The fix is in, even if we have to fix it until it’s broken

Craig Hall, Publisher
Craig Hall, Publisher

I read that President Barack Obama is going to meet with meteorologists to talk about climate change. While Mr. Fixit could have met with some folks who are serious in their study of climate from all sides of the spectrum, our Commandeer in Thief decided to go to the source of all one needs to know about climate: local and national TV meteorologists. After all, nothing says I’m serious about something like racing Al Roker to the donut table.

Now the president could have had a more quality conversation about climate change, or any topic for that matter, at my dining room table. Heck, I wouldn’t even need to be there, I could have my almost 12-year-old daughter write up a list of questions, talk to the man about his thoughts and then use Google to actually look for answers. But that wouldn’t actually get the answers for which the president is looking; only real answers to problems in today’s world. What the president is looking for are answers that agree with the way he thinks.

This meeting isn’t a serious discussion about climate change. Because if it was, there’d be one answer: Yes, climate changes, and as a result, changes things on our planet. Just as it has over the billions of years the planet has been around and there is really nothing we, or the dinosaurs before us, can do about it. Although I’d like to think we could perhaps adapt a little better than our large, lizard-like friends.

But serious discussions are not what the president or almost every elected politician are all about. They’re about “solving problems.” Isn’t that what you elected them for? Discussions that involve self-sacrifice, initiative and personal responsibility are the bane of well-intentioned politicians because they take away from these folks’ top priorities of gathering power, wasting tax dollars and congratulating themselves on once again saving the country and bringing it back from the brink of destruction. The last thing any of these folks want to hear is a rational conversation that shows they’re actually taking the country to that very same brink.

Personally, I’ve never understood the concept of electing someone to solve all of my problems. That doesn’t mean I don’t spend all-too-many hours wishing problems away. I do. But in the end, Mr. Buffet — and I don’t mean Warren — had it correct: “It’s my own damn fault.” Save for the problems that roll me over due to the laws of unintended consequences when the government fixes things. Consequences, oddly, that never seem to affect those same politicians. Because what matters most is their concern for YOUR problem made them try to do something to help.

It’s the oldest political trick in the book: empathy. And it obviously works, because we keep electing people who are serious about our problems. So serious, in fact, they spend almost all their time creating more and more of them for us! I say almost because they do need to throw those parties to celebrate a new round of plagues they’ve forced on the masses and take fact-finding missions to exotic locales to learn about the latest round of troubles they’ve created. After all, our elected ones constantly hear from constituents with letters and calls begging them to solve each and every problem facing the people they represent. To date, our president, members of Congress and the folks in Denver have never received a communication saying, “Please stop helping us!”

This is why politicians would rather hear a sad story from an audience member and say things like, “Get your information to my people, and we’ll see how we can help.” After all, any way they help is just spending money that isn’t theirs. Or why Michelle Obama has a photo op as a young girl gives her father’s resume to the first lady. It doesn’t do anything for the dad, but it sure makes us feel good. Or why our state representative is against all forms of crony capitalism, unless it involves his bill for “saving and creating jobs” in the alternative fuel industry that has all us folks subsidizing big companies. You see, they care. And they can back it up.

These same caring folks have report after report from entities the control showing us just how all the stuff works. And just like the care factor, these reports don’t have to be accurate, they just need to show us how much all of this caring helps. Take unemployment. It’s down, particularly when you don’t count all the folks who have given up looking for work, reduce the number of jobs available in the work force and ignore or count (their choice) all those only working part-time while adding in all of those low-wage jobs. How about inflation? Problem solved. Simply remove the cost of food and energy that’s skyrocketed under all-caring government solutions and it’s barely a factor. Energy jobs saved? You bet. And it will only cost millions in taxpayer money to do it!

In regular life we have the adage, “You break it, you fix it.” It works. But not in government, where fixing things until they are broken is an art form.