It is with great interest that I read and hear the endless political rhetoric that has now become rampant and regrettably out of control in our culture. What is even more amazing is the extreme level of political spin the many elected career politicians utilize in their attempts to justify their positions in their efforts to pander to each individual constituency as we approach the November election. They promise everything to nearly everyone with never an explanation of where the money will come to finance their endless stream of government programs. There is no problem or social malady which cannot be solved or corrected by a government program or entitlement financed by borrowed or printed money.
A great many voters are so entrenched and blinded in their political beliefs they have completely closed their mind to any political position, thought, or fact that does not conform to their political philosophy. The individuals who are the most worrisome (and frankly dangerous) are the ones who believe in this political fantasyland. This concept can be defined as convincing voters the government is going to solve their every problem, create a utopian society to serve all of their needs, and someone else, primarily the wealthy, will pay for it. If they would actually open their mind and take the time to research this supposition they would quickly find it is unquestionably impossible to tax the rich to finance their fantasyland.
The other false assumption the voters in fantasyland naively believe is the foolish and unfounded assumption the government can print or borrow enough money (do some research on the history and consequences of inflation) to pay for the endless social programs of this benevolent and all knowing government. The single greatest problem facing the federal, state and local governments of the United States (and Europe) today is for many years now our politicians have committed our governments to a long list of promises they cannot possibly finance and the voters continue to support it. Quite frankly a huge percentage of them are now on the receiving end of these programs which isn’t a coincidence.
In summary there are two types of voters, the ones who blindly and foolishly want to believe in fantasyland and vote accordingly, and those who want to hear the truth and elect politicians (if they exist) who will deal with reality. Our children and grandchildren, whose money we are spending, will have to live with the outcome and consequences of this decision; a bankrupt government and a much lower standard of living. But alas, the people in fantasyland don’t really care; they have long since detached themselves from reality. The election in the fall of 2012 will clearly tell us if the majority of the U.S. electorate lives in political fantasyland, or if we will finally chose candidates who give us a long required and appropriate dose of reality.
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The writer lives in Conway.