What Happens When The Checks Stop?

Nor' east Thinkin'

American ignorance of economic reality may be at all-time high

Published on: October 3, 2010

 Just got off a phone call from a nice man from New York, who asked if he could send my October magazine editorial, “Dear Uncle Sam: Wake up – now!”, to his least favorite politicians.

“Yes!,” I exclaimed, “And send to your favorite ones, too, if you have any such political creatures!”

Then we talked briefly about why politicians are so resistant to rocking the boat of status quo. (It’s not just any boat. It’s a cruise ship!)

Since the real Great Depression, so many U.S. citizens have become entitled to (feel they have a right to) paychecks and other perks from Uncle Sam – even farmers. I’d probably be quite wrong to guess that two of every five draws a regular USA check – aside of Social Security.

So many eat from the federal trough that it’s no wonder our elected officials find it easier to go with the flow. No wonder we’re barreling head-long into socialism.

But toward what final destination?

In 1933 at the peak of the Great Depression, 13 million Americans were unemployed. Guess what. Today, 14.9 million are unemployed, not counting those Uncle Sam defines as “marginally attached” or the 1.1 million humans who’ve quit looking for jobs. Yes, American has a lot more people than in 1933. But we're talking about 16-million-plus people who are relying on Uncle Sam to fix things for them.

So what happens when our stack of program cards runs out of money – tax dollars and international leverage? Sorry, Santa Claus doesn’t carry $13-trillion-plus in his bag.

The promise was simple:  “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” But something didn’t work. Was it too little ability, or too much need, or a combination of both? At any rate, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics collapsed into ruin.

We don’t have to take that trip. Come November 2, you’ll have the right to vote for the destination of your choice.

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