In my previous article, Lunacy of Economics, I discussed the cash for Clunkers movement. I related it to the Roosevelt era in the thirties and his programs of destruction, like ordering the ploughing under of crops.
Because so many of these thousands of vehicles were in good running order, evidenced by driving them to the car lot, I wondered why so many traded them in to be destroyed in 48 hours and to receive a $4,500 discount on a new vehicle to be charged to taxpayers.
There may be some who were able to pay cash, but no doubt most purchased new vehicles on credit. This means they signed on to a debt for thousands of dollars, obligated themselves to payments plus interest rates. Then assumed further responsibility, purchasing higher insurance premiums on a new car, plus additional money for a more expensive tag, plus sales tax on the new car. All of this to save a little on gas mileage. It made no sense to me.
Then I thought about all the current talk on economics and how the stimulus money was not achieving what it was touted to do, stimulate the economy because one of the reasons was the American people had reduced their buying habits and not spending their money. Instead, saving and paying off credit cards and moving out of expensive homes they could not afford. Many were tightening their belts and working towards living within their means and getting out of debt. Many stopped using credit cards.
All this sounded like good news. Plus loudly voiced objections to the amount of money the government was wildly spending on things like using thousands of taxpayer monies to do things like make pictures of expensive airplanes flying over the Statue of Liberty. Using taxpayer money to bailout distressed companies. Companies paying exorbitant salaries to their employees and throwing extravagant parties paid for with taxpayer monies. Spending money frivolously, like a drunken sailor on shore leave, as the saying goes.
There for a brief moment I thought this country is coming to its senses, finally, when whammo!! Out of the blue comes this cash for clunkers, that so many fell for line, hook and sinker, the taxpayer money earmarked to pay for the venture ran out in a matter of days. And more was quickly appropriated by those in Congress. So many singing the praises of this wonderful successful government program, and repeatedly I heard the phrase, “It’s working.”
Hearing that, for some peculiar reason, I thought about the guillotine operator whose mission always works.
In my previous article I asked several questions as to why we have allowed the free-enterprise capitalistic system which worked so well to fail. Is it because of fear? Is it laziness? Is it ignorance? Is it cowardice? What is it, I asked, which caused so many to fall into this scheme of Cash for Clunkers on taxpayer money which obviously has put thousands upon thousands in debt for thousands of dollars at a time many are unemployed and the country in a recession, which may be a forerunner to another depression?
Ironically, shortly after posting the article, a very smart man I know dropped off a lengthy essay he wrote, describing how and why governments fell into Socialism, no matter how they began. I thought back a year ago when the word “socialism” was rarely heard, now it’s discussed daily on the news. No longer a taboo word, as we very rapidly move from a Republican form of government into one of Socialism.
His writings are a stark reminder of the history of governments and all the names so familiar of all those who have supported Socialism. A system which at its core, defies private ownership of property. A collectivist system by such names as fascism and communism. A reminder of the system of bondage we know from names like Stalin, Hitler, Marx, Engles, Castro, Stalin, Lenin. Then he names a very long list of people in this country who have been sympathizers of Socialist regimes, who have been active participants in tearing down our form of constitutional government to reduce it to a socialist state. Names of well-known politicians, educators, government employees and others, and documents supporting evidence of their roles to destroy this country’s Freedom and reduce it to a Socialist state. Times, places, events and names of who and how. An astonishing list. Much I already knew about from past studies but much I had forgotten until reminded in his essay.
He describes in graphic details how it is accomplished, step by step. Describing tactics and strategies most would recognize if they read it. So much relative to times, places, events, names and activities familiar to the majority of citizens in this country. So descriptive of events happening now and over the past few months and years, which shows a pattern of how this country, its Freedom, former government and former way of life has already been compromised and replaced by tenets of Socialism.
Nothing happenstance about it, but all activities directed with a well- organized plan, much already having taken place. No longer is Socialism something to consider for the future, but already happening.
Which brings me to the Cash for Clunkers current craze. One of the very important planks in the plans to reduce a country to socialism is put the people in debt. To offer and implement any and all kinds of schemes to motivate the people to go into debt.
Go back for a moment to a few months ago when retail sales dropped. Stores going out of business, because people became more careful with their spending habits and held on to their money. Government officials vociforously claiming the economy was not recovering because of reduced spending, and apparently taking stimulous money and either saving or paying down debts!! The people were exercising some control over their lives and property[money] by not falling into the government trap, UNTIL, the lunacy of economics, cash for clunkers, hit the news.
The current political government schemers to reduce this country to socialism, hit the jackpot and found the achilles heel of the American people, their love of automobiles. They flocked to the car dealers, and still flocking after more money was arranged to keep the scheme going. Falling into the trap of debt set up by a government obviously bent on taking this country into full-fledged socialism and using debt as a strategy to accomplish that.
This coup de tat, an unexpected stroke of policy to take over this government of the people, by the people and for the people with control vested in a few who write the script, direct the play and pull the curtain. The people no longer free and not in charge.
“The saddest words of tongue or pen are these few words: It might have been.”
LET FREEDOM RING