It’s the New Year and many Americans are waking up with a hangover. They feel the ship swaying to and fro, their heads are spinning and they all have a splitting headache. Yep, its January and the intoxicating thrill of our National spending spree is about to come to an abrupt halt. Our withdrawal has begun .. the financial cliff has arrived and we are ready to avoid the fiscal disaster…or not?
Unfortunately and like the alcoholic that inevitably returns to the bottle time and time again , it would appear that our elected representatives have once again indulged in the “hair of the dog” that bit them. Talk today is of more spending, more outpouring of financial spirits to serve as the elixir of the poor and the lifeblood of the politician. No cold turkey, nor absence of spirits or for that matter no cutting back on our consumption for these fine gentlemen and ladies. Nope, they are all hell bent on getting to the bottom of the financial barrel. Besides, if we run out of money they can either borrow from China or better yet…just print more money. What about a financial ceiling you say? It so high now that we can barely see it so what if we raise it a level or two – no big deal – out of sight out of mind.
Like JR Harrison says ” everyone knows that we have a spending problem” just like everyone knows ole uncle Harry has a drinking problem. So our resolve? Instead of demanding that we stop the spending madness and take a realistic freeze or cut, our elected servants are agreeing in essence to give uncle Harry even more to drink ( or in this case give Uncle Same more to spend). It seems that aunt Nancy (Harry’s better half), thinks that we are not giving Uncle Harry the benefit of the doubt and the only way that he can help himself is by our giving him even more to drink. This, of course, all seems reasonable because after all; who knows uncle Harry better than Aunt Nancy, right?
At this point we here at Minutemen United could encourage you all to call your Senators or Congressman and plead your case by appealing to their conscience. Sadly, these are the very same moral champions that complained about Obama Care and then voted to finance it anyway. What they do remember, however, is that you voted them back into office…again and again because you obviously trust their judgement. That being duly noted they will take your desperate pleas with the grain of salt which the voters deserve.
So, Happy 2013 to one and all and if you think this is the last of your hangovers I got some sobering news for you. Your “righteous” representatives will vote their ethics and pour yet more spirits down your financial throat.
God Help Us all !