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A View from the Altar / Brother, can you spare a trillion?
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Brother, can you spare a trillion?

I knew a guy who had a case of “macho-loco.” He displayed his masculinity by doing feats of lunatic daring. One day he hopped on his crotch rocket motorcycle and took off racing down the county road where he lived, throttle maxed out. Less than half a mile from his house was a right angle turn in the road. He didn’t make the turn and tumbled through a soybean field, motorcycle pieces bounding after him like a pack of dogs. He snapped his spine and is now in a wheelchair for life.

A mutual friend talking about the incident said, “He lived on that road so he knew the turn was there, but I talked to a guy who saw it and said he was still getting on the throttle when he went into the turn.”

It was an act of self-destructive stupidity that ruined him for life, the sort of thing that leaves everybody squinting as we try to comprehend what was in his head when he did something he knew had to turn out tragically bad.

Shift gears: Drudge Report carried a headline on February 15 that the national debt is now equal to the gross domestic product. That means that if all 300 million of us worked all year long and paid everything we make to our creditors, it’d take a full year just to get back to zero.

Every American to the last wise man and idiot knows we absolutely, positively cannot continue our current level of spending.  Many years ago we spent all the money the taxpayers had.  Then we spent up everything wealthy Americans could lend.   Now we’re spending up everything the Chinese will lend.

There’s a sharp turn ahead, but Congress and the President are still jamming down on the throttle. Social Security is untouchable. Medicare is off limits. Military spending is sacrosanct as are the ten thousand programs that bankroll Grifter Nation.

All this will eventually stop if only because it’s impossible that it continue.  The only question is when.

If Congress crashes the whole economy, it will put America in an economic wheelchair for the rest of your life. What are the chances they will stop before then?

otherbrothersteve@gmail.com

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