A dazzling multicolored unicorn with long flowing mane appeared on our television screen. "I want that for my birthday!" 4-year-old Kinsey announced.
"We'll see," I replied without commitment. Two cartoons and about twelve commercials later, she squealed again. This time is was a colorful Barbie with long flowing tresses of pink, blue and yellow. "They wash out Grama! I want that for my birthday!"
"I thought you wanted the unicorn!"
"I do but I don't have a Barbie like her. And I can wash her hair out and the color goes away," she reasoned.
"You can't have everything!" Kinsey's elder sister informed her.
"But I want it."
"You want too much, sweetie," I chided. I went shopping with her mom this week and watched as her mom picked through racks to get some seasonal jeans for the coming cooler weather. Kinsey busied herself in the nearby shelves of toys. (Very strategical marketing by the store to put toys near the children's clothing racks, don't you think?). Kinsey was thrilled when she found a doll's head, complete with make-up, combs and brushes. When her mom said, "No; your birthday is coming", Kinsey moaned, "Aw, man," then obediently put it back on the store shelf.
In all honesty, we all want too much. We constantly want something we don't have. More, more, more. We adults could give Kinsey a run for her money on all the items we yearn to call ours. Just ask Washington politicians. Washington wants to keep doling out more and more. The big corporations, banks, and financial institutions go pandering to the White House (like Solyndra did), and the President doles out 500-million to help a floundering company because they produce solar-energy panels. Politics. Seems the current administration wanted to make a big media splash to push "green jobs". So he entertained the owners of Solyndra in the Whitehouse just days before they won the approval of a half-billion dollars of tax-payer money. Today, Solyndra is caput. Broke. Bankrupt. Seems they were financially unstable and not a viable company for our country to throw more money into.
Billions that we doled out in stimulus programs did not yield any jobs nor did it turn the economy around. Where's the millions that taxpayers were suppose to make for bailing out the banks and corporations? Is this troubling to anyone? People are losing jobs. Companies are closing doors. Corporations are laying off people by the thousands. Yet, our President wants to take hard-earned profits from what viable corporations are left in the United States so government can dole out billions of tax money to support more businesses that can't make it? Who gets hurt? the little guy. The people who need jobs. Those corporations lose money they'd use to invest in growth. Think about it.
Wal-mart doesn't use more clerks (even though they have lots of customers). Why? because those customers aren't buying like they use to. So corporations can't employ more people. For every tax dollar they pay out, there is that much more money cut from growing their business and hiring people. Why should shareholders lose money because I have to wait in line a little longer to buy 40% less than I did last year? Why should successful corporations employ more people which make less profit? If corporations have to stop investing (and man their stores with skeleton crews to stay afloat), so the government can keep spending money to watch shrimp on treadmills and invest in unstable companies, how can the economy get better? It's no wonder Kinsey can't have her Barbie doll. If we have to stop spending to meet our budgets, why shouldn't Congress stop spending to meet theirs? Just saying.