• How Long Before You Wake Up, Politicos?

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    I’m going to
    write today about a very somber subject. It will be, as it usually
    is here in one form or another, about math.

    First, some
    background. If you believe that we have "escaped" from
    the mess that gripped this nation in 2008 and 2009, or that said
    mess "suddenly appeared" and "nobody saw it coming,"
    stop reading now and have your Thorazine dosage checked. It’s way

    Assuming you
    accept the truth – that this mess was 20 year or more in the making,
    that it involved creating credit (that is, debt) which the debtor
    could never pay, and that it still exists because our government
    policy has been to extend, pretend and allow lies that should be
    considered accounting fraud and result in prison sentences, then
    you’re on the right page to understand the rest of this missive.
    Again, if not, go check your Thorazine dosage.

    Yes, I know
    all about the stock market rally from last March. I know all about
    the claimed GDP "improvement." But I also know that we
    got both by adding more than $2 trillion in debt to the United States
    or roughly 14% of GDP – over the space of the
    last 18 months. That’s about 10% of GDP annualized, and incidentally,
    a 10% GDP contraction is the common economist’s definition of an
    Economic Depression.

    So let’s
    cut the crap – we are in a Depression right now. We are pretending
    we are not, just like you can pretend you didn’t really lose your
    job so long as your credit card does not reach its limit. We have
    been in that depression for about 18 months and there is no evidence
    that we will exit it, as we have yet to find a way to pull back
    the deficit spending without an instantaneous collapse in the economy.

    Yet at some
    point we must and will stop. We will either do so of our own volition,
    or we will do so when the cost of borrowing skyrockets, as others
    get tired of funding our profligacy. If we attempt to "print"
    our way out of it the cost of petroleum products will shoot the
    moon and destroy our economy anyway.

    You haven’t
    seen the half of what happened though – not yet. It appears
    that AIG – the company we have bailed out (thus far) to the
    tune of some $100 billion plus, in fact isn’t done. It
    appears they may have written credit protection on Greece.

    If this allegation by the German equivalent to The New York Times
    is true Americans are going to be asked to pay billions of dollars
    – or more likely, hundreds of billions (since Greece is almost
    certainly not the only place – try Spain, Portugal, Ireland,
    etc) to bail out a bunch of FOREIGN NATIONS.

    Do you both
    think Americans can and will pay that bill? A bill
    that has been forced on us, and yet benefits not The United States
    economy, but foreigners?

    Wars – big
    wars – start over much less, my friends.

    Oh, and let’s
    not forget – some 30% of Greece’s workers went out on strike
    to protest their "austerity measures."
    That’s right
    – one in three.

    The Fed and
    our fabulous Treasury Secretary already gave tens of billions
    of our hard-earned money to foreign banks to prop them up
    via AIG. That was just a down payment; now we all get to –
    quite literally – buy all their houses over in Europe. They
    get to keep living in them.

    If you do not
    believe it is going to get much worse than it is now, economically
    and otherwise, you once again need to go have that Thorazine dosage

    A recent Rasmussen
    poll disclosed that only 21% of the voters in this country believe
    that the government enjoys the consent of the governed. Put another
    way, only 21% of the voters in this nation consent to what
    Washington is doing.

    More ominously,
    61% say the government does NOT have consent. The
    remainder (18%) are not sure.

    May I remind
    you that in 1776 less than that 21% of the population (19%, actually)
    were loyal to Britain?

    If you do not
    believe this nation is wound tighter than a clock spring, you need
    to have that Thorazine dosage checked again.

    You are in

    After denial
    comes anger, then bargaining, and finally acceptance.

    Let’s not do
    anger on a mass scale in this country, ok?

    Neither I or
    my daughter will appreciate it if it happens; shall we skip that
    and go right to "acceptance"?

    Let’s assume
    your answer is "yes."

    Now let’s talk

    There are approximately
    150,000 federally-attached law enforcement personnel. Another 750,000,
    roughly, state and local cops are employed by our various government
    arms. Of those various officers well more than half sit behind a
    desk and haven’t left one gram of shoe leather on a street or in
    a cruiser in the last year. The majority of you fire your weapons
    for periodic qualification and they have never been warm or dirty
    besides. You’ve never faced death, you’ve never had a weapon pointed
    at you in anger, and you’ve never drawn your service weapon in the
    line of duty. Those are facts.

    Now consider
    the "bad side" of America. The Justice Department estimates
    there are at least one million gang members – active gang members
    – in America. These people, mostly young males, have nearly
    all drawn or fired weapons in anger. They are responsible for more
    than three quarters of all crime in this country, and some eight
    out of ten violent crimes. Those gang members have families –
    younger males who are "coming up," "friends"
    (if you can call a murderous thug a friend) and others. Between
    all of those "loosely attached" folks and the hard-core
    inner circle itself we probably have somewhere between 5 and 10
    million people in this nation who, given the wrong sort of provocation,
    might decide that Zombieland
    wasn’t just a movie.

    Our politicians
    created most of these monsters so the "finest"
    would have something to do. A nearly-100-year obsession with what
    consenting adults put in their bodies is largely responsible for
    this, and an intentional policy of allowing an effective invasion
    of illegal aliens over our southern border provides some the most-violent
    core of this group. The illegal drug trade has fueled international
    wars, international gangs, and virtually all of the organized violent
    crime in this nation going back to Prohibition. Essentially every
    automatic weapon in the hands of criminals (and there are plenty
    of them) comes into the US through this same intentionally-left-open
    border as do the gangbangers, lies of this (and previous) administrations
    notwithstanding. Those of you in the Law Enforcement business may
    not want to accept these facts, but if you reflect on it you cannot
    escape reality: weapons, ammunition and other means of street thuggery
    all cost money, and without these drugs being illegal there would
    be no profit in it, and thus a huge part of the criminal gangland
    element would not exist. You’ve cheered on the War on Drugs
    as it has meant more cops being hired and more, better, fancier
    toys for you to play with, along with $200,000+ pensions (in some
    areas.) You’ve been fools and even self-destructive assholes for
    having done so. But that, today, is water over the dam – the
    bad guys are here, they’re not leaving, and there’s no evidence
    that the political class is going to suddenly legalize these substances
    tomorrow, cutting the source of funds for the thugs off at the knees
    – after all, you won’t rise up and demand it happen. So we
    must deal with reality on the ground as it is (and as you have cheered
    on the creation of), whether we like it or not.

    As I’m sure
    you’re aware all of America sees some of our "finest,"
    not to mention our politicians, in various forms of misbehavior
    virtually on a daily basis. A girl beaten on a train platform while
    uniformed rail security stands and watches. A young man who appears
    to have been executed by a different rail security officer, even
    after he was subdued, face-down, without a weapon and easily able
    to be cuffed. The infamous Rodney King incident. The false accusations
    against the Duke Lacrosse team that threatened young men with many
    years behind bars for something that never happened. Our current
    Treasury Secretary who cheated on his taxes, not to mention the
    chair of the House Ways and Means Committee who did as well (that’s
    the committee that writes tax law, if you’re not up on your American
    Government.) And now, in the latest bit of ignobility we’re expected
    to swallow, we have accusations that a school district
    has been taking pictures of kids in their bedrooms using state-issued
    laptops that said kids were required to accept in
    order to pass their high school classes.

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    4, 2010

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