FERGUSON: Passing the baton

November 16, 2012 

I’m still feeling a little down about the election results from last week. I didn’t realize it until after it was all over, but apparently, I was one of the big losers this time around.

No, I wasn’t running for office myself. As an employee of the federal government the law forbids me from competing in partisan elections. I also think that a fairly large percentage of the human race are morons and I feel compelled to point that out fairly often. That attitude would surely cost me a lot of votes.

But the news media made it clear when they waxed philosophic after President Obama’s convincing win that there has been a changing of the guard in America and that guys like me are on the wrong side of a major demographic trend.

You see, I am white, male, over 40, and more often than not, vote for Republicans over Democrats. Apparently I have been part of an exclusive ruling class all my life and never even realized it until me and my cronies lost our grip on power this election. All these years I thought people didn’t like me because of my looks and personality, but maybe everyone was jealous because of all the power and influence I commanded.

I am glad, at least, that someone was happy on Nov. 7. If you are non-Caucasian, female, a child of illegal immigrants, someone who pays no taxes, a gay person who wants to get married or a recreational marijuana user then I congratulate you on your success in 2012. On behalf of all the conservative old white dudes, I officially concede the mantle of power to the new majority.

To be honest, the election results didn’t bother me all that much. I gave Mitt Romney my tepid support because I thought he was more likely to address the one issue that for me dwarfs all others -- the federal government’s completely out-of-control spending habits -- than the man who had done nothing about it for the last four years.

But did I trust Romney, or the Republicans in Congress, to decisively correct the course of our financial ship? Not really. After eight years of watching George W. Bush and a Republican-dominated Congress ratchet up our national debt to unheard of levels, I don’t have any faith left that either party has the backbone to make the hard, unpopular choices that need to be made to put us back on solid footing.

As I watched Democrats high-five each other in celebration on Wednesday and listened to Republicans sulk over the fact that the country has been taken over by deadbeats, it seemed like I was watching a football game where the people in the stands didn’t seem to realize that a hurricane was bearing down on the stadium and about to wipe them all out. A few of us have tried to point out that once we reach a point of no return, we are all going to go down together, but most of America seems to be too caught up in the game to care.

And I’m tired of being a voice crying out in the wilderness. Only the birds and squirrels can hear me, and they are getting annoyed. This will be the last column I will write that addresses our national debt. I think at this point it is a lost cause.

I believe we’ve passed the point of no return and we will eventually have to default on our debt. And then things are going to get really interesting, and not in a good way. We can only hope that the Chinese will be kind to us when we have to negotiate the terms of our financial surrender.

But for now, let’s not worry about it. Let’s check in with the latest on the David Petraeus sex scandal, because that’s a lot more fun to talk about, isn’t it?

Bill Ferguson is a resident of Centerville. Readers can write him at fergcolumn@hotmail.com or visit his blog at nscsense.blogspot.com.

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