Re: The void stares back...
"When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic. " - B. Franklin
All of this started quite a while ago. People of both major political parties are constantly lobbying to retain their favorite government program, while crying about everyone else's. Whether it be Medicare, or Oill industry tax breaks, everyone's pointing the finger at someone else and crying foul that they have an unfair advantage. Ever since the income tax was voted in, it's been used by both major political parties to benefit their friends and bludgeon their enemies. I'm not a tall guy, but I still think it's pretty ridiculous that the tax code printed and stacked beside me is taller than I am. Every time lawmakers "give" us some new and wonderful government program, you'll notice two things: The language of the bill is written in the most complicated language that they can come up with, and the lawmakers themselves are exempt from participation in the program. They vote exemption for themselves because they know the true purpose of the program is vote buying; any benefit to taxpayers is just a byproduct. Our leaders have for decades been doing the same thing Bernie Madoff did. He's in jail. His investors are broke. The Feds are still in control, and we have a "lock box" full of IOUs where our Social Security money should be.
That's the truly ludicrous part of this whole deal; the fact that none of this stuff is paid for. We're in debt up to our noses, and lawmakers still look no further than the next election when making their decisions about the future of our nation. People are still contacting their representatives and making demands about what is to be done with money that other people have earned. Nobody wants to give up the "easy money" flowing down from Uncle Sugar. It's all paid for by debt, and China won't keep funding our crap forever. Our children are going to have to pay in the future for what we refuse to live without now. When I look at my kids, I do not feel OK about this.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. " - B. Franklin