By Stephen L. Wilmeth
Something under seven percent of all Americans watched this week as the masked and aviator bedecked fellow that lives in the White House read the state of our union address.
The script indicated the administration wants to harvest and or borrow another $6T on various projects that are going to make the country healthier, wealthier, and wise. That is a chunk of change when the current debt is $28.23T (at the time of this exercise). It is also a matter of increasing marginal pucker factor (MPF) when considering that the resulting obligation is reaching upwards toward 150% of GNP.
The problem is the Truth in Accounting group (TIA) calculates a much different national debt. Their approach includes promised but unfunded liabilities. These include Social Security and Medicare on the basis this government assures the American public they will be funded.
When these promises are added, the national debt is closer to $125T.
Of course, that figure sends the MPF soaring to the unattainable level of 625%. Another way of explaining this blistering pace of spending out running common sense is to suggest every dollar earned by the entire nation for over ten years (yes, interest has to be inserted into the algorithm) would have to be diverted to pay for these cumulative political spending frenzies without adding another penny from future campaign promises.
In comparison, this makes drunken sailors look like Buddhist monks or even sober royal family members. It also reminds us of the gross negligence of the entirety of congressional actions since the turn of the century. These characters, who in no way will refrain from future spending, are simply out of control.
It makes us all think about constraints that could or should be added to the original Constitution, but decency is the operative word. Simple courtesies simply don’t exist in the minds and bodies of these elected representatives.
Without doubt, the Founders and the Framers conceived of a collection of sovereign states united in their efforts to protect the established union.
Just like families, the states were independent and intent on taking care of their internal problems, but assisting the greater assembly of families (other states) on a societal basis. The carefully structured protection of the small against the large was created to make sure the greater assembly was not allowed to dictate or direct state business except joining the whole in those narrowly defined caveats of defense, foreign involvement, and federal administrative allowances.
In other words, senators and congressional representatives (and your handlers) stay the hell out of other state’s business and sovereign territory unless it is a matter of the greater union’s defense and enduring freedom!
There should be two other writs as well.
No individual or assemblage of elected representatives have the right to encumber future generations short of national defense and imperiled liberty threats. This should be emphatic and cardinal.
Lastly, any action taken by the elected body of servants must be paid on the basis of defined and secured monies. Zero based budgeting should be a constitutional tenet. The federal mandate should have always been that secure income and or funding minus expenditures must equal zero by the end of every congress.
Andrew Jackson shouldn’t be the only president with that simple, decent courtesy burned in his soul.
In the recesses of ongoing masked Zoom meetings, another plot is thickening.
Of course, in the spirit of public awareness, a bit of background is in order. When 30X30 is first set forth, the Westerner shouldn’t assume it has anything to do with the .30-30. The .30-30 in this context refers to the venerable old Winchester cartridge that was introduced shortly after the advent of that company’s Model 94 lever action rifle invented by John Browning. The round, available in 1895, was the first to be propelled by smokeless powder. The name came from the caliber, .30, and the amount of powder in the original charge, 30 grains, hence .30-30.
The pending exercise has nothing to do with the punchy form of 30/30, either. That is the reference used to describe a certain body type. Rather than saying something unbecoming, the more cultured description of 30/30 can be used. The implies the body is 30” wide and the length of his or her Wranglers is 30” or less.
He or she isn’t short and fat. Rather, they are just 30/30, but that brings us to the newest 30X30. It has all the appearance of rendering these bumpkin references obsolete.
This is the environmental crusade’s master plan to save 30% of the land and water mass of the United States by 2030. Although the powerful NGO planners have canned talking points used for their expeditionary forays into the press, the White House is in mute mode when questions are asked.
What does this mean and whose ox is going to be gored?
It won’t be the green engineers. It likely won’t be the land-based folks east of the 100th Meridian who live in original and nearly equal states, either. No, it will be out West. That’s where the modern environmental movement was founded when it was discovered what could be accomplished when federal land ownership exceeds private holdings. Unelected bureaucrats, meddling politicians, and pampered flower children ran naked warbling in delight.
The states had no real direction over it. Their control was lost by ineffective means of maintaining their promised rights. Now, the next wave of eliminating indigenous citizenry, rural residents, is underway.
The 30%, though, is perplexing. In one form or another, Government already owns 61% of the West. If the land being targeted is simply adjunct to those holdings, the subject of John Adams’ warning has schemed, and … lived in our midst far too long.
Stephen L. Wilmeth is a rancher from southern New Mexico.