Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Straw - Republicans Turn

A new Republican congress with President Obama in the White House.

Sounds like nothing will get done.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that too much has been done already that will not be undone.

It's called the ratchet effect.

The constitution exists to limit the federal government and it has not failed.

The elected politicians, judges and yes we the people have failed to follow it, not just in the past two years but for the past 200 years.

One of economic historian Bob Higgs's
outstanding contributions is the "ratchet effect." During a crisis, the size and scope of government grow tremendously. After the crisis subsides, government shrinks, but not to the pre-crisis level. In consequence, leviathan expands over the decades, leaping from one crisis to the next. more hear

Five weeks from now there will be victories and defeats as there are in all elections but victory over the "ratchet effect" may take the largest crisis of all.

When will the straw that breaks the camel's back come?

When will we as a people learn to do with less from our federal government and make the sacrifices necessary to prevent the final crisis?

I have no idea what that final crisis looks like, but if we don't start removing some of those straws from the camel's back this generation not future ones may be the first to find out.

Straw - The game that broke the camel's back

It doesn’t take much to break the camel’s back when you’re throwing loads of brick on it. Of course, placing a magic carpet on the camel could help lighten its load. But do you really want to lighten its load? If you’ve got the straw you may just want to break his back with it. Choices, choices, choices.


Jan n Jer said...

Nice comparision. Should be interesting to see what us Americans decide with the up and coming elections.

The Church Lady said...

I have never ever hear of or played this game. Is it still around? Perhaps we should add this one to our collection.