In the computer world, the definition of insanity is running a failed program over again with the same data and expecting a different result.
The American electorate seems to have adopted that model with the political establishment. Just follow me here. It may be that you will arrive at a different conclusion. If so, please let me know.
Back in the last great depression, during the 1930s, it came to the progressives’ attention that the failed economy had left many old people in poverty. Social Security, a tax borne equally by the employer and employee, was implemented. The new taxes and payouts to the aged began together in 1937. The program was an immediate and huge success, especially since those receiving benefits had never paid into it.
Because of the generation that received immediate benefits, Social Security has always been a Ponzi scheme. This simply means that more and more new people must be added to the rolls of the plan to pay the ever-increasing benefits derived by the current generation.
There is nothing wrong with that … in the face of a growing nation adding more and more jobs and more young families to the ranks of the employed each year. In fact, under those circumstances the Ponzi is entirely sustainable.
In the mid-1960s, LBJ, another great progressive, decided that while the Vietnam War was lost, he could still salvage his image by declaring “war on poverty.” He did, carpet bombing poor Americans with larger and heavier bundles of cash. Today, $22 trillion later, poverty has been reduced to nearly … what it was before the money was spent. The war on poverty is lost and forgotten – by all but the taxpayers who have become poor paying for it.
But what good is a retirement without medical care? Medicare was also implemented during LBJ’s “Great Society” years. The federal government rapidly became a huge consumer of medical services.
In 1968, Paul Ehrlich published “The Population Bomb,” which warned of dire upheavals, mass starvation and death due to overpopulation, all of which he said were coming during the 1970s and ’80s.
In 1973 the United States Supreme Court – not the Congress – decided that abortion should be legal in all 50 states. Since then, 60 million children have been aborted at the hands of their mothers and the “First, do no harm” medical establishment. This, the nation was assured by those in charge, would result in no unwanted children being brought into the world.
In 2007 the nation’s first baby boomer filed for Social Security retirement benefits. Boomers began retiring much the same way they were born: in droves. This largest generation continues to flood the Social Security and Medicare rosters as they apply for their retirement benefits.
Social Security, which functioned just fine as a Ponzi scheme held up by growing numbers of new workers when the boomers were young, now finds itself upside down. Growing numbers of retirees are dependent upon shrinking numbers of workers paying into the system. And as Bernard Madoff could attest, an upside down Ponzi scheme gets ugly very quickly.
There are, of course, two solutions. Fewer older people. Or more younger people. Thus the government, which now runs all this, must either reduce the numbers of retirees or increase the numbers of younger workers. A wise manager would do some of both.
Say hello to Obamacare and immigration reform.
The reason we couldn’t read about Obamacare before it was passed is that its purpose was to starve Medicare and thereby reduce the population of older people receiving retirement benefits. It’s the same reason that immigration reform (“Tear down that fence, Mr. Obama”) won’t be implemented until after the midterm elections. When it will be implemented. Regardless of who wins.
Demographics is destiny. To have any hope of surviving, Social Security and Medicare must have an influx of new, young workers. Not just a few, but millions. Many millions. Probably about 60 million. Americans actually produced these workers themselves, but there was a problem with the birth. They were aborted, instead. Sixty million of them.
Perhaps this is their revenge?
Where do we go from here? Reconnaissance now. Armageddon next.
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