Governments Gone Wild

May 13, 2009 – Now that’s a video I’d like to see!

By The Cerebral Aesthetic Vagabond

It’s official, governments around the world have gone insane, at least, those of the “west.”

By now many people are aware that governments around the world are committing every conceivable economic mistake in response to the economic collapse pandemic sweeping the globe. Of course, those efforts were never really intended to “fix” anything anyway, but to delay the day of reckoning while bailing out well connected insiders who have paid generous fees to politicians in exchange for preferential attention to their needs. Nevertheless, the governments’ actions still border on the insane because without a vibrant economy and a financially healthy populace, how does government expect to survive? Through military conquest and domestic enslavement alone?

And forget for a moment about those recent reports from Missouri and the DHS that collectively classified every man, woman and child in America as an “extremist.”

Bloated, authoritarian governments around the world are threatened with survival as their Ponzi scheme models begin to unravel. These governments are lashing out wildly like wounded animals, grasping desperately at anything that floats.

Here in California, the governator has appeared in commercials issuing what amount to extortion-type threats to the populace that he will fire teachers, firefighters and police officers if the populace does not approve his tax increases (five or six ballot propositions in all) in the special election being held May 19th. Never considered by any government is the notion of using the “opportunity” afforded by today’s shrinking fiscal resources to reduce the scope and intrusiveness of government.

In perusing the news today, a routine I look forward to every day during my breakfast, I was startled by a few headlines that really stood out, emblematic of the insanity pervading government today. This first one comes from Britain, which long ago dove into the deep end of the totalitarian swimming pool, mistaking Orwell’s 1984 for a how-to manual. Now poor Britain is having to really stretch to come up with imaginative new bells and whistles to add to its police state, such as:

In the latest example of innovative policing in Britain, the Gloucestershire force is encouraging members of the public to report people wearing too much 'bling' during the recession.

I love that phrase, “innovative policing.” I think that’s what they have in Mexico too, where a cop pulls you over and you appease him with a twenty, although I would be more inclined to call Mexico’s version “entrepreneurial policing,” but I digress. The U.S., struggling to catch up with Britain in the Global War on Sanity (GWOS), may have just one-upped Britain with this one from the lofty FDA itself:

Based on claims made on your product's label, we have determined that your Cheerios® Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal is promoted for conditions that cause it to be a drug because the product is intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease.

While the entire letter from the FDA sounds like a piece of satire one might find in The Onion, it is not a joke. The out-of-control U.S. Government, whose “regulatory” organization, the FDA, routinely and knowingly permits deadly pharmaceutical drugs and substances such as aspartame onto the market, is going after Cheerios cereal as a drug! If you have any Cheerios in your cupboards, I suggest you keep quiet about it lest the drug warriors come bust down your door, a festive activity they are wont to engage in. I have my fingers crossed in the hope that the government will offer rehab instead of incarceration for Cheerios abusers like myself. In the meantime I look forward to the sequel to the government’s cinematic masterpiece, “Reefer Madness.” I wonder if they will blithely call it “Reefer Madness II.” No, too banal. “Oatmeal Madness”? I've got it! How about “Nanny State Madness”?

But the best article of all today was this one:

U.S. Will Pay $2.6 Million to Train Chinese Prostitutes to Drink Responsibly on the Job

I daresay, the headline hardly needs any embellishment, but I’ll add some anyway because I like to blab. I just wonder how this program managed to escape Mr. O’s vicious budgetary scalpel which he deftly employed to slash a staggering $17 billion from the federal budget recently. Didn’t hear about that? It was all over the news recently. Mr. O’s financial wizardry notwithstanding, nearly half of the federal budget will still have to be borrowed, some $1.8 trillion, according to current estimates. Borrowed from whom, you ask? Why, from the Chinese, of course. So let me see if I’ve got this straight: We borrow money from China and then spend it in China to teach prostitutes – members of the oldest profession, mind you – how to do their job. No wonder the Chinese aren’t angry about their money being spent so frivolously; the entertainment value is well worth the $2.6 million.

I’m not laughing at the government, but with the government.

Update – 13 May 2009

Here’s an interesting essay, titled Death of a Civilization, that approaches the subject of civilizational insanity from a different angle, including a fascinating tale of mass hysteria, a condition I fear is manifest in our populace today.

Update – 26 May 2009

One week ago, on May 19th, California voters soundly rejected (by a 2-to-1 margin) five propositions that would have increased taxes and approved a sixth proposition which supposedly prohibits pay raises for government workers during recessions. Not having read the proposition, I suspect that all it does is defer those pay increases until such time as the “recession” is declared over, at which point all that deferred back pay is made up.

Now that voters have done the predictable by rejecting a tax increase during a recession, I guess we’ll see if the governator follows through with his pre-election threat to fire government employees who actually provide service directly to the people. Personally, I’d rather see the governator fire superfluous bodies buried within the layers and layers of bloated government bureaucracy, and maybe put some real-world constraints on lavish retirement benefits too.

The End