Can America implode? Yes, it can, in fact it’s doing it right now…”implosion is in process”
It has already started…the biggest shock will be felt from 2013-2015, when things visibly start to crumble & collapse…then irregularly through 2035 (and most probably longer). This problem is huge and is being “undersold” to the American people. The fact is shocking that so many people believe the government’s informational pap and the cruddy output from the news media. My sister is far from a genius, but she is “street wise.” She married an Italian man and lives in Italy…her comments on our news is scathing. She says Americans are ego-centric and self absorbed…out news hardly mentions what’s happening in the Worldview of things. She’s right…our bad…but we aren’t doing much to correct it. The public is led to believe our national debt is just a minor problem that needs to be fixed – sometime, and that other problems are all almost too puny to worryabout; it is tremendously infuriating to know the American people really know nothing about their government, their economy, the worlds and about the huge catastrophe we’re facing.
We are faced with debt of $16 trillion dollars, and our debt continually grows into the future – commitments, already made, raise it to over $100 trillion in about 10 years. Why doesn’t the government do anything about this? Bureaucrats can’t…they don’t make the laws.
Lawyers can do something, but they don’t…they are politicians and self-interest compels them to reward themselves by their privileged positions rather than respect the American people. They believe they are above the law. They are afraid to disclose they caused our huge debt and catastrophic government problems. The American people are taking a new hard look at politicians, and we don’t like what we see, and want them held accountable.
Is there any solution?
Yes there is…but it isn’t what any of the political the candidates talk about.
It’s obvious our Presidential candidates don’t know our government is out of control and on the edge of collapse; or they would say something about it. In fact the politicians don’t seem to know anything about our government at all…it goes on in spite of them rather than because of them. They seem oblivious to the plight of the people, who are having their good will abused and their money wasted; who are jobless, desperate and ignored.
Conservative candidates pledge smaller government and lower taxes; they believe the economy will improve because of their policies. Democrats say their stimulus spending has worked, that we are on the right path and the economy is fine and will keep growing. There has never been any real proof either of these economic philosophies actually work in practice. There are corollaries that seem to support these actions the implication is that they are workable solutions. Neither of these men understands that the economy, especially at this crucial juncture in history…needs something to “jump start it,” to build on or for, something to “rally behind,” some esprit de corps…if we just wait for enterprising entrepreneurs to come forward, it will take 2 or 3 decades (or more) to right this ship.
Meanwhile, while the Political Class is ready to take credit for any puny, minor economic improvements that happen along, they are strikingly oblivious to the crippling healthcare and social security expenses which are constantly pushing expenses upwards, and that the healthcare law they have passed is unbelievably out-of-touch with reality and will just cost us more money…and these cost increases are just around the corner. The projected increase in Medicare costs alone dwarfs the economic impact of lower taxes – which is the democrats “saving” solution. President Obama promised a “leaner government” and has asked Congress to reinstate presidential authority to reorganize federal agencies. Do you think this is new idea or that it will work?
Lawmakers inside the government say changing the system is hopeless. No democracy in history has ever been effective at taking back promises. America can’t even purge benefits that outlived their usefulness long ago, like farm subsidies from the 1930s. We are moving very close to the “tipping point,” the crisis will demand action when there are no other options left.
Change occurs in bursts; especially in a consensus type of government, like ours. Our society perks along for a few decades, but pressure builds from one area or another. Then some crisis comes along and the status quo gives way to the accumulated pressure and things change.
This pattern is easily seen in American history. In 100 years, America has made three dramatic shifts in the role of government: in the 1900s – ending laissez faire; the social safety nets in the 1930s; and codifying “human rights” in the 1960s. Each of these represented a significant expansion of government into society.
It takes a President to do the following: we must recognize that government has an insatiable appetite to control all of society, and push it away from the heaping table of unaffordable mandates and bloated regulations upon which it wants to have a feeding frenzy.
The inertial forces of government don’t often turn back towards self-discipline. Each form of government works well until it loses its founding values – generally when it’s heirs grow fat and greedy, then it is overthrown. Democracy failed Ancient Greek democracy failed “once people had grown accustomed to eating off others’ tables and expected their daily needs to be met.”
The problem of consensus, getting people together to act in the common interest, is notoriously difficult. Short-term selfishness prevents any significant change until it’s too late. The people running government, the lawyers, politicians, bureaucrats and special interest lobbyists, see themselves as agents, not principals. The job is to do what they want to do, not do what they know is right. It’s a game of addiction. Interest groups continue to cling to the status quo, even though they know something has to give. But they fight change…or we have a revolution.