Shift Focus From the Little Things

*Federal Budget Discussion Rant*

I’ve been watching for a while and the federal budget discussion is disgusting.  Fox News and MSNBC just keep feeding the rabid idiots with bad information. 

Unfortunately, the vast majority of people and the press are glomming onto line items that don’t matter.  For some reason the politicians have been able to successfully position this debate and make everyone believe that this is about “waste” or “excess” without addressing the reality – it is all broken and it is going to really really hurt to fix it. 

A harsh reality is that the “greatest generation” is to thank for building this country into what it is, and at the same time responsible for the core policies that have brought us to the precipice. 

I haven’t done a good political rant in a while so here is something I hope people start to realize. 

 

1. We can’t balance the federal budget without growth.  Period.  End of discussion.  No mathematician on earth can do it.  We need real growth, not this 1-2% nonsense.  You can’t legislate growth, no matter what politicians tell you.  This is something we all have to fix. 

 

2. We can’t “trim the fat” enough in the federal budget to get it back under control.  It is like believing that you can balance your household budget by cutting out toothpaste and going to cheaper toilet paper.  Both just make it miserable.

 

Ponder this, if we eliminated all foreign aide (less than 1%), all welfare (less than 6%), and the entire Department of Education (less than 4%) we would still be in the hole by about 7% or $245 billion dollars.  Stop worrying about the little things and endlessly going on with this incessant debate.  

Nearly 70% of the TOTAL federal budget goes to three categories; Defense, Medicare/Medicaid, and Social Security.  Defense is the sacred cow of the republican party, Social Security is the sacred cow of the Democrat Party, and no one wants to touch Medicare/Medicaid because seniors all vote.  We absolutely can not fix our long term issues without changing the way these three things are structured.  I don’t ever see that happening without major public pressure to do so. 

Right now there is none because we are all fixated on things like a militaristic shutdown of the National Parks and why we are sending money to Somalia…   

 

The solution for you and I is to stop voting people out of office that compromise.  We the people are to blame for ratcheting up the rhetoric.  Stop negatively labeling politicians as a “RHINO” or “Blue Dog Democrat.”  If there was ever a time in our history we needed some ugly ole fashion behind doors sausage making in Washington DC it is right now.  I’d trade some federal bill filled with horrible .00003% pork spending if it restructured Social Security and made it solvent for my generation.

 

*rant over*

 

Call me when the parks open back up.

Finding Clarity in Pain

The last four years have been utterly brutal for me and many of my closest friends. I hope I never have to experience something like this again and I hope if you were lucky enough to escape relatively unscathed that you never face that reality.

I understand that those that were not hurt during this period don’t carry the same vehement hatred for those involved. I will not hide my disgust. I will not shut up. I’ve always been politically conscious, but never carried such anger into an election.

Don’t read it if you aren’t interested or if you want to just put your head in the sand. It doesn’t bother me one way or the other. And if you haven’t noticed I enjoy a good debate, so come prepared.

The rhetoric stings more true this period.  The words inside of the sentences are being noticed. I am listening close and watching actions. I am tired of this discussion about the birth certificate or some sort of class warfare worry about what offshore accounts someone has. It is beside the point.

I feel I am more globally aware than ever before. I also feel we are in way more trouble as a country and as a society than ever before. We have always had growth to pull us out of the shitter before and the hole has never ever been a fraction of this large. Little nitpicky political jib-jab just doesn’t raise my ire because believe it or not we are at the precipice of a global financial meltdown that will make 2007 look like a wet dream.

What would you do if our money collapsed?

It is something we take for granted at this point.  What would we all do?  Would society go back to the stone age – well no, but there isn’t a rule book to follow for this sort of thing.  The only example we really have for a global currency collapse is the Roman Empire.  Sure… things have changed and diversified a lot since then.

WHEN we can’t pay our debts any longer as a global economy a monetary collapse is precisely what we may be looking at.

Go ahead ignore what is occurring. 

Don’t tell me to put my head in the sand and tell me everything is going to be okay. Something big is going to happen within our lifetime. Our generation is going to have to face the reckoning of what has been sewed by 200+ years of politicians pushing the log down the river.

It seems the Democrats have made their decision – future issues be damned.  So while the choice is more clear it is also more cloudy.

I remember what the Republicans didn’t accomplish in Bush’s second term.  I also remember things like the Patriot Act and them embarking on a spending spree of epic proportions between 2004-2006.  I also really don’t know what anyone can do about the coming storm.

There are some Republicans like Ron Paul and Paul Ryan that understand the real meat that needs to be shed.  Most think we can trim around the edges, but anyone that has ever had a budget problem will tell you if 65% of your budget goes to three categories you won’t make much progress without addressing those three items.

Department of Defense
Health and Human Services
Social Security Adminstration

Both parties seem focused on their own favorite institutions.  Well with a collapsing dollar those institutions won’t be there anyway if we don’t do something.