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    Government Accountability Office

    As much as the thread title sounds like the beginning of a joke, this is not a joke.

    http://www.gao.gov/special.pubs/longterm/

    Evidently, at current fiscal policies rates, America is totally doomed. By 2040, taxes will have to double or federal spending drop by 60%. This is some pretty big stuff imo. Especially the younger of us that will remain taxpayers as the Baby Boomers retire.
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    Government Accounting Office...The ultimate oxymoron....

    Many have known this, some knew it a couple of centuries ago.....some even longer.

    Here are a few:

    "In general the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other." [Voltaire]

    "The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." - Thomas Jefferson

    "The government turns every contingency into an excuse for enhancing power in itself.” - John Adams


    A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the results that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage.
    Sir Alexander Fraser Tytler (1742-1813), Scottish jurist and historian, Collection of Lectures at Edinburgh University (1801)

    A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.-George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

    The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.-Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

    I don't know the secret of success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.-William H. "Bill" Cosby, Jr. (b. 1937)

    "Remember, Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide." - Samuel Adams.

    ".... Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths." - James Madison

    Definition of Democracy: "A government of the masses. Authority derived through mass meeting or any form of 'direct' expression results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic - negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it be based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences. Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy."

    "Corruptisima republica plurimae leges." (The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.) -Tacitus, Anals III 27

    Successful democratic politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle, or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies. The decisive consideration is not whether the proposition is good but whether it is popular - not whether it will work well and prove itself but whether the active talking constituents like it immediately. Politicians rationalize this servitude by saying that in a democracy public men are the servants of the people.-Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), U.S. journalist

    "Government big enough to supply everything that you need is big enough to take everything that you have." - Thomas Jefferson

    "We are completely saddled and bridled and the bank (the privately owned Bank of the United States) is so firmly mounted on us that we must go where they ill guide." - From Jefferson's letter to James Monroe.

    "All the perplexities, contusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.” - John Adams in a letter to Thomas Jefferson in 1787.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SammyIamToday View Post
    Evidently, at current fiscal policies rates, America is totally doomed.
    Fiscally doomed since the first days after WW2 when it (America) took the first tentative steps as a "world power" ... by not only acting like it but believing in the fantastical power the status allowed. That set the stage for the entitlement society to be strapped with a government's appetite for war (and the associated bills). A two-pronged approach that couldn't help but fail. The time to reap the results is arriving, more obvious at every turn. Ayn Rand was prophetic. She died far too soon.
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