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« on: January 13, 2011, 07:21:14 pm »

I had a little trouble trying to think of a title to this thread, this blog is worth reading:

The American Monkey Can't Let Go

Pondering Whither America, I reflected on a story, probably apocryphal but which I am going to believe because I like it, about catching monkeys. Tribesmen somewhere craft a heavy pot with a hole in it large enough that a monkey could insert an open hand, but not withdraw a closed fist. They then put monkey food in the pot. The monkey reaches in, grabs the food and, refusing to let go when the hunters approach, is caught and eaten.

Here we have our politics in a paragraph. The American national monkey canít let go. The party is over, boys and girls, but we arenít going to adapt.

For example: When people recently found that they could no longer afford the SUVs, the McMansions, the buying of absurdities in a frenzy of competitive consumerism, they just put it on the credit card. The monkey canít let go. And now they are screwed.

Same-same domestic policy. The US has played War-on-Drugs for half a century, with no results but to make drugs an integral part of the economy. The evils engendered are great. Yet the monkey canít let go.

It is internationally that the monkey principle really bites. The country is well on its way to being a merely regional power militarily, economically, and diplomatically. Short of a miracle, short of a conceivable but unlikely catastrophe in China, Americans will soon be medium potatoes. There is nothing we can do about it, but we will bankrupt ourselves trying. We canít let go.

... The US continues to buy things it canít pay for, to play roles it can no longer maintain, because it pains the national vanity no longer to be the biggest kid on the block. The monkey canít let go.

Vanity. We do not garrison South Korea... We do it because we think it our birthright to rule the world. The monkey cannot let go.

...We can pretend that the current recession is temporary, and not a manifestation of dying opulence, just as a fading beauty can pile on the make-up and hope that men donít notice. We can spend while others grow, buy their goods on credit Ė for a little while longer. The monkey canít let go.

And any who say that we ought to put our house in order and come to terms with reality? They will be said to Hate America. Well and good, until the bill comes due.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/reed/reed195.html

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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2011, 11:45:09 am »

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<snip> The millstone around the American neck is the Pentagon. The direct cost alone of feeding the military contractors is almost mortal to a sinking economy: $720 billion this year, plus another $120 billion requested for the unending wars, plus huge black programs, the Veterans Administration, and so on. A trillion wilting green ones, call it. The more perceptive note the opportunity cost of wasting so much engineering talent, so much money for research and development, on martial zoom-wowees.


This is it in a nutshell. And the "black programs" get billions...probably trillions and the American taxpayer is not allowed to know what the Nazi Pentagon bastards are even up to because there is no over-site or accounting. Even the President of the U.S. doesn't have clearance to know! This is nothing but insane.

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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2011, 09:01:18 pm »

Not to mention the loot that running drugs from Afghanistan into the US brings (in partnership with the CIA).  Lotsa untraceable cash...

Or is this one of those 'black programs?'  We'll never know.  All that we do know is that history repeats itself...No 'empire' lasts forever, and the US empire is rapidly ending for the same reasons the others have.  Over-extending our military.  This would have never happened if this nation had kept it's government of 'We the People.'  Unfortunately, that government was stolen by the owners of the Federal Reserve. 
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