DC’s sleazy shell game: Bad guys get the money but we get the debt

What would you do if some felonious bad guy stole your credit card and used it to buy a bazooka, an AR-15 and 20,000 rounds of ammo?  Would you be pissed off?  My guess would be yes—especially when you were driven into bankruptcy as a result.

Now imagine that something like this happens to a country instead of to you—perhaps a country named America. “But that can’t possibly happen here,” you might say. Wrong answer. It already has. Sleazy bad guys up on Wall Street and down in DC have already stolen our credit cards and hit up our ATMs. And then, with our precious life-savings grasped firmly in their hot little hands, they ran out and bought twenty-one (21) trillion dollars worth of RPGs, F-16s, border Walls, drones and atomic bombs.

“No, they didn’t.”  Oh yes, they did.

And when America goes bankrupt?  Will it be the sleazy bad guys who suffer?  Not at all. It will be me and you. The bad guys will have armies to protect themselves—armies weaponized by you and me. And we will have nothing to show for our lives but the shirts on our backs, if that. It’s a shell game. We’ve been conned.

”But they are trying to keep us safe!” you might say. No, they’re not. “But do I even get a BB gun and a few large rocks of my own out of this?”  No.

So what can you and I do change our sorry fate regarding this lame and dangerous situation?  Let’s evict all those creeps in Washington from power. Let’s vote them all out before it’s too late—if it’s not too late already, that is.

According to Forbes Magazine, the Denver Post recently “confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security has issued an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. As reported elsewhere, some of this purchase order is for hollow-point rounds, forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized for snipers. Also reported elsewhere, at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month. Therefore 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years. In America.”

“But how do we even know who to vote against?” you might ask next. That’s easy. Stop voting for politicians who have low self-esteem. Why?  Because people with low self-esteem always go for instant gratification for themselves instead of for long-term benefits (to the American people).

“But how can we tell if someone has high self-esteem?”  That’s easy too. According to psychologist David J. Lieberman, someone with high self-esteem tends to be moral, to treat both themselves and others with kindness and dignity, and isn’t afraid to tell the truth. Only folks with very low self-esteem go around blowing other people up—so always vote for peace candidates (such as Tulsi Gabbard).

PS: I’ll be going to Washington, DC, on March 22 in order to attend a conference focusing on AIPAC’s effect on America’s foreign policy. And you just know that AIPAC members have low self-esteem—by the way they treat Palestinians, our own American democracy and our elected representative Ilhan Omar. Good grief, I wish that Rep. Omar would be speaking at the conference. I’d stand up on my chair and cheer!

Jane Stillwater is a freelance writer who hates injustice and corruption in any form but especially injustice and corruption paid for by American taxpayers. Her latest book is “Road Trip to Damascus.”

One Response to DC’s sleazy shell game: Bad guys get the money but we get the debt

  1. Thanks, it is quite informative