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U.S. Needs a 12-Step Program for Spending

It's as addictive as crack cocaine and even more dangerous.

by
Gary Wickert

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January 3, 2013 - 12:41 am
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Crack addicts will typically sell their personal possessions and steal from family or friends in order to fuel their addiction. That may explain why the federal government is stealing $150 million an hour  — 24 hours a day — from our children in order to support its habit. Americans now have more per capita debt than Greece, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, and Spain — countries on the verge of economic collapse.

Addicts typically can’t work, and rely on handouts from others. Perhaps that is why the country’s biggest pusher has told us that unemployment of 8% is the “new normal” and the average American household now receives more from the federal government than it pays in taxes. Food stamps — the street name for an addictive depressant which leads to long-term use, chronic unemployment, and a lack of drive and ambition — used to be associated only with the poor but is now the drug of choice for nearly 47 million Americans. Unemployment benefits — a stimulant which leaves users with a lack of drive and energy — were also extended once again, adding billions to the federal deficit, because millions of addicts demanded it.

We can see the tell-tale signs of an addiction that is killing America. Yet the uninformed voter continues to deny that we have a problem. “I don’t even think about it. I’m not going to have any problem with it. I do not even want it anymore.” All those are usually the excuses of an addict, but sound a lot like explanations politicians are now giving for the fiscal cliff bill. House Speaker John Boehner himself cast a rare vote in support of the bill. So did Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate last year. Ryan parted ways from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a potential 2016 presidential contender, who voted against the measure. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) even justified the measure as the “largest tax cut in American history.” Republicans in Congress need to accept the reality that when they compete with Democrats for the affections of the drug users, America is the big loser.

As with any addict, there is always a next time. The fiscal cliff hasn’t been avoided. It has only been brushed aside until some point in the first quarter of 2013, when the country will once again hit the “debt ceiling” and need to pass the crack pipe around. The same issue that roiled the markets in the summer of 2011 and prompted the automatic spending cuts which created the fiscal cliff in the first place will be here again shortly. And when that time comes, without a doubt, we’ll make another bad drug deal. The American voter has become the monkey in the cage pressing the bar 12,000 times.

America’s self-destruction from this addiction is very real. As America is slowly but surely transformed into a mirror image of feckless, infertile, and dependent Europe, the obvious destruction to our country seems almost intentional. Denial, enabling, and codependency are key examples of the self-destructive behavior of drug addicts. Yet under-informed American voters continue to deny there is even a problem. And when the parents join their kids in smoking crack instead of making tough decisions, all hope for recovery is lost.

After all, drug users will tell you that reality is just a crutch for people who can’t handle drugs.

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Gary Wickert is a board-certified trial lawyer, living in Cedarburg, Wisconsin with his wife and two sons. He has a political column in Reality News and has been an op-ed contributor for Ozaukee County's News Graphic as well as a feature writer for several Wisconsin magazines. He is also the author of several legal treatises on a variety of subjects and currently serves as supervisor in the town of Cedarburg. In 2011, Gary lost a bid for the Wisconsin Assembly in the Republican Primary by 72 votes.
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