THE LOOTING OF AMERICA: A HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT
Sep. 21, 2005
You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to know that the Federal treasury is about to be looted. Hurricane-happy career politicians don't seem to have any trouble making lofty promises to re- build disaster affected areas, "no matter the cost." With local officials in hurricane affected States being so quick to surrender their responsibility and authority to Federal agencies, it now appears that the fix is in. What they couldn't take, they will buy.
This is exactly the sort of thing I wrote about. Politics & Patriotism: The Fisk Conspiracy was just speculative Fiction. Now it's a story based on actual events. The growth of modern Federalism can be traced back to post-Civil War reconstruction. Then, as now, promises were made by career politicians that resulted in corruption and debt. In the frenzy to re-build the South, countless millions of Federal dollars were 'lost' along the way. When the dust settled prior to World War One, the country was hung over from the spending spree, and the Federal treasury was nearly empty.
Hurricane Katrina unearthed a huge pocket of poverty when it swamped New Orleans. Social and Archeological proof that we didn't get what we paid for in the late 1800's. A survey of 1865 news papers will reveal many of the same 'expectations' that today's career politicians have in 2005. It boils down to legalized theft that would have made any Roman Senator jealous.
As I write this, the city of Galveston (Texas) is under threat from a new hurricane. This city was last wrecked by a hurricane in 1900. At that time, the Federal government wasn't so big. It also wasn't quite so greedy. Career politicians of the day hadn't conceived of the kind of 'politics' that we call "normal" today. The very notion that a city could recover with-out Federal assistance seems alien to us in the 21st Century.
It has been said that fiscal policy is just one barometer of a nation's health. Why does the Governor of any State surrender their authority to the Federal government? What makes the Federal government so bold when asking for it? The answers vary from State to State. One thing remains constant. The people giving up your rights benefit from the 'exchange' more than you do.
In my home State, a Senator has come to power through nepotism. She and her father have had no trouble with the arrangement. They've benefitted nicely. The citizens have been assured that we'll see plenty of Federal spending, thanks to the appointment of this new Senator. As voters, we've been asked to put aside our sense of ethics and morality "for the good of the State."
We can--and we do--tolerate a lot of greed and corruption for the sake of the "greater good." We're about to prove that we can tolerate a whole lot more. Our elected leaders have two centuries of proof to motivate them. When inflation spikes, they'll tell us that taxes must be raised to stop it. When the national debt breaks the Federal treasury, they'll have no trouble passing the bill on to the individual tax payer. They've only got to say one thing to make the lie stick. "It's for the greater good."
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