Sacred Cows

 

We are in the midst of an economic meltdown in America, and the debate rages over how to shrink government spending. So far, our unsustainable welfare state, with unfunded liabilities namely Social Security and Medicare are slated for fiscal purging, yet no politician, political pundit, or media talking head has ever mention the second unsustainable welfare state that goes by the title of American foreign aid.

 Lawmakers are poised to shrink government spending on entitlements here at home; yet international entitlements in the form of economic aid remain a sacred cow. Billions of tax dollars annually are sent overseas to supposedly allay one humanitarian crisis after another. Our federal government assumes the roll of benefactor, on behalf of the tax payer, empowering themselves, to distribute international welfare at their discretion. Haiti is a sterling example in a long list of such foreign aid failures. In this case (as in many) a corrupt regime steals and squanders the foreign aid empowering themselves, while keeping the masses impoverished. These masses view America, not as a benevolent provider, but rather an accomplice, supporting the oppressive regime.

 Another foreign aid fiasco comes disguised as trade policy. In this instance taxpayer dollars are spent to bolster trade in developing nations. In actuality our government is giving tax revenue to nations who then turn around and use it to buy American goods. This is all done under the guise of free trade. Free trade does not involve government manipulation of markets; this is a non sequitur; it’s like claiming that sex cures AIDs. You can bet special interests have greased the political machine, subsidizing their goods to nations who purchased them with dollars extorted from the taxpayer.

 President Obama has pledged billions in financial aid to fund the United Nations. This subversive organization embraces hostile rogue regimes, human rights offenders, and state sponsors of terrorism bent on destroying the west. Our own government is complicit destroying our national sovereignty by circumventing our constitution through international law. We are directly funding the UN mission to enact voodoo climate legislation on a global scale, in effect, redistributing our national wealth on behalf of wanton welfare nations. There is no justifiable argument, altruistic or otherwise, to support this illegitimate practice of wealth redistribution.

Tipi Wind Christmas

The sun sets deep in the winter solstice and the Christmas cactus is in full bloom. The north wind scours a wilderness landscape that resembles perpetual fall, for snow is a commodity that may or may not arrive in time for the holiday.

Robin decorated the house before the first of December, she would have done it sooner but they don’t sell Christmas trees before Thanksgiving. At this moment she is downstairs baking a constellation of Christmas cookies, time honored favorites that I often times mistake for breakfast.

 We find ourselves empty nesters these days, our boys having fled to pursue careers and relationships in other parts of the country. I thought for a moment that I would have to join a support group for empty nesters, but the dogs, cats, and horses have filled the void admirably. El Gato, the timid one, has taken to decorating the house with his presence, lying amongst the packages under the Christmas tree or careening off the legs of an unsuspecting host. His brother, who needs no invitation, takes liberties perfecting his lap dance whenever Robin and I should happen to sit; of course this makes the dogs insanely jealous, for they are exiled to the sunroom by night, never to set foot in the inner sanctum.

After this morning session of crafting pros, after yet another cup of tea and honey, I will take my leave to work out in the basement, pumping iron before Robin and I take our daily walk. Bundled up with dogs in tow, we will skirt the canyon rim, or maybe . . . we’ll load the children in the pickup bed and drive them to the river for a hike, or maybe . . . I’ll just stretch out on the leather sofa for a nap instead, for my immediate future now depends on how many Christmas cookies I eat in the next hour.

 From our Camp to yours: Merry Christmas.

 Gene & Robin

Debt Commission folly

There seemed to be a lot of back slapping approval on capital hill last week. Law makers overwhelmingly embraced the recommendations of President Obama’s Debt Commission.

On thorough examination, the report is nothing more than a vehicle for raising taxes. The abolition of existing tax breaks, and increasing taxes on gasoline are hardly innovative ideas, and they constitute nothing toward reconciling a government debt that now constitutes 60% of GDP. Increasing the Social Security deduction while simultaneously raising the eligibility age to 68 will not save this government sponsored ponzi scheme, it will however, insure that many of us will never see dime one of the money stolen from us over a lifetime of employment.

What I find troubling is nobody in the lame stream media (Fox News included) refuted these fundamentally flawed proceedings. There seemed to be little if no opposition from conservatives either; in a bipartisan manner they unanimously agree; the way to reduce the debt is to (once again) place the burden on the taxpayer. This short sighted economic approach is why we are in this fiscal conundrum in the first place. Politicians only look at the immediate causation of any proposal in an effort to stave off economic catastrophe for yet another day. It’s like placing a band-aid over a ruptured aorta. They prefer to treat the symptoms of unsustainable government spending instead of curing the disease, and their method is always the same: confiscate more wealth.

Rather than cut frivolous spending and entitlement fraud, rather than shrink the size of their bloated bureaucracy, they intend to raise taxes in the face of recession, while simultaneously monetizing the national debt (quantitative easing). Ask a coke head what’s the one thing they like to do while snorting coke, and they will answer: “Snort more coke.” The same holds true for government spending, they are addicted to other people’s money and have a monopoly on force to take it.