A significant problem is that we’ve allowed the word “progressive” to go unchallenged. It means that anything else may be simply dismissed as “regressive.”
While I am adamantly against most of what the man says, does, and produces, I absolutely love the fact that he’s going to Congress to request a $5B bailout package. Apparently porn is big business–$13B annually, and, according to the above-linked article, sales are down 22%.
Will Congress lend them a hand?
I’m not seriously advocating federal support of the pornography industry. Something tells me they’re going to weather these economic woes. But they make a good point: why do the auto makers rate the bailout? For that matter, why should anyone?
The federal government has taken yet another bounding leap in the direction of full-blown Socialism. And they have identified an entire segment of industry that is welcome to mismanage assets with Washington’s blessing, confident that the nation simply needs it enough that it can do so with impunity. Or to quote George Orwell, “Some animals are more equal than others.”And now, preying on the fears of the people, the incoming administration warns that if we don’t spend the $1 Trillion of taxpayer money it proposes, we’ll simply wallow in recession indefinitely. But, gentle reader, there is hope. In the President-Elect’s own words, “At this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe.” Apparently Big Brother will provide everything that we need. (Aw, shoot. Let’s just say it: “War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength.”)
But you do realize that it’s only to be a “short-term boost.” There is no long-term plan to actually address the utter irresponsibility that is the American economy.
I tend to look at it as if it were my household budget. Imagine I owe others an enormous sum of money. Now let’s assume that this doesn’t phase me and I continue to spend. In fact, I spend increasingly more than I make each month. I get to the point where I’m only paying a larger or smaller percentage of the interest that is accruing on my CapitalOne card that apparently has no limit. How long can I sustain this? I can apparently do this indefinitely provided my name is Uncle Sam.
It’s ludicrous. What’s at least as bad is the fact that for all the talk about alleviating the burden of working Americans, they don’t care about working Americans. Not as such. They care about making the economy more robust. They care about getting the national numbers up.
So they propose to put $1000 in your pocket come tax time. “Oh, yes, that sounds lovely. That sounds like someone I’m glad I voted for. That sounds like someone I’ll vote for again.”
What they don’t tell you is that a) it’s a loan, and b) they don’t want you to act responsibly with it. Just where is that $1000 coming from? From you. From me. Only it’ll come out of our pockets in other forms, at other times, in ways that we may not notice. But whatever you do, do not save it. Don’t invest it. Your job with that $1000 is to spend it. Go get yourself something nice. Get your hair done, buy some new shoes. I know! Run to the Chrysler place and drive home in a new minivan. You see, you don’t provide any economic stimulus unless you help increase retail sales. The government wants you to be in debt. They need you to owe. Our economy turns on the axis of credit–the accumulation and management of personal debt.
Enough is enough. It’s time to go with something that will actually work toward fixing the myriad problems that are the American economy. It’s time for the government to start acting in the best interest of its people, not its political parties and politicians. I believe there’s a better solution. It’s called the FairTax. You can read more about it here. It’s worth a look. If you haven’t heard of it or haven’t really considered it, I ask you to click in and find out what it’s all about. If you’re skeptical or opposed to it, you’re not alone. I started off there, too. But I’ve read the literature, both pro and con, and I’m convinced that this is a lasting economic stimulus–for the nation and for its citizens. I think it’s the right thing to do. I ask you to take a look. You may like what you see.
This post was not primarily theological. I make no apologies. I write this as part of my vocation as a citizen of my nation, a vocation I take seriously, and hope that you do as well, wherever you may call home.