I’ve been amazed at all the bantering back and forth about our national debt over the last several weeks. The posturing by our elected officials is absolutely amazing to me. And may I be the first to say that I have zero confidence in either political party or even independents for that matter. Truly, if you ask me (and I know you aren’t, but since you are reading…I’ll give you my opinion :)), our political system is broken beyond repair. We have a two-party system that gets people elected based on money. Plain and simple…the person who is able to raise the most money will stand the greatest chance of getting elected.
The problem with this system is that the politician is then “beholding” to those that got him/her elected. Not only that, the politician typically desires to make their office a “career” and so they seek to make decisions that will get them re-elected. This is a terrible system. Why? Because the politicians make decisions based on lobbyists desires
and for their own political careers. The solution. Serve one term only in whatever capacity you are elected, whether it be the House, Senate or President. That way you NEVER have to work for re-election and you can govern without worrying about the prospects of trying to get re-elected. Will this stop the corruption and the “money” abuses? No, probably not. However, I believe one-term politicians would have more guts and intestinal fortitude to potentially do the right thing.
Why am I on this “soap box” today? Because here we stand a week away from defaulting on our obligations. So, what is our option? The media says the only option is to raise the debt ceiling. Now I understand the ramifications to the markets and to the world financial market in general if we default, but let’s be honest here. What is the truth of the matter? AMERICA IS FLAT BROKE! Do you understand that? We are broke my dear people. We have a debt that is so massive that we will NEVER pay it off. EVER! I’m using capital letters in abundance because we need to get our head’s out of the sand and understand the dilemma at hand.
I think of it like this. Let’s say that I have a credit card with a bank (which I do). I have a credit card through the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union. The limit on my card is $1000. Let’s say that I run up the balance on the card to the limit…$1000. Now let’s say I go to the SECU branch manager and ask them to raise my credit limit. Why? Because I’ve run out of money and in order to pay my bills I need the SECU to give me more money. They need to raise my credit limit. Why? Because if they don’t, I’m going to default on my bills. Now let’s be very clear. The SECU is NOT going to raise my limit. They are going to tell me, “You did not manage your spending and you have maxed out your card and you’ll not get another penny.” Wouldn’t your bank or lending institution tell you the same? Sure they would. It’s common sense for the average man. But not with our government. We have the audacity to say that if we don’t raise the debt limit that we will have greater problems than if we don’t raise it.
When are we going to wake up and smell the coffee? We can not sustain this way of living as a nation. It is absolutely ludicrous to think that we can. Can you imagine what George Washington, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson would say if they could see us now?
I watched a video yesterday that was very eye-opening. You’ve got to have a strong stomach (not that it’s bloody or full of gore…it’s not) to watch it. Why? Because in three-minutes you will discover why we will never be able to pay off our debt, nor will we ever have politicians in our current system of government willing to do so.
If you are brave…take a look…
Now, I don’t espouse all that this organization espouses…yet, it makes the point of the absolute debacle our “financial house” is in as a nation.
It used to be that men were elected to serve the nation and represent the people based on their character and honor. It used to be that we could trust the men we sent to Washington. Well, what was true 200 years ago is not (by and large) true today. What can fix it? I don’t know of anything. Seriously. I don’t think anything can be done to rectify the situation we are in today. We don’t have the courage as a nation to do the hard things and suffer.
We have raised at least 3 generations or about 46 million Americans on “hand-outs”
and welfare and there would be mutiny and killing in the streets if these checks stopped flowing. So, as a believer in Jesus Christ, I continue to lean on Him knowing that I live in a modern-day Babylon just as Daniel did in the Old Testament. God protects His own and He said He would never leave us nor forsake us. The Bible tells us: “I’ve never seen the righteous nor their seed forsaken or begging for bread.” So, I am confident in my Lord…but NOT the government. Does this mean we won’t suffer? No. We WILL suffer because we live in America and we will go as the nation goes. However, more than being a citizen of the United States, I’m a Christian and I have a heavenly Father who watches over me.
So, I will continue to seek to do all I can to bring people to Christ. Whether that be in Wilkes County, Weslaco, TX, Progreso, Mexico or Ethiopia, Africa. I will not cower in fear, but walk in the strength of the Lord. But, there is one thing I must do. I must train my children to be VERY, VERY strong to be able to endure what is coming in the next 25-30 years if the Lord tarries His coming.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Jesus Christ