Obama Jenga Economy

$16 trillion. $17 trillion. $18 trillion. The debt continues to grow, and most elected officials don’t seem to care. I have shied away from making my own graphics, but in this instance I think the “Jenga” analogy is fitting.

As the government accumulates more and more debt, the threat to the overall economy becomes increasingly perilous. The average person thinks of the national debt: “it doesn’t affect my life,” but … it will when The Jenga Economy comes crashing down.

Conservatives have been trying to make this case for quite some time now, and both Democrats and Republicans have ignored them.

Lately, I’ve heard a lot of people say that if the country wanted to put President Obama back in office for a second time — the very same guy who said on David Letterman that our debt is a “long term problem” — then they deserve to feel the pain that comes from a financial meltdown. I’ve heard a lot of people say that if the American people want to listen to Democrats like Rep. Nancy “it’s a false argument” to say we have a spending problem Pelosi … or to Sen. Steny “we have a paying for problem” Hoyer … then it’s time for conservatives to salute the fools and wait for them at rock bottom to say, “I told you so.”

I understand these feelings, but I’m torn as to how to address them. I worked myself ragged leading up to the past election, trying to convince my fellow Americans of the impending financial crisis that is a mathematical certainty if we don’t seriously address these issues sooner rather than later — and then president Obama was handily reelected.

Now, the president is going around saying that if roughly 2.4 percent of federal spending is “cut” (i.e., we still go further into debt, just at a slower rate) due to sequestration, then planes will not run on time, first responders will not respond, and military readiness will suffer grave consequences.

My response? On some level, I have better things to do with my time than to try and convince “low information voters” of how insulting this sequestration debate is to anyone who knows basic addition and subtraction.

BL-sequestration-size-comparison

But don’t those of us who love our country have a responsibility to try our very best to reach our fellow citizens, even if they’re the same ones spending most of their free time making mindless YouTube videos or watching rejects without shame on reality television?

It’s a good question, and as of yet I don’t have a definitive answer.

This blogger, however, is worn out. I will continue to write, but for the next few months posts will more frequently be sacrificed in favor of reading books I’m ashamed to have still not made time for (e.g., ‘Witness’) and to finish some creative writing projects that are collecting dust. (Since this blog has critiqued certain men in the comic industry, it’s time I put up or shut up.)

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with Mr. Chambers.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

7 comments

  1. Yeah, I can understand being worn out by all that…. I feel the same way, albeit about Facebook, which is why I’ve been on that site less since Lent started. Lately I’ve felt more inclined to blog and write my book…. I find that to be much more rewarding than trying to talk to low information voters on Facebook. But I hope you continue to write.

    1. Thanks, Carl. I’ll definitely continue writing the blog, but the frequency of the posts might slow down. In the past, if I was beat at the end of the work day I’d grind a post out, even if it was close to (or after) midnight. For the time being I might just read for 30 minutes instead.

      I was also thinking of doing more book reviews, or even writing posts in response to older commentary pieces that stuck with me throughout the years. There are some really good pieces by Thomas Sowell, Walter E. Williams and others that will get lost with time if we let it happen.

      Good luck on the book. And remember: Revision! Revision! Revision!

    2. You’re welcome. And thanks. My book has constantly undergone changes over the years, so that’s why it has taken so long for me to actually finish it. I suppose one could say that as I’ve grown, it’s grown with me.

      And yeah, while I haven’t deleted my Facebook, I’m going to take a much-needed break from that site over the next month or so and be blogging more and working on my book more. You can say that in a sense, I’ve given it up for Lent.

    3. I actually did quit Facebook on Friday afternoon. To be honest, I really needed to take a long-term break from the site; I was on there too often. I don’t rule out the possibility of reactivating my account at some point in the future, but I really need to get cranking on that book of mine. Plus it gives me time to write my blog while I’m at it.

    4. Nice! I can’t wait to read this book when it comes out. It’s already done, brotha. It’s there. It’s happened in the future. We’re just not there yet.

    5. Thanks. It just seemed like on days where I wanted to write the book, I would log onto Facebook for three hours at a time instead. Plus I know I’m not going to convince low-information voters and liberal relatives that the deficit is something we should all be concerned about, while they’re more concerned about the “rich f****s” that are “stealing their money” or gay “marriage” instead.

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