100 Words On: A Grim Warning to Those Who Think Money Grows On Trees

A democracy 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 treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

– Alexis de Tocqueville

The bottom line: By 2016, our National Debt will have ballooned by $10 trillion over eight years — plus trillions more in unfunded liabilities. After 236 years, I fear our Republic has crossed the Rubicon; eventually, we will reap what we sow.

Photo Credit: Andrew Malone

11 comments to 100 Words On: A Grim Warning to Those Who Think Money Grows On Trees

  • deRuiter

    Margaret Thatcher once said something like, “The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” Also if you are one of the productive class, and enough leaches are assigned by the government to drain your life’s blood (income) dry, you smarten up and stop working. I have a number of relatively low income tenants who all work until one of them is “lucky” enough to be laid off. I would often ask them about job searches, as none of them seemed to find work until a week or so before their unemployment ran out. Finally one of them told me, “It really doesn’t pay me to work, when I am on unemployment I get only $20. per week less than when I work, and yet I have all my days to myself.”

  • I intend to stop working and claim benefits, but not ’till I’m 65…

  • Len you just ruined my Christmas! I asked Santa to bring me a money tree and now I know they don’t exist… sad day.

    That said I hope our politicians take things more seriously in the next couple years now that this election is over. If they don’t we are all in trouble.

  • Lena @ whatmommydoes

    You should have published this scary story on Halloween! I used to think my dad was crazy when he said a day would come when people rioted against socialistic society in America, but I no longer think he was far off base.

    I’m a bit scared over what will happen in the next few years. I was shocked at how well Obama did this time given how the economy was consistently cited as everyone’s overall biggest concern by pollsters.

    I think this election boiled down to voter awareness of reality.
    Someone asked me the other day why Republicans always say “let’s give power back to the states.”. Seriously.

  • Edward

    Don’t worry–America hasn’t been *that* great for 200 years. After all, in 1812, Canada kicked yer ass in a war. (How great could you possibly be if a bunch of guys in knitted caps kept you out?) I’d say America’s greatness started around 1890. So, happily you still have another 70 years or so. :)

  • The Will of the People Has Spoken and America Died

    The End of a Great Nation

    By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Our Constitutional Republic died a peaceful death on November 6, 2012. Having reached the point of no return in a comatose state after years of progressive and illegal immigration assaults, the fabric of conservative society is now completely unraveled and Uncle Sam’s America is no more.

    The United States of America is now relegated to the dust bin of history as a “has been” empire. The Shining City on the Hill, the hope of so many millions since July 4, 1776, no longer exists. What rises from the ashes is a country that few of us will recognize, like, or learn to accept submissively.

    After 236 years of existence, a new country emerges today, run by secular progressives who rejected our Constitution, what we stand for, and who we are as a nation. The Supreme Court will be forever altered after its last conservative members will be replaced by the liberal academics who call themselves “progressives.” The rule of law will be implemented by Executive Orders, making Congress irrelevant.

    The communist motto “Forward” that resonated with so many ignorant Americans will plunge us into many years of darkness from which we will never be able to recover. We have proven our Founding Fathers right, they did give us a Constitutional Republic and we were unable to maintain it.

    The forces of the failed communist fundamental transformation that were driven underground in many places around the world, resurfaced with a vengeance in the United States and have now taken over.

    How long we will still have freedom of speech, movement, assembly, and control of our private property remains to be seen. Faith and churches will be driven underground; allowing secularism to prosper and take deep roots among the progressives whose God is Mother Earth. The welfare dependent Americans, unions, and illegal aliens have chosen for the rest of us the dark path of serfdom

    The welfare dependent Americans, unions, and illegal aliens have chosen for the rest of us the dark path of serfdom to big government and to socialist utopia.

    Who would have guessed that the very people who were complaining that the government is not extricating them from disaster or giving them the help they needed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, would vote for the very politicians who turned their backs on needy Americans after the lights went dark when the political photo opportunities ended?

    Who would have guessed that Americans were as ignorant and irresponsible as to choose fiscal destruction over fiscal sanity for their children and grandchildren, secularism and communism over faith, dependence over personal responsibility and self-reliance?

    Americans have been protesting for the last four years the dismal state of the economy and the direction of our country, the corruption of our politicians, and the loss of personal and economic freedom.

    Rallies in support of conservatism overwhelmed venues for Mitt Romney while rallies for our bumbling President became scarcer and scarcer. Yet, miraculously, at the ballot box, our President won all over the country.

    We lost seats in the Senate. Americans chose liars and cheats to be their Senators and Representatives, rejecting those who protected the Constitution. The candidate from Massachusetts who claimed direct American Indian lineage to Pocahontas is now a Senator, having defeated Scott Brown. Representative Allen West lost his seat by a narrow margin to the infamous Wasserman Schultz from Florida.

    Americans chose high unemployment, reduction of our military, communist indoctrination of their children, and loss of personal freedoms unlike we have never seen before in this country.

    I am saddened by the loss of millions and millions of American soldiers who have died to preserve freedom yet we lost it on November 6, 2012. Those buried in cemeteries around the world and at Arlington must be rolling in their graves today. We shamelessly allowed their sacrifice of blood and treasure to go in vain. We have no honor because we let down all the soldiers who fought in recent times and returned home limbless with lives shattered from physical and mental wounds of war.

    I mourn today the loss of my adopted country. I have fought hard over the last four years to prevent its overt and accelerated destruction but the darker forces stronger than many of us have overcome concerted efforts by millions of Americans to maintain the Republic. Mediocrity, sloth, godlessness, dependence, cowardice, using the law selectively or ignoring it, and hopeless corruption will define the new country. Only God can save us now with his mercy and grace.

  • Jen of Hens

    I had no idea that the United States was an Empire.

    To quote Wikipedia: Politically, an empire is a geographically extensive group of states and peoples (ethnic groups) united and ruled either by a monarch (emperor, empress) or an oligarchy.

    Aside from the traditional usage, the term empire can be used in an extended sense to denote a large-scale business enterprise (e.g. a transnational corporation), or a political organisation of either national-, regional- or city scale, controlled either by a person (a political boss) or a group authority (political bosses).[1]

    An imperial political structure is established and maintained in two ways: (i) as a territorial empire of direct conquest and control with force (direct, physical action to compel the emperor’s goals), and (ii) as a coercive, hegemonic empire of indirect conquest and control with power (the perception that the emperor can physically enforce his desired goals).

  • Jen of Hens

    Please take on some of the much touted “personal responsibility” being bandied about and do not rely on the god of your choosing to “provide”. I am constantly surprised that those against “big government” want to replace it with “big religion” – something that my forebearers came here to escape. And they came here as immigrants. Just sayin’.

  • Earl

    And they came here as immigrants. Just sayin’.

    They came here as LEGAL immigrants. Just sayin’.

  • George

    Jen

    1) America has been using coercive foreign policy the 1800s. Empire may be used loosely. Or one could claim that America has an economic empire, after all we manufacture and trade in many countries in the world.

    2) Some people have religion. Nobodies asked you to sign a statement of faith at the polling booth.

  • George

    3) Obama got elected. Keep calm and carry on. I heard a wise man say once “chickens of a feather flock together.” I’m a college student with $40,000 debt, graduating in May, if anyone has something to lose its me, but it’s too late to change our situation so shut up and buckle down

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