We all get bent out of shape over politicians that lie to us. It offends the sensitivities that we get babied by these people telling us only what we want to hear. That is until a serious political leader drops all sense of pretense and diplomacy and tells us exactly where he’d like us to disembark the trolley. The quote below just means more, given that it comes from a person steeped in the cultural history of Bushido.
"Heaven forbid if you are forced to live on when you want to die. I would wake up feeling increasingly bad knowing that [treatment] was all being paid for by the government," he said during a meeting of the national council on social security reforms. "The problem won't be solved unless you let them hurry up and die."
The problem won’t be solved unless you let them hurry up and die. Awesome! A for Élan, B+ for Honesty. Give it an F for Conduct and let Taro Aso be advised that he has a seppuku dagger with his initials on it waiting back in his cubicle. And tell him not to waste his time in putting to use. Having vented my condign fury at the gauche inhumanity of this pompous jerk telling his subjects to hurry and die, I now take a step back and admire the sick beauty of his pure and unadulterated bureaucratic evil.
Yet like Mordred and Benedict Arnold, this man’s evil is dangerous in that it has a point. There are hard, logical reasons why Aso is saying these cruel things. He’s not just being mean because he likes kicking puppies. These people have the lowest birth rate in the world, they live forever, they retire and then they expect taxpayers to fit the bill? Really?
Yep, really. That’s what the Modern Welfare State has promised ever since Otto Von Bismarck opted to steal the thunder of the socialists. The voters in Japan, Korea, and Australia and throughout the Western World have all been promised the same free lunch by their governments. Austerity, Fiscal Cliffs, pension failures and sub-standard free, government healthcare are all breaches of contract. Homer Simpson and billions just like him were promised an unending supply of free lunches and cold brewskis. They expect to collect, or else….
And just in case you wonder what sort of citizen we get in return for funding “The Great Society?” Here’s a tale from Jolly, Old England that should just make you proud of where your tax dollars go. If these people were the Men of The West in one of the Tolkien books, I’d be wearing Oakland Raider gear, and rooting for the orcs. Show the Taxpayer/Suckers just what they win with the Modern Welfare State, Dom Pardo:
A SKIVING couple told last night how they claim £17,680 a year in benefits — and don’t even bother looking for work because it would leave them worse off. Danny Creamer, 21, and Gina Allan, 18, spend each day watching their 47in flatscreen TV and smoking 40 cigarettes between them in their comfy two-bedroom flat. It is all funded by the taxpayer, yet the couple say they deserve sympathy because they are “trapped”.
So back to Aso’s point (and you have to admit, he sort of has one). Do you really want Danny Creamer and Gina Allen to live long, happy unproductive lives? Will you still need them; will you still feed them, when they’re 64? How about if they’re 85 and still wondering why your tax money isn’t sending them on a nice enough vacay during the cold season? You know, Her Majesty's Artificial Kidneys could probably keep them churning along another good 15 years...
Yet people still think Paul Ryan is the rectal orifice for suggesting this state of affairs is utterly untenable. Mein Obama ordained that Social Security and Welfare are off limits. The non-existence of funding for their ongoing obligations in future years is an existential reality that he will not permit. Reality will have to warp itself around His Majesty’s ineffable ego.
Or, more accurately, this problem won’t truly rear its end and bite any of our rectal orifices during a timeline where BHO is still President. For now us taxpayers can just go to the fridge and fetch Homer and his good buddy Sparky another couple of cold brews. It’s only afterwards, when the socialism has run out of other people’s money, that we really learn what Barack Obama and all those like him want Homer Simpson and all the rest of those people to go and do. Actually, we don’t have to wait that long. The evil yet sincere Taro Aso has already advised the citizens of the worldwide welfare state that they are governed by those who wish they would hurry up and die.