by Art Hyland
have mostly children running our bloated, government bureaucracies, so
I guess it’s not surprising they assume we citizens are all children as
well. All you need do is examine the ads the Federal government
is running to encourage census returns. Apparently it’s not
enough to just send us the request and be done with it, like in past
decades. Instead, we’re bombarded with the idea that if we send
in the census, we’ll all get ... MONEY! Where it comes from is
apparently the secular equivalent of heaven; the message seems to be
that Government is now God.
Send in your census and Government/God will give you “YOUR FAIR SHARE”
of that pot of gold with our names on it if only you care enough to
respond. Their repetitious video ads show some fool walking
around in his pajamas on his home street encouraging his hapless
neighbors to follow the government pied pipers dispensing funds and
services to all the lemmings that live in the town. I’m sure they
edited out the parting of the seas leading to the town hall center only
because they didn't’ have enough time to explain no animals were hurt
in the process of filming the ads. Or maybe all the fish died.
Gifts to the Clatsopians
Here in the coastal northwest corner of Oregon, Census radio spots come
with a Skandihoovian accent, telling us that the Mother of the Census
bureau already grants Clatsop County $1100 per resident per year, so
the message is, just sign and send the government form, Sparky, and
Mommy will keep sending you money, and maybe more than before if you’re
So our federal government is bribing us to help them bribe us more
later. It never ends. Or maybe it never stopped. For
a generation our schools have used sweet snacks or false praise to
motivate children for doing nothing more than paying two minutes of
attention, so it’s no wonder these now older children turned
bureaucrats act out how they were taught. They have had their
collective attention spans trained to react to external stimuli, so
they gravitate to this tried and true method of motivation as they move
up the GS designated ladder. Well, it’s time for a collective
whack on the side of the head. Not so much to citizens but to
government and its minions in the bureaucracies.
You are invited to a tea party
That’s what the Tea Party movement is generally all about. It’s
somewhat more sophisticated (and it involves wholesale replacement of
enablers) but frankly, it’s demanding we act as responsible adults in
all that we do, most especially in government at all levels.
Neither governments nor individuals can operate for long with the
philosophy that almost everything we need we can take from someone else
or magically acquire it without having earned it. Entitlement has
become the philosophy born from a lifetime of expecting something for
having done nothing. State and local governments live off of
grants from a federal god above. And “God” is living off of
citizens born thirty years from today.
In their eternal search for funding, local governments have abandoned
the concept of paying and planning for their own interests, desires and
acts. If they want something, like say a new bridge in Seaside,
the town goes shopping at the well-advertised David Wu store of magical
funding (Wu being our Democrat First District congressman).
Recently a Seaside spokesman marveled about how nice His Excellency was
to even talk to a town emissary who traveled to Washington D.C. to
remind Wu to please, please remember Seaside when he visits the money
factory located somewhere near Washington D.C -- the whereabouts of
which is known only to the politically anointed (Congressman Wu
even asked how things ARE in Seaside! He actually wanted to
know! He cares about us! Isn't’ that thrilling?). It
was disgusting to hear a radio broadcast summary of their conversation
recently because of how normal it seemed to a town intermediary to
discuss having begged for unearned money from a congressman who is
perfectly okay with this process.
These kinds of political conversations are happening thousands of times
a week all over the nation. It has to stop, and the cancer it
represents has to be cut out of government life here in the United
States. There isn’t enough money and never was, Children.
Now, get ready for a new teacher beginning the first Tuesday in
November! Or sooner, if we can hire a Substitute in the interim.