“You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.” So goes the wisdom of Barack Hussein Obama as he speaks of frugality in the face of financial distress. This message doesn’t quite ring true as it falls from the lips of one whose only known solution to problems is to spend and spend some more of the taxpayers money in a vain attempt to raise a sinking economy.
On one hand, this utterance of truth is good advice. On the other hand, it reveals a pathology that should give us all pause. Yet, the advice makes sense and we all would do well give it serious consideration. With all the uncertainty, it would seem a smart strategy to not spend money we don’t have on things we really don’t need.
Good financial advisors are counseling people to get out of debt and save their money. Unfortunately, this type of behavior is not the kind of thing that will rejuvenate our troubled financial world. Businesses need customers, people need to spend less money. This is an awkward situation… one that might be remedied if the good citizens felt more confident in their futures and our government were not quite so intent on snagging so much money form their pockets.
The pathology is evident as the “do as I say, not as I do” advice comes from one whose penchant for spending other peoples money knows no bounds. It is possible he really believes there are a different sets of rules for those in his circles and for the little people he is trying to lead. We often see this in third world dictatorships where the leaders live the high life while the peasants have to skimp, cut back and do without. Does Venezuela come to mind?
There are, without a doubt, higher priorities than a junket to the Nevada desert. It’s unlikely we will ever agree on what those higher priorities are. For many, a college education for their children is the higher priority. For others, it could be a secure retirement, or a dream vacation which may actually include a trip to Las Vegas. Unfortunately, for many in the inside the beltway club, the higher priority is financing the expansion of a controlling national government.
For those concerned about their future, we are told there is no reason for worry. Our aspiring Big Brother government promises to meet the needs and wants we will no longer be able to provide for ourselves. Our children will be educated. We will have the health care provided for us. Of course, the downside is that they will decide what we need and how we shall get it.
It’s the living embodiment of Harry Browne’s understanding, “The government is good at one thing…it knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say ‘see if it weren’t for the government you wouldn’t be able to walk.'”
So, not to unreasonably negative on the city of Las Vegas, we, as individuals should be a little more frugal and thoughtful with our available funds… but we should also demand the same of our government… especially to keep it from holding and dispensing all the resources. If we fail, we shall be reduced to the dependency of slavery.
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Larry Miller After far too many years of working in IT and involvement in political activity, Larry Miller now designs business and political websites at www.simplewebs.biz and recently began the web site and blog www.PoliticalChristian.org as a resource for Christians in the public arena.