Sunday, January 03, 2010
Much has happened since the last year that convinces me that the United States of America is being transformed into something its founders would not recognize and that its current citizens may not recognize in a couple of decades. For one thing, the levels of spending and debt are on an unsustainable course, as can been seen by examining the "debt clock at http://usdebtclock.org. What is really scary is not only the absolute debt, but how much debt there is per person. The unfunded liabilities are even bigger than the official debt. They represent the promises (such as for Social Security payments and Medicare coverage) that the government has made to spend money in the future that it has not collected money for. This course cannot be sustained; something has to give. I am worried about the future of our children and grandchildren who will be asked to pay for all the spending and borrowing and may not be able to. I am also worried about the liberties that are being lost that citizens used to be able to take for granted. There will be more about that in future posts. What I hope to accomplish with this blog is to stimulate discussion about whether the United States can be saved and, if not, how to pick up the pieces and start again once the house of cards comes crashing down. I am worried that the Constitution of the United States is losing its effectiveness because all three branches of government have been showing it little respect and because most American citizens are unaware of its contents and its importance.
Although readers of this post are encouraged to comment, the comments will not show up immediately because I have the blog set up so that comments are posted only after I moderate them. I have set the blog up this way because of a prior experience in which inappropriate material appeared in a comment. I will not bar a comment because the commenter disagrees with me, but I will bar it if is obscene, disrespectful, or otherwise inappropriate.