I just finished reading today’s Daily Reckoning. There was an interesting article about Congressman Ron Paul (see http://www.house.gov/paul/index.shtml for more details on him). Great article, as most of his speeches usually are. The main thesis is that Americans are generally very angry currently, more so than previously, and he explores possible reasons why. There isn’t anything extraordinary going on that hasn’t gone on in the past (wars, corruption, illegal immigration…), and if you believe the statistics, the economy is fine. So why are Americans so angry, according to the Congressman? Fear.

He has a point. Every single policy that the government tries to sell us these days is based on fear. If the government doesn’t do x or y, z will happen and it will be bad. Examples he uses include pension guarantees, Medicare, Social Security, public education, the Iraq war, and foreign policy in general. All of these things are pitched to Americans as if it is a dangerous world and the government is the only benevolent entity willing to protect us from all the bad consequences of it and our own actions, as long as we give them 35% of our money (more, really) and allow them to overspend their budget every year making it “safe” for us. It gets old really fast, and it’s making me angry just writing about it…

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