THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
“There will be no bargain, young Jedi. I shall enjoy watching you die.”
Jabba the Hutt, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
By: Dr. Charles Ormsby – August, 2011
It is frequently remarked that the number one objective of any organization is its own survival and growth. Often, little else matters.
Those who run organizations enjoy the power, prestige and perks of their offices. An organization’s employees seek job security while enhancing their positions and increasing their pay and benefits. The constituencies of an organization, those who benefit from the organization’s services, seek to ensure the continuity and enhancement of their benefits.
None of these objectives can be achieved unless the organization survives and, preferably, expands. The parasites need to eat and the more they multiply the more they consume and demand.
It doesn’t matter if others – those who receive few if any benefits, but who get stuck with the bill – are made to suffer to ensure such growth. The beast is growing and it needs its daily feast.
Our federal government represents the worst case of obesity in our society. It is America’s Jabba the Hutt. It is insatiable. It is morbidly obese. It will eventually destroy itself and everything around it.
When our federal government was conceived by our Founding Fathers, its diet was strictly circumcised … I mean circumscribed. Too bad it wasn’t castrated!
Our federal government’s financial nutrition was strictly limited by our Constitution as originally written (see nearby text box). The framers ensured that tax levels would remain moderate because they could only be levied in proportion to the census and thus a bullying majority could not target a defenseless minority.
In Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co. (1895), the Supreme Court declared that income taxes were direct taxes and thus unconstitutional. Because of this ruling, the big-government statists needed to remove the constitutional constraints on the feds ability to target the property of individual citizens. It needed a constitutional amendment to legalize government-organized theft.
Today, thanks to the Sixteenth Amendment (1913) which eliminates these restrictions and allows an income tax, we have half the population piling over 97% of the burden of funding our federal government on the other half of the population. Worse than that, it has eliminated any effective restrictions on the growth of government.
The result: Our federal government now commands 25% of the nation’s economy. Economic growth is nearly non-existent. The real unemployment rate is nearly 20%. The lowest taxed 50% of our population pays less than 3% of our income taxes. The highest taxed 10% pays 70% and the top 1% pays 38% of income taxes. The government’s daily “on-budget” spending has increased from $3.6 billion each day under President Clinton to a present daily spending rate of over $10.4 billion.
The deficit spending picture is even worse … much worse. Clinton ran average daily deficits of $250 million. We are currently spending $4.66 billion of borrowed funds every day (that is over $3 million each minute, day and night).
Today, government at all levels spends over 40% of our Gross Domestic Product ($6.16 trillion out of a GDP of $15.08 trillion). In the era just before the Sixteenth Amendment passed in 1913, government spent approximately 7% of our GDP each year and only 2.3% at the federal level.
Jabba the Hutt is rubbing his tummy. More! More!! MORE!!!
Our federal government has morphed into a rapacious beast that makes the movie character Jabba the Hutt look like a fantastic blind date.
Date rape is an horrific crime. When you say “NO!” your date should keep their hands off. Jabba the Hutt’s hands are all over us.
What does the left think the meaning of “NO” is? When will our pathetic, parasitic neighbors gain some self respect and quit sponging off the rest of society? When will their leaders stop sending them into the streets with a tin cup while pointing a gun at the heads of prospective “contributors”?
Keeping the parasites fed while feathering the nest of the liberal elite is the name of the game in Washington. Grow the parasite class and grow the ranks of the arrogant elite that serve them. Target a minority that has insufficient voting power to protect itself. Steal and then steal some more.
But all good things must come to an end. And the end is in sight.
Reality is imposing its will.
The debt crisis “solution” just passed by Congress only addresses a very small fraction of our long standing spending problem. Consequently, our fiscal situation will continue to deteriorate.
Jabba the Hutt’s weight gain will be barely slowed. He will still gain $7 to $8 trillion in debt over the next five to ten years. All of these plans maintain a trajectory headed straight for disaster … only the speed is slightly diminished.
What is astounding is that our president never presented or offered an actionable proposal. This is incredibly irresponsible.
It begs the same question posed two months ago in this column: Is it ignorance, incompetence, or purposeful?
Does Obama want the good faith and credit of the U.S. destroyed? Or, is that threat merely being used as a lever to further his agenda of transforming us into a socialist state?
There is hard work to be done. A very nasty pill must be swallowed. Getting a majority of voters to swallow this pill will not be easy as long as our economy is not in a state of calamity.
If it will take an economic calamity to make us swallow the pill, one is surely on the way.
Chickens do come home to roost. Reality always wins in the end.
Looking back over the recent political battles, I believe the Tea Party Republicans in the House deserve the praise of their supporters for fighting the good fight. They do not control both houses of Congress or the presidency and therefore they only have so much leverage.
We owe them our support and we must add to their ranks in 2012; especially in the Senate and at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
What has emerged from the current fight may keep us from a meltdown (although it is not a sure thing) until the next election. The focus now must be on winning a clean sweep in 2012.
If we fail to win, Jabba the Hutt’s voracious appetite will expand unchecked and the American dream may be permanently destroyed.
None of us can afford to sit this one out. There is too much at stake.