Unless you live under a rock (or are comatose) you probably have heard the back-and-forth between John Boehner and President Obama about the debt ceiling and what the government should do to address the problem. Some of the stooges want to just raise the debt ceiling and call it a day; this is about as smart as taking out a new credit card to pay against the handful you already have maxed out. Others want to slap a tax on the richest X% of Americans to try to come up with the cash to cover the bills, these rocket surgeons have never heard about how the burden gets passed down obviously or they wouldn’t scream about how we need to tax the rich more. The one thing I see most of the talking heads have largely ignored or refused to address is cutting costs.
Nobody wants higher taxes and raising the debt ceiling fails to address the out of control spending which has gotten us into this spot time and time again. Honestly the only lasting solution is serious cuts to programs across the board from entitlements such as food stamps to the absurd amounts we spend to keep a military presence in almost every country in the whole fucking world. Imagine how much money we could save if not only we pulled back all the troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya but also closed every military base we maintained on foreign soil? I would be willing to bet that would be on the order of a trillion dollars a year saved right there given the number of bases we have around the globe. Toss in means testing for assistance programs like food stamps and wellfare, an end to most of the subsidies which have driven up the costs related to food across the country and we might just be on the road to sorting things out.
Unfortunately I don’t see that happening as it makes far too much sense to do and would negatively impact the re-election chances of most of Congress. Instead those out there with a shred of sense should be making sure they have at least 30 days of shelf-stable food on hand, water or at least a way to acquire and clean it, and a well stocked first aid bag. Does that sound like the kind of thing you hear from survivalists? Maybe, however if/when we go into default look to see people freak the hell out and probably start clearing shelves at your local grocery stores. Expect the unexpected, like traffic jams near gas stations because those who never think more than a day ahead unless they are planning a vacation suddenly realized the world of shit we are all in with a defaulted nation.
Of course there are those who will say “but what if you and all the doom and gloomers are wrong and Congress saves the day?” well then you would have a month’s worth of food in case you happen to lose your job or otherwise have increased costs you didn’t budget for. That water or purification equipment you stashed away? its a great thing for when you are under a water boil order such as during the winter. If you can’t see the wisdom in having a good collection of first aid supplies around the house (or even in the car) then I hate to say it but you are the hopeless variety that will probably be starving on the side of the road once the economy goes tits up and we are left holding the short end of the stick.