It's been said that we get the government we deserve. If we continue to vote for free bread and circuses as did the ancient Romans for a few centuries, without consideration of the costs, then we will get what the Romans got: ruin. Downfall.
Obamacare was sold to us as free health care for all Americans. I am an American, and Obamacare is certainly not free to me. My premiums have doubled, and my deductibles have tripled. Free? Not even close. And yet Barack Obama was re-elected by wide margins based on these false promises. Of course, some Americans are getting free care, but it is at the cost of other Americans such as me getting hammered. I would not call that kind of free health care free.
Obama has been on a green rampage now since his initial inauguration in 2008. He warned coal companies during that campaign that his goal was to bankrupt them, in favor of unproven and costly wind, solar and other alternative energy sources. Energy costs, other than oil, have soared since 2008. The only reason oil is cheap right now is through technology that Obama despises: fracking. He is certainly scheming as we speak to put an end to that, you can bet your bottom dollar.
One way all socialists (including Obama) appeal to the masses is to provide social programs (welfare, Obamacare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, Obamaphones, and on and on....), and pay for these costs through transfer of wealth in the form of taxes and gutting the military. The American armed forces are now at their weakest and smallest stance since World War II.
Accordingly, American involvement in festering hot spots around the world that threaten our allies and world stability is minimal. To fill that leadership void, rotten actors such as Russia, China, Iran and ISIS have all stepped forward to grab whatever power and land is now available, now that American power has withdrawn.
We indeed get the government we deserve. Unfortunately, the silver cloud in all of this chaos created by Obama and his Democrat party philosophy is that things will get so bad that it will in time negatively affect those constituencies that in the short term have benefited from all of these flawed socialist policies.
The health care system in the U.S., once the best in the world despite its warts, will get overloaded by those clamouring for 'free' care. The only way that an overloaded system can cope is by either restricting access, or by rationing services. Both are now happening, and oldsters who need these services most are feeling the brunt. They will start to get the message that all of this free stuff is killing them. An unfortunate silver cloud here.
All of this punishment meted out to the coal and oil industries will drive the costs of energy up to the point that heating a retirees house during the winter will require a home heating loan. Another unfortunate silver cloud, as in time people will rebel against such policies.
Most oldsters remember the days when they could count on interest payments from structured certificates of deposit bearing 6% annually and greater. They haven't seen those days in decades now. Their money may as well be stuffed in a mattress in the face of a 2 year CD now paying about one half of one percent interest: 50 basis points. Which rounded to the nearest significant number is about zero. Another silver cloud amid the ruins of what used to be what oldsters considered their 'Golden Years.' These years are turning from gold to granite. It is just a matter of time before these oldsters grab their walkers, teeter on down to the polling places and vote for a better future.
The ancient Romans never figured it out, and while half the population of the Roman empire was watching their free circuses and eating their free bread, the Visigoths showed up and sacked Rome around 410 A.D., and Rome was no more.
And the Dark Ages began.
I will not live to see how things turn out for the U.S. We still have time to see what socialism has done to past fallen civilizations, and that without a change in course, the same thing will slowly happen here. We can either turn against this pathology that is socialism, or we will see the New Dark Ages born.
It's hard to predict which future will prevail.
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