The Snake Oil of 2016 Elections

Obama Snake OilA girls’ basketball team was expelled from its league because it won too many games. Clearly, the basis of athletic competition – indeed, of competition itself – has been stood upon its head; the nuts are running the asylum. We wonder whether that girls’ basketball league, at seasons’ end, names every team the league champion. After all, every player is somehow, ‘entitled’ to success.

It must be obvious to any observer not willfully blind, that competition has by definition, winners and losers and rather more of the latter than of the former. That’s why reality sucks, right? Yet it remains reality.

Any, even a Keynesian economist will admit that the bedrock of economics is: scarcity. Put another way, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.” More colloquially, “Nothing is free.”

If that is the plan and if our species has progressed under said plan, then it follows that there is a reason for that condition. An enormous number have died arguing with the idea as an even larger number have thrived “in the sweat of their faces” going along with it.

Now, government that we have elected offers an easier road: In the sweat of rich folks’ faces shalt thou eat bread,courtesy of government. Also, courtesy of a national debt now some $150,000 per taxpayer in the U.S. That’s because the rich don’t have enough to make everyone else rich, but also because (scarcity, remember?) no government has the resources to fund its now obese (scarcity) promises these days. It’s all lies. Electing a politician doesn’t provide him with any money, it just lets him take yours. And the more he takes from the economy, the less that economy will produce, since government produces nothing of economic value.

No current politician can nor will improve the economy; only working citizens can do that. And they can do so only if government stops interfering with them doing so. Do you hear any politician insisting upon that? If so, please tell us of it; we are currently unaware.

The same fallacy applies to the Left’s black clientele. The more they are favored by government, the worse off they have become. ‘Affirmative action’ is black privilege, something for nothing at the expense of whites and Asians. How have blacks fared with that doctrine in place e? But that truth is denied by blaming whites for the black failure to thrive. A win – win for the Left, but a destructive lie in today’s society, where government rules control most of life and even more of work.

Man is a competitive animal by nature, living in a limited resource universe where he who strives gains and he who doesn’t compete, fails. Note that the politicians who promise to somehow, rescind that reality for client voters, themselves must compete by hook or crook for their power, and do so. They are selling snake oil.

Note too, that none of this is a secret; voters who willfully blind themselves invariably end paying dearly for their hubris. Their resulting indignation has never lightened their inevitable date with nemesis. The bill always arrives to be paid.

None now, not Trump nor Cruz nor Sanders and especially not the favorites of the mighty, allude to any of that. That would be honesty, and under that label, who would buy their snake oil?


About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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4 Responses to The Snake Oil of 2016 Elections

  1. atimetoshare says:

    I love the phrase – the nuts are running the asylum. So appropriate!

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