(Orange County Register) -- Most people probably have seen those TV advertisements featuring an obnoxious pitchman wearing a brightly colored suit covered in question marks. He jumps around frenetically, waving his hands, and announcing that the government is giving away lots of “free money.” Matthew Lesko’s websites help people tap into a sea of federal grants and loans. You can even talk to a “free money coach” to show you how to do it.
That’s probably a good business opportunity in a country where the government spends $4.7 trillion a year. That’s trillion with a dozen zeroes. It’s 1,000 times a billion, which is starting to approach real money. It could take thousands of years to simply count to 1 trillion. The Lesko approach – free cash for everyone – has long been the strategy of Democratic politicians, but now it’s the official fiscal policy of Republican politicians, too.
I sensed trouble when conservative radio pitchman Rush Limbaugh recently told a caller, “Nobody is a fiscal conservative anymore. All this talk about concern for the deficit and the budget has been bogus for as long as it’s been around.” I couldn’t disagree if his point were that no political leader really has ever been serious about it. But Rush has also pooh-poohed years of deficit scares. “(W)e’re still here, and the great jaws of the deficit have not bitten off our heads….”
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