to hit rock bottom. I consider the fact that we are really there now and it's time to reverse course and quickly.

Time to cut the federal government off of the tax payer feeder. If we axed it by half it would be an excellent start. See I'm a realist as a conservative and not at all an idealist. Idealism has been dealing us the wrong hand for too long.

Sunnie - The government needs to operate like the average successful household. When we're out of money, we're out of money.

The Frog

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Great to see you back my friend. It looks like you may have given your fingers a little rest, but you mind was still in there figuring out all these jokes that are being played on us. It must have been fun meeting up with Wayne Brown. We need to have a hubbers convention somewhere.

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tom hellert 5 years ago from home


dinner with Wayne Brown- thats worth the trip alone- wow cool..

froggy= your son graduated college ... i have at least 6-7 years there. But as a geologist myself-what will he do withthat... well maybe in texas he will look for Oil... sounds fun in Texas-If he needs a good product to clean up petroleum i know a great one-

Goo luck froggy- its amazing what you can learn on line-


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Poolman - The last time I had the pleasure of meeting on line writers and thinkers was at 912. It was marvelous and maybe a repeat might be in order. The chant that day was, "Can You Hear Us Now?" I don't think they did or they ignored it. Not a very good idea IMHO. Good to be back in the saddle again. I read a lot as usual, even while on vacation.

I read many things here but let my mind digest the goodies without comment. After all, everyone needs an occasional break.

Wayne is made of solid American patriot timber. I can assure you of that now having met the man himself.

Tom - This very Friday he is headed out into the Gulf of Mexico to work to the tune of $45K a year to start. They are snapping up geologists right and left.

The Frog

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

FP - The thought of a large auditorium filled with these amazing writers we know on Hub Pages would be awesome. But of course we would have to split the room into two sections, and I'm certain a few fights would occur before the evening was over.

I forgot to say congratulations to your son on his hard won degree. He sure picked an interesting major. Two of my customers are geologists, and they currently travel the world for their employers.

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rkhyclak 5 years ago from Ohio

Welcome back, Frog. I'm glad you were able to get away for a bit, but very glad you're back :) You know, I wonder how many people even know we've "hit the ceiling?" I do agree with your comment that perhaps America is waking up, I just wish we could wake them up at a faster rate. There is lots of work to be done.

And meeting with Wayne Brown? I'll show my age here, but swwweeeeet!

Congrats to Frog Jr as well :)

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SheriSapp 5 years ago from West Virginia


I have written hubs eerily similar to this one. I am baffled by the lib inability to comprehend the stark FACT that if things keep rolling along as is, there will be NOTHING AT ALL for ANYBODY, much less the poor and needy. Seems to me that less of something is better than all of nothing. Again, I do not understand the libs and their idiocy, guess I never will!!!

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Sheri - Frog scratches head!!!!

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.


The body and brain went on vacation, but the reporter remained on duty. You don't have an off switch my friend, and that makes you special. Up and awesome!


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

jim - I learned a while back to keep my eye on the ball. Just today I see something new flying under the radar. When it comes to this country and the future, or lack of it, I won't rest to easily from here on out. Stay tuned for some under the radar action my detector picked up.

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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

That was a Texas trip to remember and congrats on your son's graduation. Have digested one the best op-ed pieces around today; saw some of your topics in the newspaper's headlines but decided...nah. Thanks Frog.

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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Excellent overview! It sure is so much of a game, all this political bantering and posturing. Another case in point I heard today, Harry Reid got the entire state of Nevada a waiver from Obamacare!!*

Congratulations on your son's big milestone!

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Ms Dee - I thank you but my son did the hard part. Watch for tomorrow's article where I zero in a bit closer to the waiver situation as it came down in April.

The Frog

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

If Ms Dee is correct, and Reid was able to pull off a waiver from Obamacare for the entire State of Nevada, we should all be screaming and telling him to pack his bags. He was one of the main people pushing this horrid thing through, then he gets his state an exemption. That would be a real serious issue in my opinion.

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tom hellert 5 years ago from home


i guess this is the first time it really is not FOR ME its FOR YOU... or at least thats what REID WOULD SAY-



LYING MFers-it seems great for everyone but unions nevada car companies unions tree squirrels congress and dead people- well-the ones that are currently dead-not all those that will die from the Obamacareless


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

tom - Watch for tomorrow's under the radar report on Obamacare exemptions.


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rkhyclak 5 years ago from Ohio

The waivers are unbelievable. So nice that Reid and Pelosi's districts get them. I'm looking forward to your take on it Frog!

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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Yes, my jaw dropped when I heard what Reid did, but then, I certainly wouldn't put it past him. It's more a jaw drop at the game they are playing with OUR country! Look forward to tomorrow's Frog.

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The Frog Princess 5 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

Frog Prince forgot to mention another writer we have known for quite a long time. Way before we went to 912.

Sherri is such a great person and we had dinner with her also. FP fans--just so you know froggy is always in high gear (smiling) and walks around the house when he is getting ready to write the "Big One" for the day! Frog jr will be off the Houston on Friday and either going to France or Brazil for training for 3 months. All I can say is Frog jr did this on his own with plenty of hard work; long hours of studing, many missed parties and lots of pride. Yes we are proud. It was also so wonderful to meet Wayne and his wife. Great pair to close down a 5 star with and hope to do it again. Anyone

ready for a meet and greet week-end?

Donna aka The Frog Princess

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tony0724 5 years ago from san diego calif

Bravo Froggy indeed the chickens have come home to roost.I think most Americans don't vote for a candidate out of hope anymore, they vote out of desperation.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

tony - It usually has been coming down to the lesser of two evils. In the present case, the evilest of the two won out.

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Ken R. Abell 5 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Great commentary complete with sharp insights.

Enjoyed it with a morning coffee. Loved the inclusion of the clip from Network--that was the name of the movie, right? It's been a long time & now I want to see it again.

Stu From VT 5 years ago


Up and all buttons accross.

But how am I supposed to "have a nice day" now????


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Ken - Network was the name.

Stu - Think warm and fuzzy thoughts. That's what Obama wants you to do. He's gonna fix all of our problems.

Stu From VT 5 years ago

Hi Frog,

It's been two hours, and I thought warm and fuzzy thoughts. No problems have been fixed. Tee time must have been 9:00 AM EST.


Ghost32 5 years ago

Awesome as always, Frog. Only fine-tuning possibility might be in the title itself. That dude isn't "playing" on people's fears...he's WORKING on them.

Up and Awesome.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

'Running on empty," is the perfect phrase, Frog, to describe our current situation in the U.S. Maybe those who can see no evil in the current administration will finally begin to understand our perilous situation.

This was a terrific sunmmation - voted up!

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