Delusional Congress, Delusional Electorate
The Refusal to Think
by William (Bill) Buckler
Early this year, Cornell University in the US did a “study” which was designed to see if Americans equate the money they receive from the US government with government “programs”. They asked a large number of “ordinary” Americans if they had ever used a government program. The findings – as reported by the New York Times in February this year – were astonishing. Forty-three percent of Medicare recipients said NO. Forty-four percent of those on Social Security said NO. Forty-three percent of people on unemployment “benefits” said NO. And to crown the whole study – FIFTY-THREE percent of those getting student loans – likely including Cornell students – said NO.
The Internet postings of participants at “Tea Party” rallies holding signs up saying “Hands Off My Medicare!” have been proliferating for months, to the great glee of the Democrats. In late July as the debt limit circus was ratcheting up by the hour, President Obama mentioned a letter he had recently received from a Medicare recipient. He quoted the letter as follows: “I don’t want government-run health care. I don’t want socialized medicine. And don’t touch my Medicare!”
Surveys taken in the last days of the debt limit “debate” showed that an overwhelming majority (70-80 percent) of those Americans polled were fully in favor of a constitutional amendment to force the federal government to balance its budget. But as Ron Paul (quite rightly) never gets tired of pointing out, without MAJOR cuts to so-called “entitlement” programs, a balanced budget is IMPOSSIBLE.
In “normal” times, this evidence of a massive delusional streak running through the American electorate would be welcomed by (most) politicians. It is what lets them get away with such amazing idiocies as claiming that debt limit increases are being matched by budget “cuts” – while blanking out the fact that the debt limit goes up NOW while the budget cuts take place over the next ten years. The problem is that to people who actually think – or claim to think – that their “entitlement” checks don’t come from government, the sky is the limit as far as manipulation of the “truth” is concerned.