Friends, each week people around the world successfully balance the family budget. Each family knows that they can’t spend more than they earn.
In the U.S. Government, they don’t know this. This brings about periodic situations of high drama and lots of counting of fingers and toes and wise nodding of heads.
The leaders of the Home of the Brave think that, one day, if say they spend a thousand trillion dollars on armaments each year (which they don’t have so they borrow the rest) that they will end up with a surplus.
People from other nations try to explain it to them. They say patiently, “If you spend more than you have there can be no surplus. Two take away two is zero!”
“Nonsense,’ say the Yanks. “The surplus is here somewhere. You can’t fool us. We’re exceptional! The Greatest Nation in the History of the World! We were born to rule the world. There must’ve been a burglar. Quick, call the CIA. Send out the Seventh Fleet. Fire the drone missiles.”
Year by year they keep looking for the surplus, under beds, in the attic, in their navels, in the hen house, etc, but without success!
Until they find the surplus, every few months or years the world has to put with this ongoing idiocy. Soon, once again, they will find the money, borrow some more money, and say, “Next year will be a better year for us. The surplus will turn up and the U.S. will be the Land of Milk and Honey.” And the fingers and toes will be put away, temporarily anyway!
I don’t know of any successful treatment for mass insanity!