A favorite English idiom "ignoring the elephant in the room" is 'often used to describe an issue that involves a social taboo... This idiomatic phrase is applicable when a subject is emotionally charged; and the people who might have spoken up decide that it is probably best avoided.'1 The title was adjusted to make more political sense... because the social taboo is no longer what the Elephant is doing, but rather what the "raucous caucus jackasses in office" are doing or not doing as the case may be.
Failure alone does not even begin to describe the current state of our Federal Government
The Constitution of the United States is revered by all Americans as the document that 'We The People' have united under; to form a more perfect union, to establish the law of the land, and to enumerate the powers given to the Federal Government. It is implied in 'We The People' that our government is to represent the people.
And for all the arguments that can be made on how to interpret the pre-amble to establish the 'spirit' of the constitution, one darling little fact remains, that the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches throughout the history of the United States have tried to manage failures within and without their respective sphere of influence by over-stepping their bounds on some perfunctory logical argument. When this happens it is the duty of the people to be informed well enough to rectify these infractions or breaches of trust through petitioning one or both of the other branches of government to fix the issue through representation or litigation. And if all else fails, remove the representatives that have failed the will of the people.
In our current federal government today, we have such ideological demagoguery in each of the branches that effectual gridlock is the result on our best days, and at our worst, action that is deliberately meant to benefit not the general welfare of the people, but the very specific welfare of those with the power to lobby and receive gifts in exchange for the support of our candidates. Yes, there are specific ways we could put a stop to this, but we don't. Mainly because those that legislate, care not to regulate themselves through the principle of integrity.
The final problem with our Federal Government today, besides ignoring the will of the people, and inflating its purpose and reach, is that there is an absolute denial of the proverbial origin of the title of this POST, i.e. The 800LB Gorilla in the room. Which is a mixed metaphor 'often used to describe a powerful geopolitical and military force, or, in business, a powerful corporate entity that has such a large majority percentage of whatever market they compete within that they can use that strength to crush would be competitors.'2
'Let me be clear...' The 800LB JACKASS in the room is indeed the sinful pride of our Political Class in this Nation. The very group of people that believe we can stay the course, and 'fix' the problems of this nation by creating legislation that requires Congress to not only fail to pass a budget, but not even bother with creating one. The Political Class sees no division by political parties, platforms, or policies... their division is power and influence only, and the power to maintain that influence.
It's the Spending STUPID!
At all costs this governmental approach to the economic runaway train needs to be stopped, preferably without de-railing the economic train. The politicians will tell you that spending bills will assist in Quantitative Easing. That it has and will create jobs. They will tell you that the budget can handle the deficit spending because people around the world will continue to invest in America. The fact is, if Americans are not investing, the rest of the world stops... and thus the current economic problem. If only there were policies put into place that would encourage investors and capital markets to take risk. The balance sheets of the world banks are so hampered by the increase of money aggregates and the loss of capital value that there may not be able to even begin the healing process. Americans are saving in their bank accounts, the world is following our cues... If Americans are not spending, the Federal Government tries to make up the difference, but so much is just simply lost once the transfer of money begins, because 'shovel-ready projects' just don't exist, and our infrastructure doesn't ever get rebuilt properly, if at all.
If only our Federal and State governments and Municipalities began to save too... cause you see, when the government spends... it has to make up the deficit either by generating taxes or printing more money, in either case the spending simply avoids the real problem and in effect mortgages the future based on re-allocating, redistributing, or simply stealing the wealth of everyone in some degree to fund bureaucratic ambitions for political favors.
So as the title suggests... You DO have a choice this midterm election, and far beyond this election cycle... Make no mistake, Conservatives would have you vote for the candidate that will represent reducing the size of government spending, and if at all possible eliminate the very processes and procedures that allow for corruption. We believe in constitutional principles of limited government. We hope that you share this same desire. And although Conservatives represent social issues, and defense issues that you may or may not agree with, I submit to you this - without sound governance and accounting principles of our collective fiscal sovereignty we will be subjugated to the powers of oppression, tyranny, and ignorance.
We ask you to join us, not just for the "throw the bums out" session this November, but in the cause of Freedom, Liberty and Justice for all. There is a better way to accomplish so much good in so many social issues. And simply put much can be done without the corruption of government and without it's bureaucracy. IF we can reign in our government we can end corruption in any enterprise or system.
I leave you with 2 quotes to ponder:
From the mouth of he who gave us the economics of today:
"By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose".
- John Maynard Keynes, economist and author of "The Economic Consequences Of The Peace"
He's not really hiding much there is he?
Now from a Man who abhorred the power of the Federal Government:
"[B]elieving, as I do, that the mass of the citizens is the safest depository of their own rights, and especially, that the evils flowing from the duperies of the people, are less injurious than those from the egoism of their agents, I am a friend to that composition of government which has in it the most of this ingredient. And I sincerely believe, with [John Taylor], that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale." -- Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to John Taylor on May 28, 1816