I was getting ready to lay out my doom and gloom analysis of the state of our union, when my husband, aghast that I sounded so negative, said I was starting to sound like Pat Buchanan.
He was referring to Mr. Buchanan’s column on Town Hall from Tuesday, Subprime Nation, or really any column, for that matter. Mr. Buchanan is not known for his wide-eyed optimism.
I just took a look at the column in question, and it is indeed grim. Worse than I thought, even.
But, I will continue on with the rant that my husband had the privilege of previewing last night.
For more than a decade, we, in this country, have been spoiled with material excess. The standard of living of even the poor among us is at it’s highest ever.
Yes, the gap between rich in poor is growing, and blah, blah, blah.
I am talking about how well each of is if faring compared to how others in our situation would have fared 15- or 20-years ago.
With the availability of cheap goods and affordable technologies, we are a nation wrought with excess materialism.
We spend beyond our means, buying houses and cars that are far above what we can reasonably afford.
Gone are the days when we struggle and save to fund a better future.
Instead, we borrow and spend to have that better life now, at the expense of our future.
Now that our spending has maxed out, and we are heading for a recession, people are starting to panic.
We are not ready for hard times. We don’t like hard times. Hard times are what people had to deal with during the depression – before the government started solving our problems.
Which beings me to my real concern.
We are a people who believe that government is there to solve our financial problems.
Gas prices are too high? Call your congressman.
Your company cut your benefits or laid you off? Call your senator.
For every economic complaint made these days, the response is, the government needs to do something.
There is one thing that the liberals of this country and I can agree on, small-government conservatism is no longer the majority.
People want their price controls and programs.
The problem is that people have forgotten what happens when the government tries to fix the marketplace.
My prediction is that the American people will continue to call for the government to fix our problems. We will end up with a Democrat in the White House. Liberal Democrats will control the Congress. And we will get the government solutions that everyone is clamoring for.
But things won’t get better. They will get worse.
Yet, will get through it, as we have before. We will re-learn how to handle hard times.
And, finally, we will remember why we don’t like government programs, and there will be a re-birth of small-government conservatism in America.
One can only hope.