Might that fact possibly
be indicative of a
mind-blowingly humongous serious spending problem?
It seems no one in
Washington, Democrat or Republican, truly cares about—or understands—the danger
debt, at this staggering level, poses. All but a handful of those in Congress
spend (other people’s) money with a giddy ferocity that would make a drunken
sailor on shore leave blush.
Former Rep. Dick
Armey (R-TX) once noted, “Three groups spend other people’s money: children,
thieves, and politicians. All three need supervision.” Truer words were never
Friedman famously explained that there are four ways to spend money. 1) You can
spend your own money on yourself. 2) You can spend your own money on someone
else. 3) You can spend someone else’s money on yourself. 4) You can spend
someone else’s money on someone else. That is precisely what our politicians
do. And that is also obviously the way for which people will be the least concerned
Which is why there
are so many stupefyingly ridiculous
examples of egregious federal spending.
Like the study that aimed to untangle
the psychology of gambling addiction – by building a casino for pigeons.
Yes, the National Institute of Health sent nearly half a million dollars to Reed
College in Portland, Oregon, where researchers planned to create a
“self-contained miniature economy” for the school’s flock of pigeons. Dr.
Timothy Hackenberg explained, via the project’s abstract, that the birds
receive currency-like tokens that they can “earn, accumulate, spend, or gamble”
on slot machines. Yet even Dr. Hackenberg admits there are few “practical
applications” for this work.
Then there is the National Science
Foundation, which, purportedly concerned about worsening climate-change-induced
hurricanes, paid researchers to capture dozens of anole lizards in the Turks and Caicos
Islands, and subsequently blast the critters with leaf blowers to see how
Then, of course, Dr, Fauci’s NIAID
funded an experiment to feminize monkeys, the U.S. National Institutes of
Health paid a Russian lab to sever the brain stems of 18 healthy cats, and the
National Science Foundation funded a study which examined, weighed and measured
the results of the bowel movements of pandas, elephants and warthogs, etc.
themselves from free-spending Republicans by ceaselessly attempting to bribe
voters by offering them money or free stuff—either overtly or covertly. When
they get virtually half the population on the government dole/gravy train, it’s
essentially game over. This is a nearly intractable problem for Republicans and
Libertarians that may want to tamp down the orgiastic spending, as all they can
offer is the promise of effective policies, personal freedom-- and to let those
that actually pay most of the taxes keep more of their own money. Unfortunately,
too many in the electorate do not understand economics or history, dual
ignorance which virtually guarantees societal disaster in the long run. And,
tragically, many now seem to value (a chimerical) safety over personal freedom.
Moreover, since those who make more shoulder most of the tax burden, Democrats
immediately and incessantly accuse Republicans of favoring the rich when they
propose tax cuts, a charge that is preposterous in 2022.
By some accounts,
up to 80% of current federal spending is unconstitutional. But, is it even
possible to reign in federal spending? In 1995, Senate Republicans fell
one vote short of passing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
that task seems harder than ever.
If pigeons have
casinos, maybe one day pigs will be able to fly.
Say, I wonder if
we could fund a study to determine the feasibility of swine flight…