C. S. Lewis wrote: Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
Such is the description of Congress and the current presidential administration with one exception: they have no conscience.
Instead, they collectively breach their covenants as elected officials to do the work of the people, ignobly ignore even the slightest aspect of fiduciary responsibility, behave delinquently with respect to fiscal restraint, and condemnably refuse to admit or recognize that they are the primary reason for the country’s financial ills, and not business, banking, or high income wage earners.
Sarbanes, Oxley, Dodd, and Frank are mindful of the Italian cruise ship captain, abandoning their congressional posts and running from tragedy like little children who got scared by a mouse, and the core of their successors, the remainder, those vestiges of incompetence, who linger in the halls of Congress like lampreys and lounge lizards buzzing like flies around detritus, have united to defy and marginalize the Tea Party while unable or unwilling to form a coalition to right their self-inflicted wrongs or reverse the moronic and demonic policies wrought by the leadership of Reid and Pelosi. It not only speaks of low moral character, but smacks of racketeering, drunk and emboldened with their sense of power and too inebriated to recognize the reflection in the mirror.
The U.S. Government Printing Office places the total number of pages in the current tax code at 16,845, which unequivocally makes it the work of cretins, created by legislators so unimaginably daft and disconnected with reality that it challenges the boundaries of mortal reasoning, and yet the latest news cycles are containing near-giddy announcements that Democrat senators are anxious to push the “Buffett Rule.” Translation: make the tax code longer and even more complicated.
Warren Buffett is an 81 year old billionaire and has made his fortune through equal parts tenacity and gaming the system. He has operated for years on the cusp of impropriety and continues to live in the gray area without so much as a worry about perceptions for he is coated in Teflon, literally immune from questions about what he knew, when he knew it, and how inexplicably he has been in the right place at the right time for decades, scooping up timely deals, restructuring debt and riding the stock, and magically positioned in the stocks of General Electric and Goldman Sachs prior to massive infusions of stimulus money. In return, he is the face of Mr. Obama’s newest wrinkle for attacking our nation’s most successful people as if he’s a de facto member of Congress. It is no small coincidence that such an alliance was established, for insider trading information in Washington is dispensed like handfuls of candy corn at Halloween.
Meanwhile, Mr. Obama continues to water board America with his rhetoric and obsessive attacks on the mythical entity he pejoratively calls “the rich”, and he does so by talking about fairness. Fairness is not an economic term, it is not part of economic theory, but instead a purely subjective concept used by someone who believes in his own omnipotence and an unconstitutional right to determine wealth. The “P” in POTUS now stands for “Provocateur” and his sermonizing serves no other purpose than to divide constituents while turning away blindly from the problem of gross financial laxity and a maniacal and unsound compulsion to spend money that does not exist, as evidenced by another $1.1 Trillion overrun. The patient is hemorrhaging profusely from wounds to the abdomen and he remains fixated with bandaging a scrape on the victim’s forehead. Regrettably, pretending a problem does not exist will not eliminate the problem, and misdirecting people’s attention through prevarication and misrepresentation is inconsistent with any definition of stewardship or leadership.
Meanwhile, the media is consumed by Winchellian Madness, content to ask candidates their favorite color and quick to parse responses for the purpose of creating news. Certainly there are the voices of reason who have clamored for solutions, but to this day the Ingrahams, Malkins, and Coulters, among others, are painted as flaming radicals by traditional news outlets and dismissed as hateful cranks. Instead we have Chris Mathews and an endless parade of talking blondes who look as though they were all made from the same mold in an Easy-Bake Oven. They speak snidely of Mr. Romney’s financial success, insinuate that his gains were ill-gotten at grave human expense, and their disdain for his business achievements color their opinions in lieu of presenting facts or discussing perilous macroeconomic issues. Such selectivity and hypocrisy is a violation of journalistic franchise and is an abhorrence, for no pretense is made that Romney’s wealth is somehow ill-gotten while Buffett earned his the old-fashioned way.