Talking Back

A man whom I respect, but agree with on almost nothing sent the following email over the transom this morning. It was so idiotic, that a response was in order. Below is the text of the original message and my answer to him:

Here’s what my friend wrote:

“Anyone who supported a $3 trillion intervention so that Iraqis could experience the joys of democracy, but now claims that “we can’t afford” health care reform, is not allowed to participate in meaningful policy debate for at least the next four years.”

Here is my response to him:

I sincerely respect you for your service, but your hysterical and whacked out view of this situation is troubling.

First off, your “$3 trillion” figure is well over 400% of the actual cost which is $714,640,000,000. That is MUCH LESS than $3 trillion. You should check these facts out before just sending stuff from your friend along as fact.

Second, our national debt combined with the total unfunded liabilities of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid is approximately $117 TRILLION * BEFORE adding the monstrous health care entitlement program. I know it makes liberals feel good to dragoon money from those who earn it and give it to those who don’t, but who is going to end up holding the debt sack when the music stops and China quits funding our shortfalls?

My beloved Goddaughter will be paying all her life for this criminal foolishness long after we who squandered her future are gone. Unfortunately liberals are present time oriented and cannot consider history or contemplate the future. They are stuck in the here and now and only care about what makes them feel good in the moment. Playing Robin Hood with other peoples’ money gives them a Chris Mathews type tickle up their leg. They are incapable of considering the long term damage their asinine misallocation of productive resources will eventually lead to.

You can believe in this nonsense and support it all you want, but my job is to fight it to my last breath.

Now please do the honorable thing and forward this response along to all those you sent the original message to. You are welcome to include my name, email and phone number. Don’t forget to send it along to your friend Mr. XXXX.

All the Best,

Old Iron Jarhead

* Just for concept purposes, that is 336 STACKS of $100 bills that would reach the International Space Station from the earth’s surface.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Brian:

    Below are links to two pieces that address exactly what you are concerned about. This impending disaster can still be prevented, but it will not be easy. We need to elect officials with principles, courage, and the vision to see that business as usual is leading us off a fiscal cliff. I sincerely hope the momentum is building to start in the right direction.

    Thank you for your interest and participation. Please feel free to forward these to anyone you think may be interested.

    Old Iron Jarhead


  2. Posted by Brian on March 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    So, I heard the unfunded liability for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid is in the viscinity of $700 billion, about equal to the cost of the Iraq war. But your $117 trillion figure is roughy twice the entire world’s GDP. Can you back up your insanely high figure? It seems you’ve made the same mistake that you’re accusing your acquaintance of making.

    Confusingly, we went to Iraq to protect ourselves from Peak Oil, then Obama renounces any claim on Iraqi territory or property. I hope we’ve found some way of ensuring world stability that pencils out for us. At least with healthcare reform, we have half a chance of controlling growth in spending of 1/6th of our economy. We should have gone further and removed the private insurance companies though – it’s the middlemen that seem to be responsible for most of the growth in costs. They’re leeches.


    • Hi Brian:

      One of many national debt clock displays can be found at:
      That is nearing $13 Trillion.
      The unfunded liabilities of Social Security and Medicare combined are presently in the area of $107 Trillion. These figures can also be found on a number of private and government websites. Here is just one:
      Adding these quick & dirty numbers comes to $120 Trillion. I came up with the $117 Trillion figure several months ago when researching this. No matter how one looks at it, it is the fiscal equivalent of what a pilot would call a “graveyard spiral”, only it will land on our kids.

      Both political parties and several past presidents got the country into this fix. Adding to it with yet another open ended entitlement program is nothing short of criminal lunacy.

      Thank you for visiting the site. I always enjoy a challenging comment such as yours.

      Old Iron Jarhead


      • Posted by Brian on March 25, 2010 at 5:23 pm

        Fascinating. When you realize the unfunded liability equals 7x the US economy, that certainly makes a strong statement about the sustainability of these federal programs. You could imagine maybe we slowly make that up by spending an extra 10% of GDP over 70 years, but it doesn’t seem like that’s going to work.

        Perhaps taking care of our own people is just too expensive in today’s world. Yet, I want to respond in some way other than falling back to one of the likely conclusions from ecologists & the environmental movement: that we should prepare for wold population to grow from 6 billion to 9 billion then fall to 2 billion, perhaps by 2050. That fall won’t be pleasant. We seem to have overshot our capacity to live on this planet, let alone understand our finances.

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