Time for a revolution, says Gary North.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
By Paul Martin

De-Toxify the Beast!

by Gary North

Have you ever heard this phrase? “Starve the beast!” It refers to starving the Federal government. It argues that if Congress cuts taxes, spending cuts will necessarily follow.

The problem with this metaphor is that it conjures up a mental image of an overweight person who cannot bring himself to stop eating. He has no inner Richard Simmons, longing to get out.

The problem is this: this obese person has an inheritance that he can tap into whenever money runs short: the Federal Reserve System. He just keeps getting fatter.

The metaphor of the obese person is the wrong one. The correct metaphor is a city council filled with drunks. Only one of them has remained stone cold sober for 30 years. He keeps telling the voters that his colleagues can’t sober up on their own. The voters pay no attention. That is because the council members keep buying free drinks for the party-loving folks who live in their districts. “Barkeep, another round for my friends!”

Where does the city council get the money? From the voters. The voters who remain sober say they don’t like it when council members keep buying drinks for their neighbors and then put it on the city’s tab. But, drink by drink, household by household, most residents are becoming steadily addicted to booze.

It is always hard to persuade a lone drunk to head for Alcoholics Anonymous. It is impossible when they are all together at the bar, with half a dozen constituents each. “Set ’em up, barkeep! Put it on my tab!”


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