Americans Can’t Handle The Truth

Jim Clifton | LinkedIn | April 11, 2013

David Stockman’s new book, The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America, is getting a lot of attention these days. I recommend you don’t buy it. It’s much better to ignore the book and continue to listen to the White House and Wall Street, both of which tell us everything will work out just fine.

Stockman, President Ronald Reagan’s first budget director, confronts us head-on with blunt truths we simply can’t handle. He argues that our current economy -- and recent prosperity -- aren’t real. Instead, they’ve been fueled by a series of artificial bubbles created by runaway deficit spending and reckless money-printing at the Federal Reserve. This is all going to lead to an epic crash, Stockman predicts, and next time around, there won’t be any bailouts.

I hate to say it, but most of us would rather the president and our representatives in Congress don’t cause us any pain. That means don’t touch my Social Security in any way, don’t do anything to cap the runaway growth in Medicare and Medicaid, and don’t raise my taxes either. And keep printing money. We elect our officials to create no discomfort for us, and they deliver.