Forecast: True or False?

Anyone that has studied the United States legislative system or even read the Congressional publication How Our Laws are Made understands that the law making process is convoluted and difficult to complete.

The forefathers built our legislative process to be very difficult for the simple reason they felt that anything gaining the power of law and affecting the mass of the people should not be lightly put into place. Thus all the debate and opportunities for an idea to be either modified or killed before it can become the law of the land. 

Great theory and it worked extremely well for over a hundred years. Then came the age of the professional politician. 

Unethical, greedy, power hungry people discovered that a political office was far more satisfying than any conventional job or profession. Once elected they were guaranteed a salary for at least the term of the office, two years in the House and six years in the Senate. They also immediately set out to find ways to circumvent the rules and shortcut the law making process. Additionally, they became intoxicated on the use of other people's money to garner them a following and thus nearly perfect re-election records.

An insight attributed to Alexander Fraser Tytler and Lord Woodhouselee by the Library of Congress advises us:

 

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

 

Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage."

 

It would seem we have been running the selfish phase for the last ten to fifteen years. Many voters in the U.S. hit the complacency mode last year. Our country’s demographics have also tipped the balance in regard to the “contributors” and the “takers” in our society with the “takers” out numbering the “contributors”.

Another of the many ways to assure the forecast Tytler/Woodhouselee situation develops, is to circumvent the Constitution through varied legislative maneuvers that allow long time, professional politicians to use the people's money to feather their own nests. 

According to recent (2008) data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the bottom 50% of all income earners pay just 3.4% of the taxes collected while the top 20% of income earners pay a whopping 85% of the taxes collected. Put another way, 80% of income earners contribute only 15% of the taxes collected and the top 20% of income earners put 80% of income tax collected into Uncle Sam's bank account.

When you consider the lower income brackets and the millions on welfare, food stamps, aide to unwed mothers, government housing, government medical care and all the other give-away programs is totally pandered too and dominated by politicians who overwhelmingly favor wealth redistribution, Americans are now able to vote themselves largesse from the public treasury.

Add in an astoundingly huge number of people, many of them here illegally, who only take from the system and never put anything back it is easy to understand how the professional politicians remain in office.

And that's how professional politicians remain in office and, in my humble opinion, are on the brink of not only ruining the United States but all of North America.

To paraphrase former Presidential Candidate Ross Perot, "that great sucking sound you hear is the United States falling into a sinkhole."

The good news is November is not all that far away. The question is; are too many Americans still in a “Complacent Mode”?

 

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