Aesop–of Aesop’s fables fame–said this: “We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” Regardless of whether or not you believe that Aesop actually wrote any of the material typically attributed to him, the quote stands firmly. What are politicians? A politician has so many facets that to paint him in one broad stroke would be an extraordinary mistake. A politician can be many things: a philanthropist, a servant, a guide, and a wind that shakes the leaves. A politician can be the biggest force for good if he acts in a selfless manner, with no motive for personal gain.
There are politicians out there who fit these criteria, but they are few and far between. So, what else is a politician, if not a force for good? A politician is a greedy, megalomaniacal monster, who is a keeper of the status quo. But above all, a politician is a thief. These monsters believe that they have a God-given right to spend your money in any way they deem necessary.
Obama doesn’t think we have a spending problem; neither do Pelosi, Hoyer or Harkin. That comes as no surprise, given the little D next to their names; but even some Republicans don’t believe that our debt is too much of a problem either. My I mention a certain President that served just before Obama?
Most politicians are so insulated that they have no concept of financial crisis. That lack of cognitive ability is very dangerous. We are headed down a path that is dark and suffocating. We may not be too far down just yet; but by taking a look at another country, we can see clearly where we’re headed.
The nation of Cyprus is in a financial crisis. The nation is in such deep crisis that they are now resorting to actively taking citizens’ money right out of their bank accounts in order to bail out the state.
According to Yahoo Finance: “The surprise decision by euro zone leaders to part-fund a bailout of Cyprus by taxing bank deposits sent shockwaves through financial markets on Monday.” The bloc “imposed a levy that would see those with cash in the island’s banks lose between 6.75 and 9.9 percent of their money.”
A nation is seizing its citizens’ private revenue because they are going bankrupt. I’m not entirely sure of the mechanics of the Cyprus financial meltdown, but I can assure you that just down the road, the United States could do the exact same thing.
Despite what the Democrats continue to say, $17 trillion of debt is damaging to our country. With the recently announced Senate budget causing debt to skyrocket, it is clear to me that they Democrats plan to continue spending money they don’t actually have. For now, they can indefinitely postpone spending cuts, and get away with it. For now, they can increase taxes on the wealthy–otherwise known as job creators and investors–and get away with it. But a time will come soon when it all falls apart. A time will come when the government of the United States, like that of Cyprus, will have to take extreme measures to bail themselves out. What do you think they will do?
If the Democrats are in power–in fact, if most of the current faux-Conservatives are as well–we will see the seizure of our finances, just as the citizens of Cyprus are seeing the seizure of theirs. You may want to believe that something like this will never happen here; that our country is too sophisticated for something like that. You may want to believe that Americans will fight such an unjust seizure of funds. Well, I’m not so sure about that.
Politicians are thieves in broad daylight; placing their hand in our till while smiling at us indifferently. We, in turn, simply watch in a stupor while they grab our hard-earned dollars with their grubby little hands.
Mark Twain said: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Our government may be larger than we are, but we need to have the willingness and strength to fight when the time is right. Because the time is coming; don’t you doubt that.