Our fellow travelers, have yet to inoculate themselves against the raging epidemic of Contagious Apathy or cultivate inquiring minds to challenge the evil Government does. On the “glass-half-full” side, it does appear, thanks to shifting demographics and the ubiquity of social media, a growing number of people are becoming aware something doesn’t pass the Smell Test.
The Department of Education was created in 1867, though not as a cabinet-level agency at that time. Its mission was to promote educational quality by discovering best practices in use at local school systems and communicating those practices across the country. When founded, it had a staff of 4 and an annual budget of $15,000. Now it has a staff of 4300 employees and a budget of $60 billion ($60,000,000,000).
The problem today is that there is not enough time for a citizen to follow all of the political currents and corruption that is rampant within a morally and intellectually bankrupt ruling cabal. I imagine that many ordinary citizens have forgotten how many Amendments were approved in the initial bill of rights, much less what they are, and how they have been destroyed.
The federal government ran a deficit of $668,267,000,000. That is because the government spent $2,790,254,000,000 during the period. The spending is running about $400bn under projections, and revenue is running about $200bn better than projected. However, this assumes that spending and tax collections will be linear throughout the year, and no other budget provisions are passed by Congress.
It’s not often we can refer to dialogue about government spending as “fascinating,” but in this case, the shoe fits, and the intrigue comes from the reality of who these two men are: Bill Maher and Joe Rogan are leftists. They are both self-described, unabashed liberals. But what makes them sound like today’s conservatives is the fact that they haven’t totally lost their minds:
Yes, government should provide infrastructure such as mass transit, roads and sidewalks, and playgrounds; but parents are the ones who are ultimately responsible. Parents decide where they live, what their children eat, and how much exercise those children get. One thing on which both the Left and Right agree is that government should play a role in education. Therefore, a suggestion: let’s run a public service announcement stating the following – “Hey Mom and Dad. Tell Junior to put down the Cheetos and Dr. Pepper, turn off the TV, and get off of his butt.”
We must not give up hope. The progress down the road to tyranny is not certain and a new path to liberty can still be made. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations to make the effort. Previous generations have paid the price for our freedom many times over, but it is not a price to be paid once and forever. Each generation must pay their price or forfeit all that has been won.
In the 1940s and 1950s, state and local government debt was much lower than today. Federal, state, and local governments grew substantially during the 20th century. Spending, revenue, and debt increased as the population grew, and the government invested more in infrastructure, education, and social programs. Leading up to the Great Recession that began at the end of 2007, total state and local government debt increased sharply. It has been falling since 2010 but increased between 2019 and 2020.
Employees are accountable to their employers, and employers are accountable to their owners: either stockholders or other types of proprietors. If $1 million goes missing from a private company tomorrow, no matter how big that company might be, by the end of the day someone will be packing up their belongings into cardboard boxes and heading out the door.
Here’s a little game I used to play with listeners coast-to-coast on my daily talk show. The goal was to compel them to think about the Government, its size, the pervasiveness of its laws, and smothering regulations. This was the challenge: Name the 2 things you come in contact with every day that are not taxed, regulated, embargoed, licensed, restricted, or prohibited by the Government.
Insecurity concerning wealth or knowledge leads to a complex order of prominence among the oligarchy and those striving for acceptance. The major question becomes what social action will allow advancement and recognition from this ruling group?