- Jan 2016
George Carlin was a great truth-teller. GOD, we need more people like him around.“Now, there’s one thing you might have noticed I don’t complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain’t going to do any good; you’re just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it’s not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here… like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There’s a nice campaign slogan for somebody: ‘The Public Sucks. F*ck Hope.” George Carlin
This applies, you know, to our trade deficit. It is SO easy for a demagogue like Donald Trump to BLAME the trade deficit on foreigners. Blame it on them dadburned furriners, with all of their UNFAIR trading practices!
We're not going to get politicians telling the TRUTH, standing up in front of a crowd of American voters, and saying the blame for the trade deficit is on YOU, and YOU, and YOU, and YOU, while pointing fingers at random folks in the crowd. My goodness, that would not get him any votes!!
But that would be the truth! America has a trade deficit because we are a nation that spends beyond its means. Duh! We have a trade deficit because we are a nation of spend-thrifts. Duh! We have a trade deficit because we are a very low-saving nation. Duh!
But hey, let's blame foreigners! That's a lot more FUN, and a lot EASIER!!