Will gifts from gov’t lead to a collapse?
Alexander Tyler, a history professor at the University of Edinburgh, said the following in 1887:
“A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority will always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy.”
Time and circumstances will determine if the professor’s words are a prophesy for American democracy.
Attention Congress: Time to go home
After watching the last several months of the Washington fall lineup and the votes leading up to a possible default, I am reminded of the governing arrogance that has taken root in the halls of Washington these days, and yes, my friends ... I got me some Roundup.
As a child my earliest experiences of politics surprisingly showed people working together. I was 10 and volunteering for a local prosecutor.
My mother dropped me off at 9 a.m. for doughnuts and coffee! Then the “other guy” running for prosecutor stopped by, because he knew a few of the kids also working that day. He told a few jokes. Forgotten are his lines, surprisingly l still remember laughing. Next, we stacked some pamphlets and handbills into piles while eating pizza. I loved elections! Later in the day, we walked through a neighborhood passing out rubber-banded bundles. We kids laughed because the “other guy” gave me some envelops to pass out as well, and my friend’s mom told us it was “OK.”
This first experience still guides my beliefs today, that governing is about making things better, and to make things better, you learn to get along.