As a followup to to my previous post on why you need to be self sufficient here’s absolute proof of why one should never, ever, for any reason trust the government.
Government is like fire. It’s great and a wonderful tool as long as YOU stay in control of it. The moment it gets out of your control it kills and destroys leaving ashes and devastation in its path.
You read daily of the government wasting millions and someone times billions of dollars on truly mind-bogglingly, stupid projects, studies and programs. We see them loan half a billion dollars to scam “renewable energy” companies that pay their executives tens of millions of dollars in bonuses then go bankrupt and the government eats the loss.
Now we have soldiers, Citizens, who stepped up and against their better judgement re-upped to go fight our wars in exchange for bonuses because the government was so desperate for trained experienced soldiers. They made that sacrifice in many cases to provide a financial stake for their families, to undertake an education, to pay for their kids educations and many other goals. (That the government was unwilling to actually fight the war to win it and simply let it drag on year after year after year is another story but it explains why they started running out of people.)
Then AFTER the fighting is all done, after they come home, in many cases AFTER they have to deal with a corrupt VA in order to receive the medical care they were promised and are owed by the nation they defended…
AFTER all the sacrifice the government comes back them and says:
“Ooops. WE made an error. WE made a mistake in offering you those bonuses. WE made an accounting error and now YOU have to pay the money that WE mistakenly gave you.”
And if they don’t pay it back their wages will be taken, their homes lost, their credit ratings ruined because they trusted the government and the government made a mistake for which our Veterans have to pay.
Scam the government for hundreds of millions by spouting “renewable energy” slogans and everyone in government shrugs. When someone in the government makes a mistake in offering bonuses to military personnel the Veterans have to pay the price.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been this utterly disgusted and bitter about the bureaucratic corruption and malfeasance that goes on in D.C. I wonder how many people are going to go to jail over this?
Actually… no I don’t wonder. No one will. When you and I do something like that we get fired and likely go to jail. When the government does it it’s simply a clerical error and they recoup the money from the people who aren’t responsible while the ones responsible probably get promotions.
So a lesson for anyone smart enough to learn it. If you’re counting on the government to save you when things get bad… read the story to learn how far they can be trusted.