Posts Tagged ‘Waste’
Americans claim they don’t like government much, but they still expect their Social Security checks to arrive on time and want bridges, roads and schools kept in good repair. The biggest threat to our domestic security is in fact War. It doesn’t keep us safe, it jeopardizes all we hold dear. And it is bankrupting our nation, with costs of 1 $Trillion a year- money that has to be borrowed. It is obvious that this cannot long continue.
Adding insult to injury, much of this horrendous cost is wasted on profiteers.
Economic WMDs are being used against our own people in a version of “freedom” that makes greed the dominant economic virtue
by Wendell Berry Orion Magazine
WE ARE DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY—I mean our country itself, our land. This is a terrible thing to know, but it is not a reason for despair unless we decide to continue the destruction. If we decide to continue the destruction, that will not be because we have no other choice. This destruction is not necessary. It is not inevitable, except that by our submissiveness we make it so.
We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are. Why else would we allow our country to be destroyed? Why else would we be rewarding its destroyers? Why else would we all—by proxies we have given to greedy corporations and corrupt politicians—be participating in its destruction? Most of us are still too sane to piss in our own cistern, but we allow others to do so and we reward them for it. We reward them so well, in fact, that those who piss in our cistern are wealthier than the rest of us.
How do we submit? By not being radical enough. Or by not being thorough enough, which is the same thing.