Running on fumes

Posted on July 13, 2012


I’m sure none of you has ever done anything as irresponsible or absent minded as ignoring the gas gauge in the car and then when it is of critical importance, frantically searching for the next station to fill your tank and avoid being stranded. Right?

But whether you have or not, it is disconcerting at the least, to see that our government and it’s lawmakers and executives on Capitol Hill and the White House are just like that capricious driver I just described.

If you rack up more bills, it simply makes sense to have a plan on how to pay for them.  There can be no question that there are almost no ‘adults’ in Washington D.C., and if there are, the kids are running the household and ignoring them.  Case in point, our social spending programs.  Here is a graph prepared by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Public Welfare, Gary Alexander:

The legend on this graph is a little blurry, so just to make sure you understand the graph lines and the associated colors – the Red line is Food Stamps enrollment, the Yellow, is Medicaid enrollment, the Green line is Government employment and the Blue one is Private Sector employment.

Liberals have fallen in love with the term, ‘sustainable’ and ‘sustainability’.  They like it when it has to do with the planet and natural resources.  But the word has the potential to cut both ways.  Consider these statistics:

– In the 1960s, there were 18 workers per Medicaid recipient. Today that number is 2.5.

– The number of Americans on disability has risen 19% faster than jobs created during this recovery.

– There are just 1.2 private sector workers per 1 person on welfare or working for government.

– There are now just 1.65 employed persons in private sector per 1 person on welfare assistance.

These numbers beg the question – where is the money going to come from, to sustain these programs?  Print more money and devaluate the currency?

Not a bad idea unless you are one of these ‘narrow minded’ people who think adding to a 16 Trillion dollar debt, creating inflation, drying up the credit market for businesses trying to create wealth and grow employment – or taxing middle income Americans even more than they are now, is a good thing.

I’d say for progressives – ‘sustainability’ in this context, should leave them with a case of bad breath.