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The End is Nigh. Awesome.

April 24th, 2013 - 5:45 am

We are so deeply messed up as a nation, I hardly know where to begin. Lenin famously wrote that the capitalists “will sell us the rope with which we shall hang them.” Nope. We’re not even that greedy and shortsighted; now we just give the rope away.

Sorry for whatever, jihadi — may I build you a scaffolding, too?

The next thing that comes to mind is a link Glenn put up yesterday to this book, The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome: How Going Broke Will Leave America Richer, Happier, and More Secure.

Think of a gallon of gas. The government gets paid a fee when the oil comes up out of the ground. It taxes the profits on the oil. The oil goes to a refinery, where more profit is made and taxed. The gasoline is delivered to the station by truck, which pays about 25 cents a gallon on the diesel fuel needed to make the truck run. Then you pump the gallon into your car, and pay another 18 cents on top of all the rest.

So I have no idea how to calculate all the taxes and fees and hidden costs the government imposes on a gallon of gas, but I know it’s a hell of a lot more than the official 18.4-cent “fuel tax” that they’re actually upfront about.

All of that. Taxes and fees and costs imposed at every level and stage of getting one damn gallon of gas into your car. And it isn’t just gasoline. There’s not a product or service that in some way, every step of the way, isn’t providing revenue to Uncle Sugar. And yet they still can’t provide adequate screening to keep jihadis from becoming citizens. But welfare for nice men who want to blow you up? Maybe! Sure!

We’re going to have to go broke to fix it, because there’s no other way to kill a beast to big and so greedy and so fundamentally (and dangerously) incompetent.

Let. It. Burn.

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Also, we won't waterboard Dzhokhar now because that's "cruel" but we wouldn't mind incinerating him and and a few bystanders with a drone strike if he were living in an apartment in NE Pakistan. Because the former United States has a government that's serious about ethics.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
Has there ever been another example in history where one side of a war funded both combatants? On the one hand US taxpayers are funding state/fed welfare to domestic jihadis, foreign aid and weapons to hostile governments and rebels and the occasional lending of our Air Force to Islamists. And on the other, us taxpayers are funding the DoD, DHS, FBI, CIA, NSA...

Can you imagine, Bob Hope in 42 telling the crowd "Buy Bonds cause those Messerschmidts, P-38s and Zeros ain't gonna build themselves.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
Obviously it's our own fault for not giving him enough welfare.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
Reform....
...the tax code
...immigration regulation
...legal code of laws (how many are there, and how do they interact?)
...welfare
...education and the sate and federal role (with attendant regulation)
...obamacare, health insurance regulation, health care delivery, medicine, medical service providers, big pharma, big agriculture, big energy

We have reached the point where the Rube Goldberg machine of governance can't be patched up by adding another step in the process.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
I think you are correct. The trick, however, will be to avoid throwing the baby (i.e., the Constitution) out with the bath water.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
Having leftists run national security and the economy is like having Lindsay Lohan run your daycare and parking valet service.

How can you be surprised when something bad happens? Reckless, corrupt, incompetent and stupid are probably not going to get you optimal results in leading a nation. Just sayin'.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment

It's not obvious to me that "Let it burn" is a recipe for for a rebirth of effective government.

Let's just hope when the government DOES go broke, civil society is still strong enough that we get volunteer law-enforcement, rather than semi-official protection rackets using all that shiny new military hardware.
51 weeks ago
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"Let It Burn" isn't a recipe for good governance. It's a prescription for how to save ourselves from a government that's grown too big to save.

It's what I was hoping a Romney win might --might-- have allowed us to avoid. But I'm afraid there's no longer any turning back.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
I must agree with you, Stephen. This country, given its government and leaders, would be a smoldering mess if it were not for the other-worldly incompetence of our enemies. The Boston reaction - stay indoors, lock your doors, cower in the closet - is the protocol of a police state. What will they do when there is a real coordinated attack from several different, widely separated sections of the city - or our national government do when there are attacks in several cities of various sizes in various parts of the country?

It is difficult for a caring citizen to put their ultimate fate in the hands of a government that only reacts.
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