Lurking behind all this is the myth recently described by British historian Paul Johnson that “government treasuries can be run in a fundamentally different way from the finances of private families.”
The secret weapon of the politician is to seduce citizens into abandoning their common sense. In the famous words of Groucho Marx, “who are you going to believe – me or your own eyes?”
The way to protect citizens and consumers is simple and basic. Have law that protects life and property, understand it to be sacred and inviolable, and enforce it.
For those that read the Bible, it’s the eight commandment. Thou shalt not steal.
Our great country is deeply divided today between two irreconcilable world views.
According to one, we live in a nation with God-given law – rights in the language of our Declaration of Independence - and the role of government is to enforce this law.
In the other view, we elect politicians and give them authority to make it all up as they go along.
We’ve been living a lot of years trying to do both. Now things are just too out of hand.
We’re going to have to decide which it is and who we are. This will determine our future.