In downtown Indianapolis, there is a sign which has ever-changing, often witty sayings. You know, the type of sign like a church might have to announce events, only larger. Driving past it today, I noticed it had a new message:
“5 out of 4 people have trouble with fractions”
While not original, certainly clever. As I drove on, it occurred to me that some people may read the sign and not “get it”. After all, if it’s true that people have trouble with fractions, “5 out of 4” may sound just fine.
So how is this a sign of the times? There are a lot of numbers coming out of Washington these days. That’s where I see the correlation: The message sounds good to those who look at it on the surface—we’re moving in the right direction to turn things around. Then there are those of us who hear the mantra and instinctively know that something’s not right. It’s not adding up.
Past blogs have pointed out that we cannot spend our way out of this and that Washington cannot fix the economy. The current thinking is akin to telling the person who is out of a job, facing foreclosure, and deeply in debt to continue to spend money—no, spend more money and things will improve!
Whether the number is $1 trillion or $2 trillion, President Obama is proving to be the most expensive Chief Executive in history and is leading us down the path to financial ruin. No-one can say it will work because we’ve not been here before, but we can look at what’s been done so far and see that it’s not working either.
The situation reminds me of the sci-fi movie in which an asteroid is heading towards Earth in what will be an ELE (extinction-level event) unless we can use the last two cold-war nukes that haven’t been dismantled yet to knock it off course. It’s never been done before and the Earth has only days to survive. The leader of the nation appears on TV and tells the populace to have hope.
Will it work? No-one knows. But they have to try something and it’s the best they can come up with. Not having been faced with such a situation before, all they can do is hope.
In the end…