Hey, if Obama can do it, why not me? Reader OGRCC’s position that if you take money from US taxpayers you relinquish the right to govern your own affairs got me thinking. That’s not an unreasonable point OG makes, but let’s extend it. Take, for instance, this picture of young Europeans at play, copied from today’s New York Times:
The accompanying article says that Europe won’t supply more troops for Afghanistan, but that’s no loss – most NATO countries that have sent troops there did so with the express provision that they wouldn’t fight, so who needs them? And who needs NATO? We give them money, they won’t do as we ask, OGRCC and I are together on this: U.S. out of NATO, now!
The United Nations? We’re gone in sixty seconds.
Foreign aid to Africa? You’ve got to be friggin’ kidding me. Those dictators’ Swiss bank accounts are fat enough. Cut them off.
Is there room in this plan of donor control to address domestic policy? You bet there is:
Welfare recipients: if you’re single, under 25 and a high school drop out, no kids for you, ma’am. Abort or adoption, your choice, but no more mouths for taxpayers to feed. And all of you, regardless of age, will return to school. Maintain at least a C average and graduate from high school and obtain at least a two-year college degree or no bucks for you. Did I mention the mandatory weekly drug and alcohol testing? I just did. And if you’re not in school, you’ll be working to payback your debt to society. Possible replacing some of those municipal works mentioned next.
Municipal and state workers: We taxpayers will decide how many of you it takes to screw in a light bulb, not your union. And let’s talk about those pensions. Teachers are municipal workers and shall be treated as such, under my plan.
Social Security recipients: Hey Granny, you’ve already collected 1000 X more than you put in the system, so it’s off the shuffleboard court and back to work. You can babysit all those illegitimate children while their mommas are earning their GREs. Granpa, I see litter around that fountain you’re lounging in front of – pick it up!
There’s more, of course; much more, but if we implemented just these improvements we’d save enough money that we could cut taxes to the bone, allow people to keep most of what they earn and no one would need the government dole. Result? More freedom and, as government withered away, fewer politicians. I don’t know what we’ll do with Chris Dodd, but maybe Granpa will need some help with that litter.