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The New Elites: The Political Class?

America is a country where we’ve made real progress trying to eradicate criticism of race, religion, weight, or disabilities.  Many of our ancestors came from places where class was a major issue, and yet we’ve done our best to eliminate class in our society.  Our President held a meeting recently with a Harvard professor and a cop.  People of all economic levels associate freely, and we cross lines daily previous generations would have never touched.  But in spite of all that progress, there’s a new class emerging: The Political Class.  More and more,
politicians seem to be  distancing themselves from the rest of us, all the while trying to convince us they know what’s best for us.  But the facts tell a different story.

In 1971 Nixon took us off the gold standard, and turned our money into currency.  Now the paper doesn’t mean anything – it’s simply a promise banks are supposed to keep.  Since that time, they’ve turned us from a creditor nation into a debtor nation.  In fact, the debt keeps piling up at staggering amounts.  Here in California, politicians refuse to make any hard choices to even come close to balancing a budget.  In fact, at the Federal level, it’s not about balancing the budget anymore, it’s about printing more money.  They plunder one government program to pay for another with no idea how to pay it back.

The truth is, politicians regularly do things we’d get arrested for in the private sector.  As Robert Kiyosaki says, “Bureaucrats don’t actually know how to solve problems.  They only know how to throw money at problems.”

Countries who philosophically couldn’t be more different are now our lifelines.  China keeps us in business by lending us money.  Middle Eastern countries keep us going by selling us oil.

As politicians tell us what’s best for us regarding medical care, the LA Times reports that they sit from a perch with the option of 10 different health care plans – most of which are paid for by taxpayers.  They have large staffs at their disposal, massive travel allowances, and keep voting regular raises for themselves.  The Wall Street Journal just reported that during the worst economy of our generation, they’ve ordered a new fleet of private jets for their travel needs.  They spent the last few months publicly ripping business CEO’s for flying private, and now they’re ordering more for themselves.

This isn’t an issue of political parties – both are guilty.  Democrats tax and spend and Republicans borrow and spend.

How is this different from a monarchy?  Sure we have elections regularly, but many of these people have been in office their entire adult lives.   The top four of all?

1. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) – 50 years

2. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) – 47 years

3. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) – 46 years

4. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) – 46 years

Call me extreme, but I predict that sooner or later, the American public will wake up and decide most politicians are emperors with no clothes.  We’ll realize that we can make better decisions for ourselves.  We’ll see clearly the impact of our massive debt and what it means for the future.  We’ll finally understand that we’re struggling with an economic crisis that they brought about, and yet they live far away from the impact.

Hopefully, that wake up call will happen before it’s too late.

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  1. “Call me extreme, but I predict that sooner or later, the American public will wake up and decide most politicians are emperors with no clothes. We’ll realize that we can make better decisions for ourselves. We’ll see clearly the impact of our massive debt and what it means for the future. We’ll finally understand that we’re struggling with an economic crisis that they brought about, and yet they live far away from the impact.

    Hopefully, that wake up call will happen before it’s too late.”

    The American people are going to 1) wake up, 2) realize, 3) see clearly,                       4) understand … annnnnnnnd do what exactly?

  2. It doesn’t look like America will wake up anytime soon. Especially with Obama and his logo machine at work. Slap a logo on it/ give it a fancy name and spend $1 trillion dollars. I mean $1 trillion? That doesn’t even compute!

  3. “The United States is declining as a nation and a world power with mostly sighs and shrugs to mark this seismic event.” Leslie H. Gelb in Foreign Affairs May/June 2009. Thanks for not “sighing and shrugging” but honestly speaking out about the real problem Phil.

  4. Obama is doing his best under extremely difficult cirucmstances. Unfortunatley, he has a lot stacked against him. The Truth is American can’t handle the Truth. You have spent more than you have earned for too many years and your economy is going down the toliet. You had a slight hope of solving the problem pre Sept 11, but two wars and the greatestcredit bubble of all time later and you are completely screwed.

    So what can Obama do? My guess is he knows Americans are too soft so he will continue to turn a blind eye to the Fed’s money printing operations (God bless Ron Paul – but I dont like his chances). America’s problems are so far gone, so completely out of control, he will continue to paper over the situation until the world wakes up and stops using your currency. He really is stuck between a rock and a hard place.

    You really need a Biblical year of Jubilee, where all debts are forgiven, every toxic asset completely exposed and written off, and everyone starts all over again.

    What’s happening in California right now is a forerunner to where the rest of America will be in a couple of years.

    You should have chosen the “red pill” about ten or fifteen years ago. Heck, Detroit ignored its warning during the oil shocks of the 1970s. Look at it now.

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