You Down with OPM (Other People’s Money)?

Trillion_Dollar_CoinDon’t get me confused with someone who likes rap/hip hop, far from it. However there was a song in the 90’s called OPP (Other People’s Property) by a group called “Naughty by Nature” that in my opinion fits the ideology of our current government.  The gist of the song is that it’s okay for you to flirt (or more) with someone else’s girlfriend/boyfriend because it’s someone else’s problem, not yours.

Our government acts the same way with spending. It’s not their money; it is yours and mine and apparently Congress gets a pass on how they are spending it, too.  As Nancy Pelosi says “more revenue is still on the table”.

According to a recent article in the New York Post, welfare recipients are (once again) using their EBT cards to withdraw money from liquor stores, strip clubs and “hookah” places. The government continually says there is “minimal fraud” in the welfare program yet I personally think that “over 200 million transfer records” is pretty significant.  Just don’t tell Obama any of this because he says he’s “tired of hearing how we have a spending problem.” That’s right folks, our President, the guy who is supposed to look out for all people, is apparently tired of hearing that our government has a spending problem. The “don’t hold me accountable for my bad choices” is similar to the mindset we see when addicts are confronted.  Perhaps a new “Attitude Addiction Intervention” series should be on A&E?  The American people would be the “family” and Reid, Pelosi, Obama, Boehner and the rest of our spineless out of control spending Government would be the addicts needing an intervention.

Nancy Pelosi decided that President Obama should enact the Fourteenth Amendment to raise the debt ceiling without Congressional approval. Yes, taxpayers, our minority leader Ms. Pelosi feels that we don’t’ need accountability in our government and therefore President Obama should just be able to do his bidding (like a good dictator would) and raise the debt ceiling despite the fact we have no balance budget amendments considered. It seems the Democrats especially feel we don’t need a budget, despite the fact that it’s the main part of their job description.  Wonder how long you and I would last at a job if we were in charge of finances and instead started stealing money from the company to pay for our personal whims?

Since all else has failed, the next best idea our government has come up with is to create a trillion dollar platinum coin. They seem to think we could mint this mega-coin for the purpose of tossing a few to our debtors (such as China).  Yep, that’s their idea.  Those “great minds” in government think the big solution to all our debt problems is simply to create a better and shinier currency with more dollar signs imprinted on it. This grand idea sounds eerily familiar—perhaps like the opening to a new version of that 1970’s hit, “The Six Million Dollar Man”.  I can just hear “Oscar Goldman” saying,  Our economy, barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild it!  We have the technology; we have the capability to make the world’s first trillion-dollar coin! Our economy will be better than it was before. Better, Stronger, Faster!”

The day of reckoning is upon us America. “We the people” need to remind our representatives and Senators that they work for us.  We need to remind President Obama that he represents all Americans and not just his radical base.  How can we accomplish that? By getting (and staying) involved! There are those of us who do make the phone calls and write letters to our state and local offices and others who attend meetings and rallies.  But there are too many of us who have given up and choose to do nothing, thinking, “Why should I do anything because nothing will change”?  Of course if everyone thought that way throughout history we would never have great products like the iPad or the Internet or ways to cure cancer. “We the People” are the power in these great United States but we have allowed our government to get out of control and it is up to us to reign them back in.  Even Cuba and Vietnam are now trying the concept of capitalism and a free market system; that should tell you something.

There’s no reason for America to become another Greece. If we can’t afford it, we can’t spend it, simple as that. Like a bad episode of “The Housewives of Capitol Hill”, we must collectively say to Washington, “Enough already! You’re spending us into bankruptcy!” and then lovingly but firmly take the credit cards—and trillion-dollar coins–away and cut them up.  If that concept doesn’t work then we will just have to work hard to vote them out from 2014 to 2016 and, like any successful business, we’ll bring in a new group of people who are willing to do the job they were hired to do.



Michele Toth

South Carolina PolitiChick Michele Toth served as producer and co-host of a popular Fox News affiliate station WNRR1380 and still fills in regularly as guest host for the Austin Rhodes Show on WGAC 95.1 FM in Augusta, Ga. Michele has interviewed such guests as Ambassador John Bolton, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Economist Peter Schift, and many more. Michele also has assisted as a social media strategist for political campaigns in both South Carolina and Georgia. Michele holds a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership and currently works as an Administrator for a large healthcare entity in Augusta, Georgia. Her articles have been seen on the Daily Caller and several other conservative media sites. You can follow Michele on Facebook and also on Twitter @mychel and see more of her writing/articles on her website

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