By Mike Austreng
On the news last week was a pretty good example of insanity. A nineteen-year-old male flew one way from Missouri to Washington D.C., rented a 26 foot U-Haul truck at the airport and drove to about 100 yards from the White House where he crashed into a barricade. After he was arrested he told authorities his intention was to “get to the White House, seize power, and be put in charge of the nation”. He also told authorities he would kill the President if that’s what he had to do, along with anyone that would stand in his way. He claimed he planned this “attack” for six months. He carried a Nazi flag and said he admired Hitler.
After his arrest he claimed that even though he didn’t get to the White House, he succeeded because he got his message out.
As far as I can tell the only message that was clear about this story is that this individual is a little off his rocker, wasn’t a very good planner, and maybe isn’t very intelligent if he really thought he had any chance of getting into the White House, much less take it over and rule our nation.
I’d bet this person will be charged with several federal offenses and with any kind of luck he will spend a good amount of time in jail.
Our government is facing another debt ceiling. June 1st is the deadline. Republicans want to cut deficit spending while they claim Democrats want to increase spending. At stake is a lot of jobs, possible disruption in Social Security benefits, the Medicare system, to name a few. What I gathered from news reports is that more spending increases our nation’s chances of going into a recession and with just two more days before the deadline we are all stuck sitting back wondering what’s going to happen? Will our government shut down? Or will our lawmakers come to an agreement?
For a long time my opinion has been that something has to change. Our government can’t keep spending more than it takes in – and we all know taxes take plenty of our hard earned dollars out of our paychecks every week. Yet all we can do is sit back and wait.
Have A Good Week!