Discussion of the Detrimental Debt and Other Unpleasantness

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Discussion of the Detrimental Debt and Other Unpleasantness

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I talk about a lot of things that should be of concern to preppers, all Americans really. One of them is the ever-increasing federal debt. It’s now over $20 Trillion!!! and climbing fast. I read somewhere (CNS, maybe) last week that the GOP has been adding to it at a near-record pace, almost on par with the Dems.

 

That article had a graph which tracked deficit spending over about 40 years. It does not matter which party is in control because they both spend money they (we) don’t have. That is a problem.

Dale at the Survivalist Prepper wrote about that issue and more the other day. Please look at his assessment and think about how you fit in. Here’s what I think:

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There are so many different issues eating away at the American fabric: war, social unrest, crime, debt, degeneracy, the corporatist economy, loose morals, crumbling roads, debased currency, tyranny, oppression, falling IQs, immigration invasion, obesity, race problems, hypersensitivity bordering on the toddler-esque, and you name it. Usually, one or more of these issues interact. It’s as if they were all intentionally planned to befall us at once, or else, they just happen to be going on all at the same time.

 

But they are happening. At once. To us, today, and for our children tomorrow.

 

Dale delves into some of the more pressing, public problems – debt, unrest, etc. He sees this amalgam as a silent coup against us and our nation. He’s very likely correct. However, I don’t think it has been that silent. It seems to me that most of the disastrous attacks on our way of life have been done plainly and in the open. The real problem is that people haven’t seemed to notice or to care. (This audience, I trust, is a little different.)

 

The heavier issues from Dale’s article (and previous podcast):

 

America Divided

 

No denying it. We are essentially multiple peoples and multiple nations crammed together in one geography. Something had to give and it did – mainly civility and sense. I hesitate to assign blame, as honesty would have most of us looking in the mirror.

 

We are more at odds with each than any time since the Civil War – maybe moreso. Working this one out could be flatly impossible without Balkinization.

 

The Emotional Roller Coaster

 

Dale is right that the media try hard to keep people all up in their … feelings. Thinking begets understanding and problem solving. They don’t want us doing that. Anger and fear are their allies and it shows. An upset populace is less likely to wake up and stand up.


The “Social Media” Mob Mentality

 

I try and try to use the socials but I honestly hate them. Everyone else it seems just can’t wait to scream at the top of their keyboards about the latest “outrages” – which are usually trivial. Someone strikes the bell and the dogs bark. Have they nothing better to do?


The Democracy Myth

 

America is not, nor has ever been, a Democracy. Dale is slightly off when he says we are a Republic. We are – in name only. The truth is that the people have absolutely no say at all in their governance. None. As George Carlin noted, the real OWNERS control everything, us included, for their benefit – not ours. We just pay the bills.


The Corrupt Government

 

And they always have us paying for something. That Constitution the “Republic” people always tout, only allows the federal government to do about 30 things, pretty simple things. Yet, they regularly exceed their authority and meddle in everything on (and off) the planet. And we pay for it.

 

Again, this was done not silently, but openly. And it’s still in the open. And they people seem okay with it. They vote the same criminals back into office every single election. They must like it or something.

 

The voting leads to more government which leads to more and more debt.

 

Are We Silent About the National Debt?

 

I don’t really think so. Again, the numbers and budgets are public knowledge. People know what’s happening. They just ignore it.

 

Now, there is a hidden debt load – far, far beyond the $20 TRILLION!!!! on the official books. The real “debt” that we or our children are expected to shoulder is somewhere between $250 Trillion and $4 Quadrillion. Where? How much? By these numbers, anything in that range, it just does not matter. It can never be repaid.

 

This is a nearly hopeless mess. Time (and maybe a war or three) will eventually cure everything. Our generations might not be around to reap the rewards of patience.

 

In the meantime, what can any of us do, individually? Dale has some great ideas.


His ideas and personal solutions sound a lot like typical prepping. Political and economic disasters are essentially like natural disasters. They may not be avoidable but they are survivable. Please read Dale’s recommendations and make your own judgements and plans.

 

If some of this gets you a little down …. Good! It’s from deep down, near rock bottom, that we can begin to build a solid base for the future.

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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