Killing Santa Claus

One of the saddest moments in a child’s life is when one learns there is no Santa Claus.

That jolly old elf who has a large belly and an even larger bag of toys has brought smiles to children for hundreds of years.   It’s his ability to grant every wish, large or small, that causes us to hang our stockings with care and makes us giddy with anticipation every Christmas Eve.

Of course when one is quite small, wishes are of a similar scale and the cost quite nominal.  Somewhere between the doll house and the Ford convertible, we got a needed dose of reality.  Someone has to pay for all those goodies.  Nothing in life is free.

Unfortunately, some people never grow up.  For these folks, the federal government replaced the man in the red velvet suit.  

What’s in your wish list?  Would you like more teachers and better schools?  What about a new gym and, while you are at it, why not a swimming pool?  Yes, put that on the list, too.

How about more firefighters?  Yes, that would be nice.

What about more police?  Double, no triple the number.

A park down the street?  No, put one next to every yard.  That would be even better.

Some Americans just can’t face the cold, hard truth.  The sleigh is empty.  The cupboard is bare.  Our once proud, resourceful nation is broke and 40 cents of every dollar we spend is borrowed, much of it from unfriendly nations.

The Congressional Budget Office’s long-term outlook predicts that the federal debt held by the public, the kind we have to repay, will surge to 70% of the economy by year’s end and it’s rising at an alarming rate.  If our present trend continues, our national debt will hit 90% of GDP by 2022, 109% by 2026 and 200% of GDP by 2037.

Our parents paid the bill for those Christmas toys, but we are passing along the bill for our excess to our innocent children and grandchildren.  What kind of life can they possibly lead?

On Friday, President Obama committed what some charitably refer to as a political gaff.  He said, “The private sector is doing fine.”

While Obama spent the next few days trying to walk that back, his supporters were arguing that it was taken out of context, but was it?

Obama went on to say, “Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy has to do with state and local government . . . ”

Yes, while the private sector is stumbling along at a sluggish rate – much too sluggish to soak up the 23 million Americans who are out of work or only able to find part time employment — many state and local governments are shedding jobs because they have grownup legislators who have passed laws mandating balanced budgets.  The federal government has no such law.  In fact, since Obama took office he has added 143,000 new federal workers.

Obama argued that governors or mayors “don’t have the same kind of flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in.  And so, you know, if Republicans want to be helpful, if they really want to move forward and put people back to work, what they should be thinking about is how do we help state and local governments . . . ”  In other words, we need to give the states the money so they can keep right on overspending.

Jonathan Cohn, one of his Peter Pan (he will never grow up) supporters wrote a column for the New Republic called the “Politics of Stupid in Real Time.”  Cohn argues that “increasing it (the public sector workforce) would be among the easiest things for the (Santa Claus) federal government to do: It can simply write checks to state and local governments . . . ”

Obama and children like Cohn believe that the real problem lies with the mean old corporations and businesses that are making record profits and sitting on cash that could be used to hire more workers.

The question is why are companies getting lean and mean and sitting on their cash instead of investing it?  It’s because, despite the fact that we have the highest corporate tax rate in the world, Obama wants to raise it, along with the tax rates all those small businesses that file as individuals.

Companies operate like individuals.  In times of crises and uncertainty they hunker down and store up provisions.  It’s common sense.

Where are the grown ups?

Obviously, we have only children in the White House who refuse to give up Santa Claus.

 

5 thoughts on “Killing Santa Claus

  1. Yes, where are the grown-ups in Washington? This week’s article is an insightful commentary and one that should be remembered when election time arrives. There are some that seek fiscal responsibility and most voters know in their hearts who the good guys are from the bad. A little Googling research should clarify doubts, so research before voting if a doubt exists. Uncle Sam has taken off the Santa Claus suit.

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  2. There’s a silver lining to every cloud:

    * When Santa Claus gets taken away we pause long enough to remember that Christ is the focus of Christmas. We’re better off without Santa.

    * When Caesar demands ever-more tribute, we look at his face on the coin and render under Caesar. Maybe we can’t buy that new car and have to spend quality time with the kids playing softball instead.

    * When the atheists persecute us and tear down our churches, we’ll meet in homes like the early Christians. All it takes is two or three gathered in his name.

    The Grinch can take our toys but can’t steal Christmas.

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  3. I don’t know if I ever received anything from Santa but I learned that my parents were the ones that were putting gifts under the tree. Later I learned that every good and perfect gift comes from God. Jane’s column is right on! I’m trying not to be a conspiracy theorist but I believe our President WANTS to bring us down. God help us and may we turn from our sin and seek His face before it’s too late!

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  4. Jane if you want to be taken seriously when it comes to fiscal responsibility than you have to come out for huge cuts in military spending. We can’t afford this empire any longer. It’s like Ron Paul says Republicans and Democrats have cut a deal, Democrats get to spend on the welfare state and Republicans get to spend on the warfare state and the fed prints the money to allow them to do it.

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  5. During the twenty years I worked for the Social Security Administration and the Sacramento County Welfare Department, I dealt with innumerable lifelong welfare recipients and with a good many ex convicts, including at least one serial killer. What all of them had in common was the fact that none of them had ever grown up. None were willing to take responsibility for their own actions or their own lives. Most of the welfare recipients were spoiled chidren with the bodies and passions of adults, and the true criminals were the same, but were also cruel and depraved and lacking in empathy for others.
    The typical liberal voter is merely a more successful version of the average welfare parasite. Marxists and other radicals, including our Kenyan Unpresident, are basically criminals: spoiled and vicious children in adult bodies.

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