06 June 2009

Stop the Madness!

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

I read a web article recently in Slate that alluded to the possibility that your next credit card could be backed by Obama. That's right, one day our credit cards could be backed by the federal government. And why not? The gov' has lots of capital (see recently passed stimulus bill); it's got unlimited credit (since someone continues to loan us flippin' money); and we should get better interest rates! In addition, if you have an unpaid balance on or before April 15 and were expecting a refund...guess what? The government can use your tax refund to pay the balance on the card. Is that convenient or what? And if you owe the IRS money, use the card, man...that's what it's for!

Sound far-fetched?

Oh Red, that will never happen.

Survey says, WRONG! As Willy Wonka put it:
"...It's all there [in the contract signed prior to the tour], black and white, clear as crystal! You stole fizzy lifting drinks! You bumped into the ceiling which now has to be washed and sterilized, so you get NOTHING! You lose! Good day, sir!..."
THAT'S what the gov' is going to tell you. And you see, this is what happens when you start out with the wrong paradigm; when you start out with "the gov' is the answer" paradigm; "the gov' will save us from this" or "the gov' will save us from that." THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT THE ANSWER! THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T SAVE YOU FROM ANYTHING! THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T GENERATE REVENUE! IT MANAGES OUR TAXES!

You can't start with wrong thinking and get to any healthy, sustainable, lifestyle. We have a system that has afforded us the right to outlive our means...AND IT'S CAUGHT UP WITH US. But the government is not the answer. The government is never the answer. Let us start by looking to anything but the government to get out of the mess we're in.

Right thinking leads to right results. The results may be a long-time coming, but it's the right thing to do. If we don't start with right thinking, we're only going to continue moving further from the right answer - further from the healthy answer.