The Ostrich, Debt, and Inspiration from the Past

“The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man.  The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become.”  ~Ronald Reagan

By Alden L. Benton

There is an old folk tale about the ostrich.  The story says that when confronted with danger, the ostrich sticks its head in the sand. 

I don’t know if this is true or not.  However, the ostrich is a very large bird and if it does exhibit this behavior, it suffers from two problems: 1) by hiding its head, the ostrich leaves its rather sizeable posterior exposed; and 2) the ostrich is delusional in thinking that if it cannot see the danger, it is not really there, and therefore, does not exist. 

I have published this blog for 18 months and throughout my posts, I have struggled to put an appropriate label on those who would destroy our liberty and our country by any means available.  Now, thanks to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), I have coined a new term to describe her and her ilk: ostrich-statist.

Anyone with a basic understanding of simple arithmetic and a reasonable grip on reality realizes that one cannot spend more than what one earns without borrowing and that one cannot keep borrowing to pay for your borrowing.  My father used to call this borrowing from Peter to pay Paul

However, there is a very large segment of the ruling class in the United States, whether it is federal, state, or local, that seems to have no clue regarding this stark and dangerous reality.

Enter Representative Pelosi.

Godfather Politics reported today that Representative Pelosi says we need more revenue (read higher taxes) not spending cuts.  In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Pelosi said:

“We have to recognize that, which cuts really help us and which cuts hurt our future?  And cuts in education, scientific research and the rest are harmful, and they are what are affected by the sequestration.  So, it is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem.  We have a budget deficit problem that we have to address.”

Even a broken clock is right twice a day, but Pelosi is only half right — we do have a deficit problem.  However, like the fabled ostrich, she is blind to the greater problems of unchecked spending, underfunded programs, and massive debt.

Nancy Pelosi, the progressive-statist-Democrats, and Republicans in Name Only (RINOs) are like the ostrich; they hide their heads in the sand and think the problem will go away. 

According to US Government Spending.com, the federal deficit, the difference between income and payments, grew from $500 billion in FY 2008 (fiscal year) to $1.5 trillion in FY 2009 and has remained at an average of $1.3 trillion through FY 2012.

To sustain this spending spree, the nation has gone deeper into debt.  In FY 2008, the gross federal debt (the total amount owed), was $10 trillion and has increased every year since then.  In FY 2009, the year with the largest deficit, the gross debt grew to $11.9 trillion.  The gross national debt reached $16.4 trillion in FY 2012, exceeding the value of the entire economic output of the United States economy (GDP).

The ostriches among us would like you to believe we can tax this problem away.  This idea is nothing but wishful, delusional fantasy.  If the government confiscated the entire wealth of the nation, it couldn’t pay off the debt.  If the government took everything the so-called rich earn, it would not completely fund one year of government spending.

Whom are you going to believe — the deluded ostriches like Nancy Pelosi or President Ronald Reagan when he said, “We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.”

It is time that we stop listening to the dangerous, destructive, self-serving horse hockey spewed by the ostriches led by President Obama and his flock of crooks and cronies.  Instead, listen to, and follow, the words spoken by President John F. Kennedy as he concluded his inaugural address on January 20, 1962.

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. 

“My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

“Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you.  With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”

Consider JFK’s words tonight as you listen to the dreck spewed by the ostrich-in-chief’s State of the Union address.


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One response to “The Ostrich, Debt, and Inspiration from the Past

  1. Love your post! Keep up the good writings!

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