I can hardly believe my ears this morning. I actually heard a so-called reporter suggest that “nothing short of government stepping in and keeping investors whole will help those fooled by Bernie Madoff”. WHAT!!! Let me say it again for effect: WHAT!!! Where was the government when I lost 100’s of thousands on Enron stock or other investments. Not only was the government nowhere to be found, it NEVER EVER crossed my mind that for any reason, the GOVERNMENT would step in and help me with my losses. As I have written over and over, this Country is in serious peril if people continue to look to the Government to solve their problems. The Government is largely the reason we are in our current economic mess, and yet our dim-wit citizenry are actually looking to government to solve their problems. If the Government is good at anything… it is good at “screwing things up”. So, unless we want a complete economic meltdown, we should look to ourselves rather than the Government to grow ourselves out of our current economic mess.
What has happened to this Country I ask? During the Great Depression, those people didn’t look to the Government to solve their problems. Those people were true Americans. They gutted it out, finding ways to solve their problems on their own. Sure they suffered, but they banded together and found ways to survive. Ultimately, the Government got involved in a misguided attempt to assist the economy and boost the nation out of depression, BUT guess what? Most economists now believe that Government intervention actually prolonged the Depression. This country was forged out of shear hard-work and determination, but unless we return to those uniquely American values, I fear our entire economy is going to implode. And unlike the gritty Americans of the past, Americans today are weak, lazy and irresponsible. And these traits… bred through years of pathetically low expectations of our citizenry… could someday lead to a civil war merely for survival. If you think this sounds ridiculous or is far-fetched… think about the poor sap that was trampled to death beneath the entrance door at Wal-mart this past Xmas. The mob that killed that unfortunate person was battling for a “big screen” tv… can you imagine if this same mob was in need of food? WE need a dose of traditional family values in this Country and a return to self-reliance.