Tang – the orange drink – is part of a secret government program to enslave Americans.
Used to be Americans were pretty independent. We kicked some major butt in World War II. We pulled off a draw of some sort in Korea and then Viet Nam taught us not to engage in war – at least don’t declare it. We can still kick butt but we only fight guys who ride on motorcycles or drive pickup trucks – no tanks, no artillery, no navy, no planes – but man are we tough.
Back in the 60s we were excited about building things. We built highways and dams and offices and schools. We had a space program and it did some neat things – like putting men on the moon. One of the things we all learned was how our space program made life better for all of us with the technologies and products it spun off. Tang is probably the most well known of them.
But Tang is insidious. It is sweet. It is easy to store. It is easy to make – just add water, and everyone has water. Tang is good for you. And those astronauts, they drank Tang and walked on the moon. Tang, developed by our government, making our lives better. You can even make Tang popsicles, how perfect is that.
By now we have had two generations who have known and drunk Tang all their lives. Some have enjoyed more Tang than others but no one has escaped. And today, just look at the mess we have. Everyone is fat. Obesity is a huge problem (pun intended). But we still drink our Tang and our cokes and our big gulps – and hey, free refills. We’ve come to expect things to be instant and easy and to expect our government to take care of us and to keep the prices low and to ensure a constant supply of everything we want.
Fed Chairman Bernanke’s testimony this week should scare anyone and everyone. Our do-nothing Congress put in place automatic, “manditory” spending cuts that will begin late this year. Bernanke says it will be a disaster – might even cause 2 million or so folks to lose their jobs. And what means does he propose to avoid this mess? Stop the cuts. OK, then we will keep 2 million people working funded by federal monies that are all borrowed – and most likely borrowed from overseas sources. Then next year we will be deeper in debt and those 2 million people will be “entitled” to a government funded job. The solution then will be – to borrow more money. If you haven’t noticed, people working for the government don’t generate new wealth. So Bernanke’s solution or McCain’s solution or Chaney’s solution or anyone’s solution that depends on stopping the cuts just delays the inevitable and raises the cliff from which we hang even higher.
The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act et.seq. looks to be our 21st century Tang. It is sweet but while the price might seem nice the cost is just beginning to appear. We keep calling on our President to creat jobs – since when is that part of his job and what we really need is for our chief executive to slim down the government (which means cutting jobs) and to quit spending money we don’t have (which also means people will lose jobs). We keep calling on our President to do something about the price of gas or food or whatever – but do we really want our government touching prices. Being able to effect prices means they must have some degree of control. And we all know how government controlled programs work – or not.
Almost every American is feeling some kind of pain in our current economic environment. And I know we all want to help those who are really on hard times. Maybe we need to think a little more about what we seek from our government as we are very close to trading our souls for a glass of Tang.