Sunday, April 10, 2011

The United States is a 700-lb. man stuck in his bed

Mark Steyn likens America and its staggering debt to a man so obese he is dependent upon others to feed him and service his waste.

I always enjoy those stories that crop up periodically on the local news where some 700lb guy who can’t get out of bed needs to go to hospital and the fire department has to slice off the second-floor clapboards and framing to winch him out of there. When you’re 50lbs overweight, it’s worth laying off the pasta and desserts. When you’re 500lbs over, you just lie there and wait for someone else to keep the chow coming – the Chinese, Japanese, Saudis, Russians… Hey, what difference does it make? And if the bed sores get too bad the Beijing Fire Department will be there to saw the wall off and get you outta there. After all, it’s in their interest, right?

A Baltimore reader sent me his guide to crisis management in advanced democracies:

Phase 1) A crisis is coming. But we still have time. There’s no need to act yet.
Phase 2) Yes, a crisis is coming. But we still have time. There’s no need to act yet.
Phase 3) We’re out of time. There’s no reason to act, because it’s too late.

Much of the political establishment is officially in Phase Two – sure, this stuff is a problem but not until 2080, 2060, whenever – but substantively in Phase Three.

Tyler Durden illustrates the issue with what he describes "the only charts that matter".

The federal budget is seriously, seriously out-of-whack.

The debt ceiling will be breached in the next month or two.

And, ominously, "for the purists, ... another chart, this time showing the continuing persistent deterioration in the budget due to mandatory spending. The question is where, absent someone discovering teleportation or some other revolutionary technological invention, will the paradigm technological step up allowing for a surge in revenues, come from."

And these are the important deadlines for the fiscal battles yet to come.

Does the House leadership possess the mettle to save America from fiscal calamity? Or will it allow the country to die, stuck in its chair, as it negotiates fiscal trivialities?

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I read comments on many different boards and news organizations. Many comments on mainstream media villify and criticize Conservatives and Tea Party Members who want spending cuts and a balanced budget. If the comments are'nt being made by paid political hacks then I fear it is almost all over. The Government are spending about 4 billion a day more than we take in revenues, With 14 trillion in debt and looming trillion dollar plus liabilities, the choices are running out and it will only be more and more difficult the longer we wait. And yet, still the left and media don't get it. With this type of fiscal insanity so wide spread, I can't see the U.S. getting out of this Bed of Debt and Bankruptcy is envitable, I would suggest those wise enough to take precautions to prepare for this event.