< Promoted from the Dispatches by texasgalt because "back to basics" is the common sense approach to restrain a wildly out of control federal government. ___________________________________________________________ A topic I taught my job-seeking workforce skills students was Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. His theory is neatly summarized by the American Lung Association’s former slogan “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters”.
Culturally, we’ve lost sight of Dr. Maslow. We’ve become distracted by the top three layers of the pyramid, areas reserved for people and countries of means. Wealthy people. Wealthy countries. Like we used to be.
But, some contend, we’re still a wealthy country, the wealthiest country. We can afford to be entranced with love, caring and self-actualizing. But obviously, nobody’s wealthy when spending more than comes in, when the debt is so great you must borrow to pay the interest on the debt. When you’re living on your Visa card, are you wealthy? I don’t think so!
What to do, what to do? I’ve become convinced there’s no ‘fix’ for it, we can only address it, and by that I mean ‘hack away’.
When the opposition decides to do something, they simply do it. It make take threats, bribery, coercion and other words & deeds that would make a normal human being blush, but they do it to get it done, whatever disaster it might be. (see Obamacare, stimulus, et.al.)
When our Precinct Project and Unified Patriot goals are realized, and Constitutional Conservatives assume power, they need to simply revoke, disband and make gone vast swaths of the FedGov. Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead, also let the chips fall where they may and other similar cliches.
In love with the Department of Education? Sorry, you lose. Heart the Dept of Energy? Too bad, move along now. BFF with Health & Human Services? Environmental Protection Agency? Tough, those are places that no longer exist. They, along with many others, have joined the USSR in the dustbin of human history. Good riddance!
Our clever policy architects can determine where to assign the few remaining tasks & responsibilities to the surviving departments; those logisitics don’t matter to me. When the household budget needs belt-tightening, you hack the low-hanging fruit and let Maslow’s Hierarchy dictate the rest. Eliminate the 600 channel cable TV, high-speed DSL, the pedicures & golf outings, fancy vacations and restaurant meals; preserve the roof-over-the-head, gas & electric and food on the table. Back to the basics, as they say.
This method has worked for Mr. & Mrs. Joe Sixpack, you know, around the fabled kitchen table, from time immemorial. So why not apply it nationally? Not just as a technique, but as a mindset. A Maslow-mindset.