Cowboy Wisdom for the Week November 30, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012
by Patrick Dorinson

If the spectacle that has been playing out in Washington since the election over the so-called “fiscal cliff” is not enough to make you sick to your stomach you must have a pretty strong stomach.

Watching the two parties play chicken with the nation’s future makes me wonder if we could have ever have been victorious in World War Two or put a man on the moon if this bunch had been in charge.

The one thing you don’t hear in all this back and forth is the reason we are even at the edge of the “fiscal cliff” is that the President and Congress kicked the proverbial can down the road in the summer of 2011.

They all should be put in jail for “can abuse” since they have been kicking that poor old can down the road so long you can’t even tell it was once a can.

The media is working itself into a lather decrying the end of the world if no deal is reached.

And you know something maybe that’s what has to happen before the American people wake up and realize that there is no free lunch and that all this bloated government costs real money.

Obama knows that even if you taxed the rich 100% it would only pay for a few days of government.

But this isn’t about balancing the budget or reforming taxes or saving Medicare or Social Security.

It is about punishing those people because he ran for re-election on class warfare and he is dead set on sending these folks to the tax guillotine so the mob can cheer when the blade drops and cuts off their heads.

What will he do after he does that and the problems of deficits and debt get worse?

He will come after the rest of us suckers because that is where the money is.

Democrats never think they will run out of other people’s money and then go out and prove it.

The Republicans for their part are still trying to regain their fiscal virginity that they lost when George Bush and Tom DeLay spent like drunken cowboys on a Saturday night in town.

But just like real virginity, it is tough to get it back once it is lost.

They gave tax cuts but didn’t pay for them and the result is where we are today.

In his 1960s book, Conscience of a Conservative, Barry Goldwater said that he favored tax cuts but warned that without corresponding spending cuts the result would be deficits and inflation.

We now have the deficits and the inflation is right around the corner.

Goldwater went on to say, “By reducing taxes AND spending we will not only return to the individual the means with which he can assert his freedom and dignity, but also guarantee to the nation the economic strength  that will always be its ultimate defense against foreign foes.”

Because of our spendthrift ways we are now at the mercy of our Chinese creditors and our economic strength is no longer our ultimate defense against foreign foes as Goldwater warned.

We have been brought to our knees by two political parties giving goodies from the federal treasury to every strata of society from corporate welfare to welfare for the poor.

It is the only bipartisan thing Congress has done in many years.

In 1964 Barry Goldwater had a tag line for his TV ads. It said, “In your heart you know he’s right.”

He is still right today.

So here is your Cowboy Wisdom for the Week.

Democracy should be more than two wolves settin’ down with a sheep to discuss what to have for dinner.

We know who the wolves are.

And we know who is going to get eaten for dinner.

Republicans should stop being one of the wolves.

And instead of reading poll results and cattle crap from high paid consultants they should begin reading Goldwater’s Conscience of a Conservative.

Who knows maybe they can get their fiscal virginity back.