A Reality Check
How many of you realize that the country has changed? The state of our nation is in continual motion and experiences a constant flow of variation, but there has been a stronger shift in our society than what is typical; these are more than mere adjustments, they are changes. Governmental authority has increased and with it a startling lack of ethics. Finances, property, food, family, education, and health have all been the victims of greater control from the agencies of government, whether on the federal or state level.
The increase in regulations could be blamed on the President or Congress, or maybe it is the natural time for these to happen. I do not believe that either President Obama and the 113th Congress are the only drivers of government expansion. America has been on a negative trend for some time now and the citizens need to recognize this growing loss of morality.
Almost a century ago there was a trust in the government officials that is nearly non-existent now. The night before his first reelection in 1936, President Frederick Delano Roosevelt gave a speech in Madison Square. He addressed the attacks against the Social Security program and in particular lambasted the claim that Congress may one day misuse the allocated funds. “When they imply that the reserves thus created against both these policies will be stolen by some future Congress, diverted to some wholly foreign purpose, they attack the integrity and honor of American Government itself.”1 America now knows that the former President’s opponents were correct, that the federal government has dipped its fingers into the Social Security fund. The Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Trust Fund does not act like a proverbial piggy bank, but as a companion to the other funds that are traditionally used towards the federal government’s costs.2 When the government stole from the OASDI Trust Fund they broke the people’s trust.
Basic distrust of our government is not the only issue facing us. Recently I came across an interview on Capitol File magazine’s website with actress Robin Wright, star of the Netflix series “House of Cards,” the story of a Congressional Majority Leader and his wife. Here’s a portion from the conversation:
RW: What else? We spoke to a senior person in the Obama Administration at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last spring, and he said everything is accurate in this show—[except] you’d never get an education bill passed that fast.[Interviewer] Did he think reporters sleeping with sources and members of Congress was factual?
RW: Oh yeah… DC is more corrupt than Hollywood. It really is. It’s more sleazy than Hollywood… how much infidelity goes on.3
A government official has openly admitted that the government’s moral compass is damaged and the media has compromised its position as a watchdog for the people.
It is time for a reality check. Elected officials have refused to hold themselves to a moral or ethical standard, dishonoring the commitment made to safeguard Social Security benefits. It is time to realize that the American government is in decline; it is morally, ethically and fiscally bankrupt.
View Sources 1. Roosevelt, Franklin D. “Speech at Madison Square Garden” (speech, Madison, NY, October 31, 1936), Miller Center, http://millercenter.org/president/speeches/detail/3307 2. Matthews, Merrill “What Happened to the $2.6 Trillion Social Security Trust Fund?” Forbes (2011), http://www.forbes.com/sites/merrillmatthews/2011/07/13/what-happened-to-the-2-6-trillion-social-security-trust-fund/; 3. Throp, Elizabeth “Robin Wright Talks ‘House of Cards’ Season 2; Working with Kevin Spacey,” Capitol File (2014) http://capitolfile-magazine.com/personalities/articles/robin-wright-on-netflix-house-of-cards-kevin-spacey-and-fiance-ben-foster
Schobel, Bruce D. “Interfund Borrowing Under the Social Security Act,” Social Security Bulletin 46, No. 9 (September 1983), http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v46n9/v46n9p13.pdf
1. Roosevelt, Franklin D. “Speech at Madison Square Garden” (speech, Madison, NY, October 31, 1936), Miller Center, http://millercenter.org/president/speeches/detail/3307
2. Matthews, Merrill “What Happened to the $2.6 Trillion Social Security Trust Fund?” Forbes (2011), http://www.forbes.com/sites/merrillmatthews/2011/07/13/what-happened-to-the-2-6-trillion-social-security-trust-fund/;
3. Throp, Elizabeth “Robin Wright Talks ‘House of Cards’ Season 2; Working with Kevin Spacey,” Capitol File (2014) http://capitolfile-magazine.com/personalities/articles/robin-wright-on-netflix-house-of-cards-kevin-spacey-and-fiance-ben-foster