Mental derangement in Congress: Patients are running the asylum

Congress is again about to sell out our future, then beg for a higher debt limit. How can they take themselves seriously? Why do we? Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, DC, December 29, 2012 ― If there is any more evidence needed, it should come out in the next few days: Congress is stupid, and they think we’re stupid. They’re counting on it.

In order to arrive at that conclusion, we should rule out a few other possibilities. Rule out the idea that they’ve blasted away their minds with drugs; it’s imperative that they are not under the control of alien species; let’s have faith that they’re not simply the most corrupt people in the world. Any of those explanations would also account for their actions.

So, they must be stupid. How else would they have made a deal with President Obama a year and a half ago, when he said that for every additional tax dollar they’d approve, he’d submit a budget with three dollars of deficit reduction? They all know that his budgets (when he deigns to submit them) are incapable of receiving even a single vote, and that was the case even when his party held majorities in both chambers. They all know that he wasn’t serious about these offers in the first place, and that he’d simply deceive his way out of any commitment. “You want deficit reduction? OK – I’ll eliminate the armed services. What? You don’t accept that?”

No, our rulers must be stupid, as well as gullible.

They think that cutting growth in spending is the same as reducing spending. They think that doubling taxes (or subsidies, for that matter) will not alter people’s behavior. They think that everyone, from Maine to Alaska to New York to Texas, is the same and will benefit from everything they do. And they think that no one will have to pay for it.

They think that the Constitution, to which they swore an oath, was written in parables; and they think that their own laws should be written as obliquely as possible, so that the consequences of these laws must be, in all cases, determined by unelected judges – who put precedent (past mistakes) above the Constitution.

They think that we won’t notice that they spend more time campaigning (raising money and lying to us) than they do in understanding the bills they pass. They think that government is so big that they can’t manage the laws they pass, so they fob off their responsibilities on bureaucracies, and never look back.

They pass “compromise” bills that cost billions of dollars, and explain that “It isn’t perfect, but it’s the best we could do.” Well, if we were going to spend a few billion dollars on something, we’d be damned sure it was perfect. But we spend our own money; our rulers don’t have to account for anything, and they don’t have to earn anything.

They think that inanimate objects commit crimes, and they think that it’s prejudicial for us to protect our borders and enforce our immigration laws.

They think that the Federal Reserve shouldn’t be audited, but they think the Fed should be authorized to create more trillions of dollars. 

They think we need to maintain the government’s credit rating so they can borrow more, at low rates, sucking up so much investment money that we poor slobs can’t get legitimate loans to build productive businesses.

They also think that we believe they’re “borrowing.” Borrowing money means you intend to pay it back.

They’re not on drugs, or under the control of alien beings, or insanely corrupt. So, they’ve got to be stupid.

Or maybe they just hate us. In any event, they certainly hold us in high contempt. Why, then, do we put up with them? And for how long can we afford to?

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Tim Kern taught economics for fifteen years, and discovered that understanding life is easy; it’s recognizing reality that takes practice. He holds a music degree, and later earned an MBA in finance from Northwestern University. He has lived across the US, and now makes his home in Anderson, Indiana.

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