Government Takes, It Does Not Give

Nothing is free — certainly not government.

According to one website (yes, internet research is questionable), America’s federal government spends $1 million every minute.  States, counties, municipalities, and public schools add to that.

The money comes from us.  Our payments are not voluntary.  Government takes our money by threat of incarceration, property confiscation, and wage garnishment.  We have no choice — we have to pay for their private jets — we have to pay for their occupation of Iraq.

Government is a necessary evil.  Certainly government is necessary — think about what the lack of government looked like in the government-free zone that Seattle ceded to Black Lives Matter.  Certainly government is evil — think about the distrust, disdain, and venom with which our government leaders clobber each other non-stop.

So, how do we balance the two sides of this coin — necessity and evil?  Well, first we must ask ourselves a question.  What does government do for us?  The answer is easy.  Nothing!  Seriously, the answer is nothing.

Government disagrees.  It says it provides us with military protection, poverty relief, and education, just to name a few “benefits”.  Balderdash!  We provide ourselves with all those “benefits”, and with every “benefit”.  Government merely is the mechanism we use to provide ourselves with our “benefits”.  Government takes seemingly limitless sums of money from us, then government takes its cut so it can maintain itself in the standard of living it deems appropriate, and then government spends what’s left to pay for the “benefits” that we bought for ourselves with our own money.

We can debate ad nauseam about whether government takes too large a cut, or whether government spends our money wisely.  However, there can be no good faith debate about where the money comes from.  The money, all the money, comes from us.

Government is our beneficiary, not vice versa.

Which leaves us with the question that matters most.  Why do we let government govern us?  We should govern government.  It’s our money!  The money should be for us to give, not for government to take.

The next time government tells you that we should spend $1+ trillion on anything, call your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and ask them if they can afford it.

Turn Off the Noise

The 2020 campaign for President began on Election Day 2016 (actually, earlier). For 4 years, experts and pundits have flooded us all-day every-day with all-but-certain 2020 Election Day analysis and 2020 Election Day results. Along the way, they’ve introduced some new tricks: The Resistance, impeachment, peaceful protests that include mayhem and murder, ceding a portion of Seattle to revolutionaries, designating our Founding Fathers as genetically pre-determined White supremacists, an FBI insurance policy designed to undo the will of the voters, the demise of the Fourth Estate, and a Presidential candidate who (if elected) will be removed from office soon after Inauguration Day pursuant to the 25th Amendment.

The new tricks are mere supplements to the long-standing game of politics: Keep the public’s eye off the ball, as the wealthy become wealthier and the powerful become more powerful.

Democrats promise to re-make America, but into what? Republicans promise to stop the Democrats, but do nothing to stop them. The Fourth Estate promises to keep us informed, but informed is Newspeak for uninformed. Promises, promises. We’re still waiting for Barak Obama to “regain America’s moral stature in the world” by honoring his promise to close Guantanamo. We’re still waiting for the Middle East to greet us as “liberators”, as promised by Dick Cheney. Those promises made us feel so good, that we never gave a second thought to whether they were true.

What does all this say about us? With all due respect, it says we’re the ones to blame. We could have prevented it all, but we were too busy amusing ourselves with the love lives and intrigue of Hollywood, the glitz of social media, and the venom spewed by experts and pundits. We preferred to empower the noise instead of empowering ourselves. Thinking our own thoughts, feeling our own feelings, and believing our own beliefs was too much of a burden for us. It was easier for us to let experts and pundits tell us what to think, feel, and believe. It was easier for us to listen to the noise.

It’s not too late to prevent Brave New World, Animal Farm, and 1984 from becoming our reality. Turn off the noise, now.