A conversation with a good colleague of mine triggered my rant. He had commented that our country is lacking in leadership. In reference to Obama's appointments of Chuck Hagel and John Brennan - "I just don't see much in the way of top leadership..." Here's my response:
"Leadership? What leadership? They're just figureheads. Look at the money behind them? It's just incredible to me that most people look at these politicians and they think that they're the people creating and implementing policy. They definitively are not. They are bought and paid for many times over by big corporate interests and wealthy individuals. The rest is nothing but a dog and pony show. The human version of the Westminster Dog Show.
Take a look at the people Obama has appointed for Secretary of Treasury and the SEC. You think for one second that if most of the people in this country bothered to look into their backgrounds and Wall Street track records and current Wall Street ties that they would vote for those two people if we could vote on appointments? No way in hell. Both Jacob Jack Lew and Mary Jo White are completely conflicted and heavily under the influence of Wall Street.
Look at our "wonderful" President. Go re-listen to his 2008 campaign speeches. He promised to clean up DC and Wall Street. Not only has he NOT cleaned those sewage pits up, he's enabled them to take even more control of lives and our wealth. How about the first thing he did after he got elected: he appointed someone as Treasury Secretary who was a pure lap dog for the big banks AND who was caught cheating on his taxes three god damn years in a row. Are you kidding me? The guy in charge of tax revenues is a tax cheat and Obama insisted on putting him in office. So much for cleaning up the system.
Our system is so completely sold down the river that watching Fox News or CNN is an absolute complete waste of time. Pure mental masturbation. Nothing but American Idol for the class of people who think they have higher IQ's than the masses. But they don't. They the same creature as the zombies that slavishly watch Jerry Springer, The View and Dr. Phil.
The Government is irrelevant except to the extent that it's used as a vehicle with which the truly inside elite are raping everyone else. That and to continue funneling printed money to more than 50% of the population in the form of outrageous entitlements as a means of keeping the masses sedated. Just read through this thorough analysis of RomneyObamaCare: Must Read Link
The biggest problem with our country is We The People. We stand idly by while the politicians and business leaders confiscate our wealth. We watch with disdain, yet with full acceptance, as more and more Americans pile onto the "entitlement" payroll: 8,830,026: Americans on Disability Hits New Record for 192nd Straight Month: LINK
Now, whether or not you think people are entitled to a lot of Government support, someone has to pay for it. Right now this massive, all-engulfing entitlement spending requires 100% of our taxpayer revenue PLUS additional Treasury borrowing. That's right, even if we could cut defense spending to zero, this country would still run a big deficit. Will someone please tell me how we will ultimately pay for this? Before you answer that question, read this real life accounting of someone who definitively does not need Government support and yet is sucking the system for everything she can. This account is from a good friend of mine who hangs out at night at a busy Denver Starbucks and has gotten to know a group of people, one of whom is this woman:
Here is that woman I told you about. Middle age woman, with husband and two kidsNow, does anyone really think this woman is entitled to disability? Really? Does anyone think she's entitled to use student loans to buy her son a bike and finance weekend getaway trips? This is not an atypical story. This is what We The People are paying for and eventually will be on the hook for.
Husband doesn’t work, one child attends an expensive parochial school (on scholarship), one in public school. She worked at a local food establishment, but then filed for disability, citing a back problem. While on disability, she has used the time to complete as many community college courses as possible. She has obtained student loans to attend this particular community college. She brags about using some of one of the student loans to buy one child a bicycle. Had enough money to fly her & her son to Dallas - spending the weekend, so the child could attend a school basketball tournament. Spends days watching soap operas, then goes out to study every night. Either hangs out at her previous employer (Starbucks), mooching the fare for free, or at a local all night diner – armed with every coupon imaginable. She manages to drive a nice car. She manages to have weekend getaways with her girlfriends at local casinos. She is a huge Obama supporter and is adamant that her student loans should be forgiven. Her son was arrested for egging Romney supporters and she's furious that one woman had the nerve to file charges against her son since “the eggs barely hit her.”
This is not going to end well for our country. The end of Saturday mail delivery is just another smoke signal indicating that the system is collapsing - a slow motion train wreck. I don't know when, but at some point the train will hit the gas tanker stuck trying to cross the tracks. If you want to see how this story ends, read or re-read "Atlas Shrugged."