There's No Such Thing as 'Government Money'
"If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything."
What happens to a society whose public discourse has become such an utter perversion of truth that the people can no longer even grasp solid reality?
If Confucius was correct, then, dear readers, we must conclude that our America is in for some very, very, very, very tough times ahead.
For in present-day America, the language we use to describe our realities has come so far afield anything even remotely resembling objective truth that we are little more than walking, talking idiots. It has become nearly impossible to distinguish a truthful statement from an outright lie.
And, no, this sorry state of affairs did not begin with Bill Clinton's contortions over the meaning of "is." It did not even begin with Richard Nixon's famous, full-broadcast TV declaration, "I am not a crook."
Perhaps the most threatening venue of this language perversion is in the two words now being bandied about in these times of economic distress the way men once invoked the pagan gods of Rome.
Two words. Just two. Yet they may be the most dangerous two words ever uttered by a heretofore sane people.
What's paying for the ill-founded decisions of financial institutions now in meltdown mode? "Government money."
What's going to save the day for corporations that gave more pension and benefit promises than they could ever keep? "Government money."
What's going to solve the economic woes of every city, county, and state government that provided too many services with too little a tax base and is now facing bankruptcy? "Government money."
What's going to pay the bill for all the years of excessive greed and largess of corrupt politicians, government bureaucrats, and business executives? "Government money."
What's going to pay for every slacker and debt-skipping Tom, Dick, and Harry within these 50 United States? "Government money."
What's the deep well of bounty that never goes dry? "Government money."
Just Google these two words, "government money," and you'll see more than 36,000,000 entries. "God" still gets 541,000,000, but "government money" is gaining fast.