Just last week I wrote a commentary entitled, “They ALL Lie.” It referred to the controversy surrounding Congressman Joe Wilson screaming out “You Lie” to President Obama. I said that Congressman Wilson was only partially right. The fact is they all lie. Politicians of all political parties have been lying to us for many decades and we’ve accepted this. The result is a $100 trillion national debt and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The result is an American economy teetering on the verge of collapse. The result is the bankruptcy and insolvency of our nation. The result is that our children and grandchildren will be enslaved to debt and high taxes for generations to come, to pay for it all.
I said in my commentary of last week that it was time to stop being so civil, humble and well mannered. It’s time for all of us to call them liars and take back our country. It’s time to V.E.T.O. the entire U.S. Congress (Vote Everyone of Them Out). It’s time to throw all the bums out. It’s time to put term limits on all incumbent politicians- whether they approve or not. It’s time to demand accountability. It’s time to find out what government is doing with our money. It’s time to shout to our politicians, “We’re not giving you another cent, until you tell us where all the money went!”
Well I was proven right just this morning. U.S. Special Inspector General Neil Barofsky reported today that Treasury Secretary Hank Paulsen and Federal Reserve Chief Ben Bernanke lied to us when they announced at a press conference last October that the nine giant banks receiving the first round of bailouts were financially healthy. This was a blatant lie. So was Treasury Secretary Paulsen’s explanation about where the emergency money was going- it turns out that the billions of dollars of taxpayer money was not used to buy up toxic assets. That program is just starting now- a year later. So where did the money go? Who has it? Why did those particular banks get the money?
So let me get this straight- Our own government lied to us about the health of our banks….about where the money was going…and we still don’t know the specific details of who got the bailout trillions…or how much they got…or what it was used for. The excuse used to justify the outright lies by Treasury officials this morning was “the extraordinary circumstances” of last Fall’s financial meltdown.
That’s the “excuse of the day” for this particular lie. But what about all the other lies told to taxpayers about all the other programs for the past century? What’s the excuse for those blatant lies? Or how about the lies Obama, Reid and Pelosi tell us every day about government-run universal healthcare, or cap and trade, or card check, or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? There’s always a new lie or rationalization to explain every government decision to spend our taxpayer money.
The lies never end. The reasons are always the same: “We know what’s best for you.” “It was extraordinary circumstances.” “It was necessary to protect you, or the country, or the economy.“ “Government knows best.” Really? So how come we are $100 trillion in debt? I guess we could have survived without those programs. Perhaps we’d be in much better financial shape without those programs…without those lies…without those politicians. Perhaps the politicians are the problem, not the solution. Perhaps government is the problem, not the solution. Perhaps government doesn’t know best. Perhaps if they lie to us under “extraordinary circumstance,” they’ll lie under ordinary circumstances too. It’s time to stop accepting the lies and excuses and rationalizations. It’s time to stop trusting that “government knows best.” We’re $100 trillion in debt- almost two times world GDP (all the money earned in the world each year). We couldn’t possibly have done any worse.
Yet nothing changes. Just days ago Congress voted down a bill that would have demanded that all bills before Congress be published online for 48 hours before a vote- so the American people had a chance to actually read them before they are voted on. What a concept. I’m sure this made Congress laugh. Why on earth would the American people read the bills, when Congress doesn’t ever read them?
No wonder we are $100 trillion in debt. We have liars, thieves and conmen running the government. We have czars running the government- unaccountable to the peasants (ie the people). We have a Federal Reserve running the economy and printing dollars, without authority or accountability. And politicians lying to us, because they think they know best.
Well it’s our money. It belongs to the taxpayers- not the politicians. Don’t count on us being docile, or quiet, or ignorant anymore. From this day forward, we are demanding an accounting of where our money goes, who gets it, and exactly what they’re using it for. The days of lies and secrecy are over. It’s time to throw civility and manners to the curb. It’s time to shout with rage and passion:
“WE’RE NOT GIVING YOU ANOTHER CENT, UNTIL YOU TELL US WHERE THE MONEY WENT.”