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Money In And What Comes Out?
It's been a while since The Frog hit the keyboard in the political arena. I've been watching events, reading many things as is my custom, dealing with life as it has been dealt to me but I do have a tendency to attempt to think outside the box. I'm accused of being a Republican, which I'm not because what I have evolved into over time is a concerned American. As I grow older I seem to become more concerned.
I often wonder what the "average" American is thinking or maybe they aren't. It's a head scratcher to me that anyone can get caught in the trap of thinking that either the Democrats, or the Republicans, have all the answers to the problems we face. Those are the very same people who have gotten us into this mess in the first place. They just trade places of power over the decades but the tune never really changes. It's called politics and usually it has an unpleasant aroma when you lift the lid and take a good whiff. Somewhere along the line "We, the People..." have been turned into "They, Themselves..." by the very people who blindly go to the polls, look for that (D) or (R) and continue to send the same tired faces and ideas to do our bidding, which never seems to happen in too many cases. Then we forget about it until the next time. That's a bit of insanity.
This is what I ask you to consider in this Hub and I believe you better start paying attention, if not for your sake then for the sake of your own children and their children and so forth and so on. I reckon if you're one of those "what's in it for me?" people then this might breeze right by you. Or there's the "let someone else worry about it" types that are so self-centered that it's all about them. You know the type - one oar in the water at all times. This is what worries me - the national debt. The answer isn't necessarily to raise more revenue by taxing anyone in any income category either. There just isn't enough available money to make a dent in what the clowns that we have sent to Washington have brought down on our heads.
So grab that calculator and lets do some numbers crunching just for S&Gs. In case you haven't noticed the national debt clock went sailing past $15 trillion yesterday. I happened to be watching when it happened. Gee whiz, that's only a number, right? So now that you have your calculator in your paw the next thing you might need is your checkbook. Tell your kids, your grand kids, and their yet born kids to fetch theirs too,. What exactly does that number mean?
First, that number is historical as Obama likes to spout off about. History we can do without but it's on the books now. The guy is making history alright and wants to continue to spend money like a drunken sailor on shore leave on the American tax payer's dime. It is estimated that in 2010 there were 93,641,000 (+ of - depending on who you believe) private sector workers in this country. You calculating yet? Then factor in the 18,073,000 full time, and often over paid, federal, state and local government employees. Using a figure of $15.0336 trillion as the approximate federal debt, keeping in the mind that was yesterday's figure, that amounts to each of those private sector people having a $160,454 balance due. Yes, I just may mean you.
What? You can't afford to stroke that check, but you expect someone else to take up the slack for you? Why should they? All this share and share alike just a one way street? In whose world? Yours? You want the government and someone else to fluff your pillow and tuck you in bed at night? Better hire a Nanny and stop thinking of the federal government as being the answer to your prayers my friends. With friends like that governing our nation who needs friends. We ran out of checks in the checkbook a long time ago but maybe someone forgot to tell them. I seriously doubt it though. We've become slaves to their excesses and "subjects" who don't seem to either be paying attention or maybe it is just that we don't care about the future since it is our heirs we are leaving in the lurch.
The census figures for 2010 have the number of families in the nation at 76,089,045. That's pale to 15 trillion huh? Yes it is until you grab that trusty calculator anew and get to crunching. That amounts to $197,579 per American family. If you're single and working, doesn't that just give you a warm and fuzzy? You only owe a mere 164,454 clams, fetid clams at that. Kind of like the tingle Chrissy Matthews gets up his leg when he thinks about Obama.
Then you watch this badassed idea Super Committee doing the political hokey pokey trying to make us believe they are serious about lowering the national debt by cutting a paltry $1.2 trillion over a ten year period. If you're buying into that then have I got something to sell you. This fiasco is the worst sales job I've seen in my life. While they're having us look over here what they aren't saying is that during that same ten year period the national debt is projected to soar to 23-25 trillion if the brakes aren't severely applied.
So if you think "they" have all the answers then grab your checkbook and start stroking. A den of thieves will always be just that - regardless of what political party they profess to be. Try to start thinking outside the box, especially when you walk into that voting booth.
Maybe that's okay with you but the cartoon below will help to illustrate my point. Have a great day and a Happy Thanksgiving..