Days of Complete Government Irresponsibility


“The United States is the largest debtor nation.”    David Walker, former comptroller general of the U.S.


Compare the remarks of Ben Stein (below) and those of David Walker, former federal comptroller of the U.S., the nation’s top accountant. Stein is a conservative Republican, Walker, a Democrat.

Notice how they are saying the same thing: this government is completely and utterly irresponsible when it comes to the nation’s finances, we are headed for financial collapse.

Keep in mind, Walker’s numbers are two years old and do not take into consideration the $2 Trillion in new spending proposed. 

David Walker, Part 1, recent history, federal budget

David Walker on the nature of the problem, and proposed solutions

Notice, we are doing the opposite of what we need to do. 



I love this. The new kind of politics of hope. Eight hours of debate in the HR to pass a bill spending $820 billion, or roughly $102 billion per hour of debate.

Only ten per cent of the “stimulus” to be spent on 2009.

Close to half goes to entities that sponsor or employ or both members of the Service Employees International Union, federal, state, and municipal employee unions, or other Democrat-controlled unions.

This bill is sent to Congress after Obama has been in office for seven days. It is 680 pages long. According to my calculations, not one member of Congress read the entire bill before this vote. Obviously, it would have been impossible, given his schedule, for President Obama to have read the entire bill.

For the amount spent we could have given every unemployed person in the United States roughly $75,000.

We could give every person who had lost a job and is now passing through long-term unemployment of six months or longer roughly $300,000.

There has been pork barrel politics since there has been politics. The scale of this pork is beyond what had ever been imagined before — and no one can be sure it will actually do much stimulation.

Further, no one can be sure that we are not already at the trough/inflection point of the recession such that this money will be spent mostly after the recovery is well under way.

How long until the debt incurred under this program is so immense that it causes a downgrade in the sovereign debt of the USA? What happens to us then?

This has been a punch in the solar plexus to the kind of responsible, far-seeing, mature government processes that are needed to protect America. This is more than the pork barrel. This is a coup for the constituencies of the party in power and against the idea of a responsible government itself. A bleak day.

Unfortunately, it is only the latest in a long series of such days stretching across decades of rule by both parties, to the point where truly responsible government is only a distant echo of our forgotten ancestors.


Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu. He writes “Ben Stein’s Diary” for every issue of The American Spectator.

Tragic Hilarity


5 Responses to Days of Complete Government Irresponsibility

  1. Cecil Jones says:

    I love Ben Stein. He’s my favorite Conservative and child voice star. He’s right. A few years ago, President Bush tried to steal 2 trillion dollars from Social Security and pump it into banks and Wall Street. The Democrats stopped him and rightfully so…the Stock Market tanked and all this money would have been lost. We elect the first Black President and America gets amnesia? Destroying Capitalism is just like destroying the Constitution. Terrorism didn’t do it, we did just because “We Can.” Fear is a terrible tool used to manipulate the masses. Love ya Ben Stein. This is Quasi.

    • Allan Erickson says:

      Thanks Cecil. I do not think it’s fair or accurate to characterize Republican proposals to privatize part of Social Security a Bush attempt to steal $2T (after all, there is the legislative process to consider). Bush and the Congress should be criticized for allowing government to grow 60% in the last few years. The Prescription Drug Benefit program was another huge aggravator. The real elephant in the living room is Medicare. What are we looking at? $35T unfunded liabilities? And what does this government do? Proposed $2T in new spending, and make everything much worse, much faster, with the advent of nationalized healthcare. Have we lost our minds?

  2. Allan Erickson says:

    From a friend:

    A quote by the late Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931–2005

    “You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

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