Not so funny when you’re talking about a multi-trillion dollar (and rising fast) federal deficit, and a twice downgraded U.S. credit rating. No, not funny at all. It’s a lot like the TV shows and movies where dad gets the teenager’s “emergency only” credit card bill, and finds the card is maxed out.
“What’s going on?” Dad shouts. “This card was for emergencies only!”
“But dad!” the teen responds. “I have to eat!”
Dad looks at the bill and sputters, “But, but… these charges are at expensive restaurants I can’t even afford to eat at, and they’re for seventy, eighty… one is for a hundred and twenty bucks!”
Rolling his eyes, the teenager says, “Come on, Dad, get real. Some of my friends don’t have a credit card, and they get hungry. Wouldn’t you call feeding the hungry an emergency?”
When we’re talking about our federal government’s out-of-control spending, this situation is no longer humorous. They convinced us they needed a credit card (using our future tax dollars as collateral) for emergencies, and now they’ve decided to take care of all their friends and are telling us not to be concerned.
Are you kidding me?
Not only is the credit card maxed out, somehow they obtained several more cards, and they not only want us to pay the bill for the credit card we gave them, they’re insisting we must send them more money so they can pay off the credit card they got on their own. (Y’all do realize I’m not talking about the teenager any more, don’t’ you?) The really mind-boggling fact is our government has run the debt up so high, our teenagers, and our teenager’s teenagers, might never get it paid off.
Our government’s spending habits have also been compared to those of the proverbial drunken sailor who hits port and proceeds to blow his paycheck on booze and a good time. This comparison is unfair and degrading to sailors! A sailor stops partying when his cash is gone; our government keeps on dancing and talks the bartender into running a tab. “I’ve got more money coming,” they shout. “My people will take care of the bill!”
It can’t go on like this forever. If we, as individuals, run our credit card to the limit, get another card and run it to the limit, and keep doing that, eventually the banks will stop giving us credit cards. Our bills will amount to more than our take-home pay, and pretty soon we’re sleeping under a bridge, wondering where our next meal will come from.
The politicians in Washington don’t seem to understand, and we need to start replacing them until we get enough people up there who do understand, and will start turning this thing around. Susan Narvaiz is one of those people; she has a proven track record as a small business owner and as mayor of San Marcos, Texas. She’s running for U.S. Congress, District 35, Texas, and she’ll help find a way to get things back on track.
Click on the link to visit the official Susan Narvaiz for Congress web site.