A newspaper editor, my friend, said the other day he’s sick and tired of politicians stealing his money.  His point is a legitimate one, because seven of the richest ZIP codes in America, having the highest per capita income, are right around the Washington, DC area.  It’s easy to see there’s a redistribution of wealth going on.  The wealth of a nation is being siphoned off gradually by those sitting upon their self-imagined thrones.

A recent survey found that 83% of Americans believe their government has a spending problem, yet the President himself, a few Democratic Senators, and the former speaker of the House herself are in vehement denial of that.  The warning signs are lit up like a Christmas tree across the dashboard of society, but that doesn’t seem to matter to some politicians.

A relative of mine, on leave from the Army, once drove his car till the engine blew.  He never once felt concerned by the warning lights on the dash; all he wanted to do was get home.  If he would have taken the time to check the oil or radiator levels, I’m sure it wouldn’t have happened.  Instead, he just left it on the side of the road and hitchhiked.  Later, someone called him to say it had been towed in and asked if they could have it if they paid the tow charge.  He said yes and sent them the title.

I’ve heard that term “Service the Debt” all too often; it’s nothing more than lip service indeed.  The warning lights are ablaze on the dashboard and those sanctimonious politicians have little concern.  They’d rather turn down that mirror on the visor and gaze upon themselves to boast: “Mirror, Mirror, up there, who’s the most powerful of all?”

Do politicians really earn what they make or take?  At what point does America turn on them?

Barack Obama is driving a vehicle he doesn’t own.  It’s of little concern to him that the vehicle is in need of service.  He’s used that device many times to travel to glorious vacation destinations of which he’s never paid for.  Instead of pulling over to the side of the road and letting the engine cool he’s decided to ignore all those warning signs and mash the pedal to the floor.

The pistons of our economic engine are the middle-class and they are being forced to work harder and harder for little reward.  The lubrication for those pistons is getting sparse and we’re beginning to drop some cylinders along the way – it’s being reflected in those soaring unemployment stats.

Politicians begrudgingly won’t stop spending money that’s not theirs and that’s depriving an economic engine that will soon seize up due to a lack of due diligence.

I’ve heard the United States is too big to fail.  Really?  Several towns in California have filed bankruptcy and the state isn’t in much better shape.  California’s citizens are leaving there by some two thousand a week because of overburdensome taxation.  Detroit and Baltimore are also about to lay claim to their financial ruin.

I’ve used a great analogy, yet a grave one, for one day if this recklessness continues to go unchecked Americans will awake to hear what they once knew is no more and that colossal calamity will happen in the blink of an eye or overnight.

Just how bad is it, really? The temperature gauge is pegged, just ask the unemployed.

A majority of Americans now believe that their government is threatening their rights.  They believe gun control is a precursor to the destruction of the second amendment and a prelude to weapons confiscation.  Few see the government as a source of protection anymore, but as an entity of individuals self-absorbed in the intoxicating thrust of power over others that they ravenously crave.

Some of those politicians have every intention of driving it all till the engine blows, then they’ll just walk away from it all and leave the carnage behind.  And they call the tea party kooks?  Because they want a balanced budget?  Because they want to adhere to the Constitution?  The warning lights across the dashboard of society are ablaze, my friend!

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, was published bi-monthly from 2009 to 2017.  He’s an author, a former nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit Ministries in Jamestown, Indiana.  He can be reached at www.builderofthespirit.org.    

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